Michael D. Colonese

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Norwich, Connecticut

Brown Jacobson PC
Michael D. Colonese
Brown Jacobson PC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Employment Litigation; view more

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1985

Education: University of Connecticut School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010, 2019 - 2024
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Brown Jacobson PC

22 Courthouse Square
PO Box 391
Norwich, CT 06360 Visit website


Michael D. Colonese is president of Brown Jacobson P.C. law firm, which has office locations in Norwich, Glastonbury, and Groton, Connecticut. The head of the firm's Plaintiffs Practice Group, Mr. Colonese provides exceptional representation and support to clients across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Personal injury

· Workers' compensation

· Employment law claims

· Complex civil litigation

Board certified as both a civil trial specialist and as a workers' compensation specialist, Mr. Colonese has more than 38 years of total legal experience, and he has gained a reputation as a staunch legal advocate who aggressively pursues the maximum amount of compensation possible for those he serves. A native of Connecticut, he has a genuine concern for the legal issues that affect the residents of his community, and he has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients.

A highly competent and thorough attorney, Mr. Colonese prepares each case he handles as if it were to go to trial. This helps him to bring the best case forward for his clients during negotiations and achieve the most favorable settlement possible. Should negotiations break down, he is then ready to take the case to court to obtain the positive results his clients expect and deserve.

After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut in 1982, Mr. Colonese returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1985. He is admitted to practice before all Connecticut state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the Mohegan Gaming Disputes Court.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation: Claimant, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

First Admitted: 1985, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: https://brownjacobson.com/our-attorneys/michael-d-colonese

Educational Background:
  • University of Connecticut, B.A., Economics, Magna Cum Laude, 1982
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • District of Connecticut
  • Mohegan Gaming Disputes Court
  • State of Connecticut
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Exploration of law of defamation in the employment context, Co-author, Interoffice Communication can lead to Employee Defamation, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2014
  • Discussion of the case of Tomick v. UPS relative to availability of punitive damages under CFEPA, Co-author, Punitive Damages Claimed Under Fair Employment Act, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2014
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Inducted into American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA"), 2018
  • Re-Certified by the National Board Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate, 2024
  • Board Certified Workers Compensation Specialist
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Hopkins-Terrell v. 21st Century Insurance Trial to the Court of Underinsured Motorist Claim. Plaintiff collected $50,000 in available coverage from tortfeasor's insurer. Defendant UIM insurer disputed the tortfeasor's liability as well as damages. The Court awarded $37,000 in UIM benefits in addition to the settlement with the tortfeasor., 2021
  • Driscoll v. Safeco Insurance Co., Verdict of $110,252 in Underinsured motorist case; Insurer's pre-trial offer was less than $5,000., 2016
  • St. Bernard School of Montville v. Bank of America, 312 Conn. 811 (2014), 2014
  • Tomick v. UPS, 324 Conn. 470 (2016), 2016

Office location for Michael D. Colonese

22 Courthouse Square
PO Box 391
Norwich, CT 06360

Phone: 860-971-7038


7 Years Super Lawyers
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