Humbert J. Polito Of Polito & Harrington

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Waterford, CT, United States — Polito & Harrington Personal Injury Lawyer, Polito & Harrington Personal Injury Lawyer, Humbert J. Polito, Jr. was recently selected as 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs in the New London, CT area.

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Humbert (Bert) J. Polito Jr., is a partner in the law firm of Polito & Harrington 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 previously been named Best Lawyers’ New London Area Lawyer of the Year for Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. 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.

Bert is listed in Best Lawyers in America, in Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers, and admitted to the United States Supreme Court.

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Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Humbert J. Polito Jr. as the “New London Area Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiff’s Lawyer of the Year” for 2013. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Bert resides in Essex, Connecticut with his wife and their three sons, where they are members of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.

Gratitude For Brothers In Life And In The Law~Bert Polito

I am the sixth of twelve children and was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I remain very close to my brothers and sisters and extended family from Cleveland. I benefit every day from the lessons I learned growing up as I did.  My older brother John Sullivan Polito and my youngest brother, Michael Gerard Polito have also chosen to become trial lawyers. I am proud of the way each of my brothers advocates for their clients with strength, skill and integrity.  All three brothers have been founding members of their own law firms and each have developed their own unique specialties in the law.  I am deeply grateful for the insight and wisdom my attorney brothers often share with me about life and the law.  Recently my youngest brother Michael was interviewed by Attorney At Law magazine in Cleveland where he talked about the impact that my brother John Sullivan Polito and I have had on him. You can read the article by clicking the magazine below.

Bert Polito

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
United States Supreme Court, 2017

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

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

Connecticut Bar Association

New London County Bar Association

Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association

Rhode Island Bar Association

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

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

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

Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Personal Injury Cases (CT & RI):

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

At such a scary time in our lives, it was so reassuring to have Bert represent us. He and everyone we dealt with at his office were invariably professional, compassionate, and responsive to our many questions and concerns. We knew that we could trust Bert to always act in our best interest.
Mr. Harrington was very professional and kept us well informed. We are very pleased in every aspect and we recommend him to other people.
Attorney Bert Polito and Harrington helped reassure my family through the entire process. We are extremely grateful to him and his staff.
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