Joseph E. Fournier
Joseph E. Fournier is an attorney who has more than twenty years of experience advising and leading companies and individuals in a variety of capacities.
Joe has significant experience in a variety of business legal matters, including start-ups and company formations, drafting shareholder and operating agreements, contracts, employment law, commercial litigation, tax planning, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He also handles estate planning matters, such as business succession planning, wills, trusts, and probate.
Joe has a unique perspective on how to represent and advise his clients. He passed the uniform CPA exam in 1993. Further, and prior to starting his own law firm, he spent more than five years in the Boston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the largest professional services firms in the world, served as General Counsel for a nationwide medical records management company, and then spent three years as Managing Attorney and COO for one of Connecticut's leading law firms.
Joe received his law degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law and his Accounting degree from the University of Rhode Island. He is admitted to practice law in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and the U.S. District Court for CT. He is periodically an Adjunct Professor and lecturer at the University level and has been a frequent speaker on business planning and legal matters.
Joe is on the Board of Directors of the Urban Community Alliance, he is the Founder and initial Director for the FLS Foundation, Inc. (our Little League scholarship program), and he is a member of the Benchwarmers which supports Coginchaug Regional High School athletics and student-athletes.
Joe enjoys spending time with his family and dogs and traveling to warm weather locations. When he is not coaching his children, he is trying to compete with them in the gym, on the tennis court, or on the golf course.
Justin is an Associate Attorney at the firm operating primarily out of our CT office. Born in Rhode Island and raised in Connecticut, Justin received his bachelors degree from Siena College and his law degree from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law.
Justin's experience includes a variety of legal areas, such as business litigation, employment litigation, Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) claims, contracts, and personal injury. Justin is admitted to practice law in Connecticut, Federal District Court of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
Shawn P. Dontigney
Shawn is an Associate Attorney with Fournier Legal Services, reporting to the East Haven, CT office and working remotely in Middletown, CT. Shawn was born in Middletown and was raised in Middlefield and Durham, CT. He received his bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI and his law degree from Creighton University School of Law, where he was published in the Law Review and served as its Editor-in-Chief during his senior year.
Shawn has enjoyed practicing law for 20 years, primarily in the areas of business law, business and general litigation, banking law, real estate, creditors’ rights, employment law and personal injury law. Shawn is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Connecticut, Nebraska and Iowa.
Outside of work, Shawn enjoys cooking, hiking, fishing, reading, writing, attending sporting events, and spending time with his family and friends.
Haley E. Veller
Haley is Of-Counsel to the firm. Haley's practice focuses on Family Law, Probate Law, and Estate Planning. She also served as a Staff Attorney in the Probate Court System for 13 years. She loves to help clients through the court process during what is a difficult time in their lives.
Born and raised in Vermont, Haley came to CT to attend Quinnipiac University School of Law. In Law School, she was President of the Public Interest Law Project serving the needs of the underrepresented. She also served as a participant and coach of the Moot Court Appellate Court Program. Haley earned her bachelor degree at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Growing up in Vermont, Haley developed her love of all things outdoors including hiking, biking, skiing, and playing with her dog. She and her husband also enjoy spending time at the sea shore and listening to live music.
Mary Grace Flint
Grace is a Paralegal in our East Haven, CT office. Grace grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. She received her Associates of Science in Paralegal Studies from Cuyamaca College in San Diego California, and her BA in Philosophy, Morality, Law and Politics from Arizona State University. Grace is currently a law student at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. Grace spent her last 9 years in the Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate.
In her down time she enjoys cooking, yoga, and running.
Melanie is Fournier Legal Services' Senior Paralegal and Office Manager. Melanie is a student at Ashland University with a major in Communications and a minor in Business Administration. She is planning to go to law school after she receives her Bachelor's degree.
Melanie served in the US Navy as a Master At Arms. In her free time, she loves to kickbox, kayak, hike, sing, and spend time with her family.
Michel is a Paralegal in our East Haven, CT office, with a focus on Estate Planning and Probate. Michel was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University, and her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law.
In her free time, Michel loves spending time with friends and family, enjoys fitness and staying active, and being a cat mom.
Dakota is a Paralegal in our East Haven, CT office. Dakota grew up all over the country, including Minnesota, Iowa, and New Mexico. He received his Associates of Arts in Behavioral and Social Sciences from Cuyamaca College in San Diego, California, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University. Dakota is currently a law student at Quinnipiac University School of Law. He spent the nine years prior to law school serving in the Navy as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate.
In his downtime, he enjoys martial arts and fitness, reading, music, and spending time with his family.
Caroline is in charge of the marketing for Fournier Legal Services. She manages our social media, our website, blog posting, newsletters, and our Little League Scholarship program (the FLS Foundation, Inc.). Caroline graduated from the University of Connecticut and currently attends graduate school at Vanderbilt University.
In her free time, she loves to play tennis with her dad, spend time with friends and family, and go to the beach.
Sally O'Hara Landback
Sally is a partner of the firm and is operating primarily out of our CT office. She has more than 20 years of experience working on corporate and business matters in both a law firm setting and as corporate counsel at an international franchisor. Sally has significant M&A experience. She also enjoys helping businesses with startup issues, employee agreements, and contracts, including technology, software licensing, and SAAS agreements.
Sally strives to make sure her client's business needs are being met while keeping a close eye on the bottom line costs.
Sally graduated from the Mount Holyoke College with a degree in History, with a focus on Chinese intellectual history, and received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Sally enjoys gardening, mountain climbing, backpacking, and kayaking on Long Island Sound.