JUNE, 2020

Attorney Levesque will be presenting remotely at the Virgin Islands Bar Association Midyear Meeting in June on the technological impacts of COVID-19 on the practice of law.

MAY, 2020

Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque remains open with attorneys and staff working remotely in accordance with social distancing.  If you need to reach us, please call the regular business number, 860-522-8338, or email us.  Please be safe and well!

The Appellate Court decided Pfister v. Madison Beach Hotel, LLC, AC 41792. Attorneys Dowd and Garosshen represented the plaintiffs/appellees in the appeal.  

Attorneys Horton and Levesque finished their Appellate Advocacy class at UCONN Law School with final arguments by the students held through video conferencing. 

APRIL, 2020

Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque remains open with attorneys and staff working remotely in accordance with social distancing.  If you need to reach us, please call the regular business number, 860-522-8338, or email us.  Please be safe and well!

Attorney Brendon Levesque co-presented a webinar, in conjunction with the Connecticut Bar Association, entitled, "Arguing Appellate Cases via Video Conference During the COVID-19 Crisis."  The Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts will be holding oral arguments in pending appellate matters by video conference.  The Supreme Court began hearing cases on April 27, 2020, and the Appellate Court will start on May 11, 2020.  If you have any questions about the process, please reach out to Attorney Levesque!

On April 23, 2020, Attorney Dana Hrelic was sworn into the Virgin Islands Bar via remote swearing-in ceremony before the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands.  She will be focusing her practice in the U.S.V.I. on appellate matters before the Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

On Sunday, April 26, 2020, GLAD hosted Justice for All: GLAD’s 2020 Connecticut Event, a virtual interactive event honoring Gretchen Raffa for her dedication to the rights and equality fo LGBTQ people in Connecticut and beyond.  The annual event, held virtually this year, also explored how GLAD is working on LGBTQ issues in Connecticut and throughout the nation and ways we all can help.  HDBL is a Diamond sponsor for the event and Attorney Kenneth Bartschi and his husband James Salemi are on the host committee and are silver sponsors.

HDBL is on Twitter!  Follow us @CT_Appeals.

MARCH, 2020

Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque remains open with attorneys and staff working remotely in accordance with social distancing.  If you need to reach us, please call the regular business number, 860-522-8338, or email us.  Please be safe and well!

The Appellate Court decided Hamann v. Carl, AC41608.  Attorneys Dowd and Bartschi represented the plaintiff/appellee in the appeal.  

Attorneys Karen Dowd and Michael Taylor will be presenting at the "Don’t Win Your Case at Trial and Lose It on Appeal" CLE at the CBA Law Center at a later date.  Stay tuned for updates.  

On March 10, 2020, Attorney Taylor argued at the Appellate Court in Deleo v. Equale & Cirone, LLP, AC 42383.  Attorneys Taylor and Levesque represent the plaintiff.

FEBRUARY, 2020

Attorney Scott Garosshen presented Appellate Procedure 101 at the CBA Law Center on February 11, 2020.  

Attorneys Karen Dowd and Brendon Levesque represented the Firm at the UCONN Law Career Fair.  

JANUARY, 2020

Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque is proud to announce that Michael Taylor has become a principal in the firm, effective January 1, 2020.  

Attorneys Karen Dowd and Kenneth Bartschi spoke at the CBA Litigation Section Meeting, Annual Appellate Review for Litigators, on January 16, 2020.

On January 21, 2020, Attorney Scott Garsshen argued at the Supreme Court in Blondeau v. Baltierra , SC 20282.  Attorneys Garosshen and Bartschi represent the defendant/appellee. To listen to the oral argument, click here.

 

DECEMBER, 2019

Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Karen Dowd presented "Avoiding Ethical Violations and Maintaining Competency" to members of CDLA on December 4, 2019 at the offices of Danaher Lagnese.

 

Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque wishes each of you a very happy and healthy holiday season!   

NOVEMBER, 2019

On November 4, 2019, Attorney Dana Hrelic gave birth to her second child, a little girl, named Eliza Ann Ciolli.  Congratulations to the Ciolli family and welcome, Eliza, to the HDBL family!

On November 5, 2019, the Supreme Court officially released its opinion in Bilbao v. Goodwin, SC 20078.  The question:  what to do with a divorcing couple's frozen pre-embryos left over from an in vitro fertilization procedure?  Before the medical procedure here, the parties had signed a contract agreeing to discard any remaining frozen pre-embryos if they divorced.  The trial court invalidated that contract, while still ultimately awarding the frozen pre-embryos to the plaintiff on other grounds. 

On appeal, the plaintiff, represented by Attorneys Scott T. Garosshen and Brendon P. Levesque, argued that the contract should have been enforced.  The Supreme Court agreed and ruled in favor of our client.  This marks the first appellate decision in Connecticut about treatment of frozen pre-embryos in a divorce and sets the tone for future litigation about the legal ramifications of assisted reproductive treatment.

Link to Decision: https://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Cases/AROcr/CR333/333CR82.pdf

Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. was named a tier one Appellate Practice firm for the Hartford area by Best Lawyers.

The Connecticut Supreme Court also decided Mayer-Wittman v. Zoning Board of Appeals, SC 19972.  Attorneys Scott Garosshen and Brendon Levesque represented the plaintiff/appellant in the appeal.

On November 20, 2019, Attorney Karen Dowd argued at the Appellate Court in Hamann v. Carl, AC 41608.  Attorneys Dowd and Bartschi represent the plaintiff/appellee.

On November 21, 2019, Attorney Scott Garosshen argued at the Appellate Court in Pfister v. Madison Beach Hotel, AC 41792. Attorneys Garosshen and Dowd represent the plaintiffs/appellees.   

On November 21, Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. hosted its first Annual Thanksgiving for All.  Thanks to all who contributed food to be donated through Foodshare.  

OCTOBER, 2019

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Attorneys Brendon P. Levesque and Michael S. Taylor presented a seminar entitled, "Top Ten Tips for Avoiding Ethical Violations," sponsored by the Simsbury Regional Bar Association.  Topics ranged from communicating with clients, technology troubles, fee agreement mistakes, IOLTA account mishaps, conflicts of interests issues, and more.

Attorneys Levesque and Taylor are available to visit your bar association, firm, or place of employment to give a similar presentation. Click HERE to e-mail Attorney Levesque for more details!

SEPTEMBER, 2019

Attorney Wesley W. Horton was the featured speaker at the Plainville Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. on September 3, 2019.  Attorney Horton spoke on the subject of Connecticut Constitutional rights and how they differ from Federal rights.

Attorneys Wesley W. Horton and Kenneth J. Bartschi were named as two of "The Best Lawyers in America, 2019" for their Appellate Practice.  Attorney Karen L. Dowd was named as one of "The Best Lawyers in America, 2019" for her Ethics & Professional Responsibility Practice. Congratulations!

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