Conn. Firms, Offices Name New Partners For 2014

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


James Shearin
James Shearin

At Murtha, two new Connecticut partners, Keith Varian and Lauren Hopwood, will make the jump to full partner in January. One associate, Dena Castricone, was promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1.

Stewart said she has noticed more firms looking for a diversity of experience when selecting new partners.

"Of our three new partners, none of them came to us as first-job associates," she said. As at other firms, the decisions by the executive board to approve offers of partnership, and with it a more lucrative share of the firm's profits, are being made after considering several factors.

In addition to looking at the individual lawyer, and their ability to generate business and get positive outcomes for their clients, partnership committees are considering where the firm needs to grow, and what practice groups would most benefit by adding a partner.

"In two of the areas where we've added partners, immigration and ERISA [employee benefits], there are people very near retiring," Stewart said. "And it's important that you have someone who is a partner who is ready to take over the reigns."

Robinson & Cole announced the promotions of two new partners in its Connecticut offices, down from four last year. Additionally, three attorneys were named to counsel positions. The choice of new partners reflects not only the talents of the attorneys selected, but the anticipated growth in their practice areas, which include health law and construction.

"These accomplished lawyers, from varied practice areas in a major market, have all demonstrated a deep knowledge in their respective legal fields and a strong commitment to delivering exceptional service," said John Lynch, the firm's managing partner. "Their promotions will strengthen the firm's client relationships."

At Bingham McCutchen, the Boston-based firm elevated 10 associates to partner status, including one in Hartford.

"Our clients are involved in complex, cross-border matters, and we continue to build upon our platform providing high-quality legal services worldwide," said Bingham's chairman and CEO, Jay Zimmerman. "The addition of these highly qualified lawyers to the partnership further strengthens the firm's deep bench of talent."

Dan Papermaster, managing partner of Bingham's Hartford office, and co-chair of the firm's Transactional Finance Group, said at least one new partner has been added in the Connecticut office four years' in a row. This year, that lone promotion in Hartford goes to H. Scott Miller, a member of the firm's Real Estate Group.

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