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Attorney Evan Goldstein was a judge at the inaugural Corridor Negotiation Competition at UConn Law School on March 9th where local law students from regional law schools competed.  This event was an opportunity for students to sharpen their negotiation skills by gaining valuable feedback from practitioners as well as a networking opportunity to get to know other law students with whom they will soon be practicing. The day consisted of two rounds of negotiation and several networking opportunities during lunch and the award ceremony.

On January 5, 2019, Attorney Evan Goldstein, Chair/President of the UVM Alumni Association Hartford Affinity Group, helped coordinate the Second Annual Networking & Job Fair event for students of the University of Vermont & recent graduates. This event was held at Keeney Manufacturing Co. & co-sponsored by the UVM Career Center. Students & recent graduates from UVM were able to speak with alumni & networkers in the areas of engineering, finance, marketing, sales, agriculture, education, health care, accounting, banking, IT, entrepreneurship, environmental, government & law. Students & recent UVM alumni attended this event from all over New England & the Tri-state area.

The officers & the Board of Directors of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. (“UKS”) are pleased to announce the appointment of UKS Principal Attorney Thomas J. Welsh as the General Counsel of Nippon Steel & Sumikin Bussan Americas, Inc. (“NSBA”), effective as of January 1, 2019. NSBA is a trading company dealing with ferrous & non-ferrous metals, food & machinery & equipment with headquarters office in Chicago & with offices in Pittsburgh, Houston, Los Angeles area & Mexico City, Mexico & has joint ventures & facilities throughout the United States & Mexico. 

Attorney Welsh will have an office address & contact information at the NSBA Chicago headquarters but will remain as Counsel to UKS & will have his primary office & contracts at the UKS Hartford office.  Attorney Welsh is recognized for his work in commercial law & finance & other business law matters & will continue to supervise matters & serve UKS clients from its offices in Connecticut. 

Attorney Welsh’s office telephone number & e-mail address at the law firm of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. in Hartford, CT will also remain the same. 

About the Firm
Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. is a major Connecticut law firm with five offices throughout the State of Connecticut. Now entering its sixth decade of client service, the UKS’ comprehensive legal practice places it at the center of law, business & politics in Connecticut. UKS’ MERITAS™ membership extends its services across the United States & around the world & its affiliation with FOCUS Government Affairs @ UKS, LLC allows its clients to access legislative & public affairs services at the Federal, state & local levels. UKS takes pride in its fifty years of being globally capable, but distinctively Connecticut.

Benjamin A. Wiles served as co-instructor for a University of Connecticut course entitled “Special Projects in Blockchain”, a unique course cross-listed in the UConn School of Business, UConn Law School, & UConn Department of Engineering.  MBA students, law students & computer science majors formed teams to build working prototypes of distributed ledger applications.  The students explored the basic building blocks of coding distributed ledger applications, the elements of an enforceable “smart contract” & the business use cases for distributed ledger applications.  Some student teams intend to explore continuing their projects through the state’s startup incubators.

Three of the attorneys at this firm have been tapped to serve on the Governor elect’s Transition Team. Robert J. Martino is serving on the Transition Steering Committee alongside 18 other leaders. Robert J. Martino & Arunan D. Arulampalam were selected to serve on the “Jobs & Economy” subcommittee, & Benjamin A. Wiles was selected to serve on the Data Strategy Sub-Committee. Robert J Martino is also chairing Lieutenant Governor-elect Susan Bysiewicz’s Transition Committee.

Thomas J. Welsh, President of Meriden Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) announced that on Saturday November 24, 2018, the first ever YuleFest & Holiday Marketplace event will be held in downtown Meriden from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This event is supported by the Making Meriden Business Center (MMBC) which is operated by MEDCO in downtown Meriden. This event will have 30 vendors, food, music, children’s events &  Santa arriving on the Hartford Line train in the middle of the Holiday fe ...

On Friday November 30, 2018, Christopher Brigham, Chair of the Employment Practices Group will be a featured presenter at the 2018 TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) Annual Conference in Washington D.C.. Attorney Brigham will be presenting on the topic of Best Practices for Effective Sexual Harassment Prevention Training in the Wake of #metoo Movement. To register and learn additional information, visit here .

November 1, 2018

Press Release

 Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. shareholder, Sandra D. Dawson, was elected as a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. Sandy serves on the Board of Directors of the Firm in addition to practicing in the Firm's Public Finance Practice Group. Sandy focuses primarily in the areas of public finance & tax, representing states, municipalities, public entities, underwriters, banks & trustees in tax-exempt & taxable financings.

 The American College of Bond Counsel was formed in 1995 for the purpose of recognizing lawyers who have established reputations among their peers for their skill, experience & high standards of professional & ethical conduct in the practice of bond law. The organization believes that a bond lawyer's expertise can best be judged by his or her peers & admits to membership only bond lawyers that have outstanding reputations in the field of municipal bond law. Membership is extremely limited & admission as a fellow is a recognition of the lawyer's accomplishments & legal expertise in the field of bond law. Sandy becomes one of only three fellows that reside in a Connecticut law firm.

 "Sandy's skills & experience are highly valued at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, & this honor exemplifies the recognition of the national bond counsel community for the quality of her work & contributions to the field of public finance," said John F. (Jef) Wolter, President of the Firm. "We are proud Sandy has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel & that she is being recognized for her years of dedication to the craft of bond & tax law in the public finance area."

 Sandy may be reached at or (860) 548-2643.

On Thursday October 25, 2018, Attorney Bonnie Kumiega will be accepting the Economic Development Award on behalf of the firm. This Event will take place at the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce 61st Annual Meeting. UKS is one of four companies to receive this award for business & job growth. Such recognition continues to promote UKS as the “Go to Law Firm” for businesses in Tolland County beyond. For more information on this event please visit here.

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Christopher Brigham will be a featured speaker at a seminar hosted by the National Business Institute entitled Human Resource Law from A to Z. Attorney Brigham will discuss “Discrimination & Harassment” & “Workplace Behavioral Issues; Appropriately Handling Thorny Situations”.  To register and learn additional information, visit here .