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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

Windsor Lions Easter Plant Sale
Apr 17 at Windsor Town Green
Bunny Hop for Health
Apr 19 at Windsor Town Greene
Whose Egg Is It?
Apr 20 at Northwest Park
Easter Brunch
Apr 21 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Apr 22 at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Filming Chargers Spring 2019
Apr 23 at Windsor Community Television, Inc
Learn to Crochet
Apr 23 at Windsor Public Library
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 24 at Windsor Public Library
Lunch and Learn: Peter Souza
Apr 24 at Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad St, Windsor CT 06095
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 24 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Book Babies
Apr 26 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Wine/Beer Tasting & Silent Auction
Apr 27 at St. Gabriel Church Hall
Free Shred Day
Apr 27 at Windsor Federal Savings Loan Office, 270 Broad St
Independent Bookstore Day
Apr 27 at House of Books and Games, 1073 Palisado Ave
Local Author Festival
Apr 27 at Windsor Public Library
Wine and Beer Tasting
Apr 27 at St. Gabriel's Church, 379 Broad St, Windsor
WWC Wine and Beer Tasting/Auction
Apr 27 at St. Gabriel Church Hall
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Independent Bookstore Day
Apr 28 at House of Books and Games, 1073 Palisado Ave
St. Gabriel School Open House
Apr 28 at 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Filming Chargers Spring 2019
Apr 30 at Windsor Community Television, Inc
Healthy Eating Tips
Apr 30 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Apr 30 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 1 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 1 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave, Windsor
FREE Genealogy Support Group 5.2
May 2 at Windsor Historical Society
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
May 2 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Windsor Art Center Reception
May 4 at Windsor Art Center
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Car Show and Fundraiser
May 5 at Bart's Drive In 55 Palisado Avenue Windsor
Cinco de Mayo
May 5 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Mary's Place 7th Annual Memory Walk
May 5 at Windsor Town Green
United Tastes: 1st Cookbook in US
May 5 at Oliver Ellsworth Homestead
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Business Expo
May 7 at GE, Belcan Corp & Quest
Filming Chargers Spring 2019
May 7 at Windsor Community Television, Inc
Learn to Crochet
May 7 at Windsor Public Library
Mountain Dulcimer Workshop
May 7 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 8 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
May 8 at Hyatt House, 200 Corporate Dr, Windsor
Is Your Financial House In Order?
May 8 at Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street, Windsor CT 06095
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 8 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
May 8 at Windsor High School J113
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Missing Link in Retirement Planning
May 9 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Windsor Garden Club Garden Mart
May 11 at Windsor Town Green (behind the Eagle Monument)
Windsor Lions Craft Fair
May 11 at Windsor Town Greene
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Art Demonstration by Kara Bigda
May 14 at L.P. Wilson Community Center.
Filming Chargers Spring 2019
May 14 at Windsor Community Television, Inc
Learn to Crochet
May 14 at Windsor Public Library
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 15 at Windsor Public Library
Business Symposium
May 15 at Bobby V's Restaurant in Windsor Locks
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 15 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
The Missing Link in Retirement Plan
May 15 at 360 Bloomfield Ave Suite 402 Windsor, CT 06095
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
May 16 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 18 at Windsor Center
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
May 20 at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Filming Chargers Spring 2019
May 21 at Windsor Community Television, Inc
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
May 21 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 22 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 22 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Breakfast
May 22 at Hilton Garden Inn, 555 Corporate Drive
Jazz by the DeChamplains
May 23 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Filming Chargers Spring 2019
May 28 at Windsor Community Television, Inc
Learn to Crochet
May 28 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 29 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 29 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Take Apart Workshop
Jun 1 at Windsor Public Library
Bike MS Windsor
Jun 2 at 5&7 Waterside Crossing, Windsor, CT 06095
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Golf Tournament
Jun 3 at Keney Golf Course, Windsor
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 5 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Jun 5 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave, Windsor
Windsor Senior Center Variety Show!
Jun 5 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jun 6 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Annual Dinner
Jun 7 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott on Day Hill Rd
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 12 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jun 12 at Homewood Suites, 65 Ella Grasso Tpke, Windsor Locks
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Jun 12 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jun 12 at Windsor High School J113
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 19 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Jun 19 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT