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May 13, 2021

HARTFORD, CT (May 12, 2021)…Murtha Cullina LLP is proud to announce that three of its attorneys have been named 2021 “New Leaders in the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune. Patrick D. Coughlin, Emily McDonough Souza and Joseph D. Szerejko were selected for this honor for their outstanding legal work, pro bono efforts, service to the bar and community involvement.

Mr. Coughlin is a member of the Trusts and Estates Department.  His practice includes estate planning, estate and probate administration and estate litigation.  He works closely with clients to develop and implement sophisticated estate plans and drafts various estate and trust administration documents for clients in Connecticut and New York. He also prepares federal estate tax returns in both states. Mr. Coughlin received his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law and his B.S. from Fordham University.

Ms. Souza is a member of the Litigation Department and the Labor and Employment Practice Group.  Her experience includes representing clients in a broad range of disputes involving insurance coverage, business torts, and contractual rights, as well as representing employers in claims involving discrimination and retaliation, breach of non-compete and restrictive covenants, and wage and hour violations.  She has regularly appeared on behalf of clients in both state and federal court matters.  Ms. Souza received her J.D. magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law and her B.S. magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Szerejko is a member of the Litigation Department, as well as the Municipal, Land Use, Appellate, Retail, and Community Banking Practice Groups. He represents individuals, municipalities, municipal officials, and business entities, both as plaintiff and defendant, in various litigation matters.  He has argued pretrial motions in Connecticut Superior Court and he has presented evidence on behalf of municipalities at administrative hearings and at hearings before Connecticut Superior Court.  Mr. Szerejko received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Bates College. 

The Connecticut Law Tribune honored the New Leaders in the Law at the annual Connecticut Legal Awards on May 12.

About Murtha Cullina LLP

With 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, corporate, commercial finance, insurance recovery, labor and employment, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, energy, health care, trusts and estates, intellectual property, real estate, land use and retail and hospitality. 

Murtha Cullina is the exclusive member firm in Connecticut for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide; and the exclusive Connecticut member firm of State Law Resources, an international network of independent law firms. For more information, visit

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