Robinson+Cole LLP
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
www.rc.com

Contact: Kenneth Baldwin

Phone: 860 275 8345

Firm Profile
Robinson+Cole is a law firm with nine offices throughout the Northeast, Florida, and California, serving regional, national and international clients. With 200 attorneys, the firm is ranked among the 200 largest law firms in the U.S. Clients range from Fortune 500 to start.up companies, as well as nonprofit and governmental organizations. Since 1845, the firm has established a rich history of community involvement, pro bono service, celebration of diversity, and a well-recognized dedication to client service. Legal service offerings and office locations have expanded to meet the changing needs of clients. Through an understanding of a client’s industry, the nature and structure of their business, their risk tolerance, and budget considerations, the firm tailors their legal strategy to align with overall business needs. Where appropriate, alternative billing arrangements are made to provide clients with a greater degree of certainty about their legal costs. Robinson+Cole’s varied practice areas include Mergers and Acquisitions; Tax; Insurance and Business Litigation; Land Use; Environmental and Real Estate; Labor, Employment and Benefits; Privacy and Data Security and Intellectual Property and Technology.

Practice Areas
Business Reorganizations, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
Construction
Corporate Law
Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
Environmental & Utilities
Finance & Public Finance


Government Relations & Lobbying
Health Law
Insurance & Reinsurance
Intellectual Property
Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration
Land Use


Litigation
Real Estate & Development
Tax & Nonprofit Organizations
Trusts & Estates

News
July 2020: Robinson+Cole has joined the newly-established Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), an organization that is facilitating the coordination of its member firms to best enable legal services organizations, and the LFAA, to create large-scale, coordinated pro bono projects that address systemic racism. Click here to read the full press release. Also, Robinson+Cole Real Estate + Development Group lawyer Alicia R. Selman was honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” during the publication’s annual Excellence in the Law event on July 22, 2020, which was hosted virtually this year, and profiled in a special “Excellence in the Law 2020” section. Ms. Selman focuses her practice on a broad range of land use and real estate transactional matters. Her clients include businesses of all sizes, developers, lenders, and organizations. She advises sellers, purchasers, lenders, and borrowers on the structuring, negotiation, and documentation of various types of real estate transactions and financings. Ms. Selman also assists tenants, with the leasing of office, and industrial spaces of all sizes.

June 2020: Robinson+Cole Litigation Section co-chair Rhonda J. Tobin was selected by the Hartford Business Journal for inclusion in its 2020 “Women in Business” recognition. Ms. Tobin is among 15 honorees who demonstrate business success, confidence in themselves and their organizations, and a strong track record of professional leadership. Click here to read the full press release.

May 2020: In its 2020 edition, the legal directory Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized the law firm of Robinson+Cole in all six practice area categories that the publication covers in Connecticut. In addition, 20 lawyers were individually ranked from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, including one that has been recognized nationwide. Click here to read the full press release. 

March 2020: Catherine Duke has joined Connecticut member firm Robinson & Cole as its chief talent officer. She will be responsible for the overall professional development, performance management, integration and inclusion of the lawyers and staff at the firm. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Duke was legal director of the labor and employment department at Proskauer Rose. She also practiced white-collar criminal defense and business and commercial litigation at two different New York-based law firms. Ms. Duke is a graduate of Yale Law School. 

February 2020: Connecticut member firm Robinson & Cole’s manufacturing industry team chair, Jeffrey White, has been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve a two-year term on the Connecticut District Export Council. DECs are made up of business and trade experts who volunteer to help U.S. companies develop solid export strategies. Appointment to the DEC is based upon an individual’s international trade leadership, ability to influence the local environment for exporting, knowledge of day-to-day international operations, interest in export development, and willingness and ability to devote time to council-related activities. Also at Robinson & Cole, Joey Lee Miranda has been selected by Client Choice as the exclusive 2020 winner in the energy and natural resources category for Connecticut for the second year in a row. Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide. Ms. Miranda’s practice focuses on energy, telecommunications, and water matters, including litigation, transactional and regulatory representation, and counseling.

January 2020: Connecticut member firm Robinson & Cole has named Taylor Shea partner and promoted Nathaniel Arden, Jonathan Schaefer, Cara Vecchione, and Anna Jinhua Wang to counsel, effective this month. Ms. Shea represents privately and publicly held companies in all aspects of corporate and transactional law, including commercial finance transactions, private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate and commercial matters. Mr. Arden advises hospitals, health systems, physician groups, community providers, and other health care entities on a variety of health law and business issues. Mr. Schaefer focuses his practice on environmental compliance counseling, permitting, site remediation, occupational health and safety, energy regulatory compliance and siting, and litigation related to federal and state regulatory programs. Ms. Vecchione focuses her practice on complex insurance coverage litigation and counseling. Finally, Ms. Wang assists clients with capital markets and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.

November 2019: Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole has signed on to participate in the Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule 3.0, a year-long certification process developed to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in leadership positions by broadening the pool of women, lawyers of color, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers considered for significant governance roles, partner promotions, and lateral partner and senior associate hiring. The process will be used to measure whether the firm has considered at least 30% women, lawyers of color, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers among its field of candidates for significant leadership roles and activities in the firm. Also at Robinson+Cole, 52 of its attorneys were named to Super Lawyers® lists in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island for 2019. In addition, 32 attorneys at the firm were recognized as “rising stars.” The firm also received 33 first-tier metropolitan rankings, including 25 in the city of Hartford, in the 2020 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” Law firms included in the publication are recognized for professional excellence with consistently superior ratings from clients and peers. Finally, the firm’s manufacturing industry team chair Jeffrey White is among those who have been recognized in the 2019 New England Trailblazers list. Published in a special supplement developed by the business arm of Law.com and the Connecticut Law Tribune, the inaugural list recognizes professionals in New England who have “moved the needle in the legal industry” by being true agents of change. Mr. White is significantly involved with manufacturing industry issues, both nationally and internationally.

October 2019: Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole has again been ranked a “highly recommended” firm in Connecticut in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation. The firm also received a “recommended” ranking in the area of labor and employment. Wystan Ackerman, Bradford Babbitt, Patrick Begos, Joseph Clasen, Gerald Dwyer, Jr., Edward Heath, Linda Morkan, Rhonda Tobin, Theodore Tucci, and James Wade earned “Local Litigation Star” honors. Ms. Tobin was also named one of Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation for 2019 for the fifth consecutive year. Also at Robinson+Cole, business litigation group lawyer Benjamin Jensen was selected by the Hartford Business Journal for inclusion in its 2019 “40 Under Forty” class. He was honored last month during a special event at East Hartford’s Pratt & Whitney Stadium. Mr. Jensen represents clients in litigation and regulatory compliance matters involving technology, data privacy and cybersecurity.

September 2019: Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole finance team attorney Norman Roos has been elected president of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys for the 2019-2020 term. Mr. Roos was installed during the ACMA annual meeting earlier this month. Also attending were Robinson+Cole real estate and development group attorneys Candace Cunningham and Amanda Eckhoff. Ms. Cunningham was appointed co-chair of the ACMA title insurance committee and Ms. Eckhoff was installed as an ACMA fellow. Mr. Roos concentrates his practice on transactional, regulatory, and technology matters relating to the financial services and real estate industries; Ms. Cunningham, on commercial real estate finance law; and Ms. Eckhoff, on real estate financing transactions and related matters. Also at Robinson+Cole, 57 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2020 Best Lawyers® list, once again making it the firm with the highest number of listed attorneys in Connecticut.

August 2019: Connecticut member firm Robinson & Cole partner Rhonda Tobin has been named one of Benchmark Litigation’s top 250 women in litigation for 2019. Ms. Tobin is the only female litigator chosen from the state of Connecticut for inclusion on the list. This is the fifth consecutive year Benchmark Litigation has accorded her this distinction. Ms. Tobin has represented insurance companies for almost 30 years in litigation, arbitration, and mediation of disputes involving insurance and reinsurance coverage, insurance bad faith and extracontractual liability, and professional liability. A fellow in the American College of Coverage Counsel, she has significant trial experience in both state and federal courts. In addition to being a member of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance group and co-chair of its litigation section, Ms. Tobin is a member of the firm’s management committee.

January 2019: Connecticut member firm Robinson & Cole this month promoted the following associates to counsel in the firm’s Hartford office: Tyler Butts, Kevin Daly, Emilee Mooney Scott, and Taylor Shea. Mr. Butts represents the insurance industry in complex first-party property insurance coverage litigation throughout the country, with a focus on litigation concerning allegations of bad faith and other extra-contractual claims. He is part of the firm’s litigation section and a member of its insurance and reinsurance group. Mr. Daly focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and trade compliance issues. He is a member of the firm’s business litigation group and manufacturing industry team. Ms. Mooney Scott is a member of the firm’s environmental, energy and telecommunications group, and is experienced in facility compliance and transactional matters. Her tenure at the firm includes a long-term placement in the legal department of a multinational manufacturing client, where she worked with in-house and outside environmental and transactional counsel as well as corporate and facility environmental personnel. Finally, Ms. Shea represents privately and publicly held companies in all aspects of corporate and transactional law. She is a member of the firm’s business transactions and finance groups and manufacturing industry team.

December 2018: Connecticut member firm Robinson & Cole has elected Candace Cunningham, Kathleen Dion and Benjamin Jensen to partnership status in its Hartford office and Shant Chalian in its Stamford office. Ms. Cunningham practices commercial real estate finance law, with an emphasis on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac delegated underwriting and servicing lender financing for apartments, senior housing, and affordable housing nationwide. Ms. Dion is a member of the firm’s litigation section, where she frequently handles cases related to education, government and internal investigations, and business disputes. She also assists public and private companies with internal investigations on a variety of matters, including allegations of financial wrongdoing and regulatory non-compliance. Mr. Jensen represents clients in litigation and regulatory compliance matters involving technology, data privacy and cybersecurity. And Mr. Chalian concentrates his practice on fund formation, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and securities matters. Also at Robinson & Cole, the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association presented Stephen Clancy with its “rising star” award during the organization’s fall meeting last month. Mr. Clancy is a member of firm’s insurance and reinsurance practice group, where he focuses on insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation, as well as professional liability and other complex litigation. 

November 2018: Connecticut member firm Robinson & Cole has been ranked a “highly recommended” firm in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation. It has also received a “recommended” ranking in the area of labor and employment. In addition, Stephen Aronson received “labor and employment star – Northeast” recognition, a new designation in the inaugural edition of Benchmark Labor & Employment, and the following members of the firm earned “local litigation stars” honors: Wystan Ackerman, Bradford Babbitt, Joseph Clasen, Gerald Dwyer Jr., Linda Morkan, Rhonda Tobin, Theodore Tucci, and James Wade. Ms. Tobin was also named one of Benchmark Litigation‘s top 250 women in litigation earlier this year. Benchmark Litigation is the only publication that focuses exclusively on litigation in the U.S.

October 2018: Michael Orce has joined Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole as its chief operating officer. Mr. Orce is responsible for the overall finances and operations of the firm while providing leadership to the management team. With nearly 30 years of management experience in the legal industry, he works with firm leadership to execute its strategic and operational goals. Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Orce served as executive director of Murtha Cullina, where he led the administration and operation of the firm. He has an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

September 2018: Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole has had 52 of its attorneys listed in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers® in America, 42 of whom are from Connecticut. The firm continues to have the highest number of lawyers recognized by Best Lawyers® in the state. Additionally, the following two lawyers were named Lawyer of the Year in Hartford, Connecticut, in their respective practice areas: Earl Phillips, Jr., in environmental law; and Michael Maglio, in banking and finance Law. Also at Robinson+Cole, Michael Kearney has joined the firm as a partner in its Stamford office. He is an experienced tax lawyer with a broad-based transactional tax practice involving corporations, partnerships and LLCs. Mr. Kearney’s experience also includes managing tax structuring and due diligence teams. He is a graduate of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and has an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

August 2018: Benchmark Litigation has named Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole partner Rhonda Tobin one of its “Top 250 Women in Litigation” for 2018. For more than 25 years, Ms. Tobin has concentrated her practice in the areas of insurance and reinsurance coverage, extra-contractual liability, and professional liability. She was one of only three female litigators in the state of Connecticut chosen for this honor. Ms. Tobin has significant trial experience in both state and federal courts. In addition to being a member of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance group, she also co-chairs its litigation section and is a member of its managing committee.

June 2018: The Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation honored Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole during its Celebrating Leaders for Justice event in West Hartford last month. The event honors leaders in the legal industry who have dedicated their time, expertise, and financial resources to help the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation end poverty and fight for justice in the Greater Hartford area. Robinson+Cole helped found GHLAF in 1993. George Hastings, a partner in the firm, served as the foundation’s first president and remained active on the board until August 2016, shortly before his death. Today, both managing partner Stephen Goldman and partner Norman Roos continue to serve on the GHLAF board of directors.

May 2018: The Connecticut Bar Association presented Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole partner Jim Wade with the Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award during the organization’s annual awards celebration last month. Mr. Wade is a member of the firm’s business litigation group and has tried numerous criminal and civil cases across the United States during his legal career, which spans five decades. The Hennessey Award recognizes and honors a member of the Connecticut Bar whose career has manifested a dedication to the highest ideals and standards of the legal profession. For more than twenty years, Mr. Wade served as outside counsel to the Connecticut Democratic Party, and he has represented three Connecticut governors in litigation. Mr. Wade has tried complex criminal and civil cases involving antitrust, securities fraud, government contracting fraud, mail fraud, and public corruption. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1980.

December 2017: Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole has announced the promotion of five associates to counsel in its Hartford office, effective January 1, 2018. They are: Kathleen Dion, who is a member of the firm’s litigation section, where she focuses her practice on all aspects of civil and criminal litigation; Lisa Riccio, who handles financial matters related to affordable housing and commercial real estate transactions as a member of the firm’s real estate and development group; Evan J. Seeman, who as a member of the firm’s real estate and development group concentrates his practice in the areas of religious land use litigation, land use and zoning, and real property litigation; Lauren Sigg, who is a member of the firm’s immigration group, where she assists multinational companies and other  institutions in staffing their U.S. offices by obtaining appropriate immigration status for their employees; and Jonathan Small, who is a member of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance and appellate groups, focusing on property and liability insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, appeals, and class actions. Also at Robinson+Cole, the following have been elected partners in its Hartford officeStephen Clancy, who as a member of the firm’s litigation section and insurance and reinsurance practice group focuses his practice on insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation, as well as professional liability and other complex litigation; Rachel Kushel, who counsels clients on all aspects of employment law and workplace human resource issues as a member of the firm’s labor, employment, benefits and immigration group; and Keisha Palmer, who as a member of the firm’s public finance group represents state, municipal, and Indian tribal governments in the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable general obligation bonds and other debt obligations.

November 2017: Steven Campbell has joined Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole as its chief operating officer. Formerly COO of Dykema, a 350-lawyer firm with 12 offices throughout the United States, Mr. Campbell has extensive experience transforming large, complex, multi-location professional organizations. Prior to Dykema, he served as COO of Stinson Leonard Street in Minneapolis and as executive director of Gunster in West Palm Beach. In addition, Mr. Campbell has spent the last four years consulting with law firms and professional service organizations as the principal of Acumen Consulting.

August 2017: Rhonda Tobin of Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole has been named by Benchmark Litigation one of its Top 250 Women in Litigation for 2017. For more than 25 years, Ms. Tobin has concentrated her practice in the areas of insurance and reinsurance coverage, extra-contractual liability, and professional liability. She is one of only three female litigators in the state of Connecticut named to this list this year. Ms. Tobin represents both primary and excess insurers in coverage litigation and reinsurance disputes. She has significant trial experience in both state and federal courts. In addition to being a member of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance group, Ms. Tobin is co-chair of the litigation section and a member of the firm’s management committee.

July 2017: Alaine Doolan of Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole has been named secretary of the Connecticut Bar Association. Ms. Doolan is a member of the firm’s intellectual property and technology law group. Her practice is focused primarily on intellectual property, brand management, corporate transactions, technology, and Internet-related law. Ms. Doolan works with clients from a broad range of industries, such as food and beverage, fashion and merchandising, software solutions, and healthcare. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law.