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Mark P. Santagata

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Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Torts
  • Labor and Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Leases and Leasing
  • Telecommunications Law

Biography

Mark began his practice in 1984 as a judicial clerk in Connecticut Superior Court.  In 1985 he began working for Law Offices of Michael J. Cacace, and joined Mike and Paul Tusch as a partner in 1993.  With over 20 years experience in civil litigation, Mark handles cases involving personal injury, construction problems, real estate issues, probate litigation, collection matters, employment controversies, and commercial disputes.  His employment practice includes negotiation of employment agreements and severance packages, providing counsel to employers regarding human resource and regulatory issues, and enforcement of noncompetition and nondisclosure contracts.  Mark's landlord tenant practice includes drafting and negotiating commercial leases, as well as litigating residential and commercial disputes in housing court.  Having represented major telecommunication carriers Mark has negotiated many leases for telecommunication antenna sites.

Active with nonprofit organizations, Mark has been affiliated with the Boards of Directors of Kids in Crisis, Hospice Care, Inc., Senior Employment Services, Catholic Family Services, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Southwestern Connecticut where he currently serves as Board Chairman.  Mark has served on the Stamford Health Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Bar Association, is a member of the Litigation, Employment and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.  He has lectured on real estate litigation, and construction law compliance for contractors.

Non-Profit Affiliations:

Catholic Family Services
Director, 1985 - 1987
Secretary, 1986 - 1987

SACIA Fairfield County Information Exchange
Member, Research Advisory Committee, 1999 - 2001
Member, Trends & Issues Sub-Committee, 1999 - 2001

Hospice Care, Inc.
Director, 1987 - 1998
Chairman, 1995 - 1998
1st Vice Chair, 1993 - 1995
Executive Committee, 1992 - 1998
Chairman, Human Resources Committee, 1988 - 1998
Finance Committee, 1991 - 1998

Kids In Crisis
Director, 2002 - 2008
Board Counsel, 2002 - 2008
Executive Committee, 2002 - 2008
Finance Committee, 2002 - 2008
Chairman Human Resources
Committee, 2002 - 2008

Senior Employment Services
Director, 1986 - 1992
President, 1989 - 1991
Vice President, 1988 - 1989
Secretary, 1986 - 1987
Director Emeritus

Stamford Chamber of Commerce
Member, Tangible Benefits Committee, 1999 - 2001

Stamford Health Foundation
Director, 1997 - 2000

Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care of Southwestern Connecticut
Director, 1998 - 2000; 2004 - present
Chairman, 1998 - 2000, 2008
Board Counsel, 2004 - 2008
Executive Committee, 1998 - 2000, 2004 - present
Chairman, Human Resources Committee, 2004 - 2007
Nominating Committee, 2006 - 2007
Director Emeritus 2000 - 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Connecticut Bar Association
Member, Construction Law Section
Member, Labor and Employment Section
Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Member, Litigation Section (Executive Committee 2000 - 2001)

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
Member

Fairfield County Bar Association
Director, 2003 - 2007
Member, Bench Bar Committee
Member, Employment Committee
Member, Litigation Committee
Member, Medical/Legal Committee

Areas of Practice:
Civil Litigation
Construction Law
Personal Injury
Torts
Labor and Employment
Real Estate
Leases and Leasing
Telecommunications Law

Bar Admissions:
Connecticut , 1984
U.S. District Court District of Connecticut , 1985

Education:
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts , 1984
J.D.
University of Connecticut , 1979
B.A.

Fraternities/Sororities:
Phi Alpha Delta

 

Education

  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1984
  • University of Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1979

Bar Admission

  • Connecticut, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1985

Classes & Seminars

  • Contracts for Home Improvement and New Home Construction Contractors, Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County, Inc.
  • Negotiating Severance Agreements, Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Summary Process, Fairfield County Bar Association

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Catholic Family Services, Director, 1985 to 1987
  • Catholic Family Services, Secretary, 1986 to 1987
  • SACIA Fairfield County Information Exchange, Research Advisory Committee, Member, 1999 to 2001
  • SACIA Fairfield County Information Exchange, Trends & Issues Sub-Committee, Member, 1999 to 2001
  • Hospice Care, Inc., Director, 1987 to 1998
  • Hospice Care, Inc., Chairman, 1995 to 1998
  • Hospice Care, Inc., 1st Vice Chair, 1993 to 1995
  • Hospice Care, Inc., Executive Committee, 1992 to 1998
  • Hospice Care, Inc., Human Resources Committee, Chairman, 1988 to 1998
  • Hospice Care, Inc., Finance Committee, 1991 to 1998
  • Kids in Crisis, Director, 2002 to 2008
  • Kids in Crisis, Board Counsel, 2002 to Present
  • Kids in Crisis, Executive Committee, 2002 to 2008
  • Kids in Crisis, Finance Committee, 2002 to Present
  • Kids in Crisis, Human Resources Committee, Chairman, 2002 to 2008
  • Senior Employment Services, Director, 1986 to 1992
  • Senior Employment Services, President, 1989 to 1991
  • Senior Employment Services, Vice President, 1988 to 1989
  • Senior Employment Services, Secretary, 1986 to 1987
  • Senior Employment Services, Director Emeritus
  • Stamford Chamber of Commerce, Tangible Benefits Committee, Member, 1999 to 2001
  • Stamford Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 1999 to 2004
  • Stamford Health Foundation, Director, 1997 to 2000
  • Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care of Southwestern Connecticut, Director, 1998 – 2000; 2004 – present
  • Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care of Southwestern Connecticut, Chairman, 1998 – 2000, 2008
  • Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care of Southwestern Connecticut, Board Counsel, 2004 to 2008
  • Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care of Southwestern Connecticut, Executive Committee, 1998 – 2000, 2004 – present
  • Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care of Southwestern Connecticut, Human Resources Committee, Chairman, 2004 to 2007
  • Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care of Southwestern Connecticut, Nominating Committee, 2006 to 2007
  • Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care of Southwestern Connecticut, Director Emeritus, 2000 to 2004
  • Superior Court, Volunteer Special Master

Past Positions

  • Connecticut Superior Court, Judicial Clerk

Professional Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section, Executive Committee, Member, 2000 to 2001
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Director, 2003 to 2007
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Bench Bar Committee, Member
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Employment Committee, Member
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Litigation Committee, Member
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Medical/Legal Committee, Member