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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

Socktober - winter sock collection
thru December at Windsor Social Services, LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue
Windsor Art Ctr Holiday Art & Craft
Dec 8 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 19 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Dec 19 at Windsor High School J113
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Dr. Curry & Santa Christmas Party
Dec 22 at Wilson Fire Department- 50 Pine Lane
"Winter Solstice Full Moon Hike"
Dec 22 at Northwest Park & Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 24 at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Vacation Camp
Dec 26 at 330 Windsor Avenue
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Open Skate at Loomis Ice Rink
Dec 30 at Loomis Chaffee Ice rink
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 31 at LP Wilson Community Center
New Years Eve Happy Hour
Dec 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
New Years Day Brunch at The Tavern
Jan 1, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 2, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 2, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Jan 2, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Little Picassos
Jan 3, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Jan 3, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 3, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 3, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 4, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 4, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 4, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 4, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 4, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 5, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 7, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 7, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 7, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 7, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 8, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 8, 2019
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 9, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jan 9, 2019 at Tavern at Keney Park
Nutrition for Pain--55 & Older
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center Cafeteria
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Jan 10, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 10, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 10, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 11, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 11, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 11, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 11, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 11, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 11, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 12, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 14, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 14, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 14, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 14, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 15, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Jan 15, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Jan 15, 2019
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Jan 15, 2019 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 16, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Evening Bingo--55 & Older
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Senior Open House--55 & Older
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Senior Fitness Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Botanical Illust. Poster Hanging
Jan 17, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Senior Foot Clinic--55 & Older
Jan 17, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Jan 17, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 17, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
TVCA Networking
Jan 17, 2019 at Spare Time Entertainment
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 17, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 18, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 18, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 18, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 18, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 18, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 18, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Botanical Illust. Poster Hanging
Jan 19, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 19, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 21, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 22, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 22, 2019
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 23, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 23, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 23, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 23, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jan 23, 2019 at Windsor High School J113
Senior Foot Clinic--55 & Older
Jan 24, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Jan 24, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 24, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 24, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 25, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 25, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 25, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 25, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 25, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 25, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 26, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Downton Abbey Inspired Tea
Jan 27, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 28, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 28, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 28, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 28, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 28, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 29, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 29, 2019
Oscar Nominee Series
Jan 29, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 30, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 30, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Shape Up & Work Out--55 & Older
Jan 30, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Sit, Stretch & Groove
Jan 30, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Jan 31, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 31, 2019 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 31, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 1, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 1, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Feb 4, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 5, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Feb 5, 2019
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 5, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Feb 6, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 6, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Feb 6, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Little Picassos
Feb 7, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Feb 7, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 7, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 8, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 8, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Feb 11, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Cut the Cord
Feb 11, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Chair Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 12, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Feb 12, 2019
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 12, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Feb 13, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 13, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Feb 13, 2019 at Spare Time
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Square Dancing--55 & Older
Feb 14, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 14, 2019 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 15, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 15, 2019 at Clover Family Resource Center
Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Feb 16, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
The Windsor Feud
Feb 16, 2019 at Windsor Town Hall