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Attorney of the Year

  • Winner - DeVaughn Ward, Ward Law LLC
  • Finalist - Richard Emanuel, Jacobs & Dow
  • Finalist - Chris Albanese, Law Offices of Chris Albanese

Best Mentors

  • Winner - Harriet Munrett Wolfe, Webster Bank
  • Finalist - Ron Etemi, Etemi Law
  • Finalist - Tracy Saxe, Saxe Doernberger & Vita

Best Officiators

  • Winner - Stephen Morelli, CT Workers' Compensation Commission
  • Finalist - Julia Dewey, Connecticut Superior Court
  • Finalist - Antonio Robaina, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter

Distinguished Leaders

  • Gregg Burton, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey
  • Carla Minniefield, Carter Mario
  • Kent Mancini, Cramer & Anderson
  • Jennifer Collins, Cramer & Anderson
  • Christopher Kriesen, Kalon Law
  • Suzanne Baldasare, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter
  • Stacy Votto, Nelson Votto
  • Linda Morkan, Robinson & Cole
  • Jeffrey Vita, Saxe Doernberger & Vita

Diversity Initiative Award (Firm)

  • Papcsy Janosov Roche
  • Saxe Doernberger & Vita

Diversity Initiative Award (Company)

  • Ken Horenstein, Travelers

Diversity Initiative 

  • Winner - Najia Khalid, Wiggin & Dana
  • Finalist - Amanda Nugent, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey
  • Finalist - Stuart Katz, Cohen & Wolf
  • Finalist - Steven Lapp, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter
  • Finalist - John Lynch, Robinson & Cole

Game Changes 

  • Winner -Angela Schlingheyde, Center for Family Justice
  • Finalist - Daniel Casagrande, Cramer & Anderson
  • Finalist - Michael Meehan, Meehan Law

GC Impact

  • Elicia Pegues Spearman, Quinnipiac University
  • Alexandrea Isaac, Starion Energy

Giant Slayer 

  • Winners - Ken Krayeske, Law Office of Kenneth J. Krayeske and DeVaughn Ward, Ward Law
  • Finalist - David Menard, Murtha Cullina
  • Finalist - Mary Surette, Reich & Truax

Innovation Award

  • Connecticut Bar Association, CBA 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • William Bruce Louden, Louden, Katz & McGrath
  • Stephen Goldman, Robinson & Cole

Litigation Departments of the Year, Appellate

  • Cowdery & Murphy
  • Murtha Cullina

Litigation Departments of the Year, Business/Commercial

  • Brown Rudnick
  • McCarter & English
  • Wiggin & Dana

Litigation Department of the Year, General Litigation

  • Wiggin & Dana

Litigation Department of the Year, Insurance

  • Saxe Doernberger & Vita

Litigation Department of the Year, Labor & Employment

  • Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti

Litigation Department of the Year, Products Liability / Mass Torts

  • Wiggin & Dana

New Leaders in the Law

  • Bertram McDowell Jr., Bert McDowell Injury Law
  • Kevin Munn, Brodeur Law
  • Lisa Feinberg, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey
  • Deborah Brancato, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey
  • Jessica Ayala, Carter Mario
  • Mark Kochanowicz, Cellino Law
  • Marc Herman, Cohen & Wolf
  • Lou Etemi, Etemi Law
  • Adam Yagaloff , Homeless Youth Advocacy Project
  • Allison Dearington, Jackson Lewis
  • Allison Jacobs , Jacobs & Jacobs
  • Rory M. Farrell, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter
  • Ismian Feraizi, Minnella, Tramuta & Edwards
  • Joseph Szerejko, Murtha Cullina
  • Patrick Coughlin, Murtha Cullina
  • Emily McDonough Souza, Murtha Cullina
  • Bion Piepmeier, BlueTriton Brands
  • Conor Duffy, Robinson & Cole
  • Jennifer Shanley, Robinson & Cole
  • Emilee Mooney Scott, Robinson & Cole
  • Greg Bennici, Robinson & Cole
  • Robert Fontaine, Ruane Attorneys
  • Theresa Guertin, Saxe Doernberger & Vita
  • Ben Shehu, Shehu Law
  • Alfredo G. Fernández, Shipman & Goodwin
  • Dennis Mancini, The License Lawyers

Solo/Small Firm Innovators

  • CT Caselaw Podcast, Dan Lage, Ryan McKeen & Rich Rochlin
  • Lyn Eliovson, Eliovson & Tenore
  • Meghan Freed , Freed Marcroft

Unsung Hero

  • Jessica Butcaris, Wiggin & Dana