Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners and Counsel

Robinson+Cole is pleased to announce the election of Benjamin M. Daniels, Andrew A. DePeau, Sandra Marin Lautier, Kathryn M. Rattigan and Evan J. Seeman as partners as well as the promotion of Lisa B. Andrzejewski to counsel, effective January 1, 2023. These elevations reflect Robinson+Cole’s continued strategic growth in key areas, including business and bankruptcy litigation, data privacy and security, construction and real estate and development.

“Congratulations to this outstanding group of lawyers on their well-deserved promotion,” said Rhonda J. Tobin, Managing Partner of Robinson+Cole. “They exemplify the excellent talent driving our firm’s sustained growth and are strong contributors to our clients, firm, and communities.”

Leaders in the Law

Congratulations to the following on their 2022 recognitions:

Patrick M. Birney - Top 100 Restructuring Professionals “Distinction in Dealmaking,” Global M&A Network
Tiange (Tim) Chen - 2022 Hot List, Lawyers of Color
Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson - “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates,” National Bar Association / 100 Women of Color
Michele Maresca - 2022 Women in Commercial Real Estate, New England Real Estate Journal
Virginia E. McGarrity - Top Latino Lawyer, Latino Leaders / "40 Under Forty" Honoree, Hartford Business Journal
Michael R. Orce C-Suite Honoree, Hartford Business Journal
Seth B. Orkand - Massachusetts Go To Lawyer, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Keisha S. Palmer - Trailblazing Woman in Public Finance,” Bond Buyer / "Women in Business," Hartford Business Journal
Jacqueline Pennino Scheib - 2022 IP Stars, Managing IP
Kathleen M. Porter - 2022 “Top Women of Law,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Natalie D. Ramsey - ABF Journal Icon, Women Restructuring Leader, Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Awards
Rhonda J. Tobin - 2022 Managing Partner of the Year, Corporate Counsel / 2022 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation


Robinson+Cole Continues Significant Strategic Expansion with New Office in Washington, DC

Robinson+Cole is pleased to the announce the opening of an office in Washington, DC and welcomes four attorneys and a patent agent. William E. Bradley joins Robinson+Cole as a partner, along with other intellectual property attorneys including Kyle G. Hepner and David W. Leibovitch as counsel, and Daniel J. Lass as a Patent Agent. Jennifer Driscoll, an anti-trust and government investigations attorney who has spent over fifteen years working at prominent firms in Washington DC, recently joined the firm as counsel. The new office is located at 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

“Continuing to enhance our intellectual property and business litigation practices is another step in the execution of our strategic plan, which focused on expanding in major commercial centers,” said Rhonda J. Tobin, Managing Partner, Robinson+Cole. “We are excited to have added this talented group of professionals in a location that is meaningful for many clients who are expanding operations in the Washington metropolitan area.” Read more in the press release.

Robinson+Cole Bolsters Intellectual Property Practice 

Robinson+Cole is pleased to announce the addition of John H. Mutchler as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property + Technology Group. He is joined by Patent Agent Joseph R. Conte III and Intellectual Property Specialists Christina A. Engel and Noelle T. Melnik. John has a global practice advising clients on their intellectual property rights with specific experience in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, patent appeals before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and intellectual property litigation. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in Connecticut. Read more in the press release.

Robinson+Cole Achieves Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification

For the third consecutive year, Robinson+Cole has achieved Mansfield Rule Certification after completing a year-long process that began in July 2021. Robinson+Cole is one of only 165 law firms to receive Mansfield Rule 5.0 certification. The certification is developed and facilitated by Diversity Lab in an effort to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in leadership positions by broadening the pool of women, lawyers of color, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers who are considered for significant governance roles, partner promotions, lateral partner and senior associate hiring and inclusion in business development initiatives.

“Fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment is integral to Robinson+Cole’s core values of collaboration, civility, and inclusion,” said Robinson+Cole Managing Partner Rhonda Tobin. “Our continued participation in Mansfield Rule certification provides us with measurable benchmarks to ensure we are diversifying the leaders of our firm in accordance with those core values.”

Read more in the press release. View the firm's latest DE+I Newsletter.

Robinson+Cole Among 2023 Best Law Firms to Work For

Robinson+Cole ranked #25 in the 2023 Best Law Firms to Work For category as part of the annual Vault Law Firm Rankings. The results of the rankings are derived from Vault’s Annual Associate Survey in which nearly 20,000 associates rated and commented on various aspects of their work lives.

Vault’s Law Firm Quality of Life Rankings include 15 subcategories. In addition to ranking in the 2023 Best 50 Law Firms to Work For category, Robinson+Cole received top 10 recognitions in the Integrations of Laterals & Clerks category, Technology & Innovation category and Wellness category. Learn more.


Welcome to Robinson+Cole, an AmLaw 200 law firm established over 178 years ago, with a deeply-rooted culture of collaboration, civility and inclusion. Serving regional, national, and international clients from offices throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Florida, and California, our 250-plus lawyers and other professionals share a simple, common goal: We’ll work hard to know you, your industry, and your business so that we can provide the service and representation that best fits your needs.