Cynthia Cartier

Cartier & Bower, LLC

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Phone: 203-458-1477
Fax: 203-458-1499
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2488 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT, USA

Profession: Attorney
Non-Adversarial Divorce Services: Mediation, Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative Practice Group: DSC

Cynthia Cartier received her BA from Upsala College, JD from Widener Law School and LLM from UCONN Law School where she was the recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Insurance Finance. Cindy began her legal career clerking in the 7th Judicial Circuit in Maryland and then went into private practice concentrating on family law and civil litigation. She returned to Connecticut and began working as in-house counsel for Sentry, St. Paul and then Fireman’s Fund Insurance Companies as Trial/Senior Trial Counsel concentrating on insurance defense litigation and worker’s compensation. In 2005, she joined Nationwide as Assistant General Counsel where, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she performed legal and compliance functions for national and program accounts throughout the New England Region. In 2013, she joined Attorney Raymond Bower to open their law firm where they could provide counsel to families, seniors, veterans and small businesses. She serves as the managing partner of the firm. Cindy dedicates her practice to family and elder law with a focus on mediation and collaborative divorce as well as Title 19/Asset Protection. She believes that the best resolutions are ones where the parties chose the less adversarial route and engage fully in the process. This process not only saves time and money, but is a healthier way for folks to resolve their differences. With her extensive legal background over the last quarter of a century in many areas of the law, she has a unique ability to see each parties’ perspective and assists her clients in doing the same. By bringing people together in mind, body and spirit, she is able to resolve their conflict. To promote the alternative resolution process, Cindy formed Connecticut Mediation and Arbitration Services, Inc., to provide individuals non-adversarial methods to resolve their conflicts. She believes passionately in alternative conflict resolution and strive to practice compromise and collaboration to resolve disputes. Part of her practice is also in the area of elder law which includes receiving guardianship and conservatorship appointments from the Probate Court on a low-bono/pro-bono basis. These matters have involved working with clients from late teens to over 95, many of whom have mental illnesses and drug addiction issues. She has had tremendous success helping them live more productive and fulfilling lives. In addition to the family and elder practice, she has also have formed over 25 non-profit organizations for individuals and businesses seeking to promote their respective causes. She handles these matters on a pro-bono basis and her work has involved not only forming the entities, but at times, helping them to grow and/or expand their organizations. As she is passionate about our seniors and shares a grave concern about issues that will be facing them as many of their loved ones move away leaving them vulnerable to elder abuse, she has recently formed a non-profit, CT Council for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. The organization will be providing seminars and education to residents throughout the State on ways to protect your loved ones from Elder Abuse and to provide assistance for those who have experienced the same. Professional Distinctions and Community Involvement. Cindy is admitted to the bars of Connecticut and US District Court for the District of Connecticut. She is a member of the Connecticut and New Haven Bar Associations and has been involved in various community activities throughout her career including currently serving on the Board of Clifford Beers and Connecticut Commission for Women, Children & Seniors (appointed by State Legislature). She has previously served on the Board of Selectmen in Guilford, Guilford Boards of Education and Planning and Zoning and Hamden Legislative Council as well as numerous nonprofit organizations including American School for the Deaf, Sarah, Inc., Women and Family Life Center, YMCA to name a few. Cindy was the recently honored as a Connecticut Super Lawyer in at the area of Family Law; Women of Excellence Award by Shoreline Chamber of Commerce 2019, #1 Law Firm on the Shoreline by Shore Publishing, 2019 ; Member of Worldwide Who’s Who of Executives; 2017, 2018 & 2019 recipient of the 10 Best Family Law Attorneys in the State of Connecticut by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys; 2017, 2018 & 2019 recipient of Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Connecticut by the Attorney and Practice Magazines; Distinguished Lawyer Designation by Expert Network; and 2018 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award. She has been further recognized by Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Inc. for contributed more than $699,100.00 worth of billable pro bono hours to their low-income clients and continue to volunteer my legal time to their organization. In addition, Cindy volunteers for the Women and Family Life Center serving as a counsel in their monthly Lawyer Time program. Over the past 4 years, she has provided over 250 hours and over $250,000 worth of billable pro bono hours to this organization as well. Moreover, since her 2001 appointment, she have been serving as a fact-finder/arbitrator for the State of Connecticut - Superior Court conducting arbitrations and mediations on the civil docket. Cindy cares passionately about the youth in our shoreline community. In 2010, she formed the Guilford HS Debate team, which successfully enjoys competing in interscholastic meets. She participate in the PTO’s for her children’s schools, leading on various projects and events. She has also participated at St. George Catholic Church serving as a lecturer and teacher for a number of years. In addition to her legal career, she is a certified/registered Yoga Teacher donating time to raise money for various causes over the years including the Scholarship Fund for the Guilford Parks and Recreation Department. Over $5,000 has been raised toward this fund. Cindy currently resides in Guilford with her husband – Rich, son – Joseph (17) and two daughters – Samantha (8) and Charlotte (5), 2 dogs - Teddy & Rosie, chickens and fish.