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History of Spinella & Associates Attorneys At Law
Experienced Connecticut Trial Lawyers practicing in the area of Civil Rights & Criminal Defense
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Attorneys at Spinella & Associates have each been practicing as a boutique trial law firm with a history of representing individuals in the area of civil rights, criminal defense, and complex civil damage claims.
Attorney Spinella's book, Connecticut Criminal Procedure, is a standard reference tool in Connecticut for the defense bar and prosecutors alike.
Over the years, his trial practice has evolved significantly from his early years as a trial lawyer representing the state's largest insurance companies. While still a young lawyer, he subsequently began his own office with a practice focused on criminal defense; gradually his practice evolved to include claims brought on behalf of clients accused of crimes who were the victims of police or prosecutorial misconduct; thereafter his civil rights practice grew to include significant cases in every area of civil rights litigation involving misconduct by law enforcement, municipal, state, and federal courts.
The firm now handles complex civil damage claims of all types on behalf of individuals as described under the Practice Area section of this website.
In keeping with the ideal of providing Connecticut legal clients with the most personal service and taking on only worthwhile cases that are carefully screened, the firm resists the urge to grow larger.
Connecticut lawyers. Inspired by history. Guided by tradition.
Attorneys at Spinella & Associates come from a long line of Connecticut lawyers dating back to Roger Baldwin's representation of the freed slaves of the Amistad incident. The firm's Hartford, Connecticut attorneys strive to preserve civil liberties by protecting individuals from overreaching societal institutions.
For persons whose rights are in jeopardy, Spinella & Associates are your instruments of protection. To accomplish your goals, they combine street savvy with historical perspective and legal experience, along with extensive experience in official misconduct and other Connecticut civil rights cases.
In addition to criminal matters and civil rights claims described above, Spinella & Associates represent plaintiffs in other areas: whistleblowers, employees, investors, consumers, and personal damage claims of all types, particularly wrongful death claims. Civil rights claims are brought under the Federal Civil Rights Act on behalf of individuals who have been damaged by government officials acting "under color of law."
Whistleblower cases are brought under the United States False Claim Act on behalf of individuals who report government fraud or are terminated for opposing fraudulent practices.
Some plaintiff cases in Connecticut are brought as class actions, a procedure that allows individuals to gather together to challenge powerful institutions or companies. Typically these Connecticut legal cases involve claims by stockholders against publicly traded companies, employment discrimination claims, and consumer/product liability cases.
Spinella & Associates are closely associated and share office premises with a national law firm who work solely in the area of class actions and have brought many leading national cases over the last decade.
To learn more about the type of cases we handle, please go to Firm Cases.