McCarter Expands Business Litigation Group In Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn. - McCarter & English has announced that Thomas J. Finn and Paula Cruz Cedillo have joined the firm as partners in the Business and Financial Services Litigation Practice Group. They will work out of the firm's Hartford office.

Finn and Cedillo focus their practices on securities litigation, white collar criminal defense matters and complex commercial litigation. They are returning to McCarter after working for a period at Jorden Burt LLP, a financial services boutique firm.

Finn has handled securities fraud and class action matters brought in federal court as well as numerous securities arbitration matters. He handles matters in connection with SEC investigations and enforcement actions related to issues such as market manipulation and insider trading. He has been involved in cases related to Madoff securities as well as cases related to the subprime mortgage crisis.

Finn also represents companies in shareholder and derivative actions and has represented investment banking firms in connection with litigation arising out of securities offerings. He has handled commercial litigation matters involving insurance, intellectual property, information technology, director and officer liability, antitrust, lender liability, accountant's liability, civil RICO and ERISA. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Syracuse University and a B.S., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany.

Cedillo has litigated matters in federal and state courts throughout the country. Her commercial litigation experience includes cases involving intellectual property, information technology, unfair trade practices, director and officer liability, ERISA, civil RICO, commercial defamation and the defense of class actions. Her securities practice includes representing corporations and broker/dealers in matters involving securities fraud, and defending companies in SEC and FINRA enforcement matters. Cedillo also conducts internal corporate investigations and advises clients in connection with internal audits and investigations, as well as governmental and regulatory audits.

In her white-collar criminal practice, Cedillo has represented corporations and individual corporate officers at the investigative as well as the post-indictment stages in matters involving bank fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud and money laundering. She earned a J.D., cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and a B.S., summa cum laude, from Quinnipiac University.

McCarter & English, established more than 160 years ago, represents Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in their national, regional and local litigation and on important transactions. Its 400 attorneys are based in offices in Boston, Hartford, Conn., New York, Newark, N.J., Philadelphia, Stamford, Conn., and Wilmington, Del. For more information, visit