Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C.

Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C.

Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C., is a general practice law firm with offices in New Haven and Fairfield.

Firm Overview

The firm was formed in 1993 by three former principals of a large Hartford and New Haven-based law firm. The firm presently has twenty seven attorneys. The founding principals' fundamental goal in creating this new partnership was to provide clients the benefits of their years of experience at a large firm with the personal attention, flexibility and cost savings that a smaller firm can provide. The Connecticut lawyers at Neubert, Pepe & Monteith are committed to service, responsiveness and providing top quality representation to clients in a cost effective manner. This commitment has resulted in the firm's rapid growth in a short period of time. In January, 1996, the firm opened its Fairfield office to provide better access to its New York and Fairfield County based clients. Its clients include financial institutions, large publicly-held corporations, as well as medium and small-sized businesses, hospitals, municipalities, insurance companies, universities, not-for-profit organizations and professionals (physicians, lawyers, architects and engineers, real estate agents).

Neubert, Pepe & Monteith's areas of practice are diverse, allowing the firm to handle many of the legal needs of its clients. The firm's lawyers have substantial experience in the areas of Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights, Commercial Finance & Banking, Construction Law, Corporate & Business, Employment Law & Pension Law, Healthcare Law, Hospital & Medical Liability Defense,Litigation & Appeals, Professional Malpractice & Liability Defense, Real Estate, and Trusts & Estates.

The firm has video conferencing and a state-of-the-art computer network, designed to maximize the firm's efficiency and effectiveness. The firm also maintains a complete state and federal law library and a brief and expert witness bank. The firm is also an on-line subscriber to LexisNexis, Westlaw, and MedLine.

Our Mission

In creating Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, the three founding principals aimed to provide clients with the benefit of their years of experience at a large law firm, while at the same time offering the personal attention and flexibility of a smaller firm. For that reason, we have grown primarily by adding lawyers with the same background and philosophy, and we remain committed to service, responsiveness, and top-quality representation.

At Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, we know that the law is not static; there is constant change, as new opportunities and challenges enter the legal arena. That's why we value professional development and take pride in staying ahead of the curve in terms of ways to serve our clients better. Our attorneys are frequent lecturers on their practice areas and we encourage all of our professionals to remain involved in professional organizations and activities. As a result, many of our attorneys participate in committees or serve in leadership positions for local, state or national bar associations. One of our attorneys is an adjunct health law professor at a local university. Another attorney has been certified in business bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification. Other attorneys have written articles on issues affecting their practice area for legal treatises and journals.

We are active in our communities, because we believe involvement and commitment at the local level is an important part of life. Members of our firm serve with pride in leadership positions with many civic, charitable, and community organizations in Connecticut, from the International Festival of Arts and Ideas to Connecticut Hospice, area hospitals, the YMCA, the Long Wharf Theatre and others. Others serve on local government boards and agencies.

The Connecticut attorneys at Neubert, Pepe & Monteith take pride in providing the best possible legal representation as cost-effectively as possible, by always keeping our client's budgetary constraints in mind. Our diverse legal experience means that we have the depth needed to meet all your legal requirements.

We subscribe to the highest standards of ethics and competency. We welcome the opportunity to offer our clients the finest legal experience.
Main Office

Main Office
195 Church Street, 13th Floor
New Haven  CT  06510

Phone
  • 203-821-2000
Business
With law offices in both New Haven and Fairfield the attorneys at the law firm of Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C., serve professional and business clients across Connecticut.
We offer comprehensive services in the following practice areas. Click here to learn more.

-Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights
-Commercial Finance & Banking
-Construction Law
-Corporate & Business Transactions
-Employment Law
-Healthcare Law
-Hospital & Medical Liability Defense
-Litigation & Appeals
-Professional Malpractice & Liability Defense
-Real Estate
-Taxation
-Trusts & Estates

Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights Click here to learn more.
The creditor rights and bankruptcy lawyers atNeubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C., have extensive experience in serving the needs of individuals and businesses dealing with financial distress and insolvency issues.

Commercial Finance and Banking Click here to learn more.
We are finance and banking attorneys that provide reliable advice and effective representation for issues related to business financing and commercial loans, secured transactions, joint venture agreements, asset financing, stock and asset sales, mergers and acquisitions, real estate financing, equipment leasing, construction financing, business-to-business lending, venture capital loans, financing litigation, debt financing and bankruptcy, specialty financing, and more.

Construction LawClick here to learn more.
Our construction law practice provides skilled counsel at all stages of construction projects, including everything from obtaining initial construction financing and necessary permits to litigating contract disputes, professional liability, and mechanic's liens matters. We commonly represent design professionals, architects, engineers, lenders, and property owners in building disputes, warranty issues, and other construction litigation.

Corporate and Business TransactionsClick here to learn more.
Our Connecticut business transactions lawyers provide comprehensive business representation and advice, including general corporate representation, for issues related to employment law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, secured transactions, joint venture agreements, stock and asset sales, copyright and trademark matters, equipment leasing and financing, strategic corporate counseling, tax planning, corporate restructurings, business reorganizations, bankruptcy, and more.

Employment Law Click here to learn more.
We represent professionals and management in matters related to wage and benefits disputes, employee agreements and other employment contracts, corporate officer disputes, executive terminations, employment contract violations, breach of contract, wrongful termination and discrimination, fraud, antitrust violations, civil litigation matters, and employment disputes litigation.

Healthcare Law Click here to learn more.
Our Healthcare Practice Group is able to advise and assist health care clients with various health related matters including issues of integrated delivery systems and the development of PHO and IPA structures, managed care contracting, STARK II and Medicare regulatory compliance, antitrust matters and market analysis, credentialing, clinical integration strategies, the development of ambulatory care centers, and professional licensing and disciplinary matters.

Hospital and Medical Liability Defense Click here to learn more.
Our medical liability litigation practice group has extensive trial and appellate experience representing hospitals, group practices and individual physicians in state and federal courts and before the Department of Public Health in post-verdict or settlement investigatory proceedings.

Litigation and Appeals
Our Civil Litigation and Appellate practice represents clients in both state and federal court for matters related to business litigation, probate litigation, hospital liability and health care litigation, bankruptcy, toxic torts, professional malpractice defense, general liability defense, civil rights claims and insurance defense.

Pension PlanningClick here to learn more.
As a part of our comprehensive financial planning services, we offer pension planning and administration services that carefully consider all.htmlects of your estate and finances, including tax advice and tax planning for both qualified and non-qualified retirement plans.

Probate Administration Click here to learn more.
Our probate administration and litigation services can help administrators and executors expedite the probate process, prevent costly errors and delays, and safeguard against personal liability.

Professional Malpractice and Liability Defense Click here to learn more.
Our team of professional malpractice defense lawyers provide defense representation to doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, hospitals and other health care facilities, real estate agents, engineers, architects, and design professionals before licensing boards and other administrative agencies in matters of professional liability and malpractice.

Michael D. Neubert

Principal
Founding Partner, since 1993

Attorney Neubert graduated from the University Of Notre Dame with honors in 1974 and obtained a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978. He was a principal at the law firm of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. from 1987 and was the managing principal in their New Haven office from 1991 through 1993. He is a founding partner of Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C., formed in 1993. Attorney Neubert has served as managing partner and head of its litigation department. Attorney Neubert has extensive experience in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, professional liability defense (including representing physicians, lawyers and real estate agents) hospital liability law, representing physicians in professional licensing disputes, product liability, administrative law, premise liability, municipal liability, and employment litigation. His clients include numerous hospitals, physicians, attorneys law firms, professional associations, major insurance companies, corporations, and municipalities. Attorney Neubert has over a 90% success rate trying numerous jury and court trials in state and federal court, and has won appeals before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Representative appellate decisions include LeConche, et al. vs. Elligers, 215 Conn. 701 (1990) (addressing the Certificate of Good Faith requirement in medical malpractice actions pursuant to Connecticut General Statue Section 52-190a); Pool vs. Bell, 209 Conn. 536 (1989) (overturning a plaintiff's verdict in a medical malpractice action); Cavallaro vs. Hospital of Saint Raphael, 92 Conn. App. 59 (2005) (upholding trial court's granting of a Motion for Summary Judgment in a medical malpractice action); Ordon vs. Karpie, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit (April 10, 2008) (upholding trial court's decision granting a Motion for Summary Judgment in a legal malpractice case). Attorney Neubert is a frequent speaker at seminars on trial practice, professional liability and health care risk management.

Attorney Neubert is admitted to practice in Connecticut (1978), Massachusetts (1987) and California (1987). He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court of Connecticut (1984), U.S. Northern District of California (1987), United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in (1992), U.S. District Court of Massachusetts (1999) and U.S. Southern District Court of New York (2001).

Attorney Neubert is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA), American Health Lawyers Association, Connecticut Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association, Connecticut and New Haven Bar Associations and the former vice chairman of the Medical-Legal Committee of the CBA. Attorney Neubert serves on the Friends Board of Directors of New Haven Legal Assistance Association and New Haven Regional Leadership Council. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Regis Health Care Center, a subsidiary of the St. Raphael Health Care System, and chairman of the Financial Committee of St. Regis Health Care Center. Mr. Neubert was named Super Lawyer in Connecticut Magazine in 2007-2012, New England Super Lawyers edition for 2007-2012 and Best Lawyers for 2012 and 2013.

Gregory J. Pepe

Principal

Attorney Pepe graduated with a B.A. from Hamilton College in 1977 and with a J.D. from the University Of Bridgeport School Of Law in 1982. Mr. Pepe was in private practice from 1984 to 1988, and thereafter joined the firm of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy in 1989, becoming a principal in 1991. He left in 1992 to form Neubert, Pepe & Monteith. Mr. Pepe has practiced in New Haven since 1990 in the areas of commercial finance, health care law, and general business law. Mr. Pepe has been an advisor to a number of state medical societies, including the Connecticut State Medical Society, and Connecticut State Dental Association, regarding physician practice management issues within the context of organized medicine and managed care. Mr. Pepe also represents numerous physician groups and hospitals involved in the same issues. Mr. Pepe is a founder and the former President of the Board of Directors of Leeway, Inc., a not-for-profit inpatient primary care facility for people living with AIDS, a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee for the Quinnipiac University School of Law and Adjunct Professor of Health Care Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law, a member of the Board of Directors of the New Haven Special Services Tax District and President of the Board of Directors of the Young Men's Institute Library.
Education
  • University of Bridgeport School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Deorah Monteith Neubert

Principal

Attorney Monteith Neubert, also known as Attorney Monteith, graduated with honors from Williams College in 1977 and received her law degree in 1980 from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She founded Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C. in 1993, after practicing at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy for 13 years. Attorney Monteith practices in the areas of design and construction law and employment law. She represents design professionals, owners and contractors during all phases of planning, development, design and construction, including drafting and negotiating development contracts, professional design contracts and construction contracts. She also represents clients in dispute resolution during construction, mediation, arbitration and litigation. She has also worked as an arbitrator and as a mediator. She is the co-author of two professional practice publications for design professionals, and has given numerous seminars in this area.

In the employment law area, she works primarily as a consultant in the human resources area, including handbook drafting, day to day human resource problems, conducting employment negotiations and drafting employment agreements and severance agreements, and consulting on FMLA, disability and discrimination law, wages and hours law and other statutory compliance issues. She has practiced before state and federal administrative agencies and courts in this area, and is on the roster as a Hearing Officer for National Arbitration and Mediation.

Attorney Monteith is a member of the American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, the Executive Committee of the Construction Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Labor and Employment Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. She is also on the Connecticut Bar Association Resolution of Legal Fee Disputes Committee, and is active in the New Haven County Bar Association. She is presently named by "Best Lawyers" in the area of Construction Law.
Education
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Douglas S. Skalka

Principal

Attorney Skalka graduated from Cornell University in 1982 and received his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1985, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Probate Law Journal. Prior to joining Neubert, Pepe & Monteith in 1995, Attorney Skalka was a partner with the firm of Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan where he was responsible for the firm's business reorganization practice in its Greenwich, Connecticut office. Attorney Skalka has represented secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, commercial lenders, investors, purchasers and committees in bankruptcy and business reorganization cases in Connecticut and throughout the country. He has experience in all aspects of bankruptcy, commercial finance and business reorganization matters, including asset-based lending transactions, avoidance actions, and the acquisition of troubled companies and their assets. Attorney Skalka has held a certification in business bankruptcy from the American Board of Certification since 1995. In addition, Attorney Skalka served as the Co-Chairman of the Bankruptcy Committee of the Stamford Regional Bar Association and Chairman of the Bankruptcy Committee for the New Haven County Bar Association. He served as the President of the Connecticut chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (1999-2000) and served as a Contributing Editor to the 1998-1999 treatise on bankruptcy law published by Wiley Publications. Attorney Skalka is admitted to practice in the states of New York and Connecticut. He is also an active member of the American Bar Association (Business Law Section), the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Connecticut Bar Association (Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section), and has lectured extensively on commercial finance, business reorganizations and insolvency issues. Attorney Skalka has been named a Super Lawyer in Connecticut Magazine in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and has been named in Best Lawyers for the areas of Creditor Rights and Bankruptcy in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Andrew R. Lubin

Principal

Andy practices in the areas of real estate, commercial finance and commercial and business law. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (former Vice Chair, Leasing Subcommittee), the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and the Connecticut and American Bar Foundations. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2001, was named to Connecticut's Super Lawyer's top 50 lawyer list in 2007 and 2010 and has been named to the Connecticut, New England and New York Tri-State Super Lawyer's lists since their inception. Andy was also named "New Haven Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2014 by Best Lawyers in America. Andy is a current Executive Committee member and former Chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association's Real Property Section and Commercial Finance Committee and currently serves on several committees of the Real Property Section including, the Common Interest Ownership Manual Revision Committee and the Special Committee on Borrowers' Counsels' Opinion Letters. He is a member of and serves on a number of working committees of the Real Estate Committee of the New Haven County Bar Association and is a former member of that Association's Board of Governors. Andy is a member of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Probate And Trust Law Section (and its leasing committee) and serves on a number of municipal and nonprofit boards. He received his B.A. from Clark University and his law degree from the John Marshall Law School, with distinction. Andy is also a frequent lecturer on various real estate related topics.
Education
  • John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Judy K. Weinstein

Principal

Attorney Weinstein graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College in 1977 and obtained her law degree from The University of Connecticut School of Law in 1980. Attorney Weinstein has substantial experience in the areas of commercial finance, real estate, general corporate law, health law, commercial contracting, and commercial workouts and restructures. She has represented local and national lending institutions in the extension and collection of asset-based, commercial, mortgage and construction loans. Her health care practice includes counseling hospital and other provider clients, including individual physicians and physician practices, on general corporate matters, integrated delivery system matters, regulatory issues, employment law matters, and financing transactions. Her real estate practice includes real estate acquisitions and sales, and commercial leasing. Attorney Weinstein has also advised clients in connection with stock and asset sales and purchases. Attorney Weinstein is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Health Lawyers Association, the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy and Real Property sections of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Business Law section of the American Bar Association. Attorney Weinstein is past co-chair of the Women's Leadership Council, affiliate of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, and is past President and current Annual Giving Representative of her Wellesley College class. She is also a past Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Directors of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and a graduate of Class IX of Leadership Greater Bridgeport. She is a member of the Board of Assessment Appeals for the Town of Easton, Connecticut, and the recipient of the Volunteer Award 2002 from the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.
Education
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Peter T. Fay

Principal

Mr. Fay has significant litigation experience in the areas of professional liability defense, product liability defense, premises and general liability defense, and commercial litigation. His professional clients include real estate brokers and salespeople, appraisers, home inspectors, surveyors, physicians, attorneys, and insurance brokers and agents. In addition to his professional clients, Mr. Fay's clients have included retailers, automobile manufacturers and distributors, hospitals, and recreational facilities. Mr. Fay is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts, and he has successfully tried both jury and court cases. He also has successfully argued appeals in the Connecticut Appellate Court and the Connecticut Supreme Court. He also represents professionals in matters before the Department of Consumer Protection and the Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities. Mr. Fay has conducted numerous risk management seminars for professionals. He is a member of the American, Connecticut and New Haven County Bar Associations, the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute. He previously served as the Vice President of the New Haven Inn of Court.

Mr. Fay graduated from Fairfield University in 1987 and received his law degree from the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1990. Mr. Fay practiced for four years at Gager & Henry in Waterbury before joining Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C. in June, 1994. He became a principal of the firm in November 1997.
Education
  • The College of William and Mary
    Juris Doctorate

Nancy Bohan Kinsella

Principal

Nancy Bohan Kinsella practices in the areas of banking, bankruptcy, commercial transactions and related litigation. She has represented banks and other financial institutions in state and federal court in contested foreclosure and collection actions and has represented creditors, trustees and other entities in every aspect of the bankruptcy process, including trials and contested hearings before the bankruptcy court. She is admitted to practice in both New York and Connecticut, and is a member of the Connecticut, New Haven County and New York State Bar Associations. She is former Vice-Chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation.

Attorney Kinsella graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College with honors in 1987, and obtained her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1991. She became a principal in the firm in 1998.
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Eric J. Stockman

Principal

Eric Stockman regularly represents hospitals, doctors and local practice groups, as well as individual and corporate defendants, in all aspects of litigation, including medical malpractice, commercial liability, premises liability, trade secrets, and products liability. Attorney Stockman has tried dozens of cases to successful conclusions, including medical malpractice, wrongful death, false imprisonment, assault, sexual assault, fraud, wrongful termination, employment discrimination and premises liability.

In February 2013, Attorney Stockman won a defense verdict in a claim that a local hospital negligently failed to supervise an employee who had been caught by a nurse assaulting a patient. The plaintiff claimed that the Hospital failed to prevent the assault; failed to end the assault in a timely fashion, and failed to report the assault in a timely fashion to police and medical personnel. Plaintiff asked the jury for 5 million dollars in damages. After a day of deliberation, the jury rendered a complete defense verdict.

In April 2011, he obtained a defense verdict on behalf of local hospital, its nurses, and security staff, in a claim for damages arising out of the alleged theft of an epidural medication pump from a patient in labor.

In May 2010, Attorney Stockman obtained a defense verdict in a highly publicized case against a local hospital and an ambulance company for the alleged wrongful death of a 17 year who leapt from the back of an ambulance during transfer from one hospital to another.

In August 2009, Attorney Stockman won a defense decision in a courtside, binding arbitration of a case that had been tried to a mistrial. Plaintiff claimed that the defendant emergency physician failed to timely diagnose and treat an avulsion fracture of the ankle, which cause the patient to lose all function in his ankle. Plaintiff claimed 10 million dollars in damages.

In February 2008, after a 4 month trial, Attorney Stockman successfully defended the Oram v. Decholnoky case, a birth injury claim that resulted in a defense verdict for his client and Connecticut-record judgment of $38.5 million against the co-defendant.

Attorney Stockman also handles appellate work, and has briefed and/or argued cases before the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Representative decisions include Grey v. Stamford Health Systems, Inc., 282 Conn. 745 (2007)(upholding summary judgment on behalf of local hospital); Zeilinski v. Kotsoris, 279 Conn. 312 (2006)(same); Doe v. Christoforo, 87 Conn. App. 359 (2005)(successful defense of medical malpractice, sexual assault and breach of contract claim against internist); Law v. Camp, 116 F. Supp. 2d 295 (D.Conn. 2000), aff'd, Law v. Camp, 15 Fed.Appx. 24, (2d Cir. 2001), cert. denied, Law v. Camp, 534 U.S. 1162 (2002)(successful defense of wrongful death claim against internist and nine other defendants); and Treglia v. Zanesky, 67 Conn. App. 447 (2001)(successful defense of fraud and quiet title claim against five landowners).

Attorney Stockman has been rated AV-Preeminent by his peers through Martindale Hubbell. He has been named to Connecticut Magazine's Super Lawyers edition for 2007-2012 and New England Super Lawyers edition for 2007-2013. He was also recently inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Representative clients include The Stamford Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Honda-North America. Attorney Stockman was admitted to the state and federal bars in Connecticut in 1994; the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002. He joined Neubert, Pepe & Monteith in 1998 after practicing at Wiggin & Dana in New Haven, CT. Attorney Stockman attended Fairfield College Preparatory School, then graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut in 1989, with a distinction in Political Science. He earned his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law (UConn), with Honors, in 1994. At UConn Law School, he was the Commentary Editor of the Connecticut Law Review, publishing Constitutional Gerrymandering in the summer of 1993, Vol. 25, p. 1227-1264. He was also the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Practice.

Attorney Stockman regularly presents seminars on evidentiary issues for the New Haven County Bar Association. He has presented on risk management/litigation issues before the New England Society for Healthcare Risk Management, the Connecticut Society for Healthcare Risk Management, and the Lukan Indemnity Company. He is a member of the Connecticut and New Haven County Bar Associations, the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, and the Connecticut Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
Education
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Kevin M. Godbout

Principal

Attorney Godbout has a broad range of experience representing professionals, including attorneys, architects, engineers, land surveyors, and accountants, involved in disputes both in and out of court. He also represents businesses and individuals involved in commercial disputes. Attorney Godbout has significant experience resolving complex disputes through mediation. He has been rated AV-Preeminent by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell.

Attorney Godbout graduated from Colgate University in 1990 and received his law degree, with honors, from Quinnipiac College School of Law in 1994. In law school, Attorney Godbout served as a Notes & Comments Editor on the Law Review and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Practice. Attorney Godbout is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York. He is a member of the Connecticut and New Haven County Bar associations.
Education
  • Quinnipiac College School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Robert T. Gradoville

Principal

Attorney Gradoville maintains an active legal practice in the areas of tax, business and personal planning, including estate planning/administration and employee benefits. He graduated from Duke University Law School, is a C.P.A., has an M.B.A. from Indiana University and received an L.L.M. in taxation from New York University Law School. Since 1978, he has been actively engaged in the practice of law, advising clients on a wide variety of tax and business issues. He is a member of the tax section of both the American and Connecticut Bar Associations, and since 1982 has served as an instructor in the continuing education program for the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 1974, he was awarded the Silver Medal by the North Carolina Society of Certified Public Accountants and in 1990, received the Distinguished Author Award from the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 2000, Mr. Gradoville became an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Tax Program at the University of New Haven where he taught the Qualified Retirement Plan course. He has maintained an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, the lawyer rating reference published by LEXIS Publishing. Mr. Gradoville has published many articles and is a frequent speaker before business and professional groups.
Education
  • New York University School of Law
    LL.M.

Mark I. Fishman

Principal

Mark Fishman practices in the areas of bankruptcy law, debtor-and-creditor, healthcare insolvency, and related litigation, representing debtors, creditors' committees, trustees, bondholders, purchasers of assets, landlords and parties to litigation both in bankruptcy courts and in other courts. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1970. Following completion of a judicial clerkship with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Mr. Fishman joined Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, New York, where he practiced corporate and commercial litigation until 1978. He commenced practicing law in Connecticut shortly thereafter, placing greater emphasis on bankruptcy law and related matters.

Mr. Fishman served as operating trustee and as counsel in the Chapter 11 case of Cuisinarts, Inc., in which unsecured creditors, who had been expected to receive no distribution, received $0.54 per dollar of claim. In that case, the Court found that Mr. Fishman and his chief operating officer efficiently and expertly operated the debtor's business. Mr. Fishman has been serving as lead counsel to the debtor in the New Jersey Chapter 11 case of Whitestone Products, Inc., which was a national manufacturer of incontinence products, and assisted the debtor in preserving and selling its business as a going concern just four months after the petition. Among other cases which Mr. Fishman has successfully handled and which culminated in confirmed Chapter 11 plans are Northeastern Conference Nursing Home, Inc. (service as operating Chapter 11 trustee in the Southern District of New York), Spring Air Partners (service as lead counsel to Creditors' Committee in Southern District of New York), Ahead Communications Systems, Inc. (representation of Creditors' Committee in District of Connecticut), Power Designs, Inc. (representation of secured creditor in Chapter 11 case of publicly-owned company), First Connecticut Small Business Investment Company (representation of Creditors' Committee as co-counsel in case involving a 100% plan), Edal Industries, Inc. (representation of operating Chapter 11 trustee), and Tridex Corporation (representation of Creditors' Committee in Chapter 11 of publicly-owned company).

Mr. Fishman has lectured on bankruptcy law to various groups, including the Connecticut Bar Association annual meeting, groups of bankers and business owners, and law students. He has participated in various professional organizations, including the Advisory Committee to the State Law Revision Commission on repeal of Article 6 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association Section on Commercial Law and Bankruptcy. He served as Chairman of the Commercial Law Section of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association and Co-Chairman of the Bankruptcy Committee of the Regional Bar Association.
Education
  • Harvard University Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Simon I. Allentuch

Principal

Simon Allentuch has a broad civil litigation practice including commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation and class litigation. He has represented clients successfully in business tort, contract, environmental, restrictive covenant, consumer fraud and professional negligence lawsuits. Mr. Allentuch represents clients in state and federal court, at the trial level and on appeal, in arbitrations and before various administrative agencies including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Allentuch also serves as both general and labor and employment counsel for many clients, providing both counseling and litigation services. He regularly counsels and represents clients on various liability and regulatory issues as well as a wide range of labor and employment issues such as traditional labor relations, discrimination, harassment, terminations, layoffs, reasonable accommodations for disabled employees, investigation of employee complaints, application of the state and federal family and medical leave acts and interpretation of the wage and hour laws. Mr. Allentuch drafts and provides advice on employment contracts, restrictive covenants, severance agreements and the implementation of employment manuals, policies and procedures.

Mr. Allentuch graduated with Departmental and University Honors from the University of Chicago in 1990 with a Bachelors of Arts in European History, and received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1993. During law school, Mr. Allentuch was an Associate Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change.
Education
  • New York University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Gretchen G. Randall

Principal

Attorney Randall graduated cum laude from Miami University in 1995 with honors in English Literature. She received her law degree in 1999 from Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, she served as a Managing Editor on the Federal Communications Law Journal. Prior to joining Neubert, Pepe & Monteith in 2001, Ms. Randall practiced in the area of general civil litigation and medical malpractice defense. She now also practices in the areas of architectural and medical malpractice defense, insurance defense litigation, and commercial litigation. Ms. Randall is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Connecticut. She is a member of the American, Connecticut and New Haven County Bar Associations. In 2011 and 2012, Attorney Randall was named a "Rising Star" lawyer by Connecticut Magazine and New England Super Lawyers Magazine. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list, which is published annually in the February issue of Connecticut Magazine and the November issue of New England Super Lawyers Magazine.
Education
  • Indiana University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

James C. Graham

Principal

James C. Graham's practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditors' rights, Commercial and real estate litigation, and professional ethics. He appears regularly before state and federal trial and appellate level courts in a broad range of matters, including bankruptcy reorganizations and litigation (including preference, fraudulent transfer, claims, discharge and stay issues), contract and other business-related disputes, commercial real estate litigation (including foreclosures, landlord/tenant disputes, and valuation litigation), and asset recovery and collections. He also assists clients with acquisitions and dispositions of assets and businesses, and with debt restructurings and workouts. In his 30+ years of practice, he has represented the full spectrum of participants in the commercial arena, including financial institutions and other lenders, debtors and debtors-in-possession, official bankruptcy committees, bankruptcy trustees and plan administrators, general and priority creditors, landlords, tenants, insurers and insureds, attorneys and other professionals, public and private corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and individuals. Jim co-authored the bankruptcy section of the Connecticut Bar Association's Lawyers Deskbook, and was listed as one of Connecticut's Super Lawyers 2011. He serves on the CBA's Committee on Professional Ethics, and on the Executive Committee of the CBA's Committee on Commercial Law and Bankruptcy.
Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Lucas B. Rocklin

Principal

Lucas Rocklin received a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Syracuse University in 2000 and a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2003. Attorney Rocklin was distinguished in law school for his excellence in labor law and academic achievement, as the recipient of the Robert Lewis Labor Law Award, and Academic Progress Award. Attorney Rocklin practices commercial litigation, bankruptcy law and employment law and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2003 and the New York Bar in 2004.

In 2009-2013, Attorney Rocklin was named a "Rising Star" lawyer by Connecticut Magazine and New England Super Lawyers Magazine. No more than 2.5% of lawyers are named to the Rising Stars list, which is published annually in the February issue of Connecticut Magazine and the November issue of New England Super Lawyers Magazine.

Attorney Rocklin is also active in the legal community and is the co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the New Haven County Bar Association.
Education
  • Brooklyn Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Sandy T. Roussas

Associate

Attorney Roussas joined the firm in 2010 as an Associate. She is experienced in representing both individual and institutional health care providers in medical malpractice and general liability claims. Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Roussas was an Associate at Bai, Pollock, Blueweiss & Mulcahey, P.C. in Shelton, Connecticut where her practice was primarily devoted to defending physicians, hospitals and other health care institutions.

She received her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Psychology from Pace University in 2003 and went on to receive her law degree in 2006 from Quinnipiac University School of Law. While in law school, she was Executive Financial Officer of the Moot Court Honor Society and was a Semi-Finalist in the Domenic Gabrielli National Family Moot Court Competition in 2006. She also received a distinguished academic achievement award in Bankruptcy. Attorney Roussas is a member of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association and New York State Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and U.S. District Court in Connecticut.
Education
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Vimala B. Ruszkowski

Associate

Attorney Ruszkowski joined the firm in 2009 as an Associate. She is experienced in representing both individual and institutional health care providers in medical malpractice and general liability claims.

She received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Sacred Heart University, graduating with honors in 2001 and went on to receive her law degree in 2005 from the University of Connecticut, School of Law. While in law school she was awarded the Cali Award for Excellence in Trial Practice and in Globalization and the Environment. Prior to joining the firm Attorney Ruszkowski was an Associate at Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP in Stamford, Connecticut and prior to that served as a Legal Research Law Clerk for the State of Connecticut. Attorney Ruszkowski is a member of the Connecticut and New Haven County Bar Associations as well as the Connecticut Society of Health Care Risk Management.

In 2012, Attorney Ruszkowski was named a "Rising Star" lawyer by Connecticut Magazine and New England Super Lawyers Magazine. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list, which is published annually in the February issue of Connecticut Magazine and the November issue of New England Super Lawyers Magazine.
Education
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Jane Elaine Ballerini

Associate

Attorney Ballerini graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She went on to get her law degree at Quinnipiac University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 2010.

While in law school, Attorney Ballerini was the Editor-in-Chief of the Health Law Journal and the Vice President of the Law and Medicine Society. She spent a semester interning at New Haven Legal Assistance, primarily working with children and families in the Health Law Partnership for Families (HeLP) Clinic at Hospital of Saint Raphael. She received the Excellence in Clinical Work award for her efforts. Attorney Ballerini received various Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards and was acknowledged for graduating in the top 10 percent of her class, for her contributions to the school through her work as the Editor-in-Chief and for writing an article that was chosen for publication.

Attorney Ballerini joined NPM in 2010. She primarily practices in the areas of real estate, commercial finance and commercial and business law. She is admitted to practice in the state of Connecticut.
Education
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Adam V. Maiocco

Associate

Attorney Maiocco joined the firm in 2011 as an Associate. He is experienced in representing both individual and institutional health care providers in medical malpractice and general liability claims. He also represents attorneys in legal malpractice actions.

In 2011 and 2012, Attorney Maiocco was named a "Rising Star" lawyer by Connecticut Magazine and New England Super Lawyers Magazine. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list, which is published annually in the February issue of Connecticut Magazine and the November issue of New England Super Lawyers Magazine.

Mr. Maiocco began his career as a Legal Research Law Clerk for the State of Connecticut. He then worked for several years as an Associate at Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, L.L.P., where his practice was primarily devoted to defending physicians, hospitals and other health care institutions.

Mr. Maiocco graduated from Boston College in 2002 with a B.A. in English. He received his law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2005. While in law school, Mr. Maiocco served as a member of the Moot Court Board and received the Cali Award for Excellence in Conflicts of Law. Attorney Maiocco is a member of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the Southern District of New York.

In 2014, Mr. Maiocco was appointed to the Charter Revision Commission for the Town of Trumbull.
Education
  • Roger Williams University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Corey S. Fitzgerald

Associate

Attorney Fitzgerald graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2010 he graduated, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law with a JD/MBA dual degree. While in law school, he received the CALI award for excellence in Constitutional Law and Negotiations. After law school he clerked at the Connecticut Appellate Court for Justice David M. Borden and Judge Thomas A. Bishop. He is admitted to practice in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Education
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Brittany S. Cates

Associate

Attorney Cates joined the firm in 2012 as an Associate. She is experienced in representing both individual and institutional health care providers in medical malpractice and general liability matters. Attorney Cates has been named a "Rising Star" lawyer by Connecticut Magazine and New England Super Lawyers Magazine. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list, which is published annually in the February issue of Connecticut Magazine and the November issue of New England Super Lawyers Magazine. Ms. Cates graduated from The George Washington University in 2002 and went on to receive her law degree in 2005 from Southern New England School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Cates interned at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia located in The Hague, Netherlands. She was part of the trial team responsible for prosecuting individuals who committed grave violations of human rights during the Balkan wars in the 1990s.
Education
  • Southern New England School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Danielle I. Nicklas

Associate

Attorney Nicklas graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts. She received her law degree in 2010 from Western New England College School of Law. While in law school, she served as a member of the American Associates for Justice Moot Court team and received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Juvenile Justice. In 2011, she received her LL.M. in Health Care Law from the University of Washington School of Law.

Attorney Nicklas joined the firm in 2013 as an Associate. She primarily practices in the areas of health care and business law. She is admitted to practice in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Education
  • University of Washington School of Law
    LL.M.

Alison H. Weinstein

Associate

Attorney Weinstein graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts. She received her law degree in 2010 from Fordham University School of Law. Prior to joining Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, Ms. Weinstein was an associate attorney at Pillinger Miller Tarallo, LLP in New York, where she worked in the area of insurance defense, including general liability, construction accidents, personal injury and construction defects. She also served as a Public Service Fellow in the New York Kings County District Attorney's Office as a Pro Bono Assistant District Attorney working primarily on the investigation and prosecution of Criminal Court cases.

Attorney Weinstein joined the firm in 2013 as an Associate. She primarily practices in the areas of construction law and commercial litigation. She is admitted to practice in the states of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Lindsay H. Sklar

Associate

Attorney Sklar graduated with Honors from Haverford College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Theater. In 2013, she received her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.

While in law school, Attorney Sklar was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Journal and a member of the Media and Entertainment Law Society. She interned with the legal departments of Time Inc., the Children's Advertising Review Unit in New York City, and spent a year as a summer associate and law clerk at Matalon Shweky Elman, PLLC, a commercial litigation firm.

Attorney Sklar joined Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C. in 2013, focusing primarily on health care law, bankruptcy and general corporate law. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Patrick J. Lapera

Of Counsel

Attorney Lapera is a business transactional lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in sophisticated corporate, finance and commercial transactions, including merger and acquisitions, divestitures, debt and equity and venture financings, tax exempt financings, reorganizations, real estate and construction contracts and licensing agreements, joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies, securities offerings, and corporate finance and start up financings. He also represents clients in the organization and governance of non-profit organizations, including securing tax-exempt status.
Attorney Lapera has participated in numerous corporate transactions, including Counsel for a holding company which completed a $100 million reorganization and demerger to separate domestic companies from foreign companies, a start-up solar energy company for $3 million in round one venture funding, a $3 million holding company which completed the sale of a synthetic column division, a real estate entity in the defeasance of a $4 million tax exempt financing (IDB bonds) and the conventional refinancing of a manufacturing facility, a transportation services company which completed a tax free reorganization to separate the trucking company from the transportation services company, Municipalities for the issuance of General Obligation Bonds and Bond Anticipation Notes, and counsel for construction and real estate development companies for the preparation and negotiation of construction and/or construction management agreements.
Attorney Lapera received his Juris Doctor degree Cum Laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1980. He served as Managing Editor of the Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce, was a member of the Justinian Honor Society and a research assistant for Professor Martin Fried, author of Taxation of Securities Transactions, Volume 11B, Mathew Bender. He also received his MBA from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business in 1980 and graduated from the University of Scranton in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree Cum Laude in Accounting and Political Science. Attorney Lapera is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York. He has lectured on corporate planning and ethics, including seminars sponsored by WESFACCA.
Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Gregory J. Spuches

Of Counsel

Gregory J. Spuches earned an A.O.S. degree in Accounting from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in Syracuse, New York, a B.P.S. degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the State University of New York College of Technology in Utica, New York, and a Juris Doctorate from the former University of Bridgeport School of Law in 1985. He devotes his practice exclusively to tax and asset protection issues, including personal, fiduciary and corporate income tax (including compliance, planning and taxpayer representation), estate planning (including wills, trusts, charitable gift planning and probate estates), business enterprise (including entity selection, formation, mergers & acquisitions and succession planning), and asset protection planning (including Title 19 Medicaid qualification, consumer and business bankruptcy and mortgage foreclosure). Gregory is admitted to practice law in both New York and Connecticut, as well as the United States Tax Court, and is a member of the American, Connecticut and New York State Bar Associations, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. Gregory lives in Wethersfield.
Education
  • University of Bridgeport College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Kami Parisella

Paralegal

Kami Parisella joined Neubert, Pepe & Monteith in 1993 shortly after its inception. The focus of her practice is in medical liability claims in which she assists the attorneys in matters ranging from notice of claims through trial, including experience in organizing and setting up the electronic presentation of evidence at trial. Kami has experience working on complex medical malpractice cases in both the State and District courts. She earned her associate degree in Liberal Arts and Science and a Certificate in Human Services in 1988 and obtained her Paralegal Certificate in 1992. Kami's education, training and experience make her a valuable asset to the medical liability claims defense group. Kami is a member of the New Haven County Association of Paralegals, Inc.

Sara Braum

Paralegal

Sara Braun graduated from Quinnipiac University and joined the Firm shortly after it was founded. Sara is a member of the Hospital and Medical Liability Defense Group where she assists the attorneys in the Group on all aspects of litigation, from pleadings through trial and post trial motions, as well as the reporting requirements of the Firm's clients. Sara also focuses her practice on the Firms appellate work, assisting counsel in preparing appeals before State and Federal Appellate Courts in Connecticut and other states. Finally, Sara assists other attorneys in the Firm on complex commercial and class litigation in state and federal courts in various parts of the country. She has considerable experience handling cases with large and complex discovery production.

She is a member of the New Haven County Association of Paralegals, Inc

Regina Frangipane

Paralegal

Regina Frangipane has been in the legal field for 15 years with a focus on real estate transactions. She attended Southern Connecticut State University and Branford Hall Career Institute where she received her paralegal certification. Currently Regina works extensively with attorneys in preparation of documentation needed in connection with commercial loans, business transactions, real estate sales and acquisitions and business entity formations. She is an associate member of the New Haven County Bar Association and is a member of the New Haven County Association of Paralegals where she served as a board member from 2002 through 2004.

Lori Duval-DiMaio

Paralegal

Lori Duval-DiMaio brought over 22 years of experience as a litigation paralegal when she joined our firm in 2007. She has an extensive background in personal injury, medical malpractice, real estate, workers' compensation, social security and probate matters. Through the course of her career, she has assisted attorneys in all aspects of civil litigation, from initial intake through jury verdict.

Ms. Duval-DiMaio co-instructed a personal injury paralegal training seminar for the New Haven County Bar Association in 1997. Her past experience includes advocating on behalf of employees as a registered unemployment appeals independent hearing representative with the Connecticut Board of Review and assisting claimants at Social Security Appeals hearings. Additionally, she has over 10 years experience as a law office manager.

Ms. DiMaio attended the University of Connecticut with a major in Social Sciences. She has been a paralegal affiliate of the American Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the New Haven County Association of Paralegals.

Jeremie Cooper

Paralegal

Jeremie Cooper joined Neubert, Pepe & Monteith in 2012 after 12 years of paralegal litigation experience in the areas of medical malpractice defense, general liability defense, construction law, employment law, and complex commercial litigation. As a member of the Firm's medical liability claims defense group, Jeremie is responsible for assisting the attorneys in all facets of litigation including preparing and responding to discovery, expert retention, deposition and trial. Jeremie attended Southern Connecticut State University and Branford Hall Career Institute where he obtained his paralegal certificate. His past experience as a Temporary Assistant Clerk at the New Haven Superior Court provides him with the requisite knowledge and first-hand experience in dealing with all phases of the litigation process.
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