Piazza, Simmons, & Grant Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers

John H. Van Lenten

John H. Van Lenten is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and also serves in the firm’s appellate and family law areas. His broad-based practice focuses on complex litigation, including products liability, commercial and municipal litigation, all aspects of family law and appellate matters.

John has experience handling commercial and business litigation, insurance coverage disputes, construction disputes, land use and municipal issues. In state and federal court, he represents several national manufacturers in product liability and toxic tort litigation, including asbestos defense. As counsel to these companies, John has worked closely with national and in-house legal teams to develop strategies for efficiently and effectively defending cases.

In the area of family law, John is an experienced divorce attorney who handles prenuptial agreements, dissolution litigation and negotiation, child custody and support issues, and post judgment modifications. Where children are involved, John helps his clients reach a negotiated settlement to protect the best interests of the children and preserve the divorcing parties’ relationship so they can co-parent their children into the future.

John’s appellate practice covers a wide variety of legal issues, ranging from constitutional matters and domestic relations, to insurance, personal injury, land use and medical malpractice. He also has experience arguing appeals before both the Appellate and Supreme Courts of the State of Connecticut. Additionally, John consults with counsel at the trial level, in complicated legal matters or in preparation for potential appellate issues.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a Connecticut-based remanufacturer of handheld scanners in litigation against Motorola, Inc. involving antitrust, trademark infringement, false advertising and other state law claims.
  • Represented the City of Danbury, Connecticut in connection with Connecticut Concrete Corporation v. City of Danbury, which entailed a design-build construction contract with delay, impact and additional work claims raised by one of the largest concrete subcontractors in Connecticut.
  • Assisted in the successful challenge in the Connecticut Supreme Court to the candidacy of Susan Bysiewicz for Connecticut Attorney General.

Professional Affiliations
Connecticut Bar Association
Fairfield County Bar Association
Greater Danbury Bar Association
Greater Bridgeport Bar Association

Practice Areas
Business Disputes
Family Law

Served as a law clerk to the Hon. Barry R. Schaller of the Connecticut Appellate Court


Court Rules in Favor of Client in Wood v. Wood
Connecticut Reports, October 27, 2015
Attorney John Van Lenten successfully represented the mother of two child on appeal from her former spouse’s challenge of the Connecticut Superior Court’s lump sum property distribution award to the mother. The father had argued the court did not act within its discretion when awarding the property distribution.
Court Rules in Favor of Client in Vagnone v. Vagnone
The Connecticut Law Reporter, November 7, 2011
The Connecticut Law Reporter published the State of Connecticut Superior Court opinion issued in Vagnone v. Vagnone in its November 7, 2011, issue. Attorney John Van Lenten successfully represented the mother of a mentally disabled child who sought to extend child support to the age of 21. The father had argued the court lacked jurisdiction to modify support orders.

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