Pio Yoon Joins Cramer & Anderson as an Associate

University of Connecticut School of Law graduate Pio Yoon joined Cramer & Anderson in mid-May as a litigation associate in advance of taking the Connecticut Bar Exam this fall.

“I’m very grateful I was able to connect with the firm before the coronavirus shutdown happened,” said Yoon, who will be based in the firm’s Litchfield office and work closely with Partners Chris Sochacki and Kent Mancini.

“One of the biggest things that attracted me to the firm is the mentorship I will benefit from in the beginning stages of my career,” Yoon said.

He begins a hiatus July 10 to study for the bar exam and plans to return to the firm in early October after taking the exam.

“We expect great things from Pio Yoon,” Attorney Sochacki said. “He excelled in law school and gained invaluable experience outside the classroom. His innate sense of justice, and injustice, combines with a respect for our legal justice system in a way that makes Pio one of the most impressive law students we’ve encountered in some time. So we’re thrilled that he’s joining the Cramer & Anderson team.”

Although Yoon earned his J.D. degree from UConn this May, he comes to Cramer & Anderson with significant experience, including serving as a legal intern at the UConn School Of Law Asylum and Human Rights Clinic in Hartford.

He was a Summer Associate with Pullman & Comley in Bridgeport in 2019, and in the summer of 2018 he divided his time between roles as a Summer Associate with Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford and a Law Clerk with The Hartford insurance company.

At Cramer & Anderson, Yoon initially expects to serve as the equivalent of a Major League Baseball “utility player,” doing a little bit of everything for the Partners. 

Attorney Sochacki will serve as his primary mentor, and Yoon said he has already benefited from feedback that is more personal and custom-tailored than the general input he has received from larger firms.

Yoon said he was drawn to Cramer & Anderson for its reputation as a firm whose Partners work together collegially as a team to achieve optimal outcomes and show genuine concern and compassion in engaging with clients.

His experience in coming to the U.S. at age 10 in 2006 inspired him to pursue legal studies. An incidence of what he called an immigration attorney’s “bad lawyering” and incorrect legal advice separated his mother from Yoon and a sister for nine months. 

“It was then that I decided to become an attorney who not only gives the right legal advice but one who seeks to understand my clients’ underlying goals and risks involved with each of my actions,” he wrote in a letter as part of his Cramer & Anderson application.

Working With Cramer & Anderson

As Connecticut reopens, our attorneys and staff are dividing their time between working remotely and spending time in our offices, while observing proper social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Attorneys are available as usual by phone or email, and connecting with clients using technology such as Zoom. For more information, see the firm’s website or call the flagship office in New Milford at (860) 355-2631. Other regional offices are located in Danbury, Ridgefield, Kent, Washington Depot, and Litchfield.