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Richard M. Dighello

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Richard M. Dighello, Jr. is a principal in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Since joining the Firm, Mr. Dighello has focused his practice in the areas of product liability, asbestos defense, toxic torts and commercial litigation.

Mr. Dighello represents several manufacturers with headquarters throughout the country in product liability litigation in Connecticut and Rhode Island. These companies manufacture products ranging from construction materials such as paints, finishes, caulks and roofing, to naval and industrial equipment such as steam turbines, pumps, valves, control systems and furnaces, to friction products such as brakes and clutches. As local counsel for these companies, Mr. Dighello has worked closely with national and in-house legal teams, as well as insurance company representatives, to develop strategies for defending cases and achieving favorable results.

Mr. Dighello is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute.

Mr. Dighello graduated from Xavier High School in Middletown, CT. He graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut in 1993 with a B.A. in History. In 1996, Mr. Dighello received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA 1996

  • B. A., magna cum laude, History, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT 1993
    – Honors: Alfred P. Stiernotte Memorial Prize in Philosophy

  • American Bar Association

  • Defense Research Institute

  • Connecticut Bar Association

  • Greater New Britain Arts Alliance
    Board of Directors

  • Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce
    Board of Directors

  • State of Connecticut

  • State of Rhode Island

  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island

  • Author, “Expert Witnesses: Critical Components of a Successful Litigation Plan”, Construct! Construction Litigation Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association, Winter 2005

  • Author, “The Government Made Me Do It - Vietnam, Agent Orange and The Government Contractor Defense,” Mass Torts Litigation Newsletter, Vol 3, No. 1, Mass Torts Litigation Committee, American Bar Association, 2005

  • Speaker: “How Design Documents Can Prevent or Cause Construction Claims in Connecticut”, Lorman Education Services Seminar, January 2007

  • Speaker: “Product Liability: Practical Strategies and Tips for Avoiding and Defending Lawsuits”, Alliance for Technology Day and Dinner, Mini Medi 2006, October 2006