JRC: Council Members and Staff

Council Members and Staff

 

The Council consists of the following:

 

Three Superior or Appellate Court judge members
Three attorney members
Six public members
Two alternate judge members
Two alternate attorney members
 
Three alternate public members
Three alternate family support magistrate members
Three alternate workers' compensation commissioner members

 

Whenever the Council considers a complaint against a workers' compensation commissioner member, an alternate workers' compensation commissioner member replaces a judge member. Likewise, when the Council considers a complaint against a family support magistrate, an alternate family support magistrate member replaces a judge member. At the present time, terms of regular members are four years. A regular member may not serve consecutive terms. Alternate members serve terms of three years and cannot serve consecutive terms as an alternate member. An alternate member could, at the termination of his or her term, be appointed a regular member. The Chairperson and members are appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Legislature.  The names of the present regular and alternate members of the Council and the dates their terms expire are listed below.

 

REGULAR MEMBERS

(Four-year terms)

DATE TERM EXPIRES

Attorney Members:

Martin B. Burke, Esq.

11/30/2014**

Barbara D. Aaron, Esq.

11/30/2016

Richard T. Meehan, Jr., Esq.

11/30/2018


Judge Members:

Hon. Joan K. Alexander

11/30/2015

Hon. Barbara N. Bellis 

  

11/30/2018 

Hon. Frank A. Iannotti 

11/30/2016 


Public Members:

Vacancies (3)  

 

Patricia LeBel-Lasse

11/30/2016

Jay A. Dirnberger

11/30/2016

Lawrence Goldman 

  

11/30/2016


 



ALTERNATE MEMBERS:

(Three-year terms)

DATE TERM EXPIRES

Family Support Magistrate Members:

Hon. Frederic Gilman

11/30/2015

Hon. Jane K. Grossman

11/30/2015

Hon. Norma I. Sanchez-Figueroa

11/30/2015


Workers' Compensation Commissioner Members:

WCC Scott A. Barton

11/30/2015

WCC  Randy L. Cohen

11/30/2015

WCC Jodi M. Gregg

11/30/2015

 

Judge Members:

Hon. Kevin G. Dubay

11/30/2015 

Hon. John J. Nazzaro

11/30/2015

 

Attorney Members:

Carl M. Porto, Esq.

11/30/2015

Russell L. London, Esq.

11/30/2015


Public Members:

Ervin Gerveni

11/30/2015

Motkue Bowles

11/30/2015

David A. Roche

11/30/2015

 

**Regular/Alternate Members whose terms have expired will continue to serve on the Council until Governor Malloy has appointed their respective replacement.**

BIOGRAPHIES OF COUNCIL MEMBERS
AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

JUDGE MEMBERS

HONORABLE JOAN K. ALEXANDER graduated from Yale University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1987, she received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the State of Connecticut from 1988 to 2000. In 2000, she was appointed a Superior Court Judge. Judge Alexander is currently the presiding judge in the Hartford Judicial District criminal court. She has also served as a criminal judge in New Haven, Waterbury, New Britain, and Litchfield Judicial Districts. She has been a member of the Judicial Review Council since March of 2012.

 

HONORABLE BARBARA BELLIS is a 1983 graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in Economics and Classics, and a 1986 graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.  She was appointed to the Superior Court in 2003.  She is currently assigned to the Fairfield Judicial District in Bridgeport, Connecticut where she serves as the Administrative Judge, the Presiding Judge of Civil Matters, and the e-filing judge.  She serves on various committees including the Civil Commission and the Judges Advisory Committee on Electronic Filing.

 

HONORABLE FRANK A. IANNOTTI, a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court for the past 19 years, currently serves as the Presiding Criminal Judge for both Pats A and B in the Judicial District of Ansonia/Milford.  Judge Iannotti was appointed to the bench in 1996, and since that time, has served terms as the Presiding Criminal Judge in the Judicial Districts of New Britain, Waterbury, New Haven, Middletown, Danbury, and Fairfield.


He has served as the President of the Judge's Association (2009-2010), on the Judicial Evaluations Committee (2010), and as the Co-Chair of the Victim Advisory Council (2000-2004).  He has also participated on the Sentence Review Division (1999-2010) and the Judicial Review Council (2005-2006) and (2015).  In 2010, Judge Iannotti was honored by the Bridgeport Bar Association as "Judge of the Year."


Before the Judiciary, Judge Iannotti was a Prosecutor with the Office of the Chief State's Attorney (1982-1985) and the New Haven State's Attorney Office (1985-1987). From 1987 to 1996, he was in private practice with the firm of O'Donnell & Iannotti, and then later with the Law Offices of Frank A. Iannotti.

   

Judge Iannotti received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College in 1976.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1980.

 

ATTORNEY MEMBERS

ATTORNEY RICHARD MEEHAN, CHAIRMAN (2014)is a graduate of Notre Dame University (B.S. 1970) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. with honors, 1974). Admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in Connecticut, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, he is currently the managing partner in Meehan, Meehan & Gavin, in Bridgeport.  The firm and Attorney Meehan, individually, have received an AV rating (Pre-Eminent--Highest Rating) by Matindale-Hubbell Law Directory for the past 28 years.  He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as both a Criminal Trial Specialist and Civil Trial Specialist.  Mr. Meehan was inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (2011) and the American College of Trial Lawyers (2013), He is a Charter Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (2007) and the American College of Board Certified Attorneys (2013).  He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; the Connecticut Bar Association (Lawyer to Lawyer Dispute Resolution Committee and Media and the Law Committee, Federal Judiciary Committee, and serves as co-chair of the Committee on Human Trafficking); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Greater Bridgeport Bar Association (Executive Committee 1982, 1987-90, Chairman - Criminal Law Section 1981-82, 84-85, President 1986-87); the Connecticut Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers (1994-Present); and the Advisory Board of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

 

Attorney Meehan is a Fact Finder and Arbitrator for the Connecticut Superior Court and a columnist for ConnPost.com - "Due Process".  He has been honored by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut, by the American Socity of Legal Advocates as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Connecticut (2015), by Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers (2006-Present) and New England Super Lawyers (2007-2015, selected three times as Top Fifty).  Mr. Meehan was selected as one of the Ten Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Connecticut by the American Law Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys in 2014.


ATTORNEY BARBARA D. AARON is a principal in the law firm of Berman, Bourns, Aaron & Dembo.  Attorney Aaron received her Bachelor’s Degree from American University and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Attorney Aaron began her career as a criminal defense attorney with the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan, New York. She returned to her home state of Connecticut in 1986 and has been in private practice ever since. Currently, Attorney Aaron’s practice is exclusively in the field of Matrimonial Law, with an emphasis on Mediation and Collaborative Law. 


Attorney Aaron is Co-Chair of the Hartford County Bar Association's Family Law Section and is on the executive committee of the Connecticut Bar Association's Family Law Section.  She serves as the current President of the Children's Law Center of Connecticut.  Attorney Aaron is one of the co-founders and past president of The Connecticut Counsel for Non-Adversarial Divorce.  Attorney Aaron is a lifetime fellow of the James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and has consistently been named a "Super lawyer" in New England and Connecticut Magazine.  She was appointed to the Connecticut Commission on Child Protection in 2009 and in 2013 to the Judicial Review Council by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

 

ATTORNEY MARTIN D. BURKE, member of the Bar in Connecticut, New York and Maine, has been in general practice in Vernon since 1968, concentrating in Elder Law, Veterans’ Benefits, Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate.  HE has served as Town Attorney in Vernon and Ellington and is now Assistant Town Attorney in Vernon.  A former member of the General Assembly representing Vernon, he also served as a member and chairman of Connecticut Law Revision Commission.  He has served as a member of the Statewide Grievance Committee, as well as local grievance committees, and is presently a member of the Judicial Review Council. 

 

PUBLIC MEMBERS

JAY A. DIRNBERGER has been a resident of Westport, CT since November 2008, where he lives with his wife Molly.  Their son Jason is an independent filmmaker and lives in Brooklyn, NY.  Jay retired from business at the end of 2011.  Jay is active in several community organizations.  He is in his fourth year as a mentor to a freshman boy at Staples High School. He is the treasurer of the Westport Historical Society and is an active member of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston.  He serves as the treasurer of one of the oldest commemorative military units in the United States called Gold’s Dragoons, which dates back to 1660. He has been an alternate and full public member on the State’s Judicial Review Council since 2009.  In that capacity he has participated in every meeting since early 2012.


Jay has over 35 years experience in the field of institutional and private investment management.  He has worked with some of the largest institutional funds in the United States and many prominent families and their financial advisors.  Notably he was Vice-Chairman of Julius Baer’s US based investment advisor, where he worked for 16 years.  Prior to his retirement in 2011, he was a managing director at Lyster Watson & Company, a New York investment advisor.

Jay received his B.A. in History from the University of Buffalo in 1966 and an MBA from New York University in 1977.  He served in the US Army from 1965 through 1970, where he was an Infantry Captain.  He flew helicopters in Vietnam with the 1st Calvary Division and was the Aide-de Camp to the Commanding General of the 18th Airborne Corp at Ft. Bragg.  He is the former Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the United Nations International School.  He served as the president and treasurer for this New York City apartment cooperative for over 20 years. 

 

PATRICIA LEBEL-LASSE is a litigation paralegal at the Law Firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC. She supports the firm's Chairman and litigation department with complex commercial and business disputes in a variety of areas in both state and federal courts.  Since joining the firm in 2001, Patricia has implemented new business processes in the areas of electronic data discovery, litigation support and trial technology.  She is a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS), a Certified Trial Specialist, and a member of her firm's technology committee.


Patricia was appointed as a public member of the Judicial Review Council by Governor Dannel Malloy in 2013 for a term of four years.  She received her A.S. Degree, Cum Laude, in Paralegal Studies from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.  She resides in Milford, CT with her husband Peter and their dog, Mr. Biscotti.


LAWRENCE GOLDMAN has lived and worked in Norwich, CT since 1989 with his wife Susan.  His son lives in New Haven and works on the Hartford staff for Senator Murphy.  He and his wife have been involved in local and state politics and worked on many boards and commissions.  Currently, Mr. Goldman is the Secretary of the Norwich Public Utilities Commission and Chair of the Norwich Democratic Town Committee.


Professionally, Mr. Goldman has worked in the printing industry for over 40 years, and since moving to Connecticut from Massachusetts, has worked for a few regional commercial printers in the area and most recently ran a successful print broker business.


Mr. Goldman was recommended to the Judicial Review Committee in July of 2014 by Governor Malloy and started membership in October of 2014 to replace another public member with his term ending in November of 2016.


ALTERNATE MEMBERS:

Alternate Attorney Member:  ATTORNEY CARL M. PORTO is the managing principal in the Law Firm of Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell, P.C., with offices in Hamden and Guilford.  Mr. Porto is a member of the New Haven County Bar Association, having served as its President.  He is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, currently serving as chair of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.  Previously Mr. Porto served as a member of the Connecticut Bar Association Committee on Automobile Reparations, Professional Responsibility, Multidisciplinary and Multijurisdictional Task Force and Committees, In-House Counsel Study Committee and was elected to the Connecticut Bar Association House of Delegates.  Mr. Porto is an Attorney State Trial Referee, co-chaired the Federal Master Program and is a Connecticut Boar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellow.  Mr. Porto previously served as the Town of Hamden's Assistant Town Attorney and Twon Attorney.

 

Mr. Porto is an Association Fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University, serves as a board member and on the executive committee of the First Tee of Connecticut as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Hamden Hall County Day School.  Mr. Porto served as a director of the Bank of New Haven, Citizens Bank of Connecticut and Rhode Island and Start Community Bank of New Haven.  He also served as president of the New Haven Country Club, the Quinnipiack Club and as a member of the boards of Hospital of Saint Raphael's Foundation, the Shubert Performing Arts Center and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Porto was selected as the Hamden Chamber of Commerce Notable Citizen of the Year in 2004, and was the recipient of the Hamden Education Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.


Attorney Porto is a graduate of the Boston University (1964) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (1967).


Alternate Attorney Member:  ATTORNEY RUSSELL L. LONDON is the co-managing attorney of the law firm London & London, located in Newington, Connecticut.  He is a graduate of Washington & Lee Law School (JD 1989) and holds a bachelors degree from Bates College (BA with Honors, 1986). In law school, he received the Best Brief Writer Award in the 1989 John W. Davis Moot Court Competition. Mr. London has over 20 years experience in the areas of commercial and retail collections and consumer bankruptcy matters. His work has been cited by such nationally recognized publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has published a number of articles in the VISA Bankruptcy Newsletter. He is a member of the Commercial Law League of America, the National Attorney Network, and the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA). He is on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Creditor Bar Association and serves as co-Chair of the section's Legislative Action Committee. He has been a featured speaker and panelist before the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys and the Visa Bankruptcy conference. He previously served as legal counsel to the Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, helping oversee over a million dollar of grants awarded to the community. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for over 20 years.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ATTORNEY DENNIS J. O’CONNOR was appointed Executive Director of the Judicial Review Council by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, effective August 29, 2014.

During the course of his legal career, Mr. O’Connor has engaged in the private practice of law; served for three years as an Assistant Public Defender in Hartford Superior Court, Geographical Area 14; and culminated his full-time career with over three decades of service as an Assistant State’s Attorney, first, in Superior Court, G.A. 14 (for nearly four years), and, ultimately, twenty-eight years in the Hartford Superior Court, Part A.

During the latter assignment, Mr. O’Connor’s trial experience was extensive and varied; his assignments included prosecutions for, and trials to verdict for, virtually every type of serious crime one would expect to encounter in a busy docket for the State’s Capitol City.  Some of Mr. O’Connor’s more “unusual” prosecutions included those involving a “sting” operation upon those individuals who sought to “sell” stolen goods to “friendly purchasers” (undercover officers), as well as some police officers who had been arrested as a result of a “Grand Jury” investigating allegations of police corruption.

Mr. O’Connor’s trial experience in prosecutions of, and convictions for, murder include capital felonies (murders for hire, “multiple” murders, and murders of kidnapped victims).  One such trial was televised, virtually in its entirety, on Connecticut Television Network (CT-N).

Mr. O’Connor spent time as a lecturer and panelist in “in-house” training sessions for prosecutors in the Division of Criminal Justice.

At the time of his retirement in 2011, Mr. O’Connor was the Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney for the Hartford Superior Court, Part A.  In 1999, he was the recipient of an award from the Manchester Police Department for successful prosecution of two individuals who committed murders in 1996.  In 2008, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Connecticut Criminal Justice Educational and Charitable Association.

A member of the bars of the United States District Court, District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court, Mr. O’Connor received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut (1971) and his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law (1974).





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