Maureen’s practice focuses on commercial and tort litigation, with a particular emphasis on utility and product liability matters. Maureen has represented utility companies, and manufacturers and distributors of industrial equipment and machinery, in a wide variety of cases before state and federal courts throughout the United States. She has argued numerous appeals before Connecticut’s Supreme and Appellate Courts and before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Maureen is great, streetwise, cuts through the gobbledygook and knows how to deal effectively with those not fluent in legalease.”
– Benchmark Litigation Top 250 Women in Litigation
Maureen was one of only three Connecticut women listed in the First Edition of the Top 250 Women in Litigation published by Benchmark Litigation. She was the first woman president of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association and the first woman in the country to be elected president of a state chapter.
Connecticut Bar Association, Grievance Committee, Hartford County, 1997-2004
Connecticut Bar Association, 1980-present
Utility and Litigation sections
American Bar Association, 1980-present
Waterbury Bar Association, 1980-present
Board of Directors, 1985-1986
Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
Board of Directors, Chair, 1991-1992
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut Special Masters Program, 1997-present
Fact-finder and Attorney Trial Referee, Connecticut Superior Court, 1991-present
James W. Cooper Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation, 2000-present
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Best Lawyers®: Commercial Litigation, 2024
Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation 2008-2024
Top 250 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation 2012-2014
2013 Ladder Award, presented by the Connecticut Bar Association’s Women in the Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Section to honor a female attorney who has demonstrated exceptional leadership affecting women
Connecticut Super Lawyers® – Civil Litigation Defense, 2006-2012, 2014-2023, Top Super Lawyer – Waterbury, 2023
Top 25 Women Lawyers in Connecticut, Connecticut Magazine, 2019
New England Super Lawyers® – Civil Litigation Defense, 2007-2012, 2014-2020
AV Preeminent – Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
David Neiditz Professional Writing Award for Appellate Advocacy
Connecticut Law Review, 1978-1980
Notes and Comments Editor, 1979-1980
Phi Beta Kappa Society
Part of team that obtained dismissal of $200 million federal court subrogation action against gas transmission company arising from power plant explosion; argued motions that led to the dismissal.
Part of team that obtained defense verdict in product liability action brought against trailer manufacturer arising from accident that resulted in multiple deaths and serious injuries.
Part of team that obtained a favorable decision from an arbitration panel in product liability action arising from accident that resulted in two deaths.
Represented Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court and Chief Court Administrator before Connecticut District Court and Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Defended facility for physically disabled against sexual harassment injunction action before Connecticut District Court and Second Circuit Court of Appeals; District Court ruling in favor of client affirmed on appeal.
Successfully defended municipal land use boards in numerous appeals before the Connecticut Appellate Court and Connecticut Supreme Court.
Member of team defending lessor and manufacturer in multi-jurisdictional and cross-border litigation arising from a Canadian train derailment that resulted in multiple fatalities and significant environmental contamination and property damage.
Assisted General Counsel for group of national and international companies in review and revision of transaction documents.
Represented utility companies in numerous matters including personal injury actions, commercial matters, and insurance coverage disputes.