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Dennis M. Carnelli is a civil litigation attorney. His practice focuses upon appellate matters and complex civil litigation in state and federal courts. Attorney Carnelli has experience in a broad range of areas including contract law and commercial litigation, insurance law (particularly coverage and subrogation), municipal liability, product liability, and general tort law (including personal injury, negligence, and premises liability). In addition, he has experience in administrative law, particularly matters involving the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.
Attorney Carnelli works with an extensive variety of corporate, institutional, municipal, and individual clients to identify and resolve complex legal issues throughout all phases of litigation. He regularly represents clients in civil matters before state and federal trial courts. His litigation experience includes representing clients in arbitrations, mediations, and at trial. Attorney Carnelli argues appellate matters to the Connecticut Appellate Court and Connecticut Supreme Court. As part of his appellate work, he regularly advises colleagues and clients in identifying and preserving appellate issues in matters pending before the trial court.
Attorney Carnelli served as a law clerk for the late Justice Barry R. Schaller and Judge Paul M. Foti at the Connecticut Appellate Court. He graduated cum laude from Western New England University School of Law. While in law school he was a Note Editor for the Western New England Law Review. Also, he received the Benjamin D. Novak Award for outstanding writing.
A combat veteran of the Iraq War, Attorney Carnelli served in the United States Army as a forward observer with the 3d Brigade Combat Team, 3d Infantry Division. He deployed to Iraq with the 3d Brigade between 2007 and 2008. This deployment was part of a broader strategy that is colloquially known as “the surge”. He is actively involved in the veterans’ community. Attorney Carnelli is the Vice Chairman of the Veterans & Military Affairs Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and serves on the Advisory Board for the New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce. He teaches an annual course in business ethics at the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans. This program is offered through the University of Connecticut’s School of Business. Attorney Carnelli has also served as a panel moderator and speaker at a veterans’ symposium organized by the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
Attorney Carnelli is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, New Haven County Bar Association, Oliver Ellsworth Inns of Court. Additionally he is a member of several veterans’ organizations.
- Connecticut Bar Association, Member
- Veterans & Military Affairs Section, Vice Chairman
- Appellate Advocacy Section, Member
- New Haven County Bar Association, Member
- Oliver Ellsworth Inns of Court, Barrister
- New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board
- Connecticut Veterans Stand Down, Volunteer
- Yale Law School, Guest Lecturer in Appellate Advocacy
- University of Connecticut School of Business, Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans, Introduction to Business Ethics
- Wounded Warriors and Due Process: The Cushman v. Shinseki Analogy, 35 Western New England Law Review 161 (2013)
- Benjamin D. Novak Award
- Western New England Law Review, Note Editor
- National Transactional Law Meet, Northeast Regional Champion
- CALI Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure
- CALI Award for Excellence in Business Organizations
- Connecticut Bar Foundation Fellows’ Symposium, Veterans in Transition: Military Culture, Mental Health, and Readjustment to Civilian Life, Panel Moderator
- Amica Mutual Insurance Co. v. Muldowney, 328 Conn. 428, 180 A.3d 950 (2018);
- Ridgaway v. Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co., 328 Conn. 60, 176 A.3d 1167 (2018);
- Amica Mutual Insurance Co. v. Muldowney, 166 Conn. App. 831, 142 A.3d 439 (2016);
- Sarfaty v. United States Liability Insurance Co., Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, Docket No. HHD-CV-14-6052239-S, 2018 WL 3060110 (May 25, 2018, Noble, J.);
- Perez v. Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance Co., Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, Docket No. HHD-CV-14-6054148-S, 2017 WL 4399636 (Aug. 17, 2017, Shapiro, J.);
- Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC v. Viel, Superior Court, judicial district of New Britain, Docket No. CV-16-6034762-S, 2017 WL 3613493 (May 23, 2017, Wiese, J.);
- Corredor v. Goncalves, Superior Court, judicial district of Waterbury, Docket No. UWY-CV-16-6030436-S, 2016 WL 8468073 (Dec. 20, 2016, Brazzel-Massaro, J.);
- LaFever v. Cambridge Mutual Fire Insurance Co., Superior Court, judicial district of New London, Docket No. KNL-CV-15-6023771-S, 62 Conn. L. Rptr. 505, 2016 WL 3912091 (June 9, 2016, Vacchelli, J.);
- Eastburn v. Imagineers, LLC, Superior Court, judicial district of Fairfield, Docket No. FBT-CV-136039189-S, 62 Conn. L. Rptr. 334, 2016 WL 3179488 (May 13, 2016, Arnold, J.);
- Amica Mutual Insurance Co. v. Watts Water Technologies, Inc., Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, Docket No. CV-15-6062209-S, 2016 WL 2935635 (May 3, 2016, Scholl, J.);
- Farnsworth v. LaCroix, Superior Court, judicial district of Waterbury, Docket No. UWY-CV-15-6027634-S, 2016 WL 1710246 (Apr. 8, 2016, Brazzel-Massaro, J.);
- Barnes v. Castro, Superior Court, judicial district of Waterbury, Docket No. CV-15-60267637-S, 2016 WL 1099117 (Feb. 24, 2016, Roraback, J.);
- Sniffen v. Santos, Superior Court, judicial district of Waterbury, Docket No. UWY-CV-146025264-S, 61 Conn. L. Rptr. 701, 2016 WL 673503 (Jan. 29, 2016, Brazzel-Massaro, J.);
- RF Landscaping & Construction, LLC v. Pilesky, Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, Docket No. HHD-CV-126033361-S, 2015 WL 5025011 (July 21, 2015, Wiese, J.).
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Western New England University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
- Roger Williams University, B.A.