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Murtha Cullina Names 2014 Partners

By Murtha Cullina

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HARTFORD, CT - Lauren Filiberto Hopwood and Keith S. Varian have been elected to the partnership of Murtha Cullina.

“I am pleased to welcome Lauren and Keith as partners,” stated Elizabeth J. Stewart, Managing Partner of Murtha Cullina LLP. “Each is well-respected and brings the knowledge and skill to continue, as well as add to, the success of our firm.”

Lauren Filiberto Hopwood (contributed photo)
Lauren Filiberto Hopwood (New Haven, CT office) – Ms. Hopwood practices employment-based immigration law with a particular emphasis on the health care sector, including J-1 waivers for foreign medical graduates. Ms. Hopwood prepares both immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions on behalf of foreign workers. Her areas of knowledge include H-1B, L-1, and O-1 nonimmigrant petitions; PERM labor certification applications, I-140 immigrant petitions, I-485 adjustment of status applications, and national interest waiver petitions. Ms. Hopwood regularly advises clients on I-9 Compliance, immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions, and counsels international companies and individuals applying for EB-5 and E-2 investor visas. She earned her B.A. from the University of Vermont, and her J.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Keith S. Varian (contributed photo)
Keith S. Varian (Stamford, CT office) – Mr. Varian has extensive experience representing owners, investors and developers of commercial real estate in transactions relating to the development, financing, leasing, acquisition, and management of nearly all types of commercial real estate, including office, industrial, retail and apartments. Mr. Varian's finance practice includes representing banks and other lending institutions as well as borrowers in real estate-based financings and other forms of asset-based lending. Mr. Varian is also a member of the firms Retail and Hospitality and Long Term Care practice groups. He earned his B.A. from Providence College, and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

These partnerships are effective January 1, 2014.

About Murtha Cullina LLP
With more than 115 attorneys in six offices throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, Murtha Cullina LLP offers a full range of legal services to meet the local, regional and national needs of our clients. Our practice encompasses litigation, regulatory and transactional representation of businesses, governmental units, non-profit organizations and individuals. Core practice areas include litigation, labor and employment, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, energy, health care, trusts and estates, affordable housing, real estate, land use and retail and hospitality.

Murtha Cullina is the exclusive member firm in Connecticut for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide; and the exclusive Connecticut member firm of State Law Resources, an international network of independent law firms. Visit

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