Allen Gary Palmer will be a presenter in the American Bar Association, Family Law Section’s live webinar entitled, “Taking on Babel: Effective Tools for Preparing Direct and Cross Examination of the Mental Health Expert.” Along with co-panelist Linda S. Smith, PhD., Allen, who is Chair of the Custody Committee for the Family Law Section, will discuss how to prepare for the use of mental health experts in family law cases, what discovery to request and how to utilize that discovery material during cross-examination. The webinar will be held online August 11, 2015 at 12 p.m. Click here for registration information.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that attorney Matthew Necci has been elected Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section for the 2015-2016 bar year. In addition, attorneys Melanie Dykas and Alyssa Swaniger have been appointed to leadership posts in the Section.
Dykas has been appointed Director of Law School Relations and Swaniger has been appointed Co-chair of the Section’s Workers’ Compensation Committee. Each will serve a one-year term.
With more than 2,000 members, the YLS is the Connecticut Bar Association’s largest Section. The members of the Section participate in law-related programs, professional networking, and social activities throughout the state.
Michael Wrona, a member of the Litigation and Commercial Law practice groups, will present a seminar The Summary Process--Procedures and Pitfalls at the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (CONN NAHRO) “The Summary Process & Election of Tenant Commissioners Training” on Thursday, July 30 2015 from 9:00 am - 12 noon.
Housing authorities are relying heavily on their tenants’ rental income to meet the cash flow needs of the property and it is imperative that authorities move quickly to protect their rights and maximize their rents if an eviction must occur. The seminar will outline the entire summary process action – from terminating the tenancy, to execution – with particular focus on compliance with Connecticut laws and relevant federal regulations. Click here for registration information.
Halloran & Sage has once again provided funding to enhance and improve the grandeur of Bushnell Park.
The firm made a top-tier donation to Leadership Greater Hartford to sponsor new game-top picnic tables and matching benches along a pedestrian walkway in the 37-acre park. The tables and benches, made of cast iron, concrete, terrazzo and brass, provide visitors with a comfortable setting to have lunch and enjoy impromptu games of checkers or chess.
Matthew Necci, chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group and a dedicated member of Leadership Greater Hartford, led fundraising efforts to purchase the five tables. Thanks to Matthew’s volunteer work and the support from Halloran & Sage and others, the tables were donated to the Bushnell Park Foundation.
Matthew said he was pleased to be part of the Firm’s efforts to improve the beauty of the park. “Hartford is unique. It has a lot of benefits of a big city, with also a small town mentality. We can make a concrete difference that can be seen here.”
Managing Partner Bill McGrath said Bushnell Park is a special place in the community. “We’ve been involved in several efforts to keep the Park attractive and inviting for visitors,” he said. “We are proud to be able to donate the funds to support this improvement.”
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that partner Daniel J. Krisch has been appointed Co-Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Appellate Advocacy Section Executive Committee. This section is charged with improving appellate practice through meetings and CLE courses; determining the nature, scope, and interest in an appellate certification program; identifying the resources and procedures required to maintain such a program; and identifying other means to improve the appellate law practice in Connecticut.
The CBA is a non-profit organization for lawyers and the legal profession in Connecticut. Since It was founded in 1875 of members that include lawyers and individuals in the legal profession with the goal of providing service to the public and progressing the principles of law and justice.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce its continued recognition in the Chambers USA 2015 Edition. Chambers is an international publisher of legal profession guides and is widely respected throughout the world for its comprehensive research and review process.
Expanding its position among top-ranked law firms, the Halloran & Sage Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate practice areas were each named as a “Recognized Practitioner” in Connecticut. Four Halloran & Sage partners were ranked in the prestigious guide.
Chambers ranked Halloran & Sage partners Henry Beck and Suzanne Scibilia in the Corporate M&A field. Henry’s practice includes venture capital, corporate governance and SEC compliance matters. He was described by Chambers as "a great corporate attorney who is very studious and very erudite in business matters." Suzanne was recognized as a “Noted Practitioner”.
Ann Catino was recognized “for her strength as an environmental litigator.” She was also commended for her expertise in remediation and Connecticut Transfer Act issues. Client sources told Chambers, “(Ann) is a very knowledgeable and influential lawyer in Connecticut; she has business acumen and a real breadth and depth of experience.”
James Maher was ranked in Chambers’ Real Estate Category. James’ practice highlights of 2014 included advising a major supermarket chain on the acquisition and development of a supermarket in Hartford County. Through interviews with client sources, Chambers described Jim as “very technically competent,” adding, “(James) provides a good balance of technical and business-minded knowledge.”
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
Halloran & Sage LLP is pleased to announce that four law students have joined the firm as summer associates. They will be based in the Hartford office.
Michael Angotti and Chelsea Choi are members of the class of 2016 at Western New England University School of Law. Michael is on the Law Review and received his BA from Norwich University. Chelsea has won honors for Computer Assisted Legal Learning. She received her BA from Syracuse University.
Zachary Dunn is a member of the class of 2016 at Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he is on the Law Review. He received his BA from Worcester State University.
Cassandra Martin is a student at the University of Virginia School of Law, class of 2017. She is a member of Virginia Law Women and the Virginia Law and Business Society. She received her BA from Boston College.
The Firm's Summer Associate program provides an opportunity for law students to work in a legal environment and gain practical legal experience and exposure to law firm practice. The goal is to provide summer associates with valuable and meaningful practical legal experience and at the same time give them a realistic picture of law firm life.
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.
Recently, the Central Connecticut Paralegal Association invited Brian Tims to speak at its full-day seminar. Brian presented a seminar entitled “The Paralegal’s Role In Managing Subpoena Compliance and Liability Claims”. During the interactive session, Brian discussed both procedural and substantive topics and tips concerning subpoenas and liability claims. Because there is no “one-size fits all” approach to supporting attorneys, Brian designed the discussion to provoke the attendees to think critically about their respective roles in relation to the nature, size, and type of offices in which they work. At the conclusion of the seminar, Brian encouraged the attendees to leverage such an understanding to identify specific ways to improve processes, increase efficiency, and achieve greater satisfaction at work.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that seven attorneys have been recognized by New England's Best Lawyers® for the 2015 edition. Attorneys were acknowledged in 13 practice areas from the firm’s Hartford, New Haven, New London and Westport offices.
The firm attorneys and the areas of law in which they were recognized include:
Henry Beck, Jr.: Corporate Governance law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions law, Securities / Capital Markets
Joseph Fortner, Co-Chair of Halloran & Sage’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Chair of its Intellectual Property practice, has been nominated and appointed as a Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).
With 2,500 members, the IADC is comprised of prominent and leading corporate and insurance attorneys throughout the world, ranging from attorneys in small and large law firms to senior counsel in corporate and insurance law departments and insurance executives.
Membership in the IADC is by invitation only and is the result of peer review, reflecting both success and a commitment to the profession. Joe is a Member of the IADC’s Business Litigation, Intellectual Property and Technology Committees.
Halloran & Sage partners and associates pulled together to help jumpstart the careers of hundreds of disadvantaged women during a professional attire clothing drive with the CBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS).
Melanie Dykas, a YLS executive committee chair, spearheaded the effort and the response from the Firm was impressive. Throughout April, business attire items were collected and donated to Dress for Success Hartford. The charitable organization provides professional clothing and employment programs for women to help them break the cycle of poverty. The effort aims to empower women to obtain safer and better futures.
John Howell recently led a webinar on the regulatory environment for contractors doing business with all federal agencies and the Department of Defense under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). More than 250 participants joined the discussion sponsored by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). John outlined how new acquisition regulations are impacting small and large government contractors. Participants also heard about potential future regulatory updates.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that 19 attorneys from the firm have been included in Legal Leaders Boston's Top Rated Lawyers of 2015. Attorneys were acknowledged in 16 practice areas from the firm's Hartford, New Haven, New London and Westport offices.
The firm attorneys and the areas of law in which they were recognized include:
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: