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On May 22, 2022, Attorney Stefan Sjoberg, an associate at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. addressed the crowd at the Graduate Commencement Ceremony of Western New England University. Members of the school’s administration invited Attorney Sjoberg to speak and welcome the graduates into the Alumni Association. Attorney Sjoberg is an adjunct faculty professor at WNEU and serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Law Alumni Association. Attorney Sjoberg practices in the areas of Comm ...

On May 10, 2022, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its decision in AGW Sono Partners, LLC v. Downtown Soho, LLC, et al[1], ruling that a commercial lessee failed to establish the special defenses of impossibility of performance and frustration of purpose in relation to COVID-19 related executive orders which substantially altered the operation of its restaurant and bar. After defendant lessee defaulted on its rental obligations pursuant to a commercial lease agreement, plaintiff lessor broug ...

Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. is pleased to announce that Olivia Benson passed the February 2022 Connecticut Bar Examination. Ms. Benson recently graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in January. Ms. Benson was a part-time evening student who completed her legal studies a semester early; she will walk in the May Commencement Ceremony with the of Class of 2022. After commencement, Ms. Benson is expected to receive honors and graduate near the very top of her class. Upon ...

On April 20, 2022, Attorney Stefan Sjoberg, an Associate at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. appeared as a guest speaker and mentor at the Mentor Reception at Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts. Attorney William Shapiro, also an Associate at UKS, attended as a mentor. Members of the WNEU Law alumni community and current law students were invited to attend a reception sponsored by WNEU Law Career Services and the Law Alumni Association. Students were pol ...

Attorney Kerry R. Callahan, a principal at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. was recently elected Chair of the Farmington Republican Town Committee.  Attorney Callahan focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, defense of professional liability claims and insurance defense and coverage litigation. He has tried numerous jury and bench trials to verdict in both state and federal courts and has appeared frequently before the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts and the United ...

On March 8, 2022, Attorney Evan Goldstein, a principal at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. was a guest lecturer at Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  Professor Matthew Asbell invited Attorney Evan Goldstein to lecture to his Cardozo externship seminar class made up of 2Ls, 3Ls and LLMs students. Attorney Goldstein discussed the intersection of intellectual property law with bankruptcy, secured transactions, litigation and mergers and acquisitions, and provided some general ...

UKS attorneys, shareholder Brian C. Courtney and associate Emily R. McCarthy, represented Omni America in the acquisition of a 150 unit scattered site Project-Based apartment project in Hartford in December 2021. The Project had a checkered past – a prior owner died and the property fell into foreclosure by HUD, and more recently the tenant organization lobbied the City and HUD for a change in ownership. Omni has pledged to invest over $6 million to rehab the more than 20 buildings comprising th ...

UKS Attorney Christopher L. Brigham will be attending the upcoming meeting of the Board of Directors of MERITAS™ from February 16-18, 2022 in Huntington Beach, CA. Attorney Brigham is a member of the MERITAS™ Board of Directors and a member of the MERITAS™ Finance Committee. Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. is a founding member of MERITAS™, a business alliance of more than 7,000 lawyers in 175 independent member firms in 80 countries around the globe that are dedicated to providing business c ...

On November 2, 2021, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its decision in Benjamin v. Island Management, LLC,[1] ruling that Connecticut General Statute § 34-255i of the Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (CULLCA) does not require members of an LLC to present “credible proof” of mismanagement in order to inspect the LLC’s books and records.  Background The defendant is a manager-managed LLC created to oversee and manage a sizable family estate.  The LLC’s members are six separat ...

UKS is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors appointed Kevin McEleney as the new chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. UKS touts a strong team of attorneys and staff in this area with capabilities across a broad range of matters. Mr. McEleney represents lenders, commercial landlords and businesses in a wide variety of complex business disputes, workouts and real estate matters. He succeeds Thomas Gugliotti who has successfully led and developed this pra ...