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August 2017
Charlie Pieterse was recognized in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for the practice area of Litigation - Trust & Estates.  See selection methodology at https://www.bestlawyers.com/Methodology
June 2017
The New York Supreme Court of New York County granted the Firm’s motion to dismiss claims brought by a major European bank alleging that the Firm's clients fraudulently received more than $150 million in assets. The Court agreed with our argument that our clients, a Monaco resident and a Turks & Caicos Islands corporation, were not subject to personal jurisdiction in New York. The decision was covered in the national and international media. The case team consisted of Charlie Pieterse, who argued the motion, Tom O’Connor, and Wyatt Jansen.
June 2017
Jim Riley was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Bar Association for a two-year term, 2017-2019.  Rod Saggese was elected to continue to serve on the Board as Immediate Past President for 2017-2018. 
May 2017
Charlie Pieterse and Michael Battema spoke at the National Business Institute’s seminar, “Estate Administration from Start to Finish.” Charlie and Michael’s topic was “Ethical Practice Considerations and Concerns in Probate Court.”
May 2017
Jim Riley testified as an expert witness on various issues of Connecticut commercial law before the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, in London, England. Among the subjects of Jim’s expert testimony were Connecticut common law rules governing the construction of commercial contracts, the proper application of partial payments to indebtedness arising under a factoring agreement, whether certain charges were allowed in restating an account, and judicial awards of fees and costs pursuant to contractual fee-shifting clauses. Jim had previously submitted an expert report in the matter in December 2016.
May 2017
The Firm prevailed on a motion to dismiss a civil action brought against its clients in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In an 11-page written decision, the Court agreed that there was no personal jurisdiction over the defendant corporation and its owners, which is based in and who reside in Connecticut. Michael Battema led the defense effort, working with Jim Riley and Richard Mancuso, and coordinating with local counsel in Chicago.
April 2017
Charlie Pieterse and Michael Battema spoke at the Institute for Paralegal Education’s seminar, “The Probate Process from Start to Finish for Paralegals.” Charlie and Michael’s topic was “Ethical Perils in the Probate Process.”
April 2017
The Firm obtained a favorable decision in a discrimination proceeding before the New York State Division of Human Rights, resulting in the dismissal of the charge. Our client, which maintains offices in Connecticut and New York, was charged with engaging in an unlawful discriminatory practice based on the employee’s gender, pregnancy and alleged disability following its termination of her employment in September 2016. The Firm denied the charge and submitted substantial evidence of the circumstances leading to the employee’s termination. Following its investigation, the Division of Human Rights concluded that there was no probable cause to believe that our client had engaged in an unlawful discriminatory practice, and dismissed the complaint. Jim Riley handled the matter for the Firm.
February 2017
Harry E. Peden and Kathryn O’Neill represented a long operating veterinarian practice, with two locations in New York, in the sale of its assets to a national veterinary group. As part of the sale, Harry and Katie assisted the Sellers with evaluating many purchase offers from a variety of potential buyers. The transaction involved the assignment of real estate leases, commercial contracts, and employment agreements for the principal veterinarians. In recent years, Harry and Katie have represented many veterinary groups in the buying and selling of practices.
January 2017
The Firm is pleased to announce that Giovanni D'Amico has joined the Firm as an associate in the Business Law Department.

Giovanni represents clients in connection with corporate formation and dissolution, commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, and trademark protection.  Prior to joining Whitman Breed, Giovanni represented clients in New Haven County with regard to commercial transactions and civil litigation, especially with respect to healthcare practices and practitioners and in the employment context.  
January 2017
Kevin Walsh and Kathryn O’Neill represented an independently owned and operated real estate firm with operations throughout Connecticut, in the sale of its equity to a national real estate firm.
December 2016
Luke Tashjian spoke to the National Business Institute on the topic of "The Ultimate Guide to Probate."
December 2016
Rod Saggese was elected Second Vice President of the Greenwich Old Timers Athletic Association.  The Old Timers raise money for college scholarships and youth sports programs in Greenwich.  Rod has been on the Board of Directors of the Old Timers since March, 2012.
November 2016
Luke Tashjian spoke to the Federal Tax Institute of New England on the topic of "Connecticut Domicile & Residency Audits."  
November 2016
Kevin Walsh and Kathryn O’Neill represented a group of affiliated insurance brokers in the simultaneous sale of their assets to a national insurance agency. The transaction involved the transfer of client accounts, office space leases, goodwill and employment agreements for the principals of the selling parties.
November 2016
Rod Saggese was elected to the Board of Directors of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce.  Established in 1917, the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that is an advocate for the interests of the business community and maintaining the town’s quality of life and its residential integrity. The Chamber provides informative and educational programs as well as networking opportunities, which are open to all businesses and residents.
November 2016
Charlie Pieterse spoke at the National Business Institute's seminar, "The Ultimate Guide to Probate."  Charlie's topic was the "Ethical Practice Considerations and Concerns in Probate Court."
October 2016
Harry E. Peden III and Kathryn O’Neill represented a regional process serving company that had been family owned for decades in the sale of its assets to a national company. As part of the transaction, the selling parties received an equity ownership interest in the buying entity, and Harry and Katie successfully negotiated an employment agreement for the principals of sellers.
October 2016
Luke Tashjian spoke to the Tax Section of the Connecticut Bar Association on the topic of "Internal Revenue Service's Section 2704 Proposed Regulations." 
October 2016
Whitman Breed Partners and Associates have been named “Connecticut Super Lawyers®” for 2016. Connecticut selection information at http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html

Terry Coates (Estate Planning & Probate), Charles Pieterse (Trusts & Estates Litigation), Jim Riley (Business Litigation), Rod Saggese (General Litigation), Thomas O'Connor (Rising Star - Civil Litigation/Defense), Luke Tashjian (Rising Star - Estate Planning & Administration) and Kathryn O'Neill (Rising Star - Business/Corporate) were named Connecticut Super Lawyers.
September 2016
The Firm is pleased to announce that it is the winner of the Connecticut Law Tribune’s 2016 Litigation Department of the Year award in the general litigation, small firm category.  The general litigation award honors the top overall litigation departments in Connecticut.  The announcement of this award by the Connecticut Law Tribune can be accessed through this link:  http://www.ctlawtribune.com/home/id=1202767599429/Litigation-Department-of-the-Year-Winners-Announced?mcode=1202617073650&curindex=4
August 2016
Rod Saggese obtained a complete dismissal of a competitor's claims against the Firm's client, a Westchester-based carpet and flooring business that had expanded into Massachusetts.  In expanding, the client hired employees away from the competitor, which sued the client based on claims stemming from the employees' alleged breach of confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements.  Rod was successful in vindicating the client and having all of the claims dismissed on summary judgment, which was later affirmed by the Appeals Court of Massachusetts.  Carpets Plus, Inc. v. New Rochelle Carpet, Inc., 90 Mass. App. Ct. 1103 (2016). 
August 2016
Tom O'Connor and Wyatt Jansen were published in the Connecticut Law Tribune for their article, "Strategic Removal & the Voluntary-Involuntary Rule." 
August 2016
Charlie Pieterse was recognized in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for the practice area of Litigation - Trust & Estates.  See selection methodology at https://www.bestlawyers.com/Methodology
July 2016
The Firm is pleased to announce that Rosanna Rosenthal has joined the Firm as an associate in the Trusts & Estates Department.

Rosanna, a Greenwich native, represents individual clients in estate planning matters.  Prior to joining the Firm, Rosanna practiced litigation and family law at a mid-sized firm in Stamford. 
July 2016
Margaret Conboy spoke on WGCH radio with Tony Savino on his morning show about the Salvation Army’s 11th Annual food drive, which benefits Neighbor to Neighbor and the Greenwich Social Services emergency food pantry.  Margaret is the Chairwoman of the Salvation Army’s Greenwich Service Unit.  She coordinated this year’s food drive which was held on July 7, 2016 at the Greenwich Town Hall.
June 2016
Rod Saggese was elected President of the Fairfield County Bar Association for 2016-2017.  The FCBA is over sixty years old, sponsors more than sixty seminars annually for its membership of over 850 legal professionals, is active in the legislative process for the betterment of the judicial system, and provides service to the community through volunteer action and philanthropy.  Rod previously held the positions of Vice President (2015-2016), Treasurer (2013-2014) and Secretary (2014-2015), and has served on the Board of Directors since 2010.
June 2016
Luke Tashjian spoke at the Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Bar Association on the topic of "Cancellation of Indebtedness Income." 
June 2016
The Superior Court entered judgment in favor of four Stamford homeowners who claimed that their real property tax assessments were excessive.  Jim Fulton represented the successful homeowners, who had their assessments reduced by the court by 20%, 19%, 25% and 22%, respectively.  Lanier v. City of Stamford, 2016 WL 3392154 (Conn. Super. June 1, 2016).
May 2016
John Shaban was nominated as the Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress in Connecticut's Fourth Congressional District.  He will be running against incumbent Jim Himes (D) in November.  John is currently a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, serving as a State Representative for the 135th Assembly District representing the communities of Easton, Redding and Weston since November 2010.  He is the Ranking House Member of the legislature’s Environment Committee, and a member of the Judiciary Committee and Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee.
May 2016
Jim Fulton successfully represented a commercial building owner in downtown Greenwich who appealed a ruling of the zoning enforcement officer.  The officer had ruled that the owner could not lease additional building space to a tenant in her building because the tenant's use was a nonconforming one.  After oral argument, the Greenwich Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals ruled in the client's favor and overturned the ruling of the zoning enforcement officer.
May 2016
The Firm recently obtained a favorable decision on behalf of a municipal pension fund in a lawsuit brought by the estate of a pension fund participant.  In February 2016, the Connecticut Superior Court granted summary judgment in favor of the pension fund and its trustees, dismissing all of the plaintiffs’ claims for pension benefits and other relief.  The Court agreed with the client's construction of the City Charter provisions governing the award of benefits to beneficiaries of deceased pension plan participants.  The plaintiffs appealed that decision.  In May 2016, the Connecticut Appellate Court granted the client's motion to dismiss the appeal.  Tony Macleod and Jim Riley represented the pension fund and its board of trustees in the trial court and on appeal.
May 2016
Jim Fulton successfully represented a Greenwich resident who objected to a neighbor's application for a variance to build an addition and revise the roofline on his home.  After oral argument, the Greenwich Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals ruled in the client's favor and denied the applicaton for a variance to go forward with the project.
April 2016
The Connecticut Appellate Court granted a motion for review filed by the Firm on behalf of its client, a prominent businessman, in a quarter-billion dollar veil-piercing action brought against him by a major European bank.  In a case of first impression, the motion successfully argued that all proceedings in the trial court, including discovery, were stayed by our client’s immediate appeal on res judicata grounds.  The Appellate Court’s decision vacates the trial court’s holding that no appellate stay applied, and ensures that pretrial litigation will not continue during our client’s appeal.  The case team is composed of Charles W. Pieterse, Thomas P. O’Connor, and Wyatt R. Jansen from the Firm, which acts as local counsel for Zaroff & Zaroff LLP in the action.
April 2016
Richard E. Mancuso represented a leading electronics distribution and components testing company, specializing in counterfeit detection and mitigation technologies, in forming an alliance with an international electronics manufacturer.  The purpose of this alliance is to develop next generation counterfeit detection technologies to be used in the public sector through military and intelligence applications, as well as in private industry. The alliance negotiations spanned over one year and resulted in a joint development agreement in which the parties each agreed to contribute their respective intellectual property, R&D, and highly specialized services to develop, test and commercialize the new technology that will be able to detect the latest counterfeit electronic components as well as clone components.
March 2016
Margaret E. Conboy and Kathryn O’Neill represented a regional bank in making a construction to permanent loan to a local housing developer.  As part of the transaction, Margaret and Kathryn completed extensive due diligence and also addressed title and zoning issues.
March 2016
Charles W. Pieterse and Kathryn O’Neill worked closely with a group of volunteers to form Ridgefield Music Matters, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Ridgefield’s music programs.  The Firm prepared and submitted organizational documents for Ridgefield Music Matters, Inc., as well as obtained 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service.
February 2016
Margaret E. Conboy represented the seller of a twenty-seven acre parcel of land located in Greenwich, Connecticut.  As part of the sale, Margaret assisted our clients with evaluating potential transactions.
February 2016
The Firm successfully moved to dismiss three of the four grounds of an appeal taken by a major European bank in an action seeking to hold our client liable for a quarter-billion-dollar foreign judgment.  The Appellate Court’s decision dismissing those grounds for appeal will prevent the bank’s attempt to obtain immediate appellate review of a favorable ruling that Turks & Caicos Islands law governs the action.  The case team is composed of Charles W. Pieterse, Thomas P. O’Connor, and Wyatt R. Jansen from the Firm, which acts as local counsel for Zaroff & Zaroff LLP in the action.
February 2016

The Firm is pleased to announce that Richard Lawler has joined the Firm as a partner in the Litigation Department.

After many years with Winston & Strawn (WBAM's successor firm in New York), Dick has rerturned to the Firm in Connecticut.  For the last 30 years, in both Connecticut and New York, Dick has practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, business litigation and white collar criminal defense.
January 2016
Margaret E. Conboy, Luke Tashjian and Kathryn O’Neill hosted a lunch and learn for the Greenwich office of Sotheby’s International Realty.  During the lunch and learn, Luke and Kathryn presented on commonly encountered tax issues in real estate transactions and the benefits of using limited liability companies in commercial real estate.
December 2015
Richard E. Mancuso, Thomas O’Connor and Kathryn O’Neill represented a national importer of dairy products in a series of asset sale transactions, whereby our client was able to sell each division of his company to different buyers.  As part of the transaction, the Firm successfully negotiated a fifteen (15) year earn-out agreement for our client.  The sale also involved the transfer of trademarks and inventory.
December 2015
Harry E. Peden, III, Kevin A. Walsh and Kathryn O’Neill represented a national healthcare company in obtaining a $200,000,000 loan.  As part of the transaction, the Firm negotiated loan documents, and addressed a series of tax considerations.
November 2015
Tom O’Connor and Rod Saggese obtained complete dismissal of a former employee’s claims – seeking more than $300,000 – on behalf of a Fairfield County-based oil tanker brokerage and its principals.  The initial proceedings took place before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”), and subsequently litigated to judgment before Connecticut’s Superior, Appellate, and Supreme Courts.  After the CHRO declined to pursue the employee’s claims, she and her husband brought a thirteen-count complaint in the Superior Court against the brokerage and four of its current and former principals.  Tom and Rod obtained an order striking eleven of the thirteen counts, and secured a judgment dismissing all claims against three of the principals.  Their subsequent motion for summary judgment successfully disposed of the remaining counts, which alleged age discrimination, “statutory forgery” and loss of consortium.  Benedetto v. Dietze & Assocs. LLC, 2014 WL 1814284 (Conn. Super. Apr. 10, 2014).  Tom and Rod also successfully opposed the plaintiffs’ belated attempts to pursue discovery, which would have delayed a decision on summary judgment and increased the costs of litigation.  After briefing and oral argument (by Tom), the Appellate Court affirmed summary judgment, Benedetto v. Dietze & Assocs. LLC, 159 Conn. App. 874 (2015), and Attorneys O’Connor and Saggese then defeated the plaintiffs’ subsequent petition for certification to Connecticut’s Supreme Court.  Benedetto v. Dietze & Assocs. LLC, 320 Conn. 901 (2015).
November 2015
John Shaban was honored as the November Alumni Highlight by Pace Law School:  http://law.pace.edu/november-2015-alumni-highlight
November 2015
The Firm is pleased to announce that Michael Battema has joined the Firm as an associate in the Litigation Department.
 
Prior to joining the Firm, Michael was an associate at a Manhattan law firm where he represented real estate investors, developers and owners in real estate related and business disputes.
November 2015
Connecticut Lawyer magazine highlighted a recent decision by the Superior Court agreeing with the Firm’s argument that claims to pierce the veil of a corporation are governed by the law of the state of incorporation.  In that decision, the Superior Court held that the law of the Turks & Caicos Islands governs the veil-piercing claim brought against our clients by a major European bank, which argued that New York or Connecticut law should apply instead.  The case team is composed of Charles W. Pieterse, Thomas P. O’Connor, and Wyatt R. Jansen.  The Firm acts as local counsel for Zaroff & Zaroff LLP in the action.
November 2015
The Superior Court of Connecticut affirmed the grant of a variance to a commercial building in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut.  Jim Fulton successfully tried the case for the building owner, who is now permitted to expand her use of the second floor of the building and offer it to a broader class of tenants in the Greenwich Business Retail Zone.  Street Retail, Inc. v. Zoning Baord of Appeals of the Town of Greenwich, 2015 WL 8487853 (Conn. Super. Nov. 12, 2015).
October 2015
Whitman Breed Partners and Associates have been named “Connecticut Super Lawyers®” for 2015. Connecticut selection information at http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html

Terry Coates (Estate Planning & Probate), Charles Pieterse (Trusts & Estates Litigation), Jim Riley (Business Litigation), Luke Tashjian (Rising Star - Estate Planning & Administration) and Kathryn O'Neill (Rising Star - Business/Corporate) were named Connecticut Super Lawyers.
September 2015
Jim Fulton successfully represented a homeowner in opposing a neighbor's application for a variance to construct a substantial addition onto a pre-existing non-conforming dwelling.  Following the presentation of witnesses and oral argument, the Greenwich Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals denied the application for a variance and barred construction of the new addition.
September 2015
Jim Fulton was published in the Connecticut Lawyer Magazine for his article "Succeeding by Summary Judgment:  Is it Time to Recognize the Sham Affidavit Rule in the State Courts of Connecticut."
August 2015
Kevin A. Walsh and Kathryn O’Neill represented a national online apparel retailer in purchasing the assets of a local company.  The assets included intellectual property, product inventory and international manufacturing contracts.
August 2015
On behalf of a group of homeowners, Jim Fulton successfully opposed a neighbor's application for a special exception to construct a garage and accessory building on his property within a few feet of the boundary line.  Following the presentation of witnesses and oral argument, the Greenwich Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals denied the application for special exception and barred construction of the new building.
July 2015
Richard Mancuso and Kathryn O’Neill represented an independent electronics broker with operations throughout Asia and the Americas in the sale of its assets to an international conglomerate based in Europe.  The seller had a history in the electronic components brokerage and distribution industry that traced back over forty years.  The buyer is an industry leader in equipment and electronics manufacturing with worldwide operations.  The cross-border negotiations spanned six months and brought to the buyer valuable sourcing and distribution services in the electronics component industry that will enable the buyer to achieve new efficiencies in manufacturing and production.  The transaction involved the transfer of worldwide assets including equipment, inventory, real estate leases, and intellectual property as well as the transfer of valuable sales and purchasing employees.  As part of the transaction, Richard also negotiated an employment agreement for the principal member of the seller to provide key services to the buyer post-closing.  Assisting on the transaction was Legal Assistant, Caitlin Machcinski.
June 2015
Tom O’Connor was honored as one of Fairfield County’s top “40 Under 40” by the Fairfield County Business Journal, in its June 22, 2015 special issue.  The honorees were selected from across Fairfield County’s diverse business community for their leadership, vision, and excellence in their professions.
June 2015
Harry E. Peden, III and Kathryn O’Neill represented the shareholders of a privately-held insurance company in the sale of its stock to national insurance firm.  Negotiations spanned six months and resulted in a purchase price of over $20,000,000.
June 2015
Rod Saggese was elected Vice President of the Fairfield County Bar Association for 2015-2016.  Rod previously held the positions of Treasurer (2013-2014) and Secretary (2014-2015), and has served on the Board of Directors since 2010.
May 2015
The Supreme Court of Connecticut issued its decision and reinstated judgment for the defendant in the case of Stuart v. Freiberg, reversing an earlier decision of the Appellate Court, which had overturned the trial court's entry of judgment for the defendant.  Jim Fulton represented the successful defendant, Mr. Freiberg, who was exonerated after having been sued for accounting malpractice related to professional services he provided to the executor of a multi-million dollar estate that owned a number of original Norman Rockwell works of art.  The trial court granted summary judgment in Mr. Freiberg's favor, which was then appealed by the plaintiffs.  Jim represented Mr. Freiberg at the trial court level and argued both the appeal at the Appellate Court and, after a grant of certification, at the Supreme Court.  Stuart v. Freiberg, 316 Conn. 809 (2015).
May 2015
The Firm is pleased to announce that Luke Tashjian has joined the Firm as an associate in the Trust & Estates, Business Law and Tax Departments.
 
Luke previously practiced in Massachusetts and Connecticut, most recently with Stuart B. Ratner P.C. in Stamford, Connecticut.
May 2015
Rod Saggese was elected to the Board of Directors of the Greenwich Point Conservancy.  The organization's mission is to work for the restoration and preservation of historic structures and other elements of Greenwich Point, for the enjoyment of current and future generations.  Rod previsiously sat on the Advisory Board for the organization.
May 2015
Charlie Pieterse sat on a panel for a continuing legal education seminar presented by the Connecticut Bar Association.  Charlie gave a presentation entitled "Drafting Trustee Releases and Beneficiary Consents."
March 2015
Harry E. Peden, III and Kathryn O’Neill represented a veterinary hospital in the sale of its assets.  The transaction involved numerous corporate governance matters, as the seller had over fifty shareholders.  Harry and Kathryn also worked closely with the buyer’s counsel to successful assign material contracts at the closing, including multiple real estate leases.
January 2015

The Firm is pleased to announce that Tom O'Connor has been named a partner in the Litigation Department.

Tom joined the Firm in 2010 as an associate, and he represents clients in disputes involving complex commercial, professional, employment, real property and landlord-tenant issues.

December 2014
Rod Saggese was elected Secretary of the Greenwich Old Timers Athletic Association.  The Old Timers raise money for college scholarships and youth sports programs in Greenwich.  Rod has been on the Board of Directors of the Old Timers since March, 2012.
November 2014
John Shaban was reelected to his third term in the Connecticut General Assembly.  He will again serve as Ranking Member of the Environment Committee, and as a member of the Judiciary Committee and Finance Committee.
November 2014
Whitman Breed Partners have been named “New England Super Lawyers®” for 2014. Connecticut selection information at http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html

Terry Coates (Estate Planning & Probate), Charles Pieterse (Trusts & Estates Litigation) and Rod Saggese (Rising Star, General Litigation) were named New England Super Lawyers.
September 2014
Richard Mancuso is U.S. counsel for a well-known popular alcohol and non-alcohol international beverage manufacturer in connection with its U.S. operations. He recently succeeded in enforcing the manufacturer’s rights in its U.S. brands trademarks against numerous infringers using its trademarks to sell beer and other alcoholic beverages.
September 2014
The Superior Court entered judgment reversing the decision of the Greenwich Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals which had granted a variance to a property owner to construct a two-car garage. Jim Fulton successfully represented the aggrieved neighbors, who had appealed the Board’s decision because the construction of the garage would have impeded the sight line and front yard view from their home. Armstrong v. Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Greenwich, FST-CV-14-6020818-S (Conn. Super. Sept. 3, 2014).
September 2014

Jim Fulton successfully represented individuals opposing a neighbor’s application for a variance to construct a second story addition to the residence on the adjacent property. Following oral argument, the Darien Zoning Board of Appeals ruled in the client’s favor, denying the application for variance and barring construction of the second story addition.

September 2014
Tom O’Connor was elected President of the Greenwich Bar Association. He is the former Vice President of the Greenwich Bar Association and previously held the position of Treasurer.
September 2014
Cyd Smith was a speaker at the International Council of Shopping Center National Law Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida the 22nd through 25th of October. Ms. Smith presented the topic of exclusive and restrictive covenants in retail leases with Attorney Ellen Friedler, a principal in the Chicago based offices of The Strategic Leasing Law Group. Natalia Sieira assisted in the preparation of the presentation and written materials.
September 2014
The Firm is pleased to announce that Wyatt Jansen has joined the Firm as an associate in the Litigation Department.

Wyatt joins the Firm from Rosenfeld & Kaplan LLP, a litigation boutique located in New York City.
August 2014
Jim Fulton successfully represented a property owner opposing the variance application to construct a sizeable addition to a home on the neighboring adjacent lot. Upon oral argument on behalf of the client, the Greenwich Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals ruled in the client’s favor, denied the application for variance and barred the construction of the new addition.
August 2014
Harry E. Peden, III and others in the Business Law Department continue to represent a private marketing firm that is the controlling member in a joint venture with a public pharmacy benefit management company in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry and handles its state licensing and corporate governance matters. In this role, the Firm regularly negotiates with state regulators and addresses compliance issues.
July 2014
Jim Fulton successfully represented a neighbor who opposed an application for variance to construct a large home on a lot that had previously contained a house half the size of what the applicant asked to construct. After oral argument, the Greenwich Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals ruled in the client’s favor, denied the application for variance and barred the construction of the new, larger home.
July 2014
Charles W. Pieterse spoke at the ALI-CLE Conference “Representing Estate and Trust Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Pieterse, joined by attorney Elizabeth E. W. Weinewuth (from the Cincinnati office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP) and Professor Robert W. Whitman (University of Connecticut, School of Law), addressed the Conference on the topic “Releases and their Challenges.” Thomas P. O’Connor assisted Mr. Pieterse in the preparation of the related written materials distributed at the Conference.
June 2014
Rod Saggese, who previously held the position of Treasurer, was elected Secretary of the Fairfield County Bar Association.
May 2014
The Firm is representative counsel for a local bank in its loan transactions, which recently included a series of multi-million dollar loans secured primarily by the borrower’s trademarks.
April 2014
Richard E. Mancuso represented the sole owner of a technology company in the sale of a majority equity interest in the entity to two employees of the company, secured with back end buy out protections. Shortly after closing the transaction, circumstances arose accelerating the majority buy-out by the client, restoring her equity position in the company.
March 2014

Harry E. Peden, III represented a private operating foundation in the sale of its renowned antique car collection. The antique cars were primarily sold through prominent private auctions.

February 2014

Harry E. Peden, III and others in the business group represented a client in the sale of a highly successful dental practice. The Firm has frequently represented doctors, dentists and veterinarians in the acquisition, sale or financing of their professional practices.

February 2014

Cyd Smith successfully represented a recognized national real estate investment trust in numerous tax certiorari actions, achieving significant tax assessment reductions, as well as substantial real estate tax refunds, with respect to various commercial office buildings and centers.

February 2014

Whitman Breed Partners have been named “Connecticut Super Lawyers®” for 2014. Connecticut selection information at http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html

Terry Coates (Estate Planning & Probate), Charles Pieterse (Trusts & Estates Litigation) and Rod Saggese (Rising Star, General Litigation) were named Connecticut Super Lawyers.

January 2014

Rod Saggese was elected to the Board of Directors of Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, Inc. (“GEMS”). GEMS is a not-for-profit organization that is the sole provider of pre-hospital emergency medical services to the Town of Greenwich.

December 2013

The Firm represented a public charity in a transaction resulting in the settlement of a judgment with a discounted payoff of the commercial loan. Kevin A. Walsh led the negotiations between the debtor and each of the creditors. John Shaban assisted in resolving the litigation matters.

December 2013

Richard E. Mancuso represented a private equity fund in a series of government sponsored debt and preferred equity investments in a private company. As part of the transaction, Richard negotiated investment documents with the private company, inter-creditor agreements with the senior lender, and restructured the debt financing, eliminating the debt component in favor of additional equity for the Firm’s client.

November 2013

Whitman Breed Partners have been named “New England Super Lawyers®” for 2013. Connecticut selection information at http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html

Terry Coates (Estate Planning & Probate), Charles Pieterse (Trusts & Estates Litigation) and Rod Saggese (Rising Star, General Litigation) were named New England Super Lawyers.

October 2013

Cyd Smith presented “Co-Tenancy, Opening and Operating Covenants: Black and White or Shades of Grey” at the International Council of Shopping Center National Law Conference in October 2012. Ms. Smith was joined by Attorney Gary Glick of the Los Angeles firm of Cos, Castle & Nicholson and Lisa A Schwartz, Vice President Legal – Real Estate for The TJX Companies, Inc.

September 2013

Tom O’Connor was elected Vice President of the Greenwich Bar Association.

July 2013

Jim Riley testified as an expert witness in a substantial case before the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, in London, England. The case involved the proper construction of numerous provisions in a guaranty of a commercial obligation (both the guaranty and underlying loan agreement were governed by Connecticut law). Jim provided expert testimony with respect to the substance of Connecticut law as to the construction of commercial contracts; the rights and obligations of debtors, creditors and guarantors in commercial relationships; and the application of that law to the issues in dispute. His testimony was cited favorably throughout the Court’s 75-page decision. Porter Capital Corporation v. Masters, Claim No. HC 12 T00556 (High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, London, Dec. 13, 2013).

June 2013

Rod Saggese was elected Treasurer of the Fairfield County Bar Association.

March 2013

The Firm successfully represented a public charity in effecting a stay of enforcement proceedings in Connecticut on a New York judgment after an analysis of first impression under Connecticut law of the stay provisions in the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act and related Connecticut statutes. Allied Irish Banks v. YMCA of Greenwich, 55 Conn. L. Rptr. 800 (March 25, 2013) (Jennings, J.). John Shaban headed the Firm’s efforts on the litigation front, and later assisted Kevin Walsh in negotiating a global resolution of the multi-state litigation.

February 2013

Whitman Breed Partners have been named “Connecticut Super Lawyers®” for 2013. Connecticut selection information at http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html

Terry Coates (Estate Planning & Probate), Charles Pieterse (Trusts & Estates Litigation) and Rod Saggese (Rising Star, General Litigation) were named Connecticut Super Lawyers.

January 2013

The Firm successfully represented policyholders seeking to compel coverage and recover damages as the result of an alleged breach of an insurance contract. The policyholders asserted the insurance company failed to properly notify them of the cancellation of their automobile insurance. On summary judgment, the Court concluded the notice of cancellation provided to the policyholders was untimely and therefore invalid. As a result of the invalid notice, the policy itself was not properly cancelled and the Court enforced the policy. In enforcing the policy, the Court granted a declaratory judgment stating the policy was in full force and effect for the policyholders’ benefit as of the time of the subject accident.

Jim Fulton and Rod Saggese represented the policyholders on behalf of the Firm. Lee v. AIG Cas. Co., 919 F. Supp. 2d 219 (D. Conn. 2013).

December 2012

In conjunction with Canadian counsel, the Firm represented a U. S. owned multi-million dollar Canadian company in the sale of one of its divisions which manufactures precision machine parts for the aerospace, transportation and communications industries to another Canadian company. Kevin A. Walsh and Katie O’Neill were the primary attorneys responsible for this transaction.

November 2012

John Shaban was re-elected to the Connecticut General Assembly as a State Representative in 135th Assembly District (Weston, Easton and Redding). This is John’s second two year term as State Representative. John serves on the Judiciary Committee, Finance Committee and Environment Committee, and was appointed Ranking House Member, Environment Committee.

November 2012

Whitman Breed Partners have been named “New England Super Lawyers®” for 2012. Connecticut selection information at http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html

Terry Coates (Estate Planning & Probate), Tony Macleod (Energy & Natural Resources), Charles Pieterse (Business Litigation) and Rod Saggese (Rising Star, General Litigation) were named New England Super Lawyers.

September 2012

The Firm successfully defended a Connecticut-based asset manager/investment advisor (and its majority shareholder) against a $20 million claim by a former Managing Director for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Following a five-day hearing on the plaintiff’s application for a prejudgment attachment of our clients’ assets, a Judge of the Complex Litigation Division of the Connecticut Superior Court held that the claims lacked probable cause and denied the application. Jim Riley headed the Firm’s efforts, assisted by Tom O’Connor. Weinberger v. Shaw, 2012 Conn. Super. LEXIS 3191 (Sept. 28, 2012).

September, 2012

Tom O’Connor was elected Treasurer of the Greenwich Bar Association.