Karen L. Dowd

Overview

KAREN L. DOWD is a Partner in the Firm’s Hartford, Connecticut office. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut state courts as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Her practice includes trial and appellate litigation in Connecticut state and federal courts. She consults with trial counsel on presenting legal issues and in preparing cases for appeal.

Ms. Dowd represents attorneys before local grievance panels and the Statewide Grievance Committee.  She also counsels candidates for bar admission before the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee.  Ms. Dowd consults with attorneys and firms on the day to day issues which arise under the Rules of Professional Conduct. 

Ms. Dowd co-authors the annual Connecticut Practice Book Annotated, Vol. 1. She provides author’s comments to chapters on pleadings and motions. She also co-authored Connecticut Insurance Law. She has co-presented the “Annual Review of Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Court Cases” at the CBA Connecticut Legal Conference since 2011 and often speaks on appellate practice and ethics.

Ms. Dowd served as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Litigation Section from 2005 to 2007 after serving as an officer for the prior four years. She continues to serve on the Litigation Section Executive Committee as an Honorary Member. Ms. Dowd taught written and oral advocacy in the Moot Court interterm at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

  • Martindale-Hubbell awarded Ms. Dowd with its AV Peer Review Rating, its highest level of professional excellence and she was designated as a Preeminent Lawyer for 2022. 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® (2011-2022), a Woodward/White, Inc. business, and partners with U.S. News & World Report, in the areas of Appellate Practice (2020-2022) and Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law (2011-2022). She was  recognized as the 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" for Appellate Practice in the Hartford area. A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court).
  • Listed in Super Lawyers® (2007, 2011-2022), a Thomson Reuters business, in the areas of Appellate, Personal Injury - General: Defense, and Professional Liability: Defense in Connecticut. A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court).

Overview

KAREN L. DOWD is a Partner in the Firm’s Hartford, Connecticut office. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut state courts as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Her practice includes trial and appellate litigation in Connecticut state and federal courts. She consults with trial counsel on presenting legal issues and in preparing cases for appeal.

Ms. Dowd represents attorneys before local grievance panels and the Statewide Grievance Committee.  She also counsels candidates for bar admission before the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee.  Ms. Dowd consults with attorneys and firms on the day to day issues which arise under the Rules of Professional Conduct. 

Ms. Dowd co-authors the annual Connecticut Practice Book Annotated, Vol. 1. She provides author’s comments to chapters on pleadings and motions. She also co-authored Connecticut Insurance Law. She has co-presented the “Annual Review of Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Court Cases” at the CBA Connecticut Legal Conference since 2011 and often speaks on appellate practice and ethics.

Ms. Dowd served as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Litigation Section from 2005 to 2007 after serving as an officer for the prior four years. She continues to serve on the Litigation Section Executive Committee as an Honorary Member. Ms. Dowd taught written and oral advocacy in the Moot Court interterm at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

  • Martindale-Hubbell awarded Ms. Dowd with its AV Peer Review Rating, its highest level of professional excellence and she was designated as a Preeminent Lawyer for 2022. 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® (2011-2022), a Woodward/White, Inc. business, and partners with U.S. News & World Report, in the areas of Appellate Practice (2020-2022) and Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law (2011-2022). She was  recognized as the 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" for Appellate Practice in the Hartford area. A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court).
  • Listed in Super Lawyers® (2007, 2011-2022), a Thomson Reuters business, in the areas of Appellate, Personal Injury - General: Defense, and Professional Liability: Defense in Connecticut. A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court).

Practices

Education

University of Virginia (B.A. 1988)
University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. 1991)

Admissions

State of Connecticut
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut