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Attorney Casagrande Wins AV Preeminent, Martindale’s Top Ranking

Cramer & Anderson Municipal Law Partner Dan Casagrande has been awarded AV Preeminent status from Martindale-Hubbell, the prominent legal industry resource that publishes the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

AV Preeminent, based on reviews from other attorneys, is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating and among the most respected in the legal world.

“This rating signifies that the lawyer’s peers rank them at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards,” Martindale-Hubbell explains online.

Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings, which began nearly 150 years ago, are considered a gold standard in part because they are based on a rigorous vetting process that begins with online reviews left by peers assessing an attorney’s ability in a specific practice area.

So exactly what does AV mean?

Martindale-Hubbell explains that historically the Peer Review Ratings™ system utilized an academic-style A – B – C scale to estimate legal ability and ethical standards. Then a second rating was added, a “V” that honors attorneys judged by peers to have “Very High” ethical standards.

AV Preeminent represents the absolute pinnacle of professional excellence.

bar foundation Cramer & Anderson Municipal Law Partner Dan Casagrande won a major antitrust case victory in Connecticut Supreme Court in a case tied to the former Union Carbide property in Danbury.

Attorney Dan Casagrande

“I am honored and humbled to receive this AV Preeminent designation from Martindale,” Attorney Casagrande said. “I want to thank my partners and colleagues at Cramer & Anderson. Their support and commitment to excellence and professional integrity in the practice of law has been an inspiration to me since joining the firm. This award is a testament to everyone at the firm for their unflagging dedication to achieving the best possible results for our clients.”

Cramer & Anderson Partner Randy DiBella also holds AV Preeminent status from Martindale-Hubbell.

Earlier this year, Attorney Casagrande received another significant peer-review-style honor, being elected a 2023 Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) James W. Cooper Fellows Program.

Fellows are nominated by their peers based on outstanding service to the profession and larger community and are elected by the CBF Board of Directors. The 2023 Fellows were announced in the Feb. 9 CBF newsletter.

The James W. Cooper Fellows Program promotes a better understanding of the legal profession and the judicial system among the citizens of Connecticut, and explores ways to improve the profession and the administration of justice, the news release explained.

About Attorney Casagrande

Attorney Casagrande practices Municipal Law, as well as Planning & Zoning Land Use, Property Tax Law, and Land Use & Environmental Law. He has served as an outside Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Danbury from 1990 through the present, and has served multiple-year engagements as Town Attorney for New Milford and New Fairfield.

Read: Attorney Casagrande’s Notable Honor and Outcomes in 2022

Attorney Casagrande was named to the 2022 Connecticut Super Lawyers list, published in the November issue of Connecticut Magazine. The honor follows earlier prestigious awards, including being named a Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government Lawyer of the Year by the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) in 2019.

In 2018, he was honored as the “Giant Slayer” among Connecticut counsel, a designation bestowed by the Connecticut Law Tribune (CLT) for his Municipal Law work on behalf of towns and cities, notably in high-profile tax appeal cases. In 2021, he was a finalist for the CLT’s Game Changers award.

About Cramer & Anderson

Cramer & Anderson provides sophisticated legal services, close to home, with regional offices in New Milford, Washington Depot, Kent, Litchfield, Danbury, and Ridgefield. For more information, see the firm’s website or call the flagship office in New Milford at (860) 355-2631.

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