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Waterford, Connecticut & RI Personal Injury Lawyer

Humbert (Bert) J. Polito Jr., is a partner in the law firm of Polito & Associates in Waterford, Connecticut. Bert is a native of Cleveland, Ohio where he attended St. Ignatius High School. Bert is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (A.B. Religious Studies, 1978) where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. Bert attended the University of Connecticut School of Law (1986) and then served as law clerk to Donald F. Shea of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island. Throughout his career in law, Bert has successfully tried and arbitrated cases in both Connecticut and Rhode Island. As a result, Bert is board certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Bert has also been selected for membership to the American Board of Trial Advocates. Bert has served on the Board of Governors of CTLA since 1993, and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2003. In June 2009, Bert was elected to serve as President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

Bert taught high school both before and during law school, and continues to be active in teaching. Bert ran the People’s Law School Program in New London for several years, and currently assists middle school students each year in New London to prepare for annual mock trial exercises. Bert also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he has taught a semester course in Trial Advocacy each fall since 1998.

Bert has been named Best Lawyers’ 2013 and 2015 New London Area Lawyer of the Year for Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation. Bert has also been designated as one of the top 50 attorneys in the State of Connecticut by Connecticut Super Lawyers®.

In April of 2016, Bert was honored to be named a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which limits membership to 500 Fellows from the United States.

Bert has been admitted to practice law in Connecticut since 1986, and in Rhode Island since 1987. His practice has focused exclusively on plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. In his work, Bert seeks to promote consumer and patient safety, and is particularly proud of two of his cases, one by verdict and the other by settlement. The former involved a product liability verdict in favor of a burn victim, wherein the Court ordered that product safety data in the possession of a non-party foreign manufacturer be produced over the objection of a defendant seller here in America.

The latter involved the settlement of a hospital malpractice case on behalf of a family which included the hospital’s implementation of patient safety procedures, as well as the designation of a family member to a working hospital committee seeking to improve patient safety. A number of the cases Bert has resolved have been in excess of one million dollars.

Education:
University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, 1986
Honors: Cum Laude
College of the Holy Cross, 1978
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions:
Connecticut, 1986
Rhode Island, 1987
U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1987
U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1993

Certification/Specialties:
National Board of Trial Advocates, 2000
National Board of Trial Advocates – (Recertified), 2005

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Speaker, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, Trial Advocacy, 1998 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association 2009-2010
President

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 2008 – 2009
President Elect

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1993 – Present
Member, Board of Governors

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 2003 – Present
Present Member, Executive Committee

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Medical Malpractice Committee

American Association of Justice
Member

Connecticut Bar Association
Member

New London County Bar Association
Member

Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association
Member

Rhode Island Bar Association
Member

Connecticut Traumatic Brain Injury Association, 1992 – 1998
Board of Governors

Past Employment Positions:
Justice Donald F. Shea, Supreme Court of Rhode Island, Law Clerk, 1986 – 1987

Honors and Awards:
Martindale Hubbell Preeminent Lawyers (AV Rated), 2004 – Present
New England Super Lawyers, 2007-Present
Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyer, 2006- Present
Best Lawyers in America, 2005- Present
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2000 – Present
Selected as a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation
New London Area Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiff’s Lawyer of the Year for 2013 as selected by Best Lawyers

Personal Injury Cases (CT & RI):
Car accident injuries
Slip and fall injuries
Injuries caused by dogs and other animals, dog bites
Truck and tractor trailer accident injuries
Motorcycle accident injuries
Traumatic brain injury, mild TBI
Spinal cord injuries

Medical Malpractice Cases (CT & RI):
Surgical errors
Birth injuries
Failure to diagnose
Infections, MRSA
Medication errors

Nursing Home Injury & Neglect Cases (CT & RI):
Bed sores
Falls
Infection
Medication errors
Elder abuse
Misconduct with elders

Sexual Misconduct Cases (CT & RI):
Priests and Ministers
School Teachers
School Coaches
Extended Statute of Limitations

Product Liability Cases (CT & RI):
Defective design
Defects in manufacturing
Failure to provide adequate guards
Failure to warn of dangers and defects

Business Litigation Cases (CT & RI):
CUTPA (Connecticut Unfair Trade Practice)
Breach of Contract
Tortious Interference with business and contracts
Connecticut Trade Secrets

CONTACT :
Polito & Associates LLC
567 Vauxhall Street Ext.
Waterford, CT 06385
Ph: (860) 447-3300
Email: hpolito@politolaw.com
Website: http://www.politolaw.com

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