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74 Robinson+Cole lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023. Of the 74 lawyers from across the firm’s practice groups and offices named to the list, 54 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 insurance law and construction litigation. Only the top 5.3 percent of all practicing lawyers in the U.S. were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Additionally, the following five lawyers were named the Best Lawyers® 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” in Hartford, Connecticut, in the noted practice areas: Brian R. Smith in Land Use and Zoning Law, Christine E. Bromberg in Tax Law, James P. Ray in Litigation – Environmental, Joey Lee Miranda in Energy Regulatory Law, Norman H. Roos in Banking and Finance Law, Rachel V. Kushel in Employment Law – Management, Theodore J. Tucci in  Health Care Law and Virginia E. McGarrity – in employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.

The third edition of Best Lawyers: “Ones to Watch was also released, includes 23 Robinson+Cole lawyers. The “Ones to Watch” recognition is given to attorneys early in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. The firm has the highest number of lawyers to receive this designation in Hartford, Connecticut.

Best Lawyers® awards are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America is based more than 12 million evaluations, which resulted in more than 70,000 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. Wystan M. Ackerman – Litigation-Insurance
  2. Kenneth C. Baldwin – Energy Law
  3. Bruce B. Barth – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  4. Garry C. Berman – Real Estate Law
  5. Patrick M. Birney – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  6. Lisa M. Boyle – Health Care Law
  7. Dan A. Brody – Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  8. Christine E. Bromberg – Tax Law
  9. Dennis C. Cavanaugh – Construction Law; Litigation-Construction
  10. Thomas P. Cody – Real Estate Law
  11. John L. Cordani – Litigation-Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets Law, Trademark Law
  12. Frank F. Coulom, Jr. – Commercial Litigation
  13. Kevin P. Daly – Commercial Litigation
  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. Frederick E. Hedberg – Construction Law, Litigation-Construction
  21. Christopher J. Hug – Litigation-Construction
  22. Rachel V. Kushel – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management
  23. John B. Lynch Jr. – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  24. Michael F. Maglio – Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Equipment Finance Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  25. Virginia E. McGarrity – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  26. Robert S. Melvin – Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental
  27. Joey Lee Miranda – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law; Environmental Law
  28. Linda L. Morkan – Appellate Practice
  29. Megan R. Naughton – Immigration Law
  30. Martin A. Onorato – Construction Law; Litigation-Construction
  31. David M. Panico – Public Finance Law
  32. Earl W. Phillips, Jr. – Environmental Law
  33. James P. Ray – Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental
  34. Norman H. Roos – Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law
  35. Edward J. Samorajczyk, Jr. – Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
  36. Jacqueline Pennino Scheib – Copyright Law; Trademark Law
  37. Emilee Mooney Scott – Environmental Law
  38. Jonathan E. Small – Insurance Law
  39. Brian R. Smith – Land Use and Zoning Law
  40. Richard Smith Jr. – Environmental Law
  41. Rhonda J. Tobin – Insurance Law
  42. Theodore J. Tucci – Health Care Law; Insurance Law
  43. Gregory P. Varga – Insurance Law
  44. 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
  45. Abby M. Warren – Employment Law – Management
  46. Jeffrey J. White – Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants

Hartford, CT – Ones to Watch

  1. Nathaniel T. Arden – Health Care Law
  2. Katilee M. Boisvert – Corporate Law
  3. Milanna Datlow – Commercial Litigation
  4. Andrew A. DePeau – Commercial Litigation
  5. Conor O. Duffy – Health Care Law
  6. Scott T. Garosshen – Appellate Practice
  7. Choity R. Khan – Construction Law
  8. Peter R. Meggers – Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law
  9. Kathryn N. Mullin – Real Estate Law
  10. Abigail L. Preissler – Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law
  11. Austin G. Provost – Real Estate Law
  12. Jonathan H. Schaefer – Energy Law; Environmental Law
  13. Jennifer L. Shanley – Immigration Law

Stamford, CT Best Lawyers®

  1. Megan E. Baroni – Environmental Law
  2. Patrick W. Begos – Litigation-Insurance
  3. Thomas J. Donlon – Appellate Practice
  4. Steven L. Elbaum – Real Estate Law
  5. John H. Kane – Insurance Law
  6. Charles F. Martin III – Real Estate Law
  7. Brian E. Moran – Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Intellectual Property
  8. John F.X. Peloso Jr. – Real Estate Law

Stamford, CTOnes to Watch

  1. Lisa B. Andrzejewski – Construction Law
  2. Emily C. Deans – Energy Law
  3. Anthony J. Vogel – Real Estate Law

Boston, MA – Best Lawyers®

  1. Kendra L. Berardi – Real Estate Law
  2. Matthew M. Burke – Insurance Law, Litigation-Insurance
  3. Amanda S. Eckhoff – Real Estate Law
  4. Michael S. Giaimo – Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  5. Kathleen G. Healy – Health Care Law
  6. Christopher Kehoe – Real Estate Law
  7. Matthew J. Lawlor – Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  8. Seth B. Orkand – Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  9. Kathleen M. Porter – Information Technology Law, Privacy and Data Security Law

Boston, MA – Ones to Watch

  1. Jonathan L. Cabot – Corporate Law, Public Finance Law
  2. Julianna M. Charpentier – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Real Estate
  3. Timothy C. Twardowski – Land Use and Zoning Law

New York, NY – Best Lawyers®

  1. Soo Y. Kim – Insurance Law

Albany, NY – Ones to Watch

  1. Danielle H. Tangorre – Administrative / Regulatory Law, Elder Law, Health Care Law

Philadelphia, PA – Best Lawyers®

  1. Laurie A. Krepto – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Wilmington, DE – Best Lawyers®

  1. Natalie D. Ramsey – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Providence, RI – Best Lawyers®

  1. William M. Daley – Litigation-Insurance
  2. Linn F. Freedman – Commercial Litigation; Privacy and Data Security Law
  3. Dana M. Horton – Insurance Law; Litigation-Insurance; Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendant
  4. Patricia J. Igoe – Commercial Finance Law
  5. Peter V. Lacouture – Energy Law
  6. Roger A. Peters II – Real Estate Law
  7. Daniel F. Sullivan – Insurance Law
  8. George W. Watson III – Energy Regulatory Law

Providence, RI – Ones to Watch

  1. Kathryn M. Rattigan – Privacy and Data Security

Miami, FL- Ones to Watch

  1. Joel L. McNabney – Insurance Law
  2. Gabrielle R. Mercadante – Insurance Law

About Robinson+Cole

Robinson+Cole is an AmLaw 200 law firm established over 177 years ago, with a deeply-rooted culture of collaboration, civility and inclusion. The Mansfield Rule Certified-firm has more than 230 lawyers in ten offices throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Florida and California, serving regional, national, and international clients, from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Robinson+Cole is a service mark of Robinson & Cole LLP. For more information, please visit