Rich Rochlin

Education

University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2000, with honors
American University, B.A., 1997

Contact

Connecticut 860-357-9158
rrochlin@taboadarochlin.com
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Bar Admissions

State of Connecticut
State of New York
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (inactive)
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court – District of Connecticut

Biography

Passionate and personable, Rich Rochlin is an attorney for the 21st century—multi-talented and flexible to meet his clients’ needs. Mr. Rochlin delivers strategic solutions with precision skills he honed in global deals to help clients solve their real-world legal challenges.

Mr. Rochlin represents clients in a variety of targeted areas, including commercial law, real estate, litigation (civil and criminal), and family law. He serves as outside General Counsel to Soma Technology, Inc. of Bloomfield, Conn., one of the world’s largest sellers of new and re-manufactured medical equipment in the international market and Dalene Flooring, a 4th generation family-owned flooring business with several retail locations throughout Connecticut. In addition, Mr. Rochlin is the primary counsel for a host of entrepreneurs and businesses throughout Connecticut, including some prominent local restaurants which include Bear’s BBQ Smokehouse, The Mill @2T, Krust, and Millwrights.  He also represents regional and national banks in a variety of financing matters.

As a litigator, Mr. Rochlin has represented clients in Fair Labor Standards Act disputes and regularly serves as plaintiff’s counsel in litigation against unscrupulous home contractors. As a former contractor himself, Mr. Rochlin possesses a detailed understanding of the home-building and real estate industry, which serves his clients well in litigation and real estate matters.  Rich also has an active family law practice where he represents litigants in divorce and custody disputes. While Mr. Rochlin always seeks to resolve such personal and trying disputes in the most collaborative manner possible, he is always prepared to advocate for his clients assertively and zealously.

No stranger to high profile cases featured in the media, he regularly represents employees who have been unfairly terminated in a host of employment related litigation.  In recent times, he successfully represented dozens of State of Connecticut employees who had been terminated by Governor Malloy for alleged misconduct in food stamp fraud.

Before co-founding Taboada Rochlin LLP (now Taboada Rochlin Govier LLP), Mr. Rochlin was a partner in Shipman & Goodwin’s Corporate Trust Practice Group and its Commercial Finance Group. For several years, he was a valuable finance and real estate attorney at international law firms Dechert LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP (n/k/a Morgan Lewis).

Outside of the firm, Mr. Rochlin uses his legal skills to benefit community organizations on a pro bono basis. He is General Counsel and Secretary to the Collins Foundation, Inc., which provides leadership training and college scholarships to underprivileged high school students.  About 10% of his case load is composed of pro bono clients. Mr. Rochlin has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for the years 2010-2015 for business/corporate law.  The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.

Beyond the practice of law, Mr. Rochlin is a photographer and handles assignments on behalf of Connecticut Food and Farm Magazine.  He also volunteers his time as a photographer for the Judy Dworin project where he makes photographs in jails throughout Connecticut for families with an incarcerated family member.

Rich makes his home in Farmington with his wife and two adorable children.

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Positions Held

Treasurer: University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association (2008-2009 term).

Distinctions

New England Rising Star Super Lawyer, 2010, 2011, 2012,  2013, 2014, and 2015 for Business/Corporate Law (*selection information)
Recipient of the CALI Book Award for Energy Law
Member of the Moot Court Board, University of Connecticut School of Law
Managing Editor, Connecticut Law Review
Special Master, Hartford Superior Court, Family Division
Special Master, New Britain

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