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Craig A. Fontaine - Partner

Mr. Fontaine is one of the founding partners and has an undergraduate degree in Forensic Science. As part of that training, he did a one year internship at Yale Medical School in Forensic Pathology and Histopathology.

Upon graduation he was employed by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation as a Forensic Chemist and Serologist, and his responsibilities included expert testimony at trial, as well as teaching crime scene investigation and physical evidence handling to local and state law enforcement agencies.

In 1983 he was admitted to the Bar of the State of Kansas and, in 1984, to the Connecticut Bar. Additionally, he is a member of the Bars of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He is AV peer review rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest available rating. He is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and has tried over 65 cases to verdict, more than half of which have been medical malpractice actions.

Throughout his career he has concentrated his practice on civil trial work. Over the last 25 years much of his professional time has been devoted to the defense of medical malpractice claims, and the representation of physicians, oral surgeons and dentists in disciplinary and licensure matters involving the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

He also has an active practice defending attorneys in legal malpractice claims, and handling various product liability and complex negligence claims. Mr. Fontaine represents employers in various professional claims brought against them, including harassment/discrimination, wrongful termination, and defamation in civil actions and before administrative agencies.

In addition to handling Connecticut cases, Mr. Fontaine has been asked by a national medical malpractice insurance carrier (and PIAA member) to be lead counsel on serious exposure medical malpractice cases in New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Maine. He was asked to be lead counsel in the State of Maine where 29 individual claims against 6 different doctors were filed in 4 separate counties. It was his responsibility to develop a strategy for the defense of the unconsolidated claims, and to attempt to provide uniformity and consistency in their defense. The claims included allegations of negligence in the informed consent process, surgery, and post surgical management of the patients who had Vitek Teflon-Proplast meniscus replacements in their temporomandibular joints. There were also claims of breach of warranty, loss of consortium and product liability. These cases combined, involved the single largest exposure nationally for that insurer.

Two flagship cases were tried resulting in a defense verdict and directed verdict. Aggressive motion practice resulted in narrowing the issues for trial concerning experts, statutes of limitations, as well as the nature and extent of the available claims. As a result, after summary judgment motions judgment entered for the defense in all but four of the other cases. There were five separate appeals to the Maine Supreme Court all resulting in the affirmation of the judgments for the defense. Subsequently, the remaining four cases were voluntarily withdrawn.

Attorney Fontaine serves as both an Arbitrator and an Attorney Fact Finder in the Superior Court, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute.