Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that Henry Beck, Jr. and Ann Catino were recognized in the Chambers USA 2013 edition as notable practitioners in their respective legal fields in Connecticut. Chambers is an international publisher of legal profession guides and is widely respected throughout the world for its comprehensive research and review process.
Henry, a partner in the Halloran & Sage transactional practice was recognized in Chambers' Corporate/M&A category. He represents clients from the manufacturing, aerospace and logistics sectors. Chambers describes Henry as, "extremely knowledgeable…gives good and well-informed advice."
Ann, also a partner at Halloran & Sage, was recognized as a notable practitioner from Chambers' in its Environment category. According to Chambers, Ann is "one of the most knowledgeable environmental lawyers…" Additionally, "she is highly regarded in federal government and EPA matters."
Chambers employs a team of 100 full-time researchers to conduct interviews, identify and rank the world's best lawyers who exceed client expectations by delivering the highest level of technical capability, business acumen, service and value. For more information on the Chambers USA selection process, visit http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Rankings-Explained.
Halloran & Sage is proud to announce that Joseph 'Jay' Arcata, III has recently been elected to serve on the Board of Directors at Hartford’s Camp Courant. A mainstay in the Hartford community for over one hundred years, Camp Courant is the largest free day camp in the nation, serving more than 1,100 Hartford children annually during the summer season. Children ages 5 through 12, who live in the city of Hartford, participate in a variety of recreational, educational and cultural programs at the campsite in Farmington, CT.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce the admission of five Firm attorneys to its partnership.
The partnership class of the following attorneys who are resident in the Firm’s Hartford office are: Timothy Grady, who practices in the area of medical malpractice and also general tort litigation; Christopher McCarthy, who practices in the areas of criminal law, and civil and commercial litigation; and Steven Ryan, who practices in the area of insurance coverage litigation.
"We are very pleased to welcome these talented attorneys into our partnership. These advancements reflect our continued growth and our commitment to expanding the platform for the services we offer to our increasingly diversified client base," said William McGrath, Jr., the Firm’s managing partner.
Halloran & Sage Heath Care Practice Group Chairman Arnold Menchel will be a featured speaker at the Connecticut Health Council’s second of a series of Affordable Care Act Workshops. This installment will focus on health care exchanges, employer obligations under health care reform and implications for health care providers. Arnold will present information on the Affordable Care Act, and detail how it might affect health care providers.
The moderator of the event will be Nadine Francis West, Vice President and Director of Finance, Administration and Governance at the MetroHartford Alliance. The workshop will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2013, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Cromwell hotel.
The Connecticut Health Council is an association of health sector leaders who collaborate to promote Connecticut as a premier center for the development of businesses, initiatives, and technology that improve health care and wellness both nationally and in the State.
The Quinnipiac University School of Law Alumni Association has elected Joseph 'Jay' Arcata, III as President of their Executive Board. Elections took place in May of 2013 and are held every three years to fulfill leadership positions within the association. Jay’s goal as President is to continue to strengthen the vital connection between the School of Law and its valued alumni.
Named to the Princeton Review’s ‘Best 168 Law Schools’, Jay is a proud alumnus of Quinnipiac University School of Law. As an active member of the executive board, he conducts on-campus interviews for summer associate positions for Halloran & Sage. He also participates in the Legal Skills Oral Argument Series by volunteering as a judge. Both programs develop skills integral to successful novice attorneys and students of law.
Brian has been a member of the Greater New Haven Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for over 18 years. He chaired the 2008 Parade and served as Grand Marshal in 2009. As a past Grand Marshal, he currently serves on the Parade’s Executive Committee.
“As a past Grand Marshal I am very proud to have Halloran & Sage associated with the Greater New Haven Saint Patrick’s day parade,” Brian said.
“Recognized by the United States Congress as a Local Legacy, the New Haven parade is the 6th oldest in the country and the largest between New York and Boston. Each year over 3,200 marchers entertain crowds that have been estimated at 300,000 people in what is the largest single day spectator event in the state of Connecticut.”
Eric Bernheim, a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Planning & Zoning Section provided testimony in support of House Bill Number 6481, An Act Concerning Enforcement Protection for Nonconforming Structures (the “Bill”), to the state general assembly’s Joint Committee on Planning and Development.
The Bill, which was drafted by Bernheim in light of a relevant case matter, is a proposed revision to Connecticut General Statutes § 8-13a(a), and will provide the same protections to structures as are currently afforded by § 8-13a(a) to buildings.
Bernheim contended that a critical reason why this revision is necessary lies in its ability to mitigate excessive fees incurred by a homeowner. He cited an example to the committee where a property owner had a pool constructed twenty-five years ago. Unbeknownst to the property owner or the contractor who built the pool, it violated the setback requirements of the local municipality. When that property owner sought a new zoning permit for an unrelated project, it was discovered that the pool encroached on the setbacks and the Town, twenty-five years after construction, required that the setback violation be corrected.
Had the pool instead been a building, such as a shed (an enclosed structure with four walls and a roof), §8-13a(a) would have rendered it a pre-existing nonconforming location and no enforcement action could be successfully taken by the municipality. Nothing further would need to be done.
Because an unenclosed structure is not presently protected by §8-13a(a), property owners are subjected to expend a great deal of money to comply with the municipal regulations even if it has been in place for more than three years. In order to come into compliance with such a structure, the property owner must either obtain a variance of the municipal regulations to legalize the location of the structure, relocate the structure, or remove it entirely. Obtaining a variance requires that the specific lot have an unusual hardship so that complying with the subject regulations would be unreasonably difficult. Accordingly, obtaining a variance will not always be an option available to property owners, which is why the Bill is necessary.
The proposed H.B. 6481 is currently pending action within the Planning and Development Committee, and the committee must act no later than March 27 to adopt this bill for passage to the House of Representatives for vote.
Halloran & Sage Healthcare Practice Group Chair Arnold Menchel will be a speaker for the Connecticut Bar Association’s CLE seminar titled TheInterplay of HIPAA and Attorney-Client Privilege on February 25, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the CBA Law Center in New Britain. The seminar is presented by the Litigation Section and Young Lawyers section of the CBA.
The seminar will define the HIPAA privacy rule, outline patient rights and access to health information, and analyze the HIPAA interplay with privilege, confidentiality and attorney work product. Arnold will be the first presenter of the program and will provide a general overview of HIPAA law.
This seminar is designed for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. Those interested should visit ctbar.org or call 860-223-4400.
The Halloran & Sage Business Transactions Group, led by partners Robert Cox and James Maher, has further cemented its status as a leader in the Greater Hartford and Greater New Haven business communities through its efficient and expert execution of an unprecedented level of diverse and complex transactions at the end of 2012.
Bob and Jim worked closely with associates Jaimee Newman, Matthew Teich and Casey O'Connell, along with legal assistants Karel Ortolani and Olivia Albanese, to close over twenty corporate and commercial transactions in December, 2012, showcasing the Halloran & Sage Business Group's proven ability to meet aggressive deadlines and produce high quality work for clients while matching up with other leading regional and national law firms. The buzz surrounding the Group's 2012 success has the firm and its business clients excited to tackle the numerous new projects that are already underway in 2013.
The diversity of the Halloran & Sage Business Group's 2012 year-end transactions, along with the sheer volume of closings, illustrates the Group's capacity to effectively represent its clients' varied needs. These transactions included business and real estate acquisitions and divestitures, strategic alliance agreements, stock redemptions, a medical office building/cancer center development, tax-driven mergers and dissolutions, business and acquisition financing, health care financing, corporate financing and loan restructures, corporate governance/gifting matters and incentive compensation/employment matters.
Bob and Jim believe that the rising profile of the Halloran & Sage Business Group in both Hartford and New Haven is being defined as the Group closes out 2012 and begins to tackle new challenges in 2013. The Group is thankful to be thriving in this challenging environment and believes that its clients are sensing a building momentum. While the strength of the corporate and commercial market remains uncertain, the volume and diversity of the Halloran & Sage Business Group's year-end transactions is a testament to its clients' belief and reliance on the professionalism and responsiveness of the Group to provide the services they need when they need them.
Business Transactions Group members have increased their involvement in major business organizations, including both the MetroHartford Alliance and the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. As a Strategic Partner level-member at the MetroHartford Alliance, they are keeping abreast of economic developments in the Hartford region and also participating in the newly launched Connecticut Health Council. In New Haven, they are participating in the New Haven Chamber sponsored Regional Leadership Council which addresses the major economic and legislative issues in the region. Halloran & Sage is also pleased to be involved in a new statewide program co-sponsored by The Hartford Business Journal and the CBIA which will honor family owned businesses later this year.
Thomas Boyce Jr. was recently listed as one of the Top 50 Connecticut Lawyers in Connecticut Magazine, as a Connecticut Super Lawyer 2007-2013, and a Top 100 New England Super Lawyers 2009-2013. All recognition is compiled by Super Lawyers® which is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyer selection process is comprised of multiple stages and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Top New England Lawyer nomination is a culmination of the uppermost point totals in the research, nomination, and blue ribbon judging categories.
Halloran & Sage Commercial Litigation Partner George Royster was one of two panelists selected by the Hartford County Bar Association to discuss issues for attorneys dealing with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This seminar will cover new duties imposed on the legal profession under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, conflicts and contrasts with existing ethical duties governing attorneys, and what law firms should do to accomodate this change. For more information, please contact the Hartford County Bar Association at 860-525-8106.
Vincent Liberti, Jr. presented to Milford Hospital staff and long-term care administrators of the Milford community a seminar entitled Advance Directives: Living Wills, Health Care Representatives and Conservators.
Matthew Necci was recently appointed to the Board of Editors for the Connecticut Bar Association publication, Compensation Quarterly. “CQ” is a quarterly journal that is provided to CBA Workers’ Compensation Section Members. The publication consists of interviews, content and topics that pertain to workers’ compensation law, written by qualified members of the section and edited by appointed members of the elected board of editors.
Halloran & Sage chair of the Workers' Compensation Practice Group, Matthew Necci, was elected Vice Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section. The Young Lawyers Sections’ (YLS) primary focus is to encourage altruism, the promotion of justice, diversity and education of those within the YLS. The section includes all CBA members who are 37-years-old or younger or who have been admitted to the Bar for less than six full bar years.
As a member of the Distinguished Faculty for the American Conference Institute, Arnold Menchel was a presenter at the “13th National Summit on Reducing Legal Risks in the Sales and Marketing of Medical Devices” in Chicago. The topic of the panel that Arnold was presenting on was “Reinforcing Compliance Systems and Avoiding Anti-Kickback Allegations in a Heightened Enforcement Environment.” A nationally attended event, the conference provided insights from the field’s leading professionals to monitor developments and trends on industry specific topics.
Allen Gary Palmer has been assisting the Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section in the launch of an innovative series of continuing legal education programs designed to offer section members timely information on key Connecticut Supreme Court legal decisions. The new program, Case Flash, is a video program presented in an engaging, easy to follow talk show format. The concept is to bring short, timely CLE programs directly to each member's computer.
The following are the most recent programs offered by the CBA: