Carey Reilly

Carey Reilly

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Carey Reilly has been with the firm for over thirty-five years. What drives her practice of law is the desire to champion the interests of the unheard, the disenfranchised, the forgotten. Leveling the playing field so the “little guy” can fight the establishment on equal terms is the true power of the law in her view. Carey’s ability to grasp, advance and argue the law in complex factual settings – both at trial and on appeal -- is the cornerstone of her successful practice.

For decades, Carey has fought to expand the time limitations a victim has to sue a negligent party. On this issue alone, she has argued eight times before the Connecticut Supreme Court. One such victory was on behalf of a Koskoff client who was unknowingly infected with the AIDS virus thirteen years earlier when she received a contaminated blood transfusion as a teenager. In this landmark decision, Carey won her client the right to sue.  Carey has also fought to change the law, which, due to her efforts, now prohibits gender discrimination in jury selection and allows a person to sue for injuries caused by a social host’s negligent service of alcohol to minors.

Since 2006, each year Carey has lectured to hundreds of Connecticut trial lawyers regarding the notable Supreme and Appellate decisions of the prior year. She is also an Editor-in-Chief of, and frequent contributor to, the Connecticut trial lawyers’ publication FORUM – a thought leadership magazine in the field of trial advocacy that is published twice a year. Carey is a tireless worker and believes in that ability of the law to effect great social change.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1985


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: University Scholar
    • Honors: Graduation with Distinction

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society, Member