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Charles P Reed

Car accident Attorney at Wallingford, CT

4.9   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident

    34 years, 800 cases

  2. Medical malpractice

    34 years, 150 cases

  3. Slip and fall accident

    34 years, 350 cases

  4. Wrongful death

    34 years, 75 cases

  5. Personal injury

    34 years, 350 cases

  6. Appeals

    34 years, 5 cases

  7. Litigation

    34 years, 100 cases

Charlie joined  Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. in 1998, after working at Wiggin and Dana, LLP, one of Connecticut's premier law firms. His practice focuses on representing parties in actions for personal injury, including claims of catastrophic orthopedic and neurologic injury, wrongful death and traumatic brain injury. He has also had extensive experience in medical malpractice claims and general commercial litigation. He has substantial trial experience in the Connecticut Superior Courts as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.  Charlie also serves as a neutral and has been asked by individuals, corporations, organizations and their counsel to arbitrate and mediate a variety of contested matters and pending litigation, including complex tort cases.


Charlie is active in the New Haven County Bar Association, currently serving that organization as Treasurer. He will be President of the Bar Association in 2010. As an active member of the Bar Association, he has been the Chair of the Court Relations Committee and developed a pioneering program of continuing legal education for first year attorneys, known as the Nuts and Bolts series, which consists of 10 seminars on various aspects of law directed towards new practitioners.


Charlie graduated from Northwestern University, in 1986. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1990, having served as the Editor In Chief of the Journal of College and University Law. He was co-author of an article entitled Fox v. Board of Trustees of the State University of New York: University Regulation Faces the First Amendment, 15 JCUL 443 (1989).


Charlie was recently featured in an article by Cara Baruzzi, "A More Inclusive Economy", New Haven Register, No. 179, Business Section (C), p.1 (June 28, 2009)


Charlie resides in Hamden, Connecticut with his domestic partner, Glen Pierson.


Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C.
150 South Main Street
Wallingford, CT, 06492-4217
Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C.
1970 Whitney Avenue, 2nd Floor
Hamden, CT, 06517
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Posted by Craig | February 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Did a great job during a difficult time with covid and the passing of my mother.
Posted by Barbara | January 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Reed was very attentive, responsive and realistic. His professionalism and legal knowledge was second to none. I would highly recommend anyone to consult Attorney Reed on any issue. It was a pleasure working with him.
Posted by Peter | November 6, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Relieved anxiety
After a recent car accident(other party failed to stop for stop sign,dash-cam captured) I hired atty Reed. His firm, Loughlin-Fitzgerald, immediately filed a notice to represent, re-directing all the bills, (emergency-room, ambulance company etc... as well as the other party's and my insurance co's paperwork to his firm. I had'nt the time or knowledge to deal with this. Atty Reed and his firm handled everything, and although I wasn't injured, I was compensated for my pain and suffering. His firm were all very professional,and would not hesitate to recommend them.
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Posted by Jaya | August 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I had injuries from an auto accident which was the other driver’s fault. I contacted Loughlin/Fitzgerald law firm. Attorney Charles Reed handled my case. He is very knowledgeable and an excellent attorney. He is a very nice and caring person. He helped me through this unfortunate situation as a powerful advocate on my behalf during the whole process. He did everything to achieve the best possible outcomes. I had a great experience with his professionalism. His office stuff was very helpful and prompt. Whenever I called or wrote an email for an update, They answered right away. I would highly recommend Attorney Charles Reed.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
My experience with Charlie Reed and his team was exceptional and I would wholeheartedly recommend him. I experienced injuries as a result of an animal attack which left me with significant scarring, deformities and emotional trauma. My life, and my family's lives, were forever changed in a matter of seconds. After almost a year of trying to navigate the situation on my own, I realized I needed professional guidance. My initial call to Charlie's firm was not only returned immediately from Charlie, but was done so over the weekend while he was out of town. At our initial meeting I was presented with all my options in a professional, clear and honest manner. Charlie made sure that my family and I understood our rights under the law and what the steps toward resolution would be if I chose to proceed with an action, including any challenges that my situation could present. After I hired Charlie, he always worked diligently on my case and made every effort to reach my desired resolution, whether it was in line with his advice or not. Charlie and his assistant Jill were always available to answer my questions and always moved my case forward in a timely manner. Most importantly to me, Charlie and his team treated me and my family with kindness and compassion and respected my requests and wishes, many of which were unconventional for the situation. He was patient when I needed to re-analyze a situation or options, and never judged or criticized when the stress of the situation caused me to act in an illogical manner. Charlie always aggressively defended our positions if challenged and was able to successfully navigate many contentious situations. He often thought outside the box and was able to offer options which I feel helped bring about the most positive resolution. There is no winner and loser when someone is injured in an accident, and I could never truly be made whole or get my former life back, but with Charlie's counsel I was able to agree to what I felt was a fair resolution. He ensured I had an outcome that I was comfortable with given all the variables. It is good to have a competent attorney, but it is great to have a competent attorney that is kind-hearted and truly cares about how a situation will affect his clients. Charlie is that attorney and I consider myself lucky to have had his counsel.
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Posted by Mariella | March 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
personal injury
I was referred to Charles P. Reed by a friend. My experience with this lawyer was excellent. He is very professional, with many years of experience. He was very educative in explaining the process and the possible outcome. Him and his staff (especially Jill Diana) worked hard in my behalf, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great lawyer
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Posted by stephanie | February 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An amazing personal injury Atty I highly recommend
Reaching out to Charles Reed for help after I was injured in a car accident was one of the best decisions I could’ve made. It was an absolute pleasure working with Charlie and Jill Diana, the firms paralegal and truly an amazing person, who together went above and beyond to help make this situation as stress free for me as possible. They were prompt, knowledgeable, patient and empathetic during this very difficult time in my life. Charlie fought hard to reach a resolution I was extremely happy with and I am so grateful. I strongly recommend him!
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Posted by carl | November 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Compassionate
Charles was fantastic in getting our injury claim to a great settlement. After my wife being hit by a car, we were overwhelmed and Charles guided us through the whole process with expert advice. He brought us to a settlement resolution that was the light at the end of a long, tough tunnel. We would highly recommend him for any injury or accident issues.
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Posted by JOSHUA | September 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I was in an auto-accident, which was no fault of my own, and I had some minor injuries. I owed money on the car, which was totaled and now had medical expenses I needed to take care, and had no idea what to do until I contacted Loughlin Fitzgerald. My case was taken over seamlessly and both Charles Reed and I couldn't have asked for better representation. Charlie and his staff were all very knowledgably and helpful and set my mind at ease that everything would work itself out. In the end, in less than 4 meetings with my attorney, my case was settled and I am a highly satisfied indicial who would refer Loughlin Fitzgerald to any of my family or friends. 5 stars!
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Posted by Susanne | August 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service related to a suit about a car accident
I was fortunate enough to find & choose Loughlin Fitzgerald of Wallingford, CT to represent me when my car was totaled & I was injured by a reckless driver a while back. The first lawyer I dealt with, W. Glen Pierson, came to my home & very clearly explained the situation to me and what would need to be done going forward. I was very pleased with his service & that of Loughlin Fitzgerald paralegal, Jill Diana. Some time afterward I learned that Atty. Pierson had left the firm to become a judge & my case was turned over to Attorney Charles P. Reed, who handled the case going forward. He also came to my home and explained the situation very clearly. While he was the consummate professional, I also found him to be friendly and approachable. As the process dragged on (not his fault) I was always able to reach either Attorney Reed or Jill Diana, a Loughlin Fitzgerald paralegal whom I found to be "terrific" on all fronts, and got assistance regarding anything I was concerned about or needed. I was always kept abreast of progress in the case & my calls to the firm were promptly returned. Whenever I had questions, they were either answered quickly or I was called back in a timely manner with answers or information. This was only my second time working with an attorney and I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE PLEASED WITH MY EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH ATTORNEY CHARLES P. REED OR HIS PARALEGAL, JILL DIANA. They turned what could have been an extremely stressful situation into a relatively stress-free experience. Finally, they got me what I felt was a very excellent settlement!!! I feel lucky to have turned to them during my time of need. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FIRM OF LOUGHLIN FITZGERALD, ATTORNEY CHARLES P. REED, and PARALEGAL JILL DIANA!!!
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Posted by Tony | April 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Expert Service
After being plowed into by a driver speeding through a red light, we were lucky enough to have Attorney Reed and staff help us. We had never been in a situation like this with not only injuries, but the total loss of our vehicle. Attorney Reed was able to see that our bills were paid and our needs were met in a pretty quick time frame.
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Posted by Leilani | January 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very pleased
I found Charles Reed by researching online, since i was in need of an attorney. Charles Reed, was very attentive to my case and myself. Charles and his staff did a great job keeping me informed on the status of my case, as well as anything that needed my attention or my presence. I would definitely recommend Charles Reed as an attorney. Thank you for your hard work!
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Posted by Dan | November 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Lawyer! - Extremely Professional and Diligent.
Charlie did an exceptional job on my case. He was tremendously helpful in guiding me thru the process and explaining the various steps along the way. Charlie provided regular progress updates as the case progressed and I always felt that he had it 100% under control. Charlie made the process not only easy for me but achieved an excellent result that was fair and balanced. Thanks Charlie for all your hard work!
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Posted by Elise | June 1, 2015
Attorney Charles Reed
I would highly recommend Attorney Charles Reed. He always kept me informed to the legal processes, educated me on procedures, terms, expectations, time frames, etc. he was very thorough and detailed with the entire process. I always felt he had my best interest, always addressed my concerns, and always asked me what I wanted to do. Everyone on his team was very helpful!!! and responsive to my needs and concerns. He goes above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable and well informed with what is going on.
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Posted by Brett | March 20, 2015
Very responsive and understanding. Worked hard and got me more than what I was expecting. Extremely professional
Posted by Donna | June 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Covering Attorney to the rescue
My original Attorney at this practice left to be a Judge and could no longer keep his clients. I had a slip and fall accident back in 2016 and Attorney Reed was assigned to my case. I could not have asked for a better person to represent me. I spoke to him many times. He listened to me and what my concerns where. Then based on my case told me what he was recommending. We worked together and came to an agreement. Within a week after contacting the Defendant, my case was settled. I could not have asked for a better Attorney or outcome.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Principal
  • Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Associate
  • Wiggin and Dana LLP
  • 1990 - 1997


  • Notre Dame Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Northwestern University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Alday v. Villarba
  • Defendant's verdict
  • Noyes v. Johnson Controls, Inc. et al.
  • Defendant's verdict
  • Gray v. Hospital of St. Raphael
  • Affirmance of summary judgment
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  • Metropolitan Bar Caucus
  • Executive Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member, Task Force on Communications
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Council of Bar Presidents
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
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  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • (Featured In) Marie P. Grady, "Partners In Law And In Life"
  • 2011
  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • (Featured In) Marie P. Grady, "Companies That Outsource Face New Legal Risk"
  • 2011
  • 15 Journal of College and University Law 443
  • "Fox v. Board of Trustees of the State Univ. of N.Y.: University Regulation Faces the First Amendment"
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts & Bolts CLE
  • Successful Lawyering
  • 2004
  • Nuts & Bolts CLE
  • Successful Lawyering
  • 2003
  • Nuts & Bolts CLE
  • Successful Lawyering
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Charles
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Charles as a mediator and arbitrator in Personal Injury litigation. I had occasion to submit a matter to him as a neutral arbitrator. He was instrumental in resolving it short of trial. He possesses the right skill set and demeanor to effectuate fair resolutions of claims."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Motorcycle accident Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Reed was opposing counsel in a case where I represented a motorcycle rider that was in a collision with his client, who was driving an automobile. Attorney Reed was a formidable opponent. He is intelligent, understands the law and its application to a case and was a zealous advocate for his client. However, he is also a gentleman and an example of professionalism and a credit to the legal profession."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Charlie is an exceptionally gifted civil litigator. His intelligent, effective and practical approach to case management and problem solving has deservedly earned him the loyalty of his clients, both corporate and individual. Charlie is widely recognized by Connecticut judges and his colleagues at the bar, as a trial lawyer of the highest caliber and an enthusiastic and important leader in the profession. This confidence is reflected in his election to the presidency of the New Haven County Bar Association for 2010, and his position as managing principal at Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. I recommend him highly."
Personal injury

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Wallingford Car accident Lawyer Charles P Reed
Charles P Reed
Car accident Attorney
Wallingford, CT
Licensed for 33 years