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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 - 2021
Licensed in Connecticut Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Family Law (50%), Elder Law (20%), Estate Planning & Probate (10%), Military/Veterans Law (10%), Real Estate: Consumer (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Cynthia D. Cartier is a partner with Cartier & Bower law firm, which has law offices in Guilford and North Haven, Connecticut. A top-ranked lawyer with more than 25 years of total legal experience, Ms. Cartier provides exceptional counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout New Haven and Hartford counties and all along the Connecticut shoreline who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Divorce mediation

·       Collaborative law

·       Estate planning and administration

·       Elder law

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Cartier has achieved remarkable success helping her clients through their divorces while helping them achieve their goals and the positive outcomes they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. To that end, she prefers to use mediation and collaboration to help her clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable agreements without the need for expensive, stressful and time-consuming litigation.

During the same time, Ms. Cartier has also assisted numerous individuals and families with protecting their assets and loved ones for the future while helping them create lasting legacies through estate planning. At all turns, she provides the highly personalized counsel her clients need to make the best-informed decisions, and she has gained a reputation for her compassion and integrity along with her unwavering commitment to those she serves.

In honor for her outstanding professionalism and service, Ms. Cartier has earned consistent recognition as being among the top family law attorneys in her region. She has also received designation as one of the 10 Best Family Law Attorneys in the state of Connecticut by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. She has also received a listing in the Worldwide Who’s Who of Executives in 2013, and the Attorney & Practice Magazine voted her a Top 10 Family Law Attorney in 2017 and 2018.

A 1988 graduate of Upsala College, Ms. Cartier obtained her Juris Doctor from Widener University Delaware Law School in 1992. She also received her Master of Law in insurance law from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2010. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, and she is an active member of various local, state and national legal organizations.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Family Law
  • 20%Elder Law
  • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Military/Veterans Law
  • 10%Real Estate: Consumer
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Probate & Estate Administration, Veteran's Benefits


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021

About Cynthia D. Cartier

First Admitted: 1993, Maryland

Professional Webpage:


  • My law firm, Cartier & Bower, LLC provides a monthly newsletter, Cartier & Bower, LLC Monthly newsletter


  • Who’s Who of Executives in 2013; 2017 & 2018 Top 10 Family Law Attorneys by Attorney & Practice Magazines; 2018 Expert Network Distinguished Attorneys
  • 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 the 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

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Connecticut and US District Court for the District of Connecticut. She is a member of the Connecticut & New Haven Bar Associations
  • Shoreline Eldercare Alliance, 2013-present, 2019
  • 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

Educational Background

  • BA - Upsala College, East Orange, NJ, 1988
  • LLM - University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, CT, 2010

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 Councilmember, Town of Hamden, Connecticut – 1997-1998 Elected 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 – 1999-2003 Appointed 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 ver $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

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Mediation Skills Training, Quinnipiac School of Law - Center on Dispute Resolution, 2015
  • Justice of the Peace, 2017
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Office Location for Cynthia D. Cartier

2488 Boston Post Rd
Suite 16A
Guilford, CT 06437

Phone: 203-458-1477

Fax: 203-458-1499

Last Updated: 6/10/2021

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