Marisa A. Bellair

Marisa A. Bellair

Partner
Location:
New Haven, Connecticut
Phone:
888-692-7403
203-800-7343
Fax:
203-782-0278
Email:

Marisa is a partner in the law firm of Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C.  Marisa is an experienced litigator and appellate attorney, who primarily focuses on complex civil litigation and medical malpractice cases in both state and federal state courts. 

Throughout her career, Marisa has achieved many successful outcomes for her clients both in and out of the courtroom.  For example, Marisa secured a $4 million verdict against the State of Connecticut following a fatal interstate accident due to lane obstructions on I-91.  In addition, Marisa was involved in a sexual abuse case that yielded a $12.5 million settlement.  As a result of this settlement, Marisa was recognized in Connecticut Law Tribune's Personal Injury Hall of Fame.  She has also been an instrumental part of many of the firms numerous other multi-million dollar medical malpractice and personal injury settlements.      
 
Marisa has distinguished herself as a vigilant and dedicated attorney who pays particular attention to even the smallest details in her cases.  Her unique ability to command both the facts and the legal principles of cases form the cornerstone of both her and her firm's numerous successes. Marisa's ability to grasp complex scientific and legal principles coupled with her analytical skills have proven to be valuable assets to her clients and her firm.

Marisa received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Syracuse University.  Throughout law school, Marisa received several awards, including the esteemed Dean's Award.  In 2007, Marisa was featured in a cover story in Quinnipiac Law Magazine in an article related to work-life balance.  In 2012, Marisa was named a "New Leader of the Law" by the Connecticut Law Tribune.  In addition, she has been named as a Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2009-2012 and has also been named as a Super Lawyer in personal injury-medical malpractice by Connecticut Magazine in each subsequent year.

Marisa is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut, State of New York, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.   

Marisa is active with the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), serving on the Executive Committee, Board of Governors, General Tort Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee and Public Relations Committee.  She is a co-chair of the General Tort Committee and the Public Relations Committee and is a past Chair of the CTLA Women's Caucus.  In addition, she has served as the co-chair of various fundraisers sponsored by the CTLA, which have raised funds for Habitat for Humanity, The Newtown Memorial Fund and Wounded Warrior Project.  She is also an active member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  Marisa previously served as the Vice-President of the New Haven County Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division and was a member of the Public Service Committee.  She also routinely serves as a judge for local Moot Court competitions and participates as a brief judge for the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. 

Year Joined Firm

  • 2002

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Negligence
  • Products Liability
  • Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 2001
  • New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2003

Education

  • Quinnipiac College School of Law, Hamden, Connecticut
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Honors: Dean's Award
    • Honors: Marci Karbane Moot Court Award
    • Honors: Outstanding Legal Scholarship Award
    • Honors: Service to the Law School Award
    • Honors: Distinguished Academic Achievement Award in Legal Skills II
    • Honors: Distinguished Academic Achievement in Lawyer's Professional Responsibility
    • Honors: 1999 Moot Court Honor Society Intramural Competition: Final Bench Winner
    • Honors: 1999 Moot Court Honor Society Intramural Competition: Best Brief Award
    • Honors: 1999 Moot Court Honor Society Intramural Competition: Best Oral Advocate
    • Honors: 1999 Moot Court Honor Society Intramural Competition: Best Overall Advocate
    • Honors: 1999 Mock Trial Society Intramural Competition Winner
    • Honors: 2000 National Appellate Advocacy Competition Quarterfinalist
    • Honors: Moot Court Honor Society, President, 2000-2001
  • Syracuse University
    • B.A. - 1994
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Clients

  • The Southern Connecticut Gas Company
  • Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation
  • The United Illuminating Company
  • UIL Holdings Corporation
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Inergy Propane

Classes/Seminars

  • iPads for Lawyers & Paraprofessionals, 2013
  • Winning the Defective Premises Action, 2013
  • iPads for Lawyers & Paraprofessionals: Set-up, Pre-Trial & Trial, 2013
  • Evidence and Experts at Trial, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer, Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice, Connecticut Magazine, 2013 - 2014
  • New Leader of the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2012
  • Super Lawyer, Rising Star, Connecticut Magazine, 2009 - 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 2001 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 2000 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association, Member, Public Service Committee
  • New Haven County Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division, Vice-President
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Letizia, Ambrose & Cohen, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Oriskany, New York