David J. Crotta, Jr.


Mr. Crotta has a varied civil litigation practice that encompasses both tort and commercial litigation, and civil and probate appeals. He graduated from Fairfield University, cum laude, in 1982 and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1988 from the University of Connecticut, where he was awarded both the American Juris Prudence Award in torts and the Milton W. Horwitz Memorial Prize in torts.

Mr. Crotta has a long history of service to the legal profession where he has served as a member of the Committee on Professional Responsibility (1993 - ), as an arbitrator for the Connecticut Superior Courts (2002 - ), as a member of the Grievance Panel for the Ansonia-Milford Judicial District (2004 -2010), as a member of the Committee on Civil Discovery (2014 – 2015), and as a member of the Civil Commission appointed by Chief Justice Chase Rogers (2016 - 2017).  Mr. Crotta served as a Connecticut Bar Association panelist for the "How to Identify Ethical Traps and Avoid Grievances" presentations (2006 - 2009).  Equally satisfying is Mr. Crotta’s service to the community:  Mr. Crotta has served St. Mary’s Church, New Haven, as a member of its Finance Council (1998 - ), Parish Council (2007 - ), and trustee (2008 - ), is a member of the New Haven Community Soup Kitchen, Board of Directors (2008 - ); Vice President (2009) and President (2012-2015) and a Founding Member, Board of Directors, (2004 - ); Secretary, (2007 - 2009), Chair, Board Affairs and Member, Executive Committee (2006), Vice President, (2010 – 2012) and President, (March 2012 - 2017), of the Dominican Foundation, and a member of the Board of St. Martin de Porres Academy (2020 - ).

In 2010, Mr. Crotta was awarded the St. Joseph Medal of the Archdiocese of Hartford; he is a 4th degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Crotta is admitted to practice law at the Connecticut Bar (1988), U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut (1989), U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1992), and the U.S. Supreme Court (1998). Mr. Crotta is a life-fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s James D. Cooper Fellows (2014 - ), and a member of the American, Connecticut and New Haven County Bar Associations and the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association.

Representative cases

Shenkman-Tyler v. Central Mutual Insurance Company, 115 Conn.App. 521; Squeglia v. Squeglia, 234 Conn. 259 (1995); Aviles v. Fever, 1997 WL 139409 (3/13/1997, Ct. Super.), aff’d, 47 Conn. App. 920 (1997) on the brief as trial counsel; Prentice v. Dalco, 280 Conn. 336 (2006).

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