Moots Pellegrini welcomes new attorney

The most recent addition to the roster of attorneys at the Moots, Pellegrini, Mannion, Martindale & Dratch law firm comes with a depth of experience seemingly surpassing his 10 years in practice.

David Gronbach, 35, has argued cases in London -- albeit at a moot court while in law school -- interned with the Environmental Protection Agency while studying environmental law, and branched out into civil litigation, according to law firm's announcement literature.

He is said to have recovered more than $5 million on behalf of his clients.

"I like the broad range of civil litigation," Mr. Gronbach said of the New Milford law firm. "I like being at Moots Pellegrini because it is a full-service law firm catering to everyone's needs. It makes it exciting to come to work every day."

At Moots Pellegrini, Mr. Gronbach's focus since his Dec. 27 start has been on personal injury litigation. He recently settled a suit for a Danbury family who had lost a member when he was killed in a head-on motor vehicle collision.

"My role in personal injury cases is to assure that the insurance companies and attorneys on the other side realize we are talking about a real person, not just a name on a piece of paper," Mr. Gronbach said.

"I get involved," he said, "sitting down with the families and come to know their loss so I can accurately express it."

Mr. Gronbach's previous experience working at a Connecticut insurance defense firm gave him a unique perspective on such cases, he said.

"I'm personally delighted that David decided to join our firm," said firm partner Roland Moots. "We're very optimistic that this is a perfect fit. It's also important to us that he and his family live in New Milford and he's anxious to become more involved in the town."

Licensed to practice law in Connecticut and New York state courts, Mr. Gronbach moved to New Milford with his family in 2004.

His wife, Vanessa Gronbach, is also a practicing attorney in northern Westchester County. They are the parents of three children, aged 5, 4 and 3.