Attorneys in the Firm are admitted to practice
in the following jurisdictions:*
District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
*Please see Attorneys page for individual admission information.
Temmy Ann (née Pieszak) Miller
Member and Supervisory Attorney
Attorney Miller is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. For more than 32 years Attorney Miller worked for the State of Connecticut. In that capacity she handled hundreds of civil cases, including numerous trials. Attorney Miller also handled scores of appeals in both civil and criminal cases, in the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, and has sought a writ of certiorari from the United States Supreme Court, and opposed such petitions when sought by the opposing party. Attorney Miller retired from the State of Connecticut in 2015. Over the years Attorney Miller has organized and presented seminars on a variety of topics, including changes to statutes and Practice Book provisions, motions practice, and appellate procedure. Attorney Miller is admitted to practice law in Connecticut.
Attorney Miller is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Connecticut School of Law, graduating with honors. For more than 32 years Attorney Miller worked for the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services before retiring in 2015. She held the positions of Chief of Habeas Corpus Services, Resource Attorney for Habeas Corpus Matters, and provided training in habeas corpus for the Division.
In her capacity as a public defender she handled hundreds of habeas corpus cases, including numerous trials. Attorney Miller also handled scores of appeals in both habeas cases and direct criminal appeal cases, in the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, and has sought a writ of certiorari from the United States Supreme Court, and opposed such petitions when sought by the opposing party.
Over the years, Attorney Miller has participated in structuring proposed legislation and has organized and presented seminars on a variety of topics, including: changes to statutes and Practice Book provisions, motions practice, appellate procedure and substantive and procedural aspects of habeas corpus practice. Attorney Miller has helped to shape caselaw in Connecticut and is responsible for leading the court to recognize two additional state Constitutional rights through her victories in State v. Coleman and State v. Morales, establishing that the state Constitution affords more protection than the Constitution of the United States. A member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and former Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, Attorney Miller is considered by many to be a leader in the field of habeas corpus practice in Connecticut.
Attorney Miller is admitted to practice law in all courts in the State of Connecticut as well as the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
April E. Brodeur
Member and Managing Attorney
Attorney Brodeur is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Quinnipiac University School of Law. Prior to forming Pieszak-Miller & Brodeur, LLC, Attorney Brodeur provided legal guidance to clients on a wide-range of issues as a solo practitioner. She represents clients in all Connecticut Courts. Her general practice includes civil and criminal appeals, real estate, criminal law, civil litigation, equine, and wills, trusts and estates law. Attorney Brodeur is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Attorney Brodeur concentrates in criminal law, representing individuals charged with traffic offenses, DUI, misdemeanors, felonies, appeals, state and federal habeas corpus actions, and other post-conviction proceedings. She has appeared regularly in court and litigated cases before the Connecticut Supreme, Appellate, and Superior Courts, including the habeas court.
Attorney Brodeur is sensitive to the fact-intensive nature of criminal defense and listens carefully to clients to identify their concerns as well as possible defenses. She is experienced in representing individuals with disabilities and deficiencies. Her patient nature, careful attention to detail, and persistence lends itself to criminal and post-conviction work. As an appellate attorney, she has litigated cases of first impression, has argued numerous appeals in the Connecticut Appellate Court, and succeeded in persuading the Connecticut Supreme Court to accept multiple cases raising issues ranging from conflict of interest to denial of self-representation. She has had multiple successes for her clients, including overturning convictions for class A felonies, negotiation of resolutions to complex criminal cases, and achieving sentence reductions for her clients. She has aided and mentored other attorneys, providing strategy and materials resulting in successful resolutions of additional cases.
Prior to forming Pieszak-Miller & Brodeur, LLC, Attorney Brodeur provided legal guidance to clients as a solo practitioner on a wide-range of issues including criminal, appellate, habeas, real estate, wills and trusts, business organizations, contracts, torts (including personal injury), and equine law. As one of the few equine law practitioners in Connecticut and Rhode Island she routinely assisted clients in forming and protecting equine related businesses. She has handled complex equine cases including a wide array of issues such as international sales, importation, CUTPA, personal injury, complex litigation, business torts, business organizations and contracts.
Attorney Brodeur is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Quinnipiac University School of Law. While in law school she received numerous honors and awards for her outstanding work, including the Excellence in Clinical Work award for her efforts in the Defense Appellate Clinic on a case involving instructional error and juror unanimity. Also while in law school, she gained experience with a prominent personal injury firm in the New London area, volunteered with the Office of the Public Defender in New London, and appeared in court. Attorney Brodeur attended both Carnegie Mellon and Quinnipiac Law School as an academic scholar, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society. She completed her undergraduate degree early before attending Quinnipiac Law School.
Attorney Brodeur is admitted to practice law in all courts in Connecticut and Rhode Island, as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Brian S. Carlow
Special Litigation Attorney,
DNA Consultant, and Expert Witness
Attorney Carlow received his BA in Economics as an Honors Scholar from the University of Connecticut and his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law. He joined Pieszak-Miller & Brodeur, LLC following more than 33 years in practice.
After two years as a civil litigator, Attorney Carlow joined the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services. He began his career with the Division by spending a year at G.A.18 and two years as the juvenile public defender in Hartford. He spent the next 18 years litigating serious criminal matters throughout the state, serving as a felony trial attorney in the New Haven Judicial District and as the head public defender in the Middlesex Judicial District.
Throughout those years he tried numerous serious felony cases and developed a concentration in forensic DNA, being the first in Connecticut to litigate several DNA issues. His background in DNA led to him being named co-director of the Connecticut Innocence Project when it was an all-volunteer led effort. In 2006, he and his co-director achieved Connecticut’s first DNA exoneration in the case of State v. James Tillman.
In 2006 he was also appointed Deputy Chief Public Defender by the Public Defender Services Commission. In that role, as the second highest ranking public defender, he had significant involvement in running the agency. In addition, he was deeply involved in trial strategy on a daily basis, which included overseeing the use of expert witnesses throughout the state. As Deputy Chief, his support of the Connecticut Innocence Project helped lead to its becoming an expanded and funded organization. Attorney Carlow has taught seminars on all aspects of trial practice, including DNA.
A member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Attorney Carlow is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Connecticut, the State of Michigan and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. In addition to handling criminal cases, including trials, and litigating habeas corpus matters, Attorney Carlow serves as a consultant and expert witness in the areas of DNA and criminal defense.
Barbara J. Sorrentino
Attorney Sorrentino received her BS from Boston College and her Juris Doctor from the Suffolk University Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Suffolk Transnational Law Review. She joined Pieszak-Miller & Brodeur, LLC following more than 34 years in practice.
After clerking at the Connecticut Supreme Court for Justices Anthony Grillo and Angelo Santaniello, Attorney Sorrentino joined the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services. She began her career with the Division by spending a year at the Geographical Area court in Derby and three years at the Geographical Area court in New Haven. She then moved to the Judicial District court in Waterbury and litigated serious criminal matters for four years. Following her time in Waterbury, Attorney Sorrentino spent nineteen years in the combined Judicial District/Geographical Area court in Middletown in the Middlesex Judicial District handling felonies and misdemeanors. Attorney Sorrentino concluded her career as a public defender assisting clients at the Connecticut Innocence Project.
Attorney Sorrentino has represented individuals charged with motor vehicle offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies. She has handled pretrial motions, violations of probation hearings, competency matters, and trials. She has also worked on habeas cases and appeals. Her work on Innocence Project cases resulted in the release of an individual serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit.
A member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Attorney Sorrentino is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Connecticut. Attorney Sorrentino handles criminal cases, habeas corpus matters and appeals.
Michael W. Brown
Assistant Supervisory Attorney
Michael W. Brown graduated from the University of Connecticut magna cum laude and the University of Minnesota School of Law magna cum laude, where he was also a member of the Minnesota Law Review.
Before joining Pieszak-Miller & Brodeur, LLC, Attorney Brown spent four years as an associate at another leading Connecticut criminal defense and post-conviction law firm. In that position, Attorney Brown tried more than thirty habeas corpus cases, handled numerous serious criminal matters in Judicial District courts, and briefed and argued more than twenty appeals before the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts. Attorney Brown has also represented clients who committed crimes as juveniles before the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Parole as the result of “second look” legislation instituted in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Graham v. Florida. His meticulous efforts on the behalf of his clients has helped to secure a second chance for numerous clients who would have otherwise remained incarcerated for the rest of their lives.
While in law school, Attorney Brown worked as an extern for the Honorable Robert A. Awsumb in the Second Judicial District of Minnesota, and for the Federal Public Defender as a part of a clinical program. He also completed a fellowship for Minneapolis Legal Aid where he represented low-income people in housing court. Before practicing criminal defense, Attorney Brown worked for a major law firm in Washington, D.C. representing consumers and employees in class-action cases, and in the Office of General Counsel at the National Education Association.
Attorney Brown is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, and the District of Columbia.
Desmond M. Ryan
Desmond M. Ryan graduated from the Northeastern University summa cum laude and Quinnipiac University School of Law summa cum laude, where he was also the editor-in-chief of the Quinnipiac Law Review and the president of the Public Interest Law Project.
Before joining Pieszak-Miller & Brodeur, LLC, Attorney Ryan spent a year as the term clerk to Justice Dennis G. Eveleigh of the Connecticut Supreme Court, worked as an associate in a firm focused on criminal defense, and also spent two years as an associate at another leading Connecticut criminal defense and post-conviction law firm. Attorney Ryan has tried habeas cases, represented defendants in criminal matters and on motions to correct illegal sentences, and briefed and argued appeals in the Connecticut Appellate Court.
While in law school, Attorney Ryan worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Janet Bond Arterton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, and also worked in the law school’s Appellate Defense Clinic. Before deciding to focus on criminal defense, Attorney Ryan was an associate in the commercial litigation practice group for a prominent general practice law firm in Hartford.
Attorney Ryan is admitted to practice in Connecticut, and in the U.S. District of Connecticut.