A weekly invitational profile series on professionals demonstrating excellence in the fields of law, healthcare & medicine, social services, business, finance & education.
Produced by Proactive Resources in the July 27, 2011 issue of the Hartford Advocate newspaper.


Attorneys Richard Michaud & Michael Kinney at MICHAUD-KINNEY GROUP, LLP concentrate their practice in the field of intellectual property law, providing patent, trademark & copyright legal services to individuals & businesses. They are licensed & registered to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office and serve a wide variety of clients with a particular focus on the legal needs of business owners, entrepreneurs & inventors.

Rick & Mike have prepared and filed hundreds of patent applications in a broad range of technologies, including biotechnology, computer sciences, copyright procurement, e-commerce, international protection, IP licensing & agreements, litigation, patent procurement, tech transfer, trade secrets and trademark procurement. They maintain an extremely active litigation practice and a thriving international practice, with branch offices in Shanghai, China and Tokyo, Japan.

Michaud-Kinney Group, LLP
306 Industrial Park Rd, Ste 206, Middletown, CT 06457


With 27 years of experience, ATTORNEY TIMOTHY G. KEARNEY represents buyers, sellers, refinance borrowers & lenders in all of their real estate & mortgage transactions. He works closely with his clients, being responsive to changing circumstances and to difficult time requirements, to ensure that the needs of both his clients and their customers are met.

Tim handles virtually all aspects of the purchase, sale, ownership, operation, development, leasing & financing of real estate. His diverse real estate clients include users, investors, developers, landlords, tenants, condominium associations & lenders, specializing in residential/commercial and multi-family projects. Tim assists clients in securing, negotiating & closing acquisition and construction loans, bridge financing and permanent mortgages. He also handles restructuring, foreclosure & problem loan workout matters for lenders & investors.

Law Offices of Timothy G. Kearney, LLC
79-A Norwich Ave, Colchester, CT 06415


CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY J.P. LEWIS is ready to fight for your rights the moment he takes your case. He believes what's most important in an attorney/client relationship is knowing that your lawyer is going to be there for you, to look out for your best interest, to respond to your questions, to be available and to bring some level of comfort to you as you go through the justice system.

JP practices throughout greater Hartford & CT handling misdemeanor and felony cases involving drugs, drug trafficking (and forfeiture of assets/unlawful search and seizure), violent crimes, gun charges, theft, fraud, aggravated assault, sex crimes and most other criminal charges. These cases are handled from the time of arrest from bond matters, preliminary hearings and pre-trial hearings to trial and post-conviction issues (direct appeals, habeas corpus, sentence modifications, expungement, and probation, parole & pardons). His practice also includes personal injury, auto accidents and slip & fall cases.

Lewis Legal Services, LLC
122 Main St, Ste 200, New Britain, CT 06051


ATTORNEY ERIN I. O'NEIL-BAKER has more than 10 years of experience in family-based immigration & naturalization matters. Spanish is spoken at her office, and she is a member of AILA and the Pro Bono Network of the CBA.

She is quick to point out that family-based immigration, a tightly regulated system, allows for close relatives to US Citizens and legal permanent residents (LPR) to rejoin their families here in America. Attorney Baker's practice concentrates in assisting family-based immigrants to be admitted in the US either as immediate relatives of US Citizens or through the family preference system. She can consult with you on your options and help you plan ahead. Your initial consultation is free of charge. Her office routinely prepares and submits the necessary paperwork for the USCIS and Department of State. She is equally well versed in the complexities of asylum/refugee matters, as well as the defense of deportation & removal procedures. Her general practice includes general civil litigation and personal injury. She has successfully litigated wrongful death suits, retaliation suits & birth defects/medical malpractice suits.

Law Office of Erin I. O'Neil-Baker
One Hartford Sq West, Ste 208, Hartford, CT 06106


Managing partner Peter K. O'Keefe & his six partners at JACKSON O'KEFFE are civil trial attorneys serving the community since 1956. They handle a broad range of civil disputes and place a high emphasis on civil litigation, person injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, construction defect, premises liability, insurance defense, real estate, divorce litigation, probate and wills & trusts. Jackson O'Keefe works with its clients to carefully evaluate each dispute and makes sure all options, and their long-term effects, are thoroughly considered.

Attorney O'Keefe & his partners work directly with all of their clients and provide dedicated, personalized service. As civil trial lawyers practicing in a small firm setting, they have the flexibility, legal knowledge and real world experience to provide comprehensive legal advice. They have a reputation for high-quality legal work in matters involving diverse civil litigation, ranging from a simple contract dispute, to a catastrophic personal injury jury trial, or a complicated commercial dispute. Free initial consultations apply only to personal injury actions.

Jackson O'Keefe
36 Russ St, Hartford, CT 0610, (860)278-4040
97 N Main St, Southington, CT 06489, (860)276-8100


Serving as legal counsel for employers representing most sectors of CT employment for more than 50 years, POMERANZ, DRAYTON & STABNICK, LLC devotes considerable resources defending claims for Workers' Compensation benefits. With their extensive experience - developed over time - they have been able to hone the skill level of the attorneys handling the cases, as well as participate in numerous precedent setting cases.

Pomeranz, Drayton & Stabnick maintains an active trial & appellate practice and meets onsite regularly with clients to discuss claims & disability management. The firm's 11 attorneys are accomplished trial lawyers with a unique perspective in working with their clients not only to defend claims, but also to recognize additional liabilities. Pomeranz, Drayon & Stabnick's attorneys strive to avoid prolonged litigation and to achieve success through hard work, leadership, negotiation & innovation for the defense of Workers' Compensation cases. The firm is "AV" rated by the prestigious lawyer rating firm Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating.

Pomeranz, Drayton & Stabnick, LLC
95 Glastonbury Blvd, Ste 216, Glastonbury, CT 06033


takes the extra step, working closely with his clients to resolve the matters entrusted to him. He combines sensitivity with practical legal advice & advocacy on behalf of his clients.

Len concentrates his legal practice in the areas of residential & commercial real estate, domestic & family law, civil litigation, probate & estates, wills & trusts, personal injury, Workers' Comp, business/corporate and criminal defense (DWI). He has 35 years of experience and provides confidential & informative consultations followed by effective legal representation to meet each client's needs. Len is dedicated to solving problems & closing deals. He has chosen to practice in a small firm setting, because he is committed to delivering quality legal services in a responsive & cost-effective manner. At his office, your legal needs will be given the personal attention & legal experience required. Len is a former President of the Manchester Bar Association and has tried appeals before the CT State Supreme Court.

Law Office of Leonard M. Horvath, PC
935 Main St, Manchester, CT 06040


With 11 years of experience, ATTORNEY COURTNEY P. SPENCER represents parents or legal guardians who have disputes concerning their child's right to receive special education & related services. She also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem in the juvenile court system. Courtney is current on the latest developments in the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and related CT education law.

As an advocate for children with special education needs, Courtney is experienced in negotiation & litigation to obtain special education services, including classroom modifications, individualized education plans, mobility access, use of computers & other special equipment, one-on-one para-professional assistants, therapy, tutoring and placement in special schools. She also represents special education students on disciplinary issues including expulsion & suspension. Courtney offers reasonable rates & flexible payment options. She provides your initial telephone & office consultation both at no charge.

Law Office of Courtney P. Spencer, LLC
701 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033


When you're facing complex personal & financial issues arising from separation, divorce, child custody & other family law actions, you want the best legal representation. You'll find it at NASSAU, GRIFFITH & KELLY, LLC. Founded by esteemed lawyers Steven M. Nassau, David Griffith & John Kelly, Nassau, Griffith & Kelly approaches each client matter with honesty, integrity and years of experience in negotiation & litigation.

Nassau, Griffith & Kelly is discreet. Whether working with a high-profile client or litigating a hotly contested marital or family dispute, the firm's attorneys maintain strict confidentiality at all times. With a reputation for excellence and a record of success, Attorneys David Griffith & John Kelly are some of CT's most respected family law practitioners. Divorce matters, particularly contested litigation, can be expensive. At Nassau, Griffith & Kelly, they are sensitive to their clients' financial concerns and strive to moderate your costs with their distinctive, client-centered practices.

Nassau, Griffith & Kelly, LLC
66 Cedar St, Ste 208, Newington, CT 06111


CT WOMEN'S OB/GYN, a division of Collins Medical Associates 2 PC, was created to provide a better healthcare experience for women. Their philosophy is to get to know a patient personally and actively listen to her concerns about her health.

Gayle B. Harris, MD & Peggy Ku, DO are Board Certified in OB/GYN and provide a host of services. These include well-women health care & comprehensive exams, routine gynnecological care, routine & high risk obstetrical care, pap smears, pelvic & breast exams, in-office ultrasounds, full range of contraception options, menopausal management, diseases of the vulva & vagina, adolescent gynecology (15 & older), infertility workups, hormone replacement therapy & bio-identical hormones, bladder problems & incontinence, laser hair removal (www.xololasertherapy.com), treatment for fibroids, endometriosis, abnormal bleeding & ovarian cysts, gynecological cancer screening, osteoporosis screening & treatment and screening for STDs. In-office surgeries include tubal ligation, endometrial ablations & hysteroscopy, as well as a host of hospital-based surgeries. Locations in West Hartford, South Windsor & Enfield.

CT Women's OB/GYN


Interested in learning how to make your own beer, wine and cheese? BEER & WINE MAKERS WAREHOUSE maintains one of the largest display/retail & teaching areas in the state. They have a large & complete inventory of quality products to support your hobby. If you have never made beer or wine, they have a complete start-up kit and offer a large selection of ingredient packages for many different styles of beer, including Rogue Ales. For the advanced hobbyist, they stock a diverse selection of grains, WYEAST and many hop varieties, including some you have probably never heard of. Essentially, any beer you drink, you can make at home.

Owner Adrian Genotti & Master Brewer/Instructor Jonathan Hardy offer classes that are hands-on with students involved with every step of the process. All-grain classes are taught on their new all-grain system & extract classes on their extract system. Start-up beer & wine making classes are free. Additional classes are offered for a fee. They are also your one stop shop for all soda, cheese, vinegar, & soda club supplies.

Beer & Wine Makers Warehouse
290 Murphy Rd, Hartford, CT 06114


When you walk out the door of your business at the end of the day, you want to know that the cleaning crew is efficient, reliable and trustworthy. The clients of HEITS BUILDING SERVICES enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a reputation for quality service performed by personnel that is trained, bonded and insured. Heits is a full-service, eco-friendly, commercial cleaning company that serves Hartford County businesses. In addition to regular maintenance, Heits also provides special services including floor care, interior restoration, power washing and window cleaning.

Heits Building Services offers a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee and requires no long term contracts. Heits offers customized cleaning solutions with cleaning protocols specifically designed to meet the needs of your business, whether it's a school, daycare, medical practice, office or retail facility. Heits allows you the freedom to leave your cleaning worries behind and concentrate on matters that are vital to your business. Franchise opportunities with immediate income are available in CT & MA. Visit their Website for more information.

Heits Building Services
100 Tolland Tnpk, Manchester, CT 06042