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Out and About: Richard Vassallo

Out and About: Richard Vassallo
Richard Vassallo is an attorney with the law firm of O’Malley, Deneen, Leary, Messina and Oswecki located at 20 Maple Avenue in Windsor. He offers services in litigation, personal injury, real estate, business law, criminal matters, landlord/tenant matters, family law/divorce, workers’ compensation, probate/estate matters and other legal needs in Connecticut.

Richard is a native of Windsor. His parents moved here in June of 1955. He was born in Windsor, attended Clover Street School, L.P Wilson Middle School, and graduated from Windsor High School in 1981. He attended UCONN and went on to Western New England University School of Law. Richard says “While I enjoyed college, I found myself coming to Windsor frequently to see hometown friends at our usual local haunts like Bart’s, Italian Corner and Jim’s Pizza."

Richard had his first exposure to law as a possible career when taking a business course taught by Mr. North at Windsor High School. The subject matter captivated his interest, more than any of his other classes. He did well in the class, but thought nothing more of it until taking another business law course in college. He enjoyed the challenge of untangling discussion problems involving different legal principles. It was at this point that he realized his interest in the law was something he should pursue as a career.

While in law school, he served two years on the Western New England Law Review, (a student-run publication of scholarly articles authored by respected professors and attorneys as well as student-authored work), first as a Staff Member then as the Managing Editor. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1989, and that same year was admitted to the Connecticut bar.

He began his legal career working for the Connecticut Judicial Department in the Hartford Courts as a courtroom clerk working with criminal court judges and serving as courtroom clerk for criminal trials. While there, he so impressed the head clerk, that she recommended him to a local attorney who offered him his first job as a practicing attorney. The position was with the Law Offices of Stephen C. Barron in East Hartford. He worked there for six years doing litigation and general practice work until he formed an independent partnership with another lawyer in Suffield. After a few years, he decided it was time to come home to Windsor and joined the firm of O’Malley, Deneen.

Finding a lawyer that you can work with and who listens to your concerns can be a challenge. Unlike many in his field, Richard tends to connect with people on a personal level and empathize with them. “What really keeps me going is the opportunity to help people who are going through a difficult time. I like being able to use my knowledge and experience to put their minds at ease and handle the complexities of the law for them so they can get on with their lives,” says Richard.

And he has seen it all. Once, he worked with an older gentleman who, along with his cancer-stricken wife, was being evicted by the bank which had foreclosed on their single family home. This was the home that his wife had grown up in, and where together they had raised their family. The couple were in a difficult spot, needing to travel for cancer and dialysis treatments multiple times each week, and needed to find alternative affordable housing at the same time. Without the right lawyer, they would have found themselves quickly evicted. The pair had very little, financially, so Attorney Vassallo represented them at a reduced rate and controlled the pace of the proceedings to allow them time to find a new home where they could live out what was left of their days in peace.

On a personal note, Richard has two children, both attending UCONN as we speak. “I love being able to bring my daughters to work and show them that the law can be a great equalizer,” says Richard. His daughters, Anna and Julia, both take after their father as far as analytical thinking goes. That may be where the resemblance ends, if you ask them.

Richard is a strong supporter of his community, offering his time and expertise to various non-profit projects. He feels that Windsor is welcoming to people of all backgrounds. It has the benefits of a small town yet still offers the diversity that sustains a great community. He has been a member of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce for twelve years and was one of the founders of the Windsor Education Foundation, a grassroots non-profit organization that raises funds to provide grants to Windsor teachers.

When he’s not at work, he enjoys taking on substantial home renovation projects like the new custom bathroom he added to the lower level of his home. He also enjoys restoring his "project car”, a 1977 MGB that is, as Richard says, “many parts and labor hours away from being remotely considered ready for the road."

Three words that describe Richard: Educated. Experienced. Compassionate.


Events

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Jun 27 at The Music School at Sound Crossing, 101 Palisado Ave., Windsor, CT
Christopher Martin Art Show
Jul 1 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Summer Movie Series
Jul 23 at Windsor Public Library
Auction at Selig's
Jul 24 at 25 Central Street
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
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Jul 24 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jul 25 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
WACky Comedy Night
Jul 25 at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Rail Station Public Meeting
Jul 25 at Windsor Town Hall, Ludlow Room
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Jul 26 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Camp Registration Still Open
Jul 26 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Open Studios
Jul 27 at Windsor Train Station, 35 Central Street
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Blessing of the Animals
Jul 28 at Palisado Green near the Historical Society on Palisado Avenue
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 29 at Windsor Art Center Studios
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Jul 29 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Camp Registration Still Open
Jul 29 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor
Summer Movie Series
Jul 30 at Windsor Public Library
Blood Drive Windsor Historical Soc.
Jul 31 at Windsor Historical Society
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Jul 31 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Photojournalist Jessica Hill Art
Aug 1 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 1 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Free Acupuncture Day!
Aug 2 at Many Rivers Community Acupuncture
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Aug 2 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Camp Registration Still Open
Aug 2 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 5 at Windsor Art Center Studios
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Aug 5 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
National Night Out
Aug 6 at Sage Park Middle School
Summer Lobster Dinner
Aug 6 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Summer Movie Series
Aug 6 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 7 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 9 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monster Madness Art Day
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 12 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Summer Movie Series
Aug 13 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Aug 14 at Edward Jones, 697 Poquonock Ave
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 14 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 15 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 16 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 19 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Diabetic Support Group
Aug 20 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Summer Movie Series
Aug 20 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 21 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Aug 21 at Windsor High School J113
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
New Teachers' Reception
Aug 22 at Windsor Historical Society
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Aug 22 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 23 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Open Studios
Aug 24 at Windsor Train Station, 35 Central Street
Monday Morning Book Club
Aug 26 at Windsor Public Library
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 26 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Summer Movie Series
Aug 27 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 28 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 30 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Sep 5 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Sep 11 at The Print Hub, Pierson Ln, Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Mary's Place 15th Annual Gala
Sep 13 at The North House Avon, CT
Wine Bottle BINGO!
Sep 13 at Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, 778 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Diabetic Support Group
Sep 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Nutritionist Talk - Gut Health
Sep 17 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Main Street Matters
Sep 18 at 226 Broad Street
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Doug Maher Jazz Trio
Sep 19 at Windsor Public Library
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Sep 19 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center