Drew Nelson, Kevin Walsh and Nick Douglas represented a Connecticut based family-owned manufacturer and seller of promotional products in connection with the negotiation and sale of the company to a national industry leader in custom fabricated promotional and specialty products for different industries.
The Firm successfully defended the validity of a significant gift to a charitable trust in an appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court. The gift, which was challenged by a relative of the donor, was intended to – and now will – benefit quadriplegics and their caregivers. It is believed to be among the largest individual charitable donations in Connecticut history. The appeal followed a trial victory on the Complex Litigation Docket of the Superior Court. On behalf of family trustees, the appeal was argued by Whitman Breed partner Charles Pieterse with assistance from partner Wyatt Jansen and associate Trevor Larrubia. The Firm worked closely on the appeal with co-counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, including lead trial counsel Lynn Neuner, Laura Twomey, Joshua Polster, and Sara Ricciardi.
Drew Nelson and Nick Douglas represented a Connecticut based developer of an online investment research platform designed to offer content to assist in investment research distribution, management and consumption in connection with the negotiation and sale of the company to a world-wide provider of virtual solutions for financial communications.
Whitman Breed Partners and Associates have been named “Connecticut Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars” for 2021. Connecticut selection information at http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html
Charles Pieterse (Trusts & Estates Litigation), Jim Riley (Business Litigation), George Smith (Estate Planning & Probate), Rod Saggese (General Litigation), Thomas O’Connor (Rising Star – Civil Litigation), Luke Tashjian (Rising Star – Tax), Kathryn O’Neill (Rising Star – Business/Corporate), and Wyatt Jansen (Rising Star – Business Litigation and Trusts & Estates Litigation) were named Connecticut Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
Drew Nelson and Nick Douglas represented an institutional investor in connection with the negotiation of a note and warrant investment in a boatyard to finance future growth and working capital needs.
Drew Nelson, Luke Tashjian and Nick Douglas represented a Connecticut based family-owned pest control company servicing the Connecticut and New York area in connection with the negotiation and sale of the company to a national pest control company with over 330 locations. The acquisition was part of the acquirer’s strategy to expand its pest control business within the greater New York City area.
Whitman Breed is pleased to announce that five of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
Libby Grant, Charlie Pieterse, Jim Riley, George Smith, and Luke Tashjian were each named to this year’s “Best Lawyer” list in their respective areas of practice: Libby for “Trust & Estates”, Charlie for “Litigation – Trusts and Estates”, Jim for “Commercial Litigation”, George for “Trusts and Estates”, and Luke for “Trusts and Estates, Tax Law”.
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. The methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographic area and legal practice area.
Charlie is the top-ranked lawyer in Band 1 of Chambers’ Private Wealth Disputes category in Connecticut. Chambers describes Charlie as being “widely regarded as a leading trust and estate litigator,” with sources saying “If you need a probate litigator, go to Charlie.”
George is among lawyers ranked in Chambers’ Private Wealth Law category for his work “advis[ing] affluent individuals on an array of matters including estate and trust planning and administration.” Sources described George as “very clever and pragmatic” and “remarkably detailed.” George and a group of lawyers and staff joined Whitman Breed from Smith & Grant LLP last year.
Chambers and Partners is an independent research company operating across 200 jurisdictions delivering detailed rankings and insight into the world’s leading lawyers. Whitman Breed congratulates and applauds Charlie and George on their hard work and recognition by the Chambers 2021 High Net Worth Guide.
After 51 years of serving the legal community, Whitman Breed has announced the retirement of Lee Selby.
Lee joined Whitman Breed last year, as part of the merger with Smith & Grant LLP. Lee has practiced in Greenwich throughout his career, having been a member of Whitman Breed and its predecessor firms for 26 years before becoming a founding partner in 1995 of what is now Fogarty, Cohen, Russo & Nemiroff. Following his stepping down from active partnership duties in 2016, Lee joined Smith & Grant LLP in the capacity of Counsel.