2021

  • Attorney Thomas P. Cella has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the categories of personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice, and Attorney Jack G. Steigelfest has been selected in the category of appellate practice.

2020

  • Thomas P. Cella was named a Super Lawyer in the field of personal injury.

  • James F. Sullivan was named a Super Lawyer in the field of civil defense.

  • James F. Sullivan is the next vice-chair of the judicial selection committee.

  • Attorney Thomas P. Cella has been selected for inclusion in best Lawyers in America in the categories of personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice, and Attorney Jack G. Steigelfest has been selected in the category of appellate practice.

  • In January, Judge Meyer of the United States District Court entered summary judgment in favor of the insurer in the matter of Advanced Welding, LLC v. LM Insurance Corporation, 2020 WL 435489 (D. Conn. 2020), holding that the LM Insurance had properly canceled the workers compensation policy issued to Advanced Welding and did not owe coverage for a claim by a severely injured worker. Jack Steigelfest represented LM Insurance Corporation.

  • Jack & Dawn Steigelfest were elected to a two year term as co-Presidents of Beth Sholom B’nai Israel in Manchester.

  • In April 2020, Thomas P. Cella and Jamie Sullivan were panel speakers at a Trial Advocacy Seminar sponsored by the Hartford County Bar Association.   Attorney Cella’s topic was the cross-examination of medical experts and Attorney Sullivan spoke about ethical issues in trial advocacy.

  • In March 2020, Thomas P. Cella successfully defended a motor vehicle operator at a prejudgment remedy hearing in a rear end collision accident where the defendant admitted that she was texting while driving.  The plaintiff claimed that the defendant’s violation of Connecticut’s anti-texting statute, CGS 14-296aa,  amounted to reckless conduct justifying an attachment of the defendant’s assets.   The Court, Moukawsher, J., concluded that the violation of the statute did not automatically require a finding of reckless conduct and that other factors, such as the speed of the defendant’s vehicle, the traffic conditions, the road conditions, the length of time the defendant was distracted while texting , have to be considered.   The Court concluded that the evidence in this case, i.e., that the defendant looked down for five seconds to send a text and when she looked up traffic ahead of her had come to a stop, did not justify a finding of anything more than ordinary negligence. The plaintiff appealed the court’s decision.   Rocky v. Dibble, 2020 WL 1656212 (March 4, 2020)(Moukawsher, J.). The lawsuit has recently settled.

  • On September 15, 2020, Jamie Sullivan moderated a seminar at the Connecticut Bar Association’s Annual Conference on “Issues with Twenty First Century Clients.”

  • On September 16, 2020, Jamie Sullivan spoke at a seminar on the “Ethical Issues Surrounding Reservation of Rights Letters” at a conference held by a network of law firms called Eagle International.

2019

  • Thomas P. Cella was named a Super Lawyer in the field of personal injury.

  • James F. Sullivan was named a Super Lawyer in the field of civil defense.

  • Jack Steigelfest was appointed as an attorney trial referee and reappointed as a factfinder/arbitrator by the Connecticut Judicial Department.

  • Jack Steigelfest was on the faculty of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Connecticut Appellate Advocacy Institute held in May.

  • Deborah Jekot was named a Rising Star in Super Lawyers.

  • Jack Steigelfest was named a Super Lawyer in the field of Insurance Coverage.

  • Jack Steigelfest was listed in Best Lawyers of America in the field of Appellate law.

  • In December of 2019, the Connecticut Appellate Court issued its opinion in the matter of R.D. Clark & Sons, Inc v. Clark, 194 Conn. App. 690 (2019), holding that the trial court correctly valued the interest of James Clark in the plaintiff corporation. Jack Steigelfest argued and briefed the matter on appeal, with Christopher Harrington on the brief.

  • Attorney Thomas P. Cella has been inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN).    Membership is by invitation only.   Only seventeen (17) attorneys in the State of Connecticut are members.  According to the NADN website, NADN, formed in 2008, is America’s foremost professional organization for experienced mediators and arbitrators practicing in the field of civil & commercial conflict resolution. All Academy members are distinguished by their commitment to excellence in the field of dispute resolution, and enjoy sterling reputations within the profession.

  • Jamie Sullivan was elected chair of the Board of Advisors of the Downtown YMCA of Greater Hartford.

  • David A. Sylvestre was named a Super Lawyer in the field of civil defense.

2018

  • Thomas P. Cella was named a Super Lawyer in the field of personal injury.

  • James F. Sullivan was named a Super Lawyer in the field of civil defense.

  • Jack Steigelfest was named a Super Lawyer in the field of Insurance Coverage.

  • Jack Steigelfest was listed in Best Lawyers of America in the field of Appellate law.

  • In December, the Connecticut Appellate Court affirmed the judgment in favor of the defendant Metropolitan District Commission in the matter of Perez v. Metropolitan District Commission, 186 Conn. App. 466 (2018), holding that the Commission was entitled to qualified immunity with respect to the wrongful death claim arising out of the drowning of the plaintiff’s decedent. Jack Steigelfest argued and briefed the matter on appeal, with Christopher Harrington on the brief.

  • Governor Malloy recently appointed Attorney James Sullivan to the Judicial Selection Committee.

  • Attorney Thomas P. Cella has been selected for inclusion in best Lawyers in America in the categories of personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice and Attorney Jack G. Steigelfest has been selected in the category of appellate practice.

  • Christopher Harrington recently served his two year term as president of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association and now serves as the chairman of the executive board of that organization.

  • Jamie Sullivan was re-elected to the House of Delegates of the Connecticut Bar Association.

  • Jamie Sullivan was elected to the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Bar Association.

  • Jamie Sullivan was invited to co-author the Connecticut chapter of Mort Daller’s “Product Liability Desk Reference, 2019 Edition”.

2017

  • Thomas P. Cella was named a Super Lawyer in the field of personal injury.

  • James F. Sullivan was named a Super Lawyer in the field of civil defense.

  • In March, Judge Bolden of the United States District Court granted summary judgment for the plaintiff insurer in the matter of Farm Family Cas. Ins. Co. v. Samperi, 242 F. Supp.ed 83 (D. Conn. 2017), declaring that the insurer did not owe a duty to defend or indemnify  the insured with respect to an underlying claim that the insured abused his step-daughter. Jack Steigelfest represented Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company.

  • Jack Steigelfest was appointed to the James W. Cooper Fellows Education and Program Committee of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

  • Jack Steigelfest was named a Super Lawyer in the field of Insurance Coverage.

  • Jack Steigelfest was listed in Best Lawyers of America in the field of Appellate law.

  • Jack Steigelfest was reappointed by Chief Justice Rogers to a three year term as a member of the Connecticut Code of Evidence Oversight Committee.

  • Jamie Sullivan was the moderator of a talk by Patrick Malone on his book “The Fearless Cross-Examiner” at the Connecticut Bar Association annual meeting.

  • Jamie Sullivan was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates.

  • Jamie Sullivan co-authored the Connecticut chapter of Mort Daller’s “Tort Law Reference:  A Fifty State Compendium”.

  • Jamie Sullivan was recognized as “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating for an attorney by that agency.

  • Jamie Sullivan, and several others including two judges, provided a seminar on the “Hearsay Rule and Its Exceptions” for the Hartford County Bar Association.

2016

  • Thomas P. Cella was named a Super Lawyer in the field of personal injury.

  • James F. Sullivan was named a Super Lawyer in the field of civil defense.

  • Jack Steigelfest was on the faculty of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Connecticut Appellate Advocacy Institute held in May.

  • In July, the Defense Research Institute published the Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Compendium, including a chapter on Connecticut law authored by Claudia Baio and Jack Steigelfest.

  • In August, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its opinion in State Farm & Cas. Co. v. Tully, 322 Conn. 556 (2016). The court affirmed the judgment declaring that State Farm did not owe a duty to defend or indemnify Mr. Tully, holding that Mr. Tully’s voluntary intoxication did not defeat the intentional nature of his conduct. Jack Steigelfest briefed and argued the appeal on behalf of State Farm.

  • In August, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its opinion in First Mercury Ins. Co. v. Shawmut Woodworking  Supply, Inc., 660 Fed. Appx. 30 (2d Cir. 2016), holding that Liberty Mutual’s named insured Shepard Steel Corporaion was insured on a primary basis as an additional insured under a policy issued by First Mercury. Jack Steigelfest argued and briefed the matter on appeal.

  • Jack Steigelfest was named a Super Lawyer in the field of Insurance Coverage.

  • Jack Steigelfest was listed in Best Lawyers of America in the field of Appellate law.

2015