Conn. Firms, Offices Name New Partners For 2014

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


James Shearin
James Shearin

Papermaster said Miller's promotion is an indication of the Connecticut market's importance to the national firm. "We view this as an indication that the Hartford office is very well-received and an important part of the firm's business year in and year out," Papermaster said.

The naming of a new partner in the real estate practice is also the result of strong growth in that area for the firm. "They had a very productive year," Papermaster said.

At Wiggin and Dana, the firm extended offers to four partners in Connecticut, one more than last year.

As with other firms, Wiggin partnership offers were viewed as an opportunity to not only reward hard work and success in a lawyer's practice, but also a strategic benefit to bolster particular practice areas.

Among the promotions, Kevin Budge and Joseph Merschman will become new partners in the litigation practice, while Elliot Kaiman rises to partner in the energy and utilities and real estate practice. Michael Clear, whose practice is in trusts and estates, was also promoted to partner.

Stan Twardy, managing partner at Day Pitney, said the firm conducted its annual partners meeting on October, and decided to promote four Connecticut associates to partner, down from five last year. But firmwide, the number of seven new partners was the highest its been in several years, up from one new partner in 2013.

Twardy said the promotions are a positive sign, especially in light of August layoffs that led to the elimination of 40 staff members firmwide.

"The firm is on a very solid footing to be able to produce these future leaders," he said.•

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