Wiggin and Dana Announces New Counsel Promotions

November 22, 2017

Ben Daniels    


Ben Diessel    


Tadhg Dooley 


Jody Erdfarb


James Greifzu

Mike Lipp    

Matt Smith

Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce the promotions of seven new Counsel effective January 1, 2018. We are proud to congratulate the following attorneys who will be promoted to Counsel:

  • Ben Daniels
  • Ben Diesel
  • Tadhg Dooley
  • Jody Erdfarb
  • James Greifzu
  • Mike Lipp
  • Matt Smith

"They are each excellent lawyers and firm citizens who regularly make important contributions to the work and the fabric of the firm, and have built reputations for superior service to clients," said Paul Hughes, Wiggin and Dana's Managing Partner. "We are both lucky and proud to practice with them here at Wiggin and Dana."

Ben Daniels is Counsel in the firm's Litigation Department, where his practice focuses on higher education law, appellate litigation, and complex civil litigation. As a member of the Education Practice Group, he counsels institutions of higher education on Title IX compliance and issues of academic freedom, represents schools in litigation, reviews institutional policies and practices, and leads responses to OCR investigations. As a member of the firm's Appellate Practice Group, Ben has significant experience handling appeals in state and federal court. His recent appellate successes include the defense of a U.S. company against a German company's patent infringement claim in the Federal Circuit; a reversal in the Connecticut Supreme Court of the largest known CUTPA judgment against a major insurance carrier; an affirmance in the Second Circuit of Yale University's title to one of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings; and a California Supreme Court decision reinstating a significant claim on behalf of a major insurer. Ben is also currently a Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School.

Ben Diessel is Counsel in the firm's Litigation Department and a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation and Antitrust Practice Groups. Ben is an experienced litigator who has devoted his practice to helping clients navigate a broad range of complex legal disputes, including antitrust, intellectual property, licensing, securities fraud, commercial contracts, and regulatory matters. Ben has successfully developed and executed litigation strategies in coordination with clients, experts, and consultants in matters involving billions of dollars of alleged damages exposure.

Tadhg Dooley is Counsel in the firm's Litigation Department, where his practice focuses on appeals and complex civil litigation. As a member of the firm's Appellate and Complex Legal Issues Practice Group, Tadhg has significant experience handling appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country. He co-directs the Appellate Litigation Project at Yale Law School and is the author, along with Kim Rinehart, of the Appellate Practice Group's Supreme Court Update, an e-mail service providing clients and friends of the firm with timely, insightful summaries of U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Tadhg is also a member of the firm's education practice group and has experience counseling university clients with respect to Title IX compliance and defending colleges and universities in civil matters, including private actions under Title IX.

Jody Erdfarb is Counsel in the firm's Health Care Department. She advises a wide range of healthcare providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health care agencies, dental practices, behavioral health providers, and individual practitioners on a broad range of issues including compliance, fraud and abuse, HIPAA, patient care, regulatory, and corporate matters. She handles matters involving state and federal licensure and certification, survey deficiencies and penalties, and False Claims Act cases. Jody also develops and implements corporate compliance and HIPAA programs for clients, including providing training, conducting internal investigations, submitting self-disclosures, and handling negotiations with government authorities. Jody currently serves as the American Health Lawyer's Association (AHLA) Vice Chair for the Health Information Technology Practice Group's Digital Health Records Affinity Group, is on the editorial board of the AHLA's Federal Healthcare Laws & Regulations publication, and is an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law teaching Health Information Privacy and Security Law.

James Greifzu is Counsel in the firm's Corporate Department. James represents corporate and individual clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, commercial agreements, and other complex corporate transactions, as well as the related corporate governance matters, for a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, pharmaceutical, biotech, medical cannabis and various services industries. He also has experience representing acquirers, issuers and financial advisors in private and public offerings of equity securities in connection with mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Mike Lipp is Counsel in the firm's Real Estate, Environmental and Energy Department. His practice includes commercial real estate sales and acquisitions, financing transactions, leases, and development and construction contract negotiation. Mike has significant experience representing both large and small companies as landlords and tenants on numerous types of leasing matters for various kinds of space throughout the country, including office, medical, warehouse, manufacturing and educational. Mike has represented various lenders on a wide range of real estate loans, including recently representing a regional lender in a series of loan transactions to one of its borrowers which totaled over $100 million. Mike regularly advises owners and investors in connection with acquisitions, financing, refinancing, property management, and dispositions of commercial and multi-family residential properties. Mike's background as a civil engineer and former project superintendent for one of the nation's largest builders provides unique insight and experience for negotiating all types of construction contracts, whether large, complex projects or simple, expedited projects.

Matt Smith is Counsel in the firm's Private Client Services Department. Matt advises clients on estate planning, estate and trust administration and probate litigation. A former commercial litigator with a background in high-stakes litigation and corporate investigations, Matt brings to his current practice direct experience in two areas of law. His estate planning practice focuses on assisting individuals and families with practical estate, gift and tax planning, including the preparation of wills and trusts. His probate litigation practice has involved the successful representation of clients in a variety of matters, including trust and fiduciary litigation. He also consults and has spoken on the intersection of trust law and matrimonial law.