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June 12, 2018

Murtha Cullina LLP is proud to announce that, for the second year in a row, its Appellate Practice Group has received a “Litigation Department of the Year Award” from the Connecticut Law Tribune.  The award recognized appellate successes achieved for several firm clients.  

In 2017, the Appellate Group continued to help shape the law in several appellate matters of importance to the Connecticut business community. Appeals argued by Murtha Cullina lawyers encompassed many different areas of the law including, affordable housing and community development, arbitration, banking, construction and land use, insurance recovery, labor and employment, municipal, probate, and bankruptcy.   In addition, the group filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of organizations representing the interests of firm clients including the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

2017 was a special year for the Appellate Group, as it also marked two anniversary dates of U.S. Supreme Court cases involving Murtha Cullina attorneys – the 30-year anniversary of Fort Halifax Packing v. Coyne, 482 U.S. 1 (1987) and the 10-year anniversary of Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, 549 U.S. 365 (2007). 

The Appellate Group consists of some of the Firm’s most experienced litigators. The nearly 20 active attorneys in the group include the Chairs of the Firm’s product liability, construction, insurance recovery, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, municipal, and complex litigation practice groups. Members of the Appellate Group have litigated numerous appeals in the state and federal appeals courts at all levels in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.  Connecticut based members of the Appellate Group include:

  • Jennifer M. DelMonico
  • David P. Friedman
  • Michael J. Donnelly
  • Robert E. Kaelin
  • Kari L. Olson
  • Marilyn B. Fagelson
  • Taruna Garg
  • Rachel Snow Kindseth
  • Lorey Rives Leddy
  • Melissa A. Federico
  • Sarah Gruber
  • Eric B. Miller
  • Kristen L. Zaehringer

The Connecticut Law Tribune honored the Litigation Departments of the Year at the annual Connecticut Legal Awards Dinner on May 24.

About Murtha Cullina LLP

With more than 100 attorneys in six offices throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, Murtha Cullina LLP offers a full range of legal services to meet the local, regional and national needs of our clients. Our practice encompasses litigation, regulatory and transactional representation of businesses, governmental units, non-profit organizations and individuals. Core practice areas include litigation, insurance recovery, labor and employment, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, energy, health care, trusts and estates, affordable housing, real estate, land use and retail and hospitality. 

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