Connecticut Movers: New Hires Amid Pandemic Slowdown

Kristin Connors, partner at Stockman O’Connor Connors in Bridgeport, Connecticut, left, and Jake Pylman, new associate at Brody Wilkinson in Southport, Connecticut, right.

New Named Partner at Stockman

Bridgeport firm Stockman O’Connor recently bucked the trend of firms making cutbacks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and brought on a new named partner, Kristin Connors, effectively updating the the firm’s name to Stockman O’Connor Connors[1], or SOC.

Formerly the head of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey’s healthcare team, Connors is an award-winning and highly respected lawyer who makes this lateral move with nearly three decades of experience in medical malpractice law. In a press release, SOC noted that the change “comes at a time when so many facets of our lives are in flux. As a firm we are weathering them together, adapting and changing with the times,” with a focus on the firm’s employees, colleagues and friends. With the addition of Connors, the firm’s roster of attorneys grows to 10.

Connors has defended many high-exposure medical malpractice claims on behalf of physicians and medical facilities in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states, where she has also served as trial monitoring counsel. She has  also been personal monitoring counsel for physicians in insurance matters and recently tried three medical malpractice cases successfully to verdict, including one in which evidence was heard over the course of 10 weeks.

Connors has represented clients before the state Department of Public Health and Office of Health Care Access, as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. She has conducted hearings before OHCA as both an applicant and intervenor for more than two decades, including before the current OHCA commissioner.

Connors also counsels health care providers on risk management, credentialing, electronic medical records, medical staff, peer review and other areas. She lectures before state and national organizations on health care law and medical malpractice issues. The firm said her work in these areas will continue at SOC[2].

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