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Strunk Dodge Aiken Zovas LLC



The law firm of Strunk Dodge Aiken Zovas (SDAZ) provides you with our WINTER 2023 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW UPDATE. Please feel free to share this update with your colleagues.  If someone inadvertently has been left off our email list and would like to receive future updates they can contact Jason Dodge at or 860-785-4503.




We are starting the new year with some exciting news about our legal staff:

We are pleased to announce that Attorney Nancy Berdon has become a partner at SDAZ.  Attorney Berdon has been with SDAZ since the law firm was established in 2014 and has been an integral part in the success of the firm. Attorney Berdon’s direct line is 860-785-4507 and her email is   Please follow this link to Attorney Berdon’s bio:


Attorney Colette Griffin has also joined SDAZ as a partner as of January 1, 2023.  Attorney Griffin has over thirty years of experience defending employers in workers’ compensation claims in Connecticut.  She was the Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section during the Covid Pandemic and, in that role, assisted the Workers’ Compensation Commission in Connecticut in keeping the system running smoothly.  Attorney Griffin is Board Certified as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist by the Connecticut Bar Association. Attorney Griffin also has a special interest in animal advocacy and in the past has been the Co-Chair of the CBA Animal law Section.  Attorney Griffin’s email is cgriffin@ctwORKCOMP.COM

Attorney Colette Griffin

Attorney Ariel MacPherson joined SDAZ as an attorney on January 1, 2023.  Attorney MacPherson graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2013 and defends employers and municipalities in workers’ compensation claims in Connecticut.  Attorney MacPherson’s email is

Attorney Ariel MacPherson

Attorney Melissa (Missy) Bailey joined SDAZ as an attorney as of October 2022.  Attorney Bailey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Magna Cum Laude, from Franklin Pierce University in 2018..  She graduated from Western New England University School of Law and passed the Connecticut Bar in 2022.  Missy has been with the firm as a legal assistant/law clerk since June 2016 prior to becoming an associate in October 2022.  Attorney Bailey represents municipalities and self-insurers as well as insured employers before the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission. Attorney Bailey can be reached at 860-785-4500 x4527.  Her email is


Attorney Missy Bailey 


Congratulations to Attorney Richard Aiken of SDAZ for being named a Fellow of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers. The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers is a national organization established to honor those attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their practice in the field of workers’ compensation. The induction ceremony for Attorney Aiken will take place in New York City on May 6, 2023. Attorneys Lucas Strunk and Jason Dodge are also Fellows in the College.


Attorney Jason Dodge of SDAZ has been named by Best Lawyers as the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” for workers’ compensation law-employers in the Hartford region.


Attorneys Lucas Strunk, Richard Aiken, Heather Porto and Courtney Stabnick of SDAZ have been selected by their peers for recognition of their professional excellence in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America.


Super Lawyers have issued their rankings for 2022.  Attorney Jason Dodge of SDAZ was named to the “Top 50” lawyers for Connecticut in all fields of law in the 2022 Connecticut Super Lawyers nomination, research and Blue Ribbon process.  Attorney Richard Aiken was also named a Super Lawyer in the field of workers’ compensation law.  Attorneys Christopher D’Angelo and Philip Markuszka were named “Rising Stars” in workers’ compensation law.   


Strunk Dodge Aiken Zovas has been named by Best Lawyers as a 2023 Tier 1 “Best Law Firm.”  Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.


Strunk Dodge Aiken Zovas has been named the Connecticut representative of the National Workers’ compensation Defense Network.  The NWCDN is a nationwide network of workers’ compensation defense law firms that partner with other attorneys to provide clients with expertise, education, and guidance in the field of workers’ compensation.  Only one firm per state is selected for this prestigious organization. If representation is needed in a state outside of Connecticut, the NWCDN network provides a vetted list of law firms that can provide excellent legal assistance to clients of SDAZ.


Attorney Philip Markuszka of SDAZ  was approved on October 25,  2022 unanimously by the Glastonbury Town Council to serve on the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.

Attorneys Jason Dodge and Philip Markuszka of SDAZ are Board members of Kids’ Chance of Connecticut. The mission of Kids’ Chance of Connecticut is to provide educational scholarships to the children of Connecticut workers who have been seriously or fatally injured in work-related accidents. If you or your organization wish to become involved in this worthy charity please contact Jason or Phil.  If you are aware of a child who may qualify for a scholarship to a college or technical school please go to the following website for an application

The 2022-2023 supplement to the Connecticut workers’ compensation treatise “Connecticut Workers' Compensation Law” published by Thomson Reuters was issued in December 2022. This two-volume treatise co-authored by Attorneys Jason Dodge and Lucas Strunk of SDAZ, and Attorneys James Pomeranz, Robert Carter and Donna Civitello provides a broad and historical view of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Law and discusses current issues, both in decisional law and in legislative trends. Topics addressed in the treatise include: arising out of and in the course of employment, causation, statue of non-claim, filing notices to contest liability, Motions to Preclude, third party lien rights, and Medicare and Social Security interplay with Connecticut Workers’ Compensation claims. The treatise can be purchased online at:


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SDAZ can provide your company with seminars regarding Connecticut Workers’ Compensation issues.  Please contact us about tailoring a seminar to address your particular needs.

We do appreciate referrals for workers’ compensation defense legal workWhen referring new files to SDAZ for workers’ compensation defense please send them to one of the attorneys’ email:,,,,,,,,,,,,, or by regular mail.  We will respond acknowledging receipt of the file and provide you with our recommendations for defense strategy.

Please contact us if you would like a copy of our laminated “Connecticut Workers’ Compensation at a glance” that gives a good summary of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation law to keep at your desk.  




 Lucas D. Strunk, Esq.              860-785-4502              Courtney C. Stabnick, Esq.                     860-785-4501

Jason M. Dodge, Esq.               860-785-4503              Christopher Buccini, Esq.                       860-785-4500 x4520

Richard L. Aiken, Jr., Esq.       860-785-4506              Philip T. Markuszka, Esq.                        860-785-4500 x4510

Anne Kelly Zovas, Esq.            860-785-4505              Christopher J. D’Angelo, Esq.                860-785-4504             

Heather K. Porto, Esq.              860-785-4500 x4514  Ariel R. MacPherson, Esq.                       860-785-4500 x4528

Colette S. Griffin, Esq.              860-785-4500 x4525  Melissa R. Bailey, Esq.                             860-785-4500 x4527 

Nancy E. Berdon, Esq.             860-785-4507              Richard T. Stabnick, Esq., Of Counsel 860-785-4500 x4550