Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 25 Attorneys of the Northeast Region for 2024. We defined the Northeast Region to include Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, and Rhode Island, which exemplify the diversity and charm that characterize the grand allure of New England. The region takes pride in its rich historical heritage and robust economic environment, as evidenced by recent federal data highlighting Maine's remarkable economic growth, surpassing even larger states such as New York and California in recent years.
Meanwhile, with increased business activities and transactions, there are often more and more legal complexities. So playing significant roles in the region’s economic health are the attorneys recognized in this year's awards. These capable individuals serve as esteemed leaders in some of the nation's premier law firms, such as Holland & Knight, Kelley Drye & Warren, and Duane Morris, among others. Notably, the top legal minds selected for this year's recognition excel in representing clients across various stages of litigation in diverse forums, including state, federal, and administrative courts.
Among the prominent lawyers featured on this year's list is Omer Tene, a Partner in Goodwin's Technology group and Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity practice. Tene is widely acknowledged as a thought leader in the global arena of privacy and data protection, providing legal counsel to governments, regulators, and multinational corporations, among others. Additionally, Gloria Skigen, a Partner at Holland & Knight, a prominent global law firm boasting over 2,200 lawyers and professionals worldwide, is highlighted. Skigen has accumulated extensive experience throughout her career, managing over 125 venture capital transactions with a cumulative value exceeding $2 billion.
Finally, we have Andy Corea, the Managing Partner at Murtha Cullina. A widely respected trademark and intellectual property lawyer, Corea cut his teeth as a trademark examining attorney for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Presently, his clientele spans a diverse spectrum, including manufacturers, breweries, major league sports teams, and private equity firms.
Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 25 Attorneys of the Northeast Region for 2024.
1. Greg Hansel
Attorney and Partner, Preti Flaherty
At Preti Flaherty, Greg Hansel is an Attorney and Partner of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition practice group. A nationally recognized trial lawyer in complex business litigation, Hansel has won victories for defendants and plaintiffs in some of Maine's largest cases and maintains a national and international litigation practice. He frequently advises overseas clients on U.S. legal matters. Notably, he is listed in Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America, which named him 2017 and 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants.
Currently, Hansel serves as court-appointed co-lead counsel for direct purchasers in In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, a series of private civil actions, with $300 million in settlements to date, that stem from the largest Department of Justice criminal antitrust investigation in U.S. history. In addition, he is experienced in class actions, antitrust & trade regulation, international, securities, products liability, mass torts, contract, fraud, healthcare, RICO, employment, real estate, land use, technology, lender liability, professional malpractice, and personal injury, among many other areas. Hansel graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a JD and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree.
2. Douglas Ryder
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
At Kirkland & Ellis, Douglas Ryder is a Partner in the firm’s New York office. As one of the world’s leading law firms, they serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and many other complex corporate transactions. Ryder's practice focuses on advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as public and private companies, on various mergers and acquisitions, financings, restructurings and general corporate matters. Ryder graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from Colgate University with an undergraduate degree.
Notably, Ryder has worked with a number of private equity sponsors including Accel-KKR, Advent International, Apollo Global Management, Arlington Capital Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, CCMP Capital, Cerberus Capital Management, Fortress Investment Group, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, Mubadala Development Company, Nexus Capital Management, ONCAP Management Partners, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Recognize Partners and Soros Fund Management. He’s also worked with a number of public companies, including AMC Entertainment, BAE SYSTEMS, Bristol-Myers Squibb, CCC Information Services, Dave & Buster’s, IAC/InterActiveCorp, Norwegian Cruise Line and Ticketmaster.
3. Lori Basilico
Partner, Locke Lord
Lori Basilico is a Partner at Locke Lord, a full-service law firm with a global reach and 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs in the United States and around the world. The firm has a history that spans more than 135 years and is a leader in the middle market arena. Basilico focuses her practice on advising employers in connection with employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She advises clients on all aspects of plan design, compliance and documentation for qualified retirement plans, 403(b) and 457 plans, health and welfare plans, non-qualified executive compensation programs and equity compensation plans. She also counsels clients regarding day-to-day administration and compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, ACA, COBRA, HIPAA and other federal and state laws impacting employee benefit plans.
Basilico has substantial experience working with buyers and sellers addressing compensation and benefits issues associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, including retirement plan mergers and change of control payments. She also represents clients in handling and negotiating inquiries, audits, investigations and assessments, and voluntary compliance correction matters with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Basilico graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a JD, from Boston University School of Law with an LLM in taxation and from Smith College with an undergraduate degree.
4. Norman Roos
Norman Roos is a Partner at Robinson+Cole, a service mark of Robinson & Cole LLP, a law firm with offices throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Florida, and California serving regional, national, and international clients. With more than 250 attorneys, they are ranked among the 200 largest law firms in the U.S. Clients range from Fortune 50 to start-up companies, as well as nonprofit and governmental organizations. Since 1845, the firm has established a rich history of community involvement, pro bono service, celebration of diversity, and a well-recognized dedication to client service.
Roos has 51 years of experience, having begun his career in 1972. Before joining Robinson+Cole, Roos was a Hartford Office managing partner at Thelen LLP. Before that, he served as a Hartford Office managing partner at Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP. Earlier in his career, he worked with Leventhal, Krasow & Roos, P.C. as a shareholder. Roos graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a JD and from The Wharton School with an undergraduate degree in economics.
5. Omer Tene
Partner, Goodwin Procter
Omer Tene is a Partner in the Goodwin’s Technology group and Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity practice. Goodwin is in the business of building authentic, long-term relationships with their clients, who are some of the world’s most successful and innovative investors, entrepreneurs and disruptors at the convergence of and within the life sciences, private equity, real estate, technology, and financial industries. Notably, Tene is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, and a Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. He was also appointed to the Arbitration Panel under the US-EU Privacy Shield Agreement; and was the Rapporteur for the 30-year review of the OECD Privacy Guidelines.
Prior to joining Goodwin, Tene was most recently the VP and Chief Knowledge Officer at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”). Prior to his time at IAPP, he was globally recognized as a thought leader in the privacy and data protection space. Tene has advised governments, regulators, international organizations, multinational companies and startups on privacy legislation, regulation, strategy, governance, and compliance. He began his legal career as an M&A associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. This was followed by an associate position at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in Paris. Tene graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and an LLM and from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France with an MBA.
6. Emma Kramer
Attorney, DLA Piper
Emma Kramer began her professional career 7 years ago. Today, she is an Attorney at DLA Piper, a global law firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, they represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Their lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance.
Kramer got her start in 2016 as an Associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. From there, she went on to the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, before eventually rising to judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, her most recent position prior to joining DLA Piper. Kramer graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a JD and from Middlebury College with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
7. Eric Wise
Partner, Alston & Bird
Eric Wise is a Partner with Alston & Bird’s Financial Restructuring & Reorganization Group. Wise is a leading expert in restructuring matters and special situations finance. He has extensive experience in complex liability management transactions, Chapter 11 matters, workouts, rights offerings, recapitalizations, restructuring, post-petition and exit financing, and distressed debt purchases and sales. Wise is also a frequent author and a thought leader on many issues in the restructuring and finance spaces. Notably, his restructuring clients include first lien credit groups, junior lien creditor groups, unsecured creditor groups, official committees of unsecured creditors, equity holders, post-petition lenders, and debtors.
On top of that, Wise’s special situations finance clients include lenders, arrangers, and borrowers. His experience stretches across a variety of industries including cryptocurrency, e-commerce, shipping, telecommunications, health care, hospitality, real estate, steel, automotive, chemical, energy, transportation, and financial institutions, among others. Wise has been involved in leading and market-moving restructuring cases and complex special situation finance matters for over two decades. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a JD, from Claremont Graduate University with an MA and from Claremont McKenna College with an undergraduate degree.
8. Basam Nabulsi
Partner, McCarter & English
Basam Nabulsi is a Partner at McCarter & English, a law firm that delivers innovative solutions to clients spanning Fortune 100 to mid-market and emerging growth companies. Over his 30+ year career, Nabulsi has delivered valued counsel to innovative technology companies in strategic IP portfolio management. In addition to his significant experience as in-house counsel and a private practice lawyer, Nabulsi leverages his engineering background in his work. He serves as chief IP counsel for clients who lack in-house expertise, including industrial companies, entrepreneurial ventures, medical device clients, and university technology transfer offices. He also works closely with McCarter’s corporate teams in financing transactions to assess potential IP risks and vet the full spectrum of IP issues that impact the valuation process.
Nabulsi was the founding partner of McCarter’s Stamford office; and remains involved in various initiatives. He provides hands-on mentoring and growth opportunities for associates across multiple offices. An active member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Nabulsi spearheaded the firm’s partnership with Connecticut Legal Services to develop a Pardons Clinic to help low-income individuals apply for a pardon for their criminal convictions and get a fresh start on stable housing and employment opportunities. Nabulsi graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a JD and from Stevens Institute of Technology with an undergraduate degree in engineering.
9. Alan Zoccolillo
Partner, Baker McKenzie
Alan Zoccolillo is a Partner at Baker McKenzie, a law firm that brings insight and foresight to clients across more than 70 global offices. Their team of 13,000 people, including over 6,500 lawyers and tax professionals, works alongside their clients to drive growth that is both sustainable – and inclusive.
Zoccolillo has significant experience in general corporate counseling and in structuring, negotiating and implementing a variety of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and private equity transactions. He routinely represents a broad range of local and multinational clients in the US and cross-border business and investment transactions. Zoccolillo graduated from Pace University with a JD and an MBA in finance.
10. Andy Corea
Managing Partner, Murtha Cullina
A widely respected trademark and intellectual property lawyer, Andy Corea is the Managing Partner at Murtha Cullina. Corea approaches managing the firm the same way he advises his clients: by focusing on creative, pragmatic and thoughtful problem-solving. Since assuming his current role at the beginning of 2021, Corea has emphasized transparency and collaboration to help improve the firm’s delivery of services to clients across the U.S. and around the world. Prior to his election, he chaired the firm’s Business & Finance Department. In addition to his management duties, Corea counsels clients as they develop or acquire new IP and navigates the registration process to secure their rights in the U.S. and globally.
Corea also helps his clients protect their IP rights through enforcement, litigation, assignment and licensing. His clients range from manufacturers and breweries to major league sports teams and private equity firms. Corea has been practicing trademark law for over 20 years, beginning as a trademark examining attorney for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a role that provided insight into trademark clearance and prosecution. He regularly appears before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and represents clients in federal court cases around the country. Corea graduated from George Mason University School of Law with a JD and from the College of William and Mary with an undergraduate degree.
11. Gloria Skigen
Partner, Holland & Knight
Gloria Skigen is a Partner at Holland & Knight, a global law firm with more than 2,200 lawyers and other professionals in 34 offices throughout the world. Holland & Knight provides representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Skigen is a corporate and private equity attorney who primarily advises investors in venture capital and private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and provides business advice for institutional investors and multinational corporations making direct minority investments (venture and private equity) and investments in private equity and venture funds. During her career, she has handled more than 125 venture capital transactions totaling more than $2 billion.
Skigen provides legal and corporate advice to clients in a wide range of industries, including life sciences, specialty pharmaceuticals, medical devices, information technology, clean technology, energy and financial services, among others. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Skigen spent nearly a decade as general counsel to a healthcare venture capital firm, where she oversaw all legal affairs, including portfolio investments, exits, fund administration and proposed investments. Skigen graduated from Cornell Law School with a JD and from the University of California, Irvine with an undergraduate degree.
12. Tony Delyani
Attorney, McLane Middleton Professional Association
Tony Delyani is an Attorney at McLane Middleton Professional Association. Founded in New Hampshire in 1919, McLane Middleton has grown to be the largest and most diverse law firm in the state. In 2008, they expanded into Massachusetts to accommodate their clients' growing legal needs throughout New England. With 100 attorneys and more than 25 legal assistants, their progressive approach has enabled them to work with all types of clients in New England and beyond to deliver solutions that are customized and cost-effective.
Delyani’s practice focuses on all aspects of business law, including mergers and acquisitions, entity selection and formation, liquidations, financing, taxation, intellectual property, transition planning, and equity-based compensation planning. He works closely with the tax department, employment law practice group, and intellectual property group to service corporate clients. Delyani received his LLM from Boston University (1990), JD from Georgetown University Law Center (1984) and BA from Connecticut College (1981).
13. Linc Finkenberg
Partner, Perkins Coie
Linc Finkenberg is a Partner at Perkins Coie, a leading international law firm that is known for providing high-value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to its clients’ success. With more than 1,200 lawyers in offices across the United States and Asia. Finkenberg is leveraging his extensive global financial services experience. He advises companies on corporate trust, capital markets and transformative financial transactions, risk mitigation and related litigation and enforcement. He offers a deep understanding of how technologies such as AI, machine learning, distributed ledger, blockchain and digital currencies are being deployed and changing the world.
Finkenberg’s unique depth of knowledge in how these tools are increasing competitiveness informs his counsel to clients. As former associate general counsel and managing director at BNY Mellon, he has been at the forefront of LIBOR and how its upcoming cessation can impact the debt capital markets. His recent career at the world's largest trust bank has given him deep insight into how constituencies may be affected and what needs to be considered in order to prepare. Finkenberg graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from Baruch College, City University of New York with an undergraduate degree in accounting.
14. Jennifer Bedoya
Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren
Jennifer Bedoya is a Partner at Kelley Drye & Warren, an AmLaw 200 law firm of more than 350 lawyers and other professionals practicing around the U.S. Bedoya has a comprehensive approach and the multidimensional perspectives and insights earned from representing constituencies on all sides of the table. Managing partner of the firm’s Stamford office, Bedoya has diverse and extensive experience that includes permanent financings, construction loans, bridge financing, leasing, acquisitions, 1031 exchanges, joint ventures, and sales.
Notably, Bedoya has negotiated and closed a wide range of transactions involving all types of commercial real estate assets, including office developments, retail properties, industrial projects, hotels, and apartment complexes. She handles the origination and modification of mortgage loans secured by commercial real estate, and structures 1031 exchanges, commercial leases, management agreements, and other matters implicated in large real estate transactions. Bedoya graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a JD and from Amherst College with an undergraduate degree.
15. Caroline Calio
Partner, Cummings & Lockwood
Caroline Calio is a Partner in Cummings & Lockwood's Private Clients Group and is based in the West Hartford office. Founded in 1909, Cummings & Lockwood provides sophisticated legal counsel to individuals and families, family offices, closely held businesses, other commercial enterprises and charitable entities. Their core services include trusts and estates, corporate and finance, litigation and arbitration, and commercial and residential real estate. Calio practices in the areas of estate and gift tax planning, asset protection, estate settlement and trust administration.
In addition, Calio advises closely-held business owners on succession planning issues and various general corporate matters. She also has experience serving as an Executor and Trustee. Prior to joining Cummings & Lockwood, Calio worked in the corporate department of Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman LLP (now Cooley LLC) in New York City. She graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD and from the University of Richmond with an undergraduate degree in history and political science.
16. Christina Berkow
Partner, Pierce Atwood
Christina Berkow is a Partner at Pierce Atwood. A highly-regarded full-service law firm based in New England, Pierce Atwood is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in complex and class action litigation, energy production and distribution, midmarket mergers and acquisitions, information security and technology, commercial real estate development, and complex construction projects. Berkow advises clients on a range of corporate and transactional matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, and private offerings.
Berkow’s practice also includes drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, she was an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where her practice focused on the formation, management, and operation of private equity funds. Berkow graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from Bowdoin College with an undergraduate degree in mathematics.
17. Seth Coburn
Partner, Duane Morris
Seth Coburn is a Partner at Duane Morris, a law firm that provides innovative solutions to today’s multifaceted legal and business challenges through the collegial and collaborative culture of its more than 900 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally. Coburn represents clients in complex intellectual property disputes in a variety of high-tech fields such as solid-state lighting, data, telecommunications, software and electronics.
In addition to Article III litigation, he litigates post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, representing both the patent owner and the petitioner; as well as Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission. Coburn also has experience representing clients with trademark and copyright disputes in industries such as hospitality, consumer goods, software and financial services. His experience includes both federal court litigation as well as administrative actions before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Coburn is a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School and a magna cum laude graduate of Hamilton College.
18. Lisa Staron
Partner, Hinckley Allen
Lisa Staron is a Partner in the Hinckley Allen’s Trusts & Estates group. Hinckley Allen provides a full range of legal services and pragmatic business advice to clients. With practices including Construction, Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate, and Trusts & Estates, and their long-standing reputation for creating lasting, meaningful business relationships, they are more than just a law firm. Staron’s practice includes estate, tax, and business succession planning, and estate and trust administration. She is also a frequent speaker to local professional organizations and advisor groups.
Staron also has significant experience representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in complex trust and estates litigation, including will contests, trustee surcharge and removal litigation, contested accountings, contested conservatorships and guardian proceedings, and trust and will construction actions. In addition to her litigation practice, Staron has considerable experience with alternative dispute resolution procedures, including mediation and arbitration. She graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law with a JD and from the University of Connecticut with an undergraduate degree.
19. Susan Dixon
Partner, Finn Dixon & Herling
Susan Dixon is a Partner at Finn Dixon & Herling, Founded in 1987, Finn Dixon & Herling’s formative belief was that the firm would succeed if it provided outstanding legal services, prioritized their clients’ needs, and adhered to certain core values: a commitment to the highest professional standards, a dedication to working as a team, and a concern for the welfare of their clients, attorneys, and staff.
Dixon has 27 years of experience, having begun her career in 1996. Before joining Finn Dixon & Herling, she was an associate at Wachtell, Lipton Rosen & Katz. Earlier in her career, she worked with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as an associate. Dixon graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD and from NYU Stern School of Business with an undergraduate degree.
20. Kent Willis
Attorney, Gen Re
Kent Willis is an Attorney at Gen Re, a leading property, casualty and life and health reinsurance company. They are owned by General Re Corporation, a reinsurance holding company for global reinsurance and related operations and a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Willis has a broad & deep skillset with 30+ years in insurance & reinsurance management, analysis, negotiation & problem-solving.
Willis joined the company in 2001 as a senior staff underwriter. From there, he became Deputy General Manager and then VP, before his current role. Previously, he was an Underwriter at General Star Management Co. Willis graduated from Georgia State University College of Law with a JD and from Northwestern University with an undergraduate degree.
21. James Greifzu
Partner, Wiggin and Dana
James Greifzu serves as a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Stamford office, where he represents corporate and individual clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, commercial agreements, and other complex corporate transactions and related corporate governance matters. Greifzu advises clients across multiple industries, including manufacturing, retail, pharmaceutical, biotech, cannabis, and several services sectors. Notably, Greifzu has experience representing acquirers, issuers, and financial advisors in private and public offerings of equity securities in connection with merger and acquisition transactions.
Additionally, Greifzu frequently advises management teams and C-Suite executives in rollover equity, corporate governance and other matters in connection with M&A transactions. Before joining the firm, Greifzu was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s Financial Institutions Group in New York, where he counseled private equity groups, banks, specialty finance firms, insurance companies, and other private and publicly-held regulated financial institutions. He received his JD cum laude from Temple University Beasley School of Law and his BA cum laude from Colgate University.
22. Jarad Lucan
Partner, Shipman & Goodwin
Jarad Lucan is a Partner at Shipman & Goodwin’s Employment and Labor Practice Group. With more than 140 lawyers in offices throughout Connecticut and in New York, they serve the needs of local, regional, national and international clients. Their clients include public and private companies, institutions, government entities, non-profit organizations and individuals. In Lucan’s day-to-day practice, he represents local and state governments, non-profit organizations, public and private educational institutions, healthcare entities, construction companies, manufacturers and service providers in traditional labor-management relations and employment law.
A skilled negotiator, Lucan also provides proactive counsel and secures positive resolutions for employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Department of Labor and the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations. Lucan emphasizes legal representation that goes beyond matter to matter and focuses on the business needs and goals of each client. He graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law with a JD and from Villanova University with an undergraduate degree.
23. Courtney New
Attorney, Nixon Peabody
Courtney New is an Attorney at Nixon Peabody. At Nixon Peabody, they create a positive impact for their clients, their communities, their people, and their firm. They deliver exceptional service, building and preserving trust while fostering a culture of collaboration, respect, and diversity. Importantly, New leads Nixon Peabody’s Global Immigration practice. She represents a wide range of corporate clients – from startups to large multinational corporations – with respect to all aspects of U.S. business immigration law.
Today New’s practice is focused on helping employers hire and retain the foreign national talent they need to drive their businesses forward. She makes sure that clients successfully navigate the complexities and challenges involved in securing non-immigrant visas, labor certification, and permanent residence for their employees. Furthermore, she enjoys working with clients and their employees through the full immigration life-cycle, as their businesses and lives develop. New graduated from Boston College Law School with a JD and from Colby College with an undergraduate degree.
24. Theresa Guertin
Managing Partner, Saxe Doernberger & Vita P.C
Theresa Guertin is the Managing Partner at Saxe Doernberger & Vita P.C. Notably, Guertin has spent her entire career advocating on behalf of policyholders on issues involving all lines of coverage, focusing on giving her clients the most current and practical perspective of the risk management issues they encounter. She has extensive experience in developing and rewriting insurance procurement language to meet the changing demands of the insurance and construction industries and in making certain clients procure airtight contractual risk transfer provisions in their policies. She also frequently works with contractor and broker clients to identify potential deficiencies in policies before they're issued and assists in the negotiation of more favorable terms at policy renewal.
For eight consecutive years, Guertin has been recognized by Super Lawyers for her insurance coverage practice. She is currently the Chair of the Insurance Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, after previously serving one term as its Vice-Chair – and two consecutive terms as its Legislative Liaison. She is an active speaker, frequently presenting on coverage issues and litigation strategies. Guertin also serves on the Executive Board of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, whose mission is to make Connecticut a more attractive place for women and attorneys of color to practice law. Guertin graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law with a JD and from Boston University with an undergraduate degree.
25. Kas Decarvalho
Partner, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara
Kas DeCarvalho is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC and a member of the firm’s Corporate & Business Team. With over 20 years of experience as a corporate attorney and business leader, DeCarvalho’s practice focuses on corporate and transactional law, financing and mergers and acquisitions, technology and artificial intelligence, intellectual property, international transactions, and business ethics and compliance law. His clients include for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and individuals seeking advice with business formations, funding, general company operations and culture, and crisis management. DeCarvalho earned both a BA and a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Among his numerous awards and recognitions, DeCarvalho has been named in the New England Super Lawyers publication, selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, received the peer-evaluated Professional Excellence in Law Award in from Rhode Island Monthly, a distinction recognizing only 5% of attorneys in the area, was twice named to Providence Business News’ “40 Under Forty,” and was selected Class Speaker by members of his Leadership Rhode Island Omega Class of 2004. Furthermore, he serves on the Rhode Island Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline and is a member of the Rhode Island Commodores, a prestigious nonprofit leadership organization that promotes economic development.