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Bridgeport attorney honored (Released: 4/22/98)

by Karen Grava Williams, Office of University Communications.

Hartford, Conn. -- The Labor Education Center of the University of Connecticut has selected Attorney Richard Bieder as the first recipient of the John Driscoll/Betty Tianti Memorial Award.

Bieder, a partner in the Bridgeport law firm Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder, was selected because for many years he has advocated workers' rights and was lead counsel for workers injured and killed in the 1987 collapse of L'Ambiance Plaza in Bridgeport. "Richard Bieder has impressed us with his commitment to helping people work in a healthy and safe environment," said Mark Sullivan, director of UConn's Labor Education Center.

The Labor Education Center created the award in memory of two of the state's most well known labor leaders. Both served as president of the Connecticut State AFL-CIO. Driscoll, who died in 1994, was also instrumental in the creation of the Labor Education Center at UConn. Tianti, who also died in 1994, was an ardent supporter of quality, affordable education and served on Connecticut's Board of Higher Education.

Bieder represents families of individuals killed in the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma; families devastated by a fire in the San Juan Dupont Plaza, Puerto Rico; and victims of the Mianus River Bridge collapse in Greenwich, Conn. He is recognized and listed in Best Lawyers in America and is a frequent consultant to Court TV.

The award was presented to Bieder at a banquet on Friday, April 17 at the Hartford Sheraton Hotel.