CBA Presents Awards To Business Attorneys Attorneys Erin E. Boatman, Irve J. Goldman and Barbara H. Katz received Commercial Law and Bankruptcy (CLABBY) awards recently from the Connecticut Bar Association, in recognition of their professional achievements.
“The Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section is pleased to honor the many and varied contributions of Erin Boatman, Irve Goldman, and Barbara Katz at the 2018 CLABBY Awards ceremony,” said section Vice Chairman Thomas J. Sansone. “These three practitioners are shining examples of what is good about our profession. I am proud to know them as colleagues and friends, and I am gratified to know that they are receiving such well-deserved recognition.”
Boatman received the Rising Star Award for active participation and promotion of section initiatives. An associate attorney at the Law Offices of Patrick W. Boatman in East Hartford, she joins the ranks of prior recipients, including Patrick R. Linsey and Joanna M. Kornafel.
Goldman received the Service to the Profession Award for his section leadership, development of educational programs and delivery of pro bono services. A business bankruptcy specialist at Pullman & Comley and member of the CBA’s Bench/Bar Committee, he has served as a moot court judge at Quinnipiac University School of Law.
New Haven solo practitioner and Chapter 7 Trustee Katz received the Career Achievement Award for her work in bankruptcy law for more than 40 years. Katz is a past chairwoman of the CBA’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, from 2004-2006.
‘Star’ CBA Members Honored at Gala Event More than 500 guests took part in the sold-out “Celebrate with the Stars” event recognizing members of the Connecticut Bar Association at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.
Before the awards presentation, members of the bar admitted in 1968 were honored with half-century pins.
Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award winner James A. Wade reminisced about his time with the award’s namesake, who was both his friend and colleague. “Tonight is not about me, it is about Ed Hennessey,” Wade said. “He had my back and I had his. You will not ever see two lawyers who had more fun practicing law than Ed and me.”
Additional honorees of note included Chief Judge Janet C. Hall, former Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers and State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier.
The signature awards were presented by President Karen DeMeola, President-elect Jonathan M. Shapiro, Vice President Ndidi N. Moses and Treasurer Vincent P. Pace. YLS Chairman Aidan R. Welsh presented the Young Lawyers Section Vanguard Award.
After asking all treasurer members in the audience to stand up and be recognized, Treasurer Nappier shared, “Public service is not only ingrained in the culture of my office, it’s in my DNA.”
Hall, the John Eldred Shields Distinguished Professional Service Award winner, accepted the honor on behalf of bar association members “who day in and day out contribute to the work of the courts, the legal profession, and their communities.” Topping off the ceremony was the Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award, which went to Rogers, who thanked colleagues for helping to bring debates “back to the question of what is the right thing to do.” Said Rogers, “We may not have always gotten it right, but I can assure you we tried to do the right thing.”
Silver Golub & Teitell Celebrates 40-Year Mark The Stamford trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell celebrated its 40th anniversary with a party for nearly 200 guests last month at the Stamford Palace Theatre. The event was hosted by Richard A. Silver, senior partner of Silver Golub, along with partners David S. Golub and Ernie Teitell.
“We are delighted to welcome everyone to the firm’s celebration of its 40th year as a partnership,” Silver said. “Forty years ago, Jimmy Carter was president; he is now 94, and we are now in our seventh presidency. Also, 40 years ago, gas was 63 cents, a dozen eggs cost 45 cents, the average ranch home cost $24,500 and the contingent fee was one-third—truly the good old days.”
Silver noted that the firm has always been committed to accepting difficult cases that have a broader impact, including Golub taking on a long battle with tobacco companies and deliberate programs to addict teenagers; a product liability case that resulted in changes in pool safety across the country; and work on the Mianus River Bridge case 30 years ago, resulting in all of the bridges in Connecticut being examined for safety.
“When making an important decision in a case, our guiding principle has always been what is in the best interest of the client,” Silver said, adding, “We could not have maintained the success our of firm without the dedication and assistance of our support staff, many of whom have been with us for more than 30 years. At the same time, I am delighted to congratulate Jennifer Goldstein and Steve Bloch becoming our newest partners.”