KAREN L. DOWDkaren dowd


Phone: (860) 522-8338
Fax: (860) 728-0401
E-mail: kdowd@hortonshieldsknox.com


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


State of Connecticut, 1991
United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, 1992
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1997
United States Supreme Court, 2006


AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell
Listed in Super Lawyers, 2007, 2011-2016
Listed in Best Lawyers, since 2011 for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).


State and Federal Trial and Appellate Litigation in Connecticut Courts; Professional Disciplinary Matters, Ethics Consultations; Trial Consultation; Insurance Law.


Attorney Dowd handles all aspects of appellate civil litigation in the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme courts, including the filing of petitions for certification to the Connecticut Supreme Court. Her appeals are varied, from personal injury to domestic relations to land use. She also consults on trial matters from an appellate perspective, including assisting in the drafting of legal memoranda for use before and during trial. Attorney Dowd taught written and oral advocacy in the Moot Court interterm at the University of Connecticut School of Law for a number of years.


Professionalism Practice
Attorney Dowd represents attorneys before grievance panels and the Statewide Grievance Committee. She represents clients as to unauthorized practice of law complaints. Attorney Dowd counsels candidates for bar admission before the Bar Examining Committee. She consults with attorneys on random audits of client’s funds accounts by the Statewide Grievance Committee and consults with firms on the day to day issues which arise under the Rules of Professional Conduct.


Attorney Dowd handles civil litigation in Connecticut’s state and federal trial courts. Her trial matters range from personal injury to product liability. She also consults with trial counsel, assisting in creating a trial strategy and in preparing pleadings. She served as the Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Litigation Section from 2005 to 2007 after serving as an officer for the prior 4 years. She continues to serve on the Litigation Section Executive Committee. Attorney Dowd served on the faculty of the Connecticut Trial Advocacy Institute.

Attorney Dowd co-authors the Connecticut Practice Book Annotated, providing author’s comments to chapters on pleadings, motions, and fees and costs.  She co-authored Connecticut Insurance Law with Attorney Levesque and a former member of the firm. She edits the CBA Professional Discipline Digest (2012-present).


She has spoken on appellate and ethics issues in seminars and presented the Annual Appellate Review in 2011 and 2012 at the Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Bar Association with Attorney Bartschi.


Some of the more notable cases in which Attorney Dowd has argued or been substantially involved include:


          Marciano v. Jimenez, 324 Conn. 70 (2016)
          Keller v. Keller, 323 Conn. 398 (2016)
          Keller v. Keller, 167 Conn. App. 138, cert. denied, 323 Conn. 922 (2016)
          Whitney v. J.M. Scott Associates, Inc., 164 Conn. App. 420 (2016)
          Chowdhury v. Masiat, 161 Conn. App. 314 (2015)
          Trusz v. UBS Realty Investors, LLC, 319 Conn. 175 (2015)
          Keller v. Keller, 319 Conn. 906 (2015) (granting cert. as to 158 Conn. App. 538)
          Ferri v. Powell-Ferri, 317 Conn. 223 (2015)
          First American Title Insurance Co. v. 273 Water Street, LLC., 157 Conn App. 23 (2015)
          Marshall v. Marshall, 151 Conn. App. 638 (2014)
          Cunniffe v. Cunniffe, 150 Conn. App. 419, cert. denied, 314 Conn. 935 (2014)
          Greenan v. Greenan, 150 Conn. App. 289, cert. denied, 314 Conn. 902 (2014)
          Incardona v. Roer, 309 Conn. 754 (2013)
          Mills v. The Solution, LLC, 138 Conn. App. 40, cert. denied, 307 Conn. 928 (2012)
          DiPietro v. Farmington Sports Arena, 306 Conn. 107 (2012)
          Yeager v. Alvarez, 134 Conn. App. 112 (2012)
          Yeager v. Alvarez, 302 Conn. 772 (2011)
          RMM Consulting, LLC v. Riordan, 138 Conn. App. 688, cert. denied, 301 Conn. 935 (2011)
          Culver v. Culver, 127 Conn. App. 236, cert. denied, 301 Conn. 929 (2011)
          Shaulson v. Shaulson, 125 Conn. App. 734, cert. denied, 300 Conn. 912 (2011)
          Marshall v. Marshall, 119 Conn. App. 120, cert. granted, 296 Conn. 908 (2010)
          Harris v. Harris, 291 Conn. 350 (2009)
          Auerbach v. Auerbach, 113 Conn. App. 318, cert. denied, 292 Conn. 902 (2009)
          Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, 289 Conn. 135 (2008) (en banc)
          Lindholm v. Brant, 283 Conn. 65 (2007)>
          Harris v. Harris, 282 Conn. 911 (2007) (Granting petition for certification)
          Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, 279 Conn. 447 (2006)best of
          Economos v. Liljedahl Bros., Inc., 279 Conn. 300 (2006)
          Gurguis v. Frankel, 93 Conn. App. 162 (2006), cert. denied, 277 Conn. 911 (2006)
          Weinstein v. Weinstein, 275 Conn. 671 (2005)
          Taylor v. Winsted Memorial Hospital,262 Conn. 707 (2003)karen dowd av badge
          Wagner v. Clark Equipment Co., Inc., 259 Conn. 114 (2002)
          State v. Rigual, 256 Conn. 1 (2001)
        (amicus curiae brief filed on behalf of Connecticut Bar Association)
          Zanoni v. Hudon, 48 Conn. App. 32, cert. denied, 244 Conn. 928 (1998)super_lawyer-karen-dowd
          Loftis v. Amica Mut. Ins. Co., 175 F.R.D. 5 (D. Conn. 1997)
          Wrinn v. State, 234 Conn. 401 (1995)
          Roberto v. Honeywell, 33 Conn. App. 619, cert. denied, 229 Conn. 909 (1994)
          Ezikovich v. Linden, 30 Conn. App. 1, cert. denied, 225 Conn. 913 (1993)