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Alumnus Honored for Career

Attorney Capossela '66 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Providence, R.I.--Joseph P. Capossela, Esq. ’66, a partner in the law firm of Kahan Kerensky & Capossela LLP in Vernon, Conn., was honored by the Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA) Planning and Zoning Section with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his exemplary work in the fields of real estate and land use.

Capossela was recognized for his 42 years of distinguished and ethical service to clients, the legal profession--including fellow real estate and land use attorneys--and the Connecticut community. He also was honored for exemplifying the collegiality and civility that are hallmarks of attorneys working in real estate and land use, according to the CBA.

“Surprised and humbled” to receive the award, Capossela said, “To be recognized by your peers is as good as it gets. The award is given by lawyers who do what I do, and this is only the second time the award has been given. I was very moved and honored.”

Capossela practices before Connecticut’s state courts and the U.S. District Court in real estate, land use, and zoning matters, as well as in business and commercial law, and estate and probate matters.

A member of the Executive Committee of the Planning and Zoning Section, he lectures on zoning topics and has written for the Connecticut Law Tribune.  He is an attorney trial referee and fact finder/arbitrator for the Rockville Superior Court.

He received his bachelor of science in accounting from Providence College and his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Capossela joined the firm when it had two attorneys, Robert F. Kahan and Solomon Kerensky, and has helped build it up to 15 attorneys, including partner Dorian Reiser Famiglietti ’93.

He is a member of the Connecticut Association of Zoning Enforcement Officers and the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Rural Development Council; a member and past president of the Exchange Club of Rockville, which makes communities better places to live through service; and an associate member and counsel to the Connecticut Farm Bureau.

The longtime attorney credits his PC education for much of his career success.

“The collegiality of Providence College--and the ethical standards emblazoned in me there--have had a lot to do with my ethics and morals in the business world,” Capossela said. “The College has played a very big part in my development.”

Capossela maintains multiple connections with PC. Along with keeping in touch with classmates, he is an avid fan of the men’s basketball team. A season ticket holder since 1979, Capossela traveled to games in years past with the late Vin Callahan ’52, a former president of PC’s National Alumni Association.

“Vin passed away in 2000. He and his three brothers, along with seven of his eight children, attended PC,” said Capossela. “I now go to the basketball games with three of his children--Kieran, Brendan, and Vinny, who all attended PC in the ’80s.”

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