Real Estate

Joshua P. Joy

ATTORNEY Attorney Joshua P. Joy is an attorney in the firm’s Litigation Department. Attorney Joy practices in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, foreclosure, insurance defense, and real estate. Attorney Joy has a great deal of knowledge and wisdom as it relates to commercial and residential foreclosures, particularly contested foreclosures, and cases involving complex title issues with the primary focus being creditors’ rights. He also has valuable experience in mediating various types of legal issues. Attorney Joy is dedicated to serving his clients with the care, quality, and respect, to which they are entitled. Attorney Joy graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Political Science. Attorney Joy received his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law. During his time at Quinnipiac, he participated in an externship program in assisting a local Hartford community organization in their work with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, concerning a study that evaluated Connecticut’s current environmental laws. Due to his various internships, he also gained experience dealing with immigration and personal injury cases. Attorney Joy is an active member of his community, and resides in Wethersfield, Connecticut. He is currently admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut.

Dennis R. LaVette

PARTNER Dennis R. LaVette has practiced law in the State of Connecticut for more than 35 years. The bulk of his practice is comprised of residential and commercial real estate transactions with an emphasis in mortgaging, financing, and title matters. He also practices in the areas of probate, wills and estate planning. Attorney LaVette is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, its Real Property Committee, and the Hartford County Bar Association. He has served on the CBA's Real Property Section Subcommittee on Closing Customs and is currently active in developing protocol and testing for the certification for the CBA Residential Real Estate Specialization Committee. He was formerly a member of the Closing Committee of the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association. He is a frequent lecturer on residential real estate matters for Real Estate Agents and The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority First Time Home Buyers Program. Attorney LaVette earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Biology and History from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. He was awarded a Juris Doctor Degree from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Upon graduation, Attorney LaVette returned to the Hartford area. He was a partner at Green & Kleinman prior to becoming a partner at O’Connell, Attmore & Morris. Attorney LaVette has been active in community affairs as the Chairman of the Berlin Historic District Commission, a former member and officer of the New Britain Chapter of Unico International and as an active member of St. Paul Church. He has served as Chairman [...]

Adam D. Lewis

PARTNER Adam D. Lewis practices in the Real Estate Foreclosure and Bankruptcy practice areas. He has extensive experience in all areas of judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, as he has represented loan servicers and institutional clients in both Massachusetts and Connecticut foreclosure matters. Beyond foreclosures, Attorney Lewis litigates evictions, resolves title issues, and protects client interests in bankruptcy proceedings. Prior to joining O’Connell, Attmore & Morris, he represented loan servicers and banks at a mid-sized real estate firm in Connecticut.

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 [...]

Marc T. Miller

ATTORNEY Attorney Marc T. Miller represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of complex litigation matters. His recent cases have included construction litigation, contract disputes, business torts, employment disputes, real property litigation, foreclosures, and landlord/tenant disputes. Attorney Miller has significant litigation and appellate experience, as well as considerable experience representing both creditors and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings. Throughout his career, Attorney Miller has always focused on the representation of individuals and businesses engaged in commercial disputes and those dealing with financial distress. He is very familiar with the unexpected challenges individuals and businesses can face and well able to assist clients through those challenges. Attorney Miller began his legal career as a judicial law clerk. His understanding of the judicial system has only increased since then, through his many years of association with a boutique firm in Norwalk and his service Of Counsel to a large Bridgeport firm. He has been admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut, the State of New York, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. In recognition of his accomplishments, Attorney Miller was listed in New England Super Lawyers Magazine® as a Connecticut Rising Star for Commercial Litigation in 2018. For Details, go to Superlawyers.com® Attorney Miller earned his J.D. from the University of Connecticut after earning his B.A. in Economics [...]

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.

Claudia M. Sklar

PARTNER Claudia M. Sklar has been actively engaged in the litigation of general civil and commercial matters, with an emphasis on creditors' rights including commercial and residential foreclosures, commercial law, and title insurance litigation for over 30 years.  Her practice also includes residential and commercial real estate, commercial leasing, landlord/tenant litigation, commercial financing, loan workouts, bankruptcy, debt restructuring, eviction, general business matters, as well as domestic relations and family law.  Supported by a highly qualified team of attorneys and professional staff, Attorney Sklar prides herself on providing both individual and institutional clients with the personal attention and responsiveness that they deserve.  Ever mindful of keeping up to date with legal developments and approaches, Attorney Sklar successfully completed the mediation skills training program at the Quinnipiac University School of Law Center on Dispute Resolution. Another major focus of Attorney Sklar's practice centers around protecting and preserving the rights of same sex couples, LGBT clients and their families.  Attorney Sklar and various other members of the firm bring an empathic perspective to the planning required to be sure that a client’s life decisions are properly documented.   Recognizing the ever-changing landscape of the law with regard to members of the LGBT community, Attorney Sklar draws upon her broad-ranging background and experience to assist individuals and same-sex couples and their families on all legal issues, including:  Co-parent and second parent adoptions for same-sex couples  Custody  Estate planning, including wills and trusts; probate matters between unmarried couple  Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements  Co-habitation agreements  Powers of [...]