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   When I represent a client in a business dispute, I find I am acting as an historian.  Like an historian, I interview eyewitnesses informally but also formally, such as through depositions and examination in court.  I also comb through documents, which now are not only paper but more commonly in electronic form.  Similar to an historian with a political bent or thesis to prove, I use advocacy skills to portray the facts in a light most favorable to my client.  I enjoy telling my client's story to a judge, arbitrator, mediator, or jury as a very creative process.

   On a personal level, I have been married to the same wonderful wife for over 32 years and have two grown sons, whom I coached in Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball.  I play racquetball almost every day and am trying to get better in the frustrating game of golf.


Languages spoken: Italian

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
    35 years, 250 cases
  2. Business: 20%
    35 years
  3. Arbitration: 10%
    25 years



Hourly ($475/hour)

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Contact info

Updike Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.

100 Pearl St Fl 17
P. O. Box 231277
Hartford, CT, 06103


NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 198207/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Best Lawyer, Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalUpdike, Kelly & Spellacy, PC2010 - Present
PartnerAxinn, Veltrop & Harkrider, LLP2003 - 2009
PrincipalUpdike, Kelly & Spellacy, PC1988 - 2003
AssociateKelley Drye & Warren, LLP1981 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Arbitration AssociationNational Roster of Neutrals2001 - Present
American Bar Association, Committee on Corporate CounselMember1992 - Present
Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice SectionExecutive Committee1992 - Present
Hartford County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember1987 - Present
Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice SectionChairman1995 - 1998
Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice SectionTreasurer1993 - 1995
Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice SectionSecretary1992 - 1993
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Petereit v. S.B. Thomas, Inc.Victory at trial. After appeal, S.B. Thomas changed its distributor system to a franchise system and awarded my clients franchises.
Jarrow Formulas v. International Nutrition Co.Settlement
ColdForm, Inc. v. Faurecia AutomotiveSettlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Doe v. Norwalk Community College Analysis for LexisNexis Expert CommentariesDoe v. Norwalk Community College Analysis for LexisNexis Expert Commentaries2007
Connecticut Law TribuneArbitration Freed From American Fee Rule2006
Federal Litigation Guide: New York and ConnecticutFederal Litigation Guide: New York and Connecticut1998
Physician's ManagementStaff Privileges Emerge as Managed Care Battleground1997
Hartford Business ReviewAlternative Dispute Resolution: Simplified Justice or a Shield for Smoking Guns?1993
Connecticut LawyerLender's Liens Lost1991
The Hartford CourantWar correspondents: military pawns or truth seekers?1991
11 Columbia Human Rights L. Rev. 227Are Aliens Still a Suspect Class After Norwick?1979
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Wesleyan UniversityClassicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Connecticut Bar Association Annual MeetingEffective Written Advocacy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut2010
ABA Section of Litigation Committee on Corporate Counsel Annual MeetingSettlement from Inside and Outside2004
American Franchisee AssociationWhy Do Franchisors Pick on Good Franchisees?2001
Connecticut Bar Association Annual MeetingEverything You Always Wanted to Know About the Federal Courts But Were Afraid to Ask1997
Connecticut Bar Association, Franchise Law in Connecticut SeminarWhat Really Is a Franchise? - The Effect of Recent Case Law Changes1994
Hartford County Bar AssociationFederal Courts - Avoiding the Pitfalls1990