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Trent Alan LaLima

Criminal defense Attorney at Hartford, CT

5.0   22 reviews

Licensed for 9 years

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Attorney Trent LaLima is the owner of Santos & LaLima, P.C., a law firm with a four decade long track record. The firm was founded by Hubert Santos in 1980, and particularly built its reputation on tirelessly and effectively representing criminal defendants. The firm also gained significant experience handling high-profile cases throughout the state of Connecticut. In 2013, Attorney LaLima began his career at the firm, then-named The Law Offices of Hubert J. Santos. He worked directly with Attorney Santos on cases that ranged from DUI/DWI and domestic violence to murder and other serious violent or sexual assault felonies. He worked on appeals, and handled both state and federal cases. Other than criminal defense, Attorney LaLima also handled personal injury, civil cases, business disputes, juvenile matters, and administrative hearings including school disciplinary proceedings. Attorney LaLima has represented clients in Hartford, New Haven, and to all four corners of Connecticut. He has experience in trials, negotiating plea deals, achieving dismissals and erased records for defendants, helping clients who have not been charged to avoid arrest, and arguing in front of Connecticut's Appellate Court and Supreme Court.

Attorney Santos served as an invaluable mentor for Attorney LaLima for eight years. After six years, Attorney LaLima became a partner at the firm, and it was renamed Santos & LaLima, P.C. After Attorney Santos passed away in 2021, he left the firm to Attorney LaLima to become the sole owner. Attorney LaLima looks forward to continuing the traditions of the firm that were established by Attorney Santos, including being creative and bold in defending their clients' legal rights, treating clients with respect, using plainspoken straight talk, and ensuring every case receives the attention and personal touch it deserves. 

Attorney LaLima has served in numerous leadership positions in legal organizations through Connecticut. He has been the Chair of multiple capacities in the Connecticut Bar Association, including the Criminal Justice Section, is the co-Chair of the Hartford County Bar Association's Criminal Committee, and is the Chair of Annual Criminal Litigation Seminar organized by the Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association. He has been the Continuing Legal Education Director for the Connecticut Bar Association, and has been a panelist at multiple legal education seminars. He has been featured as a legal analyst on NBC Connecticut. His peers have rated him AV Preeminent at Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for professional excellence, skill, integrity, and ethical standards. A lifelong Connecticut resident and UConn graduate, he lives in West Hartford. In his spare time, he serves on the board and coaches for West Hartford youth basketball, and supports the UConn Huskies. 

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Licensed for 9 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 09/29/2022

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Client's Choice 2022
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Trent received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Peter | July 24, 2021
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More Than A Lawyer
During a very difficult time, Trent LaLima came into my life and played a crucial role in my recovery. Mr. LaLima is a truly gifted and professional individual. His relentless approach to my case(s) is a direct reflection of his unwavering desire to be the best. Trent is an endearing attorney that commands respect in the courtroom and among public officials. I knew that Trent always had my best interests in mind. He set all of my worries and anxiety at ease in and out of the courtroom. Trent LaLima is truly a great guy and proven expert in his field. If you need someone in a difficult time, take my advice and call Trent. Your future self will thank you. Thanks for everything, Trent. God Bless
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Posted by M | July 12, 2021
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Competent, Calm, and Compassionate
I have been represented by Santos & LaLima PC since 2017, and Trent has been an instrumental part of my criminal defense team since the very beginning. Throughout the long and excruciatingly painful process of defending myself in a high-profile case, Trent did the leg work, prepared my case for multiple court appearances, and helped me navigate a system that terrified me and was bent on grinding me into hamburger. Along the way, Trent and the late atty Santos helped me wait out the tenure of a judge who was unduly biased against me. Since 2019, Trent has been the principle attorney in my case. He represented me in front of a new judge and helped me secure the diversionary probation status of Accelerated Rehabilitation, which allows my record to be expunged at the end of the probationary period. Trent was also there to help me when probation took me back to court, then filed an appeal when the judge inappropriately revoked my AR. The comprehensive and well laid out arguments in the brief to the appellate court resulted in a unanimous decision in my favor, allowing me to restart my AR and have a hope at regaining my life at the end of this chapter. So, through superior court, the appellate court, and probation, Trent has walked alongside me every step of the way. I and my family believe that without Trent's hard efforts, or with someone less competent, my future would have been bleak indeed. Through the whole process, Trent has treated me with respect, kindness, and compassion. And as bonus, his fees were very reasonable considering the seriousness of the allegations. Being caught in the jaws of the (in)justice system is a categorically painful and terrifying experience. The right attorney can mean the difference between just singed or being completely destroyed. I and my family believe that Trent has been the right attorney for me and has done admirably discharging his professional responsibility.
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Posted by Harsh | November 29, 2022
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Excellent Law firm
Attorney Lalima & Firm is very professional and dedicated to providing strong defense to his clients. His expertise in law, intelligent representation of facts and ability to counter allegations, helps build strong defense and favorable outcomes. Attorney Lalima has strong negotiation skills and makes every effort to maximize results in favor of his client. I highly recommend Attorney Lalima /Firm for your legal needs. Attorney Lalima - Thank You so much for providing excellent legal support and dismissal of the case.
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Posted by Ryan | November 18, 2022
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Peace of mind
Over a year now of stress and headache. I’ve finally got a decent result out my case thanks to the help of Mr. Trent Lalima & partners. They left no stone unturned, skills are great, prefect communication skills, realistic and kind. When I had no one else to go to, also thoughts of losing the family & good life I created. There was Trent with a open arms, relief and understanding. He’s definitely the lawyer for the picking.
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Posted by Erik Polanco | November 17, 2022
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Recommend Trent
Trent is a great guy. He’ll give his best in handling your situation and making sure you receive the best solution possible.
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2022
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5 star lawyer
I hired Trent to represent me as my criminal defense attorney and he was there every step of the way with great communication and hard work on the case. He helped me fight this case for 3+ years and it resolved in my favor. I would recommend him to anyone that needs help fighting a criminal case, he actually cares for the best outcome in your favor and make you feel comfortable with knowing he is doing his best work.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2022
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Professional
Attorney Lalima is a great lawyer very honest and patient. Will fight for you and best possible outcome
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2022
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Best Lawyer
Mr. LaLima is one of the best lawyers I had representing me. He did his thing and won my case. I sincerely appreciate all you did for me.
Posted by Samuel | November 11, 2022
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Client
This is one of the greatest lawyers to have represent you for any case.. his firm works hard and very reliable... he is very honest and will be definitely one of the greats the city will have to offer..
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2022
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Superbly Knowledgeable
First, Attorney Trent LaLima's calmly confident demeanor and keen listening skills shortly thereafter accompanied by his significant experience-based knowledge gained through great diligent I say, immediately "put me at ease." (I consequently knew I was going to be--as was proven--well guided through the process and achieve a fine outcome.) Second, Attorney LaLima responded quickly and in full to my concerns always whether in-person or electronically or via the telephone. Furthermore, he kindly and with great respect towards me and my circumstance, re-directed my queries so as to create a focus that alleviated my anxiety knowing he was stupendously trustworthy. Third, Mr. LaLima patiently, concisely and clearly, expressed optimum strategies and methods directly resulting in my comprehending the micro and macro aspects of my situation while stating that the decisions to make were mine even though his manner of suggesting routes were obviously the best roads to take. Fourth, Trent developed and encouraged an informal yet forever professional rapport with me that served to instill within me an ever-greater confidence in his know-how and capabilities and abilities that subsequently allowed me to relax knowing he was captaining the ship extraordinarily well! Six, Attorney LaLima's values and morals are "on his shirt sleeve" as revealed by his being a loving husband and father, a loving family man.
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Posted by Brett | May 10, 2022
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An Ace Attorney
In April of 2020 my wife and I found ourselves in a situation we’d never thought we would be in. We were devastated by what had transpired, embarrassed, and worse yet, the court system dragged our case out for 18 months because of a backlog from the pandemic. Trent was the consummate professional throughout. He understood my wishes to protect not just myself but my wife from the court system and that we wanted discretion. He advised me on how to put my best foot forward with the Family Services, he was present on every call, following up with them when the court system and public services dropped the ball. I’m really pleased that on the day of our plea hearing, we fortunately did not have to step foot into that courtroom. Trent held a sidebar with the powers that be, which I could only assume is a state prosecutor and the judge, and convinced them to abandon the charges (nolle prosequi). It was also reaffirming to me that Trent is well known and highly regarded amongst his peers and the court. I observed this on several occasions on court appointments and so it’s fair to say that that our favorable outcome wasn’t the result so much of serendipity as it was more likely due to his legal adeptness and acuity, and his professional reputation. Thank you Trent.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2022
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Quick and helpful responses
Attorney LaLima helped me with my DUI case and made the whole process much easier and less scary for me. From the first phone call I was speaking to Attorney LaLima directly, and always heard back from him within less than 24 hours throughout the entire process. Attorney LaLima had the answers to all of my questions and handled by case with ease.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2022
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Excellent experience!
My family and I had a wonderful experience dealing with Trent and his office. Not only did he get us best case scenario for sentencing, he was pleasant to deal and responsive when we had questions. covid made things more complicated but he accommodated with Virtual meetings whenever needed. We felt his fee was reasonable for what we had to deal with. His knowledge of the Hartford judicial system and team is extremely helpful!! We would highly recommend him. Although we hope we don't need to hire him again, we certainly will if necessary. Thank you Trent!
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Posted by Justin | July 29, 2021
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Amazing Attorney!
Trent LaLima showed his passion for law from the second I spoke with him about my case. He fights for the best possible outcome for his clients and is eager to succeed in helping both in and out of the court room. Trent was always ready to take a phone call, respond to emails, and even meet and answer any questions I had before and after hearings. That does not even begin to touch on all of his efforts behind the scenes. He is extremely knowledgeable, honest, and hardworking. He knows how to build a solid, structured defense to then bring and deliver it to the court. I am extremely grateful to have found and worked with a lawyer that went above and beyond for such a period of time and put my best interest at the forefront. Trent got my life back to normal. He is an amazing attorney, and I would recommend him for anyone requiring these services.
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Posted by Robert J | July 26, 2021
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A Very Accomplished Attorney
Trent LaLima has represented me in two separate matters since 2015. In each case he has represented me very well and in each one there was a favorable outcome for me. In the most recent matter he confirmed how accomplished an attorney he is when he worked promptly and diligently to secure a timely and very positive outcome for me. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2021
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Very experienced lawyer
Trent represented me on multiple cases. He was always thinking of all the angles and at one point got me an unexpected great result by knowing when not to argue something. He was patient with my case and kept coming back to court waiting to strike when the iron was hot for a great deal on my cases. I would recommend anyone hire his firm.
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Posted by Chris | July 7, 2021
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Professional and Conscientious
Trent made a difficult and challenging situation easy to process and move forward. He was informative, timely and highly supportive. He was always accessible and easy to talk with. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2021
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Compassionate and communicative
In the course of a very lengthy court process (thanks, Covid), Trent was phenomenal about staying in touch, preparing our family for court hearings and easing the way for a productive end to a very trying and unfortunate time for our family.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2021
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Highly Recommend!
Trent was fantastic throughout our process. He was very quick and helpful. We will most definitely recommend him to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2021
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Fantastic Lawyer!
Attorney Trent LaLima represented me a few years ago in a case that garnered media attention. He was fantastic throughout the entire process, was always thorough, and was available and helpful. He also kept me up-to-date on all facets for the duration of the proceedings. I highly recommend Trent to anyone in need of representation in cases big or small and assure you are in good hands.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Santos & LaLima, P.C.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Law Offices of Hubert J. Santos
  • 2013 - 2019

Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2013
  • University of Connecticut
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Legal Cases

  • State v. M.A.H.
  • Reversal - Program reinstated.
  • State v. Manuel T.
  • Appellate Court reversed and a new trial ordered
  • Skakel v. Commissioner Of Correction
  • Supreme Court's initial decision reversed, and a new trial ordered
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Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Secretary
  • 2022 - Present
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chair - Annual Criminal Litigation Seminar
  • 2020 - Present
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Co-Chair - Criminal Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • CLE Director
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Chair
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Secretary
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Chair - Criminal Law Committee
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Assistant Chair - Annual Criminal Litigation Seminar
  • 2017 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Star Of The Year
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • Hartford County Bar Association, Criminal Committee
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Law
  • 2022
  • Forensic Science Seminar
  • Ethical Representation & Use of Experts in Cases Involving Forensic Science
  • 2019
  • Connecticut Bar Association CLE
  • Defending Campus Sexual Assault Cases
  • 2017

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Hartford Criminal defense Lawyer Trent Alan LaLima
Trent Alan LaLima
Criminal defense Attorney
Hartford, CT
Licensed for 9 years
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