Robinson+Cole Recognized by Benchmark Litigation

Robinson+Cole was again ranked as a “highly recommended” firm in Connecticut in the 2023 edition of Benchmark Litigation – the definitive guide to the world's leading litigation law firms and lawyers. The firm also received a “recommended” ranking in the area of labor & employment.

The following Robinson+Cole lawyers earned a star honor: Wystan M. Ackerman, Bradford S. Babbitt, Patrick W. Begos, Joseph L. Clasen, Gerald P. Dwyer Jr., Edward J. Heath, Linda L. Morkan, Rhonda J. Tobin, Theodore J. Tucci, James A. Wade and Jeffrey J. White. This past August, Robinson+Cole Managing Partner Rhonda Tobin was also named one of Benchmark Litigation‘s Top 250 Women in Litigation for 2022 for the ninth consecutive year. She was the only female litigator chosen in the state of Connecticut for 2022. In addition, Stephen W. Aronson and Rachel V. Kushel received the “Labor & Employment Star” recognition from the fifth edition of Benchmark Labor & Employment. Read more in the press release.

Robinson+Cole Bolsters Intellectual Property Practice 

Robinson+Cole is pleased to announce the addition of John H. Mutchler as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property + Technology Group. He is joined by Patent Agent Joseph R. Conte III and Intellectual Property Specialists Christina A. Engel and Noelle T. Melnik. John has a global practice advising clients on their intellectual property rights with specific experience in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, patent appeals before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and intellectual property litigation. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in Connecticut. Read more in the press release.

Leaders in the Law

Congratulations to the following on their 2022 recognitions:

Patrick M. Birney -  Top 100 Restructuring Professionals “Distinction in Dealmaking,” Global M&A Network
Stephen J. Boyajian - Professional Excellence in Law, Rhode Island Monthly
Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson - “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates,” National Bar Association / 100 Women of Color
William M. Daley - Up & Coming Lawyer, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly
Dana M. Horton - Professional Excellence in Law, Rhode Island Monthly
Virginia E. McGarrity - "40 Under Forty" Honoree, Hartford Business Journal
Michael R. Orce 2022 C-Suite Honoree, Hartford Business Journal
Keisha S. Palmer - 2022 “Women in Business,” Hartford Business Journal
Jacqueline Pennino Scheib - 2022 IP Stars, Managing IP
Kathleen M. Porter - 2022 “Top Women of Law,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Natalie D. Ramsey - ABF Journal Icon, Women Restructuring Leader, Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Awards
Melissa (Lisa) Thompson - Massachusetts Go To Lawyer, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Rhonda J. Tobin - 2022 Managing Partner of the Year, Corporate Counsel / 2022 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation

Robinson+Cole Commits to Diversity Lab's Mansfield Rule 6.0 for 2022-2023

Robinson+Cole has signed on to once again participate in Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule 6.0, a year-long certification process developed to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in leadership positions by broadening the pool of women, lawyers of color, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers who are considered for significant governance roles, partner promotions, lateral partner and senior associate hiring and inclusion in business development initiatives. The firm has been Mansfield Rule certified for the last two years under versions 3.0 and 4.0 and is currently being evaluated under version 5.0.

“Fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment is integral to Robinson+Cole’s core values of collaboration, civility and inclusion,” said Robinson+Cole Managing Partner Rhonda Tobin. “Our continued participation in Mansfield Rule certification provides us with measurable benchmarks to ensure we are diversifying the leaders of our firm in accordance with those core values.” Read more in the press release.

Robinson+Cole Among 2023 Best Law Firms to Work For

Robinson+Cole ranked #25 in the 2023 Best Law Firms to Work For category as part of the annual Vault Law Firm Rankings. The results of the rankings are derived from Vault’s Annual Associate Survey in which nearly 20,000 associates rated and commented on various aspects of their work lives.

Vault’s Law Firm Quality of Life Rankings include 15 subcategories. In addition to ranking in the 2023 Best 50 Law Firms to Work For category, Robinson+Cole received top 10 recognitions in the Integrations of Laterals & Clerks category, Technology & Innovation category and Wellness category. Learn more.


Welcome to Robinson+Cole, an AmLaw 200 law firm established over 177 years ago, with a deeply-rooted culture of collaboration, civility and inclusion. Serving regional, national, and international clients from offices throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Florida, and California, our 230-plus lawyers and other professionals share a simple, common goal: We’ll work hard to know you, your industry, and your business so that we can provide the service and representation that best fits your needs.