Attorney Dennis M. Carnelli is an associate in the firm’s Insurance Law, Litigation, and Appellate Advocacy practice groups. His work encompasses a broad array of civil and appellate matters. He joined the firm after serving as a law clerk to Justice Barry R. Schaller and Judge Paul M. Foti at the Connecticut Appellate Court. A combat veteran of the Iraq War, Mr. Carnelli’s practice is founded upon efficient, proactive, and objective-oriented representation.
Mr. Carnelli graduated with honors from Western New England University School of Law, where he was a member and later Note Editor of the Western New England Law Review. He received CALI Awards for Excellence in Civil Procedure and Business Organizations, and the Benjamin D. Novak Award for the best student-written publication from the law school faculty. Wounded Warriors and Due Process: The Cushman v. Shinseki Analogy, 35 Western New England Law Review 161 (2013). He also was selected to represent his law school in the National Transactional Law Meet, where he honed his advocacy skills and, along with his colleague, won the Northeast Regional Competition.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Carnelli served in the United States Army as a forward observer. He was assigned to the 3d Brigade Combat Team, 3d Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. He deployed to Iraq with the 3d Brigade between 2007 and 2008, as part of a broader strategy that is colloquially known as “the surge.” Following his honorable discharge from active service, Mr. Carnelli engaged in volunteer work for numerous veterans’ initiatives. During law school, he worked as an intern at the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, assisting in the legal representation of disabled and homeless veterans. He later served on the planning committee and chaired a panel for the Connecticut Bar Foundation Fellows’ Symposium, “Veterans in Transition: Military Culture, Mental Health, and Readjustment to Civilian Life.” He remains actively involved in volunteer efforts concerning veterans.
Mr. Carnelli has served as a guest lecturer for an Appellate Advocacy course at Yale Law School, as well as a mock judge for his law school’s Transactional Law Team. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the New Haven County Bar Association, and several veterans’ organizations.