The Legal Entrepreneur – A07

Legal Entrepreneur Track
Young Lawyers Section

Session A: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

About the Program
Learn from seasoned solo and small firm owners about how to successfully launch and grow your own practice. The program will include a Q&A session to make this an interactive learning experience for attendees.

 You Will Learn

  • Survival tips for starting your own firm
  • New methods for finding and signing new clients
  • Strategies and tools to effectively market your firm

Joshua Devine, UnitedHealth Group, Hartford

Attorney Devine is Staff Counsel and Privacy Manager for UnitedHealthcare’s Privacy Office.  In that role he provides legal counsel and regulatory compliance guidance on all matters pertaining to domestic health, financial and consumer privacy as well as regulatory and legal risk management.

Josh is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Co-CLE Director for the Young Lawyers Section and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare in 2016, Josh was an associate attorney with the firms of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. and Bonnie D. Kumiega & Associates, LLC where he practiced in the areas of civil litigation, business transactions, commercial and residential real estate, estate planning, probate administration and landlord-tenant disputes.

Josh received his J.D. from Massachusetts School of Law and his B.A. from Western New England College and is admitted to the practice in Connecticut, Massachusetts and The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut .


Renee C. Bauer, Bauer Law Group LLC, Hamden

Prior to devoting her career to the legal profession, Attorney Bauer worked for Public Strategies, Inc. as a media and political consultant to SNET/SBC Communications. She opened Bauer Law Group 11 years ago and has dedicated her practice to Family Law since.   

Recognizing that people need reliable information about divorce, Renée penned the book Divorce in Connecticut (Addicus Books) which can be found in every library throughout the state. She also authored the children’s book about divorce, Percy’s Imperfectly Perfect Family (Archway Publishing) and The Ultimate Guide to Solo and Small Firm Success (LawFirst Publishing). In 2015, the Connecticut Law Tribune named her Litigator of the Year.  Attorney Bauer was also highlighted by the Connecticut Law Tribune in a Special Section entitled Women in the Law in their September, 2010 publication. In 2012, the Connecticut Law Tribune named Attorney Bauer as a New Leader in the Law; a recognition only awarded to 60 attorneys in the State of Connecticut.

Attorney Bauer has appeared on television and radio and regularly contributes articles to legal publications.

Her practice can be found at

Lucas Hernandez, Law Offices of Lucas Hernandez, Westport

Attorney Lucas Hernandez was born and raised in Connecticut. He received his B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and then received his Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School.

His extensive practice in the state courts focuses on Family Law, Real Estate Law, Probate Law and Civil Litigation. Attorney Hernandez is certified to accept appointments as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and Attorney for the Minor Child (AMC) by the Connecticut courts. He is fluent in Russian and has a working knowledge of Ukrainian and Polish.

Clients have used several words to describe Attorney Hernandez: Creative; passionate; skillful; aggressive. Most agree that he is an exceptionally responsive advocate who cares deeply about his clients. Whether negotiating the terms of a contract for a closing or cross examining a witness at trial, Attorney Hernandez leverages his experience and knowledge to obtain the best possible results for his clients.

Attorney Hernandez began his law practice in Bridgeport, Connecticut and currently practices in Westport, Connecticut. He is an active Yale alumnus and serves as an Associate Fellow of Timothy Dwight College at Yale University

Chris R. Nelson, Nelson | Votto, New Haven

Chris practices in New Haven at the law firm of Nelson | Votto where he represents individuals and small businesses in litigation and transactional matters.  Chris attended the University of Connecticut where he earned his degree in Political Science and Sociology.  After college, he took evening classes at Quinnipiac University School of Law while working in the Bridgeport Superior Court’s Clerks Office.  Chris worked as an associate at the law firm of Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell until 2012 when he opened up his own firm.  In order to expand his growing business, in January 2014 Chris joined with Attorney Stacy Votto to form the firm where he practices today.

Chris is very involved with state and local bar associations.  Currently he is a member of the New Haven County Bar Association’s Executive Committee and also serves as co-chair of its Technology Committee.  Previously he has served on the CBA House of Delegates and has also served as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and President of the New Haven Young Lawyers. Additionally, Chris is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the New Haven Inn of Court.  

Chris was named a Connecticut “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® for 2011-2012, 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Chris Received the New Haven County Bar Association’s President’s Award.  In 2017, Chris was selected to become a James W. Cooper fellow by the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Kristen Wolf, Wolf & Shore LLC, Hamden

Attorney Wolf is a partner and owner of Wolf & Shore, LLC.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut  School of Business in 2006 and her Juris Doctor degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2009. While in law school, Attorney Wolf had the honor of serving as the Student Bar Association Treasurer and the Finance Committee Chair and also received several awards including Excellence in Clinical Work.  Prior to opening Wolf & Shore, LLC, Attorney Wolf was a partner at a small general practice law firm in Orange, Connecticut.   Attorney Wolf also previously clerked at the Hartford Superior Court and worked as a legal assistant in a private practice in Stamford, Connecticut.  While attending UCONN, Attorney Wolf interned at the Public Defenders’ Office in Hartford, Connecticut.

Attorney Wolf is licensed to practice in the state of Connecticut and is currently a member of the  New Haven County Bar Association, including the Family Law Committee, Trusts, Estates and Probate Committee, Lawyers Lounge Committee, Membership Committee,  Young Lawyers Section, and is also the co-chair of the Solo and Small Firms Committee.  Attorney Wolf is also a member of the American Bar Association,  Milford Bar Association, West Haven Bar Association, and Connecticut Bar Association, including Family Law, Estates and Probate and Young Lawyers Sections, as well as serving as co-chair for the Children in the Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee and the National Academy of Jurisprudence Family Law Trial Attorneys Association Kristen Wolf is also a participating attorney for the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund and serves as Assigned Counsel for the Office of the Chief Public Defender at the Bristol and Hartford Geographical Area (GA) courts and he Hartford Juvenile court for child protection and delinquency matters, as well as guardian ad litem in the Meriden and Middlesex Judicial Districts.   In addition, Attorney Wolf has completed the GAL/AMC training session offered by the Connecticut Commission on Child Protection as well as the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s training.  Most recently, Attorney Wolf was also selected to become part of the New Haven’s Finest Professionals Class of 2013 and the National Academy of Jurisprudence Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for Connecticut for 2016.


2.0 CLE Credits: (CT: 2.0 General; NY: 2.0 LPM)