Stella Szantova Giordano

Attorney 203-287-2129


J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2012
BA/MA, Univerzita Mateja Bela, Slovakia, with honors, 2000

Bio: »

Stella Szantova Giordano is passionate about finding solutions for her clients, and securing the best possible outcome for them. She assists clients with a variety of coverage issues and advises on risk transfer strategies. She is a member of the firm’s International group.

While attending law school, Stella served on the Quinnipiac Law Review. She also externed at Henkel, an international consumer goods manufacturer, drafting and negotiating procurement contracts. There, she learned how important proper insurance coverage is for a business, and how to properly shift risk from the clients to vendors.

In 2015, Stella was the vice-chair of the Community Involvement committee of HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs), where she organized hands-on volunteer and community service events. She was also a member of HYPE’s Executive Committee. She lives in Ridgefield, CT with her husband; loves traveling, cooking and theater; speaks Slovakian, Czech, Russian and German, and recently started learning Spanish.  Stella serves as a Content Editor for substantive content produced by SDV attorneys.

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Admissions: »

Admissions State Court:

  • Connecticut

 Admissions Federal Court:

  • US. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York
Professional Activities: »

Connecticut Bar Association


Selected Publications: »

“Caught in the weeds: Marijuana-related businesses have difficult time accessing banking services”
Connecticut Law Tribune, March 9, 2015, co-authored with Alena C. Gfeller

“In response to the Target data breach, community banks make lemonade out of lemons”
Connecticut Banking Magazine, May 15, 2014

“It’s all Greek to me: Can attorneys who engage in or procure legal translation for their clients be subject to an ethical violation?”
31 Quinnipiac Law Review 447, 2013

“We have to get by: Court interpreting and its impact on access to justice for non-native English speakers”
International Journal of Law, Language and Discourse, June 2012

Speaking Engagements: »

Ochrana osobných údajov a cyber poistenie v USA
SIBAF Forum 2017, Slovakia

Introduction to Insuring Construction Projects
Construction Institute

Areas of Coverage Experience: »
  • Employment Disputes
  • Unfair Practices
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Indemnification
  • Risk Transfer Strategies
  • Cyber Risk Coverage
  • Commercial General Liability Coverage
  • Builders Risk Coverage
  • Condominium Association Coverage
  • Commercial Property Coverage
  • Additional Insured Coverage
  • Property Damage and Bodily Injury Relation to Construction