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2019-2020 President's Message

Sunday, September 1, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: 2019-2020 GBBA President Matthew Reale
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As I commence my term as the 139th President of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, I reflect on how I was so fortunate to achieve this prestigious position.  The common denominator is the incredible attorneys who I have had the privilege to interact with during my career.  For me, the members of the GBBA is what distinguishes our Bar Association from all the others.

As I look forward to the upcoming year, my primary theme is to continue to grow our Bar Association.  I will be looking to all of our members to support this mission. We are not only one of the oldest Bar Associations but we are also one of the largest local bar association in the State of Connecticut.  In order to continue our growth, I will be reaching out to attorney’s in the Greater Bridgeport area and encouraging them to join the GBBA.  I will also be reaching out to current members to do the same.  The continued growth of this wonderful organization lies squarely in the hands of our incredible membership.

Increasing our membership is important to the sustenance of the Bar Association.  However, one of the keys to the success of our Bar lies in the participation of our membership.  Meaningful and valuable participation of our membership is provided within our Standing Committees as well as attendance at the Legal Education Programs and Social Events administered and hosted by the Association.  One of our more popular recurring Education Program is our unique “brown bag” lunch and learn roundtable usually held quarterly by our individual Standing Committees.  I cannot express the degree of gratitude that I have for the leadership demonstrated by our Committee Chairs in organizing and hosting our roundtable programs.

Our Executive Director is Antoinette Manganello.  She maintains daily office hours at the Bar office located on the 4th Floor at 1057 Broad Street, diagonally behind the Fairfield County Judicial District Courthouse.  Antoinette is always receptive to meeting members.  I would encourage our members to drop in and introduce themselves to Antoinette.  For those of you who have not been to the Bar office, you will be pleasantly surprised by our conference room that is available for Bar Seminars and outside functions as well.

I am truly humbled by the opportunity to lead this the GBBA for this upcoming year.  I encourage you to contact me with any insight as to continue to grow OUR Greater Bridgeport Bar Association.  I can be reached at my office (203) 924-4300 or cell phone (203) 231-1597 or email:


Matthew Reale

President, GBBA