Business Law

Anthony M. Maio

ATTORNEY Anthony M. Maio has over twenty years of experience in the practice of law, concentrating on residential real estate and civil litigation.  Attorney Maio has extensive experience in the court rooms of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has successfully litigated matters at the trial court and appellate court levels.  Given his vast experience, he is well versed in Massachusetts residential real estate, foreclosure and landlord tenant law.  His practice includes trials and appeals in these areas. Attorney Maio’s work includes servicing the legal needs of both corporations and individuals, from drafting a simple will to complex litigation involving multiple parties and issues.  He has conducted and prevailed in civil suits dealing with personal injury and tort, business, real estate, family law and housing matters. On the appellate level, Attorney Maio was instrumental in changing the landscape of the law in Massachusetts for the tort of intentional interference with a contract and with business relations as it applies to an attorney-client relationship.  See Cavicchi v. Koski et al, 67 Mass. App. Ct. 654 (2006). Attorney Maio has litigated cases resulting in multiple reported decisions and favorable opinions in the Massachusetts Housing, Superior and Appeals Courts.  He also successfully represented multiple families in an environmental action involving idle bus motor emissions and respiratory injuries to local families. Over the course of his career, he has successfully obtained many favorable settlements for clients in cases brought to mediation or arbitration. During law school, Anthony Maio served as a judicial law clerk for [...]

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. [...]

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.

Walter C. Welsh

ATTORNEY Attorney Walter C. Welsh practices in the areas of taxation, estate planning, and probate as well as business and tax planning. Attorney Welsh began his career as a Trial Attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service. He has been engaged in providing estate and tax planning for individuals, families and businesses for many years. Attorney Welsh advises clients on using efficient plans for transferring their estates to the next generation. These plans include wills and may include a variety of trusts such as revocable trust and irrevocable life insurance trusts. The practice also includes probate and estate settlement. He advises clients on the formation of business entities and plans for transfer of or sale of businesses. Attorney Welsh has served as tax counsel and tax planning director for major insurance companies. He helps clients successfully resolve disputes with the IRS and other taxing authorities. Attorney Welsh is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching a number of courses in taxation and insurance law. He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on issues of taxation. Practice includes counseling and otherwise assisting in the organization, purchase and sale of businesses; estate and succession planning; and tax planning associated with these types of transactions. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: American Bar Association: Tax Section, Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section Connecticut Bar Association: Tax Section, Estate & Probate Section.