Eighteen Graduates of the Law School Have Been Named Among the CT Law Tribune’s New Leaders In the Law

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Eighteen Graduates of the Law School Have Been Named Among the CT Law Tribune’s New Leaders In the Law
November 8, 2013
Hartford, CT

Eighteen graduates of UConn Law have recently been named to the Connecticut Law Tribune’s annual “New Leaders in the Law” publication. They were chosen from more than 300 nominations of attorneys from throughout Connecticut who are 40 years old or younger. Sixty two young lawyers are listed in the publication’s Class of 2013. UConn Law graduates include:

Eric J. Baron '07, Associate, Cantor Colburn (Hartford)
“Eric represents clients on all aspects of patent application preparation, prosecution, and patent portfolio development. Eric always gets compliments from clients on his work. He understands the clients' most complex technologies and their business goals, and uses this understanding to focus on what is important to secure patents that fully protect their intellectual property.”

Adam J. Blank '04, Associate, Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky (Stamford)
“In nearly every case [Adam] is involved with he comes up with out-of-the-box solutions which challenge the status quo and adds value. Over the years, he has argued many issues of first impression in the trial courts. Adam is adept at transforming complicated legal ideas and 'legal speak' into plain language that clients, adversaries and judges appreciate.

Jason A. Buchsbaum '05, Principal, Cohen and Wolf (Danbury)
“Unlike many other lawyers his age, Jason has significant trial experience and is an excellent trial lawyer. He also has an analytical mind which enables him to handle cases in a wide variety of areas, including commercial disputes, real estate and zoning matters, and municipal law.”

Christopher T. Calio '00, Vice President/General Counsel – Aircraft Systems,  UTC Aerospace Systems (Hartford)
“[Christopher] gives real meaning to the title 'General Counsel.' He not only provides clear and effective legal advice, but also possesses deep knowledge of the underlying business, which has enabled him to become an important advisor.”

Edwin D. Colon '09, Staff Attorney, Center for Children’s Advocacy (Hartford)
“Edwin represents low-income children who are the most vulnerable in our state — victims of abuse and neglect, children with disabilities, and children who are new to our country. He is a skilled advocate who can get 'up to speed' quickly when need be.”

Brian R. Farnen '02, General Counsel, Energy Finance and Investment Authority (Rocky Hill)
“He has consistently found ways to overcome significant hurdles to financing clean energy projects. His rapid success in clean energy finance has been based upon his excellent grasp of relevant legal and business issues and his dedication to increasing renewable energy opportunities within the state.”

Timothy A. Johnson '02, Senior Patent Counsel, Energizer Holdings, Inc. (Shelton)
“For the last few years, Tim has been on the board of the Connecticut Intellectual Property Lawyers Association after serving as president. In addition, he has assisted in drafting local patent rules for the state…Tim was part of a committee that requested a regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office be located in Connecticut.”

Dylan P. Kletter '08, Associate, Brown Rudnick (Hartford)
“[Dylan] has been a leading associate on a number of multi-billion dollar bankruptcy cases, including major Madoff-related cases in the Southern District of New York and the Tribune bankruptcy in Delaware. Mostly, Dylan litigates major fraud and contract cases across the country on behalf of multi-billion dollar private equity firms, which pits him against the country's largest law firms.”

Julie L. Mahaney '08, Associate, Edwards Wildman Palmer (Hartford)“
Julie is a skilled insurance regulatory and transactional lawyer who advises clients in all sectors of the insurance and financial services industries on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law governance, and insurance regulatory compliance.”

Charles F. Martin, III '01, Partner, Robinson & Cole (Stamford)
“For more than a decade, Chuck has been an innovator in local and national real estate markets, by adding value to leasing, acquisition, disposition, and financing deals…Elected in 2009 as the youngest of the nine real estate partners in the firm, his exceptional legal skills and demonstrated leadership have propelled him to excel within the firm.

Christopher Meisenkothen '99, Partner, Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen (New Haven)
“Chris is the 'go-to guy' when it comes to asbestos litigation in Connecticut. Chris obtained the only two asbestos verdicts in Connecticut in 20 years.”

Adam S. Mocciolo '05, Associate, Pullman & Comley (Bridgeport)
“Adam has achieved early and considerable records of success in two distinct practice areas. He has added depth and strength to the firm's litigation practice in complex intellectual property, banking, and financial cases, and in particular through his involvement in one of the largest and most visible antitrust matters in the United States.”

Tracy L. Montalbano '03, Partner, Halloran & Sage (Hartford)
“Tracy established herself as a litigator at a reputable small firm where she handled personal injury lawsuits. With this foundation, Tracy transitioned to Halloran & Sage and has focused insurance coverage litigation. She rose to partnership inside of five years, having achieved favorable results in numerous cases along the way.”

Rachel A. Pencu '04, Principal, Cohen and Wolf (Bridgeport)
“Rachel is extremely intelligent and hard working. She understands the legal system, but also possesses the common sense and people skills of a far more seasoned practitioner.”

Sally Welch St. Onge '07, Associate, Jackson Lewis (Hartford)
“Sally is a standout in the Connecticut legal profession based on her commitment to pro bono work and her focus on the practice of employment litigation and preventative counseling...Sally has provided countless hours to not-for-profit organizations by being a presenter at the Pro Bono Partnership's and the firm's employment law 'Boot Camp,' providing advice and counsel on complex unemployment policy issues and other employment matters and litigating several matters for not-for-profits to successful conclusion.”

Lee S. Sharp '06, Associate, Brown Rudnick (Hartford)
“Prior to becoming an attorney, [Lee] held other environmental and energy positions that provide her an enhanced and practical approach to energy and environmental issues. Specifically, during law school Lee interned at the Connecticut Department of Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, where she assisted with climate change initiatives and participated in the department's oversight of generation supply procurement.”

Tiffany L. Stevens '03, Associate, McCarter & English (Hartford)
“[Tiffany] actively negotiated a $5 million settlement with the State of Connecticut on behalf of the first individual exonerated in Connecticut through the use of DNA evidence. Later, she provided expert testimony to the legislature in support of a compensation statute to assist individuals exonerated after wrongful conviction.”

Eamonn S. Wisneski '05, Associate, Dzialo, Pickett & Allen (Middletown)
“Attorney Wisneski stands out as a leader both due to his varied accomplishments and his commitment to helping other young lawyers hone their advocacy skills…He also devotes considerable time to helping other young lawyers, as evidenced by his work as co-chair of the litigation committee for the Connecticut Bar Association's Young Lawyer section.”

To read the full story about these notable attorneys, please visit the Connecticut Law Tribune’s New Leader In the Law webpage.