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Friday, June 17, 2022

A Message from the Incoming President

It is an absolute honor to begin my term as President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

President Tim O'Keefe

I would like to start by thanking my great friend, Andy Savvaides, for his service as President. Andy has been the guiding light of our great organization for the past year. Like Stephanie Roberge and Paul Slager before him, he has helped to smoothly navigate us though some fairly unsteady waters over the past year. But he has always done so with tremendous grace, intelligence, wit and common sense.

Through Andy's leadership, and with the great assistance of our Legislative Team at Gaffney Bennett (Jay Malcynsky and Jeffrey "Zeke" Zyjeski), we had a tremendously successful legislative season. We were able to pass a Uniform Discovery Act that will make it simpler to perform important discovery in our and other states. We played a significant role in getting the Prison Debt Bill passed which will wipe out the great majority of "incarceration liens" making it easier for our members to resolve cases expeditiously and increasing the amount of lawful compensation our clients will receive for their harms and losses.

My sincere hope is that we will continue to do our very best to "Return to Normal" as time moves on as it is my firm belief that we are Stronger Together. To do this, it will take a commitment from each and every one of our valued members to step up and join the fight! Please encourage colleagues to become members. Please continue to dedicate your financial resources to our mission. Please become involved and attend committee meetings. Please attend our great CLE programs. Please support our charity events. We need everybody rowing the boat!

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– Timothy L. O'Keefe, CTLA President

Upcoming Seminars & Events


Seminar: Workers’ Compensation and its Collaboration with Other Tangential Benefits (STD, SSD, Pensions)
Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT

Chair: Meghan Lyon

CT Credits: 5.5 Areas of Professional Practice
NY Credits: 6.5 Areas of Professional Practice


The Hubert Santos Annual Criminal Case Review
Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT

Chairs: William F. Dow III; Trent LaLima; Allison Near

CT Credits: 3.5 Skills; 1.75 Ethics & Professionalism
NY Credits: 4 Skills; 2 Ethics & Professionalism


Women's Caucus Spring Dinner
Saybrook Point Resort & Marina, Old Saybrook, CT


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About CTLA

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association is a non-profit professional association dedicated to creating and maintaining a more just society by preserving individual rights within the justice system.

We are a fellowship of over 1,300 of Connecticut's most accomplished and active lawyers who are interested in protecting plaintiffs' rights and becoming better trial lawyers. CTLA provides its members with high-quality CLE programs, ongoing Community Outreach Projects and a variety of networking opportunities.

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CTLA has a long history of sharing expertise within our community – it's one of the greatest benefits of your membership. Our resources include case strategy and analysis, online list servers, a mentoring program, a discussion board, and more.