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Donna Civitello is a partner at Carter & Civitello in Woodbridge, Connecticut. She concentrates her practice in the areas of workers’ compensation and Social Security disability. She graduated from Yale University in 1978 and from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1986.

She is an author, along with Robert Carter, Jason Dodge, Jim Pomeranz and Lucas Strunk, of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Law, a legal treatise. She also authored Injured on the Job, a handbook for injured workers and union representatives.

Donna is a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, a national organization of pre-eminent workers' compensation attorneys, and serves on the Chairman’s Legal Advisory Committee to the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission. She has been Editor-in-Chief of Compensation Quarterly, a magazine for Connecticut workers’ compensation practitioners, and is currently a member of its Editorial Board.

She is a former member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Workers’ Compensation Certification, and now serves on its Examining Committee. She has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she taught a workers’ compensation course along with her husband and law partner Bob Carter, and the Hon. John Mastropietro, Chairman of the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission.

Donna has been listed annually in Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, since 1995 to the present, has been named a member of The Outstanding Lawyers of America, is named in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and is a New England Super Lawyer. She is a recipient of the 2006 ConnectiCOSH Irving Selikoff award.

Donna is married to Bob Carter, and lives in Southbury, Connecticut. She loves to dance, garden, and sew.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
  2. Social Security: 25%
  3. Car Accident: 25%
  4. Workers Compensation: 25%

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Carter & Civitello

One Bradley Road
Suite 301
Woodbridge, CT, 06525-2235


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Connecticut Law Tribune2016
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Irving Selikoff award.ConnectiCOSH2006
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America1995
ListedOutstanding Lawyers of AmericaN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Connecticut Law TribuneTeaching the Justices Workers' Comp2008
Connecticut Practice SeriesConnecticut Workers' Compensation Law2008
N/AInjured on the Job, A Handbook for Connecticut Workers1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Yale UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978