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75 Broad Street, Milford, Connecticut 06460

Established: 1933

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile
  • Bad Faith
  • Common Carrier
  • Construction Liability
  • Environmental Liability
  • Governmental Liability
  • Hospitals
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Municipal Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Trial Practice
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • Liquor Liability
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Police Liability Defense

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About Us

The Litigation Department is chaired by Richard J. Buturla with eleven other attorneys who litigate in all State and Federal Courts in Connecticut as well as the Workers' Compensation Commission. The firm also practices in the areas of Land Use, Environmental, Real Estate, Commercial and Corporate Law, the Commission of Human Rights and Opportunity, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Additional Locations

  • Westport, Connecticut
  • 1221 Post Road East
  • Westport, Connecticut 06880

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    Client Information

    Insurance Clients

    Non-Insurance Clients

    • Allied Van Lines
    • Charlotte Adjusting, Inc.
    • CorVel Corporation
    • Crawford & Company
    • GAB Robins North America, Inc.
    • Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
    • Kellogg Company
    • The MacDonald Companies, Inc.
    • Safety Marking Inc.
    • Sedgwick Group

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    Personnel Information

    Senior Partners


    Richard J. Buturla

    Chair

    Milford, CT

    Practice Areas
    • Trial Practice
    • Municipal Law
    • Insurance Defense
    Admitted
    • Connecticut, 1982
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1982
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1982
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Town Council Chairman, Stratford, Connecticut, 1987-1989; Corporate Counsel, Derby, Connecticut, 1997-2005; Town Attorney, Cheshire, Connecticut, 2002-2003; Assistant Town Attorney, Stratford, Connecticut, 2000-2004; Town Attorney, Stratford, Connecticut, 2005-2009; Town Counsel, Seymour, Connecticut, 2011-present

    Memberships:
    • American and Connecticut Bar Associations
    • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    Education:
    • Southern Connecticut State College, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1979
    • Villanova University, J.D., 1982
    Law Review:
    Associate Editor, Villanova Law Review, 1981-1982

    Jonathan D. Berchem

    Milford, CT

    Admitted
    • Connecticut, 1995
    • Pennsylvania, 1995
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Town Attorney, Milford, Connecticut (2013-Present)

    Memberships:
    • American, Connecticut and Milford Bar Associations
    Education:
    • Fairfield University, B.A., 1992
    • Syracuse University, J.D., 1995

    Christopher M. Hodgson

    Milford, CT

    Practice Areas
    • Labor and Employment
    • Litigation
    Admitted
    • Connecticut, 1985
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1985
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2011
    Memberships:
    • Connecticut Bar Association
    Education:
    • University of Vermont, B.A., 1982
    • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1985
    Law Review:
    University of Richmond Law Review

    Gregory S. Kimmel

    Westport, CT
    Practice Areas
    • Personal Injury
    • Workers' Compensation
    • Criminal Law
    • Family Law
    • Wills
    • Trusts
    • Labor
    • Business Law
    Admitted
    • Connecticut, 1997
    Education:
    • University of Rhode Island, B.A. Political Science, 1991
    • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., 1997
    • Sacred Heart University, M.B.A., 1998

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    Partners


    Mario F. Coppola

    Milford, CT

    Practice Areas
    • Municipal Law
    • Land Use
    • Zoning
    • Real Estate Transactions
    • General Civil Litigation
    • Property Tax Assessment Appeals
    Admitted
    • Connecticut, 2004
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2005
    Memberships:
    • American, Connecticut and Fairfield County Bar Associations
    Education:
    • Boston College, B.A. Political Science (Golden Key Honor Society), 2001
    • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2004

    Warren L. Holcomb

    Milford, CT

    Admitted
    • California, 1977
    • Connecticut, 1993
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1994
    Memberships:
    • American and Connecticut Bar Associations
    • State Bar of California
    Education:
    • Butler University
    • University of Connecticut at Storrs, B.A., 1972
    • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1977

    Bryan L. LeClerc

    Milford, CT

    Admitted
    • Connecticut, 1987
    • New York, 1988
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1987
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1993
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2014
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Fairfield Town Plan & Zoning Commission, 2007-2013, Chairman; Member, Town of Fairfield Representative Town Meeting, 1989-2007; Connecticut Yankee Council BSA, Vice President- Legal and General Counsel- 2013-Present

    Memberships:
    • American, Connecticut, Bridgeport and Milford Bar Associations
    • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
    Education:
    • Fairfield University, B.A., 1984
    • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1987

    Brian W. Smith

    Milford, CT

    Admitted
    • Connecticut, 1981
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1982
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Seminar Faculty: Trial Practice Seminar, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1996-Present

    Memberships:
    • American, Connecticut, Milford and Bridgeport Bar Associations
    • American Trial Lawyers Association
    • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
    Education:
    • University at Buffalo, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1978
    • Duke University, J.D., 1981
    Fraternity Information:
    Phi Alpha Delta

    Ryan P. Driscoll

    Milford, CT

    Admitted
    • New Jersey, 2003
    • Connecticut, 2004
    • New York, 2006
    Memberships:
    • Connecticut Bar Association
    Education:
    • University of Connecticut at Storrs, B.A., 2000
    • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2003

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    Associates


    Richard C. Buturla

    Milford, CT

    Admitted
    • Connecticut, 2010
    Education:
    • Quinnipiac University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2007
    • Western New England College School of Law, J.D., 2010

    Justin J. Stanko

    Milford, CT

    Practice Areas
    • Insurance Defense
    • Land Use
    • Zoning
    • Litigation
    • Appeals
    • Workers' Compensation
    Admitted
    • Connecticut, 2005
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2006
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Derby Police Department, 1998-Present (Lt. Detective Division Commander, 2007-Present)

    Memberships:
    • Connecticut Bar Association
    Education:
    • University of Connecticut, B.S., 1996
    • Quinnipiac College School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2005
    Law Review:
    Quinnipiac Law Review, 2003-2005

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    Senior Counsel


    Alfred P. Bruno

    Milford, CT

    Practice Areas
    • Litigation
    • Education Law
    Admitted
    • Connecticut, 1998
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1999
    Memberships:
    • Connecticut Bar Association
    Education:
    • Bates College, B.A., 1992
    • Quinnipiac College School of Law, J.D., 1997

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    Service Areas

    Danbury, Connecticut, USA 28 miles

    Hartford, Connecticut, USA 51 miles

    Litchfield, Connecticut, USA 46 miles

    Meriden, Connecticut, USA 32 miles

    Middletown, Connecticut, USA 38 miles

    New Britain, Connecticut, USA 43 miles

    New Haven, Connecticut, USA 12 miles

    New London, Connecticut, USA 57 miles

    Norwalk, Connecticut, USA 23 miles

    Rockville, Connecticut, USA 63 miles

    Stamford, Connecticut, USA 21 miles

    Waterbury, Connecticut, USA 29 miles

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