Ethics: The Year in Review – B04

Ethics Track
Standing Committee on Professional Ethics

Session B: 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

About the Program
This program will address frequently asked questions and issues about the disciplinary process and will provide a review of the most recent opinions from the CBA Professional Ethics Committee, the Statewide Grievance Committee, and the courts, as well as a review of any proposed rules changes.

You Will Learn

  • About recent CBA and ABA opinions, with a focus ethics opinions addressing confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements
  • About recent Statewide Grievance Committee decisions
  • About recent decisions from the courts interpreting attorney ethical rules


Deborah Del Prete Sullivan, Office of Chief Public Defender, Hartford

Attorney Sullivan is Legal Counsel for the Office of Chief Public Defender of the Division of Public Defender Services in Hartford, Connecticut. Admitted to the Connecticut and Federal Bars, she is the agency’s liaison with the Connecticut General Assembly and the Office of the Governor.

Deborah continues to conduct mandatory ethics training for all newly hired Division personnel and the Division’s Assigned Counsel. She has been a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association since 1995 and serves as its Training Chair. In addition, Deborah has served either as a member or the designee of the Chief Public Defender on numerous legislative task forces pertaining to criminal law, including the Legislative, Classification, Juvenile Sentencing and Drug Free School Zone Working Groups of the CT Sentencing Commission, Eyewitness Identification Task Force, Racial Profiling Project Advisory Board, Superior Court Rules Committee’s Task Force to Study Minimum Continuing Legal Education and Trafficking in Persons Council.


Stephen J. Conover, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessy LLP, Stamford

Steve Conover helps lawyers and law firms practice law without unnecessary ethical risks. He regularly represents lawyers, law firms and legal departments throughout Connecticut in grievance defense matters. He actively advises local and national law firms on malpractice prevention and risk management, and counsels clients on sensitive ethics, professional responsibility, and business matters.

In 2007, Mr Conover completed 11 years of service as Court-appointed Grievance Counsel involved with the State’s lawyer discipline process in administrative and judicial proceedings. He now regularly defends lawyers facing sanctions from formal Grievance Complaints filed with Connecticut’s Statewide Grievance Committee. In addition, Mr. Conover provides guidance to lawyers and law firms in their management of partnership agreements, lateral hires & departures, dissolutions, licensing, and ethics compliance. Additionally, CNA Insurance Company’s Professional Liability claims managers regularly engage Steve Conover to speak to CNA insured law firms on ethics and loss prevention topics.

Patricia King, Geraghty & Bonnano LLC, New London

Attorney King graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1973 and the University of Connecticut Schools of Law and Social Work in 1982.  Since 1983, she has worked as a Juvenile Court Advocate, an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Judicial District of Waterbury, and Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New Haven.  She worked in two New Haven firms as a private practitioner for approximately seven years, handling primarily civil matters, including the Colonial Realty litigation, then as a partner in Moscowitz & King, LLC, focusing on criminal defense. She was one of the three attorneys initially hired to staff the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel at its inception in 2004.  She was Chief Disciplinary Counsel between July 2012 and February 2015.  After retiring from the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s Office, she joined Geraghty & Bonnano where her work will focus on legal ethics, attorney misconduct and legal malpractice.

Brendan P. Levesque, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford

Attorney Levesque is the managing partner at Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. in Hartford, Connecticut. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut state courts as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Federal Circuits.  In addition, he is admitted to practice before the United States Patent & Trade Office. Attorney Levesque joined Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque in August 2004 after serving as a law clerk for now Chief Judge DiPentima of the Connecticut Appellate Court. Attorney Levesque was made a principal of the firm on January 1, 2009. 

Attorney Levesque represents clients in civil, family and criminal appeals before the Connecticut appellate courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He also represents attorneys before grievance panels, in public hearings before the Statewide Grievance Committee and in presentments and appeals and candidates for bar admission before the Bar Examining Committee. Attorney Levesque presents seminars on risk management and ethics to law firms. Attorney Levesque is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

Marcy T. Stovall, Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport

Attorney Stovall is an attorney in the Bridgeport office of Pullman & Comley LLC.  She practices in the areas of professional liability, civil litigation, appellate practice and employment law.  In professional responsibility matters, Marcy regularly represents law firms and attorneys in malpractice litigation, as well as licensing, disciplinary and sanctions matters.  Since 2000 she has served on the Connecticut Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics, which issues opinions on attorney ethics, and currently serves as its chair.

Marcy authored “Lawyer Mobility and Imputed Law Firm Disqualification: Implementing Timely and Effective Ethical Screens” (Connecticut Lawyer); and co-authored “Attorney Advertising in Connecticut: Everything You Need to Know about the New Era of Oversight and Regulation” (Connecticut Lawyer); “Conflict Waivers: When in Doubt, Spell It Out” (Connecticut Lawyer); “Responding To a Disciplinary Complaint: The Do’s and Don’ts” (Connecticut Law Tribune), and “Advancing Client Costs: Pitfalls and Changes in Rule 1.8(e),” (Connecticut Law Tribune).  She has been a presenter at seminars on attorney ethics, professional responsibility, and law firm risk management.


1.0CLE Credit (CT: 1.0 Ethics; NY: 1.0 Ethics)