ATTORNEYS

 

Attorney Directory

 
Attorney Admissions

 

Attorneys in the Firm are admitted to practice

in the following jurisdictions:*

State Courts

Connecticut

California

District of Columbia

Massachusetts

Michigan

New York

Rhode Island

Federal Courts

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals

United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

United States Supreme Court

*Please see Attorneys page for individual admission information.

 

PARTNERS

 

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.

 

 

 

Supervising Attorneys

 

 

 

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

Senior Attorney

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.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Associate Attorneys

 

 

 

Timothy T. Anderson

Associate Attorney

 

Attorney Anderson graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice summa cum laude with a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law concentrating in criminal law. Prior to joining Pieszak-Miller & Brodeur, LLC, Attorney Anderson was an Associate General Counsel with a major labor union in Massachusetts practicing labor and employment law and representing union members, where he dealt with negotiation of municipal collective bargaining agreements and advises on contract language and interpretation. He also represented union employees at grievance hearings, in arbitration, and in civil service hearings.

 

After more than thirty years in law enforcement, Attorney Anderson retired from the U.S. Department of Justice after a successful law enforcement career with the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Supervisory Special Agent. As a Special Agent, he conducted federal criminal investigations involving narcotics trafficking and money laundering. He also served as the primary firearms instructor in the DEA New England Field Division Training instructing in the use of firearms and training in tactics. He also worked in recruitment, drug/non-drug evidence, and confidential source programs. Attorney Anderson’s knowledge of law enforcement procedures affords him great insight into law enforcement practices, behavior and documentation, which proves valuable in the analysis of any criminal case. He believes that everyone deserves high quality and zealous legal representation and that is why he chose to focus his practice on criminal defense work.

 

Attorney Anderson also serves as a pro bono attorney at the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts, Inc. There he provides advice and legal representation to children who need legal representation in educational matters, and whose families cannot afford the high cost of legal services.

 

A licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Attorney Anderson is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He handles cases involving gun/firearms law, criminal law, habeas corpus and appellate cases.

 

Daniel M. Erwin

Associate Attorney

Attorney Erwin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in History and Political Science. He graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law cum laude.

 

Prior to joining Pieszak-Miller & Brodeur, Attorney Erwin worked for seven years at a prominent New Haven area criminal defense firm. In that capacity, he defended clients against state and federal criminal charges at trial and on appeal. Attorney Erwin served as co- or lead counsel in numerous felony trials including murder, witness tampering, sexual assault, threatening, embezzlement, and assault. He has argued numerous cases before the Connecticut Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He persuaded the Connecticut Supreme Court to recognize that apartment dwellers possessed rights of privacy equal to residents of freestanding homes pursuant to the state constitution in State v. Kono. Similarly, in State v. Swebilius, he successfully persuaded the state Supreme Court to adopt a burden-shifting framework for stale arrest warrants—leading to a dismissal of child pornography  charges. He is well versed in the federal sentencing guidelines and has defended federal charges related to drug, violent, sex, and white collar crimes. He has also handled proffer sessions, grand jury subpoenas, numerous sentencings, and appeals. 

 

Attorney Erwin is especially proud of his work with, and on behalf of, the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association (CCLDA). He was asked to represent his colleagues in a brief as amicus curiae and helped secure a victory before the state’s Supreme Court in State v. Helmedach, a matter significant to the defense bar. He has spoken at attorney continuing legal education trainings on search and seizure law and jury instruction litigation. In 2017, he was honored to receive the CCDLA’s Merit Award for contributions to the defense bar. Additionally, he won third place in the 2011 National Judges’ Association Essay contest for an essay that correctly predicted the outcome of JDB v. North Carolina—a landmark case on juvenile interrogations. In law school, Attorney was a member of Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal and his note, on higher education finance, was selected for publication.   

 

Attorney Erwin is admitted to practice in Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Joshua G. Grubaugh

Associate Attorney

 

Attorney Grubaugh graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with honors, and the University of Virginia School of Law. For eight years, he served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) on active duty for the United States Army, working as a prosecutor, trial defense attorney, and defense appellate attorney.

As a JAG, Attorney Grubaugh tried thirty-five courts-martial, filed thirty appellate briefs, and presented oral argument in six appellate cases, handling issues as varied as murder, involuntary manslaughter, rape, child sexual abuse, larceny, maltreatment of subordinates, illicit drug use, drug distribution, desertion, domestic violence, enticement of a minor, child pornography, child abuse, stalking, and assault and battery. As a trial defense attorney, he achieved a full acquittal, and negotiated the dismissal of eight cases already set for trial. While at the Army Defense Appellate Division, he was lead counsel in three cases that were completely overturned, as well as numerous other cases resulting in sentence reductions or overturned convictions.

A member of the California and Connecticut Bar, he is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Supreme Court.

Aimee L. Mahon

Associate Attorney

 

Attorney Mahon graduated from Quinnipiac University cum laude and Quinnipiac University School of Law cum laude, where she earned a concentration in Criminal Law and Advocacy with honors and received distinguished academic achievement awards for her skills in research and writing, as well as appellate advocacy. Attorney Mahon interned at the State’s Attorney’s Office in Meriden and successfully argued before the Appellate Court as a student-clinician in the Quinnipiac Appellate Prosecution Clinic.

 

Prior to joining Pieszak-Miller & Brodeur, LLC, she was an associate attorney at a firm in New Haven County practicing primarily in civil litigation (including personal injury), contracts, estate planning and probate, business closings, residential and commercial real estate and committee foreclosures, criminal defense and appeals. She also handled landlord-tenant, worker’s compensation, corporate, and collections matters.

 

​​Attorney Mahon is admitted to practice law in Connecticut. She handles criminal, habeas corpus, and appellate cases.

Edward D. Melillo

Associate Attorney

 

Attorney Melillo worked for a multinational consumer electronics retail company before attending law school. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University summa cum laude.  He attended Quinnipiac University School of Law on a full academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude, and received a distinguished academic achievement award for trial advocacy as well as an award for clinical excellence. 

 

Attorney Melillo served as Executive Managing Editor of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal, and his note was selected for publication.  In law school, he interned at the Public Defender’s office in New Haven and was a summer fellow at Yale Law School’s Jerome Frank Legal Services Organization.  He also served as a judicial extern with U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Merriam, and drafted an appellate brief in the Quinnipiac Defense Appellate Clinic.

 

Attorney Melillo is admitted to practice law in Connecticut.  He handles criminal and habeas corpus cases.    

 
 
 
 
 

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