Commercial Law and Bankruptcy: Year in Review – D02

Business Law Track
Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section

Session D: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  

Join a distinguished panel of seasoned commercial litigators and bankruptcy practitioners to learn the latest developments in the fields of business litigation, business bankruptcy, and consumer bankruptcy. This annual review of the law is always one of the most well-attended and highly-informative seminars at the Connecticut Legal Conference. This year’s presentation promises no less. 

You will learn

    • The trends that our state and federal courts are taking in rendering decisions in commercial litigation matters 
    • Highlights of decisional law on matters impacting business and consumer bankruptcies in the District of Connecticut, the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court 
    • How the new Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, effective as of October 1, 2018, have been applied in both business and consumer bankruptcy cases 


Thomas J. Sansone, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, New Haven 

Thomas J. Sansone is a partner in Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, where he has practiced in the civil litigation arena in Connecticut for more than 33 years, representing individuals and companies in a wide variety of business-related and personal disputes. He practices in various fields, including commercial, construction, and insolvency litigation. He has tried more than 90 cases to conclusion in Connecticut Superior Court, the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court, and has argued before both the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts. Much of his trial work involves complex banking issues, including lender liability cases, contested foreclosure/collection matters, and representation of creditors in adversary bankruptcy proceedings.

From 2012 – 2018, Tom served as one of the 14 lawyers appointed by the judges of the Superior Court as a member of the Statewide Grievance Committee. During that time, he presided over dozens of hearings involving allegations of attorneys’ professional misconduct. 

Tom has also served the bar for many years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. From 2014 – 2016, he acted as the Secretary/Treasurer of that Section, and from 2016 – 2018, served as its Vice-Chair. On July 1, 2018, he assumed the chairmanship of the Section.

Tom is a published author, having twice written the annual review of commercial litigation cases for The Connecticut Bar Journal (2009, 2010), as well as co-authoring the Thomson Reuters book, Inside the Minds: Banking & Finance Litigation Strategies (2009). Tom is a frequent lecturer on commercial law topics and has, on three occasions, co-presented the annual update of Commercial Law & Bankruptcy at the Connecticut Bar Association’s annual Connecticut Legal Conference.

Tom obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from Boston University. He is active in a number of civic and community organizations including Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, where he serves as president of its board of directors, the United Way of Greater New Haven (past Chair) and Vice-President of WIKS-USA, a charitable organization that supports a residential school in rural Western Kenya for children orphaned by the AIDS/HIV Pandemic.


Jonathan A. Kaplan, Pullman & Comley LLC, Hartford 

Jonathan A. Kaplan practices in the area of complex commercial litigation and handles a wide span of business disputes, including partner and shareholder disputes, business torts, and unfair trade practice claims. He regularly appears in state and federal courts.  Jon has previously presented a Commercial Litigate Update at the CBA’s Annual Meeting in 2016 and 2018.  He has also presented on evidentiary issues including to the Connecticut Bar Association’s (“CBA”) Federal Practice Section on the Admissibility of E-Discovery and  to the National Business Institute in a presentation entitled “How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out).”

Kara S. ResciaRescia Law PC, Enfield 

Kara S. Rescia is the principal of Rescia Law, P.C. with offices in Enfield, Connecticut and Northampton, Massachusetts, focusing on consumer and business bankruptcy and alternatives and small business representation. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Southern Maine and a 1992 graduate of Western New England University School of Law. Since 1992, Attorney Rescia has concentrated her practice in bankruptcy, representing both debtors and creditors in business and consumer cases, as well as business and corporate law, including commercial financing and litigation. She is admitted to the bars for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Connecticut and the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Since 2010 and currently Ms. Rescia is a Chapter 7 panel trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Connecticut. She is on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, a past Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Hampden County Bar Associations and is a member of the Massachusetts and Connecticut Bar Associations, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the International Women’s Insolvency Reorganization Confederation, New England and Connecticut Networks. She has been on the faculty of many seminars and has participated in numerous continuing legal education programs in the area of bankruptcy law.

Attorney Rescia is grateful for the contributions of Paige M. Vaillancourt, an associate at Rescia Law, P.C. She is a 2018 graduate of Western New England University School of Law and is part of the firm’s bankruptcy and insolvency practice.

Jeffrey M. Sklarz, Green & Sklarz LLC, New Haven 

Jeffrey M. Sklarz, is a founding member of Green & Sklarz LLC.  Jeff’s practice is focused on representing businesses and individuals with complex financial litigation needs including: bankruptcy/bankruptcy litigation, creditor/debtor litigation, tax litigation, pension and employee benefit litigation and commercial litigation.  He regularly tries cases and appeals before Connecticut’s state and federal courts.  Jeff has particular experience regarding the interplay between and bankruptcy and tax law.

Jeff received his B.A. in government from Colby College, his J.D. from the University of Connecticut, School of Law and his LL.M. (Taxation) from Boston University, Graduate Tax Program.

Jeff is a frequent writer and lecturer on topics involving bankruptcy, tax litigation and commercial litigation.  In his spare time, Jeff enjoys swimming, biking, and running.


CLE Credit: 2.0 Hours (CT: 2.0 General; NY: 2.0 AOP)