Thomas Sansone, Partner
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
Tom Sansone concentrates his practice in civil litigation, particularly commercial, utility and insolvency litigation. He has tried more than 90 cases in Connecticut’s state and federal courts, as well as the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut, and has argued before both the State Supreme and Appellate Courts. Much of his work involves complex banking issues, lender liability cases, contested foreclosure/collection matters and representation of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.
From 2012 – 2018, Tom served on the Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Statewide Grievance Committee. He is also the immediate past Chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, and has served on its Executive Committee for 26 years. Mr. Sansone received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.
Melicent B. Thompson, Partner
Gfeller Laurie LLP
Melicent has close to 25 years of experience in litigation and corporate counseling. She actively practices in Connecticut and Georgia courts in insurance coverage, business disputes, professional liability claims, defense of educational and financial institutions and general liability. Her insurance coverage practice encompasses all areas of first and third party claims and related litigation services, including declaratory judgment actions, defense of bad faith claims and reinsurance matters. Melicent has substantial appellate court experience, having briefed and argued appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts.
Her pro bono work includes serving as General Counsel to the Gifts of Love Board of Directors and as a member of Bay Path University’s Advisory Council.
Deborah Winokur, Professional Responsibility and Compliance Counsel
Deborah A. Winokur serves as Professional Responsibility Counsel and is a member of the Legal Profession Services Group at Cozen O’Connor. Deborah advises clients on risk management and ethical issues. Deborah is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School where she teaches professional responsibility. Deborah also handles pro bono representations, including representing clients through the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Campaign for Working Families Tax Clinic, Volunteers for the Indigent Program and Homeless Advocacy Project. Deborah is Co-Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee and a member of the Professional Guidance Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and conducts Continuing Legal Education seminars on risk management and ethics issues. Ms. Winokur is a 1999 graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, and a graduate, cum laude, of the University of Pennsylvania.