Wiggin and Dana Attorneys Named New Leaders in the Law for 2017 by Connecticut Law Tribune

September 26, 2017

New Haven – Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce that attorneys, Tadgh Dooley and Benjamin Daniels, have been named 2017 "New Leaders in the Law" by the Connecticut Law Tribune (CLT). This award is presented annually to lawyers under the age of 40 whose achievements in the legal profession have distinguished them from their peers. The honorees were chosen because they have excelled in the courtroom, in client service and cultivation, in service to bar association, and in performing pro bono work or community service in a volunteer capacity. This year, the Connecticut Law Tribune selected only 25 attorneys to honor. They will be recognized at an awards dinner on October 3, 2017 at the Bond Ballroom in Hartford, CT.

James Glasser, Chair of the Litigation Department, said "Tadgh and Ben are accomplished and distinguished litigators and appellate advocates. They are both committed to excellence, decency and involvement in local professional and community organizations as evidenced by their extraordinary commitment to pro bono causes. On behalf of the firm and my colleagues, we are very proud to have them recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as "New Leaders in the Law."

Tadgh Dooley's practice focuses on appeals and complex civil litigation. Tadhg has significant experience handling appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country. Among his recent appellate successes are the representation of a former President of Mexico in the Second Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court, the representation of major insurance carriers in the Eleventh Circuit and the New York Appellate Division (Second Department), and the representation of several municipalities and a major hospital in the Connecticut Appellate Court. Tadhg has also devoted a significant portion of his practice to pro bono matters at the trial and appellate levels. In 2014, he was honored by Connecticut Legal Services for his successful representation of a single mother in a defamation action in federal district court. He received Wiggin and Dana's 2012 Pro Bono Achievement Award in connection with his successful representation of a criminal defendant in an appeal to the Second Circuit stemming from an Espionage Act conviction. He is a member of the Boards of Connecticut Legal Services and the Institute Library in New Haven. Along with fellow Wiggin and Dana attorney and CLT "New Leader in the Law," Ben Daniels, Tadhg runs the Appellate Litigation Project at Yale Law School, supervising students representing formerly pro se appellants in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and teaching the elements of effective appellate representation. Tadhg joined Wiggin and Dana in 2012, following a clerkship with Judge José A. Cabranes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was previously a law clerk to Judge Robert N. Chatigny of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Tadhg received his J.D. with honors from Duke University School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Journal of Law & Contemporary Problems and the winner of the Dean's Cup Moot Court Competition. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston University.

Ben Daniels focuses his practice on higher education law, appellate litigation, and general commercial litigation. His work has allowed him to help universities, private secondary schools, corporations, family owned businesses, major health care systems, and sovereign nations resolve complex disputes. Ben also has significant experience handling appeals in state and federal court. His recent appellate successes include a reversal in the Connecticut Supreme Court of a $35 million 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; a California Supreme Court case reinstating a $13.5 million claim on behalf of a major insurer; and an affirmance in the Second Circuit that protected an American company against a German corporation's abusive discovery practices. Ben joined Wiggin following his clerkship with Judge John M. Rogers on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was previously a law clerk for Chief Judge Irma E. Gonzalez on the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Ben received his J.D. summa cum laude from Washington University School of Law, where he was on the Washington University Law Review and winner of the school's moot court competition. He also received an M.S. in Education from Mercy College and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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Wiggin and Dana attorneys attend the CT Legal Awards Dinner on October 2, 2017.

From left to right: Joseph Martini, Jenny Chou, Aaron Bayer, Ben Daniels, Jim Glasser, Tim Diemand, Erik Beard, Robyn Gallagher.