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Cody N. Guarnieri

Criminal defense Attorney at Hartford, CT

4.7   13 reviews

About Cody

Learn Cody’s areas of practice.

Attorney Cody N. Guarnieri is a trial attorney at Brown, Paindiris & Scott. His practice focuses primarily on criminal defense, personal injury, general and business litigation, and defending professional and occupational licensing for individuals and businesses.

Cody handles criminal matters throughout Connecticut and southern Massachusetts, as well as in federal courts in both states. He has handled matters in nearly every criminal courthouse in the state of Connecticut and ranging in seriousness from lesser misdemeanors to serious felonies, including sexual assault, bank robbery and murder.

In his civil litigation practice, Cody handles complex personal injury and general litigation matters for individuals and small businesses. Cody aggressively pursues claims and lawsuits for individuals who were injured because of someone else, whether it be another driver, a doctor, a property owner, or the manufacturer or seller of a dangerously defective product. Cody has brought class action lawsuits on behalf of consumers, employees and others, including one of the first nationwide class action lawsuits against Volkswagen based on the defective clean diesel “TDI” line of automobiles and class actions on behalf of employees discriminated against for exercising their rights under the Connecticut Palliative Use of Marijuana Act.

Cody also litigates business disputes for individuals and small businesses, including those related to breach of contract claims, shareholder, partnership and LLC agreement disputes, allegations of fraud or misconduct, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and various other business-related claims.

In his administrative practice Cody counsels clients in dealing with administrative agencies for professional and occupational licensing issues, including with the Department of Public Health, Connecticut Medical Examining Board, Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing, Department of Developmental Services, Department of Consumer Protection, Department of Children and Families, State Elections Enforcement Commission and others. Cody regularly works with investigatory and disciplinary staff at the many boards, commissions and agencies of the State of Connecticut.

In 2021 Cody was awarded the Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award by the Hartford County Bar Association, awarded to an attorney who exemplifies the high standards of service to the profession, ethics, scholarship and devotion to clients. He was named a “New Leader in the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune in 2016. Cody is also a Presidential Fellow Emeritus of the Connecticut Bar Association and is currently serves as the vice-chair of the Criminal Justice Section. Cody also serves on the Board of Directors and as co-chair of the Criminal Justice Committee of the Hartford County Bar Association and was recently nominated and elected as a fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, for which he is the Chair of the James W. Cooper Fellow Roundtables Program. Cody is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Cody was listed as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Connecticut from 2015 to the present and has been Lead Counsel Rated in Criminal Defense since 2014. Cody is also a member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the Litigation Section, Administrative Law Section and Lawyer Wellbeing Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association. He has also been invited to speak at seminars and panels, including the annual meeting of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Bar Association’s Connecticut Legal Conference as well as at continuing legal education programs held by the CBA and other organizations.

Licensed for 10 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2021
Updated 06/06/2022
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2020
Updated 09/20/2022
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/28/2022

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

Contact Cody

Cody N. Guarnieri
100 Pearl Street
Second Floor
Hartford, CT, 06103
Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
2252 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT, 06033
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4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney & Excellent Result
I retained Cody Guarnieri in November to resolve an issue with the Department of Consumer Protection. Throughout the whole process, Cody was extremely responsive to any questions and concerns that I had. He explained everything in a manner that was easy to understand for someone not familiar with the situation. Ultimately, he ended up achieving a very desirable outcome for me. I would not hesitate to use Cody again with any situation that arises and would gladly refer him to any friends or family that would benefit from his representation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing Lawyer who CARES about his clients
I’m a medical Social Worker from UCONN HEALTH i Farmington. Attorney Guarnieri actually returned my phone call within in 10 minutes concerning our mutual client. This NEVER happens with lawyers! He’s compassionate, caring & has such a passion for clients in fear of losing their licenses through DPH. In the 28 years i’ve been in practice, i have never had a lawyer return my call, especially within 10 minutes. He’s knowledgable, funny and supports his clients & their medical teams 100%.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A+ Representation
I can’t speak highly enough for Cody Guarnieri and would recommend him to anyone needing a criminal defense attorney. He was successful is providing the best possible disposition for my difficult case. Cody is a very professional, attention oriented and zealous attorney that is highly competent with suburb knowledge of the law. If I were ever in another bind I would call Cody without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Guarnieri did a great job to get me a favorable outcome. Charges were dropped! Yay!
Cody was personable and professional. He is extremely reliable and responsive too. If I should ever make a mistake that bubbles up to needing a criminal defense attorney (I hope I don’t) I won’t hesitate to call him.
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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Cody was fantastic. His attention to detail and overall understanding of my situation were impeccable. Informative and kind throughout the entire process. He answered all of my inquiries, and got back to me almost immediately if he was with another client. Basically, you won't find anyone else that can do the right job for you. Thank you, again Cody!
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and Empathetic
Cody did an outstanding job representing me in a DUI case. At our initial meeting, he explained the whole process, was responsive to my questions through all phases of the court proceedings and greatly aided me in obtaining a result that will cause the least disruption in my life as a result of my mistake. I highly recommend Cody should you need representation on a DUI or in other areas of the law such as criminal law, personal injury, automobile accidents, workers’ compensation or medical malpractice.
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Posted by Pete | September 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A Great Lawyer and Overall Experience. Highly Recommend.
Cody was my attorney for a DUI case I was involved in last year. This was first time working with Cody. Throughout the entire process Cody was very helpful and understanding during an obviously stressful time in my life. Cody and his team always communicated clearly and in a timely fashion. They were always just a call or email away and I was never left wondering what the status of my case was. In court Cody was able to work with the prosecutor and judge to ensure that I received the best possible outcome for my case. Cody is not only a great lawyer but a great person as well. I highly recommend Cody and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Cody Guarnieri
I hired Cody Guarnieri to help me with a legal case for my teenage son. Throughout the entire process, we felt like we were in good hands and even though the situation was very intimidating, he made my son feel comfortable. Cody’s knowledge and expertise of the options available, helped my son get the outcome we were looking for. We are very grateful for all of his assistance and would highly recommend Cody.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond
Cody went above and beyond to get me a favorable disposition in my case. He took what was looking like a couple years through the court system to one year with the prosecutor throwing the case out.
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2015
Excellent attorney and would recommend him highly to my friends.
It was a pleasure having Attorney Guarnieri represent me in criminal court. I had never been arrested before and I was extremely nervous. He was quite reassuring and explained all the necessary steps I needed to take.
Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2014
excellent representation
Mr. Guarnieri was professional, communicative, and helpful throughout the process of representing me. He explained things clearly, treated me with respect, and saw my legal matter through to a very favorable result. He always returned my calls and emails promptly.
Posted by Marian | August 19, 2013
Restoration of license for Public Act 11-71
Professional, knowledgable, organized, I was very impressed with the way that Cody handled our case. I would highly recommend him. Cody was able to present my son's case such that the case was dismissed without going in front of the judge. He made a stressful situation much less stressful and we are very grateful for the outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Low on empathy
Retained for nurse liscense issue to which i had the ability to work until i hired him and got suspended for 2 years. He never called me once and bills up to 200 per 1 email. I wouldn't reccomend him for nursing liscense issues. He just wants your money and doesn't care about anything much else. Very low on empathy. I felt as if the longer I was without a liscense he could bill me more and keep me more confused rather then tell me flat out i would be without a liscense for more then a year now 2. It cost me 3500+ and i still cant practice and he says i owe him more !!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
  • 2012 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Judicial Intern for the Honoroable Vanessa L. Bryant
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • 2010 - 2010

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Mizak v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
  • Resolved as part of the Nationwide Class Action Settlement through the Multi-district Litigation process.

Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2018 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012 - Present
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Rotary Club of Hartford
  • President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Rotary Club of Hartford
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • 2021
  • Lead Counsel Rated - Criminal Law - State Felony & Misdemeanor
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Presidential Fellowship
  • 2016
  • Lead Counsel Rated - Criminal Law - State Felony & Misdemeanor
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2015
  • Rising Star - Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Presidential Fellowship
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rated - Criminal Law - State Felony & Misdemeanor
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Computer Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2012
  • Law and Business Award
  • Aspen Publishers
  • 2011
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • End Distracted Driving (EndDD) - South Windsor High School
  • Distracted Driving
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (16)
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cody is more than just a hard-working, forceful advocate for his clients. He is that rare example of an attorney that truly understands the system, which he works to the benefit of his clients to secure meaningful results. I recommend clients I have with criminal issues and personal injuries to Cody and they have said wonderful things about him. Cannot recommend him enough!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Cody is a great attorney and is well-respected by his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Cody is a great DUI lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am the current president of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and I definitely endorse Attorney Guarnier for their work defending people charged with criminal offenses in Connecticut. Attorney Guarnier is a tireless fighter for the accused and zealously defends his clients. If you are seeking an attorney for help with a criminal case, you have found a good one in Attorney Guarnieri."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Guarnieri is a very effective and skilled criminal defense attorney. You will find him to be very responsive and keeps his clients fully informed. He has had many successful outcomes for clients, even in very difficult factual cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cody is an extremely diligent and knowledgeable attorney, handling matters from criminal defense to worker's compensation. He is certainly someone I would want on my side in the event I needed his services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cody is an excellent attorney. He's a smart, aggressive young man who knows the law and exhibits a fine Courtroom presence. He knows how to win. If you want to get the optimum result on your case-- you should hire him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cody Guarnieri is an outstanding lawyer and is a respected member of the legal community. His ability to quickly understand complex problems, communicate effectively, and his good disposition all lend themselves to successful advocacy."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Other
"A top notch attorney who has great knowledge of the law. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is evident that this lawyer's depth of knowledge and commitment to defending those charged with a crime makes him a worthwhile advocate to have in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"The best endorsement I can give is one where I can honestly say that I would trust that attorney to handle my own personal matters. I can say that about Attorney Guarnieri. I find him to be an intelligent, diligent and hard working attorney, as well as being responsive to clients. He is experienced in criminal, DUI, and personal injury cases. I have, and will continue, to refer clients to him when their families have a need for a very good attorney with criminal defense, personal injury and DUI experience because I can trust that he will do the best job possible for my clients' families."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cody is an excellent attorney, always willing to go the extra mile for his clients and co-workers. Cody maintains a professional attitude both in and out of the courtroom, putting clients at ease and helping them to get through what would otherwise be a very difficult time."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with many criminal defense attorneys during my tenure and Cody is one of the best. His attention to detail, knowledge of the law and procedure, and sense of compassion serve his clients well. He is a good listener and works with clients to get the best outcome they can. He is well respected by the prosecutors and judges he appears in front of; all of which help his clients bring their matters to conclusion in an efficient, economical and good result oriented way. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Cody. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with Cody on the Connecticut Moot Court Board. He is a highly effective advocate and a diligent attorney."
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