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.
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