Robert M. Frost, Jr.

rmf@frostbussert.com
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Phone: (203) 495-9790

129 Church St
#226
New Haven, Connecticut 06510

Practice Areas and Experience

Robert M. (Bob) Frost, Jr. focuses his practice on federal and state criminal defense and civil litigation. He also represents attorneys and law firms in licensing matters, court sanction proceedings, and disciplinary (grievance) matters.

In his criminal defense practice, Bob represents individuals at all stages of the criminal justice process. In federal court, he has represented individuals charged with narcotics trafficking, mail and wire fraud, racketeering (RICO), violent crimes in aid of racketeering (VCAR), food stamp fraud, social security fraud, and possession and distribution of child pornography. In state court, he has represented individuals charged with felony murder, attempted murder, robbery, home invasion, burglary, drug possession/sale, assault, breach of peace, threatening, sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor, enticing a minor, larceny, credit card fraud, DUI, reckless driving, and minor motor vehicle offenses.

Lawyers seeking ethics counsel have hired Bob to represent them in court sanction proceedings, disciplinary investigations conducted by the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, in grievance hearings before local grievance panels, and in hearings before the Statewide Grievance Committee.

The balance of Bob’s litigation practice focuses on individuals and businesses involved in commercial disputes. He handles everything from simple breach of contract matters to more complex cases involving disputes between and among business owners, partners, and LLC members. He has been involved in representing municipalities, law practices, medical practice groups, and business professionals. In addition, out-of-state law firms frequently hire Bob to serve as local counsel because of his experience and knowledge of local practice.

Professional Experience Outside Frost | Bussert

Bob was formerly a partner at a large Bridgeport law firm, serving as a co-chair of the firm’s litigation department. He is active in bar association activities, especially the Connecticut Bar Association’s Federal Practice Section, where he serves as an officer and member of the Executive Committee.

Sample of Results in Practice

Recently, Bob represented a high-ranking police officer charged with having sex with several underage male high school students that the officer met through an on-line social networking site. State and federal authorities investigated the case, which generated substantial publicity in the local press. From the outset, Bob and his defense team aggressively pursued a motion to dismiss the case and a motion to disqualify the prosecution team based on an conflict of interest involving one of the state’s lead investigators. He also argued that the various statements taken from the alleged victims were flawed, shaped by the investigators, and contradicted by other evidence in the case. During jury selection, one of the alleged victims declined to cooperate, and Bob was able to subpoena cell phone evidence that caused another of the victims to admit that his original complaint was false. On the first day of trial, the state dropped all felony charges and the client elected to accept a plea to three misdemeanors requiring only ten days in jail each and three years’ probation with no sex offender conditions. The federal investigation was terminated as well, and Bob was successful in preserving a substantial portion of the officer’s pension.

Bob secured a complete dismissal of all claims asserted against his client, the majority member of a two-member limited liability company (LLC) engaged in the business of web hosting and internet marketing. In the action, the minority member had sued Bob’s client individually in federal court, alleging that his client breached a multimillion dollar buy-out agreement with the minority member and grossly mismanaged the business. After extensive briefing, a federal court judge dismissed the corporate mismanagement claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Then, on the eve of trial, Bob was able to secure a dismissal with prejudice of the multi-million dollar breach of contract claim.

About Bob

Bob grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and resides in Fairfield County with his wife and two daughters. He loves the Boston Red Sox and tries to escape to Cape Cod with his family whenever possible.

Education

University of Connecticut School of Law
With Honors

Connecticut Law Review
Notes and Comments Editor

Connecticut Moot Court Board
Executive Director

Criminal Trial Clinic

B.A., College of the Holy Cross
Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions to Practice

Connecticut
New York
U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

Greater Bridgeport Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association
Federal Practice Section, Executive Committee Criminal Justice Section Professional Discipline Committee

American Bar Association
Section of Litigation, Ethics & Professionalism Committee

American Inns of Court

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDLA)

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

Awards and Recognitions

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, the publishers of Law & Politics and Connecticut Magazine named Bob a Connecticut Rising Star in the field of business litigation. In 2012, Bob was named a Rising Star in the field of criminal defense. For information on the Connecticut Rising Star process, click here.

Bob maintains an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, indicating “very high” ethical standards and “very high to preeminent” legal ability. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings attest to a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics, and reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. For more information on the rating system and process, click here.

In 2009, Bob received the Pat Hart Service Award in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the Music & Arts Center for Humanity, Inc., a non-profit school of the arts located in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Presentations

  • CTLA Annual Criminal Litigation Seminar, Ethical Conundrums for the Criminal Attorney (March 3, 2012)
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Gone Baby Gone: Background Checks and Rap Sheets in the Age of Technology (November 17, 2009)
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Ethics for the Criminal Defense Practitioner: Avoiding the Pitfalls of the Practice (October 16, 2007)

Press

Bob's cases have garnered public attention and have been covered in both the local and national media.

Pro Bono / Community Service

  • In addition to his various bar association activities, Bob is an officer and member of the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, Inc., a community school of the arts located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He regularly provides pro bono legal counsel to the organization.