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About Kevin Smith

Criminal Defense & Civil Rights Attorney

Kevin Smith is a dedicated legal advocate with a distinct focus on Criminal Defense and Civil Rights cases. Throughout his career, Kevin has passionately represented clients in both Connecticut’s state and federal courts. His expertise extends to appellate proceedings, having successfully litigated cases before the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Connecticut, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Kevin’s track record is a testament to his unwavering commitment, having secured triumphs for his clients across all tiers of the judicial system.

Specializing predominantly in criminal law and civil rights, Kevin Smith also engages in high-conflict litigation. His diverse clientele includes doctors, teachers, lawyers, delivery drivers, nurses, students, engineers, servers, law enforcement officers, musicians, firefighters, construction workers, veterans, and business professionals. Each of these individuals holds familial roles as mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters – collectively representing the essence of ‘WE THE PEOPLE.’

Education

Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D. 2007

Hamden, CT

  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Yale Sappern Fellow
  • Dean’s Scholar
  • Recognized for Excellence in Criminal Defense Appellate Clinic

Hunter College, M.S. 2003

Manhattan, NY

  • Master’s Degree in Education
  • New York City Teaching Fellowship recipient

Davidson College, B.A. 2000

Davidson, NC

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with Honors

Bar Admissions

  • All Connecticut Courts
  • Federal District Court of Connecticut
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals 

Professional Organizations

  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers  

Distinctions

  • Yale Sappern Fellow
  • Merit Award, Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
  • New Haven’s Finest, New Haven Advocate
  • Avvo-Rated Excellent

Speaking Engagements

Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association Seminar, November 2012

  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Guide to the Freedom of Information Act

Representative Cases

The following cases are a tiny sampling of the types of cases Attorney Smith has litigated. Not included, to protect the confidentiality of clients involved, are administrative appeals of DCF and DMV cases, Juvenile cases, and the hundreds of cases Attorney Smith has successfully disposed of during the Pre-Trial phase of litigation.

Criminal Trial Cases

  • State v. Dudley: Vehicular Homicide
  • State v. Moon: Felony Murder
  • State v. Wilson: Attempted Murder and Assault with a Firearm
  • State v. Jordan: Assault
  • State v. Webb: Assault
  • State v. Gonzalez: Sexual Assault, Risk of Injury to a Minor
  • State v. Cimini: White Collar Larceny
  • State v. Dearing: Sexual Assault, Risk of Injury to a Minor
  • State v. Willoughby: Police Corruption
  • State v. Pearson:  Breach of Peace
  • State v. Boutilier: Murder, Attempted Murder, Assault with a Firearm
  • State v. Pitera: Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Assault with a Motor Vehicle, Risk of Injury to a Minor
  • State v. Leniert: Co-Counsel, Murder, Kidnapping, Sexual Assault
  • State v. Bember: Felony Murder
  • State v. Alvarez: Sexual Assault, Risk of Injury to a Minor
  • State v. Cusson: Cruelty to Persons
  • State v. Ginnetti: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • State v. Cowan: Armed Robbery

Civil Rights Cases

  • Federspiel et al v. Gove et al: False Arrest and Excessive Force Claims
  • Maye v. Ferri et al: Excessive Force Claim
  • Krayeske v. The City of Hartford et al: False Arrest and First Amendment Claims
  • Mateczko v Fernino: Malicious Prosecution Claim
  • Pearson v. Lorancaitis et al: False Arrest Claim
  • Lewis v. Stine et al: Excessive Force
  • Lopez v. Board of Education of the City of Bridgeport: Writ of Error challenging State takeover of local Board of Education

Habeas Corpus Cases

  • Toccaline v. Commissioner: Actual Innocence and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim
  • Henson v. Commissioner: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim
  • Martone v. Commissioner: Actual Innocence and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim
  • Madigosky v. Commissioner: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Improper Jury Instructions

Appeals

  • State v. Alvarez: An appeal of Sexual Assault and Risk of Injury to a Minor Convictions, overturned by the Appellate Court on multiple grounds finding an abuse of the court’s discretion, affirmed on cert by the Supreme Court
  • State v. Rivera: An appeal of a Sexual Assault conviction, overturned by the Supreme Court and new trial granted
  • State v. Lombra: An appeal of a Violation of Probation conviction to the Appellate Court of the State of Connecticut on Due Process grounds, wherein the Appellate Court took the extraordinary measure of ruling from the bench to overturn the trial court and order the immediate release of the Defendant
  • State v. Delvalle: An appeal of a Possession with Intent to Sell conviction to the Appellate Court of the State of Connecticut raising Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure Issues under the Exclusionary Rule
  • State v. Tocco: An appeal of a Sexual Assault conviction to the Appellate Court of the State of Connecticut attacking the trial court’s evidentiary rulings regarding Constancy of Accusation and Uncharged Misconduct evidence
  • State v. Lokting: An appeal of a Larceny conviction to the Appellate Court of the State of Connecticut raising issues of Inconsistent Verdicts and Insufficient Evidence
  • State v. Rogers: An appeal of an assault with a firearm conviction to the Appellate Court of the State of Connecticut raising issues of Juror and Prosecutorial Misconduct, Insufficient Evidence, and Judicial Impropriety
  • State v. Hall: An appeal of a robbery conviction to the Appellate Court of the State of Connecticut raising issues of Prosecutorial Impropriety and Evidentiary Error
  • State v. Madigosky: An appeal of a murder conviction to the Supreme Court of the State of Connecticut raising issues of Instructional Error and Judicial Impropriety
  • State v. Pitera: An appeal of a Risk of Injury to a Minor conviction to the Appellate Court of the State of Connecticut raising issues of Lesser Included Offenses and Instructional Error
  • Leone v. Fisher: An appeal to the Second Circuit of a summary judgment raising issues of Due Process
  • Barclay v. Michalsky: An appeal to the Second Circuit raising issues of First Amendment Retaliation
  • Carter v. U.S.: Petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States

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