Humbert (Bert) J. Polito Jr. is a partner in the law firm of Polito & Quinn, LLC in Waterford, Connecticut, which he founded with Michael J. Quinn in 2002. Professor Polito 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 UConn 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, Professor Polito has successfully tried and arbitrated cases in both Connecticut and Rhode Island. As a result, Professor Polito is board certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Professor Polito has also been selected for membership to the American Board of Trial Advocates. Professor Polito 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, Professor Polito was elected to serve as president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.
Professor Polito 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, Professor Polito 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 Professor Polito has resolved have been in excess of one million dollars. Professor Polito is listed in Best Lawyers in America and in Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers.