Connecticut Panel of Neutrals
- Peter Barrett, Esq.
- William F. Beckert, Esq.
- Thomas P. Cella, Esq.
- Isabelle L. Koch, Esq.
- A. Richard Mason, Esq.
- Shannon K. McCarthy, Esq.
- Jill M. McGoldrick, Esq.
- Paul A. Morello, Jr., Esq.
- Michael J. Quinlan, Esq.
- Richard P. Renehan, Esq.
- Richard A. Roberts, Esq.
- Hon. Angela C. Robinson
- T. R. Rowe, Esq.
- A. Jeffrey Somers, Esq.
Barrett, Peter, Esq.
Attorney Peter Barrett has been trying cases since 1996. His practice handles civil litigation matters, including motor vehicle and premises liability, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, construction litigation and toxic torts. He has successfully represented both plaintiffs and insurers throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Peter has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer Magazine multiple years. His legal work has been featured in articles in both the CT. Law Tribune and MA Lawyers weekly.
In addition to his litigation work, Peter serves as both an arbitrator and a mediator on civil matters.
Beckert, William F., Esq.
Attorney Bill Beckert is a veteran trial lawyer with over 30 years of personal injury experience. Over the years, he has represented both businesses and individuals in every court in CT.
Bill has handled cases as both Defense and Plaintiff counsel. He worked as house counsel for two Fortune 500 companies and appeared on their behalf throughout the State. For the last 17 years he has practiced mainly personal injury work on the Plaintiff side, currently with his partner, Aaron Jainchill. The majority of his current caseload revolves around motor vehicle accidents and work injuries, in addition, he often handles premises liability, slip & falls and dog bite cases. He has served as both a mediator and arbitrator on numerous cases over the last ten years and is approved by the majority of major liability carriers in the State.
Cella, Thomas P., Esq.
Attorney Tom Cella, has been trying cases in the courts of CT since 1984. He maintains a diverse caseload that includes representation of individuals, corporations and municipalities. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has been recognized by Connecticut Super Lawyers. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Personal injury, Product Liability and Medical Malpractice.
Tom has been with Howard, Kohn, Sprague & Fitzgerald for over 35 years and has been a partner in the firm since 1991. His primary area of practice is personal injury, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
In addition to his litigation work, Tom serves as a Special Master to the US District Court, District of Connecticut and as an Arbitrator and Factfinder to the Connecticut Superior court. Tom has also been very active as a private mediator and arbitrator for over 15 years. His well-balanced background and extensive trial experience have enabled him to become a very effective and fair neutral.
Koch, Isabelle L., Esq.
Isabelle L. Koch, Esq., joined Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., in May of 2017, as an associate and represents clients in motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and complex personal injury claims. Prior to joining the firm, she was senior defense counsel for Allstate Insurance, and in her 10-year career with that company tried more than 50 jury cases to verdict. This unique mix of both Plaintiff and Defense side practice gives Isabelle a well-balanced perspective to value cases.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Connecticut in 2000 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2005. Ms. Koch is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut and is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the New Haven County Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. Ms. Koch lives with her husband and twin boys in Madison, CT.
Mason, A. Rick, Esq.
Attorney Rick Mason, is a well-known litigator in the both Connecticut and the Western Massachusetts area, having handled cases for Metlife for many years. In 2020, he joined the Law Offices of William Boorstein, a defense firm for USAA. Through his years of trial work, Rick has gained valuable experience in evaluating person injury cases. In addition to his litigation practice, over the last decade, Attorney Mason has been conducting arbitrations, mainly in Connecticut. He is also available to hear cases in Western MA.
A member of both the Massachusetts and Connecticut Bars, Rick draws upon a wealth of experience as a litigator both in the ADR realm and in court to guide him in the decision-making process.
McCarthy, Shannon K., Esq.
Attorney Shannon McCarthy has been trial attorney at Kenny Brimmer since passing the CT bar in 1998. She became a principal in the firm in 2011. Her extensive litigation experience has focused on civil matters, handling a multitude of Personal Injury and Insurance Defense matters along with Real Estate, Worker’s Compensation and Probate work. She is currently counsel to Frontier Communications of CT d/b/a SNET and also counsel to AT&T, for its property damage recovery unit and defense of its personal injury and property damage claims.
She has attained the highest possible rating of “AV” from Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, indicating preeminent legal ability and the highest ethical standards in the practice of law.
Attorney McCarthy handles both mediations and arbitrations on a variety of cases. She follows in the footsteps of her mentors, the late Leslie Brimmer, Esq. and Atty. Richard Mahoney (recently retired). Her decades of trial experience on both the plaintiff and defense side have given her the right perspective to be an effective and fair mediator and arbitrator.
McGoldrick, Jill M., Esq.
Attorney Jill McGoldrick has been a trial attorney in Connecticut since 1994 when she was hired as a staff attorney for a large insurance carrier. After several years successfully handling and trying numerous jury cases, she was promoted to managing attorney, assuming responsibility and oversight of a mid- size law office in Southern Connecticut with roughly 1000 pending matters in litigation. The firm handled automobile negligence, commercial liability, general liability, products liability and construction matters. She remained in that position for 10 years, taking leave in late 2013.
In September, 2014, Jill opened her own firm, The Law Offices of Jill M. McGoldrick, LLC. She represents plaintiffs in personal injury matters and serves as a mediator and arbitrator, helping others to resolve their disputes.
Jill brings her background as both a defense attorney and plaintiff’s attorney to her role as a mediator. Familiar with the workings of the courtroom, she can weigh in on legal issues, and recognize other stumbling blocks, guiding the parties to overcome them. Jill has successfully mediated matters at all levels of complexity and dollar value, from low impact motor vehicle collisions to complex, multi-party produc ts liability litigation. With a genuine desire to assist others, she comes to every mediation with optimism and perseverance, and asks only that the parties do the same. Her goal of every mediation is for those involved to leave feeling satisfied with a favorable resolution, relieved to have put the matter behind them, and secure in the knowledge that they were not only heard but understood
Morello, Jr., Paul A., Esq.
Born in Middletown, Connecticut, Attorney Paul Morello, Jr., has been a lifelong resident of the area. After attending undergraduate studies at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and law school at the Albany Law School at Union University in New York, he returned to Connecticut and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar and the Federal District Court for the District of Connecticut.
For many years, he worked as a defense attorney for a number of insurance companies. His current practice at Donovan and Morello is primarily plaintiff side personal injury work.
Paul has served as an arbitrator and small claims magistrate for the Connecticut Superior court. He has also served as a private neutral for over twenty years.
Attorney Morello is the co-author of “The Handbook of Connecticut Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law”, along with several other published works on motor torts.
Quinlan, Michael J., Esq.
Attorney Michael J. Quinlan has been practicing in the field of personal injury law since the late 1990’s. A resident of Longmeadow , MA, he is an active member of both the Massachusetts and Connecticut Bars. Before practicing law, Mike worked as a claims rep for Travelers Insurance. Since 1998, he has been a litigation attorney at the Law Offices of James M. Pickett in Rocky Hill, CT. handling personal injury cases for Metlife, recently acquired by Farmers Insurance, in both Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. During his legal career, he has handled primarily personal injury cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has served as a private arbitrator in Connecticut for the last few years and is now also arbitrating in Western, MA too. A member of both the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association and the Hampden County Bar Association, Mike is known as a capable and well-respected attorney throughout the area.
Renehan, Richard P., Esq.
A respected member of the Conecticut Bar for over three decades, Rick Renehan has handled a great number of various personal injury matters and has earned a reputation as a premier trial attorney. His trial work over the years at Tinley,Renehan & Dost has been predominantly on the plaintiff side, but over the years his reputation as an arbitrator and mediator has developed to the point that more than half his practice is now ADR work. In 2016 he was named one of the state’s top arbitrators by the CT. Law Tribune. He has also been recognized by both Super Lawyers from 2007 to the present and Best Lawyers from 2017 on. He was also appointed as an arbitrator/factfinder by the State of CT. Rick handles mediation and arbitrations on all aspects of personal injury including MVA, Premises liability, medical malpractice, products liability and construction accidents. He also has expertise in matters involving workers compensation. In addition to his law practice he has taught classes on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Roberts, Richard A., Esq.
Attorney Roberts is a founding partner of Nuzzo & Roberts, which formed in 1994, having worked for its predecessor firm for eight years. His practice is focused on complex, high-exposure insurance defense matters, including construction litigation, professional liability, product liability and employment litigation. He has tried numerous cases to verdict and argued over 15 appeals. He has been A-V rated by Martindale for over 25 years, and has been listed in Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers for the past 13 years. He is a past-president of the New Haven County Bar Association and the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association. He also served as Connecticut’s District Representative to DRI.
Rick is known for coming up with creative solutions to resolve challenging cases. In addition to being a zealous advocate, he is regularly selected by his peers to serve as an arbitrator and mediator. He also lectures to bar associations and insurance companies on claims-related issues, and was an adjunct faculty member in the legal studies department of Quinnipiac University.
Rick has been writing comedy since law school, in recent years he has been performing at casinos, fundraisers, and top venues throughout the Northeast.
Robinson, Hon. Angela C.
For 20 years, Judge Robinson sat on the Connecticut Superior Court, handling hundreds of trials. She presided over cases involving commercial law, contracts, employment, housing, insurance, medical and legal malpractice, personal injury, municipal law, products liability, zoning and more. At the time she retired from the bench in 2018, she served as Administrative Judge for the judicial district of New Haven and for many years prior to that, she was the Civil Presiding Judge in the New Haven district, the busiest civil docket in Connecticut at the time. In the fall of 2020, she joined Halloran Sage and has focused on mediation and arbitration since then.
Judge Robinson complements her experience as a jurist with having practiced law on both sides. She was both a plaintiff’s lawyer at a nationally renowned boutique law firm in Bridgeport and also a litigation partner doing defense work at a multi-state, New Haven based firm.
Judge Robinson has received many awards and honors, including the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Distinguished Leader Award in 2019, the Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity award, the Judicial award from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers’ Association, and the Diversity Award in 2014 from the Young Lawyers’ section of the Connecticut Bar Association.
A firm believer in the power of ADR, she founded Robinson Diversity Consulting through which she has helped litigants and prospective litigants resolve disputes as well as addressing issues of workplace diversity, equity and inclusion.
In addition to teaching at Quinnipiac and Yale law schools, Judge Robinson serves on the boards of both the New Haven Legal Assistance Association and the New Haven Arts Council.
Rowe, T. R., Esq.
Attorney T. R. Rowe has been practicing law in state of Connecticut since 1995. His diverse legal background has given him a well-rounded perspective to analyze and resolve cases.
During his years practicing law, T.R. has served as a state representative in the Connecticut General Assembly and a councilman for the Town of Trumbull. In 2013, he was elected as Probate Judge for the districts of Easton, Trumbull & Monroe, where he still serves to date.
At McNamara & Kenney, his practice concentrates on ADR work along with a mix of Insurance Defense and Plaintiff Personal Injury cases (about 70% defense and the remaining plaintiff’s and probate work).
Attorney Rowe has also received many awards and serves in many civic organizations. He was awarded the Exemplary Legislative Leadership & Service Award, from the National Elder Law Attorneys Connecticut Chapter in 2010 and was voted Legislator of the Year in 2006 by the State Association of Police Chiefs. He currently serves as a Director of the John & Ethel Kashulon Foundation, a Trustee of the Saints Cyril and Methodius Church and also sits on the Honorary Board of Directors for the Caroline House for the Women’s Literacy Outreach Program.
Somers, A. Jeffrey Esq.
Attorney Somers concentrates his practice in the area of general liability defense, including premises liability and motor vehicle claims.
Mr. Somers has been practicing law in Connecticut for over thirty five years with an emphasis on civil litigation including trials and appeals in the state and federal courts. He is a former City Attorney for the City of Meriden, Connecticut, and Senior Trial Attorney for Nationwide Insurance Company. He has tried over one hundred jury cases to conclusion, and has successfully argued appeals before the state Supreme and Appellate Courts. He has lectured on personal injury litigation and insurance coverage issues and has been appointed as an arbitrator and special master by the Connecticut Judicial Branch. He is also frequently appointed as a provider of private alternative dispute resolution services as an arbitrator and mediator.
Mr. Somers received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Western New England University School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of Connecticut and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. He is member of the Connecticut Bar Association.