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Stephen L. Bishop

Stephen L. Bishop (“Steve”) practices in the areas of real estate law, estate planning, estate and trust administration, commercial law and administrative law. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in 1972 and from Drake University Law School with a J.D. in 1977.

Mr. Bishop is a member of the Connecticut and Fairfield County Bar Associations.

Donald B. Powers, Jr.

Donald B. Powers, Jr. practices general law with an emphasis on family litigation, probate litigation and landlord and tenant law. He also conducts real estate closings and handles administration of estates. He has been practicing law since 1979 and has been a partner of the firm since 1985.

Donald graduated from Tufts University, B.A., and Suffolk University Law School, J.D. He also graduated from Greenwich High School many decades ago.

He is a member of the Fairfield County Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association, including the Family Law Committee. He is admitted to Connecticut and Federal courts in Connecticut. Donald contributes his time in pro bono work for Connecticut Legal Services in family law and landlord tenant law.

Donald and his wife raised three children and now live in Northern Fairfield County where he pursues his interests in golf and skiing and hiking.

Robert M. Godzeno

Robert M. Godzeno (“Rob”) practices primarily in trusts & estates and real estate law, assisting clients (both individual and institutional) with matters involving estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate, charitable contributions, formation and operation of non-profit organizations and real estate transactions. Rob is admitted to the bar in Connecticut and New York, and he is a member of the American Bar Association and the ABA’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section; the Connecticut Bar Association, and the CBA’s Estates & Probate Section Executive Committee; and the Fairfield County Bar Association.

Prior to joining Mead, Bromley & Bishop, Rob was an Associate in the Estates & Personal Group of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City, where he represented domestic and international families, trust companies and charitable organizations in complex planning, tax, administration and governance matters. He was also active with the firm’s pro bono efforts to prepare basic estate planning documents for low income clinic patients with terminal illness.

Rob graduated from Amherst College in 2006 (B.A., with distinction; Phi Beta Kappa) and Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2009 (J.D., summa cum laude). He was the Executive Managing Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Rob’s publications and speaking engagements include:
The Role of Ultrasound Imaging in Informed Consent Legislation After Gonzales v. Carhart, 27 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 285 (2009)

Unconstitutional, Unfair or Just Unimpressive? Connecticut’s Incongruous Income Tax Laws for Trusts, Connecticut Bar Association Estates & Probate Newsletter, December 2014

Crossing Borders: U.S. Estate Planning for International Families, joint presentation with AnnaMarie Boccuzzi of First County Bank at a meeting of the International Women’s Group, Stamford, CT, March 4, 2015

Rob lives in Stamford with his wife, Jen, and their two young children. Rob is the Past Moderator of the First Congregational Church of Stamford.

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Steven E. Ayres (Of Counsel)

Steven E. Ayres (“Steve”) practices primarily in the areas of estate and trust administration, estate planning and real estate law. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in 1967 from Dartmouth College with an A.B. and from Syracuse University with an M.A. in geography in 1969. For six years, he served as a line officer in the U.S. Navy, including combat duty in Vietnam. He then attended Cornell Law School, where he received his J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1978.

Mr. Ayres is a member of the American Bar Association, the Elder Law and Estates and Probate Sections, Connecticut Bar Association (Estates and Probate Section Executive Committee; former Chair, Public Education Subcommittee), a former Director of the Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar Association (former Co-Chair, Probate & Estates Committee) and a frequent speaker to groups of lawyers and laypeople. He received the 1999 Public Service Award from the Connecticut Probate Assembly. Steve became of counsel with our firm in September 2015.

Mr. Ayres retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Captain. He and his wife live in Springdale; they have two adult daughters.