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 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Elder Law (20%),
  • Military/Veterans Law (10%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    In matters of family law and elder law, Cynthia Cartier represents clients as a Managing Partner with The Law Offices of Cartier & Bower, LLC.  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.  

    As a trained mediator and collaborative attorney, her family law focus includes dissolution of marriage actions and post-decree proceedings where the parties chose a less adversarial route and engage fully in the process working towards a settlement that meets the needs of all parties. She is often appointed by the Court to serve as Guardian Ad Litem for minors in custody matters. In cases of elder law, she devotes her practice to guardianships, estate planning, asset protection, advance directives, supplemental needs trusts, and Medicaid planning, representing a wide range of clients throughout the Connecticut.  She represents clients and their families in guardianship proceedings, and is frequently appointed by the Courts as Counsel to the Alleged Incapacitated Person.  She also serves as a Conservator by Court appointment or on personal nomination.  

    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 founded Cartier & Bower, LLC in 2013 to provide quality legal services and holistic solutions for people facing challenges in their daily lives.

    Practice Philosophy

    Attorney Cartier 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.

    Professional Distinctions and Community Involvement

    Attorney Cartier is admitted to the bars of Connecticut and US District Court for the District of Connecticut. She is a member of the Connecticut and New Haven Bar Associations and has been involved in various community activities throughout her career including serving on the Board of Selectmen in Guilford, Connecticut Commission for Women, Children & Seniors and a many nonprofit organizations.  She has also served on the Guilford Boards of 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.     Cindy also has been appointed and serves as a Connecticut Justice of the Peace since 2018.

    She is the honored member of Worldwide Who’s Who of Executives in 2013; 2017, 2018 & 2019 recipient of the 10 Best Family Law Attorneys in the State of Connecticut by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys; 2017, 2018 &2019 recipient of Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Connecticut by the Attorney and Practice Magazines; Lawyers of Distinction 2018 & 2019 and Avvo Clients’ Choice Award.  The Law Offices of Cartier & Bower was voted #1 Law Firm on the Shoreline in 2019 by Shore Publishing.

    Professional Affiliations

    Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce
    Divorce Solutions of Connecticut, Secretary
    International Association of Collaborative Professionals
    Connecticut Bar Association
    New Haven County Bar Association 


    Attorney Cartier resides in Guilford with her husband – Rich, son – Joseph and two daughters – Samantha and Charlotte.

    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
    • 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
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    Office Location for Cynthia D. Cartier

    2488 Boston Post Rd
    Suite 16A
    Guilford, CT 06437

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    Last Updated: 6/23/2020

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