Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP is pleased to announce that partner Tom Sansone was presented the Community Leadership Award at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Leadership Awards Luncheon on September 29. The Community Leadership Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Chamber and is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Greater New Haven Community.

For many years, Tom has been very active in the civic and philanthropic community.  He currently serves as vice-chair of the board of directors of Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Fair Haven Community Health Center.  He was also a member of the United Way of Greater New Haven’s board of directors for 13 years, serving as chair from 2006 – 2008.  He remains very involved in the United Way, filling the role of chairman of its Alexis de Tocqueville Society, the group of the most generous donors to the organization.  His many contributions to the community were recognized by the Society, which bestowed its annual Herbert H. Pearce Award upon him in 2014, and by Business New Haven, which named Tom its Citizen of the Year in 2013.

Tom is active in bar association activities, serving as the vice-chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, as well as on the Judicial Department’s Statewide Grievance Committee.  He is also very involved in his faith community, Christ Episcopal Church in Bethany, where he serves as a lay preacher, table minister and lector.

In 2009, Tom formed a non-profit, WIKS-USA, which provides financial and technical support to a Kenyan NGO by helping to fund the construction, equipping and on-going operation of a residential school for children orphaned by AIDS in that country’s rural Western Province.  The school has a student body of more than 325 pupils, from pre-nursery through eighth grade.  Tom and his wife, Ruth, have visited the school on a number of occasions, and were present for the groundbreaking ceremony in 2007 when Tom addressed a crowd of 600 supporters and well-wishers.

“Tom is a shining example of a volunteer who is passionate, enthusiastic, caring and selfless in his efforts to enrich the lives of others,” said fellow partner Marianne Barbino Dubuque. “Tom inspires us to help all of our neighbors, here in Connecticut and in our world.”

About His Practice

Tom Sansone has practiced in the civil litigation arena in Connecticut for nearly 30 years, representing individuals and companies in a wide variety of business-related and personal disputes. He practices in various fields of civil litigation, including commercial, construction and insolvency litigation. He has tried more than 80 cases to conclusion in Connecticut Superior Court, United States District Court and United

States Bankruptcy Court and has argued before both the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts. Much of his trial work involves complex banking issues, including lender liability cases, contested foreclosure/collection matters and representation of creditors in adversary bankruptcy proceedings.