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Bonnie D. Kumiega was a recent recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award in recognition of her contributions to the club and community.  The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.” This honour accompanies a donation of $1,000 or more, in the recipient’s name, to R ...

Matthew K. Stiles is an associate in the firm’s litigation department. Attorney Stiles graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in Theology and English and a master’s degree in Secondary Teaching in English and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the Hon. James J. Tancredi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut and for the Hon. Robert E. ...

UKS, through its Technology and Emerging Companies Practice Group, is a proud partner of VentureClash 2019.  VentureClash is an international competition seeking the best early-stage companies in emerging technology fields such as Digital Health, Fintech, Insurtech and Industry 4.0. Participating companies compete for a total of $5 million in investment awards. Ten finalists will pitch their business plans at a VentureClash event at Yale University on October 17, 2019. In addition to the investm ...

UKS attorneys Michael P. Botelho and Jennifer M. Egan will be attending the 72nd Annual New England States Government Finance Officers Association (NESGFOA) Fall Conference in Stowe, Vermont held on September 8 – September 11, 2019. The conference will provide attendees with information on project management, GASB updates, building a financially resilient government, turning around local government finances, financial resiliency and lending agencies, sharing financial services between government ...

Shareholder Michael P. Botelho was recently named Chairman of a special committee established by the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) responsible for crafting updated disclosure policy guidelines in light of the recent amendments to SEC Rule 15c2-12. Attorney Botelho is Chairman of the firm’s Public Finance practice group and is a former Chairman of NABL’s Tax and Securities Law Institute, the most advanced conference for bond counsel practitioners in the country. In addition, he has ...

On September 7, 2019, UKS Attorney David J. Monz will be participating in the 9th annual Closer to Free Bike Ride for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. The Smilow Cancer Hospital is one of several treatment platforms of the Yale New Haven Health System, which has grown to be one of the country’s premier healthcare institutions. Over the years ridership has grown from 225 in 2011 to what is expected to be more than 1,500 this year. Dave will be one of fewer than 200 riders to have partici ...

UKS attorney Richard M. Dighello was one of 30 Xavier High School alumni invited by the school to speak with the rising senior class at the Xavier Leadership Institute (“XLI”) on August 14, 2019. XLI is a school sponsored program designed to help seniors develop their leadership skills and ability to serve as resources and support for lower classmen, especially incoming freshmen. Xavier alumni meet with the seniors to discuss higher education, careers, life lessons and community involvement. Att ...

C. Zack Hyde is an associate in the firm’s Hartford Office, where he practices in the areas of commercial lending and banking, corporate transactions, public finance, and commercial litigation. Attorney Hyde graduated from Lafayette College with degrees in both English and Government and Law and received his J.D., with Honors, from the UConn School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut. Prior to pursuing his J.D., and throughout law school, Attorney Hyde served in Connecticut Governo ...

UKS Attorney John C. King was recently admitted to practice before the New Hampshire Bar in a swearing-in ceremony on June 5, 2019.  Attorney King was admitted to the Connecticut Bar on September 11, 1973 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007. Attorney King has extensive trial experience, court and jury, and appellate experience in the state and federal systems. He has represented major corporations and several Connecticut municipalities. Recently, Attorney King was an integral part of the UKS team ...

On July 9, 2019, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. (“UKS”) scored a major victory for the Tweed-New Haven Airport Authority (“Tweed”) in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  In a unanimous decision, the Court invalidated a Connecticut state law limiting the length of the primary runway at Tweed-New Haven Airport (the “Airport”), holding that the statute was preempted by the Federal Aviation Act. See Tweed-New Haven Airport Authority v. Tong, __ F.3d __, 2019 WL 2932588 (2d Cir. 2019). The UKS team was led by Hugh MankeJohn King and Chris Klepps...