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Judge Robert Shapiro of Hartford, CT; one of the good guys


The state of Connecticut presented Robert B. Shapiro with a law license in 1974 after he graduated from Columbia University Law School.


One case assigned to Judge Shapiro involved attorney Larry Mulligan and Bruce and Pamela Jalbert of Southbury.


Over the period of 20 years, Mulligan and his wife and Bruce and Pamela traveled together, dined together, and oft en socialized at each other’s homes. Therefore, nobody was surprised that Mulligan handled the Jalberts’ legal matters.


While the Jalberts were under the impression that Mulligan was working diligently to represent them in a property dispute, he was actually involved in a scheme to ripping them off for hundreds-of-thousands in sham legal fees. Making matters even worse, it was later discovered that Mulligan wasn’t even doing any work in the case.


Subsequently, the Jalberts sued Mulligan and were awarded $746.842 by Judge Shapiro. The award included triple damages and interest on the $219,750 the Jalberts paid Mulligan for legal work regarding a property they purchased several years earlier for $295,000.


In describing the actions of Mulligan in his written ruling, Judge Shapiro used words like “immoral,” “unethical,” “oppressive” and “unscrupulous.


Kudos to Judge Shapiro for having the fortitude to issue a ruling that is in keeping with the oath of office that he took when he ascended to the bench. More importantly, I congratulate Judge Shapiro for exhibiting total outrage and contempt for the egregious misconduct of attorney Larry Mulligan.


As we speak (ca. July 2014), Judge Shapiro continues to sit as a Superior Court Judge in Hartford, Connecticut.



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