Criminal Justice Commission Appoints Dawn Gallo as Litchfield State’s Attorney


Gallo chosen as Litchfield County’s next state’s attorney

Winsted native emerged on top out of 5 finalists


October 11, 2019

Dawn M. Gallo has been selected as the new State’s Attorney for Litchfield County. Republican-American archive

HARTFORD – Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Dawn M. Gallo on Friday emerged on top out of five candidates peppered with questions about their ambitions to become Litchfield County’s next state’s attorney.

“It’s an honor, a privilege and I will do my very best,” Gallo said moments after receiving word of her new job at Torrington Superior Court, effective immediately for the $163,000 job.

All five candidates answered questions for five hours at the Legislative Office Building. Queries ranged from identifying their own perceived weaknesses to explaining how best to make criminal prosecutions more transparent.

Gallo, a Winsted native, said she cares deeply about the communities where she has lived and worked throughout a career that began as a deputy assistant state’s attorney in Bantam Court.

“People know I am accessible to them,” she said. “I firmly believe it has fostered a legitimate trust.”

Torrington criminal defense attorney William A. Conti, former head of the county’s bar association, praised the Criminal Justice Commission’s 6-1 decision.

“She was picked by the Litchfield County Bar Association, she has tremendous support from law enforcement, is a proven litigator, supervisor and a person of tremendous integrity,” Conti said of Gallo.

Besides Gallo, the commission interviewed Cynthia S. Serafini, another Winsted native who works as a senior assistant state’s attorney in the Waterbury judicial district; Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Charles M. Stango of the Ansonia-Milford judicial district; Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Catherine Brannelly in Waterbury, and James Bernardi, retired supervisory assistant state’s attorney in Stamford.

Two others who applied for the job vacated by David Shepack in July didn’t make the final cut.

Serafini emphasized her working knowledge of the Litchfield County district, which can involve some of the same defendants who are prosecuted in Waterbury courtrooms, as well as overlapping police agencies. In an ever evolving judicial system, there is a need for transparency to explain what happens during cases in what commission Justice Andrew McDonald described as a “prosecutorial black box.”

“A lot of information and misinformation gets put out to social media,” Serafini said. “It’s important for the public to have an explanation.”

Stango said the business of prosecuting fairly must remain a human one, even as computer analysis and technology become more important tools.

“It is a long tradition of autonomy to be the arbiters of justice,” he said.

Each of the candidates was asked about changes in the criminal justice system geared toward rehabilitation to reduce recidivism. Jail diversionary programs, such as drug and alcohol education programs and efforts to gain adequate housing, have proven successful, especially in light of an opioid epidemic.

“Early screening is a key to successful prosecution,” Gallo said. “Wasting time can mean setting (defendants) up for failure.”

Gallo noted Torrington has been hit hard by the heroin epidemic, a trend that calls for treatment as a component of prosecution.

“It’s a challenge to redirect thinking with these defendants,” she said. “Without treatment, they will just keep coming back.”

Gallo also was asked about unique trends in the largely rural Northwest Corner aside from the opioid epidemic.

“We do likely handle more sexual assault cases involving animals,” she said.
The commission’s seven members include Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane, who will retire at the end of the month.

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Obituary of Friend and Co-Workers Gary L. Mazzone

It is with a heavy heart the LCBA posts the obituary of our friend and co-worker Gary Mazzone. He will greatly missed.

We are sad to announce the passing of Gary L. Mazzone, 66, of Broad Brook due to a tragic airplane accident. He was born in East Windsor to Ethel and Pasquale Mazzone and lived most of his adult life in the area. Gary lived with a thirst for knowledge, a smile that could light up a room, a sense of humor that made everyone laugh and a caring way that made even the most distant stranger feel like his friend.

He was proud of his degree in Forestry at Paul Smith College in New York and then went on to obtain his undergraduate degree from The University of Connecticut. His career took him down the path of law enforcement. He retired as a Captain of the Vernon Police Department after 22 years of service. During this time, he was selected to attend and graduated from the FBI National Academy. He then worked an additional 20 years for the State of Connecticut, Division of Criminal Justice, where Gary recently retired as an Inspector.

He loved spending time at his second home in upstate New York where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and riding on his ATV. He was also an avid history buff who had extensive knowledge about World War ll and his hometown of East Windsor.

Gary's passion in life was spending time with his family. He was so proud of his three children, Daniel, Brian and Maureen. Through the years he shared his love of the outdoors with them, attending sporting events, fishing with them on the Scantic River, and testing them on nature walks by identifying names of trees. Gary and Brian shared a strong bond through his Bulldogs football team. He was extremely proud of his son, Daniel and his decorated military career. He was happy to spend time with his daughter "Mo" whether it was snowshoeing through the woods, helping her work on her house or just sitting and talking.

In 1998, he married his wife Joan, and together they shared an active and adventurous life. They shared the love of the outdoors and took vacations that most people would never think of going nor could find on a map. Gary had so much love to give and he shared it with Joan's daughters, Stacy and Kim who became his own. Gary and Joan spent their lives around their seven grandchildren who affectionately called Gary their "Bepa". Together, they enjoyed vacationing, spending holidays together and attending all the kids' activities. Gary was thrilled when his children had their kids and he became "Bepa" to all five of them. Gary and Joan loved to attend all their sporting events and Gary taught them to fish, build woodworking projects and be the class clown.

Gary was predeceased by his mother Ethel. He leaves behind his father, Pasquale "Pop" Mazzone of Riverview, FL, the love of his life, Joan of Broad Brook, his son Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Mazzone and his wife Lori of New Brockton, AL with their children, Austin, Jackson, and Mary, his son Brian Mazzone and wife Kelly of Enfield with their sons Brodie and Brock, his daughter Maureen Rosa and her husband Daniel of Fairfield with their future child, his daughter Kimberly Bourbeau of Vernon and her children, Zachary, Olivia, and Colton, his daughter Stacy Lanata and her husband Steven of Glastonbury and their children, Brendan, Julianna, Isabella and Francesca and his sister, Lynn Mcalees and her husband George of Riverview, FL. Gary also leaves behind his "girls", his beloved dogs Brooke and Molly who loved to go for rides in his truck to get their munchkins at Dunkin Donuts.

To honor Gary's memory, please hug your family members, tell them how much you love them, help your neighbors, talk to friends and reach out to the elderly. This is what defines us in life.

In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to a charity of your choice that will impact the environment.


Holiday Party!!!

 Tavern off the Green

(Located at the Litchfield Inn)

432 Bantam Road

Litchfield, Connecticut


$35.00 for early bird registration by November 26, 2018 for LCBA and Judges

$40.00 per for registration after November 26, 2018

Heavy Hors D’oeuvres (menu attached) will be served and there will be a cash bar


Notable Items:

*In the holiday spirit, please ask your legal staff to join you at this event. 

*We will be donating to FISH this year- please bring any of the following:  non-perishable food item, (new!) socks & underwear ** If you can’t make the party, drop off @ the LCBA Lounge in the Courthouse, Conti, Levy & Salerno or any Cramer & Anderson location.


RSVPs must be received NO LATER THAN November 30, 2018.

Please return the below form with a check made payable to “LCBA” to:


Jeannine Talbot

185 Albert Street, Torrington, CT 06790




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Holiday Cocktail and Hors d’oeuvre Party-

Spicy Andouille Bruschetta with a Mesquite Barbecue Sauce

 -Southwestern Meatballs with a Cheddar and Chipotle Fondue

-Wild Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs and Romano Cheese Baked in a Puff Pastry

-Smoked Salmon Red Onion, Capers, Crème Fraiche and Chives

on Crisp Rice Crackers

-Grilled Steak Crustini with Boursin Cheese and Roasted Peppers –

Slow Roasted Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta with Pesto

-Oven Roasted Sausage and Gorgonzola Stuffed Mushroom Caps

 -Smoked Chicken, Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Flatbreads

-Chicken Satay with a Thai Peanut Sauce, Roasted Peanuts and Green Onions

-Rock Shrimp and Brie baked in Phyllo cups with baby Spinach

-Crispy Vegetarian Thai Spring Rolls with a Sweet and Sour Thai Dipping Sauce 

-Lump Crab Cakes with Lemon Caper Aioli 

-Smoked Pork and Wild Mushroom Quesadillas -

- Crispy Truffle Goat Cheese Risotto Balls with warm Tomato Coulis 

-Franks in a Blanket with a Dijon Honey Sauce

LCBA Dues!



Litchfield County Bar Association

2018-2019 Dues Notice


¨      Dues are $75.00 per attorney.  There are no additional dues for law firms.  Those who do not renew their membership will not receive benefits of membership.  Non-members wishing to attend events will be charged an additional fee.


¨      Dues for the 2018-2019 fiscal year are due by September 30, 2018.  The LCBA’s fiscal year runs from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019.


¨      Dues are used in part to fund the scholarships given by the LCBA in honor of late Attorney Catherine Roraback and late Attorney Thomas F. Wall, Sr.  Dues also fund LCBA events, such as Law Day and CLEs for members.  Your membership is also your access to the 2nd Floor Bar Lounge in the new courthouse, where you may enjoy use of the copier and basic office supplies as well as coffee, water, tea, and emergency sugar-filled treats to get you through a rough day in court.


¨      This is the ideal time for new members to join the LCBA.  Please pass along this notice to attorneys who have recently joined the Litchfield County legal community.


¨      Even if your information has remained the same from last year, please fill out the form.


¨      Please make checks payable to “LCBA” and send your dues, along with your completed form, to:

Jeannine M. Talbot 185 Albert Street, Torrington, CT 06790



Law Firm:__________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________

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Updates to Criminal Procedure

For Litchfield County:

For Part A:

Please see the attached “procedure PDF” for the new operating procedure for part A in Torrington effective March 5, 2018. Protocol states all continuance requests must use the attached form JD-CR-51 Rev. 11-17 and sent to the clerk’s office AND SA office.

SA Office Part A fax – 860-626-2503

Part B:

Protocol states all fax requests for continuances must be sent to the clerk’s office AND the SA office. Form JD-CR-51 does NOT need to be used for continuance requests for part B.

SA Office Part B Fax – 860-626-2501

Clerk’s fax for both Part A and B - 860-626-2301


Questions: Please contact

April 20, 2018 CEU Legal Seminar Day- Litchfield Community Center

Seminar Day


Friday, April 20, 2018

Litchfield Community Center

421 Bantam Road

Litchfield, Connecticut



Cost: LCBA & WBA members pay $20.00 per session or $60.00 for all 4 sessions

Non-Members pay $25.00 per session or $75.00 for all 4 sessions

Materials, continental breakfast, light lunch & refreshments provided

Registration REQUIRED on or before April 13, 2018


8:30am-9:00am: Registration and Networking


Session #1: 9:00am-10:00am: Professional Ethics Seminar: 1.0 CLE Credit (1.0 Ethics)

Interactive Ethics presented by Attorney John R. Logan


10:00am-10:15am: Break


Session #2: 10:15am-12:15pm: Family Law Seminar: 2.0 CLE Credits

An Overview of the Impact of the New Tax Law on Divorce and Business Practice by J. Kenneth Nowell, CPA & Parent Coordination presented by Attorney Steven Levy


12:15pm 12:30pm: Break


Session #3: 12:30pm-2:00pm: Civil Practice Seminar: 1.5 CLE Credits

The Nuts and Bolts of Personal Injury Practice presented by Attorney Ryan Henry


2:00pm-2:15pm: Break


Session #4: 2:15pm-3:45pm: Evidence Seminar: 1.5 CLE Credits

Overview of Changes to the Rules of Evidence and the Use of Social Media as Evidence at Trial presented by Attorneys Devin Stilson and Robert Salerno


3:45pm-4:00pm: Wrap up & Networking


4:00pm-5:30pm: Meet & Greet Reception at the Litchfield Inn hosted by the Waterbury Bar Association (WBA)


To register, please return this form with a check made payable to “LCBA” to:

Ruth Nadeau Dwyer

P.O. Box 815

Bantam, Connecticut 06750


Name of Attendee:____________________________________

Email Address (for seminar materials):____________________________________


I will be attending:  Session #1____         Session #2____

  Session #3____        Session #4____   


Amount Enclosed: _______________

LCBA Member: ___     WBA Member: ___      Non-Member: ___



Seminar Descriptions


Ethics Seminar:

            Attorney John R. Logan, former Chair of the Ethics Committee, will discuss the ethical rules in an interactive session that focuses on technology in practice, social media, and best practices.


Family Law Seminar:

            J. Kenneth Nowell, Certified Public Accountant, will review the implications of the new tax law on divorce practice as well as on business practice.  Additionally, Attorney Steven Levy, Chair of the LCBA Family Law Section, will present on the topic of parent coordination as an alternative to litigating contested custody, visitation and other child related issues.


Personal Injury Seminar

            Attorney Ryan Henry, LCBA Secretary, will discuss the nuts and bolts of personal injury litigation from start to finish, giving a practical overview of the process and discussing the applicable standards and law. A great seminar for attorneys who do some personal injury work, but who do not focus their practice primarily on this area of law, as well as for the seasoned personal injury attorney.


Evidence Seminar:

            Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Devin T. Stilson and Attorney Robert Salerno, co-chairs of the LCBA Criminal Law Section, will discuss the recent changes to the rules of evidence and the use of social media as evidence in trial and motion practice.




CLE Credit: In order to obtain CLE credit, you must sign in and sign out of each session you attend, noting the time of arrival and departure.  Certificates of completion will be emailed to attendees for each session.