Barry Trilling Joins Hickey Smith LLC as Of Counsel

A little over three years ago, I retired from Connecticut’s Wiggin and Dana, LLP, where I headed the firm’s environmental practice and have carried on since then as “The Trilling Environmental Law Firm,” a solo practice, where loyal clients have continued to engage my services.

I am pleased to announce that as of October 17, 2016, while maintaining the Trilling Environmental Law Firm (“Trill-EnviroLaw”) to continue to service currently active Trill-EnviroLaw matters, I have joined the Hickey Smith law firm, where I now lead the firm’s environmental law practice. I will contemporaneously be active at both Trill-EnviroLaw and Hickey Smith until the currently active Trill-EnviroLaw matters have concluded, at which time I will devote all my professional energies to serving Hickey Smith clients.

Hickey Smith comprises a new and unique model for a multi-disciplinary national law firm. In 2014, a group of exceptional lawyers who had long practiced in Am Law 100 international law firms came together to form a firm that would use twenty-first century technology to deliver services on a par with their prior firms and their “Big Law” peers, while developing new channels of transparency in attorney-client communications and providing services. While these services are provided at competitive rates, Hickey Smith focuses on greater efficiency, thereby reducing hours charged and substantial savings to the client.

Hickey Smith is a law firm purposely designed to deliver legal services with significantly greater efficiency, consistency, and added value. By deconstructing and refining traditional legal processes, applying workflow technology, and collecting and analyzing data, Hickey Smith is transforming the way legal services are delivered today. With an unrivaled combination of disciplined processes, technology expertise, and business leadership, Hickey Smith clients benefit from reduced total legal spend, improved quality, enhanced transparency, actionable insight, simplified management of outside counsel, and increased control.

While I will base my activities out of both our New York City office and my current office in Connecticut, I will provide services on both a national and international level, working with my Hickey Smith colleagues currently located across the United States in Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, Jacksonville FL, Pasadena CA, and Miami FL, as well as in Manila, Philippines. These lawyers are currently involved in matters not only in the jurisdictions where their offices are located but also throughout the United States in various business and litigation matters. I will serve Hickey Smith clients on a wide variety of matters that involve the interaction of environmental law with commercial business and real estate transactions, borrowing and lending, business formation, corporate disclosure, estates and trusts, insurance, land use, historic preservation, officer/director liability, and tax incentive policy. This will include working on regulatory and legislative matters and on dispute resolution (including insurance claims and defense) with Hickey Smith’s exceptional team of litigation lawyers.

In addition to joining the folks at Hickey Smith, I have also renewed my activity with NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association. This will include my serving as the instructor on “Environmental Tasks” for NAIOP’s 2017 Advanced Development Practices Course.

I encourage you to visit the Hickey Smith website,, to learn more about the firm and how it is “Engineered for Efficiency.” Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments. I would be delighted to tell you more about this exciting new opportunity for me and to explore whether there are any common paths down which we may be able to travel together.

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