Connecticut Bar Foundation Board of Directors and Staff at the March 2019 Annual Meeting

Front row (l-r): Liz Drummond, Larry Fox, Pat Kaplan, CBA President Jonathan Shapiro, Isabella Squicciarini, CBF President Andrea Barton Reeves, Edward Heath, Jennifer Brown, Timothy Diemand, Anne Goico
Back row (l-r): Hon. James Sicilian, Hon. Barry Armata, Katilyn Carling, Krista Hess, Vanessa Avery, Bill Logue, Daniel Schwartz, Stephen Lewis, 
Charles (Chuck) Howard, James (Tim) Shearin, Maggie Castinado, Denise Zamore, Hon. William Bright, Don Philips






Attorney Timothy A. Diemand
Wiggin and Dana, LLP


Tim Diemand is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Litigation Department and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He is an active member of the Connecticut Bar Association and is a past Co-Chair of the CBA's Professionalism Committee and past Co-Chair of the Federal Practice Section. He is a James Cooper Fellow. He was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Center for Children's Advocacy. He has been recognized for his charitable and pro bono work, including being honored in 2014 by Connecticut Legal Services. In 2017, Tim was named one of the Connecticut Law Tribune's Distinguished Leaders.



Vice President    
Attorney Vanessa Avery
Connecticut Office of the Attorney General (AGO)


Vanessa Roberts Avery is the Associate Attorney General for Enforcement, Litigation and Investigations at the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office. She manages all aspects of civil enforcement by the office, including multi-district litigation and investigations involving consumer protection, the opioid epidemic, antitrust, fraud, the Affordable Care Act, reproductive rights, immigration and environmental law, as well as child protection, collections, child support, and other cases pending locally. Prior to joining the AGO, Vanessa was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut. Her extensive service outside the office includes an  appointment to the Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, the CBA Policing Task Force, and the Advisory Board of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, where she is a past President. She is a graduate of Yale University and the Georgetown University Law Center.



Stephen L. Lewis
Thomaston Savings Bank


Stephen Lewis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomaston Savings Bank. He also serves on the Connecticut Bankers Association’s Executive Committee. He previously served on the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s Board of Directors, the American Bankers Association’s Government Relations Committee, the Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, and the Waterbury United Way’s Campaign Leadership Council. He is a graduate of Villanova University and University of Connecticut.   




Attorney Keith J. Soressi
Executive Director, Connecticut Bar Association


Attorney Keith J. Soressi was named as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Bar Association on February 26, 2018. Prior to his appointment at the CBA, Attorney Soressi served as executive director of one of the largest suburban bar associations in the country, the Nassau County Bar Association, where he served for over five years. Prior to his time there, he was the associate director of the New York State Bar Association. In these positions, he directed bar operations and implemented policies, objectives, and programs, as well as oversaw the operations of finance, membership, CLE, and more. He received his BA in political science from University of California, Berkeley, his JD from the University of San Francisco, and has held positions at the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of California.