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Robert Carter, inducted 2011
Donna Civitello, inducted 2012

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Robert Carter, a partner in the firm, has been an active attorney in Connecticut since 1978. From the beginning, his practice focused on workplace injuries and occupational diseases.

Bob is widely recognized as one of the leading workers' compensation lawyers in Connecticut. For each of the last twelve years he has been selected by other Connecticut attorneys for membership in The Best Lawyers in America for workers' compensation claims. Bob was born in Nashville, Tennessee and attended public schools there. He graduated from Harvard University (A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1967. He received his master's and law degrees from Yale University, where he served as Note and Comment Editor on the Yale Law Journal.

After graduating from law school, he served as law clerk to the Hon. M. Joseph Blumenfeld, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. Before entering full-time legal practice, between 1972 and 1978 Bob served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut Law School and attended medical school at the University of Connecticut. Robert Carter will be an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut Law School, teaching workers' compensation law beginning January 2010. Robert Carter and Donna Civitello are two of the principal authors of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Law, a treatise written for lawyers, commissioners and insurance professionals about the law and practice of workers' compensation in Connecticut.  In 2011, he was inducted into the College of Workers Compensation.

The book is a comprehensive guide to workers' compensation, including: benefits, medical treatment, settlement of claims, appeals, trials and civil actions arising from workplace injuries. It is published in two volumes by Thomson West Publishing Company. It is available at www.West.Thomson.com or by calling (800)328-9352. Bob has written and lectured widely on issues related to workplace injuries and occupational diseases. Among other articles, he is the co-author of A Legal and Scientific Probability of Causation of Cancer and other Environmental Diseases in Individuals 10 Journal of Health, Politics, Policy and Law, No. 1, 33 (1985) (with T. Brennan). He served as visiting lecturer at Yale Law School between 1980 and 1983, teaching courses on occupational disease.

He acted as Chairman of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association between 1993 and 1996, and he has written the regular column on workers' compensation for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Forum since 1997. In Bob's law practice, he has represented hundreds of injured people, both in court trials and in workers' compensation cases. In civil court, Bob successfully represented the first plaintiff to be awarded damages by a jury for lung cancer causes by asbestos in a Connecticut court.

He has broad experience in the most complex and technically challenging injury cases, including brain injuries, cancers, lung diseases, chemical exposures, asthma, pharyngeal, liver, kidney and heart cases, as well as all sorts of traumatic injuries. He serves with a lifetime appointment to the Raytech Corporation Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust as its representative for future claimants, for distributing proceeds to people seriously injured by asbestos. Bob also is an experienced appellate lawyer. He has often been tapped by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Bar Association to write their friend of the court briefs in important cases on appeal to the Supreme Court of Connecticut, and he has argued a number of landmark workplace injury cases before the Connecticut Supreme Court. See Reported Cases for more information. Bob has three grown children, is married to Donna Civitello, and lives in Southbury, Connecticut.

Serving clients throughout Connecticut, including clients from New Haven, Branford, Guilford, Wallingford, Hartford, Orange, Milford, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Meriden, Middletown, Waterbury, New Britain, West Haven, Danbury, Stamford, New London, and Litchfield County, Tolland County, Windham County, and New London County.


Carter & Civitello
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Woodbridge, CT 06525
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Carter & Civitello

Attorneys At Law
Woodbridge Office Park
One Bradley Rd. Ste. 301
Woodbridge, CT 06525

Toll free: (888) 688-8610
Local: (203) 389-7000
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Email: bc.cartercivitello@snet.net
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