Attorney Houde is a trial and appellate lawyer practicing in the areas of municipal liability, premises liability, insurance coverage, Connecticut tribal law, personal and commercial auto, UM/UIM, and general litigation. He is a member of Kalon’s founding team and is the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
Prior to joining Kalon, Attorney Houde was an associate at an insurance defense firm in Hartford. He also served as a clerk to the Honorable Judges of the Hartford Superior Court.
Attorney Houde seeks efficient and effective resolution of all his representative matters. This often involves drafting and arguing motions to dismiss, to strike, and/or for summary judgment. The following cases are some examples of dispositive motions decided in favor of his clients:
Traylor v. Gambrell, 180 Conn.App. 459, cert. denied, 330 Conn. 901 (2018) (summary judgment affirmed in favor of municipality on doctrine of res judicata).
Schwartz v. Palmer, Superior Court, judicial district of Litchfield, Docket No. LLI-CV19-5011468-S (August 27, 2019) (motion to strike granted in favor of school district Superintendent and others based on governmental immunity and legally insufficient pleadings)
Central Mutual v. Rizzo, Superior Court, judicial district of Tolland, Docket No. TTD-CV19-6016931-S (August 22, 2019) (motion to strike granted in favor of Town, Director of Public Works, and Tree Warden based on governmental immunity)
Emiabata v. Farmers, United States District Court, Docket No. 3:18-cv-01817 (VAB) (D. Conn. August 7, 2019) (motion to dismiss granted in bad-faith action as to all claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, insufficient service of process, and lack of personal jurisdiction)
Cyr. v. VKB, Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, Docket No. HHD-CV-16-6073644-S (June 15, 2018) (motion for summary judgment granted in favor of property owner abutting public sidewalk holding no affirmative act on part of property owner).
Gonzalez v. Thomas, Superior Court, judicial district of New Haven, Docket No. NNH-CV-17-6070068-S (Jan. 31, 2018) (motion to strike granted in favor of Town and Tree Warden holding negligence as alleged could not support a proper cause of action).
Hines v. Metropolitan, Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, Docket No. HHD-CV-15-6059947-S (May 22, 2017) (summary judgment granted in favor of insurer holding interpretation of policy exclusion was valid and substantially congruent with regulatory language).
Weed v. State of Connecticut, Superior Court, judicial district of New London, Docket No. KNL-CV-15-6024544-S (March 21, 2017) (motion to strike all negligence counts against municipality granted based on governmental immunity).
Western New England University, School of Law
• J.D. (2015)
University of Connecticut
• B.A. (Economics) (2010)
Admitted to Practice
United States District Court, D. Connecticut (2016)
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court (2016)
Mohegan Gaming Disputes Court (2017)
U.S Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit (2019)
Diversity & Inclusion for Small & Solo Law Firms. Connecticut Legal Conference. June 2019.
Beyond Standard Discovery: Drafting, Objecting, & Responding. Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section. April 2019.
Professionalism Boot Camp – Insurance Needs and Products. Connecticut Bar Association. November 2018.
A View from the Trenches: Court Clerks on Tactics that Work. Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section. March 2018.
I spent 10 years in the culinary arts before taking my first law clerk position during law school.
I grew up in Branford and now lives in Wallingford, Connecticut with my fiancée Kelly and our rescue dog, Cooper.
I’m an avid snowboarder and before law school I was head chef at a mountain-side restaurant in Vermont.
Traylor v. Gambrell, 180 Conn.App. 459, cert. denied, 330 Conn. 901 (2018).
Connecticut Bar Association
– Diversity & Inclusion Committee
– Federal Practice and Litigation Sections
– Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee, Appellate Advocacy Section, Co-chair
George W. Crawford Black Bar Association
Leadership Greater Hartford
– Quest Class of 2019
Hartford County Bar Association
Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court (Past Member)
Pro Bono & Community
Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (Volunteer Attorney)
Kinsella Arts Incorporated (Vice-Chair, Board of Directors)
Connecticut Secretary of State’s Legal Assistance Project (Volunteer Attorney)
Wallingford Dog Lovers Association (Member)
Honors & Recognitions
Connecticut Law Tribune’s New Leaders in the Law (2018)
Connecticut Super Lawyers Rising Star in Civil Defense Litigation (2018, 2019)