Attorney William Wilson, II, II held a workshop entitled Prompt Payment in the Construction Industry, which was conducted by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) and Central Connecticut State University’s Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD) on June 5, 2012.
The seminar detailed the essentials of the payment process to provide a full understanding of the potential problems of getting paid in the Construction Industry in Connecticut. Some of the issues that William explored were: prompt payment of public and private projects in Connecticut and remedies for non-payment.
The workshop was open to CT DOT DBE-certified firms.
Michael is an attorney whose practice focuses on civil litigation, representing insurance companies, businesses, municipalities and financial institutions in litigation matters including liability defense, legal malpractice defense, debt restructuring, financing and bankruptcy. He is a graduate of Trinity College and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Andrew focuses his practice on divorce and family law litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, he maintained a private practice.
Halloran & Sage is proud to announce that four of the Firm’s attorneys will be presenters at the Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA) 2012 Annual Meeting on Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
Vincent Liberti, Jr. will speak at the Conservatorships in the Wake of Gross v. Rell seminar from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. The seminar will discuss avoiding conservatorships where possible and techniques for dealing with them when unavoidable.
Ann Catino, an Environmental Law Section past chair, will be a speaker at the seminar titled: DEEP Changes in Environmental Protection in Connecticut. This seminar will take place at 10:50 a.m. and will cover the sea change of environmental and energy regulation and enforcement in Connecticut since the DEP’s expansion into the energy field.
Allen Gary Palmer is a speaker in the Alimony Reform in Connecticut–Has the Time Come? seminar, to be held at 3:45 p.m. Mr. Palmer and the panel will cover (1) the historical purposes of alimony, (2) the present purposes of alimony as well as the current national trends, (3) the proposed bill that is/has been in the Connecticut legislature, and (4) a discussion/debate as to the pros and cons of reform in Connecticut.
Also at 3:45 p.m., Leslie Grodd will speak at the Uraveling the Mysteries of Tax Allocation Provisions seminar. The panel will explain the fundamentals of the tax allocation provisions for pass-through entities and review alternative approaches for achieving specific economic results.
Vincent Liberti, Jr. will present a seminar at the Connecticut Mental Health & the Law 2012 event on Friday, September 14.
Vincent will conduct an afternoon seminar on the topic of confidentiality that will include issues such as: disclosure of information; reporting requirements; HIPAA and Connecticut Law; and fraud and abuse. He will provide the event’s concluding seminar, Planning By & On Behalf of a Person With Mental Illness. The seminar will cover power of attorney, representative payee, special needs trusts and government benefits.
The day-long event is organized by HEALTH EDucation Network, LLC, which hosts continuing education seminars across the country. Connecticut Mental Health & the Law 2012 is designed to benefit professionals in the addiction services and behavioral healthcare fields.
The team of Halloran & Sage attorneys spoke on several topics related to property assessment for the 100 attendees of the seminar. Those topics included: recent case developments, assessment of partially constructed improvements, a Freedom of Information Act update and the property tax considerations applicable to low and moderate income housing and nursing homes.
CAAO is comprised of over 400 regular and subscribing members. Regular membership is open to all State of Connecticut public officials who are engaged in the administration of property assessments, including assessors, employees of assessors’ offices and board of assessment appeals members. Subscribing membership is open to individuals or companies interested in property assessment or a related field. The mission of CAAO is to improve the standards of assessment practices within the State of Connecticut.
Halloran & Sage is proud to announce that Leslie Grodd has been named to the The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 edition for his practice in tax law. This distinction is regarded as a professional honor; candidates are selected by peer-review surveys.
Best Lawyers does not require or allow listing fees and selection is based on positive votes for inclusion from the attorney’s peers. For more information on the selection process, click here.
In addition, Leslie was recently named as Vice Chair of Administration for the American Bar Association’s Taxation Section. In this leadership role, he will fulfill the duties of a chief financial officer for the section as it finds innovative ways to advise on federal tax law and its administration.
James Szerejko, past President of the HCBA has a copy of Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance – and Why They Fall signed by the book’s author, Yale Law School Professor Amy L. Chua at the Hartford County Bar Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting. He attended a keynote address and book signing by Professor Chua, who was named as Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2011. The speech and book-signing were a part of the association’s annual meeting event.
Professor Chua is currently the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale University. She is well known for her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which was excerpted in The Wall Street Journal in 2011. Her earlier book, which she signed for James, argues that "tolerance and multiculturalism are indispensable features of global economic and military success," according to Publishers Weekly.
Eric Bernheim, an attorney at Halloran & Sage was recently certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate (LEED Green Associate). As a LEED Green Associate, Eric is able to advise clients on the rapidly emerging green building industry and assist in evaluating and navigating the LEED certification process, including LEED credits, credit interpretation requests, appeals, and efforts to incorporate LEED into local zoning codes.
The LEED Green Building Rating System™ promotes global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices by creating and implementing universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED addresses all building types emphasizing state-of-the-art strategies in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, locations & linkages, awareness & education, indoor environmental quality, innovation & education and regional priorities. The LEED Green Associate is a professional designation for those who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building techniques, environmental issues, the LEED program and the certification process. The LEED credentials show differentiation in a growing and competitive industry. Eric demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of sustainable building practices and the LEED Green Building Rating System ™ and passed the LEED Green Associates exam.
Fred Hedberg recently presented “Engineering Malpractice: What Is It and How Do You Avoid It,” to the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers (CSPE) in Hartford. CSPE has over 250 individual members from all engineering disciplines (civil, mechanical, electrical, etc.) and industries (construction, private practice, education and government). The society sponsors events to assist in the development of professional skills and offer career guidance in the field.
Alfred DiVincentis, a partner in the Firm’s Construction Practice Group, will co-present a program entitled “BIM Contract Negotiation and Risk Allocation” on April 27, 2012. The program is presented by the AGC of Connecticut and the BIM Education Program. It is the third installment of the AGC of Connecticut’s BIM Education Program.
BIM Contract Negotiation and Risk Allocation is a full-day (8-hour) course that examines BIM and contract terminology to determine best practices for integrating BIM into project contracts. Hot-button issues such as standard of care, intellectual property rights, and insurance and surety bonding coverage are discussed to help participants successfully prepare for BIM implementation.
James Szerejko, a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department, was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce Inc. at its annual meeting in February.
The Hartford Chamber of Commerce was established in 1933 and has served the Hartford community for almost 80 years. The Chamber serves as a voice for area businesses and as a resource for residents and visitors.
Daniel Krisch, attorney to the former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz during her attempt to run for State Attorney General, was quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune article regarding qualifications for judicial nominees.
Daniel said the Judicial Selection Commission’s powers do not include setting a minimum age for judicial candidates.
The regulations for judicial nominees do not list a license to practice law as a specific qualification, but say a candidate must “possess legal ability that is exemplified by professional excellence, a degree of intellect and a technical proficiency equal to that required by the highest standards of the practicing bar.”
“As a rule, the legislature would have to do it.” Daniel added, “As a rule of thumb, it seems like experience is something pretty relevant for the commission to consider.”
Halloran & Sage partner, Duncan Forsyth, represented the Town of Coventry in the negotiation and preparation of the lease and sublease which led to a three way agreement between the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market, Connecticut Landmarks – owner of the historic Nathan Hale Homestead – and the Town of Coventry. The signing of these agreements will keep the Farmers’ Market at the Nathan Hale Homestead for the next ten years. Click here to read the Hartford Courant article related to the agreement.
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: