Cummings & Lockwood LLC
The Best Lawyers in America

35 Cummings & Lockwood Attorneys in Connecticut and Florida Have Been Named Among The Best Lawyers in America for 2021, 2 Attorneys Received Lawyer of the Year Awards and 8 Attorneys Have Been Identified as the Ones to Watch

November 30, 2020

Cummings & Lockwood LLC is pleased to announce that 35 of its attorneys in Connecticut and Florida have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021.  Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

“We are very pleased that so many of the attorneys in our Connecticut and Florida offices have been nationally recognized for their significant professional accomplishments across all of our practice groups,” commented Jonathan B. Mills, Firm-wide Chairman and Managing Director of Cummings & Lockwood.  “We would especially like to congratulate Rachel B.G. Sherman, a Trusts and Estates attorney in our Stamford office for making the Best Lawyers list for the first time.  We also congratulate Kelley Galica Peck and Heather J. Rhoades, Trusts and Estates Principals in our West Hartford office, for earning the Lawyer of the Year award this year.*  Finally, we are pleased that eight (8) of our Associates have appeared on the list of Ones to Watch for the first time in 2021.” (see list below)

Cummings & Lockwood attorneys who were named “Best Lawyers” include the following:

Stamford, CT

  • John W. Cannavino, Commercial Litigation
  • John F. Carberry, Commercial Litigation
  • Margaret A. Deluca, Trusts and Estates
  • Michael J. Hinton, Real Estate Law
  • Daniel G. Johnson, Trusts and Estates
  • Michael P. Kaelin, Trusts and Estates Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation
  • David T. Martin, Commercial Litigation
  • Jonathan B. Mills, Real Estate Law
  • John R. Musicaro, Jr., Trusts and Estates
  • Rachel B.G. Sherman, Trusts and Estates (New to Best Lawyers)
  • Conrad Teitell, Non-Profit / Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Howard S. Tuthill III, Trusts and Estates

Greenwich, CT

  • Laura Weintraub Beck, Trusts and Estates
  • B. Cort Delany, Trusts and Estates
  • Daniel P. Fitzgerald, Trusts and Estates
  • Jessie A. Gilbert, Trusts and Estates
  • Douglas H. Olin, Trusts and Estates
  • Edward F. Rodenbach, Trusts and Estates
  • Gina D. Silvestri, Trusts and Estates

West Hartford, CT

  • Patricia R. Beauregard, Trusts and Estates
  • Paul L. Bourdeau, Trusts and Estates
  • Caroline Demirs Calio, Trusts and Estates
  • Robert B. Fawber, Trusts and Estates
  • Kelley Galica Peck, Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates Litigation (Lawyer of the Year Recipient)*
  • Heather J. Rhoades, Trusts and Estates (Lawyer of the Year Recipient)*

Naples, FL

  • Todd L. Bradley, Trusts and Estates
  • Alison K. Douglas, Trusts and Estates
  • Kenneth D. Krier, Trusts and Estates
  • Robert Lancaster, Trusts and Estates
  • Deborah L. Russell, Trusts and Estates (Retired in 2019)

Bonita Springs, FL

  • Mary Beth Crawford, Trusts and Estates
  • William N. Horowitz, Trusts and Estates
  • Howard M. Hujsa, Trusts and Estates
  • David A. Ludgin, Trusts and Estates

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

  • David M. Halpen, Trusts and Estates; Tax Law


Ones to Watch

Cummings & Lockwood Associates who have been named as the “Ones to Watch” (2021 Edition) are listed below.  These awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. "Ones to Watch" recipients typically have been in practice for 5-9 years.  The award recipients are based on a peer review methodology.

Stamford, CT

  • William N. Wright, Commercial Litigation
  • Scott T. Witthuhn, Real Estate Law
  • Cara Howe Santoro, Tax Law
  • Katherine A. McAllister, Trusts and Estates

Greenwich, CT

  • Kavya S. John, Litigation - Real Estate
  • Katherine Cotter Gent - Trusts and Estates

West Hartford, CT

  • Brianna L. Marquis, Trusts and Estates
  • Andrew M. Nerney, Trusts and Estates (recently relocated to Palm Beach Gardens, FL office)


About Best Lawyers

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Our methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.  Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. Our belief has always been that the quality of a peer review survey is directly related to the quality of the voters.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."


Best Lawyers:  "Lawyer of the Year"

Additional recognitions are also awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location.


Best Lawyers:  “Ones to Watch”

These awards recognize extraordinary lawyers who have been in private practice for less than 10 years in the United States. Like traditional Best Lawyers awards, a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition is based entirely on peer review.