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SDVSE Celebrates 5th anniversary

This year marks the fifth anniversary of SDV''s Southeast Office in Naples, Florida.

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Edwin L. Doernberger 1944 - 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Edwin L. Doernberger on Friday, May 21.

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SDV Recognized in CT Law Tribune's CT Legal Awards 2021

SDV is proud to announce our recognition in the Connecticut Law Tribune's 2021 Connecticut Legal Awards ceremony. We are honored to have received the Litigation Department of the Year - Insurance Award, as well as the Diversity Initiative Award for our firm's dedication to our practice and commitment to create a safe and inclusive workplace.

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SDV Northeast adds New Jersey office

We are pleased to announce the addition of a New Jersey office to SDV's Northeast presence, led by the experienced team of Partner Bethany Barrese and Stacy Manobianca, Of Counsel.

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Cheryl L. Kozdrey and William S. Bennett selected to the 2021 California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

We are proud to announce Cheryl L. Kozdrey and William S. Bennett's selection to the 2021 California SuperLawyers Rising Stars list.

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SDV Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. is proud to announce we are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year.

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Brian J. Clifford and Kelly A. Johnson have been elevated to Of Counsel.

SDV is proud to announce that Brian J. Clifford and Kelly A. Johnson have been elevated to Of Counsel.

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Michael Pepe featured in the Hartford Courant

Hartford Courant published an article addressing the status of coverage lawsuits for COVID-19 business interruption. SDV Partner Michael V. Pepe provided valuable insight on the policyholder's perspective.

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Grace V. Hebbel Elevated to Partner

SDV is pleased to announce the elevation of Grace V. Hebbel to partner. "Grace will be an excellent addition to the partnership ranks in 2021, as she brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to the table for her clients," said Theresa Guertin, Managing Partner of SDV's Northeast office.

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SDV Featured in California Business Journal

Saxe Doernberger & Vita's Hurricane Season Policyholders Handbook was recently featured in the California Business Journal. The article includes an interview of SDV West Coast Managing Partner Jeremiah M. Welch discussing the importance of the handbook's content, and how it can serve a wide variety of insurance questions policyholders may have about damages and claims arising from hurricanes

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SDV takes the Connecticut Bar Association's Diversity and Inclusion Pledge

SDV is proud to join other Signatories to the Connecticut Bar Association''s Diversity and Inclusion Pledge in support of the adoption of proposed Rule 8.4. Rule 8.4 declares harassment and discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, status as a veteran, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or marital status to constitute professional misconduct in the practice of law.

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SDV Attorneys Included on the 2020 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Lists

We are proud to announce the selection of 10 SDV attorneys to the 2020 Connecticut Super Lawyers list and Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in Connecticut. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

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SDV named a 2020 Top Workplace by Hearst Connecticut Media Group

We are pleased to announce that SDV has been named a 2020 Top Workplace by Hearst Connecticut Media Group!

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Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. Wins Appeal Before Connecticut Supreme Court Supporting Insurer's Broad Duty to Defend

In the case of Nash Street, LLC v. Main Street America Assurance Co., the Connecticut Supreme Court sided with SDV and concluded that, under Connecticut law, an insurer owes a duty to defend when the meaning of an insurance policy exclusion at issue is unsettled law in Connecticut and is subject to differing interpretations by courts in other jurisdictions.

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SDV Welcomes Holly A. Rice

SDV welcomes Holly A. Rice to our Southeast team!


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Theresa A. Guertin Named CBA Insurance Law Section Committee Chair

Theresa Guertin has started her tenure as the Connecticut Bar Associations Insurance Law Section''s Chair.

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Michael Pepe recently featured in The Top 100 Magazine Attorneys edition

Michael Pepe was recently featured in The Top 100 Magazine Attorneys edition. Click on the link below to read more about Michael''s construction law experience representing real estate developers, owners, contractors, and other corporate policyholders with complex insurance coverage issues and contract disputes.

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SDV's Amicus Effort Supports Skanska's Victory on

In a unanimous decision issued on Monday, June 29th, the Michigan Supreme Court held that unintended damage to an insured's work caused by a subcontractor's defective workmanship is an "occurrence" under the plain language of a Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance policy.

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SDV recently featured in Insurance & Risk Management 2020 Expert Guide

Saxe Doernberger & Vita was recently featured in the latest edition of Corporate LiveWire''s Insurance & Risk Management 2020 Expert Guide. Take a moment to read "Insurance and Risk Management Considerations for Modular and Prefabricated Construction," as it explores current insurance coverage policies for the industry and their significance

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Protecting Yourself from Downstream Risks

Jeremiah Welch and Cheryl Kozdrey''s recent article, "Protecting Yourself from Downstream Risks," was recently featured in the May/June 2020 edition of FMJ Magazine, the official magazine for International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

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