The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Athena Capital Advisors announced the promotion of Dana K. O'Brien '04 to general counsel on February 13, 2019. O'Brien joined the firm in 2014, and has worked as chief compliance officer and deputy general counsel. She will continue her chief compliance officer duties going forward.
Alex Thacher '00 has joined Armanino LLP as a partner, the firm announced on February 5, 2019. Thacher, who will lead the firm's State and Local Tax practice, was previously an attorney at Ernst & Young.
Attorney General-elect William Tong announced the appointment of Erik Lohr '02 as his associate attorney general for legal counsel. Lohr previously worked as an assistant attorney general, leading the Employment Rights Department. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Law since 2007. Lohr will assume his new duties when Tong is sworn in on January 9, 2019.
Connecticut Senate Republicans announced the hiring of Bryan Cafferelli '03 as legal counsel for the Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus. Cafferelli previously worked as lead attorney in the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
The New Covenant Center has appointed Charles F. Martin III ‘01 to its advisory council. The center, which opened in 1978, operates one of the largest soup kitchens in Connecticut. Martin is a partner at Robinson & Cole's Stamford office.
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. announced that John F. Presper ‘03 has been promoted to partner in the firms Alexandria, Virginia office. Presper, who serves on the firm’s Litigation and ITC Litigation practice groups, has been with Oblon since 2005. Before that, he clerked for Justice Thomas Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Day Pitney has announced that Daniel Gottfried '04 will rejoin the firm as a partner in its Corporate and Business Law Department. Gottfried previously worked at Day Pitney as an associate, before he joined Hinckley Allen, where he was named a partner. Additionally, Gottfried has assumed the role of chair of Day Pitney's International Transactions practice. He will work out of the firm's Hartford office.
MendenFreimen LLP has announced that Brian Annino '03 will join the firm's Atlanta office as a senior associate attorney. Annino will specialize in business law, estate planning and trust, and estate administration matters. Annino previously owned his own practice, the Annino Law Firm, a general practice firm also in the greater Atlanta area.
Minal Patel Davis '01 was honored with a Presidential Medal for her work combatting human-trafficking in Houston. Davis, who received both her JD and MBA from UConn in 2001, earned the award for her work as a special advisor to the mayor of Houston. Davis received her medal, the highest honor in her field, from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House on October 17, 2018.
Brian Farnen '03, general counsel and chief legal officer of the Connecticut Green Bank, and Moses Vargas '07, general counsel of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, were honored as 2018 GC Impact of the Year award winners by the Connecticut Law Tribune. The award is given annually to recognize in-house attorneys who had a significant accomplishment. The Tribune's fourth annual awards dinner was held May 24, 2018 in Hartford.