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Mediated Settlement for Injuries from Three-Vehicle Accident

Congratulations to Joseph M. Porto and Tamar Birckhead for a $215,000 mediated settlement, agreed upon on October 10, 2017.  The case involved a claim for damages against the owner and operator of a tractor trailer.  The Defendants, through their insurance carrier, OOIDA Risk Retention Group, made no offer prior to mediation. The claim arose out

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Tamar R. Birckhead to be Featured Speaker at Evidence Seminar for Criminal Defense Practitioners

Our colleague and chair of our criminal defense practice, Tamar Birckhead, is a featured speaker at an upcoming seminar on evidence sponsored by the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  A former tenured professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, Tamar will be presenting on the recent changes to Connecticut

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All-Star Tax Series, Employment Law Update for Tax Practitioners

Our partner and chair of our employment practice, Louis Federici, was recently a featured guest panelist in the All-Star Tax Series, Employment Law Update for Tax Practitioners, sponsored by Edward Jones Investments.  The panel, moderated by Michael Tucker, JD, CPA, discussed various workplace legal issues that employers frequently confront including:  The Fair Labor Standards Act, FMLA, ADA, harassment in

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How Can I Apply for a Pardon?

The conviction of a felony offense not only has immediate consequences, but consequences that can last a lifetime. Applying for employment, losing the right to vote, the inability to hold certain federal and state licenses, and the continual reporting that one is a convicted felon are but a few of the adversities that a convicted

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What to Do if You or Your Child Has Been Accused of Violating a School’s Code of Conduct?

Nearly every school in the U.S. – whether secondary, college, or a graduate program – has a code of conduct that can subject students to sanctions for violations of its terms.  Although the consequences of violations can negatively impact your child’s academic and professional life for decades to come, there are few due process or

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Recovery for Injuries from Collision with Underinsured Motor Vehicle

Congratulations to our partner, Joseph M. Porto, for a $199,843 jury verdict rendered in Middletown Superior Court on June 1, 2017.  The case involved a claim for underinsured motorist benefits against the client’s own carrier, Liberty Mutual. The highest offer prior to  trial was $40,000. The claim arose out of an August 2, 2014, rear-end

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Connecticut Employers Need to Get Ready to “ban the box”

On January 1, 2017 Connecticut will join a growing number of states that “ban the box.”  Public Act 16-83 known as  “an act concerning fair chance employment” bars employers from asking prospective employees to disclose prior arrests, criminal charges or convictions on an initial employment application.  Also, an employer may not require an employee or

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Reducing Litigation Exposure…Easier than Employers Think…

Reducing and eliminating lawsuits or the potential of lawsuits is always a concern for employers.   There is a simple and cost effective way to reduce such risk- updated and accurate Employment Handbooks.  Employment laws are developing, evolving and changing at a rapid pace.  The accuracy of Employment Handbooks is imperative for employers to protect themselves

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6 Tips to Avoid Foreclosure

Going through foreclosure can be a terrible, stressful experience. Here are some tips to avoid foreclosure and advice in case you find yourself in this situation…

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Things To Know About Worker’s Compensation in Connecticut

Workers’ Compensation is in place to provide medical treatment, wage replacement benefits, and other benefits for workers who have been injured on the job or have become ill from their jobs…

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Five Things to Know About Wills in Connecticut

An estate planning attorney can explain why it’s important to have a Will. A Last Will and Testament is legal document that provides instructions to the person who will manage your estate as to how your assets should be divided upon your death and how they will be distributed….

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Navigating Post Divorce Issues

Navigating a divorce is not always easy. And your divorce attorney or family lawyer can help you through this difficult time. But it is also important to know if you can be taken back to court after the dust has settled. Here are a few reasons you may be heading back to court…

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Accessing Employee Social Media Accounts

Any good employment lawyer would tell you, as an employer it’s important to know which laws you are not breaking and which laws you potentially are…

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Personal Injury Laws and Statutory Rules in Connecticut

If you are thinking about filing a personal injury claim in Connecticut there are a few things you need to know first…

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