The Firm is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has continued to recognize Halloran & Sage’s practice areas and individual attorneys with its 2016 edition. Chambers, an international publisher of legal profession guides, is esteemed worldwide for its detailed research and review process.
Henry Beck and Suzanne Scibilia were ranked in the Corporate M&A field. Henry, whose practice includes venture capital, corporate governance and SEC compliance matters, was described by impressed clients as “very meticulous” and “a fantastic asset.” Chambers noted his expertise in domestic and international M&A work. Suzanne was named a “Noted Practitioner.”
Ann Catino was ranked in the Environment category, and Chambers noted that she “has proven to be an expert in brownfield remediation.” She was also commended for her experience in solid waste matters, contaminated property issues, and regulatory compliance matters.
James Maher, ranked in Chambers’ Real Estate category, was praised as a lawyer who “pays attention to detail and has an inherent depth of legal knowledge.” Chambers noted that he splits his practice between finance and commercial real estate and advises institutional investors and real estate developers.
Chambers employs a team of 150 full-time editors and 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/methodology.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that seven attorneys have been honored by New England's Best Lawyers® in its 2016 edition. Recognized attorneys, from the Firm’s Hartford, New Haven, New London and Westport offices, include:
Vincent Liberti, Jr. recently took part in the Connecticut Land Conservation Council’s record-breaking Connecticut Land Conservation Conference. Vincent presented “Estate Planning, Charitable Gift Annuities & Other Creative Financial Planning for Land Trusts” along with Tim Abbott, Drew M. T. Iacovazzi and Margaret E. St. John. Nearly 500 conservationists attended the annual event—which offered close to 40 workshops, roundtables and seminars, 3 half-day seminars and a funders’ fair—to network and share ideas regarding land conservation.
Health Care Chair Arnold I. Menchel will be one of three featured speakers at "Connecticut Mental Health & The Law 2016," a seminar presented by PESI, Inc., a nonprofit providing continuing education to professionals nationwide. Attendees have the opportunity to earn 3.0 hours of Ethics credit.
The program, which takes place Thursday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cromwell, will cover involuntary admission for psychiatric treatment, duty to warn and duty to protect, confidentiality of information, mental health parity and treatment rights. Other speakers include licensed clinical social worker Richard Fisher and Connecticut Legal Rights Project legal director Kirk Lowry.
Click here to register for the seminar. A discount price is available until April 8.
The Connecticut Law Tribune recently published an article pertaining to overturned precedent in a zoning matter handled by Daniel Krisch, Chair of the Appellate Practice Group.
Court sides with Meriden in long-running zoning dispute
An eight-year legal battle over a used-car dealership has resulted in a state Supreme Court ruling that could affect future cases where a landowner argues that zoning rules have resulted in property being "practically confiscated."
The unusual case pitted various Meriden city officials against each other and, attorneys say, illustrated that the courts are becoming less deferential to decisions made by local zoning officials.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to sponsor the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s upcoming Diversity Town Hall: “Navigating Race and the Constitutional Rights of Students and the Media at American Universities.” Matthew Necci, Chair of the Firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group, is also Chair of the YLS.
The free program—to be held on February 16 at the Quinnipiac University School of Law Ceremonial Courtroom—will highlight first amendment rights issues during periods of student protests, and will address the legal and ethical challenges faced by university administrators and the media during these periods of unrest. Distinguished speakers include Eleanor JB Daugherty, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, UConn; Nicole Fournier Gelston, Associate General Counsel, UConn; Professor Leslie C. Levin, UConn School of Law; Sydney Parkmond, JD/MBA Candidate, Black Law Students Association, Quinnipiac University School of Law; and Jeevan Vittal, Reporter and Anchor, Fox 61 Hartford.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to provide continued support and funding to Capital Preparatory Magnet School’s Learn to Ski and Ski Racing programs, which offer students of the Hartford school the opportunity to participate in skiing and snowboarding. The programs provide equipment, lift tickets and lessons at Ski Sundown in New Hartford.
Dan Scapellati has supported the programs for several years. “Halloran & Sage is always interested in giving back to our community and it is our pleasure to step up and assist our friends at Capital Prep with the ski program. We have been doing this for a number of years and I personally have observed how much the kids enjoy the skiing and boarding. It’s a rewarding experience and we are happy to help.”
Halloran & Sage was pleased to be a gold sponsor, presenter and exhibitor at the 2016 New England Mortgage Expo, held recently at Mohegan Sun, for the third consecutive year.
The event featured key industry speakers, including Brian Rich and Melanie Dykas of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, who presented a seminar entitled “A Lawyer and A Mortgage Banker Walk Into a Bar . . . What Should They Talk About and Why Should You Care?” along with Judith C. Stumpo, Senior Vice President of Chelsea Groton Bank, Director of Risk Management.
NEME, held annually and presented by the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association and The Warren Group, is the largest, most inclusive regional mortgage conference.
Halloran & Sage welcomed over 200 friends and clients to an Open House event in celebration of the New Haven office, which recently relocated to a brand new office space located at One Century Tower, 265 Church Street.
According to Managing Attorney Gerry Giaimo, “This move reaffirms our commitment to New Haven.” The updated space supports current and future growth in all facets of the Firm’s New Haven branch—which features fourteen on-site attorneys—and helps to accommodate its ever-growing client base.
Allen Gary Palmer will co-host a roundtable discussion, “Immigration post-Paris and post-San Bernardino, and its Impact on Diversity and Inclusion in Connecticut Society,” presented by the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows.
Allen was selected as a moderator by the CBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. He teaches many Continuing Legal Education seminars and appears in CaseFlash and Practice Tips online for the CBA and was appointed to the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion in June 2015 by CBA President William Clendenen, Jr.
The timely dialogue is set to focus on immigration policy, both de facto and proposed, while exploring the pros and cons of various worldwide issues, including accepting refugees from areas of the world where the proliferation of terrorism is prevalent and the impact on the refugees settling in Connecticut, particularly on the legal system. It will be facilitated by the Honorable Saud Anwar, Mayor of South Windsor; Asha Rangappa, Associate Dean of Yale Law School; and Attorney Norman Pattis of Bethany, and regionally co-hosted by Allen as well as David V. DeRosa.
The program takes place on February 18, 2016, at Eli’s on Whitney. Click here for additional details.
Appellate Chair Daniel Krisch recently contributed the following editorial in his Connecticut Law Tribune bi-weekly column, "Dan K.'s Inferno."
Gun Advocates Misinterpret Second Amendment's Meaning
I want to get textual so we can hear the Constitution talk. Early last month, Justice Clarence Thomas waded into the national clamor over gun violence and gun control. In a scathing dissent from the court's refusal to review the constitutionality of a Chicago suburb's ban on "assault weapons" and "large capacity magazines," Thomas bemoaned the choice to "relegat[e] the Second Amendment to a second-class right." His complaint comes several centuries too late: The fault, dear Clarence, lies not in our courts, but in the language of the Bill of Rights that bearing arms gets less respect than its fellows.
I was reminded of Thomas' hyperbole in an odd fashion earlier this month. A day before President Barack Obama announced his plan to curb gun violence, a re-post appeared in my Facebook feed that, I presume unwittingly, echoed Thomas' theme: "Why do I need to own an AR-15?" the original post queried (superimposed over a photo of one). The answer: "Why did Rosa Parks need to sit in the front of the bus? In a free country, there is no requirement to show a need to exercise a right" (superimposed over a photo of Parks, though, fortunately, not of her holding an AR-15).
Thomas' dissent and that anonymous post seem, at first blush, to have nothing in common except their topic; but actually they suffer from the same logical flaw: the fallacy of false equivalence. Each assumes that the law must treat the right to bear arms exactly as it treats every other enumerated right merely because they are all in the Constitution. Only that is not the law generally, see United States v. Carolene Products, 304 U.S. 144, 152 n. 4 (1938)(expounding "preferred position" rule). Both Thomas' dissent and its social media doppelganger rest on the false premise that the only relevant aspect of a constitutional right is its presence in the Constitution.
Not so; falsely equating the right to bear arms with other rights ignores three inherent limitations in the language of the Second Amendment.
The Firm is proud to be a gold sponsor, presenter and exhibitor at the New England Mortgage Expo for the third consecutive year. This year’s expo will be held Friday, January 15, at Mohegan Sun Casino.
The event will feature top industry speakers, including Brian Rich, Melanie Dykas and Peter Meggers of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Judith C. Stumpo of Chelsea Groton Bank who will present “A Lawyer and A Mortgage Banker Walk Into a Bar . . . What Should They Talk About and Why Should You Care?”, an interactive, informative session about foreclosures and financial institution litigation.
NEME, presented by the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association and The Warren Group, is the largest, most inclusive regional mortgage conference and features a large exhibitor lineup and an attendee roster of over 2,000 mortgage professionals.
Halloran & Sage is proud to announce that four of the Firm’s attorneys have been included in the 2015 Super Lawyers®Business Edition, an annual directory of the nation’s top attorneys in business practices. Ann Catino and Kenneth Slater have been featured in Construction, Real Estate & Environmental, and Robert Cox and Craig Lifland are included in Business & Transactions.
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: