At its inaugural Professional Excellence Awards dinner, the Connecticut Law Tribune honored two Carmody partners – Ann H. Rubin received a Lifetime Achievement Award and John R. Horvack, Jr. was a Lawyer of the Year Finalist.

Ann H. Rubin – Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors attorneys with 30 or more years of experience who have made substantial contributions during their careers to law firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations, law schools and the judiciary, and to the practice of law in general.  Ann’s leadership and advocacy for women in the law profession were highlighted at the ceremony. Ann was the first woman managing partner of a major Connecticut firm, and she was the founder of the firm’s Women@Carmody, an initiative designed to foster the professional and personal growth of women at the firm and in the community.

“Ann’s professional accomplishments speak for themselves,” said Brian T. Henebry, managing partner. “But it’s her underlying qualities – leadership, confidence, compassion, resolve – that make her stand out among her peers. Her contributions to our firm, and particularly to the professional and personal development of the women in our firm, are immeasurable. It is more than fitting that she be honored in this inaugural class of Professional Excellence Award winners.”

John R. Horvack, Jr. – Lawyer of the Year Finalist

John was one of only four Lawyer of the Year Award finalists, honoring lawyers who have had substantial success in the past year. The Connecticut Law Tribune highlighted John's recent accomplishments in complex intellectual property litigation. Notably, John secured for a client the largest punitive damages ever awarded in Connecticut. John leads the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group and has represented global companies in complex matters involving intellectual property rights, antitrust issues and commercial disputes.

"I have worked closely with John on these and several other trials, and I can say unequivocally that he is a superb trial lawyer," said James Robertson, a partner at the firm. "He has a fine mind for the technical complexities of the case; he is indefatigable; and he is a devastating cross-examiner."

About Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP

Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP is a Connecticut-based law firm serving a wide range of businesses, utilities, governmental entities and individuals. With more than 75 attorneys and offices in New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury and Southbury, we practice in nearly 30 specific areas of law.