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February 2021

On Monday, February 22nd from 9 am to 10:30 am, Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Michael Taylor, who serve as Co-Chairs of the Hartford County Bar Association Appellate Law Committee, are moderating a virtual program entitled, Felix and Oscar weigh in on Connecticut Jurisprudence.  The program features retired Justices Joette Katz and Peter Zarella as they engage in a lively discussion with respect to their opinion about some of the most important cases in Connecticut Supreme Court history.  For questions, contact programinfo@hartfordbar.org. To register as a member of the HCBA, click here.  To register as a non-member, click here

On Monday, February 22nd, Attorney Dana Hrelic will attend the ABA Midyear Meeting of the House of Delegates.  Attorney Hrelic serves as a Delegate in the HOD on behalf of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.  She is scheduled to speak on several resolutions pending before the House.

Attorney Scott Garosshen will argue before the Connecticut Appellate Court in Pfister v. Madison Beach Hotel, LLC, AC 41050, on February 22, 2021.

January 2021

Happy New Year from the HDBL team!

Attorney Dana Hrelic served as a guest lecturer at Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University on Gender & the Law.  The class is taught by Professor Michelle Coughlin, Esq., the Founder of MothersEsquire.  Attorney Hrelic lectured on various principles of constitutional law, including analysis of gender classifications under the Equal Protection Clause.

Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Michael Taylor authored an article, "Technology and Legal Ethics: Defining Competence Increasingly Online World," featured in the January/February issue of CT Lawyer magazine.  Read it here.

Attorneys Wesley Horton and Brendon Levesque are teaching Appellate Advocacy at the University of Connecticut School of Law this semester.

December 2020

On December 2 and 9, 2020, Attorneys Brendon P. Levesque and Michael S. Taylor co-presented a CLE seminar with the Connecticut Bar Association entitled, Ethics - What You Need To Know, where attendees can learn about the different ethical challenges that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Attendees will earn 2.0 CLE Credits (Ethics). Check out the CBA website for more information and to register for either program.

On December 8, 2020, Attorney Dana Hrelic, along with Attorney Gordon Rhea, presented oral argument on behalf of the plaintiff-appellees in R.J. Reynolds v. Brown and R.J. Reynolds v. Gerald (2019-0049, 2019-0050), before the Virgin Islands Supreme Court.

On December 11, 2020, Attorney Dana Hrelic presented on Appellate Motion Practice in the V.I. Supreme Court at the Virgin Islands Bar Association 2020 Annual Meeting.

November 2020

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have named Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, PC a Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" for Appellate Practice in Hartford for 2021!  HDBL was also named a Tier 2 "Best Law Firm" for Commercial Litigation in Hartford for 2021.  Congratulations, Team!

Attorney Karen L. Dowd was elected to the Board of Directors for the Granby Land Trust.

October 2020

On October 5, 2020, Attorney Wesley W. Horton argued before the Appellate Court on behalf of the Defendant-Appellant in Kissel v. Center for Women's Health, P.C. et al. (AC 42469; AC 42493; AC 42505).

The opinion in Blondeau v. Baltierra (SC 20282) was released.  Attorneys Scott T. Garosshen and Kenneth J. Bartschi represented the Plaintiff-Appellee.

September 2020

The 2020 Connecticut Legal Conference was held virtually this year in response to COVID-19.  Seminars were presented from September 14 to 16, 2020.

Members of HDBL presented in five different seminars.  Attorney Brendon Levesque was a speaker for Ethics: 2019—The Year in Review, on September 14, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  See PE02 at https://www.ctbar.org/events-education/upcoming-special-events/clc/the-ethics-track.  Attorney Dana Hrelic presented at AAA Roadside Assistance for the Legal Profession: A-dvances in Technology, A-rtificial Intelligence, and A-lternative Fee Arrangements, on September 14, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. See PT01 at https://www.ctbar.org/events-education/upcoming-special-events/clc/the-presidents-track.  Attorneys Karen Dowd and Kenneth Bartschi presented their Annual Review of Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Court Cases on September 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  See CL01 at https://www.ctbar.org/events-education/upcoming-special-events/clc/the-updates-in-case-law-track.  Attorney Brendon Levesque spoke at Safe Harbors and Calm Seas, on September 15, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  See PE01 at https://www.ctbar.org/events-education/upcoming-special-events/clc/the-ethics-track.  And finally, Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Michael Taylor spoke on The Ethical Duty of Technology Competence: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know, on September 16, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  See PE03 at https://www.ctbar.org/events-education/upcoming-special-events/clc/the-ethics-track.

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Blondeau v. Baltierra (SC 20282), officially released on September 24, 2020.  Attorneys Scott Garosshen and Kenneth Bartschi represented the plaintiff on appeal.

August 2020

HDBL would like to announce that the following attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers.  Attorneys Wesley Horton, Karen Dowd, Kenneth Bartschi and Brendon Levesque have all been selected to Best Lawyers (2021 Edition) for Appellate Practice. Attorney Dowd is also a Best Lawyer for Ethics and Professional Responsibility as is Attorney Horton for Commercial Litigation in the 2021 Edition.  In addition, Attorney Scott Garosshen has been selected for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch For (2021 Edition) for Appellate Practice. To review Best Lawyer’s methodology process, please go to https://www.bestlawyers.com/methodology.

Attorney Dana Hrelic was a featured panelist in the "Governance in Transition Workshop" at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.  You can watch her presentation here.

July 2020

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Alpha Beta Capital Partners, L.P. v. Pursuit Inv. Mgmt., LLC, 198 Conn. App. 671 (2020) on July 7, 2020.  Attorneys Taylor and Levesque represented the defendants/appellants.

Attorney Dana Hrelic attended the virtual Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association, where she served as a delegate to the ABA House of Delegates for the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

June 2020

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

Attorney Scott Garosshen argued Oudheusden v. Oudheusden (SC 20330), before the Connecticut Supreme Court on June 10, 2020.  The argument was held via video conferencing.  Attorneys Garosshen and Bartschi represent the plaintiff in the appeal. Audio of argument

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 plaintiff-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 T. Garosshen presented Appellate Procedure 101 at the CBA Law Center on February 11, 2020.

Attorneys Karen L. Dowd and Brendon P. Levesque represented the Firm at the UConn Law Career Fair.

January 2020

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

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

On January 21, 2020, Attorney Scott T. Garosshen argued at the Connecticut Supreme Court in Blondeau v. Baltierra (SC 20282).  Attorneys Garroshen and Bartschi represent the defendant-appellee.

December 2019

Attorneys Brendon P. Levesque and Karen L. 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 interest issues, and more.

Attorneys Levesque and Taylor are available to visit your bar association, firm, or place of employment to give a similar presentation.

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!

August 2019

Attorney Brendon P. Levesque was a featured presented on a panel entitled, "Is Your Bar Tech Friendly?" at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents in San Francisco, CA on Friday, August 9, 2019.

Attorney Dana M. Hrelic represented the ABA Young Lawyers Division as a delegate in the ABA House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting on August 12-13, 2019.

July 2019

Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. was proud to serve as a producing sponsor of the presentation of The Scottsboro Boys by the Playhouse on Park in West Hartford.  It ran from June 26 through August 4, 2019. 

Attorneys Dana Hrelic and Brendon Levesque were successful before the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in obtaining a reversal and order for a dismissal of all counts against all defendants in Russell v. Richardson (No. 18-3004).  The primary issue before the Court was whether the Plaintiff's claims were barred by the doctrine of qualified immunity.  Attorney Hrelic, who argued the appeal, represented two of the Defendants, the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands and Deputy Marshal Richardson.  At oral argument she also argued on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands.  This victory puts an end to litigation that has been pending for several years.  Congratulations to Attorneys Hrelic and Levesque on their big win!

Attorney Dana Hrelic was successful in her appeal before the Virgin Islands Supreme Court from the Superior Court's judgment in Brathwaite v. Xavier, 2019 VI 26 (2019).  Attorney Hrelic represented the plaintiff-appellant.  The matter was reversed and remanded for a new trial.

June 2019

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Demond v. Project Service, LLC, 331 Conn. 816 (2019).  Attorneys Karen Dowd and Brendon Levesque represented the plaintiffs in the four appeals addressed by the decision.

On June 20, 2019, Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Scott Garosshen presented on Judicial Ethics at the Virgin Islands Judicial Conference on the island of St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, PC was a Pump House Sponsor of the 14th Annual Summer Solstice in the Park at Bushnell Park in Hartford.  The event took place on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 5:30-8:30pm.  We hope you enjoyed it!

The 2019 Connecticut Legal Conference on June 10, 2019, featured a number of HDBL attorneys headlining several different presentations.  Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Michael Taylor presented a seminar entitled The Ethical Duty of Technology Competence: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know.  Attorney Levesque also presented Shifting Landscapes: Adapting Your Firm to Emerging Threats. These two programs helped attendees fulfill their Ethics MCLE requirement. Additionally, Attorneys Karen Dowd and Kenneth Bartschi presented the Annual Review of Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Court Cases to a packed room.  It was a great way for attendees to get caught up on the recent developments in Connecticut law.  Thank you to everyone who attended!

Attorney Dana M. Hrelic, on behalf of the plaintiff-appellee, was successful in defending the judgment in an appeal taken by the defendant-appellants in Sutera v. Natiello, 189 Conn. App. 631, cert. denied, 332 Conn. 908 (2019).

May 2019

Attorney Wesley Horton argued Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Inc. v. Beverly Platner, SC 20071, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on May 2, 2019, on behalf of the appellant.

Attorney Dana Hrelic argued Russell v. Richardson, et al. (No. 18-3004) before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on May 15, 2019.

Attorney Dana Hrelic argued Kelly v. Kurtz (A.C. 41365; 41366) before the Connecticut Appellate Court on May 23, 2019.

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Oudheusden v. Oudheusden, 190 Conn. App. 169 (2019).  Attorneys Scott Garosshen and Kenneth Bartschi represented the plaintiff-appellee.  Certification was granted by the Connecticut Supreme Court on the petition filed Attorney Garosshen and Bartschi.  Oudheusden v. Oudheusden, 332 Conn. 911 (2019).

Attorney Wesley Horton, President, Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society, gave introductory remarks on behalf of the Society at the 2019 Law Day Ceremony on May 1, 2019.

The Appellate Advocacy Section of the CBA presented The Appellate Advocacy Institute on May 9 and 10.  The program was chaired by Attorneys Ken Bartschi and Brendon Levesque of Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque.  The program combined lectures with valuable experiential learning, and featured as its keynote speaker The Honorable Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Attorney Scott Garosshen participated in the event as an attendee.  Overall, it was extraordinarily successful, thanks in large parts to the efforts of Attorneys Bartschi and Levesque. Great job!​

Attorney Dana Hrelic attended the ABA Young Lawyers Division Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 2-4, 2019.  There, she led lobbying efforts with the co-sponsoring Senators on behalf of the ABA in support of the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act.

April 2019

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided St. Francis Hospital v. Malley, 189 Conn. App. 68 (2019).  Attorneys Michael Taylor and Brendon Levesque represented the defendant- appellant and successfully secured a reversal of the default entered against her.

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Deutsche Bank AG v. Sebastian Holdings, Inc., 331 Conn. 379 (2019).  Attorneys Wesley Horton and Karen Dowd represented the defendants in the two appeals decided in the decision.  

Attorney Scott Garosshen argued Bilbao v. Goodwin, SC 20078, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on April 30, 2019, on behalf of the plaintiff-appellee.

On April 2, 2019, Attorney Brendon P. Levesque was a featured speaker at the Ethical Considerations In Your Practice CLE, presented by the Connecticut Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Ethics.

Attorney Dana M. Hrelic attended the ABA Day events in Washington, D.C. on April 9-11, 2019.

Attorney Kenneth J. Bartschi's article Public Act 09-13 and its Significance to Marriage Equality Nationally, was published by the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society as the lead article in its annual journal, Connecticut Supreme Court History, Volume XI (2019).

Attorneys Karen Dowd and Kenneth Bartschi attended the GLAD 2019 Connecticut Event: Justice for All on April 28, 2019 at the Studio at Billings Forge.

March 2019

Attorney Kenneth Bartschi has been named a Distinguished Leader by the Connecticut Law Tribune as part of the 2019 Connecticut Legal Awards.  

Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Michael Taylor were facilitators at the roundtable discussion, THE USE AND ABUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BY CLIENTS AND ATTORNEYS, on March 7, 2019, at The Willimantic Brewing Company.  The roundtable was sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Foundation.  

Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Michael Taylor spoke on Maintaining Competence, Technology and the Practice of Law on Friday March 8, 2019, at Greater Hartford Legal Aid.

Attorney Dana Hrelic was a featured presenter on Advanced Appellate Practice: Federal Procedure and Novel State Issues on March 12, 2019 at the CBA Law Center.

Attorney Dana Hrelic was a featured panelist at the 2019 Virgin Islands Bar Association and American Bar Association Joint Young Lawyer Leadership Summit in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. on March 22, 2019.  She presented on "Making Your Individual Development Plan."

February 2019

Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Michael Taylor spoke at the CBA seminar "Managing Your IOLTA: What You Don’t Know and What to Do about It" on February 26, 2019 at the CBA Law Center.  The program covered IOLTA basics, including recordkeeping and the critical but often ignored three-point reconciliations, in addition to learning valuable information about the proper way to keep one's IOLTA account.

Attorney Scott Garosshen argued before the Connecticut Appellate Court in Oudheusden v. Oudheusden, A.C. 41050 on February 14, 2019. Attorney Garosshen represents the plaintiff. With him at counsel table was Attorney Kenneth Bartschi.

On February 5, 2019, Attorney Levesque made two presentations on risk management at a private law firm.  Attorney Levesque is available to speak at law firms on ethics or risk management.

January 2019

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Norris v. Town of Trumbull, 187 Conn. App. 201 (2019).  Attorneys Kenneth Bartschi and Brendon Levesque represented the plaintiff-appellees and successfully defended the denial of a motion to dismiss based on sovereign immunity grounds.

Attorney Dana Hrelic argued before the Connecticut Appellate Court in Sutera v. Natiello, A.C. 40749 on January 8, 2019. Attorney Hrelic represents the plaintiff. With her at counsel table was Attorney Brendon Levesque.

Attorney Michael Taylor argued before the Connecticut Appellate Court in St. Francis v. Malley, A.C. 40619 on January 8, 2019. Attorney Taylor represents the defendant.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Brendon Levesque.

Attorney Scott Garosshen argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court in Mayer-Wittman v. Zoning Board of Appeals, S.C. 19972, on January 15, 2019.  Attorney Garosshen represents the plaintiff.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Brendon Levesque.

Attorney Karen Dowd argued before the Connecticut Appellate Court in HSBC Bank v. Nathan, A.C. 40222, on January 15, 2019.  Attorney Dowd represents the defendants.  With her at counsel table was Attorney Garosshen. 

Attorneys Wesley Horton and Brendon Levesque are teaching Appellate Advocacy at the University of Connecticut School of Law this semester.

Attorney Dana Hrelic addressed the House of Delegates at the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting.

December 2018

Attorney Hrelic presented on the strategic use of amicus curiae briefs in appellate litigation at the Annual Meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar Association on December 7, 2018.

Attorney Levesque presented on Attorney Civility, Professionalism & Wellness at the Annual Meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar Association on December 7, 2018.

Attorney Horton presented on U.S. Supreme Court Practice at the Annual Meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar Association on December 7, 2018.

Attorneys Levesque and Taylor presented on "The Ethical Duty of Technology Competence: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know" on December 18, 2018 at the CBA Law Center.

Attorney Hrelic is mentoring a high school student through the Hartford Promise Program in conjunction with the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

November 2018

Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. was ranked a Tier 1 Appellate Firm for the Hartford Area by Best Lawyers.

Attorney Michael Taylor argued before the Connecticut Appellate Court in Alpha Beta Capital Partners, LP v. Pursuit Investment Management, LLC, A.C. 39388 on November 27, 2018.

Attorney Dana Hrelic argued before the Connecticut Appellate Court in Gonzalez v. Katz, A.C. 40692, on November 14, 2018.

Attorney Kenneth Bartschi argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court in Zhou v. Zhang, S.C. 20146, on November 14, 2018.  

Attorney Kenneth Bartschi attended a brunch hosted by GLAD to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, 289 Conn. 135 (2008) and marriage equality in Connecticut.  Attorneys Bartschi and Dowd were cooperating counsel in the Kerrigan case.  

Attorney Wesley Horton presented opening remarks on the Connecticut Constitution of 1818 at the Fall Conference for the Association for the Study of Connecticut History.

October 2018

Attorney Karen L. Dowd was named to the Top 25: 2018 Women Connecticut Super Lawyers List.  For the criteria for selection to Super Lawyers, see Super Lawyers.

Attorney Dana Hrelic argued Brathwaite v. Xavier, USVI No. 2017-0037, before the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands on October 9, 2018.  Attorney Hrelic represents the Plaintiff-Appellant.

Attorney Wesley Horton argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court in Deutsche Bank v. Vik, S.C. 20037 and 20038, on October 10, 2018.  

Attorney Brendon Levesque presented at a full day seminar on ethics and judicial ethics in the Virgin Islands. 

September 2018

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Jordan v. Biller, 184 Conn. App. 848 (2018).  Attorneys Karen Dowd and Brendon Levesque represented the defendant-appellants.

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Merk-Gould v. Gould, 184 Conn. App. 512 (2018).  Attorneys Kenneth Bartschi and Dana Hrelic represented the plaintiff-appellee.

Attorney Levesque made a presentation on risk management at a private law firm.  Attorney Levesque is available to speak at law firms on ethics or risk management.

August 2018

Attorneys Wesley Horton, Karen Dowd, Kenneth Bartschi, Brendon Levesque, and Michael Taylor were selected as Super Lawyers for 2018.  Attorney Dana Hrelic was selected as a Rising Star for Super Lawyers for 2018.

July 2018

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Kuchta v. Arisian, 329 Conn. 530 (2018).  Attorneys Scott Garosshen and Karen Dowd represented the plaintiff-appellant.

Attorney Levesque made a presentation on risk management at a private law firm.  Attorney Levesque is available to speak at law firms on ethics or risk management.

June 2018

Attorneys Karen Dowd and Kenneth Bartschi presented their “Annual Review of Appellate Cases” at the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 11, 2018.  

 

Attorney Brendon Levesque was a featured speaker on ethics in the program “Ethics: The Year in Review” at the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 11, 2018.   

Attorney Brendon Levesque was a featured speaker in the program “Shifting Landscapes: Adapting Your Firm to Emerging Threats” at the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 11, 2018.  

Attorney Scott Garosshen joined the Board of Directors of Civics First.  Civics First is "a private, non-profit association that promotes and conducts law-related education programs and projects in Connecticut's public and private schools, courtrooms and communities."  See www.civicsfirstct.org.  

Michael Massaro, a graduate of Fordham University, joined Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque as a Legal Assistant.

May 2018

Attorney Kenneth Bartschi argued Merk-Gould v. Gould, A.C. 40172, before the Connecticut Appellate Court on May 30, 2018.  Attorneys Kenneth Bartschi and Dana Hrelic represent the plaintiff-appellee.

Attorney Brendon P. Levesque argued Demond v. Project Service, S.C. 20026, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on May 1, 2018.  Attorney Levesque represents the Plaintiffs-Appellants.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Karen L. Dowd.

Attorney Brendon P. Levesque also argued Demond v. Project Service, S.C. 20027, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on April 30, 2018.  Attorney Levesque represents the Plaintiffs-Appellants.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Karen L. Dowd.

Attorney Karen L. Dowd argued Jordan v. Biller, A.C. 40314, before the Connecticut Appellate Court on May 16, 2018.  Attorney Dowd represents the Defendants-Appellants.  With her at counsel table was Attorney Brendon P. Levesque.

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Disciplinary Counsel v. Hickey, 328 Conn. 688 (2018), officially released May 1, 2018.  Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Scott Garosshen represented the defendant-appellant.

Attorney Scott Garosshen was a speaker at the CBA Litigation Section meeting on May 22, 2018 on "Year in Review: Updates to the Way We Litigate."

Attorneys Karen Dowd and Kenneth Bartschi attended the Annual Meeting of the James W. Cooper Fellows.  Attorney Dowd and Hrelic are members of the 2018 James W. Cooper Fellows.  

April 2018

Attorney Karen L. Dowd argued Demond v. Project Service, S.C. 20028, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on April 30, 2018.  Attorney Dowd represents the Plaintiffs-Appellants.  With her at counsel table was Attorney Brendon P. Levesque.

Attorney Brendon P. Levesque argued Demond v. Project Service, S.C. 20025, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on April 30, 2018.  Attorney Levesque represents the Plaintiffs-Appellants.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Karen L. Dowd.

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Deleo v. Equale and Cirone, LLP, 180 Conn. App. 744 (2018).  Attorneys Brendon Levesque, Karen Dowd and Scott Garosshen represented the plaintiff-appellant.

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Hirschfeld v. Machinist, 181 Conn. App. 309 (2018).  Attorneys Kenneth Bartschi and Dana Hrelic represented the defendant-appellee.

On April 17, 2018, Attorney Wesley Horton spoke at the Old State House, “Commemorating the Constitution of 1818”.

March 2018

Attorney Kenneth Bartschi was the moderator at the CBA LGBT Section Meeting presentation discussing Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and its potential implications.

February 2018

Attorney Dana Hrelic welcomed her son, Ethan James Ciolli, on February 15, 2018.  Welcome to the HDBL family, Ethan!

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Doctor's Associates, Inc. v. Searl, 179 Conn. App. 577 (2018).  Attorneys Scott Garosshen and Karen Dowd represented the defendant-appellants.

Attorney Karen Dowd co-presented at the CBA Litigation Section Meeting, Live to Fight Another Day: Issue Preservation for Trial Lawyers, February 22, 2018, at the Graduate Club in New Haven.

January 2018

Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque is happy to welcome Attorney Michael S. Taylor to the Firm as Of Counsel. Attorney Taylor will continue his appellate practice as well as his work in insurance coverage.

Attorney Kenneth Bartschi argued Hirschfeld v. Machinist, A.C. 39772, before the Connecticut Appellate Court on January 29, 2018.  Attorneys Bartschi and Hrelic represent the defendant-appellee.

Attorney Brendon Levesque argued Disciplinary Counsel v. Hickey, S.C. 19892, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on January 24, 2018.  Attorneys Levesque and Garosshen represent the Defendant.

 

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided In Re Egypt, 327 Conn. 506 (2018).  Attorneys Dana Hrelic and  Brendon Levesque represented the respondent father.

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Ridgaway v. Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Company, 328 Conn. 60 (2018).  Attorneys Wesley W. Horton and Karen Dowd represented the plaintiffs-appellees.

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided State v. Boykin, 179 Conn. App. 175 (2018).  Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Scott Garosshen represented the plaintiff.

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Deane v. Kahn, 179 Conn. App. 58 (2018).  Attorneys Wesley Horton and Brendon Levesque represented the plaintiff.

Attorneys Horton and Levesque are teaching Appellate Advocacy at the University of Connecticut School of Law this semester.

Attorney Karen Dowd was elected a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Attorney Dana Hrelic was elected a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

December 2017

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Cusano v. LaJoie, 178 Conn. App. 605 (2017).  Attorneys Karen Dowd and Brendon Levesque represented the defendant.

Attorney Levesque presented on Hot Topics in Ethics at the CBA Law Center on December 5, 2017.  There were three two-hour sessions.  This program offered a great way to fulfill your requirement of 2 CLE hours in ethics/professionalism.

Attorney Levesque argued Deleo v. Equale & Cirone, LLC, AC 38527 before the Connecticut Appellate Court on December 11, 2017.  Attorney Levesque represents the plaintiff-appellant.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Karen Dowd.

November 2017

Attorney Scott Garosshen argued Kuchta v. Arisian, S.C. 19730, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on November 7, 2017.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Karen Dowd.

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Bagley v. Adel Wiggins Group, 327 Conn. 89 (2017).  Attorneys Kenneth J. Bartschi and Robert M. Shields, Jr. represented the plaintiffs-appellees.

Attorney Dana Hrelic was invited to speak with the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference Board of Governors on November 3-4, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Attorneys Brendon Levesque, Dana Hrelic and Scott Garosshen served as panel judges for the University of Connecticut School of Law Moot Court Competition on November 14, 2017.

October 2017

Attorney Karen Dowd argued Cusano v. LaJoie, A.C. 39279, before the Connecticut Appellate Court on October 5, 2017.  With her at counsel table was Attorney Brendon Levesque.

On October 11, 2017, Attorney Brendon Levesque was a speaker at the CBA Law Center on Complying with the CT Rules of Professional Conduct: Avoiding Discipline and Malpractice.

Attorney Wesley Horton argued Ridgaway v. Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co., S.C. 19728, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on October 12, 2017.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Karen Dowd.

Attorney Dana Hrelic served as a featured panelist at the ABA Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section Fall Leadership Meeting on October 12-13, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida.

 

Attorney Brendon Levesque argued Boykin v. State of Connecticut, AC 39392, before the Connecticut Appellate Court on October 19, 2017.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Scott Garosshen.

 

Attorney Scott Garosshen argued Doctor’s Associates v. Searl, A.C. 38482, before the Connecticut Appellate Court on October 23, 2017.

Attorney Dana Hrelic attended the 2017 ABA Young Lawyers Division Fall Conference in Denver, Colorado on October 5-7, 2017.  As Chair of the Division, she oversaw all CLE and non-CLE programming and welcomed approximately 250 young attorneys from across the country to the meeting.

Attorney Dana Hrelic was invited to speak with the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee Executive Board on October 27-28, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

September 2017

Attorney Wesley Horton argued A Piece of Paradise, LLC v. Borough of Fenwick Zoning Board of Appeals, S.C. 19890, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on September 11, 2017.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Brendon Levesque. 

 

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided DiNino v. Federal Express Corp., 176 Conn. App. 248 (2017).  Attorney Dana Hrelic represented the plaintiff.

 

Attorney Wesley Horton argued Deane v. Kahn, A.C. 39006 and A.C. 39011, before the Connecticut Appellate Court on September 19, 2017.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Brendon Levesque.

 

Attorney Dana Hrelic argued In re Egypt E., S.C. 19914, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on September 20, 2017.  With her at counsel table was Attorney Brendon Levesque. 

 

2016 Appellate Review, co-authored by Attorneys Wesley Horton and Kenneth Bartschi, was published in the Connecticut Bar Journal Volume 90, No. 3.

Attorney Dana Hrelic was announced as one of three finalists by the Connecticut Law Tribune for its 2017 Attorney of the Year Award.

Students from Farmington High School interviewed Attorney Horton as part of a continuing project on Sheff v. O’Neill. 

Attorney Dana Hrelic attended the Opening of the Courts in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, as well as the Opening of the Legal Year at Westminster Abbey in London, England, both in her capacity as Chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

August 2017

Attorney Dana Hrelic was inducted as Chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) for the 2017-2018 bar year.  The ABA YLD serves almost 190,000 members across the country.  Attorney Hrelic is only the third ever ABA YLD Chair to come from Connecticut.

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Munn v. The Hotchkiss School, 326 Conn. 540 (2017). Attorneys Wesley Horton and Karen Dowd represented the defendant.

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Powell-Ferri v. Ferri, 326 Conn. 457 (2017).  Attorneys Kenneth Bartschi and Karen Dowd represented the plaintiff.

July 2017

HDBL is proud to announce that Michael Lanza, a recent graduate of The University of Connecticut, has joined the team as a new Legal Assistant.

June 2017

Attorney Dana Hrelic was sworn into the U.S. Virgin Islands bar as pro hac vice counsel in an appeal she will prosecute there.

Attorney Brendon Levesque was a featured speaker at the program "Ethics: The Year in Review" at the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 12, 2017.

Attorney Dana Hrelic attended the 2017 ABA YLD Leadership Training meeting in Chicago on June 15-17, 2017.  As the incoming Chair of the ABA YLD, she led the meeting and assisted in training almost 90 young lawyer leaders from around the country.

Attorneys Karen Dowd and Kenneth Bartschi presented their “Annual Review of Appellate Cases” at the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 12, 2017.

 

Attorney Brendon Levesque was a featured speaker on ethics in the program “Ahead of the Curve: Ethics in Practice” at the Connecticut Legal Conference in the morning on June 12, 2017.

May 2017

The Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society Law Day Ceremony took place on May 3, 2017.  This year’s theme was The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy. 

 

Attorney Wesley Horton, with Chief Justice Chase Rogers of the Connecticut Supreme Court, presented the Welcome and Remarks for the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society Law Day Ceremony on May 3, 2017.  Attorney Horton is President of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society.

Attorney Scott Garosshen attended the Young Lawyers Section’s 2017 Annual Legislative Breakfast on May 3, 2017 at the State Legislative Office Building.

 

Also, on May 4-6, 2017, Attorney Dana Hrelic attended the ABA YLD Spring Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

April 2017

Attorney Kenneth Bartschi attended the Connecticut Bar Foundation Annual Meeting at the Hartford Club.  Attorney Bartschi is a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Attorney Kenneth Bartschi argued Bagley v. Adel Wiggins Group, S.C. 19835, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on April 5, 2017.  With him at counsel table was Attorney Roberts Shields, Jr. 

 

Attorney Hrelic argued DiNino v. Federal Express Corp., A.C. 38798, before the Connecticut Appellate Court on April 24, 2017.

 

Attorney Wesley Horton was selected for inclusion in the Top 50: 2016 Connecticut Super Lawyers List, his tenth selection for this honor.  To learn more about Super Lawyers, see here.

On April 25-27, 2017, Attorney Hrelic attended ABA Day festivities in Washington D.C. in her capacity as ABA YLD Chair-Elect.  With others from the Connecticut delegation, she met with Connecticut’s representatives in the House of Representatives as well as with Connecticut’s senators to discusse issues including the threat to funding for the Legal Services Corporation.

 

The Development of the Right to Remain Silent in Connecticut,” an article by Attorneys Brendon Levesque and Scott Garosshen, was published in the Journal of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society, Volume IX.  Reprinted with the permission of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society.  (Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society copyright, 2017)

 

Attorneys Wesley Horton and Kenneth Bartschi attended the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Conference in Boston.  Membership in the Academy is by invitation only.

 

Attorney Karen Dowd was listed in the Best Lawyers Business Edition, 2017 Women of Influence Edition for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law for Connecticut. Attorney Dowd was also listed in the 2017 Connecticut Best Lawyers special advertising supplement for the Fairfield Business Journal and the Hartford Courant.

 

Attorneys Horton and Bartschi were listed in the 2017 Connecticut Best Lawyers special advertising supplement for the Fairfield Business Journal and the Hartford Courant.  Both lawyers were listed for Appellate Practice.

 

Attorney Dana Hrelic, as Chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Section, presented the 2017 CBA YLS Vanguard Award to Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore at Celebrate with the Stars, a Connecticut Bar Association program.  Attorneys Kenneth Bartschi and Scott Garosshen also attended the program.

March 2017

Attorney Wesley W. Horton argued Munn v. The Hotchkiss School, S.C. 19525, before the Connecticut Supreme Court on March 27, 2017.  To view the argument, please see here.

 

Attorney Kenneth Bartschi was one of the panelists at an Outlaws event, “Know your LGBT Rights,” at the Quinnipiac University School of Law on March 29, 2017. Topics included the current status of legal issues relating to LGBT individuals in the state of Connecticut and nationally. Other panelists included Michael Roberts from the Commission on Human Rights & Responsibilities and Attorney Nicole F. Seawright, a staff attorney with the CT Legal Rights Project.

 

The Connecticut Appellate Court heard two arguments on March 9, 2017 at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Attorney Wesley Horton introduced the cases to the audience prior to the arguments and then, after the arguments, moderated the question-and-answer period between counsel from the case and students. Click here for information on the proceedings.

 

Attorney Brendon Levesque spoke at the Quinnipiac University School of Law symposium, Litigation and Discovery in the Digital Age, on March 23, 2017. 

 

Attorney Hrelic attended the ABA Bar Leadership Institute in Chicago, Illinois in her capacity as Chair-Elect of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

 

Attorney Karen Dowd was quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune article, “Attorneys Say Annual Judge Reassignments Throw a Wrench in Case Continuity,” reported on March 2, 2017.

 

Attorney Hrelic was a speaker on a panel entitled “The Practice Popularity Contest,” at the Ms. JD Conference in Chicago Illinois.  She spoke on the importance of networking, how to navigate law firm life, and the challenges of beginning a law career.

 

Attorney Hrelic was also a featured speaker at the ABA Young Lawyers Division Mountain Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She spoke as a representative of the ABA YLD and presented ways to get involved in the ABA YLD including the opportunities for growth and development that the ABA YLD offers young lawyer bar leaders across the country

February 2017

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Chang v. Chang, 170 Conn. App. 822 (2017).  Attorneys Bartschi and Dowd represented the defendant.

Attorney Dana Hrelic, Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section for the 2016-17 bar year, wrote on networking in the Connecticut Lawyer magazine.

Attorney Levesque spoke at the CBA Law Center on Complying with the CT Rules of Professional Conduct: Avoiding Discipline and Malpractice CLE.

January 2017

Attorney Horton argued Kantorowski v. Kantorowski (AC 38385) before the Connecticut Appellate Court on January 10, 2017.

Attorneys Horton and Levesque are teaching Appellate Advocacy at the University of Connecticut School of Law for the spring semester.

Attorney Levesque spoke on risk management at a law firm.

The 2016-2017 Edition of the Connecticut Superior Court Civil Rules Annotated is here!  This year's Edition had been substantially revised in order to make it a more practical and useful tool.  For example, annotations to Chapter 10, Pleadings, and Chapter 16, Jury Trials, have been significantly revised, with bolded subject areas for easy reference.  These and other changes make the book a valuable resource for new and experienced practitioners.  This year's Edition is also a little slimmer, making it easy to take to court.

The 2016-2017 Edition of the Connecticut Superior Court Juvenile Rules Annotated, with annotations by Attorneys Levesque and Hrelic, is here.  There were significant changes to the Rules this past year.  This Edition, which includes both the updates to the Rules and updates on the case law, is an invaluable resource for any practitioner in Juvenile Law.

The 2016-2017 Edition of the Connecticut Rules of Appellate Procedure Annotated, with annotations by Attorneys Bartschi and Horton, is here.  These past few years have seen significant changes in Connecticut appellate practice, including e-filing and the transition from court-created records to party-created appendices.  These changes, plus analysis of procedurally relevant cases, including decisions from the past year, are discussed in the annotations.  The Connecticut Rules of Appellate Procedure Annotated has been repeatedly referenced by the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts.

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Gabriel v. Gabriel (SC 19571).  Attorneys Bartschi and Levesque represented the plaintiff.

December 2016

The Connecticut Supreme Court republished Western Dermatology Consultants, PC v. Vitalworks, _ Conn. _ (originally releated at 322 Conn. 541 (2016)).  Attorney Hrelic represented the defendant.

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Marciano v. Jimenez, 324 Conn. 70 (2016).  Attorneys Dowd and Levesque represented the plaintiff.

Professional Responsibility Review 2015, co-authored by Attorney Levesque, was published in the Connecticut Bar Journal Volume 90, No.1.

Attorney Bartschi argued Chang v. Chang (AC 38201) before the Connecticut Appellate Court on December 6, 2016.

"Kelo is not Dred Scott," by Attorneys Horton and Levesque, was the lead essay in the Connecticut Law Review, Volume 46, Number 5.  Subsequent essays by an array of esteemed analysts, including a Connecticut Supreme Court Justice and practitioners, reviewed and responded to that essay and the Kelo case.

November 2016

Attorneys Hrelic and Dowd filed an amici curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association adn the American Association for Justice in support of the petitioners in Lewis v. Clarke, Docket #15-1500.

Attorney Horton spoke at George Mason Law School on November 14, 2016.

Once again, HDBL has been recognized by Best Lawyers as a Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" for Appellate Practice in the Hartford Metropolitan area.

October 2016

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Keller v. Keller, 323 Conn. 398 (2016).  Attorneys Levesque and Dowd represented the plaintiff.

The Connecticut Supreme Court denied certification on Keller v. Keller, 323 Conn. 922 (2016).  Attorneys Levesque and Dowd represented the plaintiff.

Attorneys Horton and Levesque presented a webinar on Eminent Domain and Kelo's legacy, in conjunction with the International Municipal Lawyers Association on October 28, 2016.

Attorney Hrelic, as Chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Section, presented U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Bernice Donald with the 2017 YLS Diversity Award at the YLS Annual Diversity Award Dinner in New Haven.

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Doe v. The Boy Scouts of America Corp. (SC 19516).  The Court reversed the judgment of $11,854,166.11 and ordered a new trial. n The defendant was represented by Attorneys Horton and Levesque.  The defendant provided the following comment:

"The Boy Scouts of America is pleased that the court overturned the ruling and we are reviewing the court's opinions in this case.  These incidents from nearly four decades ago run counter to everything for which the BSA stands.  Youth protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America and our organization has always focused on the best interests of our youth.  In the nearly 40 years since these events took place we have continued to develop and enhance our efforts to protect youth, regularly consulting with experts form law enforcement, child safety, psychology, and other disciplines to ensure our efforts consistently evolve along with the ever-changing awareness of the dangers and challenges facing youth.  For more information about the BSA's youth protection policies, please visit http://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/key-topics/youth-protection/".

See a video of Attorney Horton's argument at the Supreme Court here, recorded on the Connecticut Network (CTN):  http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID-12675.

Attorney Hrelic was featured on the Microsoft Devices Blog for her use of Microsoft Surface Pro 4 both at the office and on the road.

Attorney Bartschi argued Gabriel v. Gabriel (SC 19571) before the Connecticut Supreme Court on October 11, 2016.

Attorney Dowd argued Marciano v. Jimenez (SC 19547) before the Connecticut Supreme Court on October 20, 2016.

Attorney Levesque spoke at Complying with the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct: Avoiding Discipline and Malpractice CBA CLE on October 18, 2016.

Attorney Levesque spoke at A Symposium on the Life and Career of Justice Antonin Scalia on October 6, 2016, at the Quinnipiac University School of Law.

September 2016

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided LaFrance v. Lodmell, 322 Conn. 828 (2016).  Attorneys Hrelic and Horton represented the defendant.

We are pleased to announce that Scott Garosshen has joined the firm as an Associate.  Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Garosshen clerked for the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Attorney Levesque argued Keller v. Keller (SC 19547) before the Connecticut Supreme Court on September 22, 2016.

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Hornung v. Hornung (SC 19361).  Attorneys Bartschi and Horton represented the defendant.

Attorney Horton attended the European Circuit Annual Conference in Dublin and spoke at Presenting Cases in Luxembourg and in Appellate Courts - Views from the Bar and Bench

Attorney Horton spoke at the CBA Appellate Advocacy Section meeting about the 20th anniversary of Sheff v. O'Neill decision.

Attorney Levesque presented a Practice Tip on Competence in the 21st Century for the CBA.

Attorneys Hrelic (Class of '08) and Levesque attended the recent UConn Law School Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.

Attorney Hrelic served as a guest lecturer in Appellate Law in a class taught by Justice Barry Schaller at Yale Law School.

Attorney Hrelic attended the ABA Section Officers Conference in Chicago, IL.  She participated in a panel entitled, Navigating Engagement and Retention from Law Student to Senior LAwyer, providing tips to practitioners on engaging and retaining young lawyer members in the ABA's various sections, divisions and forums.

August 2016

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Western Dermatology Consultants, PC v. Vitalworks, Inc. (SC 19248).  Attorney Hrelic represented the defendant.

Attorney Levesque presented a Practice Tip on Competence in the 21st Century for the CBA.

Attorney Hrelic attended the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.  She currently serves as the Chair-Elect of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

July 2016

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided In re Egypt E. (SC 19643).  Attorneys Hrelic and Levesque represented the appellant.

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Keller v. Keller (AC 37263, 37560).  Attorneys Dowd and Levesque represented the plaintiff.

June 2016

Attorneys Dowd and Bartschi presented the Annual Review of Appellate Cases with Ken Bartschi and Karen Dowd, at the CBA Connecticut Legal Conference on June 13, 2016.

Attorney Levesque was a co-presenter of Ahead of the Curve: Ethics in Practice, at the CBA Connecticut Legal Conference on June 13, 2016.

May 2016

Attorneys Bartschi and Levesque were the Program Chairs for the Appellate Advocacy Institute presented by the Appellate Advocacy Section of the CBA.  The Institute was held on May 5 and 6, 2016, at the CBA Law Center in New Britain.

Attorney Hrelic argued In re Egypt E. (SC 19643, 19644) before the Connecticut Supreme Court on May 3, 2016.

Attorney Dowd argued Keller v. Keller (AC 37263, 37560) before the Connecticut Appellate Court on May 10, 2016.

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Ridgaway v. Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co. (AC 37511).  Attorney Horton represented the plaintiffs.

Attorneys Dowd and Horton participated as faculty members in the Appellate Advocacy Institute.

For the first time, the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society collaborated in a presentation of Law Day on May 2, 2016.  THe NAtional Law Day theme marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court caes, Miranda v. Arizona.  The one-hour program was presented in two parts.  In teh first part, students from Bloomfield High School presented their findings with regard to whether criminal defendants received the same or greater procedural protections under our state constitution in comparison with the federal constitution.  The student presentations examined the good faith exception to the exclusionary rule, warrantless arrests, seizures, and counsel's attempts to contact a defendant.  The students studied comparable cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Connecticut Supreme Court.  At the conclusion of the presentations, the students received a certificate of recognition from Chief Justice Rogers.  In the second part of the program, there was a re-enactment of State of Connecticut v. Castelli, a 1917 case.  The case was introduced by Jonathan Weiner, and argued by Attorney Levesque for the defendants and Attorney Greg D'Auria for the state.  Justices Rogers, Zarella and Robinson formed an active bench.  In the dissenting opinion to Castelli, Justice Wheeler recognized the need for a Miranda-like warning nearly 50 years prior to the Miranda decision.  It was a historically relevant and signficant case.  The program was attended by members of this historical society, clerks, lawyers, judges, Bloomfield high school students, Capital Prep students, and Our Lady of Mercy students.

The CBA LGBT Section Meeting program was Kerrigan from the Inside.  The program noted, "In 2008, Connecticut made hsitory when the State Supreme Court ruled that civil union statutes specifically violated the equal protection clause of the state constitution and became only the third state in the nation to legalize gay marriages.  While the justices' eloquent arguments in Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health led the way for social justice for a new century, what was it like for the plaintiff couples, lawyers, and advocates behind the scenes?"  Attorney Bartschi, one of the counsel for the plaintiffs, was the speaker on the legal perspective.

Attorney Levesque spoke at the ABA Law Practice Division Spring Meeting 2016 in St. Thomas, VI.  Attorney Levesque and two other panelists presented, Can You Afford to Not be Social?  The Ethical and Effective Use of Social Media.  The program addressed both the use of social media and the ethics rules implicated by the use of social media and its application to developing business with a focus on Communications, Research, Marketing, and Firm Reputation.

Attorney Dowd was listed in the Best Lawyers Business Edition Special Edition, Women in the Law, Spring 2016.

Attorney Horton presided over the Annual Meeting and Dinner for the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society.

Attorney Bartschi authored an article, The Path to Marriage Equality and the Road Ahead, in the ABA Section of Family Law Family Advocate, Spring 2016.

Attorney Levesque spoke on risk management at a law firm.

April 2016

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided Whitney v. J.M. Scott Asscoiates, 164 Conn. App. 420 (2015).  Attorneys Bartschi and Dowd represented the defendant.

Attorney Horton argued Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. (SC 19516) before the Connecticut Supreme Court on April 1, 2016.

Attorney Hrelic argued LaFrance v. Lodmell (SC 19614) before the Connecticut Supreme Court on April 6, 2016.

March 2016

Attorney Horton argued Ridgaway v. Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co. (AC 37511) before the Connecticut Appellate Court on March 3, 2016.

February 2016

Attorney Levesque was a presenter at the CLE seminar, Complying with the CT Rules of Professional Conduct: Avoiding Discipline & Malpractice, on February 2, 2016 at the CBA Law Center.

The Connecticut Appellate Court decided R.S. Silver Enterprises, Inc. v. Pascarella, 163 Conn. App. 1 (2015).  Attorneys Horton and Bartschi represented the defendant.  Certification was denied at 320 Conn. 929 (2016).

Attorney Horton was a guest lecturer for the Litchfield Courthouse, Celebrated Cases, and Legal Leading Lights lecture series at the Litchfield History Museum.  Attorney Horton spoke on Famous Justices from Litchfield County.

Attorney Horton was one of the speakers at the CBA Appellate Advocacy Panel DIsucssion: Supervisory Authority & the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Attorney Hrelic attended the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego, CA in her capacity as the Secretary of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

January 2016

Following Attorney Hrelic's amicus brief on behalf of Amicus Curiae Virgin Islands Bar Association in the United States Supreme Court case, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle, et al. (No. 15-108), in which she questioned the Supreme Court's jurisdiction to hear the matter, the Court issued a letter to all parties ordering them to be prepared to discuss jurisdiction at oral argument on January 13, 2016.  Attorney Hrelic's brief was the only one filed by any party or amicus curiae to raise the question of jurisdiction.  For more about Attorney Hrelic's brief and the questions it has raised for the Court and parties to address, see the SCOTUS Blog.

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