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Cynthia DeMatteis Cartier, JD, LLM

Partner Lawyer

Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving.

Cindy Cartier has been practicing law for over 25 years. She 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 career clerking in the 7th Judicial Circuit in Maryland and then went into private practice concentrating on family law and civil litigation. She returned home in 1997 working 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 Ray Bower to open their firm where they could provide counsel to families, seniors, veterans and small businesses. She serves as the managing partner of the firm.

She is admitted to the bars of Connecticut and US District Court for the District of Connecticut. She is a member of the Connecticut & New Haven Bar Associations and has been involved in various community activities throughout her career including currently serving many nonprofit and governmental boards including currently serving on Connecticut Commission for Women, Children & Seniors. She has previously served on the Guilford Boards of Selectman, Education and Planning and Zoning and Hamden Legislative Council. Since 2001, she has been appointed as a fact-finder/arbitrator for the Judicial Districts of New Haven. She is the honored member of Worldwide Who’s Who of Executives in 2013; 2017 & 2018 Top 10 Family Law Attorneys by Attorney & Practice Magazines; 2018 Expert Network Distinquished Attorneys; and 2017 recipient of the 10 Best Family Law Attorneys in the State of Connecticut by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.

Areas of Practice:

  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law, Mediation & Collaborative Law
  • Social Security Disability
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Veteran’s Benefits
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Business & Insurance Law


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