♦ In an Op-Ed piece in The Hartford Courant, Lew Rome, our former colleague, is fondly remembered.

♦ Congratulations to the Rome McGuigan attorneys who have been named "2016 Connecticut Super Lawyers":

Pamela A. LeBlanc, an associate with the firm, is a key part of the team for the representation of a specialty jewelry company which lost most of its inventory in a tire fire while in transit in a luxury vehicle. The case is in Brooklyn Federal Court with a 2017 trial date. Attorney LeBlanc also has broad experience in employment law, including covenants not to compete, CUTPA and breach of contract cases. She has represented employers and employees.

♦ Attorney Joseph B. Burns had a successful judgment for a Connecticut State Marshal by demonstrating that the Marshal operated in the course of his official duties and therefore was not subject to any claims under the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. An appeal to the 2nd Circuit is possible.

♦ One of Rome McGuigan's fire loss specialists, Attorney William W. Kaliff, has been defending a home fire which resulted in the tragic deaths of several family members.  The cases are still pending against the firm's client, including the City of Stamford.

♦ On Tuesday, October 4, Rome McGuigan received a favorable decision for the City of New Britain and the City's Board of Education in the case of Kaestle Boos Associates v. City of New Britain et al. in the Superior Court, judicial district of New Britain ( Young, J.). The litigation involved a renovation project at the Smalley Academy in New Britain. The City sent out Requests for Qualifications for architectural services in connection with the project, and after (among other things) the consideration of the submissions and interviews, a firm was chosen for the architectural services contract. This litigation was commenced by an unsuccessful bidder, which sought injunctive relief to prevent the award of the contract to the chosen firm. Attorney John ("Jack") Bradley represented the City and filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the unsuccessful bidder lacked standing to challenge the award. After a full evidentiary hearing, the motion to dismiss was granted.

♦ Attorney Richard F. Banbury is a well-known ADR specialist and Counsel to the State Probate System he is also a Hall of Famer. He was honored at the Kingswood Oxford Athletic Hall of Fame event on June 11, 2016. Congrats Richard!

♦  Attorney Austin J. McGuigan was selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in New England ® 2016.  Attorney McGuigan focused his practice on White Collar Crime.

LEW ROME 1933 - 2015

On January 1, 1995 Lew Rome merged his Bloomfield law firm into the Hartford law firm headed by Austin McGuigan. He recognized that there were risks in giving up complete autonomy, but saw extraordinary opportunity in what the two groups could achieve working together. That vision, optimism and positive spirit defined Lew Rome. For Lew, no challenge was insurmountable and no setback was more than momentary or without opportunity for greater success. What he didn't accomplish with incisive thinking, he brought about by sheer force of will and personality.

We at Rome McGuigan are grateful for the twenty years we shared with Lew. He made us better, more caring and more effective in improving the lives of those around us and those we serve.

Our love and affection goes out to Lew's children and grandchildren and all those who loved him and are grieved by his loss. We will miss him dearly.