Retired Judge Colin Joins Greewich Family Law Firm Retired Superior Court Judge Thomas D. Colin has rejoined the Greenwich firm Schoonmaker, George & Blomberg, as a named partner, renaming the firm Schoonmaker, George, Colin & Blomberg, effective April 2.
Colin co-founded the family and matrimonial law firm in 1996, but left the firm in 2013 when he was nominated by Gov. Dannel Malloy to be a Superior Court judge. He retired from that position April 1.
As a judge, Colin handled family and criminal matters. He also served on the Judicial Education Committee, preparing curriculum and courses for the Connecticut Judges’ Institute. For most of his tenure, Colin served as the presiding judge for the family docket in the Stamford Judicial District. He has represented clients in many complex and high-profile child custody and divorce cases.
A former chairman of the Family Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, Colin will handle all aspects of traditional client representation, including litigation. He will also lead Schoonmaker’s alternative dispute resolution practice group.
Goldstein Named Partner At Silver Golub & Teitell The Stamford trial law firm Silver Golub & Teitell has named Jennifer B. Goldstein its newest partner, according to Richard A. Silver, a senior partner.
“Jennifer has been an integral part of serving our clients across a number of practice areas, and we are proud to welcome her to the partnership,” Silver said in a statement. “We look forward to her continued contributions as part of a team of partners that shares professional values and collaborates seamlessly on behalf of our clients.”
Goldstein has devoted her legal practice to civil litigation, including medical malpractice, negligence, complex commercial litigation and personal injury. A significant focus of her work has been to represent individuals pursuing claims against institutional defendants such as boarding schools and the Boy Scouts of America for childhood sexual abuse; municipalities and school systems for their failure to protect students from bullying; and towns for sexual harassment and discrimination.
Goldstein has also represented police officers in support of union members’ rights to free speech and compensation for on-the-job injuries. She previously practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Murtha Cullina.
Carlton Fields Hires New Projects Executive Carlton Fields Jorden Burt has hired noted project management executive C. Peter “Pete” Hitson to be the firm’s new director of legal project and practice management.
Hitson has more than 25 years of legal, claims and financial services experience. His deep experience in Lean and Six Sigma disciplines are expected to continue to drive Carlton Fields’ innovative legal project management (LPM) objectives.
“We’re delighted to welcome Pete to Carlton Fields,” said Gary L. Sasso, president and CEO. “Developing more rigor in Legal Project Management is essential to enable law firms today to respond creatively to client demands for better value, more predictability and transparency in pricing, creative and cost-effective alternative fee arrangements and process improvement.”
Hitson has been tapped to expand on LPM initiatives by collaborating with firm leadership and attorneys and improving project scoping, planning and budgeting.
“Carlton Fields is a law firm known for its creative, inclusive and collegial atmosphere, and its transparent and collaborative approach with clients,” Hitson said. “This is the kind of environment where creative and challenging concepts like LPM are known to thrive, yielding bottom-line benefits for both the firm and our clients.”
Hitson previously served as director of legal process innovation at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker and assistant vice president of legal practices, support and audit for The Hartford. He also worked in private practice.