Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in National Peer Review Survey

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Fifty-six lawyers firmwide chosen by peers for inclusion in 2015 Best Lawyers in America

Robinson+Cole was again recognized as having the highest number of Connecticut lawyers selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Across the firm’s practice groups and offices, 56 lawyers were named to this year’s list, including 46 in Connecticut.

Additionally, the following six lawyers were named the Best Lawyers® 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” in Hartford, Connecticut, in the noted practice areas: Dennis C. Cavanaugh in Construction Law; Gregory R. Faulkner in Litigation – Construction; Judith M. Keppelman in Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Craig A. Raabe in Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Litigation – Antitrust; William T. Sellay in Corporate Law; and Theodore J. Tucci in Health Care Law.

Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer review survey in which attorneys submit more than 5.5 million confidential evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Additional information regarding the Best Lawyers selection methodology may be read here. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” A Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” designation is awarded to one lawyer in each of various high-profile specialties in large legal communities. These particular lawyers received the highest ratings among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Congratulations to the following Robinson+Cole lawyers from across our offices.*

1.    Kenneth C. Baldwin - Energy Law
2.    Bruce B. Barth - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
3.    Lisa M. Boyle - Health Care Law
4.    Dennis C. Cavanaugh - Construction Law; Litigation – Construction
5.    Cynthia R. Christie - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
6.    Thomas P. Cody - Real Estate Law
7.    S. Frank D’Ercole - Public Finance Law
8.    Alice E. DeTora - Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
9.    Natale V. Di Natale - Employment Law – Management
10.    Michael R. Enright - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
11.    Gregory R. Faulkner - Construction Law; Litigation – Construction
12.    Brian C. Freeman - Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
13.    Stephen E. Goldman - Insurance Law
14.    J. C. David Hadden – Nonprofit / Charities Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
15.    Felicia S. Hoeniger - Tax Law
16.    Christopher J. Hug - Litigation – Construction
17.    Judith M. Keppelman - Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates
18.    John B. Lynch, Jr. - Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
19.    Michael F. Maglio - Banking and Finance Law; Equipment Finance Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law
20.    Linda J. McDowell - Trusts and Estates
21.    Robert S. Melvin - Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
22.    Dwight H. Merriam - Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law
23.    Joey Lee Miranda - Environmental Law
24.    Linda L. Morkan - Appellate Practice
25.    Martin A. Onorato - Construction Law; Litigation – Construction
26.    Earl W. Phillips, Jr. - Environmental Law
27.    Craig A. Raabe - Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
28.    James P. Ray - Environmental Law
29.    Norman H. Roos - Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law
30.    Edward J. Samorajczyk, Jr. - Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
31.    Jacqueline Pennino Scheib - Copyright Law; Trademark Law
32.    William T. Sellay - Antitrust Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
33.    Jeanmarie B. Shea - Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates
34.    Robert H. Smith, Jr. - Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates
35.    W. Richard Smith, Jr. - Environmental Law
36.    Brian R. Smith - Land Use and Zoning Law
37.    Theodore J. Tucci - Health Care Law
38.    Gregory P. Varga - Insurance Law    
39.    James A. Wade - Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

New London
1.    Timothy D. Bates - Land Use and Zoning Law (former partner, Connecticut Superior Court Judge)

1.    Eric J. Dale - Mergers and Acquisitions Law
2.    Steven L. Elbaum - Real Estate Law
3.    Pamela K. Elkow - Environmental Law
4.    John H. Kane - Insurance Law
5.    Richard A. Krantz – Securities / Capital Markets Law
6.    Brian E. Moran - Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Intellectual Property

New York
1.    Matthew T. Miklave - Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management

1.    Brian W. Blaesser - Real Estate Law
2.    Michael S. Giaimo - Land Use and Zoning Law
3.    E. Christopher Kehoe - Real Estate Law
4.    Carla M. Moynihan - Real Estate Law
5.    Christopher S. Pitt - Real Estate Law (first year listed)
6.    Kathleen M. Porter - Information Technology Law

1.    Patricia J. Igoe - Commercial Finance Law
2.    Peter V. Lacouture - Energy Law
3.    Daniel F. Sullivan - Insurance Law

*Robinson+Cole uses different names for its practice groups than those provided, but for clarity, Best Lawyers’ terminology is used in this announcement.

About Robinson+Cole
Robinson+Cole is a service mark of Robinson & Cole LLP, an Am Law 200 firm with 200 lawyers in nine offices serving regional, national, and international clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Since 1845, Robinson & Cole LLP has expanded to meet the changing needs of clients. The firm represents corporate, governmental, and nonprofit entities, as well as individual clients, in a wide range of matters, including corporate; business and insurance litigation; tax and tax-exempt; finance; public finance; land use, environmental and utilities, and real estate; health law; labor, employment, and benefits; intellectual property and technology; and government relations. For more information, please visit

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