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Murtha Cullina Partner George Dagon Named Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

July 23, 2013

HARTFORD, CT (July 23, 2013)…Murtha Cullina LLP partner George A. Dagon, Jr. was recently invited to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Selection of a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation is recognition of a lawyer whose career has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the profession, service to society and commitment to the ideals and objectives of the American Bar Foundation.

“George is well deserving of this honor and distinction,” said Elizabeth J. Stewart, Managing Partner of Murtha Cullina. “His dedication to the law is a genuine asset to the firm and to the broader legal community. We congratulate George.”

Membership in the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is limited to one-third of one percent of the lawyers admitted to practice in each jurisdiction of the United States.

Mr. Dagon co-chairs Murtha Cullina’s tort and product liability practice group. His practice is primarily devoted to the trial and appellate defense of claims against companies engaged in manufacturing, transportation, chemicals, construction, and health care businesses. He has successfully tried significant product and tort cases involving a variety of consumer products, electrical products, fires and explosions, railroad accidents, toxic exposures, and claims of environmental contamination.

Mr. Dagon also provides clients with advice and assistance on matters of risk management and liability assessment. As a member of the firm’s insurance coverage practice group, he represents business policyholders in insurance coverage issues arising from claims of general liability, product liability, and professional liability. He also has substantial experience in the area of probate litigation, where he regularly handles fiduciary duty disputes, will contests, and other trial work involving trusts and estates.

Mr. Dagon has been a partner of Murtha Cullina LLP since 1988, and has previously chaired the firm's litigation department and recruitment committee. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Connecticut, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, First Circuit, and Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and serves as a Special Master in Connecticut federal courts. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the National Association of Railroad Defense Counsel, the American Bar Association, the Hartford County Bar Association, and the Connecticut Bar Association, where he serves on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section. He has been selected to Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers each year since 2008, and has been recognized as a Connecticut litigation star by Benchmark Litigation. Formerly an officer and board member of Neighborhood Legal Services of Hartford, he now serves on the board of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation. Mr. Dagon graduated cum laude from Yale University, where he was a member of the world renowned singing group, The Whiffenpoofs, and he earned his law degree from the University of Virginia.

Other Murtha Cullina Fellows of the American Bar Foundation include Francis J. Brady, Lissa J. Paris and John C. Yavis.

About the American Bar Foundation

Founded in 1952, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) is the nation's leading research institute for the empirical study of law. An independent, nonprofit organization for more than fifty years, ABF seeks to advance the understanding and improvement of law through research projects of unmatched scale and quality on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world.

About Murtha Cullina LLP

With more than 115 attorneys in six offices throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, 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, 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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