Mr. Woolf has been the Managing Attorney of the Woolf Law Firm, LLC since 1992. In this position, he leads the firm in providing legal representation to criminal defendants in the following areas: assault, sexual assault and murder, criminal defense (State and Federal), white collar crimes (State and Federal), motor vehicle accidents and personal injury, civil litigation (plaintiff and defendant), family law, Department of Children and Families matters, law enforcement defense, probation and parole matters, habeas corpus petitions (State and Federal), appellate matters (State and Federal), pardons before the State Board of Pardons and Parole, DUI and motor vehicle offenses, drug offenses, burglary/robbery, risk of injury to a minor, domestic violence, post conviction relief, weapons charges, child neglect, Internet/computer crimes, rape, and kidnapping. The Firm also practices in the area of Personal Injury law representing individuals as plaintiffs injured in motor vehicle/motorcycle accidents and other tortious conduct such as Wrongful Death actions.
Before establishing Woolf Law Firm, LLC, he was Executive Vice President and Principal of The Richard Roberts Group, Inc. in Avon, CT from 1985 to 1989. In 1980, he was appointed by then Governor William A. O’Neill to the position of Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Banking and Securities, a prestigious position he held for half a decade.
His hard work and tenacity have paid dividends. He was named as a SuperLawyer for the years 2018 and 2019. He was also named to Top Attorneys of North America (2017-18) and was Lead Counsel Verified in 2017. In 2016, he received the Elite Lawyers Award, and in 2015 Mr. Woolf was named to the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. The Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association recognized him for Outstanding Service to the Criminal Defense Bar and they presented him with Merit Awards from 2006 to 2017. Even as far back as 1979, Mr. Woolf’s efforts were recognized by the Jewish Federation of Greater
Hartford with the Young Leadership Award.
Mr. Woolf has been an active member of the Democratic Party since 1978 when he served as campaign chairman for Clifton A. Leonhardt for State Senate. Other roles he held include chairman of the election campaign committee for Julia Tasjian for Secretary of the State of Connecticut in 1994, national finance co-chairman for U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman’s U S Senate campaign in 1990, regional chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors from 1982 to 1985, ex-officio Board member of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority from 1981 to 1985 and campaign chairman of the Town of West Hartford Democratic Town Council election in 1981.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Woolf graduated with a B.A. from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in 1972. He then earned a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974, a J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1977, and a Diploma from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in 2001.
He has been admitted to practice in the state of Connecticut since 1977, the state of Florida since 1978, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 2000, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut since 1978, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York since 1995, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts since 2006, the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals since 2010 and the United States Supreme Court since 2004.
Mr. Woolf is the author of “Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings, The New Technology on Expert Testimony, An Evolving Science and It's Utilization by Creative Counsel, published by Thomson Reuters/Aspatore in 2010, “The Connecticut Business Opportunity Investment Act: An Overview of its Regulatory Requirements” which appeared in the Connecticut Bar Journal in 1980, and “State Judges and Prosecutors Need Help,” “Lieberman Entitled to Hedge His Bets” and “Keep Divorce Cases Sealed,” all of which were published in The Hartford Courant’s Other Opinion column.
Mr. Woolf is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Connecticut Bar Association’s Executive Committee on Criminal Justice, Subcommittee to Study Grand Jury Reform, and Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel, appointed by the Board of Federal Judges for the District of Connecticut. Mr. Woolf has also served as a member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association since 2000 and chairman of the association’s Liaison Committee with the Connecticut Department of Correction since 2003. Mr. Woolf also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross for a decade.
He enjoys playing the guitar, singing, golfing, jogging and fine dining in his spare time. Looking ahead, he plans to continue doing what he loves most, practicing law.
To learn more about him, visit www.connecticutcriminallawyer.com.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1979||10/11/2021|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
updated on 10/28/2014
A condition is a disciplinary order from the Statewide Grievance Committee that an attorney fulfill a condition within a certain time frame. If the attorney does not fulfill a condition in a timely manner, the Superior Court may also impose any condition necessary to protect the public.
Brian's comment:“This was the only time in 37 years that I have been the subject of any Order in CT or any other state. I agreed to a "Conditional Admission" for "inadvertent failure" to adequately explain a fee agreement.. I agreed to take a 3 hour course in legal ethics.The original Client complaint was only against my co-counsel. He retained an attorney and went to a hearing. I testified at his hearing to virtually the identical set of facts as against me .The complaint against him was "Dismissed"”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Recognition Award Granted||Marquis Who's Who in American Law||2018|
|Top Attorneys of North America 2017-18||Who's Who Directories||2017|
|Lead Counsel Verified||Lead Counsel||2017|
|Elite Lawyers Award||Elite Lawyers||2016|
|Nation's Top One Percent||The National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Outstanding Service to the Criminal Defense Bar||Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2014|
|Merit Award||Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2013|
|Merit AWard||Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2012|
|Merit Award||Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2011|
|Merit Award||Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2010|
|Merit Award||Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2009|
|Merit Award||Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2008|
|Merit Award||Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2007|
|Merit Award||Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2006|
|Certificate of Appreciation||The Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2005|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2003|
|Young Leadership Award||The Greater Hartford Jewish Federation||1979|
|Managing Attorney||Woolf Law Firm, LLC||1996 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Woolf, Scibilia & Cugno, Attorneys at Law||1993 - 1995|
|Partner||Cohen,Channin & Woolf, Attorneys at Law||1990 - 1992|
|Executive Vice President||The Richard Roberts Group,Inc||1985 - 1990|
|Commissioner||The Connecticut Dept of Banking & Securities||1980 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Federal Defense Attorneys||Member||2015 - Present|
|Connecticticut Federal Criminal Justice Act||Panel Member||2013 - Present|
|U S Second Circuit Court of Appeals||Admitted to Practice||2010 - Present|
|Connecticut Bar Association:Criminal Justice Section||Member ,Committee to Reform the Grand Jury System||2009 - Present|
|US District Court Massachusetts||Admitted to Practice||2006 - Present|
|Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Liaison Committee with the Connecticut Department of Correction||Chairman||2005 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Admitted to Practice||2004 - Present|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Connecticut Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section||Executive Committee||2000 - Present|
|The Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|U S District Court, Eastern District of New Yourk||Admitted to Practice||1995 - Present|
|U S District Court , Southern District of New York||Admitted to Practice||1995 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Member||1978 - Present|
|U S District of Connecticut||Admitted to Practice||1978 - Present|
|Connecticut Bar Association||Member||1977 - Present|
|Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2014 Special Recognition Award||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Denise Napier, State Treasurer's Election Committee||Member||2002 - 2006|
|Connecticut Secretary of the State ,Julia Tasjian, Election Committee||Chairman||1994 - 1994|
|United State's Senator Joseph I Lieberman Election Campaign||Co-Chairman National Fund Raising Committee||1990 - 1990|
|The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority||Ex Officio Member of the Board of Directors||1981 - 1985|
|West Hartford Democratic Town Council Election Committee||Chairman||1981 - 1981|
|West Hartford,Connecticut , Democratic Town Committee||Member||1981 - 1985|
|Conference of State Banking Supervisors (CSBS)||Regional Chairman||1980 - 1985|
|The American Red Cross of Connecticut||Member of the Board of Directors||1980 - 1990|
|Greater Hartford Jewish Federation||Chairman, Israel Task Force||1978 - 1980|
|Connecticut Law Tribune||Connecticut Lawyer Recalls Apartheid and Nelson Mandela||2013|
|Thomson West publication||Witness Preparationj and Examination for DUI Proceedings .The New Technology on Expert Testimony||2010|
|TheHartford Courant-" Other Opinion "||" Keep Divorce Cases Sealed "||2003|
|The Hartford Courant-" Other Opinion "||" Lieberman Entitled to Hedge His Bets "||2000|
|The Hartford Courant-" Other Opinion ".||" Where Is Our Criminal Justice Headed "||1999|
|The Hartford Courant-" Other Opinion "||"State Judges and Prosecutors Need Help"||1996|
|Connecticut Bar Journal||The Connecticut Business Opportunity Investment Act : An Overview of its Regulatory Requirements||1980|
|National Institute for Trial Advocacy||Diploma||2001|
|University of Connecticut School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor (with Honors)||1977|
|University of Pennsylvania||MA - Masters||1974|
|Hebrew University of Jerusalem,Israel||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1972|
|The Business Leaders Spotlight Show , Legal Issues||Personal Injury Radio Interview:||2014|
|The Connecticut Bankers Association Annual Convention||Banking Commissioner's Annual Address||1984|
|The Connecticut Bankers Association Annual Convention||Banking Commissioner's Annual Address||1983|
|The Connecticut Bankers Association||Banking Commissioner's Annual Address||1982|
|The Connecticut Bankers Association-Annual Convention||Banking Commissioner's Annual Address||1981|
|State of Connecticut v Eric Chyung||Reversed on Appeal by CT Supreme Court|
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