February 2017 - Attorney Stephen G. Walko wins in Supreme Court case involving a dispute between trust beneficiaries and will beneficiaries as to the rightful owner of real property that was owned by an individual as trustee but later devised in the individual’s will (CT SC 19668).
In Zara Lackman Et Al. v. Samantha Hunt McAnulty Et Al., Hugh Hunt created a trust for the benefit of his children; he served as the trustee. He conveyed certain real property to himself, as Trustee; however, the trust documents were never recorded on the land records. Subsequent to conveying the property to himself as trustee, Mr. Hunt executed a will leaving the same property to his grandchildren. Upon his death, the Executor of the Estate of Hugh Hunt omitted the real property from the probate estate under the theory that because it was owned by “Hugh Hunt as Trustee”, the property passed to the beneficiaries of the trust. The beneficiaries of the will brought suit to challenge this action, claiming that the property passed to them under the will based on decedent’s failure to record the trust documents on the land records.
December, 2016 – Ivey Barnum & O'Mara names Jessica M. Signor as new associate. Jessica’s areas of practice includes commercial and civil litigation as well as employment law. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with minors in Economics and Art History from the College of the Holy Cross. She received her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Prior to joining Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, Jessica served for two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Julie A. Manning, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Connecticut. Jessica is admitted to the Bar of the State of Connecticut, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
November 2016 - The 100% Club is a special category of the Connecticut Bar Association membership that signifies a commitment to the advancement of the legal profession and the betterment of the Connecticut community.
Law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, and law school faculty can attain the 100% Club status by enrolling 100% of their members in the Connecticut Bar Association within a fiscal year.
June 2016 – In June 2013, Plaintiff Alexander Kello was working at the construction site now known as Armonk Square when he fell through an opening in the first floor measuring 6 ft. x 6 ft., landing nine (9) feet down on the basement floor, severely breaking his lower back. The opening had been cut two weeks earlier at the direction of the owner, ASQ, LLC and was covered by Dorex Corp., the general contractor.
June 2016 – Greenwich, CT law firm Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC announced that 2 of its attorneys have been named among the top attorneys in the state for 2016 by Super Lawyers. Stephen G. Walko, a partner at the firm was selected as a 2016 Connecticut Super Lawyer, after being named a Super Lawyer in 2015. Only 5 percent of attorneys in Connecticut receive this distinction. Additionally, Andrea C. Sisca, an associate of the firm, was named a 2016 Super Lawyers Connecticut Rising Star. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected through a multi-step process at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
June 2016 – Stephen Napier is named as a recipient of this year’s Fairfield County Business Journal ‘s “40 under 40” award, for his business leadership, professional success and commitment to the community.” Each year, the “40 under 40” award is presented to 40 of the best and brightest professionals in Fairfield County under the age of 40 who have shown leadership and contributed to Fairfield County’s business growth.
June 2016 – Stephen Napier is featured in Inspirica’s “Volunteer Spotlight”, for his outstanding community service efforts. Inspirica is a charity based out of Stamford, Connecticut, which focuses on breaking the cycle of homelessness in Fairfield County. Mr. Napier serves as Chair of Inspirica’s Young Professionals Committee.
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May, 2016 – Donat C. Marchand invited to membership of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, an organization which recognizes attorneys throughout the country “who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.” According to the organization’s website, “Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law.”
April 2016 – In Rowe v. Rubin, a plaintiff who prevailed on a civil complaint was entitled to reasonable attorney fees. The trial court approved hourly rates that ranged between $224 and $400 per hour for plaintiff’s lead attorneys, Edward Krumeich and Stephen Walko of IBO who were described by the court as “very experienced,” “helpful” and “efficient.” It was also determined that the partners made appropriate use of associate attorneys who billed lower rates.
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