1 Montauk Avenue, Suite 301
New London, CT 06320
For the 5th consecutive year in a row, Faulkner & Graves, PC has been named in The Best Lawyers in America "Best Law Firms" list as a top tier law firm in New London County for Personal Injury Litigation. U.S. News & World Report states "firms included in the 2016 'Best Law Firms' list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise." (U.S. News & World Report Press Release, Nov. 2, 2015)
The two senior partners of Faulkner & Graves have also been
individually honored in the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers
in America. Attorney Shelley L. Graves has been named
the 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for New London County in the field
of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. Graves has been
repeatedly selected for inclusion in this nationally recognized guide
to legal counsel since 2010.
Also named in the 2016 Edition is her partner Dale P. Faulkner. Attorney Faulkner holds the unique distinction of having appeared in every edition of Best Lawyers for over 30 years. Faulkner was named as one of the "Top 50 Attorneys in Connecticut" by Best Lawyers and as published in Connecticut Magazine (Nov. 2014). He has also been twice named by his peers as Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Personal Injury Litigation (2011 and 2012). Attorney Faulkner is also one of only 7 lawyers in Connecticut selected by Best Lawyers for the category of Arbitration.
Since it was first published in 1983, The Best
Lawyers in America (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., of
Aiken, S.C.) has been universally regarded as the definitive guide to
legal excellence. The 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers is based
upon an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey across the country
in which more than 52,000 attorneys, in 140 practice areas, cast over
6.7 million confidential votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers
in their practice areas. For that reason, and because lawyers are
not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best
Lawyers is considered a singular honor.
The selection process for being listed in The Best Lawyers in America is detailed at the following web address: http://www.bestlawyers.com/about/CT_Methodology.aspx
Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The listings of named Connecticut lawyers are published each year in Connecticut Magazine for the purpose of honoring the 5% of attorneys chosen by Super Lawyers as exhibiting excellence in the practice of law. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Dale Faulkner and Shelley Graves have been named Connecticut or New England “Super Lawyers” repeatedly since 2006. Their partner Kara Burgarella has been named each year since 2010 by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star”, an award given to the “top up-and-coming attorneys” in each state.
The professional achievements of all three partners, Faulkner, Graves and Burgarella, is highlighted by their inclusion in the February 2016 issue of Connecticut Magazine.
The selection process for being listed in Super Lawyers is detailed at the following web address: http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html
The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is a non-profit organization created in the public interest to identify lawyers who demonstrate that they are skilled, capable, ethical trial lawyers. Accredited by the American Bar Association, the NBTA maintains rigorous standards for the certification of civil, criminal and family law trial advocates. Dale Faulkner was first certified in 1985 by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate and, his certification has been consistently renewed over the intervening 30 years. Kara Burgarella achieved this milestone in 2012. Certification is attained after compiling extensive trial experiences, passing a written examination, and independent references by judges and other lawyers. To retain certification, the attorney must demonstrate a continuation of active trial work, involvement in continuing legal education, and recommendations from opposing attorneys and judges.
Visit their web site at: http://www.nblsc.us/trial_advocacy/
Dale Faulkner became a fellow of the College in 1979. He is one of only three active lawyers in New London County to be chosen. The College is an organization whose mandate is to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession.
Visit their web site at: http://www.actl.com
Shelley Graves is a member by invitation to this organization that reserves membership to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in each state as determined by peer review of its members.
Visit their web site at: http://www.thenationaltriallawyers.org/
Dale Faulkner and Shelley Graves are the authors of Connecticut Trial Evidence Notebook, published by Lexis. It is updated yearly and is employed as a reference by lawyers and judges throughout the State.