Brian founded the firm in January, 2004 on a vision and dream that by providing
intensified one-on-one client services, giving each case the immediate
attention it deserves, and by remaining personally involved in each case,
not only would a successful firm be born, it would thrive. Brian continually
works toward and maintains the goal of taking representation and the client
experience to a whole new level—a level that only BJM LAW can and does own.
Brian was born and raised in Waterbury and was educated at Saints Peter and Paul Grammar School and Holy Cross High School. Brian graduated magnum cum laude from Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1994, and was also inducted into the prestigious Psi Chi Honors Society. Thereafter, Brian attended and graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with honors in 1997.
Upon his graduation from UCONN Law, Brian and his wife, Beth, moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where Brian worked for two insurance defense firms, quickly cutting his teeth in the litigation arena. He spent nearly all of his time learning the ins and out of how to defend personal injury claims with the idea and understanding that one day, he would use that experience and information to become a plaintiff’s attorney and help those people who were wronged and injured, as he has a deep sense of humanity and service to others. He currently holds licenses to practice law in both Connecticut and Georgia. In 2012, Brian earned the distinction of being a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist. Brian passed a rigorous exam in addition to being recommended by peers, and is one of only about 55 Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists in the state.
Brian’s interest and desire for public service intensified when he returned home to Waterbury, and in November, 2000, he was elected to the Board of Aldermen in Waterbury, the local legislative body, where he became a member of the Tax Committee, which is responsible for handling all contractual issues that City of Waterbury faces, the Sewer & Water Committee, and Waste Disposal Committee. Additionally, Brian was appointed as the Chairman of the Law Committee, where he and his board were responsible for adjudicating claims for the City in an administrative forum.
Brian is involved in several associations, including:
Upon leaving office in 2003, Brian opened the firm and in addition to pouring himself into his business, also volunteered on Saints Peter & Paul Home & School Association’s Executive Committee, chairing numerous fundraisers including both their Holiday Basketball Tournament, which played host to more than 20 teams and over 150 games, as well as creating Italian Night, a popular night out for parents who enjoy both good company and Frank Sinatra music. Brian capped his experience with Saints Peter & Paul Home & School Association by serving as its co-president from 2006-2010. Additionally, Brian was both a coach and commissioner in the East Mountain Athletic Association’s sports league, having coached soccer from 2006 to 2010 where his daughters played soccer. Brian has also coached basketball, t-ball, and softball.
And, as Brian’s daughters grow and take on new challenges, so does he. Currently, Brian can be found volunteering his time at local, state, and regional trampoline and gymnastic meets, where his eldest daughter, Alyssa, retired as a Level 8 USAG Gymnast and Trampolinist. His youngest daughter, Julia, also reached Level 8 as a Trampolinist. Also is a certified USAG Category 3 Trampoline judge, Brian has judged numerous local and state competitions, as well as a regional competition.
In his leisure time, Brian is dedicated to physical fitness, mixing weight lifting with cardiovascular core workouts and even Kenpo Karate and Yoga. Brian’s other interests include being an avid New York Knicks, New York Yankees and New York Giants fan, but it isn’t all sports - Brian also donates to other charitable events. He holds autism spectrum disorder very near and dear to his heart, and has served as the Corporate Development Chair for the Waterbury Autism Speaks walk. Finally, Brian aspires to someday be a professional bowler, as it has long been a hobby and love. In fact, while in college, Brian bowled for Saints Peter’s College in the equivalent of March Madness and Brian’s SPC teams were on the cusp, each year, of being ranked nationally.
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