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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
Cut the Cord
Oct 22 at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Oct 22 at Windsor Public Library
Color Odyssey
Oct 23 at Windsor Public Library
Healthy Minds
Oct 23 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Oct 24 at Windsor Public Library
Candidates Night
Oct 24 at Windsor Town Hall
Northwest Park Fall Full Moon Hike
Oct 24 at Northwest Park & Nature Center
Mother - Daughter Circle
Oct 25 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Oct 25 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Silk'n Sounds
Oct 25 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Citizens Academy
Thursdays at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Flashlight Maze
Oct 26 at Browns Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave Windsor
Americana 1: 1st Generation Artists
Oct 27 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor, CT 06095
Color Odyssey
Oct 27 at Windsor Public Library
Flashlight Maze
Oct 27 at Browns Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave Windsor
Hyde Park, NY - Eleanor Roosevelt
Oct 27 at Hyde Park, NY - Eleanor Roosevelt Cottage & Vanderbilt Mansion
President books!
Oct 27 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Christopher Miner Spencer Exhibit!
Oct 30 at Windsor Historical Society
Credit Score Lunch and Learn
Oct 30 at 360 Federal Credit Union
Healthy Minds
Oct 30 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
MEDICARE Changes for 2019
Oct 31 at LP Wilson Community Center, All Purpose One Room
Nightmare on Broad Street
Oct 31 at Windsor Town Center
Trick or Tequila
Oct 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 1 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Nov 1 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Windsor Citizens Academy
Thursdays at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Kid's Movie and Craft Night
Nov 2 at Windsor Art Center Studios
All you can eat Prime Rib
Nov 3 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Anniversary celebration
Nov 3 at The Blue Dragonfly Gift Shop 144 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Celebration of Life - Hailey Pinard
Nov 3 at Hayden Station Firehouse, 54 Basswood Road, Windsor
First Church Used Book Sale
Nov 3 at First Church Parish House, 107 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Annual Art Exhibition
Nov 4 at Windsor Town Hall
St. Gabriel School Open House
Nov 4 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Windsor Art Center Brazilian Jazz
Nov 4 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor CT
Fencing Class
Nov 5 at LP Wilson Community Center
Healthy Minds
Nov 6 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Nov 6 at Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Ave
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 7 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 7 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 8 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Parenting 101
Nov 8 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Windsor Art Center Panel Discussion
Nov 8 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor, CT
All you can eat Prime Rib
Nov 10 at The Tavern at Keney Park
WJWC Fundraiser at Dom's
Nov 10 at Dom's Restaurant
Cook book sale
Nov 11 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 12 at LP Wilson Community Center
Essential Oils: Winter Immune Suppo
Nov 13 at Windsor Public Library
Healthy Minds
Nov 13 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Fencing Class
Nov 14 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 14 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Nov 14 at WIN-TV at 599 Matianuck Avenue in Windsor
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Nov 14 at Windsor High School J113
Mary's Place Open House
Nov 15 at 6 Poquonock Avenue Windsor, CT 06095
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 15 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Wild Game Dinner
Nov 16 at The Tavern at Keney Park
All you can eat Prime Rib
Nov 17 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Coffee table books!
Nov 17 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Nov 20 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 21 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 21 at Windsor Public Library
Book signing -local author!
Nov 23 at 1073 Palisado Ave
All you can eat Prime Rib
Nov 24 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Georgraphy books!
Nov 24 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Small Business Saturday
Nov 24 at Windsor's Small Businesses
Weekend Workshop: Custom Woods Sign
Nov 24 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
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Mobile Mammography
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., Windsor, CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 27 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 28 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 28 at Windsor Public Library
Festival of Wreaths
Nov 29 at Kimberly Hall North
Modern Calligraphy Workshop
Nov 29 at Windsor Public Library
Brunch with Santa
Dec 2 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
Dec 3 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Dec 4 at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union Street
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 5 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 5 at Windsor Public Library
Holiday Business Breakfast
Dec 5 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott
Holiday Connect and Toy Drive
Dec 5 at Windsor Station Apartments, 69 Mechanic St, Windsor
Carol Sing & Torchlight Parade
Dec 8 at Windsor Town Green
WWII book sale
Dec 8 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 10 at LP Wilson Community Center
Holiday Movie
Dec 11 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Fencing Class
Dec 12 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 12 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Reading Challenge
Dec 13 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
Dec 17 at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 17 at Windsor Public Library
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