| (From Left to Right) Roberta Napolitano received the Career Achievement Award and Robert E. Kaelin received the Service to the Profession Award.
Attorneys Roberta Napolitano and Robert E. Kaelin received CLABBY awards from the Connecticut Bar Association’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section on May 17. The CLABBY awards, established in 2016, are presented by the section each year to honor the professional achievements of section members.
Commenting on this year’s awardees, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section Chair Kristin Mayhew stated, “Both Roberta Napolitano and Bob Kaelin are pillars of the bankruptcy bar. Their knowledge of the bankruptcy code, rules, and practice in the bankruptcy courts is unparalleled. In addition to their tremendous skill sets as bankruptcy practitioners, they have devoted their careers to serving the legal community and the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. We are truly thankful for the hard work and dedication shown by our friends Roberta and Bob.”
Roberta Napolitano received the 2023 Career Achievement Award for her professionalism and exemplary practice of commercial law and bankruptcy. Attorney Napolitano is currently the Chapter 13 standing trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut and was formerly a chapter 7 panel trustee. She also served as chair of the CBA Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section from 2020-2022, in addition to having also previously served as the section’s vice chair and secretary. She is also the chair of the section’s local rules committee and is a member of its annual Connecticut Bankruptcy Conference planning committee.
Robert E. Kaelin received the 2023 Service to the Profession Award for his section leadership and development of educational programming. Attorney Kaelin is a partner at Murtha Cullina LLP, where he serves as co-chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice and is chair of the firm’s Retail & Hospitality Practice. He previously served as chair of the CBA Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section from 2008-2010 and has been closely involved in the organization and planning of the last four annual Connecticut Bankruptcy Conferences through his role as chair of the section’s conference planning committee.
The Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section promotes the practice of commercial law and bankruptcy and provides education and updates in the area of creditor/debtor relations in commercial transactions.