Halloran & Sage is pleased to welcome back our partner, Carl Ficks, Jr. Carl joined the firm in 2000 and returned after having spent the past three years as Vice-President of Corporate & Donor Relations for the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, CT., working closely with the CEO to fulfill HSC’s strategic and philanthropic objectives. He has resumed his practice full-time serving primarily as outside counsel, legal advocate and counselor to businesses ranging from construction and material supply companies to those in the maritime industry. Carl provides training and operational advice while representing his clients in related administrative, state and federal court proceedings. He has extensive trial and appellate experience, including numerous arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and has also represented clients in the negotiation and administration of labor-management agreements and before labor relations agencies.
“It is personally rewarding to welcome back our colleague and friend. Carl’s leadership and legal insights are an asset to our clients and the firm,” states Halloran & Sage Managing Partner, William J. McGrath, Jr.
The future of retail, restaurants, and shopping for the area were the main topics of conversation today at a “Fairfield Real Estate Outlook” seminar sponsored by the law firm of Halloran & Sage and hosted by the Westport-Weston and Greater Norwalk Chambers of Commerce.
“Experiences are what people want,” real estate broker Julie Vanderblue of the Higgins Group told the meeting at the Inn at Longshore.
“If it’s just another mall, it won’t cut it. It needs to be exciting and if done right they will come, especially if walkable.” She was responding to a question about downtowns, malls and the future of retail asked by the moderator of the session, attorney Eric Bernheim.
Joe Fortner, co-chair of the Firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group, was a panelist at the March 2017 International Client Seminar of ALFA International regarding trade secrets, data protection and employment agreements. Among other topics, he discussed the Defend Trade Secrets Act and cases using that statute, protection of trade secrets in an interconnected world, and practices to protect company trade secrets. Joe is Vice-Chair of the Business Litigation Committee of ALFA International, and the Chair of its 2017 Business Litigation Seminar.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that land use and municipal law attorneys Mark Branse, Matthew Willis and Ronald Ochsner, formerly of Branse & Willis LLC, have joined the firm. As Connecticut land use and municipal attorneys they have been responsible for comprehensive revisions in many zoning, subdivision, and inland wetlands regulations, as well as pioneering work with the new Incentive Housing Program regulations. Their addition will expand and strengthen Halloran & Sage’s Land Use and Municipal Practice Groups, which will now be serving 50 Connecticut municipalities as general or special counsel.
In connection with this new addition to the firm, Halloran & Sage’s Managing Partner, William McGrath, Jr.
stated, “We are very excited to welcome Mark Branse, Matthew Willis and Ronald Ochsner to Halloran & Sage. Our clients are now offered an even wider range of services, knowledge and experience”.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that Brad Malicki, Mark Perkins and Nicole Tung have been admitted as partners.
Brad Malicki is a member of the Firm’s Corporate Business & Transactions and Real Estate Practice Groups. He represents a multitude of small businesses in all aspects of corporate and commercial business transactions including formation, sales and acquisitions. He received his J.D. from Western New England College and his B.A. from the University of Connecticut. Brad also serves on various Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards in Connecticut and is a member of many business development organizations.
Mark Perkins is a member of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He devotes most of his practice to insurance defense cases and also handles matters in the areas of civil litigation, real estate, bankruptcy and probate. He received his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law and his B.S. from the University of New Hampshire. He is a board member on the United Way of Greater New Haven and a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer mentor. He has also served on the New Haven Gay and Lesbian Community Center Board of Trustees.
Nicole Tung is a member of the Firm’s Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Groups and handles medical malpractice, transportation and personal injury law matters. She is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and the peer-reviewed Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory has rated her with its highest ranking of AV, for competence and compliance with ethical standards. She received her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and her B.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Halloran & Sage LLP is a full service law firm with offices in Hartford, Danbury, Middletown, New Haven, New London and Westport, Connecticut, and a branch in Washington, DC. Founded in 1935, the Firm's client base ranges from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses, institutional and private investors, governmental units, public and private universities, and other non-profit organizations.
Eric Bernheim, a member of the Firm's Transactional and Land Use, Planning/Zoning & Wetlands Practice Groups, will be the moderator at the Fairfield County Commercial Real Estate Outlook breakfast hosted by the Greater Norwalk and the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce.
The symposium will feature a panel of real estate professionals, including Andy Pforzheimer, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Barteca Restaurant Group; Julie Vanderblue, President of The Higgins Group; David Waldman, Founder of David Adam Realty; and John P. Hannigan, Co-Founder of Choyce Peterson.
The panelist will offer unique insights on business considerations when investing in a new location, the impact on residential properties when in proximity to mixed-use and commercial markets, and the vibrancy of Fairfield County’s commercial and residential real estate markets.
It will be held Tuesday March 7, at The Inn at Longshore in Westport. Reservations are available by clicking here.
Data security and privacy are among the most complex and evolving issues faced by businesses today. For decades, Halloran & Sage LLP has been helping its clients navigate and manage risks. Today, the firm is pleased to announce the launch of its Cybersecurity Practice Group to address the risks associated with cyber-related incidents. The group, comprised of top tier litigation and corporate attorneys from offices across Connecticut, offers comprehensive guidance, insight and strategy relating to cybersecurity assessments, cyber protection planning, breach response, insurance, government investigations and litigation.
The group is led by Joseph “Jay” Arcata III, who is a partner in the firm’s litigation and corporate practice groups. “Data breaches have become an unfortunate reality for businesses of every size and industry,” said Arcata. “Halloran & Sage is focused on helping our clients protect their sensitive information and private data. We will offer an integrated approach to meet our client’s needs in this area, to include compliance, prevention, and response as well as litigation and regulatory defense.”
Daniel Krisch was interviewed for and quoted in a story by WTIC News Talk 1080 about Twila Williams v. Housing Auth. of Bridgeport, et al., currently pending in the Connecticut Supreme Court. Williams concerns the scope of the “reckless disregard” exception to municipal immunity; Krisch argued the appeal on behalf of the City of Bridgeport and five City officials.
Les Grodd and Daniel Krisch were quoted in a story on Forbes.com about the Connecticut Supreme Court’s recent decision in Allen v. Commissioner of Revenue Services, 324 Conn. ___ (Slip. Op., Dec. 28, 2016). Attorneys Grodd and Krisch represent the plaintiffs.
Joseph “Jay” Arcata and Henry Beck members of the Firm’s Cybersecurity Practice Group recently participated in the Connecticut Bar Association’s Business Law Section presentation, “Understanding Cybersecurity Risk Management and Due Diligence.” The program focused on the financial hardship imposed on a business affected by a data breach or other cyber attack, the steps necessary to mitigate the risk of an attack, due diligence practices and cyber insurance.
Henry Beck was the program’s moderator. Jay Arcata, along with prominent leaders from the financial services, insurance and computer industries, were the panelists.
Appellate Chair Daniel Krisch has co-authored the 2017 Edition of the Encyclopedia of Connecticut Causes of Action; Krisch and co-author Michael Taylor have written each edition of the Encyclopedia since its inception in 2009.
The single-volume desk reference compiles all of Connecticut's civil causes of action, with sections on common law actions, traditional statutory actions, miscellaneous statutory proceedings and administrative appeals. Each entry in the Encyclopedia describes the essential elements of a cause of action, identifies the relevant statute of limitations (if applicable) and has a “Notes” section that discusses key legal principles for that cause of action.
It is released annually and is available as an e-book, supplemented by hyperlinks to full text of cases, statutes and other authoritative content.
The firm is pleased to announce that Environmental & Land Use Chair Ann Catino has been recognized as one of the Top 50 2016 Women New England Super Lawyers and one of the Top 25 2016 Women Connecticut Super Lawyers. Ann was previously selected for inclusion on the Top 25 Women Connecticut list in 2014 and 2015.
The firm is pleased to announce that Nicole Tung has been appointed as a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
The mission of ABOTA is to elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession; to preserve the jury system; to help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and to educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment.
The invitation-only association accepts trial lawyers who are of high personal character and honorable reputation and who display skill, civility and integrity.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that 28 firm attorneys have been named 2016 New England and Connecticut Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Super Lawyers® is a nationally accredited rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Rising Stars follows the same selection criteria, but candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
Halloran & Sage is proud to announce that three firm attorneys have been selected to the Connecticut Law Tribune’s “New Leaders in the Law” class of 2016.
Joseph “Jay” Arcata III, Oscar L. Suarez and Brian E. Tims were each chosen by a panel of four judges from the Connecticut legal community. They were recognized for their efforts in four areas: development of the law, advocacy/community contributions, service to the bar and peer/public recognition.
They will be honored at an awards dinner at the Bond Ballroom in Hartford on November 10.
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: