Office Dog

Office Dog

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Nico the office dog was rescued from a Trumbull shelter by Joe Rucci and his son Ted. Nico, a mix of black lab, pit bull and shar-pei, loves greeting our clients and guests. His areas of expertise include providing a soft shoulder to pet during a crisis, strong collaboration in snacks eaten during working hours, and championship sleeping in all sunny spots in the office. Though known to take exception to four-legged company, Nico is the perfect gentleman as official greeter of the Rucci Law Group.

Birgit Stueber

Birgit Stueber

Paralegal

Birgit Stueber assists the attorneys with all legal matters relating to real estate. Birgit has strong communication skills and enjoys working collaboratively with both colleagues and clients.

Birgit has a background in international marketing and sales and is fluent in three languages. She graduated from Darien High School and Middlebury College with a double major in History and French. Birgit has called Darien, Connecticut home for many years raising her three children here and is active in many community organizations.

Dianne Covello

Dianne Covello

Paralegal

Dianne Covello assists attorneys with all legal matters related to trusts and estates and business law. Drawing on her background in social work and her tenure as a financial planner, Dianne is familiar with insurance products and estate planning tools. She uses this experience when preparing and editing documents for estate planning. Additionally, Dianne assists with corporate matters including formation and dissolution documents and annual filings. She brings a unique skill set as well as warmth and professionalism to her interactions with clients. She and her husband are raising two children in Darien, Connecticut, where they are active in youth sports and community activities.

Sarah Mead

Sarah Mead

Paralegal

Sarah Mead assists the attorneys with all legal matters relating to real estate, land use and zoning. She handles the administration of real estate closings and oversees the financial statements pertaining to refinancing, purchases, and sales. Having lived in several other countries and cultures prior to her move to the U.S., Sarah brings a worldly charm to her work with clients. Born in Essex, England, Sarah lived in Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong, before settling down in Darien, Connecticut with her husband and two children. She enjoys tennis, watching rugby, and travel with her family.

Julieth A. Jaramillo

Julieth A. Jaramillo

Paralegal

Julie Jaramillo assists the attorneys with all legal matters relating to trusts and estates. Julie brings experience and knowledge of both New York and Connecticut law. She is especially skilled at translating complicated legal terms and processes into understandable conclusions and actions for clients. She regularly guides clients through the day-to-day activities involved in fiduciary responsibilities, including bookkeeping and issues related to settling estates. Julie is known for her empathy toward clients: recognizing that legal issues can be confusing, she makes no assumptions but works with each client based on his or her knowledge level.

Julie resides in Greenwich, Connecticut and spends most weekends supporting her son’s soccer team.

Alberto N. Moris

Alberto N. Moris

Attorney

Alberto N. Moris practices in the areas of corporate and real estate transactions, in addition to commercial litigation. Mr. Moris has represented various commercial entities as diverse as airlines, air cargo companies, real estate development companies, franchisors/franchisees, property management companies, construction companies and contractors. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1987 and from Emory University School of Law in 1990. He is admitted to practice in Florida and the United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut and the Southern District of Florida, in addition to the United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit. Mr. Moris is an Agent of Attorneys Title Insurance Fund and issues title policies through Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. He is multilingual in English, Spanish and French.

Since 2007, Mr. Moris has also been an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University School of Law where he teaches International Business Transactions to third year law students.

Marianne C. Cirillo

Marianne C. Cirillo

Attorney

Marianne Cirillo is an experienced lawyer in the areas of trusts and estates and real estate law. She is known for her sensitivity and ease with clients; letting them set the pace for what can often be very emotionally difficult situations, particularly regarding estate planning or administration of estates. In both trusts and estates matters and real estate matters, Marianne diligently works to ensure clients’ wants and needs are met. Marianne appears frequently in many of the local probate courts including Darien/New Canaan, Norwalk/Wilton, Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, and Fairfield.

Prior to joining Rucci Law Group, Marianne served for many years as a court-appointed attorney in the probate courts for both Darien/New Canaan and Norwalk/Wilton and worked as a real estate attorney, practicing in the areas of commercial and residential real estate.

Marianne takes an active role in public service at the local level and is involved in numerous volunteer organizations and local boards. She has lived in Darien, Connecticut for over 20 years, where she resides with her two sons and husband.

Michele D. Gartland

Michele D. Gartland

Attorney

Michele Gartland practices in the areas of trusts and estates, corporate law, nonprofit, and provides expertise in a wide range of estate planning instruments, pre-nuptial agreements, and corporate documents. She works with clients to gain a thorough understanding of their goals and values as she develops individualized plans for their family or business.

Her trusts and estates work is characterized by her ability to identify clients’ needs based on their phase of life, as young couples plan for wealth generation and protection of their children, while later in life couples are looking at how best to transfer wealth intelligently. Michele has particular experience working with the intricacies of estate planning for non-citizens and individuals owning property outside the United States. Michele also has considerable background in corporate law, drawing on her years of experience in financial transactions and investment banking. Often, Michele’s areas of practice intersect as she assists clients with creating family foundations or holding companies for family assets.

Michele lives in Darien, Connecticut with her two sons and is active in numerous community organizations.

Ian R. Crawford

Ian R. Crawford

Attorney

Ian Crawford practices in the area of residential real estate law, particularly in representing buyers and sellers of New York City cooperative and condominium apartments. Ian also assists individuals and corporations with tax planning. He represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities regarding assessments for income, withholding and other taxes, as well as the preparation of Offers in Compromise to reduce tax liability.

John W. Hetherington

John W. Hetherington

Attorney

John Hetherington served as the elected Representative for the 125th District of the Connecticut State General Assembly from 2003-2013. As a Republican representative, Hetherington served as an Assistant Minority Leader and on various committees, including the Judiciary Committee. His legislative peers turned to him for advice on judiciary and election policy issues, trusting his vast knowledge. John is widely published on corporate governance matters and brings this background to his business and corporate law work. He also practices in the areas of probate, estates and estate planning.

In addition to his service in the state legislature, John served for many years on the New Canaan, Connecticut land use bodies such as the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Board of Assessment Appeals. John is a long-time resident of New Canaan, Connecticut, where he and his wife Hope raised two children.