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.

Gregory D'Auria
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.”

Dan M. Smolnik

Member Spotlight: Peter Appleton


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.