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Rute Mendes Caetano is a partner with the firm and has been practicing with Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith since 2004, where she currently concentrates in Personal Injury.

Attorney Caetano also concentrates part of her practice in representing victims in sexual assault and molestation cases in the criminal courts as well as representing the families of people who have passed due to the negligence of others.

Attorney Caetano has worked closely with the Brazilian Consulate General in Hartford providing counsel and legal advice in various matters. Attorney Caetano has been heavily involved with the Portuguese Cultural Center, Danbury CT, where she served as President of the Board of Trustees. Attorney Mendes is also involved with her alma mater, Western Connecticut State University, where she has participated as an Advisor to the Mock Trial class in the Justice and Law Department and the Mock Trial presentation for the Justice and Law Club and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association and participated in the Entering the Gates Ceremony welcoming new students.

Attorney Caetano has been a seminar presenter for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and she received the Pro Bono Award from the Danbury Bar Association in 2012. Attorney Mendes is currently on the Board of Directors for the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut and also has received the honor of being named one of the "Top 40 under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers Association.


Languages spoken: English, Portuguese, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 50%
    12 years



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    I have know Attorney Mendes for well over five years and have had the pleasure of working with her on many cases. She is an experienced attorney who truly cares about her clients.


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Contact info

Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith

235 Main Street
Danbury, CT, 06810-6673


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Pro Bono AwardGreater Danbury Bar Association2012
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyVentura, Ribeiro & Smith2004 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Western Connecticut State UniversityBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Danbury Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Regional YMCA Western CTBoard of Directors2013 - Present
American Association for JusticeLeaders Forum2012 - Present
Portuguese Bar AssociationFounding Member2011 - Present
Portuguese Cultural CenterPresident-Board of Trustees2012 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Personal InjuryN/A
Victim AttorneyDefendant convicted/sentenced to 4 years
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Publication nameTitleDate
Connecticut Law TribuneSmaller Firms Carve Out Niche With Bilingual Attorneys2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New England School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Western Connecticut State UniversityJustice & Law AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Connecticut Trial Lawyers AssociationConnecticut Trial Lawyers Association2012