Betsy is an experienced civil litigator with substantial trial experience in complex, high exposure cases. She has tried at least 20 cases to verdict in both Connecticut state and federal court, arguing multiple cases before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts.
In addition to general civil litigation, Betsy has experience defending municipalities and their employees against liability lawsuits and claims. She specializes in federal civil rights lawsuits against police officers alleging excessive force and false arrest. She also handles other constitutional claims such free speech, due process and equal protection claims.
Betsy has extensive experience defending federal statutory lawsuits asserting violations of Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Rehabilitation Act. In state court, Betsy defended a wide variety of tort claims against municipalities, often involving multiple fatalities or serious injuries. These lawsuits arose from highly publicized events such as police shootings, residential fires, drownings on public property and motor vehicle accidents with Public Works vehicles, as well as claims of assault, defamation, false light and premises liability.
Brown v. Bridgeport Police Dep’t, 155 Conn. App. 61, 107 A.3d 1013 (2015)
Williams v. Hous. Auth. of City of Bridgeport, 159 Conn. App. 679, 124 A.3d 537 (2015)
Pierce v. Delmonte, 474 F. App’x 1 (2d Cir. 2012)
Zalaski v. City of Bridgeport Police Dep’t, 475 F. App’x 805, 806 (2d Cir. 2012)
Martinsky v. City of Bridgeport, 504 F. App’x 43 (2d Cir. 2012)
Garcia v. City of Bridgeport, 306 Conn. 340, 51 A.3d 1089 (2012)
Young v. City of Bridgeport, 135 Conn. App. 699, 42 A.3d 514 (2012)
Mills v. The Sol., LLC, 138 Conn. App. 40, 50 A.3d 381 (2012)
Silano v. Bd. of Educ. of City of Bridgeport, 129 Conn. App. 682, 683, 21 A.3d 899, 900 (2011)
Bridgeport Guardians, Inc. v. Delmonte, 602 F.3d 469 (2d Cir. 2010)