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Francis Xavier Drapeau

Workers compensation Attorney at Vernon Rockville, CT

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Francis X. Drapeau is a partner in the firm of Leighton, Katz & Drapeau with a principal office in Vernon.

His practice consists primarily of representing claimants in the workers’ compensation forum and on appeal. Attorney Drapeau is a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist. He has lectured on various workers’ compensation topics for both the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Drapeau received his B.A. degree from Fairfield University and his Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law.

He was admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut in 1991.

He has been a contributor in both the Practice Tips and Point-Counterpoint sections of the Compensation Quarterly.

He is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the Tolland County Bar Association of which he is past President. He currently sits on the both the Executive Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Examining Committee for Board Certification as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist.

Licensed for 31 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Leighton, Katz & Drapeau
20 E Main St
Vernon Rockville, CT, 06066-3255


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Posted by steve | June 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
workers comp case
Attorney Drapeau did an outstanding job on my case and I am very happy with the results. Lori helped me also and was very helpful. Sara was mostly nice but when I tried to talk to her she seemed a bit agitated. I also recommended a friend.
Posted by Blake | December 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Worker's Compensation Attorney
Review for Attorney Francis Xavier Drapeau Let me start by saying I never had or expected to have a case or law firm this long in my life. My journey started in 2006 with Attorney Bernie Poliner of Poliner and Poliner in Middletown, Connecticut. Bernie had mentioned to me that he had been thinking of retiring and negotiating with the Law Firm of Leighton, Katz and Drapeau in Vernon, Connecticut, to take over his case load. As it turns out Bernie had a severe fall, hit his head and within days had passed away. Bernie’s Legal Secretary, Lorrie Cohen was making the move to the firm of Leighton, Katz and Drapeau. Lorrie has been a God-send to me because I have called her numerous times where she has been a sounding board for me, answered questions, listened to me with concerns and always there to help in any way she could. It was an easy transition to Attorney Drapeau’s firm because I knew Lorrie knew my case inside out that was very comforting to me. For the next 10 (ten) years, Lorrie was my “go to” person, she was like a sister to me. Attorney Drapeau, I personally believe is the best Workmen’s Comp attorney could have ever had. H was always on top of my case to answer questions and concerns thoroughly. I was amazed at what “A Cool Cat” he was always calm and talked to you until you understood, I never walked away from him either on the phone or in person scratching my head saying “what was he talking about?” In my opinion he represented my case with the best of his ability, kept me happy, so I would definitely recommend him to anyone that was looking for “THE BEST” Worker’s Comp attorney to represent them. He truly is the best Sincerely, Blake, Connecticut
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Leighton, Katz & Drapeau
  • 1993 - 2016


  • Fairfield University
  • B.A.
  • N/A
  • Western New England College
  • J.D.
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Southington 84 v. Silver Dollar Stores
  • One of CT Law Tribune's Cases of the Year 1997
  • Mazzone v. Connecticut Transit
  • Expanded cases covered by workers' comp in ct.
  • Successful resolution of a Workers’ Compensation widow's claim
  • $450,000 settlement
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  • Connecticut Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section
  • Vice Chairman
  • 2015 - Present
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tolland County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • Examining Committee for Workers' Compensation Specialization
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2015
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  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Board Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2001


  • Worker's Compensation Quarterly (CBA)
  • Does the Current Act Meet its Purpose?
  • 1995
  • Worker's Compensation Quarterly (CBA)
  • Moonlighting: The Problem of Concurrent Employment
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Perfecting an Understanding of Liens
  • Moderator
  • 2016
  • Doctor Depositions in Workers' Compensation
  • Moderator
  • 2016
  • Current Controversies in Spine Treatment
  • Utilization Review
  • 2016
  • Pain, Pills & Pot
  • Moderator
  • 2015
  • CTLA Annual Meeting
  • Maximizing McCurdy in Death Cases
  • 2006
  • Mazzone and Beyond
  • Mazzone v. CT Transit
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working with Attorney "Bud" Drapeau for over 20 years. He is the most capable, thorough and professional attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with. His ethics and integrity are unquestioned. His legal analysis is second to none."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation

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Vernon Rockville Workers compensation Lawyer Francis Xavier Drapeau
Francis Xavier Drapeau
Workers compensation Attorney
Vernon Rockville, CT
Licensed for 31 years