President’s Message

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By: 2019-2020 GBBA President Matthew Reale

As I commence my term as the 139th President of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, I reflect on how I was so fortunate to achieve this prestigious position.  The common denominator is the incredible attorneys who I have had the privilege to interact with during my career.  For me, the members of the GBBA is what distinguishes our Bar Association from all the others.

As I look forward to the upcoming year, my primary theme is to continue to grow our Bar Association.  I will be looking to all of our members to support this mission. We are not only one of the oldest Bar Associations but we are also one of the largest local bar association in the State of Connecticut.  In order to continue our growth, I will be reaching out to attorney’s in the Greater Bridgeport area and encouraging them to join the GBBA.  I will also be reaching out to current members to do the same.  The continued growth of this wonderful organization lies squarely in the hands of our incredible membership.

Increasing our membership is important to the sustenance of the Bar Association.  However, one of the keys to the success of our Bar lies in the participation of our membership.  Meaningful and valuable participation of our membership is provided within our Standing Committees as well as attendance at the Legal Education Programs and Social Events administered and hosted by the Association.  One of our more popular recurring Education Program is our unique “brown bag” lunch and learn roundtable usually held quarterly by our individual Standing Committees.  I cannot express the degree of gratitude that I have for the leadership demonstrated by our Committee Chairs in organizing and hosting our roundtable programs.

Our Executive Director is Antoinette Manganello.  She maintains daily office hours at the Bar office located on the 4th Floor at 1057 Broad Street, diagonally behind the Fairfield County Judicial District Courthouse.  Antoinette is always receptive to meeting members.  I would encourage our members to drop in and introduce themselves to Antoinette.  For those of you who have not been to the Bar office, you will be pleasantly surprised by our conference room that is available for Bar Seminars and outside functions as well.

I am truly humbled by the opportunity to lead this the GBBA for this upcoming year.  I encourage you to contact me with any insight as to continue to grow OUR Greater Bridgeport Bar Association.  I can be reached at my office (203) 924-4300 or cell phone (203) 231-1597 or email:


Matthew Reale

President, GBBA


President’s Message March/April 2018

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President’s Message – March/April 2018

Greetings and Salutations, Members,

The Greater Bridgeport Bar Association was established by thirteen attorneys in 1880. It’s hard to imagine that the founders could have predicted how strong and diverse an association the GBBA has become 138 years later. The GBBA has evolved to become a positive force professionally and socially not only to its members, but to the local community as well.

While the profession of law often entails contentious battles in the courtroom, the GBBA strives to provide events that foster collegiality. For example, on February 27th, members of the Young Lawyers Committee gathered at Trattoria ‘A Vucchella in Bridgeport for authentic Italian cuisine and comradery. Despite the inclement weather, on March 8th, a wonderful winter social was had at Ralph-n-Rich’s Restaurant in Bridgeport where harried members gave over to the relaxed ambiance, tasty delectables, and, most importantly, welcoming of colleagues. On March 15th, college basketball enthusiasts discussed the rudiments of bracketology during a fun March Madness event at Tiago’s Restaurant, coordinated by Attorney Etan M. Hirsch and GBBA Executive Director Antoinette Manganello.
Expanding its reach into the community, the GBBA sponsored the third round of the Bridgeport Middle School and High School Parliamentary Debate League, held at the Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy in Bridgeport on February 24th. On February 27th, volunteers from the Community Outreach Committee, Chaired by Attorney Kathleen M. Dunn, purchased, prepared, and served lunch to over 200 economically disadvantaged people. For professional development, the GBBA offers many seminars, committee meetings, and happenings throughout the year to enhance your practice and help you meet the minimum continuing legal education requirements. The GBBA is an official accredited service provider for New York and offers a variety of educational seminars conveniently located at the office of the GBBA.

There are many exciting upcoming events, and we invite you to mark your calendars for each of them. On May 1, 2018, the GBBA will host the annual Law Day celebration by awarding the three top essay contest winners with monetary prizes and a special breakfast ceremony at the GBBA offices. To kick off the celebration, the Honorable Barbara N. Bellis will preside over a debate by four students from the Parliamentary Debate League. Please consider attending the Law Day celebration at the bar offices to support the very enthusiastic and committed children. On Monday, June 18, 2018, the GBBA and its golf-outing partner, The Center for Family Justice, Inc., will get into the swing of things at the Annual Golf Classic—order your Big Bertha now!

Finally, the culmination of this year’s events, the Annual Dinner Meeting, will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Tashua Knolls Restaurant in Trumbull. The Annual Dinner Committee is proud to announce that it has selected the well-deserved honorees for 2018, Attorneys Kathleen M. Dunn and James Timothy Shearin. A collection of records of the first 29 banquets (now deemed the Annual Dinner Meeting), published in the Records of the Bridgeport Bar Association 1880—1908, reveals the fundamental purpose for the event’s creation, namely, to promote an opportunity for its members to socialize and to advances the principles of the legal profession. As the founders recognized: “there should be at least one day in the year when lawyers could call a truce and smoke the pipe of peace, in the hope that we would all understand one another better and thereby insure a more friendly and kindly professional spirit.” Happily, the GBBA has expanded to give us so many more opportunities to meet and mingle with one another other than the single day set aside over one hundred years ago. We hope you’ll continue to take part in the Association and in this special tradition.

President’s Message – November/December 2017

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By: Stephanie Dellolio, Attorney at Law


Hello, GBBA Members,

The GBBA has been busy! A big thank you goes out to all of our committee chairs for the quality and variety of the programs they have brought to us these last two months. Among the highlights were the Family Law Practice Updates Seminar on September 27th, the judges reception generously sponsored by Cohen and Wolf, P.C. that same evening, and the October 13th judges’ luncheon hosted by the Young Lawyers Committee where distinguished Judges Doyle, Pavia, and Rodriguez graciously shared their words of wisdom. On October 12th, GBBA members volunteered their time at the Hallen School’s annual Read Aloud Day in conjunction with the Community Outreach Committee.  A hearty group of GBBA hikers and their families met at Sleeping Giant State Park on October 21st where they experienced fall foliage at its best and an impromptu lunch at the top of the mountain at the castle.  A special thanks to YLC Co-Chairs Attorneys Venoal M. Fountain, Jr. and Carolyn A. Trotta who organized the event and led the charge in a successful treasure hunt.  On November 8th, Real Property Committee Co-Chairs Attorneys Matthew C. Reale and Lucas Hernandez, in conjunction with CATIC, held a seminar on recent developments in Connecticut real estate law.  Rounding out the slate of events was our autumn social at Trattoria ‘Avucchella at the Bijou Square.  On a somber note, the annual Service of Remembrance was held on September 29th.

I am happy to report that 171 new Connecticut attorneys were sworn in to the Connecticut Bar at the Connecticut Supreme Court on November 3rd, and GBBA Executive Director Antoinette Manganello and I were privileged to attend the ceremony.  We are excited that a number of the new admittees joined the GBBA during the reception, and we hope they will become active members of our organization.

The GBBA still has a number of exciting opportunities coming up before the end of the year, both educational and social, and we encourage you to peruse the GBBA’s website to see what’s ahead. On November 17th, the Workers’ Compensation Committee will be presenting an informative seminar. Join us again on November 30th for the Litigation Committee’s Brewery Tour and Tasting at the Veracious Brewing Company. In case you missed the September 26th Ahead of the Curve Ethics in Practice Seminar, due to popular demand, the seminar will be held again on December 6th at the GBBA offices.  On another note, as you may have seen, the GBBA is collecting donations for the annual Horn of Plenty Food Drive for distribution to local community partners, Operation Hope and the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Please contact the GBBA for information and/or to schedule a pick up.

The GBBA works hard to keep you updated on any procedural changes that may be happening at the start of the new year. As you may have heard, the Rules of Appellate Procedure have been amended and will go into effect on January 1, 2018.  The amendments are available on the homepage of the judicial branch’s website. Also, remember, if you have a special topic for a continuing legal education credit seminar, please feel free to contact the GBBA.  Suggestions are always welcome.

Although it seems impossible to believe, the holidays are around the corner. We hope that you were able to join us for the GBBA’s annual Holiday Party. Once again, we celebrated together at the beautiful Black Rock Yacht Club on December 5th. As always, the GBBA sends its wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year to all of you.

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Featured In this Issue…

  • Engagement Letters- Not Just For Litigators!
  • Season Of Giving
  • The Doctrine Of Res Judicata Barred Property Owners Who Filed Initial Suit For Injunction From Recovering On Subsequent Suit For Damages
  • “Do I Need A Forensic Financial Expert In My Divorce?”

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  • Local Litigation Updates
  • Juvenile Law Update

President’s Message – September/October 2017

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By: Stephanie Dellolio, Attorney at Law


As we head into fall, the GBBA has many successes to announce from its productive summer, from the hiring of new personnel who bring experience and enthusiasm to our organization to having hosted many exciting and well-attended social events.

On the staffing front, the GBBA is pleased to announce Antoinette Velasco as its new Executive Director.  Previously employed by Rutgers University, Antoinette served as the Senior Program Coordinator in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Antoinette received her B.A. in marketing and management from Berkeley College and has a background in human resources and legal services. The GBBA also welcomes Rebecca Izzi as its Lawyer Referral Services Coordinator.  Rebecca is a recent graduate of UCONN where she received her B.A. in political science.  Please join me in welcoming Antoinette and Rebecca to the GBBA and wishing them both well in their new positions.

In addition to our new hires, the GBBA is proud to have hosted some of our most successful social events this past summer. On July 18th, over 60 members took a brief respite from their labors to enjoy a gorgeous evening at the beautiful Black Rock Yacht Club.  Another social followed in early September with an end-of-the-summer beach party at the Jacky Durrell Pavilion.  Members and their families and friends were treated to a spectacular sunset over the sound which faded to a stunning full moon as they watched.

Now that autumn is here, the GBBA will be hosting several upcoming events, programs, and socials.  Dedicated Committee Chairs will be offering a variety of continuing legal education seminars at the GBBA offices.  For information about upcoming happenings, please visit the GBBA’s website,, as well as the calendar of events posted in this issue of News Brief.

As my year as GBBA president goes into high gear, I wanted to share some of my highest priority goals. First and foremost among them is to facilitate a platform upgrade of the GBBA’s website.  I am confident that by improving our online access and presence, we will not only serve our members better but will increase our membership and community outreach efforts. Secondly, I would like to focus on growing our young lawyers’ membership.  This year, the YLC will be planning and sponsoring a number of events and on October 13, 2017 will be presenting the Judges’ Luncheon at the offices of the GBBA.  The event is exclusive (and free) for young lawyers. Perhaps you may even consider mentoring a young lawyer through the GBBA’s Mentoring Committee.

With all the GBBA has to offer, we hope that you consider attending one or more of our many events, whether educational or social. Finally, as we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17, 2017 commemorating the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, I invite you all to take a moment to reflect on the freedoms, liberties, and protections guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Thank you for your continued support of the GBBA.

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Featured In this Issue…

  • Concern For The Profession Corner
  • Scholarship Fund Update
  • What Is A Paralegal?
  • Prenuptial Agreements In Connecticut
  • Requesting Records For Your DCF Client

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  • A Message From The Intellectual Property Committee
  • Dilworth IP Announces Strategic Affiliation With Dilworth & Barrese
  • Broder & Orland LLC Press Release

President’s Message – July/August 2017

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By: Stephanie Dellolio, Attorney at Law

Thank you for attending the 137th annual dinner meeting of the GBBA. I am honored to serve as President for the 2017-2018 year and pledge to work diligently as an effective steward of this prestigious organization.

When I asked our distinguished past presidents and officers for some sage advice in preparing this acceptance speech, I received the same guidance that I receive for legal briefs: keep it short! So I will try and comply.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor opined in 1999 “that life as a lawyer is a bit more complex than it was a century ago.” However, certain fundamentals remain the steadfast pillars to the practice of law: the pursuit of justice through counseling clients, written and oral presentation, and tireless advocacy in resolving legal disputes. Today, as it has since 1880, the GBBA continues its dedication to advance these goals.

The GBBA brings value to its members by cultivating comradery and professionalism through its social and charitable events, committee meetings, and informative continuing legal education seminars. Whether you are a seasoned attorney practicing for decades and can remember the days of the Algonquin Club and typing short calendar reclaims on pink carbon paper slips or you are a newly admitted attorney seeking to build your knowledge and reputation, there is no substitute for personal, face-to-face interaction with your fellow, local GBBA members.

In fact, local bar associations are arguably more important than ever given that the next generation of emerging legal technology will undoubtedly lead us to more hours in front of a computer screen. As great as technology is, there is no virtual platform capable of replacing a firm handshake, a pat on the shoulder, and enjoying a good laugh with the company of your colleagues and friends.

Whether your practice involves taxes, torts, trials, or technology, please consider joining or even chairing a committee, attending a nuts and bolts CLE seminar, or conversing with colleagues at a seaside social.

In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, the GBBA supports the local courts through bench-bar relations and supports the local community through charitable events. For example, the time-honored Annual Golf Classic Outing is scheduled for June 19th where the proceeds are donated to the Center for Family Justice, an emergency crisis provider for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

As the incoming elected President, I would like the members of the GBBA to know that I will do everything in my power to be an effective facilitator.

The first annual dinner of the GBBA was held on August 6, 1880. The 13 original founders sought to unite local attorneys, establish congeniality, and promote the dignity and integrity of the bar and the profession. The founders be-lieved that the best way to effectuate their goal was to meet over a good dinner, noting that “the will relaxed wonderfully under the influence of a good punch.” So please enjoy the evening and have a glass of good punch.

In closing, I would like to share a passage from Albert Einstein which encapsulates my upcoming endeavors at the helm of the GBBA:
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give the same measure as I have received.

Thank you Judges, Members and friends of the GBBA for your continued support, for attending this evening’s festivities, and for continuing the tradition of the founding members. And a special thanks to my firm, Ury & Moskow, LLC, in Fairfield for always encouraging my commitment to the GBBA and the legal profession and for the firm’s commitment to the pursuit of justice.


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President’s Message – March/April 2017

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Greetings to All:

It is hard to believe that we now find ourselves in the middle of February. I have been asked by many fellow lawyers regarding GBBA seminars to comply with the annual CLE requirements. Just recently we had a Board meeting, and all committee chairs and co-chairs were requested to appear and report. Several chairs reported that they are planning seminars – two hours in duration to meet CLE annual requirements. Of particular concern is the planning and scheduling of a seminar in the subject of Ethics as everyone has an annual requirement of two hours in Ethics. Once our seminars are organized, all members will be notified.

On Wednesday night, February 8th, The Center for Family Justice had a ceremony for the opening of its first legal “incubator” program located at its Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport headquarters. A team of five newly graduated attorneys will operate independent law practices, while offering legal assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the greater Bridgeport area. Five young female lawyers have separate offices in the facility, will work with victims of abuse, and will offer legal services at a reasonable price as these lawyers build their practice.

Debra Greenwood, President and CEO of the Center, and Angela Schlingheyde, the attorney in charge of the State of Connecticut’s first legal “incubator” program, both acknowledged the help from two of our local lawyers, Janine Becker and Matthew Reale. I commend these two lawyers (Janine Becker is immediate Past President of the GBBA, and Matt Reale is our current Secretary), and urge all members of the Bar who are willing to contact the Center for pro bono and mentoring work.

Attorney Etan Hirsch is actively co-chairing the young lawyers section of GBBA with Attorney Venoal Fountain. Unfortunately over the past several years, there has been a decline in this section perhaps due to the stresses of work and young family life. Etan and Venoal are attempting to invigorate this necessary section for the survival of GBBA, and we thank them for their continued efforts.

Preparations are well in the works for the Annual Law Day Program. This year, the Hallen School Choir will perform, and the Liberty Bell Award will be presented to The Center for Family Justice. I urge all members to attend the luncheon at the Holiday Inn. Notices will go out on a timely basis. Law Day is a national celebration of the rule of law and the U.S. legal system.

The Annual Dinner Committee has selected the honorees for this year: Nancy Ganassini (our retired Executive Director) and Attorney Daniel Portanova will be this year’s recipients. More details on this May event will follow.

On February 16th, the GBBA hosted the Winter Social at the Barnum Publick Restaurant. The event was well attended, and thanks to Katie Santos (Acting Executive Director) and her assistant, Mariah Miklus, for their help in organizing this successful and fun event.

On February 16th, I also attended the Bridgeport Security Commissioner’s quarterly meeting under Judge Barbara Bellis’ direction. All issues of safety and security were discussed concerning both Courthouses. Marshal Gary Hughes chaired the meeting, and explained that despite severe budget cuts which has diminished the number of marshals, safety has been maintained. If there is suspicion of violence in any area of both Courthouses, extra marshals are available. Apparently, the separate entrance for attorneys is up and running, but if there are any complaints or observations, please advise.

My best to all the members of the GBBA!

The Debate League Needs Your Help!

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The Bridgeport Debate League has been up and running for 5 years now! The director of this debate program, Ronald Rapice, has worked hard to keep this debate team going in order to continue to teach these kids the importance of being aware and involved in current issues. Former debater and coach of Park City Magnet Middle School Debate Team, Katarina Ruiz says, ” Joining the debate team has opened my eyes to the world around me and I am endlessly grateful for all the important skills and opportunities the debate team has given me “, Please help us continue to provide for this wonderful program!

The Bridgeport Public School Debate League needs our help!

Any and all donations are accepted

Please contact Kathleen Dunn, Chair of the Community Outreach Committee for more information.

Please make checks payable to GBBA and send to GBBA offices:

1057 Broad Street, 4th Floor, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Upcoming GBBA Events

  • December 4, 2019 12:00 am: SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING (Community Outreach)
  • December 12, 2019 12:00 am: WORKERS' COMPENSATION SEMINAR (Continuing Legal Education)
  • December 17, 2019 12:00 am: LAST CHANCE CLE DAY (Continuing Legal Education)
  • December 19, 2019 12:00 am: HOLIDAY PARTY (Socials)
  • February 12, 2020 12:00 am: CRIMINAL LAW SEMINAR (Continuing Legal Education)
  • February 12, 2020 12:00 am: COMMUNITY OUTREACH COOKS FOR THE COMMUNITY (Community Outreach)
  • February 12, 2020 12:00 am: LITIGATION ROUND TABLE (Committee Meetings)
  • March 12, 2020 12:00 am: REEL FILM NIGHT (Socials)
  • March 12, 2020 12:00 am: YOUNG LAWYERS MEET WITH JUDGES LUNCHEON (Socials)
  • March 12, 2020 12:00 am: MARCH MADNESS HAPPY HOUR (Socials)
  • March 12, 2020 12:00 am: REAL ESTATE SEMINAR (Continuing Legal Education)
  • April 12, 2020 12:00 am: TRIVA NIGHT (Socials)
  • April 12, 2020 12:00 am: ETHICS SEMINAR (Continuing Legal Education)
  • April 12, 2020 12:00 am: LITIGATION SEMINAR (Continuing Legal Education)
  • May 1, 2020 12:00 am: LAW DAY (Socials)
  • May 12, 2020 12:00 am: BANKRUPTCY/COMMERICAL/BUSINESS LAW (Continuing Legal Education)
  • May 14, 2020 12:00 am: ANNUAL DINNER (Socials)
  • June 12, 2020 12:00 am: YOUNG LAWYER HAPPY HOUR (Socials)
  • June 12, 2020 12:00 am: CRIMINAL LAW SEMINAR (Continuing Legal Education)
  • June 12, 2020 12:00 am: JUVENILE LAW SEMINAR (Continuing Legal Education)

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