Governor Lamont Nominates 22 Connecticut Residents To Fill Vacancies on the Superior Courtroom

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02/24/2022

Governor Lamont Nominates 22 Connecticut Residents To Fill Vacancies on the Superior Courtroom

In Addition, Governor Nominates Two Residents as Household Assist Magistrates

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont right now introduced that he’s nominating 22 Connecticut residents to fill vacancies as judges on the Connecticut Superior Courtroom. The courtroom at present has 59 vacancies.

That is the second class of Superior Courtroom nominations made by Governor Lamont since he took workplace in 2019. His firstclass was made in early 2021 and consisted of 15 judges.

“Our courtroom system works one of the best when it displays the variety, expertise, and understanding of the individuals who dwell right here,” Governor Lamont mentioned. “These women and men that I’ve chosen to change into judges not solely have the competence, abilities, and proficiency to serve the courtroom with integrity, however come from a wide range of backgrounds that present them with the essential shared experiences of the individuals who will come earlier than them. These nominees have the {qualifications} that meet the excessive requirements the residents of Connecticut deserve on the bench.”

The nominations, that are being forwarded to the Connecticut Common Meeting for its consideration, embody:

  • Alyce Alfano, 59, of Suffield: Alfano graduated with a Bachelor of Arts diploma, cum laude, from the College of Pennsylvania and obtained her Juris Physician diploma from the UCLA College of Legislation. She is at present a regulation accomplice at Shipman & Goodwin, LLC within the college regulation group. For many of her authorized profession, she has centered on schooling regulation, notably particular schooling. Alfano at present represents boards of schooling all through the state in pupil issues together with particular schooling, schooling coverage, residency and disciplinary state of affairs.
  • Stephanie Damiani, 45, of North Haven: Damiani graduated from Windfall School and obtained her Juris Physician diploma from Quinnipiac College of Legislation. She is at present a senior state’s lawyer assigned to the Judicial District of New Haven, the place she has served since 2004. She has been lawyer for 20 years and a prosecutor for 18 years. She has centered her profession on prosecuting felony circumstances involving home violence.
  • Eric Daniels, 59, of Glastonbury: Daniels graduated from Brown College and obtained his Juris Physician diploma from Boston School Legislation College. He’s at present a accomplice on the regulation agency of Robinson & Cole LLP. His observe has primarily centered on merchandise legal responsibility work, massive loss property subrogation, and enterprise litigation. He has held many management positions on the agency over time, together with serving as chair of the agency’s litigation part from 1998 to 2000, because the agency’s managing accomplice from 2000 to 2009, and because the accomplice in command of the agency’s Hartford workplace from 2016 to 2020. Along with these roles on the agency, Daniels has served as an lawyer trial referee at Hartford Superior Courtroom for greater than 25 years, and he has engaged in intensive neighborhood service.
  • Robert Golger, 60, of Trumbull: Golger graduated from Northeastern College and obtained his Juris Physician diploma from Suffolk College Legislation College. He at present practices on the regulation agency of Russo & Rizio in Fairfield. He has been engaged in civil and felony trial observe for over 30 years, representing shoppers in all elements of litigation. He has intensive expertise in each state and federal courts in addition to appellate observe.
  • Maria del Pilar Gonzalez, 34, of Guilford: Gonzalez graduated from Quinnipiac College and obtained her Juris Physician diploma from Quinnipiac College of Legislation. Since 2018, she has served as an Assistant United States Lawyer for the District of Connecticut and at present is a member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Job Drive. She can also be the District of Connecticut’s Violence In opposition to Ladies Act coordinator. Previous to becoming a member of the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace, she served as an Assistant State’s Lawyer for the Connecticut Division of Legal Justice within the Appellate Bureau and at Geographical Space #23.
  • Christopher Griffin, 39, of Glastonbury: Griffin graduated from Central Connecticut State College and obtained his Juris Physician diploma from the College of Connecticut College of Legislation. He’s at present the deputy assistant state’s lawyer with the New Britain State’s Lawyer’s Workplace. Earlier than becoming a member of the State’s Lawyer’s Workplace in 2018, he labored for the Connecticut Supreme Courtroom advising and aiding the justices in resolving pending appeals. Earlier than that, he practiced civil litigation as an affiliate on the regulation agency of Brown Rudnick, LLP.
  • Wendy Grispin, 55, of Danbury: Grispin graduated from Western Connecticut State College and obtained her Juris Physician diploma from Tempo College College of Legislation. She is at present a member of Grispin & Chan, LLC. She has been working towards regulation since 1993 and has devoted her observe solely to litigation issues. Her main observe areas embody felony (grownup and juvenile), private harm, and household regulation (divorce, custody, and parenting) issues. She has been a member of the Statewide Grievance Committee since 2018, served as an lawyer trial referee and judicial reality finder since 2014, and as a particular grasp since 2007.
  • Jassette Ann-Marie Henry, 55, of Hebron: Henry graduated from St. John’s College and earned her Juris Doctorate diploma from Western Michigan College Thomas M. Cooley Legislation College. She is a senior assistant public defender with the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Companies. She is at present assigned to the Judicial District of New Britain, and has beforehand represented people within the Hartford, New London, and New Britain Geographical Space places of work. Previous to becoming a member of the Public Defender Division, she engaged in personal observe, specializing in immigration, juvenile, probate, and actual property issues.
  • Scott M. Jones, 55, of Hamden: Jones graduated from the College of Connecticut and obtained his Juris Physician diploma from the College of Connecticut College of Legislation. He at present serves as a public defender for the New Haven Judicial District. He has labored within the public defender companies for greater than 29 years. He served in the US Military Reserves and is a commissioned officer. He serves on quite a few boards, committees, and commissions.
  • Tara Knight, 56, of New Haven: Knight graduated from Fairfield College and obtained her Juris Physician diploma from Suffolk College Legislation College. She is senior and founding accomplice at Knight & Cerritelli LLC and is a personal felony protection lawyer. Knight has been working towards regulation for 31 years; is previous president of the Connecticut Legal Protection Attorneys Affiliation; teaches trial observe at Yale Legislation College; and has taught felony process at College of Connecticut College of Legislation.
  • Elizabeth Leaming, 54, of Hebron: Leaming graduated from Colgate College and obtained her Juris Physician diploma from Catholic College Columbus College of Legislation. She is a supervisory assistant state’s lawyer in Windham County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace. She is a profession prosecutor who has specialised within the prosecution of kid abuse and intercourse assault crimes. In 2019, she accepted a place within the Windham County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace, the place she supervises prosecutors and workers at GA #11 and prosecute circumstances in each the JD and GA courts.
  • Erik T. Lohr, 52, of Granby: Lohr graduated from Thomas A. Edison State School and obtained his Juris Physician diploma from the College of Connecticut College of Legislation. He’s at present chief of the Civil Litigation Division inside the Connecticut Lawyer Common’s Workplace, the place he has served since 2008. Inside that workplace, he labored in its Baby Safety and Employment Rights departments, the latter of which he headed instantly previous to his promotion to division chief in January 2019. Previous to working towards regulation, he served on energetic responsibility within the U.S. Navy.
  • Christine Perra Rapillo, 56, of Cheshire: Perra Rapillo graduated from Wheaton School in Norton Massachusetts and obtained her Juris Physician diploma from the College of Connecticut College of Legislation. She has spent her complete profession working in indigent protection, first at New Haven Authorized Help after which the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Companies. She managed juvenile operations through the implementation of Elevate the Age and the consolidation of kid welfare and household issues into the division. She has been chief public defender since 2017.
  • Cherie Phoenix-Sharpe, 41, of Hamden: Phoenix-Sharpe graduated from Florida A&M College, the place she earned each a Bachelor of Science diploma and a Grasp’s in Enterprise Administration, and obtained her Juris Physician diploma from Tempo College College of Legislation. She is at present basic counsel to Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and previously served as deputy company counsel for the Metropolis of New Haven. She started her authorized profession as an affiliate with Murtha Cullina LLP.
  • Charles Reed, 58, of Hamden: Reed graduated from Northwestern College and obtained his Juris Physician diploma from Notre Dame Legislation College. He’s at present managing principal with Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. He has been engaged within the observe of civil litigation for greater than 30 years, primarily dealing with private harm circumstances for plaintiffs and defendants and conducting personal mediations and arbitrations. Earlier than employment together with his present agency, he was an affiliate lawyer at Wiggin and Dana, LLP in New Haven from 1990 to 1997, and served as president of the New Haven County Bar Affiliation from 2010 to 2011.
  • Mary Elizabeth Reid, 54, of Stamford: Reid graduated from the College of Massachusetts and obtained her Juris Physician diploma from Quinnipiac College College of Legislation. She is at present the supervisory assistant public defender serving the Norwalk Geographical Space. She has been a public defender appointed to serve that neighborhood since 1996, representing accused people in any respect the assorted levels of felony proceedings. She has been supervisor of that workplace since 2001.
  • John F. Riley, 58, of Hamden: Riley graduated from the College of Connecticut and obtained his Juris Physician diploma from the College of Bridgeport. He’s at present a trial lawyer with Moore, O’Brien and Foti in Middlebury, specializing in private harm litigation and employee’s compensation. He additionally serves as an arbitrator in listening to contested private harm issues.
  • Amir Shaikh, 44, of Tolland: Shaikh graduated from Georgetown College and obtained his Juris Physician diploma from Legislation College – American College, Washington School of Legislation. He’s at present a accomplice at Kaufmann & Shaikh, LLP. He practices regulation within the areas of state and federal felony protection, youngster safety, juvenile delinquency, and probate. Previous to getting into personal observe, he served as counsel to Naek Building Firm Inc.
  • Kevin M. Shay, 47, of Previous Saybrook: Shay graduated from the College of Notre Dame and earned his Juris Physician diploma from the College of Connecticut College of Legislation. He at present serves as a senior assistant state’s lawyer assigned to the Judicial District of Middlesex, and as a Particular Assistant United States Lawyer for the District of Connecticut. Previous to his authorities service, Shay was a workers lawyer for Connecticut Authorized Companies, and an affiliate within the Litigation Division of Nutter, McClennen and Fish, LLP in Boston, MA.
  • Neeta Vatti, 53, of Cheshire: Vatti graduated from the College of Connecticut and earned her Juris Physician diploma from Albany Legislation College. She is at present authorized counsel and coverage analyst for the Workplace of the Connecticut Senate Democrats, and assistant director of profession {and professional} growth for Quinnipiac Legislation College. She was a civil litigator for many of her profession, having represented each plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of issues.
  • Joseph Vizcarrondo III, 43, of Wilton: Vizcarrondo graduated from Wesleyan College and obtained his Juris Physician diploma from Columbia Legislation College. He’s an Assistant United States Lawyer for the District of Connecticut, the place he started as a particular assistant in 2011. He returned to the US Lawyer’s Workplace in 2016 after serving as an assistant district lawyer in Manhattan, the place he investigated and prosecuted monetary fraud and arranged crime. He’s at present chargeable for supervising investigations and prosecutions of federal regulation, together with violent crime and narcotics trafficking. Previous to his service as a federal and state prosecutor, he practiced basic industrial litigation on the New York workplace of Mintz Levin. He additionally served as a regulation clerk to the Honorable Roslynn R. Mauskopf, United States District Choose for the Japanese District of New York.
  • Matthew Weiner, 43, of Hartford: Weiner graduated from Amherst School and obtained his Juris Physician diploma from the College of Connecticut College of Legislation. He at present serves as a prosecutor and assistant state’s lawyer within the Chief State’s Lawyer’s Workplace, the place he has spent the final 9 years within the Appellate Bureau. He started his authorized profession clerking for the Honorable Richard N. Palmer, former affiliate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Courtroom. He then spent 5 years doing civil litigation at McCarter & English, LLP.

Along with the Superior Courtroom nominations, Governor Lamont right now introduced that he’s nominating the next two residents to function household assist magistrates:

  • Michael C. Daley, 64, of Farmington: Daley graduated from Trinity School and obtained his Juris Physician diploma from Western New England College College of Legislation. He at present serves as a accomplice with the regulation agency Furey, Donovan, Tracy and Daly PC. He has been a litigation practitioner within the areas of each felony and civil regulation throughout Connecticut.
  • Ramona Mercado-Espinoza, 64, of West Hartford: Mercado-Espinoza graduated from Central Connecticut State College and obtained her Juris Physician diploma from the College of Connecticut College of Legislation. She began her profession as a deputy assistant public defender in Hartford, GA14. Thereafter, she was within the personal observe of regulation, whereas serving as a Justice of the Peace listening to officer for small claims in Connecticut. At present, she is a workers lawyer at Larger Hartford Authorized Support representing home violence survivors in household courtroom.

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