Joseph J. Cherico
McCarter & English, LLP
Joe Cherico is a litigator and the office managing partner for the Stamford office of McCarter & English. Joe typically represents financial institutions and other corporate clients in commercial litigation matters in the state and federal courts of Connecticut and New York. Joe has been appointed to serve in a variety of roles throughout the Connecticut Superior Court, including as a Magistrate, Special Master, Fact-Finder and Arbitrator, and he is member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators. Joe is the Immediate Past President of the Fairfield County Bar Association and continues to serve on its Executive Board. He graduated from Fordham University in 1992 and Fordham Law School in 1995. Joe is a long-time supporter of the CVLC and has devoted a significant amount of time to representing veterans on a pro bono basis.
United States Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut
Margaret M. Donovan is an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Connecticut. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Margaret served six years in the United States Army as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. She served on two combat deployments as a legal advisor in the fight against the so-called Islamic State. In that role, she provided legal advice on airstrikes and other lethal engagements in Iraq and Syria. Outside of her combat deployments, Margaret deployed to Liberia as a legal advisor to the military unit that led the United States’ response to the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak. Prior to that, she completed a 14-month overseas assignment where she provided legal assistance to Soldiers and Commanders stationed on the Korean peninsula. She holds a B.A. from Fordham University and a J.D. from Fordham Law. As a federal prosecutor, her cases frequently involve national security and cybercrime offenses.
Gregory M. Gagne
An accomplished trial attorney, Greg Gagne is a partner in Halloran and Sage’s Litigation, Insurance and Military Defense Practice Groups. His practice encompasses a broad range of areas, including civil and criminal litigation, personal injury and dram shop law. He resolves disputed matters for clients both pursuing or defending a wide variety of claims. Greg has tried over 200 cases to verdict in state and federal courts and has handled numerous federal administrative proceedings. In addition to handling trial work, he regularly handles military appeals. Greg has also defended military pilots and medical personnel in hearings related to their professional credentials.
As a former member of the JAG Corps and through his affiliations with Gagne, Scherer & Associates, Greg represents military members from all branches of the armed forces in various actions ranging from felony-level court martial trials to nonjudicial punishment and administrative actions. He has represented clients throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Asia and the Middle East. During his time as a member of the Air Force JAG Corps, Greg received the highest accolades from his clients and his superiors. He was selected to serve as one of two supervisory prosecutors with responsibility for Europe and the Middle East, but chose instead to return to civilian life and continue to defend military members who were accused of military offenses.
A Connecticut resident, Greg is fully engaged and invested in initiatives that strengthen our region. He received his BA from Trinity College in 1998, where he was co-captain of the Bantams Football team, and his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He serves on the board of the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, and resides in Greater Waterbury.
Rosendo Garza, Jr
Day Pitney LLP
Rosendo is an attorney in Day Pitney LLP’s Hartford office. He advocates for clients in energy-related matters, including regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters, frequently handling proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy, and federal courts. Also, Rosendo is a member of the team of lawyers serving as general counsel to the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), a regional utility consortium engaged in the wholesale markets for electrical power. In this role, Rosendo represents NEPOOL before the FERC and regularly provides counsel related to the design and operation of the region’s wholesale electric markets. Prior to joining Day Pitney, Rosendo served as a law clerk for the Honorable Alexandra D. DiPentima, former Chief Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court.
Before becoming an attorney, Rosendo spent ten years on active duty, serving as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. During this time, he deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Now, Rosendo holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (O-5) and continues serving in the Marine Corps Reserves, where he currently holds the position of Deputy Operations Officer for a reserve unit based out of Quantico, VA.
Rosendo hails from Chicago and currently resides in Hartford. He holds bachelor degrees from the University of Chicago and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Paul Greatsinger is a Vice President with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Stamford, CT, where he provides Financial Advice and Planning to families and businesses. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Paul served twenty years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. An Infantry Officer, he served in more than 40 countries, to include deploying in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Joint Endeavor prior to his retirement in 2006.
Today, Paul lives in Fairfield with his wife, Ginny, who is also a Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor. They have three adult children, Warren, Ali and Matt. Paul has a BA in History from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington. He is a Past President of the Fairfield Rotary Club and Past President of the Exchange Club of Stamford. He currently serves as the President of the Connecticut District Exchange.
Deep Hollow Farm
Brian Hughes is the managing director of Deep Hollow Farm, producing organic fruits and vegetables in Chester, Connecticut. A former Sergeant in the US Army, Brian served in the Ranger Regiment on three deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He is a graduate of Yale University and of the University of Connecticut School of Law.
CT Comm. on Child Protection
John Kelley is the Executive Director of Children in Placement and has served on state committees focused on child protection and justice. He has served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve since 1990. In that time he has served on active duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and Washington. He has been awarded the Bronze Star as well as other decorations. John holds two masters degrees as well as a Juris Doctorate.
Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
Kevin Lenehan is the current Chair of CVLC’s Board of Directors. He is the Senior Counsel- Litigation at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Connecticut. Kevin manages and directs most litigation at Sikorsky, including all products liability matters, contracts and insurance-related litigation. Kevin has been at Sikorsky in that role since 2008. Prior to joining Sikorsky, Kevin was a litigation associate at LeBoeuf Lamb/Dewey LeBoeuf in Hartford. Kevin retired from the US Navy as a Commander (O-5) after 22+ years. During that time we was, among other things, a helicopter pilot with experience flying the H-53D/E, the UH-60, the TH-57 and the T-34. Kevin lives in Connecticut with his wife Mary and has three children, Kathryn (Katy), Kevin Jr. and Patrick. Kevin has been active in veterans causes since his retirement and during his time at Sikorsky he has taken a leadership role in the Sikorsky Homerun for Heroes (HFH) fundraiser which raises money and awareness for CVLC, Harkness House and the Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation. This year, HFH will also support the Madaras House, a community-based transitional home for homeless female Veterans in Connecticut.
Connecticut Attorney General's Office
Erik is a former Navy submariner and nuclear reactor operator who graduated with honors from UConn Law in 2002, and now serves as the head of defensive litigation within the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office. Erik is married to Paula Lohr, who is the Human Resources Officer for the Connecticut Chief Public Defender’s Office; they live in Granby, CT with their eight-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son.
Connecticut Department of Insurance
Aza Mosley is Counsel for the State of Connecticut (CT), Department of Insurance (DOI). She provides legal support to the Life and Health Division and serves on the DOI’s Inclusion Council. Prior to joining the DOI, she worked as Prosecutor for the State of CT, Division of Criminal Justice (2018 – 2020). Before that position, she worked for Bendett and McHugh, P.C. as an Attorney specializing in foreclosure mediation (2013 – 2018). Aza taught Paralegal courses as an Adjunct for the State of CT Community College system. She participated in a variety of organizations, including the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association (Director & Chair of the Membership Committee 2018 -2020), Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court (Barristers member 2016-2019), CT Bar Association (Women and the Law Section 2017 -2018 & CT Lawyer Advisory Committee 2018-2019).
Aza received her B.A. from the University of Hartford and her J.D. from Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Petit College of Law. She is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Wilby High School in Waterbury, CT. Aza resides in Waterbury with her husband Mr. Sean Mosley.
Robinson & Cole
Mr. O’Hanlan is a veteran and a current partner at Robinson & Cole. In over 30 years of trial practice, Mr. O’Hanlan has successfully represented clients before forums ranging from municipal land use and wetlands agencies to NASD arbitrations to jury and bench trials in state and federal courts to appeals before the Connecticut Supreme Court. He is a retired Navy captain (JAG) after 25 years of active and reserve service.
William J. Pieper
Pentegra Retirement Services
Bill Pieper is a Vice President with Pentegra Retirement Services, which is a leading provider of retirement plan and fiduciary outsourcing solutions to organizations nationwide. Since joining Pentegra in 2008, he has been the senior trust officer responsible for its trust company and the president of its broker dealer. He has over 30 years of experience in trust administration and investments to include providing fiduciary services to retirement plans, foundations, endowment funds, and other charitable organizations. Bill currently serves as a member of the Board of Finance for the Town of North Haven. He also is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 23 years of military service while on active duty and in the National Guard and the Army Reserve.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Brian Pierne is a financial executive with Deloitte & Touche LLP focused on financial planning, operations improvements, and controller activities. Brian has led projects ranging from due diligence on acquisitions to financial transformations during his 25+ years at Deloitte. Brian holds a BS from the University of Connecticut and a MS from Fairfield University.
Pratt & Whitney
Steve is a former Army Judge Advocate who now works at the Pratt & Whitney division of Raytheon Technologies, where he is Associate General Counsel for the Military Engines business. Steve earned his commission through the Army ROTC program at Syracuse University, and is also a graduate of George Washington University and Harvard University. He is married to Lisa Rice, who is a librarian at the town library in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, where they live with their two elementary-aged boys..
Kathleen (Kathi) Tourjee has served as head of Human Resources of WebMD since September 2011. She joined WebMD in December 2010 as Sr. Director, Total Rewards. Prior to joining WebMD, Ms. Tourjee was Sr. Director, Global Compensation at Pfizer, Inc. Her career at Pfizer spanned 29 years and several divisions, beginning in 1981 as a chemical process engineer and progressing through increasing levels of responsibility during 12 years in pharmaceutical manufacturing and 17 years in Human Resources.
Kathi earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MS in Business from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
She lives in Norwalk with her husband and has two grown children. Her previous volunteer work has included many years of youth coaching as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Family Service of Southeastern Connecticut. She is delighted to be joining the CVLC Board, at least in part, as a tribute to her late father, who did a tour of duty with the Marines. His service, although brief, helped define his own values and those of his children.
Donald P. Tutson, Jr.
The Law Office of Donald P. Tutson
For the last 19 years, Don has been running his Stamford based law practice, The Law Office of Donald P. Tutson, Jr., representing a variety of clients in a wide range of transactional matters including contractual and employment issues, real estate conveyance, estate planning and land use. With his passion for supporting sports industry businesses and clients in Connecticut, he acts as outside general counsel to the Eastern College Athletic Conference and serves as Chair of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Walden Macht & Haran LLP
Jeffrey Udell is a partner at Walden Macht & Haran LLP. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal and regulatory defense, corporate monitorships and internal investigations, frequently handling matters investigated or brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other law enforcement authorities. From 1999-2005, Jeff served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (Criminal Division) in the Southern District of New York. Jeff chaired the New York City Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee from 2008-2011, where he supervised the issuance of reports, commentary and proposals regarding New York’s legal ethics rules. Jeff is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia College and he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward R. Korman, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of New York.
Greater Hartford Legal Aid
Alison M. Weir is the Policy Advocate and a Staff Attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid. She advocates at the state and federal level in support of policies that strengthen Medicaid and other public benefit programs that serve legal services clients. Prior to joining GHLA, she was the General Counsel and Director of Policy at the National Diaper Bank Network. She was in private practice as a litigation attorney, and clerked for Judge José Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to her legal career, she was an active-duty Air Force officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel (O-5) after 20 years. During her Air Force career, she was an engineering project manager for several national security space systems, an English instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a speechwriter for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and a Supreme Court Fellow with duty at the U.S. Sentencing Commission. She retired from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence where she was the Acting Chief of Staff to the Deputy Director of Intelligence for Collection.
Alison is a native of Connecticut and currently lives in New Haven. She holds bachelor degrees from Cornell University, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), a J.D. from Georgetown University, and an LLM from the University of Connecticut.