In 2009, Martin Praisner was arrested for alleged excessive force while he worked as a police officer at Eastern Connecticut State University.  During the criminal investigation he was hired by the Department of Corrections.  Attorney Spector successfully defended Mr. Praisner, resulting in a dismissal of the criminal charges.  Pursuant to statute, a police officer who is arrested for an act performed within the scope of his duties is entitled to indemnification when the criminal case results in a dismissal. 

The State first claimed the statute did not apply to University Officers and denied indemnification.  We prevailed on that claim at summary judgment and the damage claim went to trial.  The State maintained that the claimed losses were speculative and no claim could be made for future losses.  We proved that the claimed damages were likely and that future damages were compensable because the Department of Corrections refused to reinstate or rehire Mr. Praisner after he reapplied following the dismissal of the criminal case. 

Every dollar claimed was awarded by the trial judge.


We are pleased to announce that Attorney Jared M. Alfin has been named Partner.  Alfin has been practicing since 2004.  Since joining Hassett & George in 2013, he has played a key role in expanding the firm’s client base and growing its litigation practice.  As a partner, he will continue to counsel clients on a range of issues involving commercial contract disputes, collections, real estate litigation, white-collar fraud, unfair trade practices, condominium law, partnership disputes, and litigation involving shareholders and members. 

Alfin will become the sixth partner at Hassett & George, joining existing partners, Raymond M. Hassett, Louis N. George, Michael C. Conroy, Julie A. Harris, and Steven M. Basche.

Partners:  Mike Conroy, Ray Hassett, Julie Harris, Jared Aflin, Lou George, and Steve Basche


We are pleased to announce the addition of Stephanie Ma, Melanie Jordan, and Michele Spooner to our growing team of legal professionals.

Stephanie Ma has joined our Business Transactions team as an associate.  Prior to joining Hassett & George, Stephanie worked for five years in law firms in Hartford and New Haven.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in English and Economics from Wellesley College.  Ma is a member of the Connecticut Advisory Council on Housing Matters and is on the Board of Directors for the Elm City College Preparatory Schools in New Haven. Ma is proficient in Cantonese. 

Melanie Jordan has joined our Trusts & Estates team.  Melanie is an experienced probate paralegal, and she looks forward to assisting clients with their estate planning and estate administration needs. 

Michele Spooner joins the firm as a paralegal in our residential real estate group.  Michele has over 20 years of experience guiding clients through the process of buying, selling and re-financing homes.