Kalos Kai Agathos

καλὸς κἀγαθός

Intrinsic Motivation

Kalon has thought deeply about why many people work hard to become lawyers but later leave the law. Kalon’s business model is designed to help our people love practicing law, which means better legal services for clients. Kalon focuses on the intrinsic motivators: purpose, mastery, and autonomy.

This model is not new – Daniel Pink articulated it in his book, Drive, in 2009. Miserable, unproductive people work for employers who use only extrinsic motivators. Pink asserts that the happiest, most productive people are intrinsically motivated.

Client Focus

To better serve our clients, Kalon has a four point matrix, based on the approach of a well known services company.

1. Client Centered  – Kalon begins by listening to our clients to understand their needs and concerns.

2. Quality Standards – Kalon is proactive, responsive, diligent, deadline conscious, and results focused. 

3. Delivery Systems – Kalon delivers through its people and its tech, and we are selective with both.

4. Integration – Kalon brings the first three together into a seamless operation to better serve our clients.

The Core Skills

Kalon teaches our team core skills to ensure each member has the competencies necessary to provide our clients with excellent legal services. The skills are emotional intelligence, getting things done, and communication. These soft skills are rarely taught and seem to be learned along the way by accident by some, but not by others. At Kalon, we make sure everyone has these necessary skills.

Diversity & Inclusion

Kalon is proud to be a signatory to The Connecticut Legal Community’s Diversity and Inclusion Pledge.

Kalon is committed to being a diverse and inclusive firm, to supporting diversity and inclusion in the legal community, and to advocating equal treatment under the law for all (individuals and organizations).

Kalon seeks people from a range of life experiences because we know diverse teams are strong teams and don’t suffer from the echo chambers of homogeneous teams. Kalon encourages our people to be involved in the affinity bar associations, attend bar events, and volunteer in our community. Kalon supports the rule of law and equal treatment for all under the law, and proactively pursue this not only in our paid work, but in our pro bono work with our firm’s human rights clinic.

Pro Bono Publico

Kalon’s pro bono practice is woven into our fabric: we have within the firm a human rights clinic.

Kalon works toward securing the rights under the laws of our great nation for some of the neediest among us and work against intolerance and discrimination. We accept referrals from the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants.


Attorney Christopher P. Kriesen studied Disruptive Strategy at Harvard Business School | HBX and holds a Certificate in Corporate Innovation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business LEAD program.

Proof of our innovation is in the many unique ways Kalon practices law. Kalon is digital, dispersed, and connected. 

Giving Back and Paying it Forward

Kalon is devoted to social entrepreneurship – a for-profit business model to serve altruism. Here is what Kalon does: 1) 3% of the revenue from the Kalon ADR Center is donated to the Hartford Youth Scholars; 2) We have a dedicated pro bono practice with the Kalon Human Rights Center (focusing on asylum claims); 3) We have a Fellows program for students, whom we actively mentor to become better advocates; 4) We are devoted to diversity and inclusion; 5) We help improve the bar through our workshops, salons, and Cicero Project; 6) We help secure the rights of our clients through advocacy at the trial and appellate levels; 7) We help resolve disputes through The Kalon ADR Center.

The Kalon Reading List

Want to understand how we think? Here is our firm reading list:

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

2. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey

3. The Elements of Style, Strunk & White

4. Getting Things Done, David Allen

5. Decision Quality, Carl Spetzler

6. Drive, Daniel Pink

7. Crucial Conversations, Kerry Patterson

8. Making Your Case, Antonio Scalia

9. The Cardinal Rules of Advocacy, Douglas Lavine

10. The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle

11. How Successful People Think, John Maxwell

12 Stories for Work, Gabrielle Dolan

13. The Tools of Argument, Joel Trachtman

14. Ethics for the Real Word, Ronald Howard

15. The Lean Startup, Eric Reis

16. The Startup Way, Eric Reis

17. Principles, Ray Dalio

18. Blue Ocean Strategy, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

19. Built to Last, Jim Collins

20. Good to Great, Jim Collins

21. The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss 

22. The Launch Book, Sanyin Siang

23. Zero to One, Peter Thiel

24. The Small Firm Roadmap, Sam Glover



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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy applies to information collected online from users of this website. In this policy, you can learn what kind of information we collect, when and how we might use that information, how we protect the information, and the choices you have with respect to your personal information.

What personal information is collected through this website and how is it used?

We collect information about our users in three ways: directly from the user, from our Web server logs and through cookies. We use the information primarily to provide you with a personalized Internet experience that delivers the information, resources, and services that are most relevant and helpful to you. We don’t share any of the information you provide with others, unless we say so in this Privacy Policy, or when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.

User-supplied information: If you fill out the “contact” form on this website, we will ask you to provide some personal information (such as e-mail address, name, phone number and state). We only require that you provide an e-mail address on the contact form. Further, if chat is available through this site, you may be asked to provide information if you participate in an online chat. Please do not submit any confidential, proprietary or sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g. Social Security Number; date of birth; drivers license number; or credit card, bank account or other financial information) (collectively, “Sensitive Information”). If you submit any Sensitive Information, you do so at your own risk and we will not be liable to you or responsible for consequences of your submission.

Information that you provide to us through the contact form or an online chat will be used so that we may respond to your inquiry. We may also use information you provide to us to communicate with you in the future. If you do not wish to receive such communications, you may opt out (unsubscribe) as described below.

Web server logs: When you visit our website, we may track information about your visit and store that information in web server logs, which are records of the activities on our sites. The servers automatically capture and save the information electronically. Examples of the information we may collect include:

The information we collect in web server logs helps us administer the site, analyze its usage, protect the website and its content from inappropriate use and improve the user’s experience.

Cookies: In order to offer and provide a customized and personal service, our websites and applications may use cookies and similar technologies to store and help track information about you. Cookies are simply small pieces of data that are sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. We use cookies to help remind us who you are and to help you navigate our sites during your visits. Cookies also can tell us where visitors go on a website and allow us to save preferences for you so you won’t have to re-enter them each time you visit. The use of cookies is relatively standard. Most Internet browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can use your browser to either notify you when you receive a cookie or to disable cookies.

If you wish to disable cookies from this site, you can do so using your browser. You should understand that some features of many sites may not function properly if you don’t accept cookies. For more information about using browsers to manage cookies, please see All About Cookies. You can also refuse to accept Flash cookies from this website using Adobe’s Flash management tools. You can opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting Google’s Ad Settings.

By visiting this website, you consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies in accordance with this Privacy Statement.

Third-party Services: We may use services hosted by third parties, including Adobe Site Catalyst, to assist in providing our services and to help us understand the use of our site by our visitors. These services may collect information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, including your IP address or cookies. If these third-party services collect information, they do so anonymously and in the aggregate to provide information helpful to us such as website trends, without identifying individual visitors.

In addition, we may use services provided by third parties to display relevant content, products, services and advertising to you. These third parties may use cookies, web beacons and similar technologies to collect or receive information from this website and elsewhere on the internet. They may then use that information to provide measurement services so we can understand your interests and retarget advertisements based on your previous visits to this website. Please keep in mind that we do not share your personal information with any third-party advertiser, ad server or ad network.

You may be able to opt-out of the collection and use of information for ad targeting by some third parties by visiting You can opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting Google’s Ad Settings. You can visit this page to opt out of AdRoll’s and their partners’ targeted advertising. Please see “Cookies” in the section above for more information on how you can control the use of cookies on your computer.

California Do Not Track: Our web services do not alter, change, or respond upon receiving Do Not Track (DNT) requests or signals in browsers. As described in more detail above, we track user activity using web server logs, cookies and similar technologies. Information collected in web server logs helps us analyze website usage and improve the user’s experience. Cookies allow us to offer you a customized experience and present relevant advertising to you.

How is personal information protected?

We take certain appropriate security measures to help protect your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized persons will always be unable to defeat our security measures.

Who has access to the information?

We will not sell, rent, or lease mailing lists or other user data to others, and we will not make your personal information available to any unaffiliated parties, except as follows:

How can I correct, amend or delete my personal information and/or opt out of future communications?

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. Contact us via the phone number, contact form or mailing address on our website at any time to:

If you have any additional questions or concerns about this privacy policy, please contact us via the phone number, contact form or mailing address listed on this website. If our information practices change in a significant way, we will post the policy changes here.

Effective September 14, 2015

Hartford Square Office

Directions for Hartford Square

From the North

Take Route 91 South to the “Capitol Area” Exit 29A. You will be on the Whitehead Highway. The first exit is Columbus Boulevard. Take this exit and turn Left at the light. Go over the bridge. Our building is the 10 floor Silver building on the Left. The Garage entrance is at the beginning of the building.

From the South

Take Route 91 North to the “Capitol Area” Exit 29A and follow the directions above.

From the West

Take Route 84 East to Route 91 South. Take your first exit on Route 91, the “Capitol Area” Exit 29A. and follow the directions above.

From the East

Take Route 84 West to the “Downtown Hartford” Exit. You will cross the Connecticut River on the Founders Bridge (stay in the Left Lane) and come to a traffic light with the downtown area directly in from of you. Turn Left at the light on Columbus Boulevard. Pass the Convention Center and go over the bridge. Our building is the 10 floor Silver building. The Garage entrance is at the beginning of the building.


The parking garage is located underground. Go up the stairs to the lobby and check in at the security desk. You must exchange your parking ticket for a token in order to leave the garage.