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.