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1983

Helping people find Justice since 1983

We aim to lead in each practice and area of law we work in. Coming from in-depth understanding of the law and the industry, capitalizing on extensive experience, we provide hands-on advice that speaks the language of our client’s business.

1983

Our Founders

Sometimes you may find yourself in difficult situations and not be able to defuse the situation without going to court. Our lawyers will also represent you in various civil litigation cases and provide you the help you need in the best way possible.

Our Team

Craig T. Hoekenga II

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.

 

Craig Hoekenga is a licensed attorney in New York, Connecticut and the United States District Court for the Second Circuit. He is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Attorney’s Title Insurance Company (CATIC). He serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company.

 

Attorney Hoekenga practices predominantly in the areas of real estate, landlord/tenant disputes and business law. He resides in Sandy Hook with his lovely wife and three children and is devoted member of the community.

Attorney Hoekenga can be reached via telephone at (203) 792-3300 X 301 or via e-mail at Craig@hdmlegal.com

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Osvaldo G. Machado

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 Machado is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Second Circuit as well as the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Danbury Bar Association and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is the President of the Portuguese Bar Association of Connecticut and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

 

Attorney Machado focuses on criminal defense, family law, personal injury and real estate transactions. Attorney Machado currently resides in Oxford, Connecticut with his lovely wife and two children.

 

Attorney Machado can be reached via telephone at (203) 792-3300 X 302 or via e-mail at ogmachado@hdmlegal.com

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Tyler James Balding:

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. Attorney Balding is an advocate for the health and wellness of people all around the world and worked with the Catholic Medical Mission Board and the Catholic Diocese of El Obeid as a hospital administrator during times of political turmoil and unrest in northern Africa. He currently specializes in Family Law, Civil Litigation, Employment, Commercial and Corporate law. He currently resides in New Milford with his wife and son.

 

Attorney Balding can be reached via telephone at (203) 792-3300 X 302 or via e-mail at tbaldingjd@gmail.com

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Philip F. Spillane

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. Most notably, Attorney Spillane successfully argued the case of Harpaz v. Laidlaw Transit, Inc., in the Connecticut Supreme Court prompting a new, statewide precedent regarding injured workers’ rights when the employers fail to properly contest the claim. http://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Cases/AROcr/CR286/286CR45.pdf (Make shortcut)

 

Attorney Spillane is based in our New Milford office and is heavily involved in the community often displaying his talents with his band, Delusions of Grandeur, at various live music festivals. He currently resides in New Milford with his beautiful wife and has four adult children.

 

You can reach Attorney Spillane via telephone at (860) 350-4800 or via e-mail at pfspillane@gmail.com

Meg Lyon- Student Associate

Meg 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. She is currently in her third year of law school at University of Connecticut School of Law’s evening program and is training in our office to join our wide range of skilled attorneys after she graduates in 2019.

 

She worked as a paralegal for five years and developed a wide range of legal experience and will be working on our Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation, Family Law and Criminal matters. Meghan currently resides in New Milford with her husband and two children.

 

You can reach Meghan Lyon via telephone at our Danbury office at (203) 792-3300 X 303, in our New Milford office at (860) 350-4800 or via e-mail at Meg@hdmlegal.com

Dorothy G. Monacco – 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 Monacco can be reached via telephone at (203) 792-3300 X 306 or at Dorothy@HDMlegal.com

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Jennifer Dalzell – Paralegal

Jennifer graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Justice and Law Administration where she was named to the Dean’s List. Jennifer the worker’s compensation paralegal based in our New Milford office. Her energy and enthusiasm combined with her intricate knowledge of the substantive and procedural components of the process has been paramount to the success of the department. She has experience in real estate transactions and personal injury law and Jennifer currently resides in Brookfield with her fiancé and her dog.

 

Jennifer Dalzell can be reached via telephone at (860) 350-4800 or via e-mail at Jen@HDMlegal.com

Michael W. Dunn – Of Counsel

Michael W. Dunn – Of Counsel

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