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Firm Shareholder Richard Dighello was recently elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and the Friendship Service Center. The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is a 501(c)(3) public charity and one of the oldest community foundations in the nation. It is one of the first community foundations in the country to comply with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, and the only community foundation in Connec ...

Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. congratulates associates Valerie M. Ferdon and Jonathan L. Canestri for being voted in as Shareholders of UKS effective January 1, 2023. Attorney Ferdon joined UKS as a Summer Associate in 2014 and received her J.D., with honors in 2015, from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She earned her B.A. in political science, cum laude, from Providence College.  Attorney Ferdon is a member of the Employment Practices Group and the Litigation Practice Group.  ...

On December 7, 2022, UKS Shareholder, Patricia D. Anderson presented a half-day Legislative, Regulatory and Legal Program to the Bank Compliance Association of Connecticut, Inc. (“BCAC”).  Attorney Anderson was joined by Art Corey, Vice President and General Counsel at the Connecticut Bankers Association.  The BCAC is a non-profit corporation organized to provide compliance education to financial institutions in Connecticut and beyond. Patricia D. Anderson is a Shareholder in UKS’ Hartford off ...

The Updike Kelly & Spellacy family takes great pride in congratulating Firm Principal Rick Dighello on his recent election to serve as Chairman of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  Attorney Dighello’s induction into the office was held at the Chamber’s 109th Annual Meeting, held at the Student Center Alumni Hall on the campus of Central Connecticut State University.  This gala event was attended by approximately 200 business leaders from the area including memb ...

On October 27,, 2022,  UKS Shareholder Donald W. Doeg spoke with regard to ALTA Survey Certifications at the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors  (“CALS”) Annual Meeting.  The presentation was geared towards appropriate contract language, particularly with respect to required certifications, to be considered by land surveyors.  Attorney Doeg is the Chair of the Construction Law Practice at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, as well as a member of the firm’s litigation department. His practice ...

On November 4, 2022, Attorney Stefan Sjoberg, an associate at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. emceed the 8th annual Western New England University School of Law Alumni Awards Reception. This event was hosted by the Law Alumni Association, of which Attorney Sjoberg is the immediate past President, having ended his term on November 5th. The reception recognized the professional accomplishments of law alumni and included presentation of the Dean’s Alumni Excellence Award, the Ascending Alumni Aw ...

On November 3, 2022, Attorney Valerie M. Ferdon spoke at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (“CBIA”) annual Employment Law Conference at Farmington Gardens.  Attorney Ferdon’s segment was geared toward educating the members of CBIA, Connecticut’s largest business organization, on how to best avoid liability in the pre-employment process.  Attorney Ferdon covered background investigations, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act requirements, EEOC guidelines on disparate impact d ...

On October 27, 2022, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy shareholder Richard S. Order participated in a panel discussion entitled, Domestic Violence Advocacy and the Legal Profession, co-hosted by the University of Connecticut Law School’s Women Law Students Association and Family Law Association.  Attorney Order spoke about the pro bono program he developed at UKS and some of the dozens of applications for domestic violence restraining orders the firm has handled free of charge. Attorney Order is a t ...

On June 7, 2022, the Connecticut Supreme Court addressed two issues: (1) whether a cause of action exists under the Connecticut Product Liability Act’s (“CPLA”) negligence or failure-to-warn provisions (C.G.S. § 52-572q) based on a manufacturer’s alleged “failure to report adverse events to a regulator like the FDA following approval of the device, or to comply with the regulator’s [post approval] requirements” and (2) whether CPLA’s exclusivity provision (C.G.S. § 52-572n) bars a CUTPA claim ba ...

On Friday, November 11, 2022, UKS Attorney Christopher L. Brigham will be a guest speaker at The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) 2022 Annual Conference on Business, Operations and Technology. Attorney Brigham will be discussing alternative pathways to resolving student sexual misconduct claims following an investigation.  Click https://www.canva.com/design/DAFMz2gLjxo/QRw-Kr0OTxTdK3EUZWz0Dw/view?website#1:friday-in-the-know-concurrent-keynote to learn more. UKS is also a P ...