Business Law Firm Based in Hartford

Ford & Paulekas, LLP is a business law firm based in Hartford, Connecticut with a long history of representing institutional, insurance, commercial and individual clients in their business and investment activities. Since its inception in 1979, the firm has served its clients' legal needs on a regional and national basis, and beginning in 1990’s, the firm has represented its clients in international business and development activities in Mexico, Western Europe and the Middle East. The continued success of the firm in this demanding area of practice is achieved in large measure because the firm's lawyers are problem-solvers who combine sound business judgment and practical legal advice in counseling clients.

Our attorneys represent institutional, insurance, municipal and private clients on a statewide and national level.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following: 

  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Workouts Insolvency
  • Lending
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Trusts & Estates 

Call 860-527-0400 today to arrange your initial consultation. 

­­­Attorney Paul W. Ford

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts, 1978
  • Connecticut, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1993

Education:

  • University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine, 1978
    • J.D.
    • Law Review: University of Maine Law Review, Member, 1976 - 1978
  • Boston University, 1972
    • B.A.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1975
    • M.A.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association (Member)
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • International Bar Association (Member)

Attorney Walter E. Paulekas

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1986
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Education:

  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1986
    • J.D.
    • Law Review: WNEC Law Review, Member
  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point , 1978
    • B.S. in Civil Engineering

Attorney Lawrence A. Dvorin

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1990

Education:

  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1989
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Law Review: Suffolk University Law Review, Comment Editor, 1988 - 1989
  • University of Miami, 1984
    • B.M.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section

Attorney David A. Hill

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1992
  • Massachusetts, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1993
  • New York, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2003

Education:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, 1992
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Law Review: Connecticut Law Review, Managing Editor, 1991 - 1992
  • Wesleyan University, 1988
    • B.A.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Hartford County Bar Association (Member)
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)

Attorney Matthew H. Youmans

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1995

Education:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, 1991
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Law Journal: Connecticut Journal of International Law, Executive Editor, 1990 - 1991
  • Tufts University Medford, MA., 1987
    • B.A.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member)

Attorney Scott R. Chadwick

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1987
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut

Education:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, 1986
    • J.D.
  • Western New England College
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member)
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • East Hartford Board of Assessment Appeals, 1996 - 2006 (Chairman)

Attorney Dale M. Clayton

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1994

Education:

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, 1993
    • J.D.
  • American International College, 1983
    • B.S.
    • Major: Business Administration

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member)

Attorney Elizabeth M. Cristofaro

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1992

Education:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • J.D.
  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1981
      • B.A.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science and Italian

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Hartford County Bar Association (Member)
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Chair, Professional Liability Committee, 2003-2005)
  • Professional Liability Underwriters’ Society (PLUS) (Member)
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Italian
  • French

Attorney Dinora Lopez

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 2017

Education:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, 2017
    • J.D.
  • University of Hartford
    • B.S.
    • Honors: summa cum laude

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member)
  • Real Estate Finance Association (Member)

Attorney Houston Putnam Lowry

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1980
  • District of Columbia, 1985
  • New York, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1982

Education:

  • Cambridge University Faculty Board of Law The Old Schools, Cambridge, England
    • LL.B., Bachelor of Law
    • Honors: With Honors in International Law
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands
    • Honors: Attended 1981-1982
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
    • M.B.A., Master of Business Administration
  • Pitzer College, Claremont, California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Psychology
    • Major: Political Studies

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Arbitration Association (Member, Commercial Panel of Arbitrators)
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member, Sections on Computer Law, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy)
  • American Bar Association, Member (Sections on Antitrust, Science and Technology and International Law)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, - (Chairman, International Law Section)

Attorney Jeffrey A. McChristian

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1978

Education:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, 1978
    • J.D.
  • Wesleyan University, 1975
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member)
  • Hartford County Bar Association (Member)
  • Valley Chapter of Business Networking International (Member)
  • Wesleyan Alumni Association of Greater Hartford (President)

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