D. Lincoln Woodard

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in West Hartford, Connecticut

Walsh Woodard LLC
D. Lincoln Woodard
Walsh Woodard LLC

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Professional Liability; view more

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1992

Education: Western New England University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023

Walsh Woodard LLC

527 Prospect Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06105 Visit website


Lincoln Woodard is a trial lawyer who represents plaintiffs who have suffered injuries as a result of someone else's wrongful conduct from incidents including car crashes, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2007, having been re-certified last in 2017. From 2009 to the present, he has been selected by his peers in the Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers publication, www.superlawyers.com.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. He has been named "Lawyer of the Year" in the Hartford area by the Best Lawyers publication in 2020 for Personal Injury litigation and again in 2022 and 2024 for Medical Malpractice litigation.

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Woodard has volunteered his time to educate his peers at a number of seminars in Connecticut.  he has lectured on topics including trial tactics, municipal liability, and medical liens.  In 2012, 2014, and 2017 he has co-chaired and spoken at one of the State’s most popular seminars for personal injury plaintiff attorneys called the “Ugliest Seminar of the Year” sponsored by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation, which  addresses the complex issues surrounding liens in personal injury matters.

Mr. Woodard is admitted to the Connecticut and New York Bar, though his practice is limited to Connecticut. He is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of Connecticut and the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Woodard gained invaluable trial and life experience as a prosecutor in New York, spending the last two years prosecuting cases in the domestic violence and sex crimes division. He returned to Connecticut with his family in 1997 and has practiced exclusively in civil litigation since that time. In addition to his trial experience, he has also represented clients before the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts as well as the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Woodard served as President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association from 2018-2019, an organization of over 1,300 trial attorneys devoted to preserving injured individual's rights to a trial by jury. He remains active in the organization, serving as co-chair of the Legislative Committee, and as a member of CTLA's Executive Committee, Board of Governors, and Continuing Legal Education Committees.  He is also a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association and a Leaders Forum member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ).

Mr. Woodard received his law degree from Western New England School of Law where he graduated with honors and served on the editorial board of the school’s Law Review. He received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Syracuse University.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Dram Shop Laws, Informed Consent, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Professional Malpractice - Other, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 40% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1992, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: https://walshwoodard.com/attorney/lincoln-woodard/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Ugliest Seminar of the Year, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Foundation, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2019, and 2020
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee and Board of Governors
  • United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal District Court of Connecticut
  • New York Bar, 1993
  • Connecticut, 1992
  • American College of Trial Lawyers-Connecticut State Committee member. 2022-present, 2022
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)-Appointed to Board as Secretary of Connecticut Chapter. 2022- present, 2022
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association of Justice, Leaders Forum member
  • Connecticut Bar Association 
  • Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine, 2009 to present
  • , Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Hartford area, Medical Malpractice, Best Lawyer publication, 2024
  • , Associate Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, ABOTA- American Board of Trial Advocates, 2016
  • Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • , Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Hartford area, Personal Injury Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2020
  • , Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Hartford area, Medical Malpractice litigation, Best Lawyer publication, 2022
Educational Background:
  • Syracuse University, BA in Marketing and Economics, 1987
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2007 and recertified 2012 and 2017., 2007
  • Nikides v. Town of Wethersfield, 148 Conn. App. 186, 84 A.3d 486 (2014) Background: Pedestrian sued town for damages stemming from injuries suffered as a result of trip and fall on a dangerous sidewalk. Suit brought under Highway Defect Statute, jury found Town liable and awarded damages. Town appealed and verdict was upheld. Nikides v. Town of Wethersfield, 148 Conn. App. 186, 84 A.3d 486 (2014), 2014
  • Weaver v. McKnight, 313 Conn. 393, 97 A.3d 920 (2014)   Background: Mother, on behalf of herself and as administrator of stillborn infant's estate, and coadministrator of estate, filed suit against treating obstetrician/gynecologist and professional group for alleged negligent failure to diagnose and treat gestational diabetes. The Superior Court Judge directed verdict for defendants after improperly precluding plaintiff's experts.  The Supreme court reversed and granted plaintiffs a new trial. The Appellate Court, 134 Conn.App. 652, 40 A.3d 786, affirmed but was overturned by the Supreme Court., 2014
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
Industry Groups:
  • Injured Victims

Office location for D. Lincoln Woodard

527 Prospect Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06105

Phone: 860-325-7765


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023

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