Joseph G. Fortner, Jr. was recently appointed Chair of ALFA International’s Business Litigation Practice Group, and will serve in that role for the next two years. ALFA is a global network of 150 independent law firms from across the United States and around the world. Through their practice groups, ALFA’s member attorneys leverage their collective expertise to provide clients with high-quality, cost-efficient legal services worldwide.
Joseph recently also served as Chair of the ALFA Business Litigation Practice Group’s 2017 Seminar, “Successfully Trekking along the Precipice: Protecting Your Company Before, During, and After ‘Bet the Company’ Litigation.” With a panel of twenty national and international speakers and a mock jury presentation, Joseph developed a program which used a hypothetical fact pattern to examine how companies can best position themselves when faced with potentially existential litigation.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Foundation is charged with affirming the commitment of local attorneys to the community of Greater New Haven. Through grants and law-related public service programs, the Foundation provides financial support to organizations that promote justice, assist the needy, and contribute to the greater public good.
“I am excited about the next year ahead with Mike Leone at the helm of the Foundation of the New Haven County Bar. He has the magical (and vital) combination of fundraising acumen and passion for charity and approaches it all with a sense of humor and purpose,” said Gillian Fattal, Executive Director, The Foundation of the New Haven County Bar and the New Haven County Bar Association.
Thirty-one Halloran & Sage attorneys have been named 2017 Connecticut Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Super Lawyers® is a nationally-accredited rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Rising Stars follows the same selection criteria, but candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
We are pleased to congratulate all of the following attorneys:
The firm is pleased to welcome Peter Sachner, who has joined our New Haven office as a partner. Peter will be practicing in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury and litigation & dispute resolution.
Mark is a regular speaker at the CACIWC annual conference, and has presented the “Wetlands and Law Regulations Update” session alongside Attorney Janet Brooks and Assistant Attorney General David Wrinn for over a decade. Each year, they provide legal updates and answer questions for a large turnout of conservation and inland wetlands commission members, town staff, engineers, surveyors and other technical experts, promoting effectiveness in local wetlands’ and watercourses’ protection efforts.
The event will take place at the Radisson Hotel Cromwell on Saturday, November 18th, 2017. Registration is available online or by mail-in form, and will be accepted through Tuesday, November 14th.
Seven attorneys from four offices were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 in multiple practice areas. Craig I. Lifland was also named the Best Lawyers 2017, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Hartford.
The complete list of firm attorneys recognized in the peer-reviewed rankings is as follows:
Matt Necci and Peter Meggers recently authored a Hartford Business Journal article, “Why Hartford is a good place for young professionals”, discussing Hartford’s strengths and appeal to young professionals eager to thrive and establish themselves in a vibrant community. The numerous assets of the region are detailed including, the city’s affordable downtown housing, great universities, well-established suburbs, networking opportunities and its ideal location, just a short drive from New York City and Boston.
Business Litigation and IP partner Joe Fortner, along with his wife, Holly, performed as a vocal/guitar duo for participants at the Jerusalem Peace Builders Leadership Institute in West Brattleboro, Vermont on Saturday, July 22, 2017. JPB brings together Israeli, Palestinian and American teenagers for two weeks of intense learning, conflict resolution and education, with the focus of creating a new generation of peace-builders in the world. The youth also engage in dialogue and discussion sessions about their views and opinions towards peace in the Holy Land. Joe & Holly had the opportunity to entertain, offering a wide range of tunes and a chance to take a break from this important work.
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that the Fairfield County Business Journal has selected Eric D. Bernheim as a member of its 2017 “40 Under Forty” class. Bernheim is a partner in the Firm's Westport office. His practice focuses on real estate, zoning, land use and litigation matters relating to real estate.
“It was a privilege to be among this year’s 40 Under 40 class. I was certainly in good company,” Bernheim said. “I consider myself fortunate to have a rewarding career as an attorney with Halloran & Sage. The clients that I am privileged to represent contribute to the economic health and well being of Fairfield County, which is where I also enjoy contributing to the betterment of the community and where my family is proud to call home.”
Criteria for award selection include extraordinary leadership qualities, ongoing commitment to personal and professional development, and outstanding accomplishments.
Bernheim’s professional accomplishments are numerous. He is counsel to one of the country’s fastest growing restaurant groups handling their nationwide commercial lease matters, special counsel to the City of Norwalk in the GGP mall development project and trusted by many to handle their residential real estate closings.
His accolades also include being named to the New England and Connecticut Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists for the past three consecutive years, a 2014 member of the Connecticut Law Tribune New Leaders in the Law, treasurer of the Planning and Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and developer and moderator of the 2017 Fairfield County Commercial Real Estate Outlook.
In the community, Bernheim has helped raise awareness and funds for the non-profit, Friends of Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (Friends). He publicized the need for pediatric MRI goggles, which resulted in the organization providing a grant for the $45,000 project. Additionally, he’s serving as a committee member for the Friends 2017 gala fundraising event, which will provide funding for the hospital’s NICU expansion.
Bernheim is featured in the June 19, 2017 issue of the Fairfield County Business Journal.
Allen Gary Palmer has been assisting the Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section in the launch of an innovative series of continuing legal education programs designed to offer section members timely information on key Connecticut Supreme Court legal decisions. The new program, Case Flash, is a video program presented in an engaging, easy to follow talk show format. The concept is to bring short, timely CLE programs directly to each member's computer.
The following are the most recent programs offered by the CBA: