Robinson+Cole, LLP
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
www.rc.com

Contact: James A. Wade

Phone: 860 275 8200

Email: jwade@rc.com

Firm Profile
Robinson+Cole is a law firm with nine offices throughout the Northeast, Florida, and California, serving regional, national and international clients. With 200 attorneys, the firm is ranked among the 200 largest law firms in the U.S. Clients range from Fortune 500 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. Legal service offerings and office locations have expanded to meet the changing needs of clients. Through an understanding of a client’s industry, the nature and structure of their business, their risk tolerance, and budget considerations, the firm tailors their legal strategy to align with overall business needs. Where appropriate, alternative billing arrangements are made to provide clients with a greater degree of certainty about their legal costs. Robinson+Cole’s varied practice areas include Mergers and Acquisitions; Tax; Insurance and Business Litigation; Land Use; Environmental and Real Estate; Labor, Employment and Benefits; Privacy and Data Security and Intellectual Property and Technology.

Practice Areas
Business Reorganizations, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
Construction
Corporate Law
Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
Environmental & Utilities
Finance & Public Finance


Government Relations & Lobbying
Health Law
Insurance & Reinsurance
Intellectual Property
Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration
Land Use


Litigation
Real Estate & Development
Tax & Nonprofit Organizations
Trusts & Estates

News
November 2018: Connecticut member firm Robinson & Cole has been ranked a “highly recommended” firm in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation. It has also received a “recommended” ranking in the area of labor and employment. In addition, Stephen Aronson received “labor and employment star – Northeast” recognition, a new designation in the inaugural edition of Benchmark Labor & Employment, and the following members of the firm earned “local litigation stars” honors: Wystan Ackerman, Bradford Babbitt, Joseph Clasen, Gerald Dwyer Jr., Linda Morkan, Rhonda Tobin, Theodore Tucci, and James Wade. Ms. Tobin was also named one of Benchmark Litigation‘s top 250 women in litigation earlier this year. Benchmark Litigation is the only publication that focuses exclusively on litigation in the U.S.

October 2018: Michael Orce has joined Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole as its chief operating officer. Mr. Orce is responsible for the overall finances and operations of the firm while providing leadership to the management team. With nearly 30 years of management experience in the legal industry, he works with firm leadership to execute its strategic and operational goals. Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Orce served as executive director of Murtha Cullina, where he led the administration and operation of the firm. He has an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

September 2018: Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole has had 52 of its attorneys listed in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers® in America, 42 of whom are from Connecticut. The firm continues to have the highest number of lawyers recognized by Best Lawyers® in the state. Additionally, the following two lawyers were named Lawyer of the Year in Hartford, Connecticut, in their respective practice areas: Earl Phillips, Jr., in environmental law; and Michael Maglio, in banking and finance Law. Also at Robinson+Cole, Michael Kearney has joined the firm as a partner in its Stamford office. He is an experienced tax lawyer with a broad-based transactional tax practice involving corporations, partnerships and LLCs. Mr. Kearney’s experience also includes managing tax structuring and due diligence teams. He is a graduate of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and has an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

August 2018: Benchmark Litigation has named Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole partner Rhonda Tobin one of its “Top 250 Women in Litigation” for 2018. For more than 25 years, Ms. Tobin has concentrated her practice in the areas of insurance and reinsurance coverage, extra-contractual liability, and professional liability. She was one of only three female litigators in the state of Connecticut chosen for this honor. Ms. Tobin has significant trial experience in both state and federal courts. In addition to being a member of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance group, she also co-chairs its litigation section and is a member of its managing committee.

June 2018: The Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation honored Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole during its Celebrating Leaders for Justice event in West Hartford last month. The event honors leaders in the legal industry who have dedicated their time, expertise, and financial resources to help the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation end poverty and fight for justice in the Greater Hartford area. Robinson+Cole helped found GHLAF in 1993. George Hastings, a partner in the firm, served as the foundation’s first president and remained active on the board until August 2016, shortly before his death. Today, both managing partner Stephen Goldman and partner Norman Roos continue to serve on the GHLAF board of directors.

May 2018: The Connecticut Bar Association presented Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole partner Jim Wade with the Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award during the organization’s annual awards celebration last month. Mr. Wade is a member of the firm’s business litigation group and has tried numerous criminal and civil cases across the United States during his legal career, which spans five decades. The Hennessey Award recognizes and honors a member of the Connecticut Bar whose career has manifested a dedication to the highest ideals and standards of the legal profession. For more than twenty years, Mr. Wade served as outside counsel to the Connecticut Democratic Party, and he has represented three Connecticut governors in litigation. Mr. Wade has tried complex criminal and civil cases involving antitrust, securities fraud, government contracting fraud, mail fraud, and public corruption. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1980.

December 2017: Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole has announced the promotion of five associates to counsel in its Hartford office, effective January 1, 2018. They are: Kathleen Dion, who is a member of the firm’s litigation section, where she focuses her practice on all aspects of civil and criminal litigation; Lisa Riccio, who handles financial matters related to affordable housing and commercial real estate transactions as a member of the firm’s real estate and development group; Evan J. Seeman, who as a member of the firm’s real estate and development group concentrates his practice in the areas of religious land use litigation, land use and zoning, and real property litigation; Lauren Sigg, who is a member of the firm’s immigration group, where she assists multinational companies and other  institutions in staffing their U.S. offices by obtaining appropriate immigration status for their employees; and Jonathan Small, who is a member of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance and appellate groups, focusing on property and liability insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, appeals, and class actions. Also at Robinson+Cole, the following have been elected partners in its Hartford officeStephen Clancy, who as a member of the firm’s litigation section and insurance and reinsurance practice group focuses his practice on insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation, as well as professional liability and other complex litigation; Rachel Kushel, who counsels clients on all aspects of employment law and workplace human resource issues as a member of the firm’s labor, employment, benefits and immigration group; and Keisha Palmer, who as a member of the firm’s public finance group represents state, municipal, and Indian tribal governments in the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable general obligation bonds and other debt obligations.

November 2017: Steven Campbell has joined Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole as its chief operating officer. Formerly COO of Dykema, a 350-lawyer firm with 12 offices throughout the United States, Mr. Campbell has extensive experience transforming large, complex, multi-location professional organizations. Prior to Dykema, he served as COO of Stinson Leonard Street in Minneapolis and as executive director of Gunster in West Palm Beach. In addition, Mr. Campbell has spent the last four years consulting with law firms and professional service organizations as the principal of Acumen Consulting.

August 2017: Rhonda Tobin of Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole has been named by Benchmark Litigation one of its Top 250 Women in Litigation for 2017. For more than 25 years, Ms. Tobin has concentrated her practice in the areas of insurance and reinsurance coverage, extra-contractual liability, and professional liability. She is one of only three female litigators in the state of Connecticut named to this list this year. Ms. Tobin represents both primary and excess insurers in coverage litigation and reinsurance disputes. She has significant trial experience in both state and federal courts. In addition to being a member of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance group, Ms. Tobin is co-chair of the litigation section and a member of the firm’s management committee.

July 2017: Alaine Doolan of Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole has been named secretary of the Connecticut Bar Association. Ms. Doolan is a member of the firm’s intellectual property and technology law group. Her practice is focused primarily on intellectual property, brand management, corporate transactions, technology, and Internet-related law. Ms. Doolan works with clients from a broad range of industries, such as food and beverage, fashion and merchandising, software solutions, and healthcare. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law.