Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of Connecticut for 2022. Connecticut, known as the “Constitution State” as it was critical to the nation’s formation of the constitution, has a total of three law schools. Despite the number of schools, there is no shortage of accomplished individuals practicing law. Among all states, Connecticut ranks fifth of the number of lawyers per capita. This year’s awardees span across nearly all industries including healthcare, insurance, patents, engineering, finance, and more.
Among this year’s awardees is Kristen Marcroft, Attorney and Managing Co-Partner of Freed Marcroft, who devotes its practice exclusively to divorce and family law; Barbara Hennessy, Regional General Counsel of Aetna, who oversees legal and regulatory strategy, health business operations and board governance for the healthcare organization; and Marvin Bellis, Senior Counsel at Eversource Energy, who manages all legal issues for Connecticut’s privately operated association of cities and towns during critical transition periods.
The continuous support and knowledge from these individuals to their clients does not go unnoticed. Please join us in recognizing the achievement of The Top 50 Attorneys of Connecticut for 2022.
1. Mary Carey
Mary Carey is the Senior Counsel of Cigna. She first joined the company in 2008. Cigna is a multinational managed healthcare and insurance company. Its insurance subsidiaries are major providers of medical, dental, disability, life and accident insurance and related products and services, the majority of which are offered through employers and other groups. All 74,000 in the company around the world work together to serve their customers, patients, clients, and communities. Most importantly, the company delivers on their mission together: To improve the health, well-being, and peace of mind of those they serve by making health care simple, affordable, and predictable.
Previously, Carey was a VP & Counsel at Webster Financial Corporation, and before that, an Associate General Counsel at MassMutual. Earlier in her career she worked with Squire Sanders as an Associate. Carey earned a JD in Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law from Boston University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Sociology from Rutgers University.
2. Barbara Hennessy
Regional General Counsel
Barbara Hennessy is the Regional General Counsel of Aetna. Since the founding of Aetna in 1853, the company has been committed to providing individuals, employers, health care professionals and producers with innovative benefits, products, and services. Today, the company is one of the nation's leading and diversified health care benefits companies providing people with information and resources to assist individuals to make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna’s health insurance products include medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health. Hennessy has 25 years of experience. She began her career in 1997.
Before joining Aetna, Hennessy was a Senior Associate at Shipman & Goodwin LLP. Hennessy graduated from UCONN Law School with a JD, and from Tufts University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
3. Christopher Signorello
Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel
Christopher Signorello began his professional career nearly 24 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel of XPO Logistics. XPO Logistics primarily provides less-than-truckload and truck brokerage services, helping shippers manage their supply chains most efficiently, using the company’s advanced technology for the movement of goods. The company provides world-class transportation solutions to the most successful companies in the world, with a high-energy team in 731 locations around the globe focused on being the best in the industry.
Signorello first got his start in 1998 as a Counsel at Goodwin Procter LLP before eventually rising to VP and Associate General Counsel at Henkel. Signorello graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a JD, and from The Johns Hopkins University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
4. Gregory Singer
Vice President and Senior Counsel
Gregory Singer is the Vice President and Senior Counsel of Charter Communications, a telecommunications and mass media company with services branded as Spectrum. With over 26 million customers in 41 states, it is the second-largest cable operator in the United States by subscribers, and the fifth-largest telephone provider based on number of residential lines. The company also offers internet access, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Singer has over 26 years of experience. He began his career in 1995.
Before joining Charter Communications, Singer was a Senior Counsel at Cablevision Systems Corporation, and before that, an Associate General Counsel at Intelsat Corporation. Earlier in his career he worked with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP as a Real Estate Associate. Singer graduated from Southwestern Law School with a JD, and from the University of California, Santa Barbara with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
5. Richard Rubin
Hartford Financial Services
Richard Rubin began his professional career 37 years ago. Today, he is a Senior Counsel of Hartford Financial Services, a Fortune 500 investment and insurance company, and the 13th-largest property and casualty insurance company in the United States. For more than 200 years, The Hartford has provided people and businesses with the support and protection they need to pursue their unique ambitions, seize opportunity, and prevail through unexpected challenges. The company aims to build resilience in its communities, empower personal and business success for its customers and create a culture where its employees can thrive. The company’s community engagement is focused on advancing social equity, addressing the critical needs of its neighbors, enabling human achievement, and supporting the causes that its employees care about most.
Rubin first got his start in 1985 as a Counsel at Travelers Insurance. Rubin graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD, from New York University School of Law with an LLM in Tax, and from The Wharton School with an undergraduate degree in Economics, Accounting & Finance.
6. Katharine Timbers
Katharine Timbers is a Corporate Counsel of Gartner. She first joined the company in 2004. Gartner, Inc. delivers actionable, objective insight to executives and its teams. Their expert guidance and tools enable faster, smarter decisions and stronger performance on an organization's mission and critical priorities. Their unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced, and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on issues that matter most. Gartner is a trusted advisor and an objective resource for more than 14,000 enterprises in more than 100 countries—across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size.
Previously, Timbers was an Associate at Shipman & Goodwin LLP, and before that, an Associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as an Associate. Timbers earned a JD from Yale Law School, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and an undergraduate degree in History from Dartmouth College.
7. Ilia O'Hearn
Pratt & Whitney
Ilia O'Hearn is a Senior Counsel of Pratt & Whitney, an aerospace manufacturer with global service operations. With approximately 36,000 employees globally, the company designs, manufactures and services the world’s most advanced aircraft engines and auxiliary power systems for commercial, military and business aircraft. The company’s large commercial engines power more than 25% of the world's mainline passenger fleet, and their products include airborne auxiliary power units and ground power units, and small expendable and recoverable turbojet propulsion systems. O'Hearn has 29 years of experience and began her career in 1993.
Before joining Pratt & Whitney, O'Hearn was a Financial Restructuring Attorney at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, and before that, an Associate at Bingham McCutchen. Earlier in her career she worked with Deloitte & Touche LLP as an Accountant. O'Hearn graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with a JD, from the University of Hartford with an MS in Taxation, and from the University of Connecticut with an undergraduate degree in Accounting.
8. Allen Roberts
Associate General Counsel & Director of Legal Affairs
Allen Roberts began his professional career over 28 years ago. Today, he is a Associate General Counsel & Director of Legal Affairs of United Rentals, Inc., the world's largest equipment rental company, with about 13 percent of the North American market share as of 2019. The company owns the largest rental fleet in the world with about 660,000 rental units. With 880+ stores in the United States and Canada, United Rentals serves construction and industrial companies, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and communities, with the goal of fulfilling customer needs and surpassing expectations.
Roberts first got his start in 1994 as a Project Manager at Aquarion Water Company. From there, he went on to Day Pitney LLP (formerly Day, Berry & Howard) as an Associate. Roberts graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law with a JD, and from Fairfield University with an undergraduate degree in Business.
9. Julie Solomon
Vice President of Deputy General Counsel
Julie Solomon is the Vice President of Deputy General Counsel of Pitney Bowes, a global shipping and mailing company that provides technology, logistics, and financial services to more than 90 percent of the Fortune 500. They are a certified "work-share partner" of the United States Postal Service and assists the agency to sort and process 15 billion pieces of mail annually. Pitney Bowes has also commissioned surveys related to international e-commerce. Small business, retail, enterprise, and government clients around the world rely on Pitney Bowes to remove the complexity of sending mail and parcels. Solomon has nearly 25 years of experience. She began her career in 1997.
Before joining Pitney Bowes, Solomon was a Senior Counsel at Nuance Communications. Earlier in her career she worked with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP as a Corporate Associate. Solomon graduated from Rutgers Law School with a JD, and from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in History.
10. Jonathan Mothner
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Jonathan Mothner began his professional career nearly 32 years ago. Today, he is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Synchrony Financial. Synchrony is a consumer financial services company offering consumer financing products, including credit, promotional financing and loyalty programs, installment lending to industries, and FDIC-insured consumer savings products through Synchrony Bank, its wholly owned online bank subsidiary. Synchrony is changing what’s possible for people and businesses every single day.
Mothner first got his start in 1990 as an Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. From there, he went on to the U.S. Attorney's Offices - Eastern District of New York, before eventually rising to General Counsel in Retail Finance at GE Capital. Mothner graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with an undergraduate degree in Economics.
11. David Foster
David Foster is a Patent Attorney of ESPN. He first joined the company in 2011. Founded in 1979, ESPN is the leading multinational and multimedia sports entertainment company brand that features the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets. The company is one of the biggest names in cable sports broadcasting, and operates radios and television networks, along with telecasting various types of sports programs. Owned jointly by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications, ESPN reaches approximately 76 million television households in the United States as of 2021, and broadcasts in more than 200 countries.
Previously, Foster was an Assistant General Counsel in Intellectual Property at Actel Corporation, and before that, an Intellectual Property Counsel at Novalux. Earlier in his career he worked with Kenyon & Kenyon as an Associate. Foster earned a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, and an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
12. Nels Ylitalo
Nels Ylitalo is a Corporate Attorney of FactSet, a financial data and software company providing integrated data and software. FactSet also provides client support & learning, implementation services, business advisory, data delivery, index services, portfolio data management, and transition services. The company creates flexible, open data and software solutions for over 170,000 of investment professionals around the world, providing instant access to financial data and analytics that investors use to make crucial decisions. Ylitalo has nearly 15 years of experience. She began her career in 2007.
Before joining FactSet, Ylitalo was an Associate at Finn Dixon & Herling LLP. Ylitalo graduated from Yale Law School with a JD, and from St. John's University with an undergraduate degree in German Language and Literature.
13. Peter Lovell
SVP, General Counsel
Peter Lovell is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Odyssey Re. He first joined the organization in 2003. Odyssey Re, also referred to as the Odyssey Group, is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance and specialty insurance that operates through five divisions: North America, Latin America, EuroAsia, London Market and U.S. Insurance. Diversification is a critical focus for the firm’s business strategy, as it provides portfolio stability and allows the team to rapidly respond to business opportunities as they emerge around the world.
Previously, Lovell was a Senior Counsel at Royal and SunAlliance Insurance Group, and before that, a Special Counsel at John Deere Specialty Managers. Lovell graduated from New England School of Law with a JD.
14. James Celentano
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
James Celentano is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Terex Corporation. He first joined the company in 1996. Terex is a global manufacturer of materials processing machinery and aerial work platforms. They design, build and support products used in construction, maintenance, manufacturing, energy, recycling, minerals, and materials management applications. Some Terex products and solutions enable customers to reduce their environmental impact including electric and hybrid offerings that deliver quiet and emission-free performance, products that support renewable energy, and products that aid in the recovery of useful materials from various types of waste.
Previously, Celentano was an Attorney at Halloran & Sage LLP. Celentano earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.
15. Marvin Bellis
Marvin Bellis is a Senior Counsel of Eversource Energy, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor’s 500 energy company that operates New England’s largest energy delivery system. With several regulated subsidiaries, the company offers retail electricity, natural gas service and water service to approximately 4 million customers. Eversource is committed to safety, reliability, environmental leadership, and stewardship, and expanding energy options for its electric and natural gas customers. The company’s success depends on the best efforts of its engaged team – diverse, talented, and dedicated individuals who take pride in their work, know and exhibit the value of teamwork and collaboration, and support each other in working safely every day. Bellis has over 33 years of experience. He began his career in 1989.
Before joining Eversource Energy, Bellis was a Legal Counsel at Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, and before that, an Associate at Murtha Cullina LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with U.S. Congressman Bruce A. Morrison as a Special Assistant. Bellis graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with a JD, and from Southern Connecticut State University New with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
16. Daniel Crisp
Daniel Crisp began his professional career 9 years ago. Today, he is a Senior Counsel of Avangrid, a leading sustainable energy company transitioning America toward a clean and connected future and has a footprint in 24 states with $40 billion in assets. Their primary businesses are Avangrid Networks, which serves 3.3 million electric and natural gas customers in the Northeast, and Avangrid Renewables, the third-largest renewable energy company in the U.S. with a diverse onshore and offshore renewable energy portfolio. With more than 7,000 employees, Avangrid has built a culture that blends diversity, equity and inclusion guided by the company’s ESG+F framework and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Crisp first got his start in 2013 as an Associate at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Crisp graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with an undergraduate degree.
17. Charles Casella
Deputy General Counsel (Senior Counsel)
Allegion USA (Stanley Black & Decker)(July 2022)
Charles Casella is the Deputy General Counsel of Allegion USA. He joined the company in 2022. Allegion is a global pioneer in safety and security, with leading brands like CISA®, Interflex®, LCN®, Schlage® and Von Duprin ®. Focusing on security around the door and adjacent areas, Allegion produces a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools, and other institutions. Allegion is a $2 billion company, with products sold in almost 130 countries.
Previously, Casella was a Senior Counsel at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., and before that an Attorney at the Law Office of Charles L. Casella, LLC. Casella earned a JD from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Skidmore College.
18. Jim Campbell
Associate General Counsel in Real Estate
Jim Campbell is an Associate General Counsel in Real Estate at Frontier Communications. He first joined the company in 2014. Frontier is a leading communications provider offering gigabit speeds to empower and connect millions of consumers and businesses in 25 states. They are building critical digital infrastructure across the country with its 100% fiber-optic network and cloud-based solutions, enabling connections today and futureproofing for tomorrow. Rallied around a single purpose of Building Gigabit America™, the company is focused on supporting a digital society, closing the digital divide, and working toward a more sustainable environment.
Previously, Campbell was a Director of Residential and Commercial Development at Summit Development, LLC. Campbell earned a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in History from Harvard University.
19. Jennifer Hamilton
Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs
Jennifer Hamilton is a Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs of Hartford HealthCare. She first joined the company in 2017 as Associate General Counsel. Hartford HealthCare’s unified culture enhances access, affordability, equity, and expertise. With more than 400 locations serving 185 towns and cities, their care-delivery system includes two tertiary-level teaching hospitals, an acute-care hospital and trauma center, three community hospitals, a multispecialty physician group, an array of senior care services, a comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation network, and many more. The unique, system-wide Institute Model offers a unified high standard of care in crucial specialties at hospital and ambulatory sites across Connecticut offering unparalleled expertise at the most affordable cost.
Previously, Hamilton was an AVP of Employment Practices and Governmental Claims at Allied World Assurance Company, and before that, an Employment Attorney at Robinson & Cole LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with Jackson Lewis LLP, also as an Employment Attorney. Hamilton earned a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona.
20. Elizabeth Bennett
Deputy General Counsel
William Raveis Real Estate
Elizabeth Bennett is a Deputy General Counsel of William Raveis Real Estate. Rooted in a foundation of family values, William Raveis is bringing a breath of fresh air to real estate. They recognize that lasting relationships come from care, courtesy, and commitment – both to their clients and communities. These values embody the William Raveis difference, and the company strives to exceed with service, delight with dedication and maintain a moral code which sets the gold standard in its sector. The real estate company is among New England and Florida’s largest privately held, family-owned real estate firms. The company is composed of sales associates operating at offices across a nine-state footprint. Bennett has over 11 years of experience. She began her career in 2011.
Bennett graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law with a JD, and from Providence College with an undergraduate degree in Humanities.
21. Robert Bienstock
Senior Associate General Counsel
Robert Bienstock began his professional career nearly 37 years ago. Today, he is a Senior Associate General Counsel of Yale University, a private Ivy League research university founded in 1701. Yale is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and among one of the most prestigious in the world. A research university that focuses on students and encourages learning as an essential way of life, Yale is a place for connection, creativity, and innovation among cultures and across disciplines. Yale University is comprised of three major academic components: Yale College (the undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. In addition, the university encompasses a wide array of centers and programs, libraries, museums, and administrative support offices.
Bienstock first got his start in 1985 as a Deputy University Counsel at University of New Mexico. Bienstock graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law with a JD, and from Stony Brook University with an undergraduate degree in Physics.
22. Matthew Michael
Assistant General Counsel
Matthew Michael is an Assistant General Counsel of Crane Co. He first joined the company in 2019. Crane Holdings is an industrial products company. Their employees share a proud and fascinating history of innovation dating from the early years of the Industrial Revolution to the current era of technology-driven product development and improvement. Crane strives to create value for all its stakeholders with a highly disciplined approach to materially strengthening its businesses through successful implementation of the Crane Business System.
Previously, Michael was a Division General Counsel at 3M Company, and before that, an Attorney at Arnold & Porter. Earlier in his career he worked with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates as an Attorney. Michael earned a JD from the University of Chicago, an MPP from Georgetown University, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College.
23. Joseph Lobe
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Joseph Lobe began his professional career nearly 19 years ago. Today, he is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Mohegan, the owner, developer, and manager of premier entertainment resorts in the U.S., Canada, and Northern Asia. Mohegan operates in 5 cities in the U.S.; Canadian operations are based in Niagara Falls; and Mohegan Inspire is in Incheon, South Korea. The brand’s iGaming division, Mohegan Digital, provides cutting-edge online gaming solutions to Mohegan’s loyal fan base and meets the digital needs of customers on a global scale. Mohegan is owner and operator of Connecticut Sun, a professional basketball team in the WNBA.
Lobe first got his start in 2003 as a Senior Financial Analyst at Foxwoods Resort Casino. From there, he went on to Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority as a Senior Financial Analyst. Lobe graduated from Western New England University School of Law with a JD, and from Eastern Connecticut State University with an undergraduate degree in Accounting.
24. Kristen Marcroft
Attorney and Managing Co-Partner
Kristen Marcroft is an Attorney and Managing Co-Partner of Freed Marcroft. She first joined the company in 2012. Freed Marcroft’s singular focus, without distractions, allows their attorneys to go “a mile deep” on all the highly evolving aspects of family law. These lawyers have the qualities expected from powerful litigators, including a deep bench, legal knowledge, and an aggressive approach. However, Freed’s legal team also has the compassion and conflict resolution skills necessary to provide non-adversarial resolutions for clients. It has extensive experience in all three family law options – litigation, mediation, and collaborative divorce – because what is most important to the firm is designing a divorce individualized to their clients.
Marcroft earned a JD from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut.
25. Steven Wein
Deputy General Counsel
Steven Wein is a Deputy General Counsel of Hexcel Corporation, a global leader in manufacturing advanced composite materials for the commercial aerospace, space and defense, and industrial markets. Hexcel was formed from the combination of California Reinforced Plastics, Ciba Composites and Hercules Composites Products Division. They are a global supply chain partner with their vendors, transport agents, and customers. Its International Trade Compliance program ensures that the company has an effective import and export compliance program to securely deliver products to its customers and prevent violations of local international trade laws and regulations. Hexcel strives to be an industry leader and a responsible steward of resources – both human and natural. Wein has 41 years of experience. He began his career in 1981.
Before joining Hexcel, Wein was an Associate General Counsel in the industrial segment at Textron. Wein graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a JD, from Columbia SIPA with a Master of International Affairs, and from Binghamton University with an undergraduate degree in History.
26. Jane Parker
Vice President and Senior Counsel
Jane Parker began her professional career 35 years ago. Today, she is the Vice President and Senior Counsel of W.R. Berkley. Founded in 1967, W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States and operates worldwide in two segments of the property casualty insurance business: Insurance and Reinsurance. Each of the Berkley companies, or operating units, within Berkley participates in a niche market requiring specialized knowledge about an industry, product, or territory.
Parker first got her start in 1987 as an Associate at Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon. From there, she went on to Aetna Casualty & Surety Co., before eventually rising to Of Counsel at Day Pitney (Formerly Day, Berry & Howard). Parker graduated from Boston College Law School with a JD, and from Columbia University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Art History.
27. Umut Ergun
Umut Ergun is a General Counsel of Bridgewater Associates, a premier asset management firm, focused on delivering unique insight and partnership for the most sophisticated global institutional investors. Their investment process is driven by a tireless pursuit to understand how the world’s markets and economies work — using cutting edge technology to validate and execute on timeless and universal investment principles. Founded in 1975, Bridgewater is a community of independent thinkers who share a commitment for excellence. By fostering a culture of openness, transparency, and inclusion, the company strives to unlock the most complex questions in investment strategy, management, and corporate culture. Ergun has nearly 19 years of experience and began her career in 2003.
Before joining Bridgewater Associates, Ergun was a Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and before that, a Corporate Counsel at Access Industries. Earlier in her career she worked with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as an Associate. Ergun graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Ph.D. in Philosophy, from Yale Law School with a JD, and from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy.
28. Kent Willis
Kent Willis began his professional career 31 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Gen Re, a leading property/casualty and life/health reinsurance company. Gen Re delivers Treaty and Facultative reinsurance solutions to companies in all segments of the insurance industry. Their direct business model ensures their clients have direct access to decision makers, and underwriting, actuarial and claims experts, who understand and support their business objectives. The business works closely with its clients to understand their objectives so that the company can provide relevant capacity and differentiated services to them.
Willis first got his start in 1991 as 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 in Sociology.
29. Eugene Marconi
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England and Westchester Properties
Eugene Marconi is a General Counsel of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England and Westchester Properties. He first joined the company in 2014. The global reach, financial strength and fresh brand make the brokerage a premiere real estate firm in the Northeast. Whether it’s residential, commercial, corporate relocation, equestrian or waterfront living, the company and realtors are local market experts committed to providing exceptional service to their clients. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, New York Properties, and Hudson Valley Properties are strategically partnered with Prosperity Home Mortgage, HomeServices Northeast Insurance and HSA Home Warranty to provide their sales executives and clients a seamless real estate experience.
Previously, Marconi was a General Counsel at Connecticut Association of Realtors® Inc. Marconi earned a JD and an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Connecticut.
30. Allison Fergus
Genesee & Wyoming
Allison Fergus is a General Counsel of Genesee & Wyoming. The company is North America’s largest owner of short line and regional freight railroads, running a business with $2 billion in revenues with 121 railroads in North America, Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom, and formerly Australia. Since 1985, the company has made 38 acquisitions including the 2012 acquisition of Rail America, previously their main competitor, which instantly doubled their headcount. Today, Genesee & Wyoming employs 7,500 people who serve more than 2,800 customers across 17,500 miles of track. Fergus has nearly 21 years of experience. She began her career in 2001.
Before joining Genesee & Wyoming, Fergus was an Associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP. Fergus graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a JD, and from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.
31. Warren Volles
General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer
Warren Volles began his professional career over 40 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Biohaven Pharmaceuticals. The company is engaged in the identification and development of clinical stage compounds targeting the glutamatergic system. They obtained licenses from Yale University School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital regarding intellectual property relating to the use of certain glutamate modulating agents in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. The mission of the company is to exploit advances over the past decade in the understanding of glutamate mechanisms involved in a variety of diseases. The company’s first drug candidate is being developed for orphan neurological disorders as well as treatment-resistant anxiety and depression.
Volles first got his start in 1981 as a Senior Staff Engineer at Union Carbide. From there, he went on to Honeywell UOP, before eventually rising to Assistant General Counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Volles graduated from Pace University School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Connecticut with an undergraduate degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering.
32. Jeff Fox
Chief Regulatory Officer & Deputy General Counsel
Jeff Fox is the Chief Regulatory Officer & Deputy General Counsel of Interactive Brokers. He first joined the company in 2013. Interactive Brokers LLC (IB) is a global brokerage firm and operates the largest electronic trading platform in the U.S. by several daily average revenue trades. The company brokers stocks, options, futures, EFPs, futures options, forex, bonds, and funds. IB and its predecessor companies have been building trading technology for over 44 years and has consolidated equity capital exceeding $10 billion. IB SmartRoutingSM helps support best execution by searching for the best available prices for stocks, options and combinations across exchanges and dark pools.
Previously, Fox was an Associate General Counsel at IB, and before that, a Partner at Goodwin Procter LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with Hon. Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as a Law Clerk. Fox earned a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in History and Government from William & Mary.
33. Karen Allison
Ryan Ryan Deluca
Karen Allison began her professional career 28 years ago. Today, she is an Attorney of Ryan Ryan Deluca, a litigation law firm with over a 50-year history in Connecticut. The firm has grown to become one of the largest firms in Stamford and Fairfield County. The firm attributes their growth to the unwavering dedication to their clients’ litigation needs. Deluca’s focus is on insurance and business-related litigation. They serve as trial and local counsels in Connecticut for a few businesses and insurance carriers. Ryan Ryan Deluca is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Allison first got her start in 1994 as an Associate at Cooper & Clough, PC. From there, she went on to Yu Stromberg Cleveland, before eventually rising to Compliance Counsel at MeadWestvaco. Allison graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a JD, and from the University of California, Santa Barbara with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
34. Kevin Ferrigno
Vice President and General Counsel
Kevin Ferrigno began his professional career nearly 33 years ago. Today, he is the Vice President and General Counsel of DATTCO, a family-owned, full-service transportation company. DATTCO is an industry leader in commercial and school bus transportation services, as well as vehicle repair, maintenance, and refrigeration services. Headquartered in New Britain, Connecticut, the company maintains 19 additional offices, terminals, and service facilities throughout New England and employs over 2,000 people. Their mission is to provide personalized service, quality products and innovative passenger transportation solutions, delivered by the finest transportation professionals in the country.
Ferrigno first got his start in 1989 as a Partner at Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, LLP before eventually rising to Of Counsel at Reid and Riege, P.C. Ferrigno graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with a JD, and from Union College with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry.
35. Mary Tremblay
Mary Tremblay is a Senior Counsel of Lydall. She first joined the company in 1991 as VP of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Lydall, Inc. has global manufacturing operations producing specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical and filtration/separation markets that creates a cleaner, safer, and quieter world. Founded and headquartered in Manchester, Lydall has a global footprint with more than 3,000 employees around the world and facilities across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Lydall draws on its 150-year history of technical innovation, its deeply ingrained relationships with suppliers, and its state-of-the-art equipment to create critical and life-saving products.
Previously, Tremblay was an Associate at Murtha Cullina LLP. Tremblay earned a JD from New York University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Fairfield University.
36. Frederik Erikson
Deputy General Counsel
Frederik Erikson is a Deputy General Counsel of Liberty Bank, the oldest mutual savings bank in the United States, as well as the third largest bank in Connecticut. Liberty Bank is headquartered in Middletown and has 62 banking offices throughout the state, and one in western Massachusetts. Liberty Bank offers consumer and commercial banking, home mortgages, insurance, and investment services. The company is owned and managed by people who know what consumers and business owners want and need from a bank. Every Liberty banker is accountable to his or her customers and empowered to be responsive and flexible. This entrepreneurial, bottom-up culture helps us attract and retain quality employees who excel at providing the exceptional personal service clients expect. Erikson has 22 years in the banking industry. He began his career in 2000.
Before joining Liberty Bank, Erikson was a Deputy General Counsel at Webster Bank. Earlier in his career he worked with Brown, Raysman, Millstein, Felder & Steiner as an Attorney. Erikson graduated from Albany Law School with a JD, and from the University at Albany - State University of New York with an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy.
37. Eduardo Andrade
Senior Vice President, Global Compliance & Ethics Officer, and Associate General Counsel
Eduardo Andrade began his professional career nearly 24 years ago. Today, he is a Senior Vice President, Global Compliance & Ethics Officer, and Associate General Counsel of Booking Holdings. Booking Holdings is one of the world’s leading providers of online travel & related services, provided to consumers and local partners in more than 220 countries and territories through six primary consumer-facing brands: Booking.com, Priceline, Agoda, Rentalcars.com, KAYAK and OpenTable. Collectively, the company operates in more than 40 languages across Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa. The mission of Booking Holdings is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world.
Andrade first got his start in 1998 as an Associate at Winston & Strawn LLP. From there, he went on to Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP as an Associate. Andrade graduated from Georgetown University with a JD and an MBA, and from Trinity College-Hartford with an undergraduate degree in Art History.
38. James Antoszewski
Deputy General Counsel
James Antoszewski is a Deputy General Counsel of Point72. He first joined the company in 2014 as a Director and Legal Counsel. Point72 Asset Management is a global firm led by Steven Cohen that invests in multiple asset classes and strategies worldwide. Resting on more than a quarter-century of investing experience, Point72 seeks to be the industry’s premier asset manager through delivering superior risk-adjusted returns, adhering to the highest ethical standards, and offering the greatest opportunities to the industry’s brightest talent. The company is inventing the future of finance by revolutionizing how it develops its people and how it uses data to shape our thinking.
Antoszewski earned a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Chicago.
39. Joe Tristine
Joe Tristine is a General Counsel of Precision Resource, a dynamic and growing company that specializes in fineblanking and secondary finishing of quality components. As a world leader in fineblanking technology, Precision provides cutting edge solutions to customers in a variety of industries, including automotive, electronics, off-highway equipment, cutlery, hand tools, hardware, and medical equipment. Tristine has 25 years of experience. He began his career in 1997.
Before joining Precision Resource, Tristine was an Associate at Wiggin & Dana. Tristine graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law with a JD, and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree.
40. Erin Daly
Erin Daly began her professional career over 11 years ago. Today, she is a Patent Attorney of Arvinas, is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the lives of patients suffering from debilitating and life-threatening diseases through the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapies that degrade disease-causing proteins. Their proprietary PROTAC® protein degraders, or proteolysis-targeting chimeras, work by harnessing the body’s own natural protein disposal system to degrade and remove disease-causing proteins.
Daly first got her start in 2011 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Hartwell Fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. From there, she went on to Lathrop Gage, before eventually rising to Law Clerk at Proskauer Rose LLP. Daly graduated from Suffolk University Law School with a JD, from the University of Notre Dame with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, and from Fairfield University with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry.
41. James Bronsdon
James Bronsdon is an Attorney of Talcott Resolution. He first joined the company in 2018. Talcott Resolution is a life insurance and annuity company focused on customer and client needs. The company leverages their extensive product knowledge, robust risk and capital analytics, and experienced and execution-focused team, while operating in a flexible, cloud-based infrastructure. Their vision guides focus on the work that will make the company and their future business partners successful. Each day, Talcott’s work is done with integrity, passion, respect, and always with a focus on results and personal accountability.
Previously, Bronsdon was an Attorney in wealth management at The Hartford, and before that, an AVP in Product Development at Phoenix Life Insurance Company. Earlier in his career he worked with Byrne Slater Sandler Shulman & Rouse as an Associate Attorney. Bronsdon earned a JD from Suffolk University Law School.
42. Dean Cordiano
Loureiro Engineering Associates
Dean Cordiano is a General Counsel of Loureiro Engineering Associates. Since 1975, the people of Loureiro have provided the highest quality engineering, construction, EH&S, energy, and waste management services to leading public and private organizations throughout North America. Loureiro’s mission is to enhance the built environment and the lives of those within it. By working collaboratively with every client, they deliver proven expertise and greater value in engineering, construction, EH&S, energy, and waste management than any other firm that may be considered. Cordiano has over 46 years of experience. He began his career in 1976.
Before joining Loureiro Engineering Associates, Cordiano was a Partner at Day Pitney, LLP. Cordiano graduated from Duke University School of Law with a JD, and from Binghamton University with an undergraduate degree in History.
43. John Mulcahy
Updike Kelly & Spellacy P.C.
John Mulcahy began his professional career over 17 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Updike Kelly & Spellacy P.C., a major Connecticut law firm with five offices throughout the State of Connecticut. They combine the historic Connecticut roots and entrepreneurial spirit to provide legal and public affairs representation across diverse practice areas and industries. Now entering its sixth decade of client service, the firm’s comprehensive legal practice places it at the center of law, business, and politics in Connecticut. Updike has diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and experience. Updike maintains one of Connecticut’s oldest public affairs practice groups, has forged long-standing relationships with local, state and national government decision makers, and participates in numerous business and other organizations and associations engaged in the political process.
Mulcahy graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law with a JD, and from Southern Connecticut State University with MS and an undergraduate degree in Political Science.
44. David Bernard
Koskoff Koskoff and Bieder
David Bernard is an Attorney of Koskoff Koskoff and Bieder. He first joined the company in 2010. Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, PC, is a nationally recognized Connecticut law firm that has been serving the public for more than 75 years and is proud to stand among the top lawyers in Connecticut and New England. They represent people who have been catastrophically injured by negligence or harmed by medical malpractice, stand up for those whose civil rights have been violated, and advocate on behalf of businesses involved in commercial disputes. The firm’s philosophy is to provide quality legal representation, caring and responsive client service, and exceptional results to a limited number of clients.
Previously, Bernard was an Attorney at Day Pitney LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with Giuliano & Richardson P.C. as an Attorney. Bernard earned a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
45. Alex Ricciardone
Town of Southington CT
Alex Ricciardone is the Town Attorney of Southington, CT. Southington, a town in Hartford County, contains the villages of Marion, Milldale, and Plantsville. It has the nickname of "The Apple Valley", due to the many orchards that still dot its landscape. Southington’s town attorneys appear for and protect the rights of the town in all actions, suits and proceedings brought by or against it or any of its departments, officers, agencies, boards and commissions. Ricciardone has nearly 14 years of experience. He began his career in 2008.
Before joining the Town of Southington CT, Ricciardone was an Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of Bendett & McHugh, and before that, an Analyst at Deloitte. Earlier in his career he worked with Biller, Sachs, Raio & Zito as a Law Clerk. Ricciardone graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Rhode Island - College of Business with an undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics.
46. Tim Bishop
Tim Bishop is a General Counsel of ICR. ICR partners with companies to develop and execute strategic communications programs that achieve business goals, build credibility, and enhance the long-term value of the enterprise. The firm’s highly differentiated service model, which pairs capital markets veterans with senior communications professionals, brings deep sector knowledge and relationships to clients in more than 20 industries. Today, they are one of the largest and most experienced independent advisory firms in North America, maintaining offices in Boston, Connecticut, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Beijing and Hong Kong. Bishop has over 6 years of experience. He began his career in 2015.
Bishop graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Connecticut with an undergraduate degree in English, History, Liberal Arts, Sciences, General studies and Humanities.
47. Kevin Smith
The Pellegrino Law Firm
Kevin Smith is an Attorney of The Pellegrino Law Firm. He first joined the company in 2014. The Pellegrino Law Firm P.C. is a general practice firm with nine attorneys who have an excellent reputation of providing quality legal services to clients throughout Connecticut. It is the firm’s personal touch as they guide their clients through any legal issue. They build lasting relationships with their clients because its diverse practice allows them to provide most of the legal services their clients will need throughout their lifetime. Their lawyers have served three and four generations of many families providing them with The Pellegrino Law Firm P.C.’s motto “Law Firm For Life.”
Previously, Smith was an Attorney at Kevin W. Smith Attorney at Law. Smith earned a JD from American University Washington College of Law, and an undergraduate degree in Criminology from Florida State University.
48. Brian Estep
Attorney at Law
Conway Londregan Sheehan & Monaco P.C.
Brian Estep began his professional career over 25 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney at Law of Conway Londregan Sheehan & Monaco P.C, a law practice opened by attorneys Kevin W. Conway and Francis T. Londregan six decades ago. Growing over the years, the firm has become a part of the community with a broad and extensive clientele base. Their attorneys dedicate themselves to providing exceptional legal services within a reasonable fee structure. They are among some of the most well-regarded in the Connecticut legal community and have successfully argued important legal issues before the Connecticut Supreme Court and Appellate Court as well. The firm has obtained significant awards for victims of motor vehicle accidents, product defects and medical negligence at trial.
Estep graduated from Penn State Dickinson Law with a JD, and from Allegheny College with an undergraduate degree in History.
49. Lisa Mainolfi
Owens Schine & Nicola P.C.
Lisa Mainolfi is an Attorney of Owens Schine & Nicola P.C. With almost 100-year history in the practice of law in Connecticut, the firm has earned a strong reputation for reliability and effectiveness. The firm is proud to have developed long-lasting relationships, the result of having provided effective representation for people and organizations over several generations. They address multiple legal matters that sometimes overlap or intersect. Their varied practice areas and personalized approach to each client and legal matter has been the secret of their success for many decades. Mainolfi has over 18 years of experience. She began her career in 2003.
Before joining Owens Schine & Nicola P.C., Mainolfi was an Owner and Attorney at The Law Office of Lisa J. Mainolfi. Earlier in her career she worked with The Upton Law Firm, LLC as an Attorney. Mainolfi graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law with a JD, and from Albertus Magnus College with an undergraduate degree.
50. Donald Carlow
The Haymond Law Firm
Donald Carlow is an Attorney at The Haymond Law Firm. He first joined the company in 1991. The Haymond Law Firm is a Hartford-based practice serving Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. For over thirty years, the firm and their exceptional legal professionals have been committed to protecting the rights of the injured. The attorneys provide their clients with the support and personal attention clients need to navigate difficult situations following motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, slip and fall incidents and all types of injuries. With decades of experience, The Haymond is the ideal partner in all efforts to get fair compensation. Their mission is to never settle for status quo & always try for maximum compensation; making sure that their clients receive the medical & professional help they need; and keeping the utmost honesty & integrity with their clients throughout the process.
Carlow earned a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government from American University.