The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. announced the promotion of Michael Pepe '08 to partner. Pepe's practice focuses on representing contractors and real estate developers in insurance coverage litigation. Pepe works at the firm's Northeast headquarters in Trumbull, Connecticut.
Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC promoted Kathryn Foley '09 to director on January 1, 2019. Foley assumed her new position after being elected at a general meeting in December, 2018. Foley, who specializes in Intellectual Property law, works in the Burlington, Vermont location of the New England-based firm.
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP announced the promotion of Kara Kuchar '06 to partner on January 7, 2019. Kuchar, whose practice focuses on regulating financial service providers, has been with the New York firm since 2006.
Day Pitney LLP announced the promotion of three UConn Law alumni to partner on January 2, 2019. The new partners are: Sebastian Lombardi '11, who works in the Energy and Utilities practice group in the firm's Hartford office; Robert Rahilly '05, who works in commercial real estate transactions and financing in the Stamford, Connecticut, office; and Jennifer Soldberg '05, who works in the Parsippany, New Jersey, office, in commercial real estate transactions.
Robinson & Cole LLP announced the promotion of two UConn Law graduates to partner on December 17, 2018. Ian T. Clarke-Fisher ‘10, a member of the firm's Business Litigation and Labor and Employment groups, focuses on commercial and employment litigation. He works in the firm's New York office. Benjamin C. Jensen ‘05, a member of the firm's Business Litigation and Intellectual Property and Technology groups and its Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Team, represents clients in litigation and regulatory compliance matters involving technology, data privacy and cybersecurity. He works in the firm's Hartford office.
Murtha Cullina LLP has announced that Benjamin C. White ‘06 has joined the firm as counsel. White, who previously worked at St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens LLC for more than 12 years, will be part of Murtha Cullina's Intellectual Property Practice Group.
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on December 11, 2018 that Danae Serrano '05 has been named its acting ethics counsel and designated agency ethics official. Before joining the commission in 2010 as an assistant ethics counsel, Serrano served as an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
Kevin Welsh '05 has been named executive director of the Office of Environment & Energy at the Federal Aviation Administration, where he previously served as senior international advisor. He also has served as a director at the National Security Council, a member of the Environmental Affairs team at Airlines for America, and an associate attorney in the real estate and environmental practice of the Paul Hastings law firm.
The Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association honored Stephen Clancy '05 with its Rising Star award on November 12, 2018. The award is given annually to a civil defense lawyer who exhibits strong potential for leadership in the future. Clancy is a partner at Robinson & Cole LLP, where he is a member of the firm's Litigation Section, as well as its Insurance & Reinsurance Practice Group.
Jeannine Lewis '05 was sworn inas the District 33 Probate Court judge on July 23, 2018. Lewis won a special election for the seat and will officially take over for retiring Judge Terrance Lomme on July 30, 2018. Previously, Lewis worked in private practice with a specialty in probate law. The court serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.