Our Team

Craig T. Hoekenga II, Esq.

Attorney

Attorney Hoekenga received his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law graduating magna cum laude. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award in Bankruptcy, Corporate Law, Evidence, Federal Income Tax and Administrative Law. He received the Award for Academic Excellence for having graduated in the top 10 of his class. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Salve Regina University with a major in Administration of Justice.

Hoekenga & Machado, LLC

Hoekenga & Machado, LLC

Osvaldo G. Machado, Esq.

Attorney

Attorney Machado received his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law where he was named Dean Scholar. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Connecticut where he majored in History and Political Science. He also graduated as a Dean’s List student. Osvaldo has become an invaluable resource to the Spanish and Portuguese speaking community as he is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and utilizes his language skills to helping clients feel comfortable and understood when addressing their legal concerns.

Meg Lyon, ESQ.

Attorney

Meg graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in December 2018 receiving her Juris Doctorate along with a Certificate in Human Rights. She earned the Thomas J. Stanley Award for her distinction in the study of labor law and earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Trial and Advocacy and in the Law and Forensic Science. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yale University in 2012 with a major in Anthropology and a focus in Violence and Conflict Resolution. She was the four-year starting shortstop for their Division 1 Softball team and was named a 2013 NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete. 

Meg Lyon

Hoekenga & Machado, LLC

Hoekenga & Machado, LLC

Tyler James Balding, ESQ.

Attorney

Attorney Balding received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Massachusetts and Western Connecticut State University with a major in Political Economics.

He has extensive experience serving with the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice where he specialized in commercial fraud and business transactions.

Philip E. Spillane, ESQ.

Attorney

Attorney Spillane received his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law graduating cum laude. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Connecticut with a major in Political Science. Phil Spillane brings a wealth of experience to the firm as he’s been practicing law since 1978 focusing in Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation.

Philip F. Spillane

Hoekenga & Machado, LLC

Hoekenga & Machado, LLC

Michael W. Dunn, ESQ.

Of Counsel

Mike Dunn provides valuable assistance to Hoekenga & Machado serving Of Counsel to the firm. Mike received his Bachelor of Acts from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s Degree from St. Francis College and his Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University. He advises on Human Resources risk, contract reviews, litigation matters, general liability and employment law. Mike has proven to be a fountain of knowledge providing valuable insight into all facets of the law.

Dorothy Monaco

Paralegal

Dorothy graduated cum laude from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Justice and Law Administration and a minor in Psychology where she was named to a Dean’s List student. Dorothy’s talents, expertise, organization and professionalism are unprecedented within the office as she serves many functions; office manager, human resource representative and executive assistant as well as handling the firm’s real estate closings and assisting on criminal law and personal injury matters. She currently resides in New Milford with her two adult children.

Dorothy Monaco

Hoekenga & Machado, LLC

Hoekenga & Machado, LLC

Laiza Escano

Paralegal

Laiza graduated from Northwestern Community College with her Associates Degree focusing on political science. Laiza has an extensive background in the area of Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury and adds tremendous depth and experience to our team. Laiza is fluent in Spanish and helps vigorously advocate for the civil rights and benefits for those within the Spanish-speaking community. She helps communicate with clients so that their pain, suffering, and plight is fully understood so we can most accurately and efficiently advocate on their behalf. Originally from Torrington, Laiza now resides in Goshen, Connecticut with her husband and daughter.

Farley Alves

Paralegal

Farley Alves is instrumental in building our immigration department and brings with him over fifteen years of legal experience helping clients navigate the intimidating and ever-changing field of Immigration Law. Since having gone through the immigration system himself, Farley also provides a unique perspective and a plethora of personal experience allowing him to provide a welcomed relief of empathy and understanding for those struggling through the same journey. Farley is trilingual, speaking Portuguese, Spanish and English fluently, a talent that allows him to assist clients from a wide range of different backgrounds and provide valuable translation services to all attorneys at Hoekenga & Machado.  

Farley

Hoekenga & Machado, LLC