Business Law

Gary G. Attmore

PARTNER Gary G. Attmore is a transactional lawyer, with more than 30 years of experience advising business and individual clients in the areas of business and commercial law, trusts and estates, real estate, and taxation. Attorney Attmore’s practice includes counseling and otherwise assisting in the organization, maintenance purchase and sale of businesses; estate and succession planning; commercial real estate transactions; and tax planning and optimization associated with these types of transactions. Attorney Attmore also represents clients in the organization and governance of non-profit organizations, including securing tax-exempt status. Attorney Attmore received his legal education at Suffolk University Law School, earning his Juris Doctor in 1974, and at George Washington University, earning a Master of Laws in Taxation in 1976. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. A respected member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Executive Committee for the Section on Taxation, and American Bar Associations, Attorney Attmore lectures on estate planning and tax matters, including seminars sponsored by the National Business Institute. Attorney Attmore is also a member of the Hartford Tax Club. Attorney Attmore supports various charities, including the New England Region of the Arthritis Foundation, for which he currently serves as a member of its Board of Directors. He assisted in the formation of the Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundations and participates in a workshop offered by its Annual Conference on the “how to” of starting an education foundation. Prior to engaging in the practice of law, Mr. Attmore was [...]

Simon J. Brighenti, Jr.

PARTNER Simon J. Brighenti, Jr. has been working with clients in the areas of land use, zoning and residential and commercial real estate in Massachusetts and Connecticut for more than 20 years.  Over much of the last decade, he also has significant experience in telecommunications law, both as a land use consultant prior to joining O’Connell, Attmore & Morris and since joining the firm in representing a large national PCS carrier and smaller telecom entrepreneurs.  He recently became licensed to practice law in the state of Rhode Island, expanding the firm's presence in southern New England. As a telecommunication land use consultant, Attorney Brighenti achieved a success rate in obtaining zoning relief in excess of 95% in municipalities throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Attorney Brighenti was instrumental in bringing initial wireless service to many Massachusetts towns, including several in the Berkshire Hills.  He has also served as a consultant to various municipalities in revising their telecommunications ordinances. (The outcome of any particular hearing, does, of course, depend on a variety of factors unique to each case and past case results cannot guarantee or predict the outcome of any future matter undertaken.) In addition to his telecommunications work, Attorney Brighenti has handled hundreds of residential and commercial closings and has examined well over a thousand land titles.  Due to his wide range of experience, he is able to offer a truly comprehensive closing service. He is knowledgeable in the details of title evaluation and is often consulted by other attorneys and title [...]

Robert B. Flynn

PARTNER Robert B. Flynn provides advice to sophisticated business clients about their rights and liabilities, and represents those clients in Federal and State Courts and in arbitration and administrative proceedings. His practice areas include commercial litigation, environmental liability, and insurance-related litigation including coverage and professional liability defense. He has tried cases before Federal and State Courts in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Attorney Flynn's commercial litigation experience includes court actions, arbitration and negotiations of claims under contracts, common law, and statutes, including the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, Trade Secrets Act, Franchise Act, and statutes governing corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.  He regularly provides advice to business clients about risk management and dispute resolution. His environmental litigation experience includes claims and defenses under Federal and State laws.  He works closely with environmental engineers to define the type, extent and cause of contamination to develop and support his clients' claims and defenses. He works to recover or to minimize for his clients the extraordinary costs often associated with environmental contamination.  In addition, he provides advice to clients considering development of former industrial sites to minimize or eliminate liability for environmental issues caused by prior owners or operators. As a member of the Insurance Litigation team, Attorney Flynn frequently defends complex professional liability claims against businesses, non-profit agencies, homeowners’ associations and property management companies. These claims are often brought against Directors & Officers (D&O) of an entity alleging negligence or breach of fiduciary duty in the performance of their responsibilities. Whether [...]

Julia Bertram Morris

MANAGING PARTNER Julia Bertram Morris, the firm's Managing Partner, has a diverse range of experience in business, litigation, and appellate matters. In addition to her management responsibilities at the firm, Attorney Morris acts as corporate counsel for a number of business clients in Fairfield County – assisting her clients with all matters ranging from negotiating contracts, to commercial closings, to managing litigation. Her business representation covers a wide variety of industries, with a concentration on matters relating to real estate, development and finance. Her Appellate practice includes over 20 reported Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Court decisions, and an award in 1998 for writing the best appellate brief in the State of Connecticut. Like all of the attorneys at O’Connell, Attmore & Morris, Attorney Morris is committed to providing each of her clients with personalized, cost appropriate legal services. Attorney Morris is a native of Ridgefield and graduated in 1987 from Canterbury School in New Milford. She then graduated magna cum laude from Lehigh University, where she was awarded membership in the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies, and graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1994. Attorney Morris was awarded the David H. Neiditz Award for the best appellate brief in Connecticut in 1998.  Her decisions from the Appellate Court of Connecticut include:  Deegan v. Simmons, 100 Conn. App. 524 (2007); First Union Nat. Bank v. Eppoliti Realty Co., Inc., 99 Conn. App. 603 (2007); Mangiante v. Niemiec, 98 Conn. App. 567 (2006); Gallogly v. [...]

Erin Arcesi Mutty

PARTNER Erin Mutty practices in the areas of commercial litigation, intellectual property, business law, land title disputes, title insurance litigation and real estate. She counsels individuals, small businesses and national corporations with respect to intellectual property development and protection, with an emphasis on trademarks. In addition, Attorney Mutty represents clients in litigation, focusing on business disputes, title insurance litigation, mechanics' liens and residential and commercial foreclosures. Attorney Mutty graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Logistics. Following graduation, she worked for IBM as a Commercial Financial Analyst. She received her Juris Doctor cum laude from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief for the Probate Law Journal. Her note “Conservatorships and Marriage: For Love or Money,” is published in the 2003 edition of the Journal. Attorney Mutty is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Connecticut. She worked with several Hartford-area civic organizations and downtown property owners to draft the ordinance establishing the Hartford Business Improvement District that was passed by referendum.  Her published decisions include Trinity United Methodist Church of Springfield, Massachusetts v. Levesque, 88 Conn. App. 661 (2005). Attorney Mutty is an active member of the Penn State Alumni Association. She resides in Cheshire, Connecticut with her husband and two sons. You can connect with Erin Mutty on LinkedIn and you can also view her Avvo profile.

Michael D. O’Connell

PARTNER Michael D. O’Connell has litigated a broad range of complex issues throughout the U.S., in cases dealing with complex commercial transactions, claims of bad faith and unfair trade practices, employment issues, bankruptcy, construction  accidents and virtually every other type of matter that might land at the doorstep of his business and insurance clients. He has served as national coordinating counsel for clients with significant product liability exposure, including asbestos products, tire and automotive products, and construction machinery. He has extensive experience in dealing with environmental issues, both in the construction litigation context and in real estate development.  He has relations with a broad range of experts, whether technical, financial or otherwise, who can come to the aid of his clients in the litigation context.  He has handled insurance defense work for multiple property and casualty liability insurers ever since he began the practice of law. He has extensive experience in Intellectual Property Law, including trademarks, service marks and copyrights, as well as patent law litigation. On the local level, his practice provides a link between the litigation arena and the real estate, insurance and commercial practices. He has been instrumental in closing commercial deals involving the purchase and sale of movie theaters, radio stations, restaurants and the like. He has extensive experience in real estate development, including the regulatory processes. He has served as outside counsel for  both title insurers and liability insurers, underscoring his understanding of the transactional side of the equation as well as the litigation scene. [...]

Anja Rusi

ATTORNEY Attorney Anja Rusi is an associate attorney in the firm’s Litigation Department. Attorney Rusi practices in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate, business law, and insurance defense. Attorney Rusi has a broad knowledge of commercial litigation, representing various clients in contested commercial and residential real estate matters, breach of contract disputes, and other general business matters.  Attorney Rusi has extensive experience representing condominium and homeowner associations in maintaining their compliance with the Common Interest Ownership Act.  Additionally, Attorney Rusi has represented numerous real estate owners in matters related to purchase, sale, development, and landlord/tenant disputes. Attorney Rusi graduated from Fairfield University with a B.A. in Politics and International Studies and received her law degree from Western New England School of Law.  During law school she served as a student attorney in the Small Business Clinic handling transactional legal matters including contract drafting, employment policies, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property matters pertaining to trademark and copyright. Attorney Rusi is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut.