About Our Section

This section aims to organize the members of the CBA who are workers’ compensation practitioners and to educate all members of the Bar from all sides at all levels of expertise as to workers’ compensation law. Furthermore, the section attempts to provide services to organizations other than the CBA when those organizations are involved in the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation system. The section works with all levels of government in an effort to improve the system. The Executive Committee will take positions on pending legislation where appropriate. It will work through committees on various issues that arise in the practice such as amicus briefs, creating new and exciting continuing legal education, and producing our publication Compensation Quarterly. The committee works with the Commission giving feedback on issues affecting day-to-day practice of the parties that appear before the Commission as they arise. The section consists of members who represent injured workers, employers and insurers, as well as the State of Connecticut and the Second Injury Fund.

Section Executive Committee

Colette Griffin

Howd & Ludorf LLC
65 Wethersfield Ave
Hartford, CT 06114

Donna Civitello

Carter & Civitello
1 Bradley Rd, Ste 305
Woodbridge, CT 06525-2235

Jill M. Rydzik

Morrissey Morrissey & Mooney LLC
PO Box 31
Naugatuck, CT 06770

Robert Bystrowski

Morrison Mahoney LLP
1 Constitution Plz, fl 10
Hartford, CT 06103

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  • Workers Diane D. Duhamel Receives 2019 Pomeranz-O'Brien Award

    Monday, June 24, 2019

    Attorney Diane D. Duhamel received the Pomeranz-O’Brien Award from the Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA) Workers’ Compensation Section for her contribution and exemplary service to the workers’ compensation system and community. Attorney Duhamel was presented with the award at the 2019 Connecticut Legal Conference, during the section’s seminar, “Current Issues in the Workers’ Compensation System.”
  • Diane D. Duhamel and Joseph R. Passaretti, Jr. were inducted into The College of Workers Two Members Inducted into the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    Attorneys Diane D. Duhamel and Joseph R. Passaretti, Jr. were inducted into The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers (CWCL) on March 14 at the ABA Workers' Compensation Midwinter Conference and CWCL Symposium in Coral Gable, FL..
  • The Matthew Shafner Memorial Scholarship for Sons and Daughters of Disabled Workers

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019

    We are pleased to announce that the Disabled Workers' Committee, a Connecticut‑based, not‑for‑profit organization whose mission is to help impaired workers, has issued new criteria for the one scholarship of $10,000 that it is offering to assist a senior high school student who lives in Connecticut.
  • Lucas D. Strunk, Richard S. Bartlett, Event Chair Richard L. Aiken, Jr., and Erik S. Bartlett play in the 20th Annual Verrilli-Belkin Workers’ Compensation Charity Golf and Dinner Event. Photo taken Kenneth B. Katz. CBA Workers’ Compensation Section Hosts 20th Annual Golf Event

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    The Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA) Workers’ Compensation Section held their 20th Annual Verrilli-Belkin Workers’ Compensation Charity Golf and Dinner Event. More than $200,000 has been raised, over the life of the tournament, for Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare.

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Workers' Compensation Specialist Certification Program

The Workers’ Compensation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association has created the Workers’ Compensation Specialist Certification Program to help the public to identify attorneys who are competent, experienced, and skilled in the area of workers’ compensation law and to raise the level of practice in this area of the law.

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