Wendy Estela is a Partner at Aeton Law Partners. In this role, she partners with clients, learns their business, builds relationships and provides trusted counsel on various legal issues including business law, risk management, trusts and estates, construction, and general practice with a focus on supplementing in-house legal departments. She has also built a reputation as a trusted advisor to c-suite executives and communicates at all levels within an organization.
Prior to joining Aeton Law Partners, Wendy spent more than 20 years working with a diverse client base managing legal issues including complex business deals, procurement and supply chain, environmental matters, insurance and alternative risk management and risk analysis and mitigation. She partners with Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, non-profits, state and federal regulatory agencies, individuals and families to navigate the challenging landscape of legal issues impacting business and everyday life. Wendy was also appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell to the State Contracting Standards Board, where she and fellow Board Members were tasked with overhauling the contracting process for the state of Connecticut.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Minors in Communications and International Studies from Boston College. She speaks Spanish. After graduation and while working full-time, Wendy continued her education and earned an LL.M. in Environmental Law from Pace Law School and is currently completing her studies toward an LL.M. in Insurance Law from University of Connecticut School of Law.
As the mother of two daughters, Caroline and Victoria, Wendy is deeply engaged in her community as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, a Trustee of the Noah Webster House, a Board Member of Project 109, a non-profit that supports first responders, and supporter of the Estela Wilderness Education Fund, which provides supports for camperships, program development and trail maintenance at the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix. A native of Bristol, Conn., Wendy is the daughter of a Filipino immigrant and a first-generation Polish American mother. She was the first woman on both sides of her family to graduate from college.