Kim E. Rinehart

Wiggin and Dana Attorneys Named "New Leaders in the Law"

November 13, 2013

New Haven – Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce that attorneys Michael Clear, Kim Rinehart and David Schaffer have been named "New Leaders in the Law" for 2013 by the Connecticut Law Tribune. This honor is presented annually to lawyers under the age of 40 whose achievements in the legal profession have distinguished them from their peers.

Michael Clear is an Associate in the firm's Private Client Services Department. He focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate litigation and business succession planning. In 2012, Michael represented clients in more than 100 major wealth transfer transactions. He co-authored a chapter on Connecticut Pre-Probate Estate Administration Issues for the MCLE book on Probate Practice in Connecticut, and is the current Co-chair of the Fairfield County Bar Association's Probate and Estates Committee.

Kim Rinehart is a Partner in the firm's Litigation Department. Kim is Co-chair of the firm's Class Action Practice Group and focuses her practice on class action defense, complex commercial disputes, appeals and professional liability matters. In 2013, Kim obtained a major victory for Loomis Armored US in a multi-million dollar acquisition dispute, won reversal of a trial court decision finding modification and waiver of a contract, served as lead counsel in an MDL action involving a putative nationwide class and served as appellate counsel to a client challenging one of the largest consumer fraud awards in Iowa history. Since 2004, Kim has authored the firm's Supreme Court Update, an engaging email service keeping friends and clients of the firm abreast of the latest developments at the Court.

David Schaffer is a Partner in the firm's Corporate Department. David represents foreign and domestic clients in a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financings and other strategic transactions. He has developed a unique international practice with a focus on cross-border transactions involving China and currently heads up the firm's China Practice. This past spring, David traveled to China on a ten-day investment mission with the Connecticut Secretary of State and other delegates, where the group explored investment and partnership opportunities on behalf of Connecticut-based companies.

The honorees were chosen based on their achievements in the legal profession, pro bono efforts and community involvement. This year, the Connecticut Law Tribune received more than 300 nominations, and selected 62 attorneys to honor. The honorees were recognized at an awards dinner on November 7, 2013.