After Hours

After Hours: Chorale Concert Takes Attorneys to the Steps of the Smithsonian

By ISAAC AVILUCEA |

For attorneys Margaret Sheahan and Amy Day, singing in the Ridgefield Chorale isn't much different than practicing law. Being the middle child in a family of seven siblings is a metaphor for Sheahan's life. Her professional career revolves around massaging egos, knowing people's personalities—what makes them tick and click—and finding common ground.

Attorney Meghann E. LaFountain in Haiti

Bloomfield Attorney Helps Build New Homes In Earthquake-Ravaged Haiti

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

The first time Meghann E. LaFountain flew to Haiti on vacation in September 2012, she needed encouragement from a friend and former classmate from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Musical Practice Makes Perfect Hobby For Multi-Instrumentalist Litigator

By KAREN ALI |

Steven Frederick grew up playing all sorts of musical instruments, but he stopped playing when he got a job as a Wall Street lawyer. After all, he lived in a New York City apartment, and the neighbors would have squawked had he played saxophone or clarinet at all hours.

Saddling Up Ponies For Special Needs Riders

By KAREN ALI |

Jean Hamer always wanted a pony. "Of course, every little girl wants a pony," she said. "That's how this started." Hamer rode horses in high school and in college, and in 1994 she earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut. But the hobby soon was put on the back burner when she attended Villanova University School of Law and embarked on her legal career.

'Basketball Junkie' Won't Be Denied His Goal

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

J. Paul Vance Jr. is comfortable in the role of chief decision-maker. As Connecticut's claims commissioner, he holds the power to decide when to waive sovereign immunity and allow a party to sue the state.

'Basketball Junkie' Won't Be Denied His Goal

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

J. Paul Vance Jr. is comfortable in the role of chief decision-maker. As Connecticut's claims commissioner, he holds the power to decide when to waive sovereign immunity and allow a party to sue the state.

Research Attorney Escapes The Grind Through Nature Photography

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

It started about 14 years ago, when Gary Hamilton was a soon-to-be-father of twin girls, and he wanted to be ready. "I figured I would need a decent camera to take pictures of the kids," said Hamilton, a research attorney with the Connecticut Judicial Branch.

Consumer Lawyer Is A Leader In Humanist Community

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Last summer, Rocky Hill attorney Daniel S. Blinn spoke on Connecticut public radio station WNPR with news that surprised some people: He doesn't believe in God. Blinn, who is a religious humanist, was part of the public radio station's discussion of the rise of non-believers in America and how their particular movements are gaining wider acceptance across the country.

Attorney Sells Notebooks She Makes From Recycled Items

By ROBIN DeMERELL PROVEY |

After a long, hard day at the office, Stamford lawyer Audrey Medd loves to settle into her large arts and crafts room and make notebooks — using recycled boxes of everything from Cheerios to Friskies and Milk-Bone.

Attorney Spends Free-Time Building Home Products Brand

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

When furnishing her home, attorney Olia Yelner struggled with the typical homeowner problems of finding the right piece of furniture for her space. She grew frustrated shopping in the popular retail stores that didn't stock what she needed and seemed to carry only foreign-made products.

Defense Attorney Chills Out By Making Citrusy Pale Ales

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

After a long day at the office or in court, many a lawyer has been known to go out and grab a cold beer at a local establishment.

Theatrical Tax Attorney Has Been Cast In Many Memorable Roles

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Jessie A. Gilbert spends her days handling legal matters involving estate planning, probate, family law and taxes. She's also been known as a queen, an evil nurse and a ditzy nun, to name just a few of her alter egos.

Soccer Dad Nets Satisfaction With Coaching Career

By MICHELLE GOLLADAY |

Ned McMahon is hanging up his cleats after 10 years of coaching soccer, six of which he spent at the helm of a girls' travel team called the Trumbull Strikers.

From MTV Engineer To EMT Chief

By MICHELLE GOLLADAY |

For some, sitting still is a foreign concept. Such is the case with attorney David Bondanza, who in addition to his law practice spends 60 to 80 hours per month as a volunteer emergency medical technician in Canton, Conn.

Chaplain's Role Reveals Spiritual Side

By MICHELLE GOLLADAY |

Chester and Joan Fairlie have been married for 39 years. But in some ways, their spiritual journey is just beginning.

Attorney's Initiative Enhances Mentoring Efforts In Anti-Truancy Program

By MICHELLE GOLLADAY |

Robinson & Cole senior associate Alaine C. Doolan was inducted into the Connecticut Corporate Mentoring Hall of Fame for her work with the Truancy Project of Connecticut, an initiative in which volunteers from the legal community work with frequently absent students several hours per month for one year, serving as legal advocates, problem-solvers and role models.

Playing Some Music For A Friend

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Ferrara's passion for music and the guitar has A Connecticut lawyer's love for music and the guitar has been reawakened since the 2010 death of her close friend, Theresa Martinez, and she has experienced a surge of creativity leading to many hours of writing and performing live with The Dini Band in Connecticut and New York clubs.

Real-Life Lawyer Journeys Into Fantasy World With Adventure Novel

By MICHELLE GOLLADAY |

Government, law and fiction are three words seldom used together, aside from perhaps in a sarcastic jest about written legislation. However, former state lawmaker, corporate attorney and novelist James A. Shapiro has seamlessly combined all three in his career.

A Little Bounce In Their Step

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

There's a court in Hartford where lawyers throw elbows, shove each other around and talk a little trash.

Divorce Lawyer and Novelist Carves Out Iime For Hemingway Blog

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Christine Whitehead, a full-time Hartford divorce attorney and part-time novelist, admits that she has little in common with Ernest Hemingway.

A Search For Justice Leads To YouTube

By KAREN ALI |

Danbury solo Peter Herger began songwriting since law school, but only in the past month or so, has his music career taken off to a place he never expected.

Ex-bankruptcy Lawyer Opens Superhero-themed Karaoke Bar

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Opening a bar "is every lawyer's escapist fantasy," said Andrew Lebwohl, who spent nearly three years practicing corporate bankruptcy and insurance regulatory law at Dewey & LeBeouf in New York after graduating from Columbia Law School.

Ex-bankruptcy Lawyer Opens Superhero-themed Karaoke Bar

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Opening a bar "is every lawyer's escapist fantasy," said Andrew Lebwohl, who spent nearly three years practicing corporate bankruptcy and insurance regulatory law at Dewey & LeBeouf in New York after graduating from Columbia Law School.

Sharing The Good News About Divorce

By KAREN ALI |

Uswah Khan is always reflecting about her days in and out of divorce court. Needing a place to share her experiences, and drawing on her love of writing, she decided to launch a blog, "Divorce Diaries". And while there is seldom anything happy about a divorce, the Shelton family law attorney at least works to find silver linings.

Helping A Son Row All The Way To London

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Stamford attorney John J. LaCava is like a lot of dads, always willing to make time to attend their children's sporting events and cheer them on. Next month, LaCava will support his son Nick on the world's largest sporting stage—the Olympics in London.

A Different Type Of Trial by Fire

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Jason Maur was in the midst of the most grueling trial of his young professional career. He needed to present his case to the three of the toughest judges in the world. But for the Monroe attorney who started practicing law in November 2010, this trial had nothing to do with legal training. If it had, it probably would've been easier.

Picking Out A Small Piece Of WWII History

By KAREN ALI |

Quinnipiac University's John Thomas has a full-time job as a law professor focusing on medical issues and a hobby and side career as a blues and ragtime guitarist. But he still felt something was missing in his life. "I was yearning for something different," Thomas said.

Law Prof Turns Scottish History On Its Head

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Martin Margulies cannot explain his devotion to studying history and shedding contemporary light on stories that might otherwise be lost to time.

A Passion For Another Sort Of Court

By JOAN LEE |

In Superior Court, lawyers can be aggressive, but they are constrained by judicial rules and decorum. On the basketball court, there are far fewer restraints.

A Burning Desire To Put Out Fires

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Attorney Jay N. Hershman was making a point about how he has to work his personal schedule around his position as a volunteer firefighter in Cheshire when his scanner suddenly squawked loudly in the background. "You're not going to believe this," he said, "but there's a fire call inside my office building."

On Ice, The Defense Never Rests

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Brendan O'Rourke has placed his passion on ice. For nearly 10 years, the corporate and real estate lawyer has been an active member of the New Canaan Winter Club and its men's hockey teams.

Young Attorney Believes The Hype

By JOAN LEE |

As a commercial litigation attorney and a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations, Benjamin Jensen spends a great deal of time with lawyers.

300 Shows And Not One Lawyer Joke

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Rick Roberts had one of those I'd-like-to-do-that-before-I-die moments in New York City on his 45th birthday. He was walking past the famous comedy club Caroline's and told his teenage son that one day he would do stand-up comedy.

Legal History In Full Color

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

After centuries of legal history in New Haven, the practice of law no longer is the sole domain of white Protestant males. That's one of the messages of a book written by Wiggin and Dana partner Robert F. Cavanagh, with assistance from the New Haven County Bar Association's Centennial Committee.

'Hurling Tension Into The Universe'

By JOAN LEE |

Bethel lawyer Dennis McDonough says the people around him mdash; including his wife and people he works with mdash; notice a change in him when he returns from his all-male retreats, which are filled with meditation and primal screaming.

A Two-Way Educational Experience

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Last March, Amanda F. Lawrence spent two weeks racing a bicycle through Pakistan. But it took a return trip last autumn for her to truly see the country.

Climbing Above The Stresses Of Law

By JOAN LEE |

Sally Roberts sits behind a desk in her profession as a civil litigator. But thanks to her many outdoor hobbies, like hiking and snowshoeing, she often comes back to work refreshed.

Knight Time Reading For Lawyers

By JOAN LEE |

Edward Pontacoloni has been practicing law for 30 years and has many stories to tell. He has put many of them in a self-published book aimed at young lawyers. But this isn't your normal autobiography.

'Putting Your Life In Their Hands'

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

When the pressures of his Stamford-based practice reach a certain level, Gary Klein doesn't just go for a jog or lounge around the house for a couple days.

Just One Note Leads To Singing Career

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

It was the morning after a long night at the office for Peggy Little, a commercial litigator, and she was operating on just a few hours sleep.

If It's Friday, You'll Find Her Writing

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

At age 23, Regina Forker may seem like an ordinary law student. She is entering her third year at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She just finished a clinic in intellectual property and entrepreneurship and is currently interning at Hartford's Updike, Kelly Spellacy.

Mixing Mortar And Building Houses

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY |

There's bright sun, windswept beaches and exotic cuisine. You're almost guaranteed to shed pounds while engaged in hours of healthy aerobics. But despite that description, state Supreme Court Justice Joette Katz's most memorable vacation spots are nothing like a resort spa.

'An Alarm Clock For The Soul'

By Joan Lee |

While many people can make a sound with a shofar, the challenge is to make the sound meaningful. That is what Stewart Edelstein will try to do as he coaxes notes out of the exotic instrument at Rosh Hashanah services this week and Yom Kippur services in early October at his synagogue, B'Nai Israel in Bridgeport.

A New Career Sprouts From Grape Vines

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Things were coming together for Michael Connery's plan to transition from the practice of law in the late 1990s. The New York firm he had worked at since graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1975 was offering a program where attorneys could start scaling back their practice in anticipation of retirement from the law.

Keeping Children Safe And Parents Employed

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

During her second and third year at Yale Law School in the late 1990s, Kim Rinehart wasn't just thinking about which clerkship or law firm job she would land. She was focused on helping New Haven County residents, especially single mothers, get out of poverty and build sustainable careers.

Fast Times On The Courts Of Stonington

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Scott Sawyer was a basketball star in high school and at Connecticut College. As a lawyer, he's no slouch either. Working mostly as a solo since 1995, he's built a successful practice that led him to argue a highly publicized eminent domain case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A Man In Perpetual Motion

By MARIE P. GRADY |

You could say that attorney Fred Murolo has been running around a lot these days. But then that's nothing new. He's actually been on the go every day for the last 30 years. And it's not just the busy Cheshire practice he runs with his wife, Karen, that keeps him in motion.

Bringing The Civil War Home To Connecticut

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

When attorneys reach retirement, many of them escape to the beach, head to the golf course or settle into a lounge chair. Robert J. O'Brien dives into Civil War history and specifically, New Haven's role in the war. After retiring last May, the former supervisory assistant state's attorney in the New Haven Career Criminal Unit now has plenty of time to devote to his passion for the war, which has garnered new attention as the nation marks the 150th anniversary. "I think this is really fascinating and I want to get other people interested in the history," said O'Brien, a self-proclaimed history buff.

Take Him Out To The Blog Game

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

In the heart of Yankees-Red Sox territory, attorney Andrew Walter's professional baseball allegiances lie in the middle of the country.

The Jig Is Up For Fast-Stepping Attorney

By KAREN ALI |

With an old country last name like "Flaherty," you might guess that Regina Flaherty does something that's traditionally Irish. And you would be right. The attorney at the Westport-based firm of Levett Rockwood has been entertaining audiences as an Irish step dancer ever since she was 6 years old.

Coach Keeps Disabled Athletes Rolling

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

Attorney Elton "Bud" Harvey III was a longtime soccer player in an adult league who was looking for a new way to stay in shape during the winter months. A soccer teammate encouraged him to try rugby and participate in a weekend game to see how he liked it. That was in 1992.