CONNECTICUT MAN ASKS TRUMP TO HALT IMMINENT DEPORTATION TO JAMAICA

By Cristina Corbin, Fox News, July 25, 2017 - By most accounts, Hugh Williams' life represents the American Dream -- a Jamaican immigrant who came to Connecticut nearly 20 years ago, working as a supervisor at the Home Depot to provide for his and three sons, one of whom is in the U.S. military.  But Williams is set to be deported Thursday to his native Jamaica over a 2002 felony marijuana conviction his lawyer said was a result of shoddy legal advice given by an attorney who is now disbarred. Read More>

♦ Attorney John R. Downey, a principal with the firm, has settled a personal injury case for $1 million dollars on behalf of a client who suffered serious injuries as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle in Norwalk, CT.  The clients provided the following reaction to the settlement: "You took a case others thought was worthless and you gave us a million dollar result.  We are overjoyed".  Lisa Castillo, et al. v. John Chetta, et al.  FST-CV16-6028011-S

EVIDENCE IN GARDNER MUSEUM THEFTS THAT MIGHT BEAR DNA EVIDENCE IS MISSING

By Shelley Murphy & Stephen Kurkjian, The Boston Globe, June 12, 2017 - The trail had been cold for years when the FBI announced in 2010 that it had sent crime scene evidence from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to its lab for retesting, hoping advances in DNA analysis would identify thieves who stole $500 million worth of masterpieces. Read More>

MOBSTER GENTILE GUILTY OF GUN CRIMES; SLIMMER, BUT STILL SILENT ON $500 MILLION ART HEIST

By Edmund H. Mahoney, The Hartford Courant, April 6, 2017 - Robert "The Cook" Gentile, the Hartford gangster at the center of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, may have closed one of the best leads in the half-billion dollar art mystery when he pleaded guilty Thursday to a string of gun charge. Read More>

ROBERT GENTILE, A SUSPECT IN GARDNER MUSEUM ART HEIST, AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY TO WEAPONS CHARGES

By Edmund H. Mahoney, The Hartford Courant, March 28, 2017 - Robert "The Cook" Gentile, the geriatric gangster and key person of interest in the $500 million Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist, has agreed to plead guilty to federal weapons charges . . .  Read More>

♦ 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":

♦ 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.

♦ 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.

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.