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Michael Joseph Walsh

Michael Joseph Walsh

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Appeals

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About Me

Michael J. Walsh is a founder and principal of the Walsh Woodard law firm. He has dedicated his practice to the representation of individuals in personal injury actions.

Mr. Walsh was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1987 and the New York Bar in 1988. He is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of Connecticut, the Eastern District Court of New York, the Southern District Court of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

From 1988 through 1989, Mr. Walsh served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Ellen Bree Burns, who at the time was the Chief Judge, and now serves as Senior Judge, for the District of Connecticut.

Mr. Walsh is an active member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He is a Past President of the Association (2012-2013), and has held every officer position. He currently serves on the Association's Executive Committee and Board of Governors.  He also is a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, Legislative Committee and Medical Malpractice Committee.

Mr. Walsh is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Additionally, Mr. Walsh is an Advocate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Starting in 2007, and in every year thereafter, Mr. Walsh has been selected by his peers as one of the Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers, as is published in Connecticut Magazine's Super Lawyer Section. In 2009, Mr. Walsh was selected as one of the top 10 Connecticut Super Lawyers and was further recognized as the third highest vote recipient in the statewide poll.

Mr. Walsh is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and currently serves on its Executive Committee.  Mr. Walsh has also been inducted into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to less than 1% of the trial attorneys in a given state.

Mr. Walsh has extensive trial experience handling plaintiff's personal injury actions in Connecticut's state and federal courts. Mr. Walsh is listed as attorney of record in several reported Connecticut Supreme Court and Appellate Court decisions, including Suarez v. Sordo, Chylinski v. Walmart, Inc., Meek v. Walmart Stores, Inc., Rumbin v. Utical Mutual, Filippi v. State of Connecticut, Weigold v. Patel, and Falls Church v. Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn.

Additionally, Mr. Walsh has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Association of Justice.

Mr. Walsh was educated at Stonehill College where he graduated with high honors in 1984, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He received his law degree from University of Connecticut in 1987, where he served on the editorial board of the Connecticut Law Review.



Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Personal Injury: 60%
    28 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 35%
    28 years
  3. Appeals: 5%
    28 years



Contingent (33%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Eric A Polinsky

    Mike is an excellent attorney. Over the years he has served as a Mediator or Arbitrator in a number of different matters. He is thoughtful and fair in all activities. I endorse this lawyer.


    Eric Polinsky Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Walsh Woodard LLC

527 Prospect Avenue
West Hartford, CT, 06105


NYCurrently registered 198803/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Re-Certified - Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy2014
Top 50 Connecticut SuperlawyerConnecticut Magazine2014
Life FellowConnecticut Bar Foundation2013
Top 50 Connecticut SuperlawyerConnecticut Magazine2013
Top 50 Connecticut SuperlawyerConnecticut Magazine2012
Top 50 Connecticut SuperlawyerConnecticut Magazine Law and Politics2011
Top 10 Connecticut Super LawyersConnecticut Magazine Law and Politics2010
Top 10 Connecticut SuperlawyersConnecticut Magazine and Law and Politics2009
Top 50 Connecticut SuperlawyersConnecticut Magazine and Law and Politics2008
Re-Certified - Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy2008
Top 50 Connecticut SuperlawyerConnecticut Magazine and Law and Politics2007
Board Certified Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Principal and FounderWalsh Woodard, LLC1996 - Present
Law Clerk to the Hon. Ellen B. Burns, USDCJU.S. District Court1988 - 1989

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Connecticut Trial Lawyers AssociationPast President2012 - 2013
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Nominating CommitteeMember2007 - Present
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Legislative CommitteeMember2004 - Present
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice CommitteeMember2000 - Present
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, CLE CommitteeMember1997 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1992 - Present
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice SectionMember1989 - Present
Hartford County Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Chylinski v. Wal-MartPlaintiff's Jury Verdict affirmed by Second Cir.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Connecticut Law TribuneThe Doctrine of Governmental Immunity: The Connecticut Supreme Court Expands Where It Should Contract2008
Connecticut Law ReviewThe Disclosure Requirements of 35 USC and Software-Related Patent Applications1986

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Stonehill CollegeMathematics and Computer ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association SeminarMedical Malpractice2014
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association SeminarDefective Premises2013
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association SeminarDefective Premises2011
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association SeminarLitigating Truck Collision Cases2010
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association SeminarMedical Malpractice2010