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Four Attorneys Selected as James W. Cooper Fellows by CT Bar Foundation

January 25, 2017

Shipman & Goodwin attorneys Matthew Ranelli, Kevin M. Roy, Gregory P. Muccilli and Clarisse N. Thomas have been selected as James W. Cooper Fellows by the Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF). The mission of CBF is to promote equal access to justice in Connecticut. To be selected, attorneys must demonstrate superior legal ability and devotion to the welfare of the community, state and nation, as well as to the advancement of the legal profession.

Matthew Ranelli, partner, focuses his practice on land use/real estate, environmental and clean energy matters. He represents public and private clients in all project and transaction-related permitting including local land use and state and federal agency approvals and appealing administrative decisions and orders; common law, eminent domain, adverse possession and takings claims; and state and federal Superfund actions, site remediation and enforcement defense. Mr. Ranelli is a leader in clean energy and energy efficiency transactions, permitting and installation across all technologies. He is the former Chairman of both the Environmental Law Section and Planning and Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and continues to serve on their Executive Committees. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Green Bank and is a member of the New Haven Commission on Disabilities and the Connecticut Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired. Mr. Ranelli is resident in the firm’s New Haven and Hartford offices.

Kevin Roy is a partner representing public sector clients in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including contract negotiations, interest arbitration, grievance arbitration, prohibited practice proceedings and administrative appeals of State Board of Labor Relations decisions. He also counsels municipal and board of education employers on employment law issues, including the pre-employment hiring process, personnel policies and practices, employee discipline, termination and separation, the Freedom of Information Act, military and other leave and workers’ compensation. In addition, Mr. Roy is active in key professional associations such as the Labor & Employment Relations Association, the Connecticut Public Employer Labor Relations Association, the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, the Connecticut School Attorneys Association, the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Western New England College School of Law and is resident in the firm’s Hartford office.

Gregory Muccilli practices in the areas of real estate development, commercial financing, commercial leasing and land use counseling, particularly in New Haven County. He represents developers and investors in tax credit syndication transactions, including historic rehabilitation tax credit transactions and low-income housing tax credit transactions, and regularly counsels nonprofit organizations in the acquisition, financing and rehabilitation of affordable and supportive multi-family residential housing projects. Mr. Muccilli serves in several leadership positions in both the Connecticut Bar Association and New Haven County Bar Association. He is primarily resident in the firm’s New Haven office, and also volunteers his time to the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the New Haven County Bar, the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Music School, Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Clarisse Thomas, resident in the firm’s Stamford office, practices in the areas of employment law, employment litigation, business litigation and product liability and tort litigation.  She represents both public and private sector clients, including local and national corporations, hedge funds, private equity firms, municipalities and non-profit organizations, in a variety of matters such as employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, contractual disputes, business torts, corporate governance and medical device liability and toxic tort claims.  Ms. Thomas also conducts client training in various aspects of employment law, including sexual harassment prevention training for supervisory and managerial employees. She has held leadership roles in the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, the Housatonic Community College Foundation and United Way of Western Connecticut.

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