The Burton Awards Announces Wiggin and Dana Attorney as 2016 Distinguished Legal Writing Awards Law Firm Winners

April 8, 2016

New Haven, CTThe Burton Awards have announced the 2016 Distinguished Legal Writing Awards Law Firm winners. Robert M. Langer, partner and co-chair of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group at Wiggin and Dana and Melissa Fernandez, former Associate at Wiggin and Dana and currently with Travelers Insurance, have been recognized for their high standards and fine legal writing.

This honor is given to only 35 authors from entries submitted by the nation's 1,000 largest law firms. The article that was submitted and co-authored by Mr. Langer and Ms. Fernandez was entitled "North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC – What Hath the Supreme Court Wrought?", and was originally published in Bloomberg BNA's Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report, May 2015.

"Bob has always been an active contributor to the firm's legal writing and publishing activities," said Paul Hughes, Managing Partner of Wiggin and Dana. "He has lectured and written regularly on antitrust, consumer protection and health care topics for most of his prestigious career. We are not surprised that Bob has been formally recognized by The Burton Awards for his passion for writing."

Mr. Langer is involved in all aspects of antitrust, consumer protection and trade regulation counseling and litigation, including class actions, representing clients in both federal and state courts, and before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, as well as offices of state attorneys general throughout the United States. Bob has taught constitutional, antitrust and consumer protection law as an Adjunct Professor for over 35 years. He currently teaches state unfair trade practices law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

He is the co-author of a treatise, entitled Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust, published yearly by Thomson Reuters as Volume 12 of its Connecticut Practice Series. He has also written several Op-ed articles on a variety of legal issues for publications such as The New York Times and The Hartford Courant and has been the subject of numerous interviews for publications such as FTC: WATCH, International Merger Law and the ABA's Antitrust magazine.

Ms. Fernandez is a graduate of New York University School of Law, and was an Articles Editor for NYU's Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Melissa clerked for the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant, United States District Court Judge, District of Connecticut. She then joined Wiggin & Dana upon completion of her clerkship, where she focused her practice on a broad spectrum of civil litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. At Wiggin, Melissa was a member of the firm's Antitrust and Consumer Protection, Insurance and White Collar Practice Groups. Melissa recently joined Travelers as Senior Counsel in the Claim Legal Liability Group and a member of the Major Case Team.

The Burton Awards, a non-profit program, is run in association with the Library of Congress, and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association and is celebrating its seventeenth anniversary. The award ceremony will be held at the Library of Congress, followed by a reception, dinner and gala. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be the featured guest speaker and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg will memorialize Justice Scalia during the program. For more information regarding The Burton Awards Distinguished Legal Writing Awards, please click here.