Berchem, Moses & Devlin attorneys honored

Marsha Belman Moses, Ira W. Bloom, Floyd J. Dugas, Christopher M. Hodgson, Mario F. Coppola and Warren L. Holcomb of Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C. have been named to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list as top attorneys for 2015.

Each year, no more than 5% of attorneys in Connecticut are selected by Super Lawyers. In addition, Michael P. Burdo has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list; each year, no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state under the age of 40 or in practice 10 years or less are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

“Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C. is proud and honored to have six of our attorneys selected as 2015 Connecticut Super Lawyers,” said Robert L. Berchem, founder of the firm. “We are also thrilled to have one of our young attorneys, Michael Burdo, named as a Rising Star. We constantly strive to cultivate a culture of excellence and growth for all members of our firm, and are greatly encouraged by this strong validation of our efforts.”

Marsha Belman Moses, the firm’s managing partner, was named as a leader in the field of School and Education Law. Moses has represented boards of education both at the administrative and judicial levels for more than 30 years. She is a past President of the Connecticut School Board Attorneys Council, and a member of the Education Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. Moses is also a member of the Connecticut Academy of Pediatrics School Health Committee and presents regularly on issues of school health.

Ira W. Bloom, Senior Partner in the firm’s Westport office, has been named for eight consecutive years for his work in area of Land Use & Zoning. Bloom is a James W. Cooper Fellow and former member of the House of Delegates for the Connecticut Bar Association, as well as former chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Planning & Zoning Section. Bloom has been Town Attorney for Westport since 1998, New Canaan since 2012, and has served as counsel to Easton and Madison for several years.

Partner Mario F. Coppola, also based in Westport, was selected for his work in Local and Municipal Law, and has been listed since 2013. Attorney Coppola was named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2010-2012. He currently serves as Corporation Counsel for the City of Norwalk and an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Westport. Coppola has also served as a Town Attorney for Trumbull and regularly provides legal representation and services to other municipalities.

Attorneys Floyd J. Dugas, Christopher M. Hodgson, and Warren L. Holcomb have all been recognized as leaders in Employment and Labor Law. Senior Partner Dugas heads up the firm’s Municipal Labor & Employment practice and is also a member of the firm’s Education Law department. Dugas was involved in discussions resulting in the New Haven Reform contract, heralded by local and national leaders as a model for public school reform and recognized by the Obama administration as precisely the type of reform needed to improve student achievement, particularly in lower socio-economic enclaves.

Christopher Hodgson, also a Senior Partner, has been named by Super Lawyers for nine consecutive years. Attorney Hodgson has represented numerous private and public sector employers in collective bargaining and labor relations matters, and has also represented management in a wide spectrum of labor and employment litigation in state and federal courts. Warren L. Holcomb is a Partner in the Milford office whose practice concentrates on labor and employment law and civil rights litigation. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts, including the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Earlier in his career, Holcomb was Vice President of Industrial Relations for Universal Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

Michael P. Burdo, named as a 2015 Rising Star in the field of Real Estate Law, is a 2004 graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Health Administration at Quinnipiac University the same year, graduating magna cum laude. Burdo specializes in commercial real estate and development, and handles real estate transactions, public and private financing, contract and lease drafting, business organization, and land use and zoning matters. Burdo also litigates commercial disputes, and is experienced in general business law, banking and common interest ownership associations.