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Practice Areas:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 13
  • Bankruptcy Litigation

Admitted to Practice

  • 1973, New York, Connecticut
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut


  • Law School: New York Law School, J.D., 1973; New York University, LL.M. (corporate law), 1974.


  • Initial Member of Panel Chapter 7 Trustees, 1978-1982 appointed by Carter Administration 1977.
  • CLE Instructor 1982 to Present. Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Pro Bono Service 2012.
  • Member of Pro Bono Network (1997-present). Guest on Fox 61 as expert on new Bankruptcy Law.
  • Guest on WFSB as expert on new Bankruptcy Law.
  • Guest on WTIC as expert on new Bankruptcy Law.
  • Guest expert on Fox61 News Behind the Headlines. Director Legal Affairs FEMA Region 1 1976-1988.
  • Consulted as authority by New York Times, Hartford Courant, Journal Inquirer and Hartford Business Journal.


  • Connecticut Bar Association, (Board of Directors: Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, 1999-2012)
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.


  • “Bankruptcy Litigation 101” National Business Institute (2013)
  • “Bankruptcy Basics-Boot Camp” National Business Institute (2012)
  • “Collections-Seeking and Collecting Judgments” National Business Institute (2012)
  • “Consumer Bankruptcy” National Business Institute (2010)
  • “Fundamentals of Bankruptcy” Connecticut Bar Association
  • “Bankruptcy for Beginners” Connecticut Bar Association (2007)
  • “Aligning Your Practice a Guide for Lawyers for the New Bankruptcy Law,” National Business Institute (2005)
  • “Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law”, National Business Institutes, (2003-2004)
  • “Connecticut Collection Law,” Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1985-1993
  • “Connecticut Mortgage Foreclosures,” Professional Education Systems, Inc., (1983 and 1984)
  • “Enforcing Secured Claims in Connecticut,” Professional Educational Systems, Inc., (1985)
  • “Mortgage Foreclosures Start to Finish,” Professional Educational Systems, Inc., (1990)
  • “Workouts, Distressed Real Estate & Bankruptcy,” Lorman Education (1990)
  • “Mortgage Foreclosures,” Professional Educational Systems, Inc. 2000
  • “Problem Loans in Connecticut,” National Business Institutes, (1988). Co-author: 1984 Supplement, Caron, Connecticut Foreclosures.

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