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Vincent M. DeAngelo

Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney

With more than 30 years of civil litigation experience, I represent clients in complex matters, including medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, and serious personal injury resulting from automobile collisions. Because I have defended cases for insurance companies and have pursued cases for people injured by the carelessness of others, my clients receive the benefit of an attorney who has worked both sides of the courtroom aisle. Learn more about how I help my clients as a Hartford injury attorney using my education and experience.

Background

Born in New York City in 1952, I have been a Connecticut resident since my family moved to Fairfield in 1957. After graduating from Fairfield Prep, I earned my B.A. at the University of Toronto and my J.D. at Georgetown University.

I have been in private practice in Connecticut since 1977. During my first 15 years as an attorney, I worked on behalf of insurance companies defending insureds in automobile cases and professional malpractice actions against doctors, architects, and engineers. I then changed my focus and began representing plaintiffs — those people who have been injured due to another’s wrongdoing.

My Mission

From the moment I decided to become an attorney, it was clear to me that attorneys are in one of the best positions to bring about improvements in society. In law school, I learned that working as a civil trial attorney was a challenging and fulfilling means to accomplish my dream of helping others. Throughout my legal career, my first priority has always been my clients’ best interests. As a Connecticut medical malpractice attorney, I have always tried to find ways to both serve my clients and create general social good.

Today, I devote my legal skills primarily to medical malpractice cases. I litigate select medical malpractice cases because I believe that they can and do affect the way medicine is practiced — by exposing poor practitioners and leading to changes in doctors’ practices and hospitals’ procedures. I firmly believe that one of the best ways Connecticut medical malpractice attorneys can help people is by being a leader in healthcare education and reform.

I received an AV Rated Peer Rating from Martindale Hubbell, and I have been recognized as one of Connecticut’s Super Lawyers for the past six years. I am also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.

Advanced Continuing Education

Unlike most states, Connecticut does not require that attorneys participate in any continuing legal education once they have graduated from law school. However, I strongly believe that, to be an effective advocate for my clients, continuing education is irreplaceable, and I have demonstrated this to a level that few Hartford attorneys can match.

I am a Diplomate with the National College of Advocacy of the American Association for Justice, one of only 100 such Diplomates in the United States. To earn this distinction, I attended more than 400 hours of continuing legal education courses, including a week-long intensive trial advocacy course reserved for experienced trial attorneys. Through this ongoing commitment to legal education, I assure my clients and colleagues that I am practicing law at the highest caliber.

I am also Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) — the only agency recognized by the State of Connecticut to certify specialists in the fields of civil litigation, criminal litigation, and workers’ compensation. I achieved my first certification as a Civil Trial Specialist in 1993 and have qualified for recertification in 1998, 2003, and 2008. Currently, there are only about 100 attorneys in Connecticut who have been certified as Civil Trial Specialists by the NBTA.

In July 2010, I earned a certificate in Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy through the National College of Advocacy, a customized program of continuing legal education that requires completion of courses dealing with both substantive and practical subjects. When I received my certificate, I became one of only 12 attorneys in the United States to have achieved this distinction.

 

Education

University of Toronto, B.A. of Philosophy (1974)

Georgetown University, Juris Doctorate (1977)

 

Admitted

Connecticut, 1977

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, 1978

Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 1979

 

Honors

Memberships and Associations

Connecticut Bar Association, Executive Committee of the Litigation Section

Hartford County Bar Association

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

Oliver Ellsworth Inns of Court, 1995-present; President, 1990-2000

Certified Trial Specialist with the American Board of Trial Advocacy, 1995-present

 

Past Community Activities

Treasurer and Chairman, City of Hartford Housing Authority

Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities/Catholic Family Services


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