New Litigation Partners Colella and Zefutie Join Culhane Meadows from Duane Morris

The Addition of Litigators Ugo Colella in Washington, DC and John Zefutie in New York City Brings an Unbeatable Combination of Big Law Experience to the Rapidly-Expanding, Cloud-Based Law Firm Disrupting the Conventional Law Firm Business Model.

WASHINGTON, DC / NEW YORK, NY – The addition of two new litigation partners to Culhane Meadows,  the largest, national, full-service woman-owned law firm in the U.S., reflects the firm’s ongoing commitment to serving a growing roster of sophisticated clients nationwide. Ugo Colella joins the firm in Washington, DC and John J. Zefutie joins Culhane Meadows in New York City.

“In joining Culhane Meadows, these talented new partners further underscore our commitment to secure and protect our client’s interests nationwide,” says Grant Walsh, th national recruiting coordinator and a founding member of the firm. “Our innovative business model continues to attract lawyers from respected law firms like Duane Morris who are seeking a better way to practice law and serve their clients. These two new partners add even more depth to our already distinguished roster. As we approach the 70-partner mark across our offices nationwide, we are excited about new opportunities to deliver outstanding partner-level legal services more efficiently to major corporations and emerging companies at every stage of growth.”

Ugo Colella ( represents clients in civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country.   Although specializing in business-related disputes, Ugo is an all-purpose litigator that defends clients’ interests in all areas of litigation and pre-litigation planning.  He is widely published, and his work has been cited by several state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Ugo started his 22-year litigation career through the Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division after clerking for now-Chief Judge Carl Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ugo attended Tulane Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review, and received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University. He is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and several other trial and appellate courts in the country.

John J. Zefutie, Jr. ( is a commercial litigator and trial attorney who focuses on complex business commercial disputes, mass tort litigation, consumer fraud, and unfair competition litigation. He manages all facets of litigation for his clients, frequently appearing in both state and federal courts. He has deep experience in financial services litigation, trademark disputes, and defending traumatic brain injury claims.   John also has a substantial pro bono practice.  He currently serves by appointment as Secretary for the Supreme Court of New Jersey District VC Ethics Committee where he manages and oversees the committee’s work of investigating and, when necessary, prosecuting claims of unethical attorney conduct. He began his career at Reed Smith and was a member of Patton Boggs, Thompson Hine, and, most recently Duane Morris. John graduated cum laude from both Saint Joseph’s University and Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was an editor for the Seton Hall Law Review and moot court champion. He is licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey and admitted to the U.S. District of New Jersey, U.S. Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

About Culhane Meadows – Big Law for the New Economy®
The largest woman-owned, full-service, national law firm in the U.S., Culhane Meadows ( fields more than 60 partners in ten major business markets across the country. Uniquely structured, Culhane Meadows’ cloud-based Disruptive Law® business model gives attorneys greater work-life flexibility while delivering outstanding, partner-level legal services to major corporations and emerging companies across industry sectors more efficiently and cost-effectively than conventional law firms. Clients enjoy exceptional and highly-efficient legal services provided exclusively by partner-level attorneys with significant experience and training from large law firms or in-house legal departments of respected corporations. U.S. News & World Report has named Culhane Meadows among the country’s “Best Law Firms” in its 2014 through 2019 rankings, and many of the firm’s partners are regularly recognized in Chambers, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and with AV Preeminent ratings in Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviews.

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