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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.  And be safe and well!

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 Michael Taylor argued at the Appellate Court in Deleo v. Equale & Cirone, LLP, AC 42383.  Attorneys Taylor and Levesque represent the plaintiff.


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.  


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.



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.    


   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.  


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!


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 Levesque was a featured presenter 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 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).

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