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John Q. Kelly Featured on ABC’s 20/20GREENWICH, CT (PRWEB) January 16, 2020 - Attorney John Q. Kelly of Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC was recently featured on ABC’s 20/20 “Manhunter” special to discuss the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, 15 years ago. John has long represented Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee, and traveled to Aruba with 20/20 to revisit the case.

“She had no idea what happened to her daughter; it was shrouded in mystery on a small island far away from home,” Kelly commented.

Murder Greenwich on EdgeGREENWICH, CT (PRWEB) January 6, 2020 – Attorney John Q. Kelly and Ivey, Barnum, & O’Mara, LLC recently launched a six-episode podcast about the unsolved murder of Matthew Margolies in Greenwich, Conn.

With vast experience in handling high-profile cases, against O.J. Simpson, Joran van der Sloot, and Drew Peterson, Attorney John Q. Kelly introduces the public to the horrific death of Margolies, who was only 13 years old at the time of his brutal murder 35 years ago.

Attorney Kelly takes a close look at the facts and fiction surrounding this cold case that devastated the Margolies family and their working-class neighborhood. None of the members of this close-knit community, known as the “Valley,” supposedly saw or heard anything the night of the murder. Although there were initial suspects, no arrests were ever made in connection to the killing. Delays and loose ends have caused the case to remain unsolved.

December 2019 - Our firm is proud to be recognized as a Gold Sponsor of the Fairfield County Bar Association's Professional Education Sponsorship Program. The FCBA provides a wide variety of Continuing Legal Education Programs, and we are happy to be able to help make these programs possible. To learn more about the FCBA, please visit http://fairfieldbar.org/?page_id=193

November 2019 - Murder Greenwich on EdgeJohn Q. Kelly appeared on ABC’s 20/20 feature on Natalee Holloway, Friday, November 22, 2019.

John will also be featured on a podcast by Private Investigator, Bo Dietl - “One Tough Podcast”, airing Monday, November 25th - https://www.ogpodcastnetwork.com/one-tough-podcast-with-bo-dietl/

John, in partnership with IBO, will be presenting a podcast regarding the still-unsolved case of Matthew Margolies, a 13-year-old boy who was brutally murdered in Greenwich over 35 years ago. Stay tuned for the launch date of this podcast - https://www.murdergreenwichonedge.com.

October 2019 - Attorney Tom Ward was quoted in an article about the Westchester vs. Connecticut property taxes by Brick Underground. You can read the full article here.

September 2019 – Leaders In The Law names Jennifer D. Port as one of New York's 2019 Women Leaders in the Law. Leaders In The Law presents its annual New York’s Women Leaders In The Law section in New York magazine. The legal professionals are a credit to the profession and drive their firms’ success. Many of these lawyers lead their own firms or practices, while others are rising stars who will be at the industry’s forefront for years.

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GREENWICH, CONN. (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

Attorney John Q. Kelly of the law firm Ivey, Barnum, & O’Mara, LLC appeared on Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime” show recently to discuss the pending court case of a Connecticut man charged with the killing an Anguilla hotel worker.

Connecticut banker Scott Hapgood is accused of manslaughter in connection with the death of hotel maintenance worker Kenny Mitchel. (Gavin Scott Hapgood v Regina in the Courts of Anguilla CLAIM No. AXAHCV 2019/0018) Hapgood has told authorities that Mitchel came to his hotel room door on April 13 at the Malliouhana An Auberge resort on the island of Anguilla, wielded a knife, tried to rob him, and threatened his daughter. Hapgood then used reasonable force to restrain him.

Greenwich, Conn. (PRWEB) JUNE 26, 2019

Attorney John Q. Kelly, who won the landmark wrongful death lawsuit against O.J. Simpson on behalf of Nicole Brown Simpson’s estate, recently appeared as a guest on Fox News’ show Shepard Smith Reporting to discuss the murder case that riveted the country 25 years ago.

The brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman took place in 1994. Nicole’s exhusband O.J. Simpson was charged with both murders. The story captured an audience of 95 million as the criminal trial spanned 369 days. Simpson was ultimately acquitted of the double homicide in the criminal case in 1995.

Nicole Simpson’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against O.J. Simpson in 1997, with John Q. Kelly as lead attorney. Simpson was found liable in this civil case, which awarded $33.5 million in damages to Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman’s families. However, to date, the families have still yet to see most of that money. When Smith asked about how much if any they have been paid, Kelly said: “Not much of anything. I auctioned off some personal property. His pensions were excluded from any collection process by law, so we couldn’t get them.”

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May 2019Attorney Donna Castronovo will join a panel of speakers at the Greenwich Senior Center on May 7, 2019 to discuss topics including advanced healthcare needs, legal planning for seniors and caregiving needs. The event is called “Plan Prepare Protect” and includes a question and answer session.

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April 2019 – Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC is pleased to announce that Andrea C. Sisca (Andy) has been elected as a Partner of the Firm. Andy has been an associate with the Firm since 2014 and has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, from inception through trial, in both Connecticut and New York. As a Partner, Andy will continue to concentrate her practice on civil and commercial litigation, specifically in real estate, contract and construction disputes, and other areas.

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April 2019 – Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC Shares in Learning, Leading and Lifting

Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC attorneys and staff united to celebrate “Visionary Women – Learning, Leading, Lifting,” an inaugural event hosted by G.O.O.D. for Girls, Inc., based in White Plains, NY.

G.O.O.D. for Girls is a community-based mentoring, asset, and leadership development program for girls age 9-18 in Westchester County and surrounding areas. Chavonne Collins, a G.O.O.D. for Girls board of directors member and employee at Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC, introduced the opportunity to members of the firm.

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February 2019Stephen Walko recognized for his continued support in the construction and opening of New Lebanon School, as Building Committee Chair.

Attorney Stephen Walko recognized for his service as Chair of the New Lebanon School Building Committee (NLSBC).

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May 2018Donna Castronovo becomes member of the Board of Directors of Pathways, Inc.

Attorney Donna Castronovo has become a member of the Board of Directors of Pathways, Inc.,(a private, non-profit agency that provides services for adults who suffer from severe and prolonged mental illnesses).

May 2018 – Law Firm, Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC Names New Partner, Heather R. Fusco.

Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC is pleased to announce that Heather R. Fusco has been elected as a Partner of the Firm. Heather has been an associate with Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara since 2010, and has played a key role in establishing and expanding the Firm’s New Canaan, CT office, where she is a resident attorney. As a partner, Heather will continue to focus her practice on residential and commercial real estate transactions throughout Fairfield County, servicing individual and corporate clients from the contract negotiation stage through closing and in all forms of financing transactions.

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April 2018 – Leaders In The Law names Jennifer D. Port as one of New York's 2018 Women Leaders in the Law. Leaders In The Law presents its annual New York’s Women Leaders In The Law section in New York magazine. The legal professionals are a credit to the profession and drive their firms’ success. Many of these lawyers lead their own firms or practices, while others are rising stars who will be at the industry’s forefront for years.

Click here to view NY Magazine’s “2018 NY’s Women Leaders in the Law”

March 2018 – Ivey Barnum & O’Mara names Marlene E. Macauda as a new associate. Marlene specializes in the areas of residential real estate, financing, and leasing. Marlene received her undergraduate degree from Providence College and her J.D. degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law. She is a member of the Westport, Fairfield County and Connecticut Bar Associations.

August 2017 -Attorney Jennifer D. Port, recognized as Research Aide for novel written by Fiona Davis.

Attorney Jennifer D. Port, of Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC, has been acknowledged as a Research Aide for her role in Fiona Davis’ newest novel “The Address.” The novel follows the lives of two women living 100 years apart at The Dakota in New York City, and their involvement in the life and death of the man who built it, Theodore Camden. Ms. Port offered her expertise in estate planning and descent to Ms. Davis to ensure the accuracy of legal concepts utilized throughout the novel which were critical to the resolution of the storyline.

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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.

January 2015 - Ivey Barnum & O'Mara names Nathan Graf as new partner.

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January 2015 - Michael J. Jones, Esq., litigation department chair at Ivey Barnum & O'Mara is featured in a Connecticut Law Tribune article regarding the George Smith case, which involves the honeymooner's disappearance from a cruise ship in 2005.

Mr. Jones reacts to the decision by the FBI to close the investigation into the case and remains determined to find answers for the family.

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May 2015Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara announces the winner of its annual High School Scholarship program. The Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC Scholarship is awarded to a deserving Greenwich High School student who has demonstrated a commitment to their academic studies and a dedication to community service. The scholarship was established by the law firm in May of 2000 to commemorate its 50th anniversary of service to the Town of Greenwich. The scholarship rewards those students who have demonstrated a dedication to volunteerism and the benefits their community service confers on the town's many charitable, educational and social service organizations. This year's winner is Laura Corrigan, an outstanding student with both excellent academic rankings and a remarkable record of community service involvement.

June 2015 - Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara's representation of the Estate of Concetta Russo-Carriero in its wrongful death action against the City of White Plains was included in the New York Law Journal's "Top Verdicts of 2014". Attorneys John Q. Kelly presented evidence over the course of three weeks to demonstrate that the City of White Plains had failed to properly secure or protect the parking garage adjacent to the Galleria Mall, where Mrs. Russo-Carriero was assaulted and killed walking to her parked car in late June, 2005. After three days of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Mrs. Russo-Carriero's estate in the amount of $ 1,983,000 for her conscious pain and suffering and wrongful death. Click to read Press Release >

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.

Click here to read the full article from the Connecticut Law Tribune.

June 20, 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.

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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.

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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.

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June 2017 - John Q. Kelly, Esq. joined host Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC to discuss the wisdom of the White House decision to retain outside counsel and set up a "war room" in the White House to combat and contain the widening Trump-Russia probe.

Mr. Kelly also opined on General Flynn's decision to assert the Fifth Amendment and how that may have put him on a collision course with former FBI Director Robert Mueller and the Department of Justice in the months ahead.

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June 2017 - John Q. Kelly discussed common sense approach and trial strategies regarding top legal stories, the recent Death at a Denny's Restaurant and The Bill Cosby Trial.

John Q. Kelly, Esq. appeared live with host Erica Hill on HLN Network to discuss how the exercise of common sense could have prevented the deadly confrontation that occurred outside a Denny's Restaurant in Houston, Texas. "If you don't like your kids seeing someone perform objectionably in public", Mr. Kelly notes, "take them away...you don't confront someone and escalate the violence because you don't like what they are doing."

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Attorney Jennifer D. Port, lawyer for the estate of Folk legend Pete Seeger, is quoted in a New York Daily News article regarding details of the late singer's Will and news of an upcoming festival in his honor, "Seeger Fest", to take place at venues in New York including Lincoln Center and Central Park.

January 2011 - Ivey Barnum & O'Mara names Andrea Fraleigh as new partner and Heather Fusco as associate. Stephen Walko is appointed by unanimous vote of the Connecticut Neutral Arbitrators' Selection Committee (Connecticut Department of Labor) to serve on the Panel of Neutral Arbitrators.

Michael Jones, attorney and litigation department chair at Ivey Barnum & O'Mara is featured in a Fairfield County Business Journal article on Legal Technology.

Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara partners with John Q. Kelly, expands litigation practice and opens New York City office.

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Attorneys Tom Ward, Don Marchand and Donna Castronovo present three hour Seminar - "Realtors and Estates, Trusts and Conservatorships," to the Greenwich Association of Realtors. The seminar covers the administration of estates, trusts and conservatorships as it relates to the sale of real estate. Additionally, the role of real estate in estate planning and income tax issues unique to real estate is discussed.


Attorney Steven B. Steinmetz supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Inaugural Great Futures Speaker Series on Dec. 6th with guest speaker Condoleezza Rice. The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to provide education and career programs, Character & leadership programs among others, with the goal of "develop young people's capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults."

Attorney Stephen G. Walko announced on Feb. 23, 2012 that he would seek the Republican nomination for State Representative from Connecticut's 150th District. The 150th District consists of Greenwich's shoreline from Stamford to the New York state border. The position is currently held by the Honorable Lile Gibbons who announced that she is not seeking re-election. Mr. Walko served 11 years on the Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET), the last four as Chairman. He stepped down January 1, 2012. During his tenure on the BET he distinguished himself as a fiscal conservative. He worked diligently and successfully to manage the Town's finances which are widely recognized as being among the best managed in the country as evidenced by the Town's consistent and recently renewed Triple A credit rating.

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Attorney Michael J. Jones to speak at the 3rd annual Networking Benefit of the Greenwich Business Club, June 12, 2012 at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel. The event will support Kids in Crisis Family Centers' Den for Grieving Kids and Greenwich Green & Clean. The Greenwich Business Club Inc. is a "collection of leaders who share common business interests and are dedicated to improving the business environment through educational programs and giving back to the community." Mr. Jones will speak about practicing law in Greenwich, CT.

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Attorney Jennifer D. Port weighs in on a Fairfield County Business Journal article regarding estate planning options to consider in order to take advantage of estate and gift tax rates before the Bush-era tax cuts expire and the Affordable Care Act income tax increases take effect (due to happen in January 2013).

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Attorney Stephen G. Walko unanimously re-appointed by the Connecticut Neutral Arbitrators' Selection Committee (Connecticut Department of Labor) to serve a two year term on the Panel of Neutral Arbitrators.

Attorney Stephen G. Walko wins election to represent Connecticut's 150th District in the State House of Representatives.

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Jennifer Port News Brava
Attorney Jennifer D. Port among named honorees by the YWCA of Greenwich at the upcoming 36th annual BRAVA Awards to be held on February 8, 2013. The YWCA established the BRAVA Awards in 1977 to recognize "outstanding women achievers who have excelled in their professional careers and who also volunteer their time and talent to help others". Ms. Port is actively involved in the Greenwich community. She is a past director of the Transportation Association of Greenwich, and has been a director and officer of various private foundations for the past 15 years. In addition, she is a director and legal counsel to the Greenwich Scholarship Association, where she is actively involved in long range planning for the organization.

Murder at Sea
On Saturday, May 11, CBS News "Michael J. Jones, a longtime Partner of the Firm and chair of the Litigation Group.

Newly discovered evidence now in the hands of the FBI was presented as well as intriguing details of Mr. Jones' work on behalf of the family of Mr. Smith.

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Ivey Barnum & O'Mara wins a $1.9 Million unanimous jury verdict against the City of White Plains, N.Y., in the wrongful death of Concetta Russo-Carriero who was fatally stabbed in 2005 by a homeless, registered sex offender in the parking lot of a mall in White Plains

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Ivey Barnum & O'Mara names Andrea C. Sisca as new associate. Andrea's areas of practice include commercial and general litigation matters, products liability, and personal injury. She has also handled foreclosure, construction defect, environmental contamination cases and residential real estate transactions. Andrea earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Management from the University at Albany in 2006. She received her J.D. from Albany Law School in 2010. Andrea is admitted to the bars of the States of Connecticut and New York. She is also admitted to the United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Connecticut and New York State Bar Associations.

Attorney Michael J. Jones and the family of George Smith will be featured in an update of the George Smith case involving the honeymooner's disappearance from a cruise ship in 2005 airing on CBS News, 48 Hours this Saturday, July 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

June 2017 - John Q. Kelly states OJ Simpson does not deserve to be paroled next month.

John Q. Kelly, Esq., joined Ashleigh Banfield on HLN Network to discuss whether OJ Simpson should be paroled from prison next month after serving nine (9) years on his convictions for kidnapping, robbery and other crimes in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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