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Cody N. Guarnieri

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Hartford, CT

Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
100 Pearl Street, 10th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103-4506
Phone: 860-522-3343
Fax: 860-522-2490
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2022
Licensed in Connecticut Since: 2012
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Administrative Law
Attorney Profile

Attorney Cody N. Guarnieri is a trial attorney at Brown, Paindiris & Scott. His practice focuses primarily on criminal defense, personal injury, general and business litigation, and defending professional and occupational licensing for individuals and businesses.

Cody handles criminal matters throughout Connecticut and southern Massachusetts, as well as in federal courts in both states. He has handled matters in nearly every criminal courthouse in the state of Connecticut and ranging in seriousness from lesser misdemeanors to serious felonies, including sexual assault, bank robbery and murder.

In his civil litigation practice, Cody handles complex personal injury and general litigation matters for individuals and small businesses.  Cody aggressively pursues claims and lawsuits for individuals who were injured because of someone else, whether it be another driver, a doctor, a property owner, or the manufacturer or seller of a dangerously defective product. Cody has brought class action lawsuits on behalf of consumers, employees and others, including one of the first nationwide class action lawsuits against Volkswagen based on the defective clean diesel “TDI” line of automobiles and class actions on behalf of employees discriminated against for exercising their rights under the Connecticut Palliative Use of Marijuana Act. 

Cody also litigates business disputes for individuals and small businesses, including those related to breach of contract claims, shareholder, partnership and LLC agreement disputes, allegations of fraud or misconduct, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and various other business-related claims.    

In his administrative practice Cody counsels clients in dealing with administrative agencies for professional and occupational licensing issues, including with the Department of Public Health, Connecticut Medical Examining Board, Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing, Department of Developmental Services, Department of Consumer Protection, Department of Children and Families, State Elections Enforcement Commission and others. Cody regularly works with investigatory and disciplinary staff at the many boards, commissions and agencies of the State of Connecticut.

In 2021 Cody was awarded the Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award by the Hartford County Bar Association, awarded to an attorney who exemplifies the high standards of service to the profession, ethics, scholarship and devotion to clients.  He was named a “New Leader in the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune in 2016.  Cody is also a Presidential Fellow Emeritus of the Connecticut Bar Association and is currently serves as the chair of the Criminal Justice Section. Cody also serves on the Board of Directors and as co-chair of the Criminal Justice Committee of the Hartford County Bar Association and was recently nominated and elected as a fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, for which he is the Chair of the James W. Cooper Fellow Roundtables Program.  Cody is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Cody was listed as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Connecticut from 2015 to the present. Cody has been Lead Counsel Rated in Criminal Defense since 2014 and his lawyer rating on is a perfect 10 out of 10.   Cody is also a member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the Litigation Section, Administrative Law Section and Lawyer Wellbeing Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association.  He has also been invited to speak at seminars and panels, including the annual meeting of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Bar Association’s Connecticut Legal Conference as well as at continuing legal education programs held by the CBA and other organizations.

Glastonbury                                                      Hartford                                            

2252 Main Street                                                100 Pearl Street       
Glastonbury, CT 06033                                       Hartford, CT 06103                                
860-266-4278                                                     860-266-4278                                         

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Administrative Law
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Licensing


8 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2022

About Cody N. Guarnieri

First Admitted: 2012, Connecticut

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Educational Background

  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut, Dual B.A.s (Magna Cum Laude), 2009

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Hartford Rotary Club, Past President, 2015 - 2016
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Archdiocese of Hartford, President
  • St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church Men's Fellowship Member, 2017


  • Awarded to an attorney who exemplifies the high standards of service to the profession, ethics, scholarship and devotion to clients., Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award, Hartford County Bar Association , 2020
  • Connecticut Bar Association Presidential Fellow Emeritus - 2017
  • rated a perfect 10 out of 10
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Criminal Defense Clinic, 2012
  • Connecticut SuperLawyer Rising Star, 2015-present
  • Selected New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2016  
  • Connecticut Bar Association Presidential Fellow, 2015 - 2017
  • Lead Counsel Rated in Criminal Defense, 2014-present

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts , 2020
  • Admitted to the bar of the State of New York, 2021
  • American Association for Justice
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit  
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers  
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Chair of the Criminal Justice Section, 2021
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Office Location for Cody N. Guarnieri

100 Pearl Street
10th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103-4506

Phone: 860-522-3343

Fax: 860-522-2490

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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