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. [...]
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.