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Doug Mahoney Reflects on Term as CTLA President

Attorney Doug Mahoney, a partner at Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney P.C. recently completed his year-long term at the helm of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the rights of the individual.

Among the year's chief accomplishments were passages of three bills that Attorney Mahoney helped write, coordinate and testify on behalf of at the state legislature.

"We tried very hard to get bipartisan support for the bills," Attorney Mahoney said, adding that all three passed by a large margin. "These bills will greatly enhance the rights of the individual to recover fully from their injuries."

The bills include:

• legislation to help resolve motor vehicle accident disputes more quickly by agreeing to arbitration without a full trial

• an act to prevent insurance companies from reducing uninsured and underinsured motor vehicle insurance coverage payments

• an act allowing medical records from mental health professionals and counselors to be admitted, which will prevent professionals from having to testify in person

Perhaps as important as the three bills that CTLA helped pass, Attorney Mahoney said that the organization also helped prevent the passage of dozens of bills driven by lobbyists. "These would have dramatically limited the ability of the individual to recover money for damages," Attorney Mahoney said.

This year, Attorney Mahoney also selected the Wounded Warrior Project as the beneficiary of CTLA's annual charity event, because both organizations are dedicated to helping injured people. The "Look Who's Cooking" competition organized by the Women's Caucus was held at Grassy Hill Country Club and raised $50,000 for the organization.

Attorney Mahoney is the third attorney from Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, P.C. to serve as president of CTLA. He will continue to be active in the organization, which includes 1,400 attorneys from across the state.

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