With 2023 in the rear-view mirror, we at LKMB are thankful once more to have had a good year collectively as a firm, as the individuals within it, and on behalf of our clients.
For the seventh time in as many years, we were recognized as an outstanding top-tier law firm by U.S. News and World Report, while continuing to be recognized in Best Lawyers, SuperLawyers, AVVO, and elsewhere. One major non-legal project was a complete overhaul of our website to provide better access to our news and case law updates.
As noted in an earlier article, we are proud to welcome Attorney Edward J. Bryan as our newest partner. Ed has been practicing matrimonial law since 2011 and brings a deep collection of family law experience to the firm.
Managing Partner David McGrath has been active in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, attending their midyear meeting in the Bahamas, their annual meeting in Chicago, and the joint conference with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in D.C. He also serves as treasurer of the AAML Connecticut Chapter. David has been similarly active with the Connecticut Bar Association Family Section, serving as faculty in the year-in-review, providing regular case law updates to the section, and serving as one of the co-authors of an Amicus Brief on R.H. v. M.H. for the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Early in 2023 Bruce Louden and Lou Pepe – former president of the Connecticut Bar Association and senior trial counsel in the Hartford office of McElroyDeutsch – founded “Lawyer Lifers,” a group of attorneys from greater Hartford and beyond who have been in private practice for at least the last 35 years and have no plans to retire. The group meets quarterly and has grown from an initial list of seventeen to over 60, including lawyers from Fairfield and New London counties. Bruce also continues his focus on encouraging the growth of mediation and collaborative work. (More on this group in Bruce’s column, below.)
Attorney Robert Katz will be making a presentation in July 2024 at the 38th International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Barcelona, Spain. The Congress is held every two years sponsored by the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, bringing together an worldwide community of researchers, academics, practitioners and professionals in the fields of law and mental health. Attorney Katz will also participate in a panel discussion regarding the training of forensic experts in such areas as effective evaluation writing, persuasive testimony, and direct versus cross-examination.
Ashley Cervin was reappointed to the YLS Executive Committee for the CBA where she served as a Director. We are proud to report that she was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for her extensive pro bono work, which contributed to the section reaching its annual goal of over 1,000 hours of pro bono services. Ashley organized a Confronting Cases with Coercive Control seminar and moderated the panel on the new Connecticut Parentage Act for the Connecticut Legal Conference while finding time to complete the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training with the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.
Kayleigh Bowman placed an emphasis on expanding her practice to include both mediation and collaborative divorce. Kayleigh completed both the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training and the 40-hour Mediation training with the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce expanding her skill set to approach each matter differently based on the unique facts of the case. Kayleigh was also selected as a 2023 Super Lawyers Rising Star, a recognition she has received since 2020.
We are thankful for our entire team and the good work they do with and for our clients. In 2023 our long-time loyal staff members Patrick Buckley and Cecilia Bayek were joined by paralegal Cassandra Angelo, who brought decades of family law experience to the firm, and Kyle Cannon who brings a welcome warmth and energy to our phones and reception area.