CT Attorneys Form First Collaborative Business Dispute Resolution Group in State

Fifteen CBA members have come together to offer collaborative divorce resolution to the business community. The newly formed group, Collaborative Business Dispute Resolution (CBDR), provides an alternative to litigation, arbitration, and mediation. It is the first of its kind in Connecticut.

With a goal to avoid litigation and save time and money, this collaborative method differs from mediation when one neutral professional works with the parties to resolve disputes. The mediator assists in understanding each other’s points of view and developing settlement options. They cannot give legal advice or advocate for either party.

The benefits of collaborative business dispute resolution include:

  • Saving money and time
  • Reducing the risk and uncertainty of litigation
  • Allowing each party to participate in structuring a resolution
  • Allowing each party to take an active role in tailoring solutions to the particular needs of their business
  • Accessing the skills, talent, and experience of other professionals who can make a difference
  • Working in a respectful, private, and dignified environment, and preserve a relationship that may be worth keeping
  • Keeping all options open

The fifteen attorneys involved in creating this new type of business dispute resolution are David M. Barry, Jr., Jacobs Walker Rice & Barry LLC; Mark Block, Block Janney & Associates LLC; Deborah L. Dorio, Pease & Dorio PC; Bridget C. Gallagher, Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP; Brian T. Henebry, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP; Paul N. Iannone, Rogin Nassau LLC; John L. Laudati, Murphy Laudati Kiel Buttler Rattigan LLC; Frank A. Leone, Leone Throwe Teller & Nagle; David J. Markowitz, Markowitz & Mawhinney LLC; Justin L. Murphy, Kahan Kerensky & Capassela; Nicholas Paindiris, Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP; Michael A. Pease, Pease & Dorio PC; Margaret F. Rattigan, Murphy Laudati Kiel Buttler Rattigan LLC; James M. Saya, Rogin Nassau LLC; and Jonathan M. Shapiro, Shapiro Law Offices LLC.

Gregory D’Auria Appointed as a Supreme Court Justice

Gregory D’Auria was sworn in as an associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court after a nomination by Governor Malloy. Justice D’Auria is filling the spot on the bench held by Associate Justice Peter T. Zarella prior to his retirement in December, and he is the third state Supreme Court justice to sit on the bench without prior judgeship experience.

Justice D’Auria has worked for the Office of the Attorney General for 23 years, where he served as an assistant general, associate attorney general for litigation, and head of the special litigation and charities unit. Attorney General George Jepsen appointed him the state’s first solicitor general in 2011.

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Justice Gregory D’Auria
Connecticut Supreme Court

Member Spotlight: Dan M. Smolnik

CBA Tax Section Executive Committee member and tax lawyer Dan M. Smolnik of Smolnik Law Offices in Hamden, has been named by the Internal Revenue Service to its Taxpayer Advocacy Panel.

Established by the Department of Treasury in 2002, the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, is a Federal Advisory Committee to the IRS that helps to identify tax issues of importance to taxpayers and to provide taxpayer perspective to the IRS on key programs, products, and services. The Panel consists of a group of 75 citizen volunteers who listen to taxpayers, identify taxpayers’ issues, and make suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction.

Attorney Smolnik stated, “I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to serve the people of Connecticut and the country by helping to make the tax system more accurate and easier to use.”

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Dan M. Smolnik

Member Spotlight: Peter Appleton

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CBA member and Statewide Legal Services Pro Bono Attorney Peter Appleton, of Appleton & Appleton LLC, represented a low-income family who had been victimized by his landlord.

Attorney Appleton successfully utilized the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practice Act to secure $225,200 judgement in damages against the landlord who unlawfully locked out the the family from their vermin infested apartment, threw away the family’s belongings, and sent taunting text messages.

Judge Grant H. Miller, Jr. found that for all the countless acts of “callousness, mean spiritedness, and arrogance,” he had seen in his 38 years of trial and jurist experience, this case offended him the most. The judgement is now on appeal.