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"Best Law Firm" Award Goes to Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP

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On Thursday, January 26, 2017 Brown, Paindiris and Scott took home the hardware for Best Law Firm as part of Hartford Business Journal’s annual picks of the Best of the Best. It was a fun, energetic, celebratory night as The Hartford Business Journal along with a number of sponsors hosted its Best of Business night at the Marquee. Seventy local businesses were saluted. A big "thank you" goes out to The Journal, sponsors of the event, and of course the entire Greater Hartford Business Community from all of us at Brown, Paindiris & Scott. We are honored to have received this recognition and are thrilled to continue to serve the region and the state in our 40th year!


CALPI: Working with a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Connecticut Association of Licensed Private Investigators

Attorney Cody Guarnieri was invited to serve as a guest speaker at the April 5, 2017, general membership meeting of the Connecticut Association of Licensed Private Investigators (CALPI)...


Attorneys form first civil collaborative CT group to resolve business disputes

Fifteen Connecticut attorneys have formed the state's first collaborative business dispute resolution group.

Dubbed Collaborative Business Dispute Resolution, the group provides an alternative to litigation, arbitration and mediation by having both parties' attorneys' advocate on their behalf while working collaboratively toward a mutual resolution without going to court...

Heater-Cooler Open Heart Surgery Device Causing Bacterial Infection Injuries

Notice regarding Potentially dangerous infections from Sorin / Stӧckert surgical heating-cooling devices-lawsuits have been filed....

Protecting the Elderly from Nursing Home Neglect
Attorney Jaffe represented the family of a 94 year old, long-term patient of a nursing home, who fell from his wheelchair which the facility had provided him without an adequate restraint or seatbelt...

Cody N. Guarnieri, Esq. Named 2016 New Leader in the Law
HARTFORD-- Connecticut (December 6, 2016) – Attorney Cody N. Guarnieri, an associate with the law firm of Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP, was selected and awarded by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of the "New Leaders in the Law" for 2016, which ceremony took place in November...

Attorney Bruce E. Newman obtains important District Court ruling against DirecTV
Bruce Newman along with New York counsel filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Jean Flynn, and other similarly situated owners of residential multiple dwelling units who lease to tenants and have DirecTV dishes and equipment ...

New London Jury Awards $206,953.53 on Difficult Premises Liability Action
Glastonbury--BPS Attorneys Lindsay Weber and Stephen P. Sobin secured a $206,953.53 jury award on behalf of their client after she fell while exiting the home of the defendant...

State Pays $170,000 to Settle Claim
HARTFORD -- A Danbury man who spent 6½ months wrongfully imprisoned before the state dropped charges that he exposed himself, to a girl a Newtown library was awarded $170,000 by the state...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Volkwagen "CleanDiesel" Emissions Fraud
Attorneys Bruce E. Newman and Cody N. Guarnieri commence class action lawsuit against Volkswagen Group of America and its Parent Company Located in Germany...

Brown, Paindiris & Scott Attorney Appointed as Connecticut Bar Association Presidential Fellow
The law firm of Brown, Paindiris & Scott would like to congratulate Attorney Cody N. Guarnieri on his appointment as a Connecticut Bar Association Presidential Fellow...

Brown, Paindiris & Scott Attorney Elected as President of Hartford Rotary Club
The law firm of Brown, Paindiris & Scott would like to congratulate Attorney Cody Guarnieri on his election to the position of President of the Hartford Rotary Club...

Preliminary Settlement granted in Dennis Adkins, et al. v. Nestle Purina Petcare Company, et al.
Attorney Bruce Newman is plaintiffs’ class counsel in an action that was consolidated from several lawsuits in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where a tentative $6.5 million settlement was preliminarily approved on October 28, 2014...

BPS Congratulates Its Own Sean Peoples as He Is Sworn in as Probate Judge click here for full Press Release

Attorney Appears on NBC's "Troubleshooters"

Attorney Bruce E. Newman recently appeared on a segmet of Troubleshooters focusing on Petco pulling dog treats made in China.

Attorney Quoted in Law Tribune

Attorney Regina von Gootkin was recently quoted in the CT Law Tribune regarding a Connecticut copyright case brought against author Steven King.

Attorney Kate Haakonsen interviewed on FoxCT

Kate Haakonsen was recently a guest on Fox TV's Morning Show talking about dealing with divorce the best way for kids.

BPS Law Clerk Featured Blogger on TradeSecretsLaw.com

BPS law clerk and UConn Law student Melissa Lauretti was a guest blogger for Seyfarth Shaw's Trade Secret blog, TradeSecretsLaw.com. Check out her post about the latest developments in trade secret and on-compete law here.

Attorney Jaffe wins Police Misconduct Case

Attorney David K. Jaffe of Brown Paindiris & Scott, recently won a jury verdict in federal court in New Haven, CT against a New London police officer for use of unreasonable force.

The plaintiff, Robert Crawford, of New London, is a decorated Viet Nam veteran who intervened as a peacemaker to prevent a fight among players at a New London junior varsity basketball game from spreading. Shortly afterward, Mr. Crawford was injured when the defendant police officer used unreasonable force on him.

The verdict was rendered after a weeklong trial.

Attorney Jaffe, who has thirty years of experience in municipal liability, civil rights and police misconduct cases, is pleased that justice prevailed for his client in this matter.

Attorney Bridget Gallagher will speak at a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar regarding Litigating Disputes Over Easements and Restrictive Covenants on June 3. Attorney Gallagher will discuss what evidence and information is critical in order to pursue and defend such litigation
http://www.nbi-sems.com/Details.aspx/R-65352ER%7C?ctname=SPKEM

Attorney Regina von Gootkin cited in Connecticut Law Tribune
Attorney von Gootkin was quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune in an article about music copyright requirements for restaurant and bar owners. The full article is available here.

Richard R. Brown Published in the February 2014 Issue of Connecticut Medicine

Richard R. Brown has published a guest commentary in the February 2014 issue of Connecticut Medicine. Attorney Brown's article: Dealing with Disciplinary Hearings Before Connecticut's Department of Public Health, contains updated information for medical professionals relating to investigations and discipline by the Department of Public Health. Connecticut Medicine is the Journal for the Connecticut State Medical Society.

Attorney Ronald T. Scott Successfully Defends Cryopreservation Appeal Upholding Magistrate's Child Support Order
Attorney Ronald T. Scott recently prevailed in a unique child support case in the Superior Court. The decision involved the cryopreservation of a couple's embryos, the embryos subsequent implantation into the mother, and the consequent child support obligations arising from the birth of their daughter. In prevailing in this action, Attorney Scott successfully enforced Connecticut's Acknowledgment of Paternity statute (General Statutes 46b-172).

Kate Haakonsen appointed to Connecticut Law Revision Commission
Kate W. Haakonsen has been appointed to the Connecticut Law Revision Commission's study committee concerning fairness and adequacy of state statues relating to the award of alimony. The Law Revision Commission will present the committee's recommendations to the General Assembly on or before February 1, 2014.

Attorney Kristina Lenda Joins Brown Paindiris & Scott
Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP is pleased to announce that Kristina M. Lenda has joined the law firm as an Associate. Brown Paindiris & Scott is a full service law firm with offices in Glastonbury, East Hampton, Hartford and Bristol, Connecticut.

Kate Haakonsen guest on Mary Jones' Talk of Connecticut show
Kate Haakonsen was a guest on Mary Jones' Talk of Connecticut show on WDRC on June 5, 2013. The topic was lifetime alimony and movement by some states to eliminate it or impose guidelines. Kate talked about a recent veto of a Florida statute and about a bill passed on June 4, 2013 which makes some modifications to Connecticut law.

Richard R. Brown and Kate W. Haakonsen have been named James W. Cooper Fellows of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
The Fellows of the Foundation nominate outstanding Connecticut lawyers, judges, and teachers of law to become Fellows....

Back To School Without Bumps In The Road Helping Kids Of Newly Divorced Parents Adjust
Attorney Kate Haakonsen advises divorced parents to adhere to specific conduct codes when making school related transitions.

Divorce, Collaborative Style
Attorney Kate Haakonsen is featured in collaborative divorce news story

Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Tainted Pet Food
Attorney Bruce E. Newman commences class action lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of Waggin' Train Chicken Jerky Pet Food Treats...

Attorney Bruce Newman's Client becomes Safety Activist after Winning Jury Verdict against Pfizer
After taking on Pfizer in a contentious whistleblower lawsuit, Attorney Newman's client, Ms. Becky McClain, has become a national spokesman for biotech safety...

Attorney Bridget Gallagher Prevails At Trial
Attorney Bridget Gallagher prevailed at trial seeking prescriptive easement on behalf of Plaintiff property owner. A decision issued by the Honorable Joseph H. Pellegrino, JTR, on May 20, 2011, following a four day trial in Waterbury Superior Court, represented a complete victory for the Plaintiff...

BPS Supports the Third Annual Family Shakespeare in Portland
For the third year, BPS is a patron of the Family Shakespeare in Portland, which brings free performances of Shakespeare plays by professional theater companies to the Portland Town Green. This year, the New England Shakespeare Festival will perform Twelfth...

BPS Paralegal Receives 2010 CBA Pro Bono Award
Jana Adams, a litigation paralegal at the firm, was honored at the Connecticut Bar Association's 2010 Annual Meeting with an award for her "tireless work and unfailing dedication to pro bono service" on behalf of Lawyers for Children America.

BPS to Host Free Legal Clinics and Food Drive in Bristol
The law firm of Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP will be hosting a series of free walk-in legal clinics at its Bristol office every Saturday in the month of March. The firm, which recently opened its Bristol office, will host these clinics for the...

Chicago Tribune published article on Attorney Jaffe's civil rights case
The civil rights case in which Attorney David Jaffe represents a New York resident has been receiving much publicity, including national press stories. For example, an article reporting on the arrest of the Hartford Police Officer Rashim Campbell, who...

David Jaffe represents New Yorker beaten and maced by Hartford Police Officers
Attorney David Jaffe represents a New Yorker who was beaten and maced by several Hartford police officers while he was visiting friends in Connecticut. The incident led Police Chief Daryl Roberts to launch an internal investigation. One of the...

Five BPS Lawyers Named Superlawyers
Five partners at Brown Paindiris & Scott have been named to the annual "Superlawyers" listing. The Superlawyers are chosen by other lawyers as being in the top 5% of all lawyers in the state. Richard Brown, chair of the Criminal law...

BPS Opens Bristol Office
The law firm of Brown Paindiris & Scott is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office in Bristol, Connecticut. The addition of this office will allow the firm to reach out to a broader client base, establish a greater presence in the state of...

Attorney Barry Armata Joins Brown Paindiris & Scott
As of May 1, 2009, Brown Paindiris & Scott has added another successful lawyer to its ranks. Attorney Armata concentrates his practice in the area of...

CPTV's On The Record
Attorney Paindiris was interviewed on CPTVs On The Record, upon his return from attending the inauguration of President Obama in Washington, D.C. Doug Schwartz, of Quinnipiac Polls, was also interviewed, along with Mr. Paindiris, by CPTV's Moderator, Steve...

Lake Compounce Lawsuit
David Jaffe recently settled a lawsuit against Lake Compounce Amusement Park. The case involved a five year old boy who was walking hand in hand with his mother when a visibly dead oak tree, located in a busy area of the amusement park failed and a large...

David Jaffe settles false imprisonment civil rights case
Recently, Attorney David Jaffe settled a false imprisonment case against the Town of Newtown after years of litigation. The lawsuit alleged a violation of the civil rights of a man who was convicted of and imprisoned for a crime which he did not...

"The Rare Art of Picking the President"
Glastonbury lawyer Nicholas Paindiris, the Connecticut political director for the Barack Obama campaign, is feeling pretty good about his "hobby" of the past two decades – helping to pick presidential candidates. The real excitement is early in the...

Richard Brown published in Connecticut Medicine
Richard Brown has written an article, entitled Dealing with Disciplinary Hearings before Connecticut's Department of Health, which was published in the February issue of Connecticut Medicine, the Journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society. An earlier...

Richard Brown appointed to Connecticut Sentencing Task Force
Richard Brown was recently appointed to the Connecticut Sentencing Task Force. A new law went into effect on July 1, 2006, which created the Sentencing Task Force to deal with sentencing issues and policies. Included on the Task Force are two...

Richard Piotrowski, represented by Richard Brown, Spared Prison Sentence
Richard F. Piotrowski, the former Deputy Commissioner of the state Department of Public Works, represented by Attorney Richard R. Brown, was recently spared prison when he was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Peter C. Dorsey to two years' probation...

Richard Brown Named as
Connecticut Magazine surveyed 13,000 lawyers in the state to find out who lawyers think are the best, and published the results in the 2006 Connecticut Super Lawyer listings. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state qualify for...

Harassment Lawsuit Filed Against Hartford Police
David Jaffe has recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of the owner of a tow truck company, Cross Country Auto against the Hartford Police Department, claiming that his drivers were needlessly harassed and falsely arrested by officers who did not want them to...

David Jaffe in The Verdict Reporter
David Jaffe's $2.1 million settlement in Andrus on 4/21/05 was recently reported in the CT Verdict Reporter, November 2005 issue: "Brothers Shot in Bar Settle Unreasonable Force Claim with Police and City." The facts of the case, which led to the $2.1...

Lake Compounce wrongful death suit
David K. Jaffe was recently quoted in the Hartford Courant regarding the wrongful death suit filed on December 2, 2005 by the parents of a 5-year-old boy who was killed by a falling tree limb at Lake Compounce. "This was the worst tragedy a parent could...

Attorney Sean Peoples Teaches Paralegal Course at Manchester Community College
Sean Peoples is currently an adjunct instructor in Business Law II in the Business Department at Manchester Community College in Manchester. Previously, he was an Instructor in Legal Writing in the Paralegal Program at MCC. Before accepting a teaching...

Kate W. Haakonsen was recently quoted by the New York Times on the subject of college education support orders
Kate W. Haakonsen, was quoted in the New York Times and on CNN.com in an AP article regarding court orders for college education support. Referring to the act passed by the Connecticut Legislature in the 2002 session, Kate noted that a majority of...