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David A. DeBassio


David’s practice focuses on litigation, representing clients in state and federal courts, in addition to alternative dispute resolution, including both mediation and arbitration. He has represented individuals, corporations, municipalities and government entities in a variety of civil and criminal matters, including commercial lease disputes, landlord-tenant, commercial and residential construction disputes, environmental contamination of real property, declaratory judgment actions involving insurance coverage and contract interpretation, shareholder disputes, theft of trade secrets, data security, identity theft, eminent domain, federal sentencing, cooperation agreements, and government and corporate internal investigations.  He has tried cases to both judgment and verdict.  He has represented clients before a variety of state administrative agencies, including the Office of State Ethics, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Consumer Protection, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Public Health and the Connecticut Insurance Department.

David provides legal services to the Greater Hartford Community Foundation, a non-profit corporation which operates the Travelers Championship, an annual PGA TOUR event in Cromwell, Connecticut. He works regularly with the Foundation to address issues such as risk management, data security, contract drafting and negotiations involving vendors, sponsors and talent such as celebrities and entertainers. David previously served as legal counsel to the Bristol Downtown Development Corporation (the “BDDC”), a non-profit corporation created by the City of Bristol to oversee a downtown revitalization project for the City of Bristol. He was responsible for all BDDC legal work related to Connecticut DECD funding, agreements with private developers, and relations with the Mayor’s office and all other city agencies.


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2016-Present)
    • Associate (2013-2015)
  • Levy & Droney P.C.
    • Associate (2002-2012)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation - Legal Counsel (2004-2006)
  • Greater Hartford Community Foundation, Inc. (2007-Present)
  • Town of Bloomfield, School Building Committees, Special Counsel (2006-2013)
  • Town of West Hartford, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Member (2010-2013)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association For Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut, 2002
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2010
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 2003

News & Insight


Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Prompt, Thorough and Coordinated Response and Prevention Strategies Are Critical

December 21, 2017

In today’s environment, following the almost daily allegations and revelations of sexual misconduct in media, government, academia, and the private sector, it is clear that no industry, and no company or organization, is immune from these incidents.  Th…

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​Hinckley Allen Promotes Paparone, Tierney, Ramos, and DeBassio to Partner

January 5, 2016

Hinckley Allen rings in the New Year with the promotion of four new firm partners. Melissa Paparone, Brian Tierney, Adam Ramos, and David DeBassio assume their new positions effective January 1, 2016.“Each of these attorneys has made a mark in their prac…

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Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Expands Practice in Hartford with the Addition of Levy & Droney Attorneys

January 2, 2013

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder announced today that more than a dozen lawyers from Levy & Droney, P.C. have joined its Hartford office effective January 1, 2013.The former Levy & Droney attorneys bring to Hinckley Allen significant expertise and years of experie…