A weekly invitational profile series on professionals demonstrating excellence in the fields of law, healthcare & medicine, social services, business, finance & education.
Produced by Proactive Resources in the July 13, 2011 issue of the Hartford Advocate newspaper.


HOWARD, KOHN, SPRAGUE & FITZGERALD, LLP is widely acknowledged as the country's oldest, continuous law firm, since 1786. As today's social & business climates continue to grow in complexity, so too does the demand for diverse & dynamic legal representation. Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald is a partnership that offers legal representation and ability based on more than 225 years of experience in a wide variety of disciplines.

As long-time counsel in CT's legal community, Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald's 16 attorneys maintain a solid reputation as a law firm with a distinguished history of trial and appellate experience on both the state & federal levels. Well-versed in such areas as negligence, plaintiff's personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, professional malpractice, insurance law and commercial litigation, the firm is recognized throughout CT for its aggressive, creative approach to solving today's increasingly complex legal problems.

Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald, LLP
237 Buckingham St, Hartford, CT 06126


With more than 30 years of combined legal experience, Attorneys Debra C. Ruel and Dara P. Goings at ROME MCGUIGAN, PC practice family law, emphasizing mediation & collaborative law. They believe that while mediation & collaborative law are different models, they both embrace the principle that sensitive family matters are best resolved when the parties commit to a private, non-adversarial process for resolution. Attorneys Ruel & Goings also serve as review counsel for clients who are in mediation and are trained in both traditional & interdisciplinary collaborative divorce law.

Attorney Ruel is co-founder of the Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association and Attorney Goings is a member of the CT Council for Divorce Mediation & Collaborative Practice. Both attorneys also have extensive experience representing adults in family litigation cases. Whether acting as mediator, collaborative lawyer or litigation advocate, Attorney Ruel and Attorney Goings have helped numerous clients & families constructively move their lives forward, tailoring the approach and results to the needs and concerns of each individual or, as appropriate, for the family as a whole.

Rome McGuigan, PC
One State St, Hartford, CT 06103


With more than 45 years of combined experience, Attorneys Matthew G. Conway & Paul H. D. Stoughton, along with their legal team: Sean Nourie, Jennifer Katz, Joshua Chapps, Mark Riley, Christopher Williams & John S. Mirtle at CONWAY & STOUGHTON, LLP concentrate in civil & commercial litigation. Insurance defense, civil litigation, Worker's Compensation, mediation/arbitration, personal injury, business & corporate, commercial transactions, employment, business litigation, construction, estate planning and probate are areas for which they can provide advice and address for legal action. Your initial consultation may be provided at no cost.

With a complicated law system, a conscientious and thorough attorney can do much to protect you or your family. Conway & Stoughton provides frank, candid consultations with logical answers to their client's legal questions. Whatever the need, Matt, Paul and their team of attorneys are well-prepared to meet your legal requirements for years to come.

Conway & Stoughton, LLP
643 Prospect Ave, W Hartford, CT 06105


At the FIELD LAW OFFICE, LLC, you always speak to the attorney. Attorney Erin M. Field is committed to delivering high-quality, expeditious legal services to her corporate & individual clients on issues relating to visas, permanent residence, work permits, intra-company transfers, hiring procedures for foreign nationals, investment, waivers, citizenship, compliance and other immigration matters. She offers creative solutions to complex issues, especially in areas such as proving extraordinary ability, national interest waivers, 2-year return waivers, treaty & immigrant investors, proving professional qualifications, labor certification applications and managerial criteria.

Erin has several years of experience in immigration law, representing national & international employers before the USCIS and the Department of Labor. Clients range from large multinational corporations to small businesses and individuals. Interpreters are available free of charge. Erin is a member of AILA, CCDLA & HBC. Her practice also includes criminal defense & DWI. Visit www.ctdefenselawyer.com or www.hartfordctdefenselawyer.com. Offices also in Hartford & Rocky Hill.

Field Law Office, LLC
343 Hazard Ave, Enfield, CT 06082
(860)749-8313, (888)669-5345


GASSER LAW FIRM, LLC represents insurance companies, insureds and self-insureds, including Fortune 500 clients in personal injury and construction litigation. Principal practice areas include a wide range of civil liability claims, including vehicular and premises liability, insurance coverage, construction litigation, personal injury defense, uninsured motorist coverage, property damage and subrogation cases.

Attorney Edward Gasser and the firm provide detail-oriented review of materials, including medical records, to discover many items that may go unnoticed by other firms. The firm takes pride in its reputation for its responsive, personal and timely attention to clients' needs. It has chosen to remain small in size in order to give proper attention to client's needs. Supervised para-professionals are utilized when appropriate in order to minimize costs to clients. Ed holds a "BV" Rating by the prestigious lawyer-rating firm Martindale-Hubbell.

Gasser Law Firm, LLC
20 E Main St, Avon, CT 06001


When choosing a comprehensive & capable law firm that you can trust, depend upon and look to for advice, you should definitely consider the personal service that you will get from COHEN, BURNS, HARD & PAUL (CBHP). This firm has made a name for itself by taking that "extra step" in working closely with their clients and successfully resolving those matters entrusted to them. Many clients have found they can turn to CBHP for complete and indispensable advice and advocacy.

CBHP is a general practice law firm with a particular focus on personal injury, real estate, bankruptcy and criminal defense. Its attorneys have established a reputation not only for offering conscientious legal representation, but also for providing comprehensive personal service to their clients from beginning-to-end. Utilizing advanced technology, the firm is able to offer timely & efficient services without sacrificing quality. CBHP has the background, experience, understanding & sensitivity to provide legal services that you can trust. Their firm is a debt relief agency and helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the bankruptcy code when appropriate.

Cohen, Burns, Hard & Paul
81 S Main St, W Hartford, CT 06107


is a West Hartford attorney who specializes in family law, including divorce, custody, child support, same-sex divorce, mediation, prenuptial agreements; Social Security disability; probate, including estate administration, guardianships and conservatorships; and personal injury. She serves as a Special Master in Family Courts in Hartford, New Britain and Middletown. Pamela has been trained as a divorce mediator and is skillful in assisting people to arrive at an agreement through non-adversarial mediation. Pamela also represents children in custody matters.

She works closely with her clients in investigating, analyzing & advocating their interests. Her legal fees are reasonable, and she is pleased to provide an initial free consultation. With more than 25 years of experience, Pamela counsels her clients so they will understand when it is the right time to pursue litigation and when to pursue a settlement. She practices in West Hartford Center in a handicapped-accessible building with free parking for clients.

Attorney Pamela R. Hershinson
65 LaSalle Rd, Ste 309, W Hartford, CT 06107


When choosing an attorney, one looks for a competent & capable attorney whom they can trust, depend on and to look to for advice. Many place the level of personal service provided by their attorney foremost in making this choice. ATTORNEY AIDA N. ARUS takes the extra step, working closely with her clients to resolve the matters entrusted to her. She combines sensitivity with practical legal advice and advocacy on behalf of her clients.

Aida concentrates her legal practice in the areas of divorce & family law, consumer protection law, employment discrimination, civil rights, bankruptcy, minor criminal, landlord/tenant and housing discrimination. She has years of experience and provides confidential & informative consultations followed by effective legal representation to meet each client's needs. Aida is dedicated to solving problems & closing deals. She has chosen to practice in a small firm setting because she is committed to delivering quality legal services in a responsive & cost-effective manner.

Law Office of Aida N. Arus, LLC
457 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103


Attorney Larry Adler of ADLER LAW GROUP, LLC has an excellent reputation for representing individual & commercial litigation cases. As a trial lawyer, he has 26 years of experience in assisting individuals throughout CT. Adler Law Group features some of CT's finest lawyers, successfully helping clients in matters concerning personal injury cases, commercial litigation, real estate matters, insurance claims & coverage matters, criminal defense, toxic tort (lead & mold injuries), ocean/marine claims, contract interpretation, dispute resolution and appellate work.

Attorney Adler believes that each case deserves customized handling, tailored to the individual client's personal or business needs. Adler Law Group is prepared to adjust & adapt in order to obtain a just resolution in each case. They have a diverse roster of clients who rely on them to fairly & effectively represent them in their litigation matters while keeping them informed and involved in the process. They implement innovative, cost-effective & efficient management and technology for each case, and alternative resolution options when appropriate.

Adler Law Group, LLC
290 Roberts St, Ste 101, E Hartford, CT 06108


A complete and customized interior design system for every room in your home is the service offered by EDITH WHITMAN INTERIORS. She completed home interior projects in NYC, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Fl & Hawaii. Edith gives special attention & emphasis to walls, floors, furniture and windows, just to name a few areas. She is the only interior designer in CT to have been invited to participate in every Junior League of Hartford Show House.

Working in the interior design industry for 43 years, Edith possesses the experience, creativity and taste to thoughtfully design your home interior around your basic ideas, budget and preference. She will suggest color schemes, styles and textures for the carpeting, draperies, furniture, wallpaper and the other elements that contribute to the overall look of your home. Edith has worked with a variety of people and their needs including designing comfort rooms in the NICU area of children's hospitals throughout the US. These rooms are typically designed in a traditional living room decor to comfort the parents. From her office, Edith also features an antique shop with an exciting array of accessories & gifts.

Edith Whitman Interiors
20 E Main St (Old Avon Village N), Avon, CT 06001


Physical therapy is a healthcare specialty that involves evaluation, treatment and prevention of a wide variety of movement and functional problems. CENTER SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY has the goal of working with individuals to decrease pain, swelling & inflammation; improve movement, flexibility, posture, strength & performance; and promote maximal independence and capacity for activities of daily living, sports and work. Services include pain management, manual therapy, sports & orthopedic rehab, arthritis management & athletic screening.

Center Sports Physical Therapy offers comprehensive, individual & goal-oriented treatment with an emphasis on hands-on techniques, therapeutic exercise & active participation in the rehab process. License Physical Therapist Meredith Saxon-Kowalsky has 17 years of clinical experience and combines traditional manual therapy techniques with exercise, stretching, resistance training & sports therapy to correct the body's alignment & function. Therapeutic modalities include moist heat/ice, ultrasound, traction & electrical stim. Many convenient appointment times are available and most insurance plans accepted with referral.

Center Sports Physical Therapy
45 S Main St, Ste 106, W Hartford, CT 06107


It's all about knowledge of the world. THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF CONNECTICUT (WACCT) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting greater understanding of global ideas & issues. As a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, WACCT sponsors panel discussions, seminars, business luncheons and a series of internationally renowned speakers on international politics, business & culture.

WACCT's programs include lecture series, executive forums, global women's issues forums, business luncheons & roundtables, Luminary Awards, discussion groups and the radio program "It's Your World." They also work with local schools to provide quality programs for students & educators that increase awareness of the world and the challenges facing global citizens. Their International Education Program serves students, teachers & educational policy makers that builds a network of business, government, educational institutions & NGOs, increasing their ability to reach a broader audience. Contact WACCT or visit their Website for more information.

World Affairs Council of Connecticut
66 Forest St, Hartford, CT 06105