John L. Boccalatte
Attorney Boccalatte is the firm’s manager and an equity partner. He draws on his experiences in law and business to assist his many institutional and individual clients in all areas from complex business transactions to simple real estate purchases. John’s commitment to achieving timely and favorable results for his clients is well known and apparent in all aspects of his practice.
While he spends much of his professional time focused on commercial and residential real estate issues and transactions, commercial leasing agreements, formation of business organizations, business transfers and acquisitions, and landlord/tenant matters, John has also served as counsel to the Middletown Housing Authority since 1986.
John’s commitment to his clients, community and family is evident in all aspects of his very active lifestyle that successfully marries his profession, passion for travel and varied interests with intellectual curiosity and a desire to constantly enhance his skills as a lawyer.
John is on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and is a member of its Grants Committee, a past Board member of the Middlesex Community College Foundation, and a past Chair of the Long Hill Estate Authority, which oversees Middletown’s Wadsworth Mansion. John also regularly serves as a Court-appointed trial referee and arbitrator in the Middlesex Judicial District. John is also a trained mediator.
A life-long resident of Connecticut, Attorney Boccalatte completed his undergraduate degree at Elmira College and received his juris doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1979. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar that same year. Attorney Boccalatte is an active member of the Middlesex County and Connecticut Bar Associations.
Susan Perrin Geenty
Attorney Geenty is an equity partner with the firm and an experienced lawyer who has earned the respect and admiration of her professional peers. As a result of her accomplishments and professional reputation, Susan has been designated a Connecticut Super Lawyer in family law by Connecticut Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 (for more information, see http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html). Susan regularly represents parties in divorce and custody matters where she draws on her substantial experience in real estate, complex financial matters and general civil litigation to successfully advocate for the interests of her clients.
Susan has a recognized reputation for promoting and protecting the interests of children and, as a result, she is regularly appointed by Judges of the Connecticut Superior Courts to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem in disputed custody matters. In the constantly evolving area of family law, Susan is committed to improving her knowledge and skills to remain pivotal in resolving issues that arise in divorce and custody cases. She regularly participates in training and continuing legal education programs and mentors other attorneys to develop their skills as advocates for children’s interests in litigated family matters. Susan’s dedication to children and improving the quality of the lawyers practicing family law statewide is evident in her personal and professional choices.
Attorney Geenty is admitted to practice in both Connecticut and New York, and she is an active member of the Middlesex, Hartford, Connecticut and New York Bar Associations. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Middlesex County Bar Association. Attorney Geenty also serves as a court-appointed Special Master for family matters and for the regional family trial docket, which handles high conflict contested custody and visitation matters. She is a trial referee for the Superior Court and a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and Collaborative Divorce Professionals. Susan has most recently completed a Parenting Coordination training with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Susan is also a trained mediator and an active member of Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group (for more information, see http://www.ctcollaborativedivorce.com) and the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.
Attorney Geenty received her associate’s degree from Rivier College and her bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Binghamton. She graduated Cum Laude from Pace University School of Law in 1986, where she was the recipient of the distinguished James. S. May Trusts and Estates Award. Attorney Geenty was admitted to the Connecticut, New York and Federal Bars in 1986.
Richard S. Sheeley
Attorney Sheeley is an equity partner with the firm and a trial lawyer with substantial experience earned over many years of litigating civil claims stemming from contracts and commercial transactions, personal injuries caused by automobile and other accidents, and divorce and child custody matters. Richard’s commitment to his clients and their goals is evident in the results of his efforts, whether he is representing business and institutional clients in financial disputes or individuals in the most sensitive and emotional issues affecting their family.
Richard has a deserved reputation for perseverance and enthusiastic representation in the face of seemingly overwhelming opposition. While committed to obtaining the best result for his clients, Richard is mindful of the shortcomings of the adversarial process and he values the opinion and unique perspective of his clients in shaping the outcome of each case. Through dedication and thoughtful analysis, Richard advocates from a perspective and with a thoroughness that keeps his clients, their families and friends returning to seek his advice and counsel.
Though his busy practice often requires that he limit himself geographically to courts in Middlesex, New Haven, Hartford and New London Counties, Attorney Sheeley litigates in all Connecticut courts, including the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut and various Probate Courts throughout the state. Attorney Sheeley has represented numerous clients in high-profile and significant cases throughout the state, and he regularly serves as a Special Master for family matters pending before the Connecticut Superior Court.
Born and raised in New Haven, Attorney Sheeley completed his undergraduate studies at Hofstra University in 1989 graduating from the Honors Program with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. In 1993, he received his juris doctorate degree from George Washington University’s National Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he was the recipient of the Samuel Green Scholarship awarded in recognition of academic achievement and demonstrated leadership qualities. Attorney Sheeley was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1993 and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut in 1994. He is an active member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut and Middlesex County Bar Associations.
Elizabeth N. Byrne
Attorney Byrne is a partner with the firm who concentrates her practice in the areas of Wills and Trusts, Elder Law and Probate Law. As a result of her reputation as an experienced and committed elder law professional, Liz received the Outstanding Member award from the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in 2008 and 2009. Dedicated to providing education to the public regarding elder issues, Liz is a frequent speaker for the AARP, Estuary Council among other community professional organizations, local nursing homes and health care facilities.
Liz regularly represents clients in the preparation of their Last Will and Testaments, Living Wills or Health Care Proxies, Trusts, and in the Probate process. Liz’s dedication to her practice often results in “house” calls to her clients’ homes or health care facilities to meet with clients
Attorney Byrne is on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a Corporator of Middlesex Hospital, an active member of the Middlesex Hospital Ethics Committee, Leave a Legacy/Connecticut, Middlesex County Bar Association, Elder Law and Estates and Probate Sections of the Connecticut Bar Association, Probate and Real Property Section of the American Bar Association. Liz is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney’s Practice Update.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Schenectady, New York, Attorney Byrne received her bachelor’s degree from Siena College and her law degree from Pace University School of Law in 1985. She was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1985 and to the New York and U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut in 1986. Attorney Byrne is also an accredited VA Claims Attorney.
Kelly S. Therrien
Attorney Therrien is a family lawyer with an intense focus on achieving optimum results for her clients and protecting the interests of children. In her practice, she promotes her clients’ interests with enthusiasm and practicality, and ensures that her clients have all the information necessary to make the tough decisions required in contemporary domestic litigation. She makes every effort to provide her clients the opportunity to resolve disputes outside the courtroom, but is prepared to litigate when compromise fails.
Kelly has developed the skills required to pursue and achieve the most favorable results for the firm’s clients. She regularly undertakes representation of parties and children in contested divorces, post-judgment custody matters, child support and alimony motions, child custody actions between unmarried parents, and matters related to guardianship of minors in Connecticut Probate Courts and involving the Department of Children and Families. Having completed the GAL/AMC Comprehensive Basic Training, Kelly has also been appointed by Connecticut Superior Courts to act as a guardian ad litem in various family and juvenile law matters.
Born in Middletown, Connecticut and raised in Middlesex County, Attorney Therrien received a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in 1997 and her juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 2001. She has served as a Special Master for family matters pending in numerous Connecticut Superior Courts. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Middlesex County Bar Association. Attorney Therrien is also the President of the Coginchaug Regional High School Scholarship Fund, a Board of Director for the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce and the co-chairperson for the Chamber’s Young Professionals Alliance.
Patricia C. Farrell
Attorney Patricia Farrell grew up in New Britain, Connecticut and attended public schools there. Attorney Farrell graduated from Smith College in 1975. She received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978. In 1982, Attorney Farrell established her own general private practice firm in Middletown, which firm ultimately grew to become Farrell, Geenty, Sheeley, Boccalatte & Guarino, P.C.
Over the years, Attorney Farrell has been actively involved in numerous professional and community activities. Attorney Farrell served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Middletown. She served as an officer of the Middlesex Bar Association. For many years, she was both a member of the House of Delegates and the Board of Governors for the Connecticut Bar Association. Attorney Farrell served as a director of the Connecticut Title Insurance Board from 1989 to 2012. Attorney Farrell also served for many years as member and president of the board of the Independent Day School in Middlefield, Connecticut. One of her favorite pastimes is her involvement with the “Vintage Players,” an amateur theater group presenting plays and readings.
Attorney Farrell is a trained mediator and collaborative divorce attorney. She is a founding member of Resolution Through Mediation, LLC with offices in Middletown and Clinton. For over 28 years, Attorney Farrell has volunteered her services as a Special Master in divorce and custody matters for the courts in Hartford, New Britain, Middletown, Meriden, and New Haven. Attorney Farrell also serves as an Attorney Trial Referee. She is a member of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce. She is also a member of the International Association of Collaborative Practitioners, of the Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group, of Divorce Solutions of Connecticut, and of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals.
Peter M. Sipples
Born Hartford, Connecticut, August 9, 1942; admitted to Connecticut Bar, 1975. Education: Nathan Hale-Ray High School, East Haddam, Connecticut (1960), selected Athlete of the Century; Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut (B.A. 1964), All New England in soccer and baseball; Middletown Sports Hall of Fame; Stetson University (J.D. Cum Laude, 1975). Prior career: Xavier High School, Middletown, Connecticut (1964-1972), taught English, coached soccer and baseball. Member of Lions Club, Clinton Chamber of Commerce, CBA Planning and Zoning, Executive Committee, The Vintage Players, St. Vincent de Paul Place, Finance Council for the Diocese of Norwich. Favorite pastimes: theatre (both acting in plays with wife, Pat, and attending); walking; spoiling my Vermont grandchildren, Henry and Nicholas.
Concentration: Land Use and Real Estate Law.
Jason J. Lewellyn
The newest addition to FGSB, Attorney Lewellyn has worked as a Temporary Assistant Clerk for the Regional Family Trial Docket in Middlesex County. He has also worked as a Student Attorney at the Roger Williams Criminal Defense Clinic and an Intern with the State of Connecticut, Division of Criminal Justice. Born and raised in Madison, Jason is currently a resident of Clinton. He has responded to hundreds of emergency calls as an EMT/firefighter for the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department. Attorney Lewellyn graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law, Cum Laude, in 2012 and Fairfield University in 2009. During his time at Roger Williams, he was the recipient of the Law Dean’s Achievement Award and a member of Phi Alpha Delta. Jason was admitted to the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bars in 2012 and the Connecticut Bar in 2013. He is a member of the Middlesex Bar Association and has completed the State Comprehensive GAL/AMC Training. Jason looks forward to building his law practice in his home state and in the county in which he currently resides.