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65 Robinson+Cole lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022. Of the 65 lawyers from across the firm’s practice groups and offices named to the list, 49 are from Connecticut. The firm continues to have the highest number of recognized lawyers in the state. Robinson+Cole also has the highest number of listed lawyers in Connecticut in the areas of environmental law and insurance law.
Additionally, the following five lawyers were named the Best Lawyers® 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” in Hartford, Connecticut, in the noted practice areas: Patrick M. Birney in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Michael F. Maglio in Banking and Finance Law, Robert S. Melvin in Environmental Law, Joey Lee Miranda in Energy Law and Jacqueline Pennino Scheib in Trademark Law. Peter V. Lacouture was also named a Best Lawyers® 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” in Providence, Rhode Island in the area of Energy Law.
The second edition of Best Lawyers: “Ones to Watch” was also released, of which 17 total Robinson+Cole lawyers are listed in. The “Ones to Watch” recognition is given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.
The Best Lawyers in America lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer review evaluation. The 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America is based on 10.8 million evaluations, which resulted in more than 66,000 leading lawyers being included – approximately 5 percent of lawyers in private practice across the country. Additional information regarding the Best Lawyers® selection methodology may be read here. A Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” designation is awarded to one lawyer in each of various high-profile specialties in large legal communities. These particular lawyers received the highest ratings among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
Congratulations to the following Robinson+Cole lawyers:

Hartford, CT – Best Lawyers®
1. Kenneth C. Baldwin – Energy Law
2. Bruce B. Barth – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
3. Garry C. Berman – Real Estate Law
4. Patrick M. Birney – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
5. Lisa M. Boyle – Health Care Law
6. Dan A. Brody – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
7. Christine E. Bromberg – Tax Law
8. Dennis C. Cavanaugh – Construction Law; Litigation-Construction
9. Thomas P. Cody – Real Estate Law
10. John L. Cordani – Litigation-Intellectual Property
11. Frank F. Coulom, Jr. – Commercial Litigation
12. Kevin P. Daly – Commercial Litigation
13. Eric D. Daniels – Insurance Law
14. Alice E. DeTora – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management
15. Natale V. DiNatale – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management
16. Michael R. Enright – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy
17. Gregory R. Faulkner – Construction Law; Litigation-Construction
18. Brian C. Freeman – Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental
19. Stephen E. Goldman – Insurance Law
20. Christopher J. Hug – Litigation-Construction
21. Rachel V. Kushel – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management
22. John B. Lynch Jr. – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
23. Michael F. Maglio – Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Equipment Finance Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law
24. Virginia E. McGarrity – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
25. Robert S. Melvin – Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental
26. Joey Lee Miranda – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law; Environmental Law
27. Linda L. Morkan – Appellate Practice
28. Megan R. Naughton – Immigration Law
29. Martin A. Onorato – Construction Law; Litigation-Construction
30. David M. Panico – Public Finance Law
31. Earl W. Phillips, Jr. – Environmental Law
32. James P. Ray – Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental
33. Norman H. Roos – Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law
34. Edward J. Samorajczyk, Jr. – Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
35. Jacqueline Pennino Scheib – Copyright Law; Trademark Law
36. Emilee Mooney Scott – Environmental Law
37. Brian R. Smith – Land Use and Zoning Law
38. W. Richard Smith Jr. – Environmental Law
39. Theodore J. Tucci – Health Care Law; Insurance Law
40. Rhonda J. Tobin – Appellate Practice
41. Gregory P. Varga – Insurance Law
42. James A. Wade – Antitrust Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation-Antitrust; Litigation-Banking and Finance; Litigation-Construction; Litigation-Intellectual Property; Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation and Controversy-Tax; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
43. Abby M. Warren – Employment Law – Management
44. Jeffrey J. White – Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Hartford, CT – Ones to Watch
1. Nathaniel T. Arden – Health Care Law
2. Milanna Datlow – Commercial Litigation
3. Andrew A. DePeau – Commercial Litigation
4. Conor O. Duffy – Health Care Law
5. Ivana D. Greco – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
6. Choity R. Khan – Construction Law
7. Peter R. Meggers – Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law
8. Charles F. Modzelewski – Insurance Law
9. Kathryn N. Mullin – Real Estate Law
10. Denis J. O’Malley – Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation
11. Austin G. Provost – Real Estate Law
12. Jonathan H. Schaefer – Energy Law; Environmental Law
13. Alisha N. Sullivan – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Stamford, CT – Best Lawyers®
1. Megan E. Baroni – Environmental Law
2. Thomas J. Donlon – Appellate Practice
3. Steven L. Elbaum – Real Estate Law
4. John H. Kane – Insurance Law
5. Brian E. Moran – Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Intellectual Property
Stamford, CT – Ones to Watch
1. Anthony J. Vogel – Real Estate Law
Boston, MA – Best Lawyers®
1. Kendra L. Berardi – Real Estate Law
2. Amanda S. Eckhoff – Real Estate Law
3. Michael S. Giaimo – Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
4. E. Christopher Kehoe – Real Estate Law
5. Matthew J. Lawlor – Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
6. Seth B. Orkand – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
7. Kathleen M. Porter – Information Technology Law
Boston, MA – Ones to Watch
1. Julianna M. Charpentier – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Real Estate
New York, NY – Ones to Watch
1. Elise A. Smith – Insurance Law
Philadelphia, PA – Best Lawyers®
1. Laurie A. Krepto – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Providence, RI – Best Lawyers®
1. Linn F. Freedman – Commercial Litigation; Privacy and Data Security Law
2. Dana M. Horton – Insurance Law; Litigation-Insurance; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendant
3. Patricia J. Igoe – Commercial Finance Law
4. Peter V. Lacouture – Energy Law
5. Roger A. Peters II – Real Estate Law
6. Daniel F. Sullivan – Insurance Law
7. George W. Watson III – Energy Regulatory Law
Wilmington, DE – Best Lawyers®
1. Natalie D. Ramsey – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
Miami, FL- Ones to Watch
1. Gabrielle R. Mercadante – Insurance Law

About Robinson+Cole
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