Michael C. Barbarula


Michael C. Barbarula is a partner with the firm and handles litigation in the state and federal courts of Connecticut.  Mike’s areas of practice include the defense of automobile, premises liability, and municipal liability lawsuits.  He has defended against product liability claims involving exposure to benzene and asbestos, as well as losses caused by household appliances and outdoor tools.  Mike has experience in commercial litigation and was involved in a multi-day pre-judgment remedy hearing involving a multi-million dollar real estate fraud.  He has taken and defended depositions in cases with potential exposures in the tens of millions of dollars.  Mike also has experience with underinsured motorist, invasion of privacy, civil assault, and mold exposure claims.

Although Mike is prepared to take any case to trial, he frequently obtains favorable results for his clients through motion practice, settlement negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations.  For example, Mike was part of a defense team that successfully obtained a withdrawal of action by a plaintiff who alleged that he contracted a form of leukemia from occupational exposure to benzene.  In another case, Mike obtained a withdrawal of action without payment on behalf of a retail client after filing for summary judgment on the client’s behalf.  Rather than oppose Mike’s motion, the plaintiff simply withdrew against his client.

Mike is active in several legal organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Bar Association.

Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Mike worked as a Temporary Assistant Clerk at Bridgeport Superior Court, and uses that experience to advise on legal strategy and Connecticut’s rules of practice while serving as local counsel to a number of nationally-recognized law firms.

Mike received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science the University of Connecticut in 2009.  While in college, Mike was inducted into the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha. He was a member of the UConn baseball team and was named a Big East Conference Academic All-Star.  Mike received his Juris Doctor from Penn State University in 2012 and was inducted into the Order of Barristers for his achievements in trial advocacy.  He also served as Senior Editor of the Penn State Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation and had two of his case reviews selected for publication.

Professional Affiliations: 
  • Fairfield County Bar Association – Board of Directors (2016-2020)
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
  • Selected for the inclusion in Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2019-2023)


Representative Experience: 
  • Member of defense team retained to represent a non-profit organization in housing discrimination lawsuit. Drafted a successful motion to dismiss in federal court and thereafter, successfully opposed the plaintiff's motion to vacate judgment.
  • Obtained a dismissal after housing court trial for client, a landlord, in housing code enformcement action brought by former tenant.
  • Crafted correspondence on behalf of client, an office supply store, to landlord demanding defense and indemnity pursuant to a lease after plaintiff slipped and fell in parking lot. After landlord accepted the tender, the client's exposure in the lawsuit was extinguished.
  • Represented a municipality in multi-count land use and privacy tort case. Drafted two successful dispositive motions resulting in judgment for client.
  • Represented a local business and its employee involved in motor vehicle accident. Located independent witness to accident who confirmed clients' version of the accident and disputed the plaintiff's testimony, resulting in the plaintiff withdrawing the lawsuit without payment.