Dean M. Cordiano

242 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
T: (860) 275 0179
F: (860) 881 2451

Dean M. Cordiano – Of Counsel

Professional Experience

Dean M. Cordiano has more than 30 years of experience trying and arbitrating complex securities, commercial and environmental cases. He has tried and arbitrated more than 50 cases to judgment. Dean has experience with cutting-edge environmental cases and has won three verdicts in multimillion-dollar cost-recovery actions, as well as defending complex commercial and business lawsuits. Dean has also conducted numerous arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. His extensive experience as an arbitrator and court-appointed special master has allowed him to be more effective both as an advocate and as a problem solver in helping clients find innovative, economical resolutions of their business disputes.

Practice Areas

Representative Matters

  • Defended national chemical companies and manufacturers in private cost-recovery actions in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Oregon, and California
  • Defended national pesticide and pharmaceutical companies in product liability and toxic tort litigation
  • Represented several Connecticut water utilities as plaintiff's counsel to recover remediation costs and diminution in property values
  • Defended brokerage firms in national securities and class action litigation
  • Defended Fortune 500 corporations in complex commercial litigation

News, Publications & Presentations


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1976, Research and Managing Editor, Duke Law Journal, Order of the Coif
  • SUNY-Binghamton, B.A., 1973, Phi Beta Kappa


  • State of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Environmental and Toxic Tort Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section, Executive Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Executive Committee
  • Oliver Ellsworth Inns of Court, Barrister
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts, Instructor in Law

Outside Interests

  • West Hartford Sports Council
  • Secretary and General Counsel, West Hartford Youth Soccer Association
  • Advanced Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Special Master, Connecticut Superior Court and Federal District Court

Awards and Achievements