The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Mark Dendinger '07 has been named partner at Bracewell LLP. Dendinger's practice focuses on financial restructurings across company capital structures in various fields. Before coming to Bracewell, Dendinger worked at an investment firm for seven years specializing in secondary market transactions. He works in the firm's Hartford office.
Eric Baron '07 has been named partner at Cantor Colburn. Baron has been an attorney with Cantor Colburn in the firm's Hartford office since 2007. Baron focuses his practice on patents, and guides his clients through the entirety of the patent process in various technical fields. Before joining Cantor Colburn, Baron was an engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand.
Alex Horn '05 has been named Partner at Smith Anderson. Horn, who joined Smith Anderson in 2014, practices in mezzanine finance, debt finance and private equity. Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Horn was a global finance associate at Nixon Peabody.
Jason Weida '05 and Kyley Weida of Hingham, Massachusetts, happily announce the birth of their daughter, Sailor Marian, on December 12, 2017. Sailor is the third child in the Weida family. The oldest, Bowen, is six and Alden is three.
Robinson & Cole has announced the election of seven new partners, including UConn School of Law alumni Stephen O. Clancy '05 and Keisha S. Palmer '09, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Clancy, a member of the firm's Litigation Section and its Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group, focuses his practice on insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation, as well as professional liability and other complex litigation. Palmer, a member of the firm's Public Finance Group, represents state, municipal, and Indian tribal governments in the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable general obligation bonds and other debt obligations. They work in Robinson & Cole's Hartford office.
Robinson & Cole LLP has announced the promotion of eight associates, including three UConn Law alumni, to counsel, effective January 1, 2018. Lisa C. Riccio '99 works primarily in the firm's Hartford office, handling financial matters related to affordable housing and commercial real estate transactions as a member of the Real Estate and Development Group. Evan J. Seeman '09, also a member of the Real Estate and Development Group, works primarily in Hartford and concentrates his practice in religious land use litigation, land use and zoning, and real property litigation. Elizabeth K. Wright '09, a member of the Construction Group, works primarily in the firm's Boston office, handling all aspects of construction-related contract issues and litigation and focusing her practice on construction law, commercial litigation, and surety and fidelity law.
The Idaho State Bar will present a Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award to Sean J. Coletti '05 at a dinner on November 13, 2017. Coletti, a partner in Hopkins Roden Crockett Hansen & Hoopes, PLLC, and a city councilman in Ammons City, Idaho, will be honored for his pro bono work helping a man get guardianship over his young nephew. He is also a regular volunteer at a wills clinic for veterans.
Odilon Castello Borges Neto, LLM '05, will speak at Fordham law School on Nov. 17, 2017, on a panel addressing the topic U.S. and Brazil – A Discussion of Issues in Compliance. Borges Neto is the legal manager for South America at TechnipFMC, an oil and gas company.
Eric E. Walker '06 has been named to the American Bankruptcy Institute's 40 Under 40 initiative. Walker, a partner at Perkins Coie, has focused his practice on all aspects of commercial litigation, financial restructuring and bankruptcy. Walker is also co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Real Estate Committee and sits on the advisory board for its Central States Conference.