Humbert J. Polito


Waterford, Connecticut & RI Personal Injury Lawyer


About Humbert J. Polito

Humbert (Bert) J. Polito Jr., is a partner in the law firm of Polito & Associates 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 been named Best Lawyers’ 2013 and 2015 New London Area Lawyer of the Year for Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation. 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. EDUCATION: 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 CERTIFICATION/SPECIALTIES: 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 (President) 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 (Member) Connecticut Bar Association (Member) New London County Bar Association (Member) Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association (Member) Rhode Island Bar Association (Member) 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 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 Personal Injury Cases (CT & RI): Car accident injuries Slip and fall injuries Injuries caused by dogs and other animals, dog bites Truck and tractor trailer accident injuries Motorcycle accident injuries Traumatic brain injury, mild TBI Spinal cord injuries Bicycle accident injuries 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 CONTACT : Polito & Associates LLC 567 Vauxhall Street Ext. Suite 230 Waterford, CT 06385 Ph: (860) 447-3300 Email: hpolito@politolaw.com