November 30, 2020

Volume X, Number 335

Wiggin and Dana LLP

2019 NLR Thought Leadership Award

Wiggin and Dana is a full-service law firm with 146 lawyers that represents clients throughout the country and abroad from our offices in Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Palm Beach. Wiggin and Dana provides a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of our diverse client base. Our clients include publicly traded companies, hospitals and other health care organizations, universities, entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies, real estate developers, financial institutions, museums, charitable organizations and individuals.

We believe the qualities that differentiate us from other law firms are best conveyed through the clients we serve, the work we do, and the quality of our lawyers.

  • Our clients – We represent clients throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia on a wide range of sophisticated and complex matters. Our clients range from some of the largest and most prestigious institutions in the country to up-and-coming start-ups to high net worth individuals. As we have grown, our focus on excellence and client service has remained our core value, and we are proud that many of our clients have been so for decades.
  • Our work – We have included in this web site a sampling of recent transactions and litigation matters with which we have been involved, which we believe illustrate the breadth and depth of our capabilities. To learn more, browse through the representative transactions and litigation matters, identified within our practice group descriptions.
  • Our lawyers – Finally, from senior partners to junior associates, we have assembled and we retain an outstanding coterie of lawyers who have strong academic credentials, professional achievements and creative, common sense approaches to resolving issues. We encourage you to review the attorney profiles on this web site, including the sections that describe the diversity of the firm and the charitable and pro bono activities of our lawyers. By any standard, this is an impressive collection of legal talent.

While we would like to say our web site will tell you everything you need to know about Wiggin and Dana, that would not be entirely accurate. There is no place where you can click on and find out who we really are – a true partnership in every sense of the word, devoted to excellence and focused on our clients' needs. We believe that Wiggin and Dana exemplifies the best of the old and new – a proudly independent firm dedicated to crafting innovative solutions in traditional and emerging industries in ever-changing areas of the law.

Contributing authors from Wiggin and Dana LLP:

Catherine Baiocchi legal intern Wiggin Dana
Associate
Katie is an Associate at Wiggin and Dana in the New Haven office. Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Katie was a Child Protection Legal Intern for the State of Connecticut Office of the...
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Aaron Baral Employment Wiggin Law Firm New Haven
Associate
Aaron is an associate in the firm's New Haven office. Prior to becoming an associate, Aaron was a legal intern in the Hartford office of the National Labor Relations Board, a legal intern...
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Veronica Bauer Estate Planning Attorney
Partner
Veronica R.S. Bauer is a Partner in the firm's Private Client Services Department in Palm Beach, Florida. Veronica focuses her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration...
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Aaron Bayer Litigation Attorney Hartford Wiggin and Dana
Partner
Aaron is a litigation partner who heads the firm's Education Practice Group and previously chaired the firm's Appellate Practice Group.  Based on his experience in government, he also...
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Robert Benjamin Estate Planning Attorney Wiggin and Dana
Partner
Bob has over three decades of experience as an estate planning and probate lawyer and previously served as Chair of Wiggin and Dana's Executive Committee (2009–2015). He is a Partner in the...
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Amanda Brahm Employment Attorney Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Amanda is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana's New Haven office. Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Amanda was an intern in the Data Privacy and Security Department at the Office of the Attorney...
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Jermaine Brookshire Attorney Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Jermaine A. Brookshire, Jr. is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s New Haven office. Although a native of New Haven, before joining Wiggin and Dana, Jermaine worked with exchange students and...
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Jessica Butcaris Litigation attorney New Haven Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Jessica is an Associate in the Litigation Department where she focuses her practice in the International Trade Compliance Practice Group, assisting companies of all sizes, from family-owned...
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Joseph M. Casino Patent Litigation Attorney Wiggin and Dana New York, NY
Partner
Joe’s 20+ year career is highlighted by his work as lead counsel in hard-fought patent litigations throughout the US and in Patent Office proceedings. As the leader of Wiggin and Dana’s...
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Christian Chandler Employment lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Christian is a Partner in the firm’s Labor, Employment and Benefits Department in the Washington, DC office. He has over 20 years of experience in executive compensation and employee...
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Brittany Christensen Corporate Lawyer Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Brittany is an Associate in the firm’s Corporate Department in the Stamford, Connecticut office. Brittany has experience assisting clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity...
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Michael Clear Estate and Trust attorney Greenwich Wiggin and Dana
Partner
As a Partner in the firm's Private Client Services Department, Michael regularly counsels clients on the far-reaching financial implications of estate planning, estate and trust...
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Karen Clute Tax attorney New Haven Wiggin and Dana
Partner
Karen is committed to helping clients navigate ever-changing tax and fiduciary rules. As a member of the firm's Private Client Services Department, Labor and Employment Department, and...
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Mary Margaret Colleary Estate Planning Attorney Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Mary is an associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Private Client Services Department in the New York office, where she focuses her practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration...
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Timothy Cowan litigation lawyer Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Tim is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department in the New Haven office. Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Tim was a summer associate for The House of Representatives...
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Benjamin Daniels Regulatory and Compliance litigation lawyer Wiggin Dana
Counsel
As Counsel in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department, Ben is a key member of the firm’s Education and Appellate and Complex Legal Issues Practice Group. He works with universities,...
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Daniel Daniels Estate planning lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
For three decades, Dan has dedicated himself to counseling families in preserving wealth from generation to generation. His clients include affluent individuals, family offices, business...
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Michelle Wilcox DeBarge Healthcare and Cybersecurity/Privacy Attorney Wiggin & Dana Law Firm Hartford Connecticut
Partner
Michelle has spent over 25 years helping clients manage their legal risk so that they can focus on their mission and key business objectives. A former executive in the nonprofit sector,...
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Timothy Diemand Litigation Attorney Wiggin and Dana
Partner
Tim is a Partner in the Litigation Department, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and Co-Chair of the Insurance Practice Group. He has made his mark defending and representing...
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Benjamin Wiggin Antitrust Litigation Attorney Wiggin Dana
Partner
Ben is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department and is a co-chair of the firm's Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group. He is also a member of the Intellectual...
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Tadhg Dooley Appelate Attorney Wiggin Dana New Haven, CT
Partner
Tadhg is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, where his practice focuses on appellate and complex civil litigation. He has extensive experience handling appeals in state and...
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Frank Duffin Intellectual Property Attorney
Partner
From startups bringing new products to market, to established companies needing to protect their works, Frank has helped numerous clients develop, protect, and utilize their trademarks,...
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Nicole Dwyer associate Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Nicole Dwyer is an associate in Wiggin and Dana’s New Haven office. Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Nicole worked as a summer associate and law clerk with the firm of Brenner, Saltzman, and...
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Jody Erdfarb Corporate litigation lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Jody is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana's Health Care Department, where she advises a wide range of health care organizations such as hospitals, long-term-care providers, dental practices,...
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Jonathan Freiman Lawyer Wiggin Dana Law Firm
Partner
Jonathan represents companies, foundations, universities, individuals, and sovereign nations in complex disputes, including appeals, disputes over art and artifacts, and complex...
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Robyn Gallagher Litigation lawyer Wiggin Dana
Counsel
Robyn is Counsel in Wiggin and Dana's Litigation Department.  Her litigation experience has involved a wide range of practice areas and clients, including, insurance, franchise, aviation,...
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Mary Gambardella Litigation lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Mary brings decades of experience in helping clients comply with ever-changing labor laws and regulations, as well as in managing employment challenges such as sensitive terminations,...
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James Glasser Healthcare lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Jim is the Chair of Wiggin and Dana's Litigation Department. He is an experienced trial lawyer and appellate advocate who has successfully represented corporations and individuals in...
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Daniel Goren Corporate litigation lawyer Wiggin Dana
Counsel
Dan Goren is Counsel in the International Trade Compliance Practice Group, where he works with a broad range of clients such as cutting-edge emerging technology companies, billion-dollar...
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Joseph Grasso Litigation Attorney Wiggin and Dana Philadelphia
Partner
Joe has spent over three decades advising and defending clients in a wide range of litigation and insurance matters, helping underwriters and other clients avoid litigation when possible...
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James Greifzu Corporate Securities Lawyer Wiggin Dana
Counsel
James serves as Counsel in Wiggin and Dana’s Stamford office where he represents corporate and individual clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, commercial...
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Peter Gruen tax lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Clients with challenging tax and business transaction concerns seek out Peter because of his seasoned counsel and knowledge in the ever-changing world of tax law. As Chair of the firm's ...
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David Hall corporate lawyer Wiggin and Dana
Partner
David joined Wiggin and Dana after more than two decades as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). His experience investigating and prosecuting high-stakes cases...
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Kristyn Hansen corporate litigation lawyer Wiggin
Associate
Kristyn is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s New Haven office, representing clients on a variety of matters, both corporate and litigation. Kristyn has a particular interest in the areas of...
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Helen Heintz Family and Estate planning lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Helen advises individuals, couples, families, and fiduciaries in all aspects of trust, estate, and guardianship matters, helping families navigate the legal landscape to achieve their goals...
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Michael T. Hubbard Wiggin and Dana Law Firm
Counsel
Michael is Counsel in Wiggin and Dana’s Corporate Department and a member of the Outsourcing and Technology Practice Group. His practice focuses on complex outsourcing agreements as well as...
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Paul Hughes Startup Attorney WIggin and Dana Law Firm
Paul Hughes is the Managing Partner and former Chair of the firm's Corporate Practice Department. He also practices in the Health Care Department. He is experienced with the representation...
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Abraham Kasdan Partner Wiggin and Dana CORPORATE LITIGATION AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION INTER PARTES REVIEW AND POST GRANT REVIEW PRACTICE GROUP STANDARD ESSENTIAL PATENT LICENSING AND LITIGATION GROUP
Partner
Abe is a Partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. His practice spans all aspects of patent law, including representing and counseling clients in patent disputes...
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Michael Kasdan Intellectual property lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Michael focuses on all areas of intellectual property law, harnessing his electrical engineering background to help businesses reap maximum value from their innovations. As a Partner in the...
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John Kennedy Corporate litigation lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
John has helped clients manage the rapidly evolving risks of an information-based society for decades. In John’s view, this is still the dawn of the information age as new capabilities...
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Najia Khalid Business Immigration lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Najia is a business immigration lawyer who has dedicated her career to helping U.S. and international employers hire individuals with specialized skills her clients need to grow and thrive...
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Mi-Hae Kim Real Estate Attorney Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Mi-Hae Kim is an associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Private Client Services Department in the New York office, where she focuses her practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration...
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Evan Kipperman Securities Lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Evan is dedicated to helping growth-stage companies, publicly held middle-market companies, family offices, high-net-worth individuals, private equity firms, and other clients achieve their...
Sean Koehler Litigation lawyer Wiggin Dana
Associate
Sean is an Associate in the Litigation Department, where he represents clients in civil, criminal, and regulatory matters. As a member of the firm's International Trade Compliance and...
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Monica Kolinsky Life Sciences Attorney Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Monica is an Associate in the Corporate Department and a member of the Life Sciences Practice Group, and is based in the firm’s Stamford office. Monica’s practice focuses primarily on life...
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Joshua Kutticherry Corporate Attorney Wiggin and Dana New York, NY
Associate
Joshua Kutticherry is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Corporate department in the firm’s New York office. Prior to joining Wiggin and Dana, Joshua worked as an Associate for an...
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Thomas Landman Intellectual Property Lawyer Wiggin and Dana Law Firm
Associate
Thomas Landman is an Associate and a member of the Intellectual Property practice group in Wiggin and Dana’s New York office. Prior to joining Wiggin and Dana, Thomas worked as an...
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Robert Langer Corporate litigation attorney Wiggin Dana
Partner
Bob is recognized as one of the country’s foremost authorities on antitrust, consumer protection, and trade regulation law. He possesses unparalleled experience in counseling, litigation,...
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David Laufman White Collar Criminal Attorney
Partner
David is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance Practice Group; a member of the International Trade Compliance Practice Group; and Co-Chair of...
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Leonard Leader Tax lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Len has decades of experience helping clients solve tax and estate planning challenges so they can build their wealth and bequeath it to younger generations. He serves as Partner and Chair...
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Peter Lefeber Labor Attorney Wiggin and Dana
Partner
Peter J. Lefeber is a Partner in the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits Department. Having joined Wiggin and Dana in 1980, Mr. Lefeber has practiced labor and employment law exclusively...
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Sarvesh Mahajan, cybersecurity and privacy attorney, Wiggins Dana
Partner
Sarvesh is a member of the firm’s Outsourcing and Technology Practice Group. The group has been ranked nationally as a leading practice in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for...
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Steven Malech Litigation lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
As a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and Chair of the Probate Litigation Practice Group, Steve primarily focuses on trust and estates disputes, providing business-based advocacy...
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Rebecca Matthews Healthcare lawyer Wiggin and Dana
Partner
Rebecca Matthews is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Health Care and Corporate Departments, Co-chair of the firm’s Academic Medical Centers, Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group, and a...
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Scott D. McClure Corporate Wiggin and Dana Washington, DC
Partner
Scott D. McClure is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Corporate Department in the Washington, DC office. He brings to the table his expertise of nearly 30 years in Corporate Law. He started as...
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Michael Menapace Insurance lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Michael is an insurance lawyer, primarily a litigator defending insurance companies, reinsurers, and insured parties from a wide range of claims that threaten clients’ businesses. He is...
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Joseph Merschman Litigation attorney Wiggin Dana
Partner
Joe is a Partner in the Litigation Department and focuses his practice on complex civil litigation and arbitration. He represents corporations, privately-held companies, and individuals. He...
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Michael L. Miller Real Estate Lawyer Wiggin & Dana Law Firm
Partner
Mike is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Real Estate, Environmental and Energy Department in the New Haven office. An experienced environmental, health and safety (EHS) attorney, Mike’s...
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Ashley Moore Immigration Attorney Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Ashley Moore is a Business Immigration Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Labor, Employment and Benefits Department in the New Haven office. Prior to joining Wiggin and Dana, Ashley worked for...
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Erin Nicholls, Estate planning lawyer, Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Erin is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Private Client Services Department, where she focuses her practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration, and philanthropy. In that...
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Kaitlyn Pacelli Estates Attorney Wiggin and Dana Law Firm
Kaitlyn is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Private Client Services Department in the Greenwich office, where she focuses her practice on estate planning and trust and estate...
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Sapna Palla Litigation attorney Wiggin Dana
Partner
Sapna is a Partner in the firm's Litigation Department and Intellectual Property Practice Group. Sapna has spent nearly two decades representing clients in patent, trademark, copyright, and...
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Caroline Park Labor and employment lawyer Wiggin Dana
Counsel
Caroline is Counsel in Wiggin and Dana's Labor, Employment and Benefits Department and is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Caroline’s practice encompasses federal and state court...
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Lawrence Peikes Employment litigation lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Larry represents the interests of management in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship and is particularly experienced in litigation defense. He has advocated for employers in a...
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Heather Rahilly Private Equity Attorney Wiggin and Dana Law Firm Stamford
Partner
As Co-Chair of the firm’s Private Equity Practice Group and a Partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group, Heather has extensive experience providing valuable counsel to clients...
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Carolyn Reers Estate Planning Attorney Wiggin and Dana
Partner
Carolyn is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Private Client Services Department in the Greenwich and New York offices. Carolyn has more than 25 years of experience servicing affluent...
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Kim Rinehart Healthcare lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Kim focuses on class action defense, professional liability matters, complex commercial disputes, and appeals. She is passionate about learning the intricacies of her clients’ businesses,...
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Andrew Ritter Corporate Lawyer
Andrew Ritter is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Corporate Department and focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring matters. As a mergers and acquisitions...
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David Ring Corporate litigation lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
David is nationally known for representing companies and individuals when the stakes are greatest, whether investigating sensitive internal matters, defending against criminal charges,...
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Michael Rondon Lawyer Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Michael Rondon is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s New Haven office. Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Michael worked for the Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford, Connecticut as a law...
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David Roth Litigation lawyer Wiggin Dana
Counsel
David is Counsel in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Appellate, Art and Museum Law, and Intellectual Property Litigation practice groups. He has assisted...
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Jacob A. Sand Litigation Attorney Wiggin and Dana Philadelphia, PA
Associate
Jacob is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department. A former Assistant District Attorney, Jacob draws upon his extensive trial experience in representing a diverse group of...
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Beth Scharpf Estate Planning Attorney Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Based in Wiggin and Dana’s New York office, Beth is an Associate in the Private Client Services practice group, where she focuses on estate planning and estate administration. Beth received...
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Heather Sellew litigation lawyer Wiggin and Dana
Associate
Heather is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department, where she focuses her practice in the International Trade Compliance and Sanctions Practice Group. Heather represents...
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Adam Silverman Corporate lawyer Wiggin Dana
Associate
Adam is an Associate in the firm's Corporate Department where he advises mature and emerging growth companies on commercial agreements, venture capital and debt financings, mergers and...
203-498-4411
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Kevin M. Smith Litigation Attorney
Partner
Kevin focuses on complex civil litigation, principally in the areas of product liability, aviation, and business litigation. As an experienced advocate and Partner in Wiggin and Dana's...
203-498-4579
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Matthew Smith Estate Planning lawyer Wiggin Dana
Counsel
Matt is Counsel in the firm's Private Client Services Department. Matt advises clients on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and probate litigation. His estate planning...
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Brian J. Sturm Corporate Attorney Wiggin and Dana Stamford, CT
Associate
Brian is a corporate associate in the Stamford office. Brian represents clients in connection with corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financings and other commercial...
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Tahlia Townsend International trade lawyer Wiggin Dana
Partner
Co-chair of the International Trade Compliance Practice Group, Tahlia is trusted by Fortune 50 multinationals, leading universities, international law firms, emerging companies, and small...
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Paul Tuchmann Attorney Litigation Wiggin and Dana
Paul is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department in the New Haven and New York offices. Paul is a skilled litigator and former federal prosecutor. His practice focuses on...
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Lhens Vilson Corporate Attorney Wiggin Dana
Associate
Lhens is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Corporate Department in the Stamford office. Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Lhens was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Verna L. Saunders at the New...
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Christine Salmon Wachter Labor, Employment and Benefits Attorney Wiggin and Dana Stamford, CT
Associate
Christine is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Labor, Employment and Benefits Department, where her practice focuses on federal and state court litigation, arbitration, and mediation of...
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 Maureen Weaver Partner New Haven Home Health Care And Hospice, Regulatory And Reimbursement, Health Care
Partner
Maureen is recognized as a leading health care lawyer at both the state and national levels. She chairs the firm’s Health Care Practice Group and advises health care providers on complex...
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Wiggin and Dana attorneys have a deep understanding of the issues faced by emerging growth companies and investors alike. Our business-minded approach has won the trust of numerous emerging...
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Joshua Wyatt Labor & Employment Attorney
Associate
Josh is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana's Labor, Employment and Benefits Department. Josh's practice is focused on defending employers against claims of discrimination in state and federal...
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Wiggin & Dana's Emerging Companies and-Venture Capital Group has been selected for the 2018 NLR Go-To Thought Leadership Award for their series on Legal Issues for Emerging Companies.  Wiggin's series of articles offers readers a solid understanding of some unique challenges and roadblocks impacting emerging companies that entrepreneurs must address in order to continue to expand and compete. Read the series: Legal Issues for High-Growth Technology Companies: The Series

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