Cynthia D. Cartier

Cynthia D. Cartier

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Guilford, CT

Cartier & Bower, LLC
 | 2488 Boston Post Rd, Suite 16A
Guilford, CT 06437
Phone: 203-458-1477
Fax: 203-458-1499
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (30%),
  • Elder Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

Cindy Cartier has been practicing law for over 25 years.  She received her BA from Upsala College, JD from Widener Law School and LLM from UCONN Law School where she was the recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Insurance Finance.

Cindy began her career clerking in the 7th Judicial Circuit in Maryland and then went into private practice concentrating on family law and civil litigation.  She returned home in 1997 working for Sentry, St. Paul and then Fireman’s Fund Insurance Companies as Trial/Senior Trial Counsel concentrating on insurance defense litigation and worker’s compensation.  In 2005, she joined Nationwide as Assistant General Counsel where, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she performed legal and compliance functions for national and program accounts throughout the New England Region.

In 2013, she joined Attorney Ray Bower to open their firm where they could provide counsel to families, seniors, veterans and small businesses.  She serves as the managing partner of the firm.  Cindy dedicates her practice to family and elder law with a focus on mediation and collaborative divorce. She believe that the best resolutions are ones where the parties chose the less adversarial route and engage fully in the process. This process not only saves time and money, but is a healthier way for folks to resolve their differences. With Cindy’s extensive legal background over the last quarter of a century in many areas of the law, she has a unique ability to see the conflict from both sides of the situation helping clients to do the same. She believes passionately in the process and it shows in how she cares about the parties both during and beyond the process. She does not give up helping the parties resolve the issues and her dedication to this work leads to positive resolutions for years to come.

Cindy also provides a siginificant amount of probono work to clients at the Women and Family Life Center as well as Statewide Legal Services providing counsel on all types family and elder issues.  She further provides pro-bono work forming non-profit organizations for a variety of individuals/businesses.

She is admitted to the bars of Connecticut and US District Court for the District of Connecticut. She is a member of the Connecticut & New Haven Bar Associations and has been involved in various community activities throughout her career including currently serving many nonprofit and governmental boards including currently serving on Connecticut Commission for Women, Children & Seniors & the Board of Clifford Beers.  She has previously served on the Guilford Boards of Selectman, Education and Planning and Zoning and Hamden Legislative Council.  Since 2001, she has been appointed as a fact-finder/arbitrator for the Judicial Districts of New Haven.   She is the honored member of Worldwide Who’s Who of Executives in 2013; 2017 & 2018 Top 10 Family Law Attorneys by Attorney & Practice Magazines; 2018 Expert Network Distinquished Attorneys; 2017 recipient of the 10 Best Family Law Attorneys in the State of Connecticut by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys; and 2018 Avvo Clients' Choice Award

Cindy resides in Guilford with her husband, Rich and their three children, Joseph (16); Samantha (7) and Charlotte (5).


About Cynthia Cartier

Admitted: 1996, Connecticut

Professional Webpage:


  • Awarded Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Connecticut.  Nominated by peers/colleagues and received this honor., Top 10 Family Law Attorneys - Connecticut, Attorney & Practice Magazines, 2018
  • Presented award for top reviews by clients praising legal services provided. , Avvo Clients’ Choice Award - 2018, Avvo, 2018
  • Received CALI Award as a result of highest grade received in Insurance Finance while obtaining my LLM at University of Connecticut School of Law., CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Insurance Finance, University of Connecticut School of Law, 2010
  • Awarded Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Connecticut by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, Top 10 Family Law Attorneys - Connecticut, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017
  • Awarded Top 10 Family Law Attorneys by Attorney & Practice Magazines. Nominated by peers/colleagues and received this honor., Top 10 Family Law Attorneys, Attorney & Practice Magazines, 2017
  • Nominated by peers to be awarded Expert Network Distinguished Attorney, Expert Network Distinguished Attorneys, Expert Network Distinguished Attorneys, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Mediation Skills Training, Quinnipiac School of Law - Center on Dispute Resolution, 2015
  • Justice of the Peace., 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Shoreline Eldercare Alliance, 2013-present, 2019
  • Corporator, American School for the Deaf, Hartford, CT – 2011-2017, 2017
  • Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, Member – 2013-present, 2019
  • Shoreline Area Senior Network (SASN), Board Member – 2016-present, 2019
  • I am a member of the Connecticut and New Haven Bar Associations. , 2019
  • Fact-finder/Arbitrator for the State of Connecticut - Superior Court.  Appointed September 2001 to present to serve with the New Haven Judicial District conducting arbitrations and mediations on the civil docket., 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • YMCA, Board Member – 2013 -2015, 2015
  • Clifford Beers, Board Member - 2018 - present, 2019
  • Orchard House, Board Member – 2014-2016, 2014
  • Sarah, Inc., Director – 2013 – 2016, 2016
  • 4th District Council member, Town of Hamden, Connecticut – 1997-1998Elected and served on the Legislative Branch of the town government., 2019
  • Board of Education Member, Guilford, Connecticut – 2005-2007 Elected November 2005.  Served on Policy (Chair), Curriculum and Health Advisory Committees., 2019
  • Chairman/Member, Planning & Zoning Commission, Guilford, Connecticut – 1999-2003Appointed May 1999, to serve on the commission overseeing the land development in the town., 2019
  • Board of Selectman, Member, Guilford, Connecticut – 2007-2017 Elected to serve and responsible for the overall planning, operation and performance of the Town including the management of a $70 million dollar budget. Set policy and strategic direction in the best interests of the municipality as a whole involving drafting of legislation and passing of ordinances in coordination with the town plans. Founded Wellness and Insurance Committees., 2019
  • Since 2017, I have been appointed to the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors providing policy review and recommendations to the legislature. , 2019
  • I served as for the past four years Volunteer Counsel on a monthly basis for the Women and Family Law Center Legal Clinic providing counsel to women on issues involving family, consumer and employment matters.   To date, I have provided over 500 hours to the Legal Clinic and ve $125,000 billable hours to clients. , 2019
  • I serve as Volunteer Counsel for Statewide Legal Services of CT providing counsel to clients on a variety of legal matters including consumer issues, wills/probate, family law and landlord-tenant matters.  I handle approximately 6-10 cases per year.  To date, I have contributed more than $699,100 worth of billable pro bono hours to clients. , 2019


Educational Background:

  • JD - Widener Law School, Harrisburg, PA, 1992
  • BA  - Upsala College, East Orange, NJ, 1988
  • LLM - University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, CT, 2010
Office Location for Cynthia D. Cartier

2488 Boston Post Rd
Suite 16A
Guilford, CT 06437

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Last Updated: 5/24/2019

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