New Haven, CT – July 5, 2011 – Keith Bradoc “Brad” Gallant, a New Haven-based partner in the Trusts and Estates practice group of Day Pitney LLP, took office July 1 as president of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA). Mr. Gallant will serve a one-year term, after which he will continue to serve as an officer for one more year as immediate past president.
The CBA serves as the principal advocacy organization for lawyers and paralegals in Connecticut, charged with advancing the principles of justice, the practice of law and the public understanding of the law. In his remarks at the CBA Annual Meeting, Mr. Gallant highlighted the important role played by lawyers in protecting one’s fundamental freedoms, particularly the constitutional protection of equal protection of the law. He identified equal protection as a theme of his CBA Presidency.
Prior to his active term as CBA president, Mr. Gallant served as the CBA vice president and president-elect. During that time he was praised for his work as chair of the CBA Pro Bono Committee and its Legislation Review Committee. He is a past chair of the CBA's Estates & Probate Section, serves on the executive committee of the CBA's Elder Law Section and is a member of the CBA's Animal Law Committee. He also serves as a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
Mr. Gallant has long been a leader in the trusts and estates field. He was elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 1993. He also chairs the ACTEC Elder Law Committee and serves on ACTEC's Fiduciary Litigation and Asset Protection Committees. In addition, Mr. Gallant is a life fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. For the past five years he has been designated by Worth magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers in the United States serving individual clients. In 2006 he was named one of "the top 10" of all Connecticut lawyers by Connecticut Magazine.
A native of New Haven, Mr. Gallant is active in the community and completed four terms as president of the New Haven Free Public Library Board of Trustees.