Whitman Breed Partners and Associates have been named “Connecticut Super Lawyers®” for 2018. Connecticut selection information at http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html
Charles Pieterse (Trusts & Estates Litigation), Jim Riley (Business Litigation), Thomas O’Connor (Rising Star – Civil Litigation/Defense), Luke Tashjian (Rising Star – Estate Planning & Administration), Wyatt Jansen (Rising Star – Business Litigation) and Kathryn O’Neill (Rising Star – Business/Corporate) were named Connecticut Super Lawyers.
Charles Pieterse was also selected as a Top 50 Super Lawyer for the State of Connecticut.
Luke Tashjian served as a moderator for a Connecticut Tax Update with Commissioner Scott Jackson that was held by the Fairfield County Bar Association and Connecticut Society of CPAs
The Firm successfully defended the owner of a commercial property in a subcontractor’s lien foreclosure action based on work done through a prime contractor that the owner had already paid, but then went out of business. The subcontractor argued that the “lienable fund” rule did not apply because of the owner’s alleged bad faith in first paying the prime contractor, then cancelling the check to pay the subcontractor at the prime contractor’s request, only to cancel it again to pay the owner of the prime contractor’s receivables after a demand was made by one of its creditors. The court ruled in favor of the owner, holding its actions in making payment as it did were reasonable and proper under the circumstances. John Shaban and Mike Battema handled the matter.
Luke Tashjian served as a moderator for a panel discussion held by the Federal Tax Institute of New England on Tax Ethics.
The Firm is proud to announce that John Hendele has joined the Firm as Counsel in the Litigation Department. John has represented a variety of corporate and individual clients in litigation and enforcement actions in state and federal courts throughout the county. Prior to joining the Firm, John was an associate in the New York offices of Winston & Strawn LLP and Buckley Sandler LLP.
Luke Tashjian presented at the Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association on Civil Tax Non-Compliance for Decedent’s Estates.