Charles P. Reed


Charles P. Reed


For twenty-eight years, Charlie has been actively litigating and trying civil personal injury cases in Meriden & Wallingford, Connecticut. Listed as an AV-rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell® (pre-eminent, the highest rating available), Charlie has also been selected as a Connecticut Super Lawyer (2010-2014, 2019-2020) and a Top 100 Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. He was profiled in Top Lawyers: The Secrets to Their Success (Worldwide Publishing, Inc. 2017).

Charlie has won jury cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants in Connecticut state and federal courts. In addition to trial work, he has achieved consistently outstanding settlements in personal injury cases. He has a particular interest in complex orthopedic and neurologic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. Charlie enjoys a reputation as a fair and honorable adversary in all settings, including the courtroom, arbitration hearings, mediation sessions and direct negotiations with opposing counsel and insurance companies. Parties to personal injury litigation and insurance companies routinely hire Charlie to serve as a neutral arbiter and mediator. He has issued rulings in over fifty litigated cases as an arbiter and mediated dozens of cases to resolution.

In addition to his statewide trial and ADR practice, Charlie has been active in the legal profession and the Greater New Haven community. He served as President of the New Haven County Bar Association from 2010-2011, is a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Bar Caucus of the American Bar Association (to serve as President 2018-19). He is currently President of the New Haven Country Club.

Charlie graduated from Northwestern University in 1986. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1990, having served as the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of College and University Law. In2018, Charlie attended a Mediation skills training program at Northwestern University.

Charlie has been featured in the following articles:

  • Marie P. Grady, “Companies That Outsource Face New Legal Risk,” Connecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 37, No. 40, p. 5 (Oct. 3, 2011)
  • Marie P. Grady, “Partners In Law And In Life: Gay bar president reflects on shift in societal attitudes,” Connecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 37, No. 34, p.5 (Aug. 29, 2011)

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile, Motorcycle and Trucking Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Dog Bites
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1994


  • Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana
    J.D. – 1990
    Law Journal: Journal of College and University Law, Editor, 1989 – 1990
  • Northwestern University
    B.A. – 1986

Published Works

Co-Author, Fox v. Board of Trustees of the State Univ. of N.Y.: University Regulation Faces the First Amendment, 15 Journal of College and University Law, 443, (1989)

Representative Cases

  • Miller v. United Technologies Corp., 233 Conn. 732, 660 A.2d 810 (1995)
  • Gray v. Hospital of St. Raphael, 36 Conn.App. 956, 651 A.2d 758 (1995)
  • Michael Thornton v. Terrace Gardens Condominium, Judicial District of New Haven at Meriden (2000) (secured plaintiff’s verdict in fall-down case of $197,500)
  • Durkin v. Intevac, Inc., 258 Conn. 454 (2001)
  • Fojtik v. Hunter, 265 Conn. 385 (2003)
  • Otis Elevator Co. v. GE Fanuc Automation Corp., CIV.A.3-03-CV-972, 2004 WL 1202723 (D. Conn. June 1, 2004)
  • Noyes v. Johnson Controls, Judicial District of Middlesex at Middletown., Docket # MMY-CV-40-0104266 S (2006) (defense verdict)
  • Rita Alday v. Loretta Villarba, et al., Dkt. No. KNL-CV08-50053605 (2010) (secured defense verdict for clients)
  • Glenwood Systems, LLC v. Med-Pro Ideal Solutions, Inc., et al., 2011 WL 4342707 (U.S Court of Appeals 2d Cir. 2011)
  • Colon v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad, et al., No. 3:13-cv-325 (2017) (secured defense verdict in federal trial of catastrophic injury case)
  • Metro-North Commuter R.R. Co. v. United Illuminating Co., 777 Fed. App’x 544 (2d Cir. 2019) (affirming trial court judgment in client’s favor)
  • Zurich Am. Ins. Co. v. So. Connecticut Gas Co., 2020 WL 869862 (D. Conn. 2020) (granting motion to dismiss claim against client, based on the filed rate doctrine)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Haven County Bar Association, President, 2010-2011
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, 2011 – Present
  • Metropolitan Bar Caucus, Executive Committee member, 2012 – Present
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
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