Dale P. Faulkner, Founder
Dale Faulkner is recognized as one of Connecticut's premier trial lawyers as a result of his trial successes, his genuine commitment to his clients and his visible and infectious enthusiasm for the practice of law. Additionally, he holds the distinction of being board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and he continues to edit his highly successful Connecticut Trial Evidence Notebook, published by Lexis Law Publishing, which is commonly used by lawyers and judges throughout the State. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (by invitation).
His consistent success and high standards have placed him among the select few lawyers in the State chosen for all editions of The Best Lawyers in America. In 2011 and 2012, he was awarded "Lawyer of the Year" for his practice in the field of personal injury litigation in New London County by Best Lawyers. That honor is given to only one lawyer per legal community each year for having the highest ratings among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity. Best Lawyers also recognizes him in the category of Arbitration - Faulkner is routinely chosen and trusted by other lawyers to serve as an arbitrator and make final determinations in personal injury matters. He is publicized in Connecticut Magazine as one of the "Top 50 Lawyers" in the state (2017 to present) based on his rankings by Super Lawyers, a respected rating service.
Faulkner is proud to have been recently awarded America's Top 100 Attorneys' Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award are based on years of exceptional advocacy, success, ethical standards, and legal accomplishments. This peer nominated honor is not given based on a single verdict or accomplishment, but rather based on a lifetime of hard work and achievements.
A native of New Haven, Faulkner graduated from Providence College and then from the University of Connecticut School of Law where he was chosen to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Once admitted to the bar, he quickly established a solid reputation as a creative and successful civil advocate, winning record verdicts previously unseen in New London County. His love of trial work and his vision led to the founding of the firm in 1986. By then, Faulkner was an active lecturer to other trial lawyers and a teacher to hundreds of aspiring trial lawyers as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law where he taught for over 20 years.
A former member of the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission, Faulkner continues to seek redress for all types of victims of injury, and has in recent years secured substantial settlements for many. Examples include a college maintenance worker who suffered severe leg injuries and permanent disabilities when a pickup truck driven by a co-worker pinned him against the college’s trash compactor; a contested underinsured motorist claim for an elderly woman injured in a roll-over car accident; and a medical doctor whose injuries in a car accident severely impacted his ability to practice medicine. In addition, other lawyers routinely seek his guidance and judgment as both a mediator and arbitrator of substantial disputes.
The local New London newspaper, The Day, recently featured Faulkner & Graves founder, Dale Faulkner, celebrating his 60-year career representing injured persons Read the full story on The Day website by clicking here. Otherwise, click here.
A long time resident of Ledyard, where he raised his five children, he and his wife now live in Niantic.