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Carlton S Chen

Business Attorney at West Hartford, CT

5.0   41 reviews

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About Carlton

Learn Carlton’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Creation and dissolution of for-profit and non-profit entities. Legal issues regarding corporate governance, operations, and dispute resolution involving business partners, vendors, employment, landlord/tenant, and consumer protection.

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Drafting and negotiating of all types of contracts and agreements, including partnership, debt, lending, and equipment financing agreements, from simple to the most complex documents and instruments required.

  3. Employment and labor
    Wrongful termination, executive compensation and employment agreements, employment discrimination, toxic work environment and harassment.

  4. Intellectual property
    Drafting and negotiating patent, trademark, and intellectual property licensing agreements, and applications for trademarks with the USPTO and copyrights with the US Copyright Office.

  5. Mergers and acquisitions
    Buying and selling businesses, including franchises.

Recipient of Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award by the Connecticut Law Tribune.  Juris Doctor degree from NYU School of Law.  Licensed in CT & NY.  I primarily represent entrepreneurs, startups, established and early stage companies and provide strategic and practical legal solutions to enable them to leverage their branding, products and technology.  I also represent individuals with employment-related issues.  My focus is handling employment and business partner dispute resolution, buying and selling businesses, formation of joint ventures, strategic alliances, complying with regulations, and technology licensing.  At my firm, we also represent clients in bringing or defending lawsuits in Federal and state courts.  For my clients, I am ever mindful of providing the best representation and results possible at the most reasonable cost.  

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Licensed for 39 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 11/27/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1983
Updated 11/17/2022

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

Contact Carlton

Kurien Ouellette LLC
836 Farmington Avenue
Suite 137
West Hartford, CT, 06119


5.0 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
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Posted by Steffen | October 28, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Chen is the kind of lawyer you want. He lives his profession. Highly recommended!
Mr. Chen is the kind of lawyer you want. He lives his profession. He gave me free initial legal advice and he went the extra mile. You will recognize immediately that he loves what he does and that he really cares and want to help. And he knows his stuff. Great experience.
Posted by Robert | September 19, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Unusually good attorney - friendly, knowledgeable & confident
I had the good fortune of being introduced to attorney Chen a few weeks ago. I found him to be very personable and pleasant and he provided the direction I needed at the time. It is very encouraging when you get a console from such a professional that you feel much more confident after the initial meeting. He is smart, knowledgeable, and to the point. Which I greatly appreciated! I will be retaining Attorney Chen in the near future and would highly recommend his service.
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Posted by Cynthia | September 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience with Mr Carlton Chen as my lawyer
Mr Chen is a amazing lawyer very hands on with every task explains everything from start to finish to make you have a clear understanding of what's going on with your situation very helpful with a loving winning spirit I would recommend Mr Chen any day best lawyer I ever encountered and if ever need be I will be using him in future cases......
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Posted by Jenora | August 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
I not only recommend attorney Carlton Chen, but I guarantee once you have used his service you too will look no further. He responds in an extreme timely matter, he is a very knowledge, trustworthy person. There is no other attorney that will work as hard for you. He is a wonderful attorney I could not have been happier and I will never go anywhere else. Carlton achieved the outcome I was looking for. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs sound legal advice.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I went on the and Attorney Chen's has been very helpful. I contacted him back in January 2022 with a situation re: negative neighbor and he gave brief advice. I recently reach back out on and Attorney Chen's responded immediately! I would really like to say, "Attorney really did give me great detail advice on the how to, what to do in reference to a case that is in court for negative neighbors. I would Highly recommend Attorney Chen's legal services just based on his precise knowledge, truth and accuracy.
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Posted by David | July 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Free consultation
Mr. Chen was great getting back to me in a timely manner allowing the opportunity to explain my situation. He was gracious enough to give me some advice and kind words.
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advise that'll hopfully pay off!
Carlton Chen was quite forthcoming, thorough, and thoughtful in his consultation. He was always quick to respond to my repeated inquiries and did not shy away from giving me the unvarnished truth. I would recommend anyone to consult with him about your situation.
Posted by Matthew | May 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb Lawyer
I searched for days for a great lawyer based on reviews from Avvo and decided on Carlton. I am so glad I did!! Carlton works HARD. He responds to emails quickly. I am very happy with my experience. I like to understand the details and talk things through, and Carlton was more than happy to explain everything. I like the direction he took in my case and the class that he displayed in his practice. Superb Lawyer!!!!
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Posted by Michael | March 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A tremendous help
I hired Mr. Chen to help me fight my unemployment appeal hearing. My former employer appealed my initial hearing even though I won and they did not let me go for good reason. Mr. Chen went above and beyond to help me win my appeal hearing. He put together a great approach and I would highly recommend.
Posted by Eddy | February 24, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
gave us valuable legal advice
My wife and I wanted to start a business that sells products overseas and we didn't know what permits/licenses required. we searched the internet for weeks and couldn't find any answers until sent me a list of its top lawyers. I posted my queries on avvo and in less than 5 minutes, Mr. Chen was able to give me the answer. Then I decided to ask for a consultation. Mr. Chen gave me the best legal advice and explained everything in detail so I could understand. Mr. Chen is very professional, affable, excellent, caring and he is super easy to talk to. We are looking forward to work with him in the future.
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Posted by MD | December 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr D
You will not find a more attentive, customer service oriented, and respectful attorney. Mr. Chen cares and works hard for people.
Response from Carlton Chen January 7, 2022
Thank you very much for your confidence in me. You articulated what I try to do for every client of mine, which is to be very attentive to every client’s need, provide the most complete and responsive customer service possible, and to show the utmost respect not just to my clients but also everyone that I might encounter in the engagement, including adversaries.
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Posted by Steven | December 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Capable Lawyer in Medical Technology
I am a physician and co-founder of various medtech companies. As a lawyer, Carlton very capably has represented me in a variety of matters, including fund raising, corporate governance, and compliance, together with drafting and negotiating agreements related to executive compensation, medical technology licensing, institutional review board (IRB), and cooperative/sponsored research, with Columbia, Yale, and other university and private partners. I highly recommend him without reservation.
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Response from Carlton Chen December 28, 2021
Thank you, Steven. I always have enjoyed representing you and your work with other medical doctors in the field to develop new, innovative medical technologies. It's truly satisfying to know that my practice of law, however indirectly, can have a positive effect to improve the quality of human life.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable Lawyer
provided great info for my case. which guide me to the right direction. definitely recommend to family and friends.
Response from Carlton Chen December 9, 2021
Thanks for your unsolicited recommendation. I'm glad to have been helpful to you.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Employment Case - Excellent Representation
Hired Carlton Chen in September 2021 after being discriminated against because of ADA Accomodation Request and return from short term disability leave of absence. Carlton pursued solution that would meet my needs as well as those of Company. This situation was resolved without litigation of filling a Notice of Discrimination. He was candid and ensured we were in agreement before suggested potential resolutions to employer. Case was settled in short time without excessive hours billed.
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Response from Carlton Chen December 6, 2021
I'm glad to have interceded on your behalf and negotiate a fair settlement with its lawyers. Much success in your future endeavors.
Posted by Ross | November 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience working with Carlton
Carlton went out of his way to assist me and my startup company. He truly cared about my success and introduced me to many of his contacts that he felt could advise me. He is great to work with. Thank you Carlton!
Response from Carlton Chen November 8, 2021
Ross, thank you so much for your unsolicited review. I'm only too glad to have assisted you with your medtech startup using my experience not only as a business lawyer but also being immersed in medtech and life sciences companies as a business advisor, angel investor, and startup co-founder. Best, Carlton
Posted by Deidre | September 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My rights as a tenant
Attorney Chen extended his time in giving me information as to my rights as a tenant. I don't have a lease and the landlord wants us to vacate the premises. Attorney Chen gave me information on the Moratorium and my options which I appreciated his time and professionalism. Thank you again Attorney Chen.
Response from Carlton Chen September 21, 2021
I appreciate your excellent recommendation. Thank you. I strive to lay out various legal options, some that are more viable than others. Sometimes it's best to engage the other party to explore whether there's common ground to serve as a foundation for reaching a mutually satisfactory outcome.
Posted by John Drennen, PE | September 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bottom line... Top Level Attorney
Attorney Chen guided me through nuances of Trademark application, Confidentiality agreements, and Copyrights related to my Engineering consulting services. Very efficient and timely responses. Went above and beyond several times related to supplemental information for product line under development. Highly recommend his participation.
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Response from Carlton Chen September 20, 2021
John, thank you for your confidence in me. I truly enjoy representing you and your engineering consulting firm, especially as you work on the technical and design aspects of the Coventilation method to provide safer interior spaces to address this COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Employment Law
Attorney Chen is excellent, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He has extensive experience and I highly recommend him. I had a consultation to discuss some issues and he provided sound knowledgeable advice. He took his time to thoroughly explain things to me and I felt I had his undivided attention. He demonstrated his care and concern and offered additional help if needed. If you need to retain an attorney, I highly recommend Attorney Chen.
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Response from Carlton Chen July 29, 2021
Many thanks for your awesome review. It's so important to analyze risk/reward before an employment claim or legal action is commenced. Each employment matter is different and I'm glad in your situation we were able to assess and consider economic and non-economic hurdles, proofs required, the probable outcome, and finally other options that might be available to you. Again, please contact me if needed.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely impressed/highly recommend
Mr. Chen answered my question quickly and provided a detailed and extensive answer. I contacted his office and spoke with his very polite and friendly, assistant Erica. She arranged a consultation for the next morning. My consultation was extremely helpful, all questions were answered, and I never felt rushed. Mr. Chen asked questions to clarify the situation and truly took and interest in my problem. He is friendly, relaxed and knowledgeable. If I were to require an attorney for this issue or any other Mr. Chen handles, I would certainly engage his services.
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Response from Carlton Chen June 24, 2021
Thank you for your stellar recommendation and your confidence in me. I was glad to be able to answer your questions and be of assistance. Also, I am glad that that Erica was able to help you as well. FYI, Erica also is a lawyer in good standing and is admitted to the Connecticut bar.
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
so grateful
The explanation was very helpful and detailed, I am grateful for your time! and for answering my question.
Response from Carlton Chen June 10, 2021
You’re very welcome. I hope it works out for you.
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Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Jia Law Group, P.C., New York Financial District, New York, NY
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Kurien Ouellette LLC, West Hartford, CT
  • 2013 - Present
  • Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
  • Colt's Manufacturing Company (Colt Firearms)
  • 1996 - 2012
  • General Counsel, Olin Hunt Specialty Products, Inc.
  • Olin Corporation
  • 1989 - 1996
  • Senior Associate
  • Gager, Henry & Narkis
  • 1987 - 1989
  • General Attorney
  • Sara Lee Corporation
  • 1982 - 1987
  • Staff Attorney
  • US Federal Trade Commission
  • 1980 - 1982
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  • New York University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Columbia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • False Claims Act Litigation
  • Case is pending.
  • Municipal Firearms Litigation (MFL)
  • All cases in this "bet-the-farm" MFL were eventually dismissed or withdrawn and, despite great costs to defend, including the payment of legal fees, Colt's Manufacturing Company paid zero damages to the plaintiffs.


  • Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member of Advisory Board
  • 2017 - Present
  • Connecticut China Council
  • Member of Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present
  • Taiyuan Enterprise Union & Taiyuan Entrepreneur Association (Shanxi Province, China)
  • International Counsel (Honorary)
  • 2016 - Present
  • Willow Wood Country Club
  • Chairman, Nominating Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Keiretsu Forum Mid Atlantic
  • Founding Member, New York Chapter
  • 2014 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member of House of Delegates
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member of Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2017
  • West Hartford Chamber of Commerce
  • 1st Vice Chairman & various positions
  • 2007 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • 2015
  • Impact Award
  • Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • 2012
  • James W. Cooper Life Fellow
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • 2010
  • Excellence in Corporate Practice Award
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • 2002
  • Silver Beaver Award
  • Connecticut Yankee Council BSA
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • TechStars Hartford - Startup Week
  • The Care and Feeding of Startups: What Angel Investors Want
  • 2020
  • Simple Steps for Starting Your Business, Part 6: Funding Sources/Entrepreneurial Panel
  • Small Business Founders' Experience and Lessons Learned
  • 2019
  • Shandong Province, China SME (Small-Medium Enterprises) Delegation
  • Joint Ventures, Strategic Alliances and Partnerships
  • 2019
  • Emerging Markets in Health Care: Public Ends Private Means
  • Chinese Pharmaceutical Industry Today
  • 2017
  • Non-Profit and Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • How to Start a Non-Profit Organization
  • 2016
  • International Hospital Federation
  • Study Tour: New York: The Gateway to Excellence in Health Care
  • 2016
  • Emerging Markets in Health Care: Public Ends Private Means
  • China: Investing in Emerging Technologies
  • 2016
  • Momentum - UConn Engineering
  • Leveraging Opportunities Through University-Industry Collaboration
  • 2013
  • NDIA Industry Conference
  • Demystifying Intellectual Property and Data Rights: Government and Industry Perspectives
  • 2010
  • International Law Symposium at NAPABA 2010 National Convention
  • Government Offsets and Countertrade in the Asia Pacific
  • 2010
  • ACCA 2002 Annual Meeting
  • Avoiding & Dealing with Class Actions
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
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Business Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been reading his answers and articles for years and have always enjoyed his ability to explain all the issues that a client should be concerned with. His insights have often helped shape the way I view a business or contract situation. I think his careful attention to detail is a rare and valuable quality in an attorney."
Telecommunications Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Chen gives sound and reasonable advice on avvo. His answers lead me to conclude he is a very thought attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is clear from Carlton's responses on AVVO that he is a knowledgeable and capable advocate who cares about his clients. I endorse this attorney."
Business Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Even though he is new to Avvo, it is immediately obvious that the answers of Mr. Chen are accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. The answer of his I just reviewed was "above and beyond". These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked with Carlton for years, and he always brings a unique and experienced perspective to the problems at hand. He has an unmatched breadth of knowledge and enthusiasm, and I'm proud to call him my colleague."
Business Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer! I have been a colleague of Attorney Chen for more than 7 years. I have found him to be one of the best business attorneys I have been associated with in my more than 30 years of practice. Besides being most knowledgeable in his craft, Carlton is very hard-working, trustworthy and has high integrity-all of which are greatly appreciated by his clients and colleagues alike. Carlton is also a good mentor to both younger associates and experienced attorneys."
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