Michael Clear Named New Leader in the Law

December 13, 2013

Greenwich - Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce that Michael Clear has been named a 2013 "New Leader in the Law" 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 represents business owners, private equity and hedge fund managers, corporate executives and other wealthy individuals and their families. 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.

In support of Michael's nomination, Wiggin and Dana Executive Committee Chairman Bob Benjamin commented that, "Michael has all of the skills necessary to become a premier trusts and estates practitioner—excellent writing and speaking abilities, technical expertise, and most of all, an understanding of family dynamics and the human elements of the law."

In announcing the award, the Connecticut Law Tribune noted that, "Whether through drafting estate plans for new families, guiding families through an estate administration after the loss of a family member, or representing clients in adverse probate preceedings, Michael utilizes his counseling background to maintain an even approach in very delicate situations."

Michael was one of 62 attorneys selected for this honor out of a pool of over 300 nominations from across the State of Connecticut. Wiggin and Dana attorneys David Schaffer and Kim Rinehart were also named "New Leaders in the Law" for 2013.