Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in accordance with Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Order 7M, Paragraph 3, effective March 25, 2020, the statute of limitations imposed by Connecticut General Statutes 51-51l (d) is extended for 90 days from the date of such statutory deadline. the Judicial Review Council.

Council Members and Staff

The Council consists of the following:

Three Superior or Appellate Court judge members
Three attorney members
Six public members
Two alternate judge members
Two alternate attorney members

Three alternate public members
Three alternate family support magistrate members
Three alternate workers' compensation commissioner members

Whenever the Council considers a complaint against a workers' compensation commissioner member, an alternate workers' compensation commissioner member replaces a judge member. Likewise, when the Council considers a complaint against a family support magistrate, an alternate family support magistrate member replaces a judge member. At the present time, terms of regular members are four years. A regular member may not serve consecutive terms. Alternate members serve terms of three years and cannot serve consecutive terms as an alternate member. An alternate member could, at the termination of his or her term, be appointed a regular member. The Chairperson and members are appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Legislature.  The names of the present regular and alternate members of the Council and the dates their terms expire are listed below.

Members
REGULAR MEMBERS: (Four-year terms)

Attorney Members:

Mitchell R. Harris, Esq. (Chairman)

Mark D. Phillips, Esq. (Former Chairman)

Russell London, Esq.

Judge Members:

Hon. Maureen D. Dennis
Hon. James Abrams
Hon. Salvatore C. Agati 
Public Members:

Motkue Bowles

Peter Nathan

Richard Smith

Robert Bouvier
(Vacancy)
(Vacancy) 
 ALTERNATE MEMBERS: (Three-year terms) 
 Family Support Magistrate Members:

Hon. Michael L. Ferguson

Hon. Anthony P. Fusco

(Vacancy)

Workers' Compensation Commissioner Members:

(Vacancy)
(Vacancy)
(Vacancy)

Judge Members:

Hon. Anna Ficeto

Hon. Laurel Baldini
Alternate Attorney Members:
(Vacancy)

(Vacancy)

Public Members:

(Vacancy)

(Vacancy)

(Vacancy)

BIOGRAPHIES OF COUNCIL MEMBERS
AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JUDGE MEMBERS:

HON. MAUREEN D. DENNIS Judge Dennis was appointed to the Superior Court bench in September of 1994, by then Governor Lowell Weicker.  Since that time, Judge Dennis has served in a variety of assignments including criminal, family, juvenile and housing, in various locations throughout the state, including New Haven, Danbury, Torrington, Stamford, Norwalk, Waterbury, Bridgeport, Milford and Derby. Judge Dennis’ professional activities include membership on the Rules Committee of the Superior Court from 1997 to 2005.  A member of the Connecticut Judges Association since 1994, Judge Dennis has served on the Executive and Nominating Committees, and as Chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee.  She also served as Vice President and President of the Connecticut Judges Association, the latter term ending in June of 2008, and subsequently served as a member of the Judges Association Board of Directors from 2008-2011, and again in 2018-2019. Currently she serves as a member of the newly established Bench/Bar committee. In 2011, Judge Dennis was appointed by the Chief Justice as a member of the Committee on Judicial Ethics and served as Vice-Chair from 2014-2017, and as the Chair from 2017-2018. Over the years, Judge Dennis has developed and presented courses for fellow judges at the annual Judicial Institute, including courses for juvenile court judges on permanency planning and applications for Orders of Temporary Custody and basic hearsay for criminal judges.   For the past three years she has presented the mandatory Ethics course at the annual Judicial Institute to her fellow judges: in 2017 on the subject of Disqualification, in 2018 on the Subject of Reporting Disability or Impairment, and in 2019 on the subject of Ex Parte Communications. 

HONORABLE JAMES ABRAMS currently serves as the both the Chief Administrative Judge for the Civil Division statewide and the Administrative Judge for the New Haven Judicial District. He also sits as a civil trial judge and mediates cases as part of the Judicial Alternate Dispute Resolution program. During his judicial career, he’s also presided over housing, foreclosure, family and criminal matters in the New Britain, Middletown, New London, and Waterbury Judicial Districts. He is an honors graduate of University of Connecticut School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College. Prior to his appointment to the bench in 2007, he was an attorney in private practice, served as a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, and as Corporation Counsel for the City of Meriden. He also serves on the board of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (“NEASC”).

 

Honorable Salvatore C. Agati received his B.A. in Politics from Fairfield University in 1979, and his juris doctor from Temple University School of Law in 1982. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar and the United States Supreme Court in 1992. Judge Agati practiced law in Waterbury from 1983 until his appointment to the Superior Court on November 13, 2000. While a partner with Rinaldi, Zipoli, Bruno & Agati, his work was mainly in matters of civil trials, workers compensation, real estate and probate. Judge Agati previously served as the Administrative Judge for the Waterbury Judicial District, as well as the Presiding Judge for the Civil Division. Judge Agati has also served at courthouses in Bantam, Litchfield, New Haven and Bridgeport. He sat on the Complex Litigation Docket in the Waterbury Judicial District.Judge Agati was previously the President of the Connecticut Judges Association. Over the years, he has served on several Judicial Branch committees and on nonprofit boards in the Greater Waterbury area.

ATTORNEY MEMBERS:

MITCHELL R. HARRIS, ESQ. (CHAIRMAN) was appointed by Governor Lamont to serve as Chairman of the Judicial Review Council.  Mitch is a partner at Day Pitney LLP, where he has practiced since 1990.  He primarily represents financial institutions and insurance companies in litigation, arbitration, investigative and regulatory proceedings.  He also counsels and represents corporations in complex contract cases, including sophisticated matters involving Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code.  Mitch has served as lead trial counsel in commercial and insurance litigation in federal and state courts and in arbitrations throughout the country.  An objective third-party survey, Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, has repeatedly recognized Mitch as a "Connecticut Litigation Star."  From 2000 to 2003, Mitch was the chairman of Connecticut’s State Marshal Commission.  Mitch received his bachelor’s degree, with highest honors, from Trinity College and his juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

MARK D. PHILLIPS, ESQ. (FORMER CHAIRMAN) is a principal at the Law Office of Mark D. Phillips, where he devotes his practice to criminal defense and plaintiff civil tort litigation. He was appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy to serve as Chairman of the Judicial Review Council. Mr. Phillips is admitted to the Bars of Connecticut and New York and the Federal Court for the District of Connecticut. He is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Phillips has served as a Part A Special Public Defender since 1991, qualified in all courts throughout Connecticut. He has been a Continuing Legal Education lecturer on topics of Criminal Defense, Personal Injury Litigation, and Firearms Laws in Connecticut, and he has been honored by Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers and New England Super Lawyers from 2010 through the present. Mr. Phillips earned a Bachelors degree from Hobart College, and a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law. During law school, he was selected for membership in both the Law Journal and Moot Court Program where he also was selected as a member of Syracuse Law’s National Trial Team. Mr. Phillips volunteers his time to various charitable causes and has been recognized by Abilis Agency as an Outstanding Community Partner for his legal support of people with developmental disabilities, and he has served as a Connecticut Justice of the Peace since 1997.

ATTORNEY RUSSELL L. LONDON is the co-managing attorney of the law firm London & London, located in Newington, Connecticut.  He is a graduate of Washington & Lee Law School (JD 1989) and holds a bachelors degree from Bates College (BA with Honors, 1986). In law school, he received the Best Brief Writer Award in the 1989 John W. Davis Moot Court Competition. Mr. London has over 20 years experience in the areas of commercial and retail collections and consumer bankruptcy matters. His work has been cited by such nationally recognized publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has published a number of articles in the VISA Bankruptcy Newsletter. He is a member of the Commercial Law League of America, the National Attorney Network, and the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA). He is on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Creditor Bar Association and serves as co-Chair of the section's Legislative Action Committee. He has been a featured speaker and panelist before the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys and the Visa Bankruptcy conference. He previously served as legal counsel to the Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, helping oversee over a million dollar of grants awarded to the community. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for over 20 years.

PUBLIC MEMBERS:

PETER W. NATHAN (retired), after serving as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, spent his entire 60 year career in the exhibition/conference industry organizing over 500 events in more than a dozen countries in industries as diverse as machine tools, aerospace, computers, telecommunications & electronics, construction equipment, medical products, food & beverage products, plastics & packaging, oil, gas and energy.Mr. Nathan was instrumental in staging the first <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> exhibitions in the former Soviet Union and <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region>. In 2000, he was granted permission by the U.S. Government to organize a medical exhibition in Havana, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Cuba</st1:country-region> and followed that with a food & agribusiness event in 2002. Mr. Nathan was the only organizer the <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> government sanctioned for these events. He also managed the 1974 World's Fair in Spokane, Washington, the U.S. Government sponsored air & transportation exhibition (TRANSPO '72) at Dulles Airport in Washington and the 1976 <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> Bicentennial Exhibition at Cape Canaveral. He also served as a senior manager at the Javits Convention Center in New York.Mr. Nathan served as a director on every Board connected to the exhibition industry and was the recipient of numerous awards including that for Lifetime Achievement. Several of these award are on permanent display at New York's Javits Convention Center, and the Washington, DC and McCormick Place (Chicago) Convention Centers.Mr. Nathan was elected to the Westport, CT town legislature (RTM) for four terms and is an active (Board) member of the Westport/Weston Y's Men's Association as well as a Board member of the Terra Nova Homeowners Association.

ALTERNATE MEMBERS:

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ATTORNEY KEVIN J. DUNN was appointed Executive Director of the Judicial Review Council effective May 17, 2021.