Ford & Paulekas, LLP is a business law firm based in Hartford, Connecticut with a long history of representing institutional, commercial and individual clients in their business and investment activities.
Since its inception in 1979, the firm has served its clients' legal needs on a regional and national basis, and beginning in 1990's, the firm has represented its clients in international business and development activities in Mexico, Western Europe and the Middle East. The continued success of the firm in this demanding area of practice is achieved in large measure because the firm's lawyers are problem-solvers who combine sound business judgment and practical legal advice in counseling clients.
Our attorneys represent institutional, municipal and private clients on a statewide and national level.
280 Trumbull Street, Suite 2200
The firm has the capacity to handle the land use requirements for large-scale commercial office parks, retail shopping centers, hotels, and commercial and residential condominium projects.
The firm has prepared and negotiated air rights and ground lease ownership arrangements and complex reciprocal easement agreements associated with these kinds of developments. Members of the firm have appeared on behalf of their clients before numerous town and city agencies, including planning and zoning commissions, inland wetland and watercourse agencies, conservation commissions, and zoning boards of appeals, regarding various application, permit and compliance proceedings, and have successfully handled appeals of adverse decisions at both the superior and appellate court levels.
Paul W. Ford
Born in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1950, Mr. Ford received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston University in 1972, his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975, and his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 1978. He was a member of the University of Maine Law Review from 1976-1978. Mr. Ford was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1978, the Connecticut Bar in 1979, the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut in 1991 and the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts in 1993. He is a member of the Massachusetts, Connecticut, American and International Bar Association. Mr. Ford focuses his practice in the representation of institutional investors in commercial real estate finance transactions, the private placement of debt and equity securities, and structured finance transactions. He also represents institutional and corpora te developers in the construction, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate in Connecticut and in national and international markets.
University of Maine School of Law
Walter E. Paulekas
Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania in 1956, Mr. Paulekas received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1978. Upon commission, he served as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander and Battalion Operations Officer. He later joined the Connecticut National Guard while attending the Western New England College School of Law where he received his J.D. in 1986. In law school, he was a member of the WNEC Law Review and won the ABA-sponsored Counseling Competition. Mr. Paulekas is admitted to the Connecticut Bar, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Paulekas is a litigator and insolvency lawyer who represents financial institutions, businesses and developers in federal and state litigation proceedings involvin g environmental, commercial and bankruptcy matters. Mr. Paulekas also has extensive experience in commercial real estate workout and restructuring transactions, business acquisitions and sales, banking law and the disposition of REO properties and loan pools. He has been the firm's managing partner since 1995.
Western New England College School of Law
Scott P. Consoli
Born in Methuen, Massachusetts in 1961, Mr. Consoli received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1983 and his J.D., cum laude, from the Boston College School of Law in 1986. Mr. Consoli was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and the Connecticut Bar in 1986. He is a member of the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and American Bar Associations as well as the International Conference of Shopping Centers and the Real Estate Finance Association. Mr. Consoli's practice encompasses real estate acquisitions, development, leasing, financing and zoning. His representation of developers includes the development and leasing of retail centers, office buildings, hotels, golf courses and industrial properties, and affordable housing projects including the implementation of tax credit financing and State and Federal loans and grants. He also is experienced in the acquisition, construction and financing of privatized military housing, health care facilities and development projects for Native American Tribes.
Boston College School of Law
David A. Hill
Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1966, Mr. Hill received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1988 and his J.D. from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law in 1992, where he graduated with High Honors. He was a member of the Connecticut Law Review from 1990-1992 and served as its Managing Editor from 1991-1992. He is admitted to practice before the following courts: Connecticut, 1992; Massachusetts, 1993; District of Connecticut, 1993; New York, 1994; District of Massachusetts, 1994; Southern District of New York, 1996; First Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000; Eastern District of New York, 2002; Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003. He is a member of the Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations. Mr. Hill represents clients in federal and state litigation proceedings and appellate advocacy with a focus on complex business disputes , creditor bankruptcy litigation, real estate-related contracts, and landlord-tenant litigation. Mr. Hill also has extensive experience in corporate acquisitions and international business transactions and related litigation.
University Of Connecticut School Of Law
Lawrence A. Dvorin
Born in West Hartford, Connecticut in 1961, Mr. Dvorin received his B.M. from the University of Miami in 1984 and his J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University School of Law in 1989. He was a member of the Suffolk University Law Review from 1987-1989 where he served as Comment Editor from 1988-1989. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1989 and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut in 1990. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association (Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section). Mr. Dvorin represents clients in all facets of creditors' rights, including the collection, workout, bankruptcy and foreclosure of commercial real estate and asset-based loans. Mr. Dvorin also represents financial institutions in commercial, real estate and asset-based financing transactions, the sale of REO properties and of loan pools.
Suffolk University School of Law
Matthew H. Youmans
Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1965, Mr. Youmans received his B.A. from Tufts University in 1987 and his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1991, where he graduated with Honors. He was a member of the Connecticut Journal of International Law from 1989-1991 and served as its Executive Editor from 1990-91. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1991, the United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit in 1992, and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut in 1995. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. Mr. Youmans represents financial institutions in asset-based and real estate lending transactions on a national basis, and the sale of commercial loan pools. He also counsels small and middle-market business clients in structuring, management and employment matters, including representation before state administrative agencies. He is a Sterling Educational Services lecturer on non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements.
University of Connecticut School of Law
Eleanor N. Bortolan
Born in Clovis, New Mexico, in 1965, Ms. Bortolan received her B.A., cum laude, from Boston University in 1987, and her J.D. from The Catholic University of America in 1990. She was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1990 and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. Ms. Bortolan works in both the Transactional and Litigation Departments of the firm, with an emphasis on the representation of financial institutions in asset-based financing and commercial real estate transactions. Ms. Bortolan also has extensive experience in the representation of institutional investors in the acquisition, sale and leasing of commercial real estate.
The Catholic University of America
Edward V. Longinotti
Born in St. Louis County, Missouri in 1958, Mr. Longinotti earned his B.S. in Accountancy from The University of Memphis in 1981, practiced as a Certified Public Accountant from 1981 to 1984, and graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 1984. Mr. Longinotti was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1986 and the Connecticut Bar in 2000. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. Mr. Longinotti represents and advises clients in their estate planning and elder law needs including trust and will preparation, probate representation, long term care planning and representation, and conservatorship representation. Mr. Longinotti has personally served as Trustee of revocable and irrevocable trusts and as Executor of probate estates. In addition to a practice in trusts and estates, Mr. Longinotti represents clients in the firm's residential r eal estate closing practice and in real estate based litigation. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Probate and Estates Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Born in Hartford, CT, Julianne Avallone graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors in International Business Management, a Masters in Business Administration, and her Juris Doctorate. She was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, Mrs. Avallone worked in real estate development in both the private and public sector. Her practice includes commercial real estate acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing, brownfield regulation and remediation, affordable housing, government funding and land use regulation. Mrs. Avallone is a founder and steering committee member of the Connecticut Housing Coalition's Emerging Leaders Network, sits on the board of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and is a member of the Real Estate Finance Association and the Turn Around Management Association.