Christopher DeMatteo, Principal Attorney

I was born in New Haven and grew up in Connecticut. I know and travel the state well, from Danbury to Norwich and New Haven to Enfield. I went to Xavier High School in Middletown and gradauted from Boston College with a degree in history. I live with my wife, who is also an attorney, in Fairfield County. Some people think that being married to another attorney would mean we negotiate a lot. Not so much. I win more arguments in court. 

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After college, I returned home and worked as a sports writer for the Valley Courier and Harbor News. I then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to go to law school at Marquette University. I decided that I wanted to practice law in Connecticut and again returned home. I am admitted to practice law in Connecticut, Wisconsin (inactive), the United States District Court for Connecticut, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

My experience as an attorney and writer has taught me that asking the right questions often contributes to success. I have represented clients on both sides of criminal law, victims and defendants. I am also experienced in civil litigation and appeals. Before starting my own practice years ago, I worked as an associate attorney with Jazlowiecki & Jazlowiecki, a personal injury firm based in Bristol.

When I'm not working, I enjoy biking, cooking, trivia and seeing new places. I make the most of the week of vacation I give myself each year. I bake bread and make pizza and also experiment with different barbecue techniques. Like many lawyers, I read a lot and enjoy reading novels. I also write creatively and aspire to write legal thrillers. Most of my recently writing is in legal briefs and motions which do require creative energy. I am a strong supporter of the First Amendment and think the Civil Right Act of 1964 is the most important piece of legislation ever enacted.  

Thomas DeMatteo, Of Counsel

Tom DeMatteo has been practicing law for over forty years. He served as an Assistant Attorney General before opening his own practice in Branford. He then joined the legal department of the Department of Children and Families in 1997 and retired in 2017. He is also Chris DeMatteo's father. In the fall of 2018, Tom joined Chris in practice and is "Of counsel" to DeMatteo Legal Solutions, making it a real family firm. Tom's practice now is primarily focused in the areas of juvenile/DCF matters and education issues. 

Fairfield University, B.A. 1974

University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D. 1977

Admitted to Practice in Connecticut, 1977

I stay active in my local community as well as several professional organizations, including 

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • New Haven County Bar Association

I am recognized in Martindale-Hubbell and was named one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association. I am rated a 10 out of 10 on Avvo. I received  Special Training in Child Welfare Trial Techniques from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Recently I was selected by Super Lawyers in the area of criminal defense.

I regularly appear in the criminal, juvenile and civil courts in Milford, New Haven, Meriden, Middletown, Derby, Bridgeport and New Britain.