Construction Law Year in Review – D09

Real Property/Environmental Law Track
Construction Law Section

Session D: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

About the Program
Significant new developments are occurring regularly in the dynamic area of construction law. It is essential for those involved in this field in Connecticut—whether as a “veteran” construction lawyer, an occasional practitioner, or as an owner or contractor—to keep abreast of this changing law, legislative initiatives, and recent statutory enactments. This program will provide you with up-to-date information about the current state of construction law. 


Megan Y. Carannante, Pullman & Comley LLC, Hartford 

Megan Y. Carannante is an effective and seasoned litigator and counselor who focuses her practice primarily on business, construction and employment disputes. She has represented a wide range of clients from small business owners to Fortune 500 companies in state and federal court, mediation and arbitration. In the construction context, she has experience with contract drafting and negotiation and has successfully resolved a wide variety of different situations and disputes for contractors, owners, subcontractors, design professionals and other construction professionals.   A former Connecticut Appellate Court clerk, Megan also has significant appellate experience. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York as well as Connecticut and regularly represents clients in these jurisdictions.

In addition to her litigation and construction practice, Megan regularly counsels employers to ensure they are in compliance with state and federal law and assists them in navigating complicated personnel issues. She provides sexual harassment training and other training to supervisors on a regular basis and assists employers in crafting employment policies which facilitate and promote a productive and inclusive workplace.

Rory M. Farrell, McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP, Hartford 

Rory M. Farrell is an associate to the Hartford office of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney and Carpenter, LLP, whose practice is focused on the resolution of construction disputes and construction related surety claims in federal court, state court, arbitration and mediation. Rory has experience counseling construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, and sureties on a wide range of issues arising from the construction context relating to construction, surety, and labor and employment law.

Rory is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law and is a contributing author to numerous construction publications including, the Connecticut Bar Association’s Construction Law Summary, the Construction Law Handbook, the State-by-State Guide to Architect, Engineer and Contractor Licensing, and the State-by-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims.

Prior to joining the firm, Rory clerked for the Hon. Douglas S. Lavine at the Connecticut Appellate Court.  Rory is admitted to practice law in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island including the U.S. District Courts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Jane I. Milas, Garcia & Milas PC, New Haven 

Jane Milas is the Managing Director of Garcia & Milas, P.C.  Since beginning her legal career in 1986, Jane has practiced in the areas of construction, commercial, products liability, alternative dispute resolution, real estate and employment law.  Jane regularly appears before state and federal courts, administrative tribunals, and arbitration panels.

Jane has held a number of leadership positions in local and state bar associations, including serving as President of the New Haven County Bar Association and Chairman of the Construction Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  She has been named a

Fellow of the American Bar Association and a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Association, and has been honored as a Charter Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America as well as being named a New England Super Lawyer for various years, including top 50 Women (New England 2010) in the area of Construction Litigation .

Jane is an active supporter of the CT Veterans Legal Center and provides pro bono services through the Center’s referrals.  She also participates in various public service activities of the New Haven County Bar Association, and served as Co-Chair of that association’s Public Service Committee for a number of years.  She recently was chosen as a 2019 recipient of the Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award presented by the Connecticut Bar Association. 

Jane has written numerous articles for ABA section publications on litigation related topics, as well as taught construction law related seminars for various construction industry groups.


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