Many companies headquartered outside of Connecticut have long-standing relationships with law firms in their home states. Those companies often prefer that their usual counsel represent them in Connecticut litigation. Under Connecticut's federal and state court system, however, attorneys not admitted in Connecticut, but seeking to represent their clients in litigation here, must secure a local counsel. Generally, local counsel must review or sign all pleadings, briefs, and other papers filed with the court. In federal court, the judge may waive the appearance of local counsel at certain proceedings. In state court, however, local counsel must appear at all proceedings. Mr. Minchella teaches the Connecticut Practice book as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law, and brings his knowledge and experience of Connecticut Practice to his role as local counsel.
The Firm has served as local counsel to many Fortune 50 companies and financial institutions in Connecticut litigation. Consistent with our obligations under federal and state rules, we advise lead counsel concerning local rules and procedures, and provide substantive advice, while remaining sensitive to the established client relationship that lead counsel has with the mutual client.