Ernest J. Mattei

242 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
T: (860) 275 0201
F: (860) 881 2461

Ernest J. "Ernie" Mattei – Partner

Professional Experience

Ernie Mattei is a trial lawyer who practices in the area of complex commercial disputes, with an emphasis on insurance coverage and construction litigation. He has substantial trial experience, representing clients in state and federal courts in Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Missouri, and Alabama. He also has been involved in numerous arbitration and mediation proceedings, as well as appeals to the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Connecticut, and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Fourth Circuit. In addition, he has been appointed as a special master and fact-finder/arbitrator by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch and a special master by the Federal District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Practice Areas

Representative Matters

  • Defense of insurers in insurance coverage matters
  • Representation of insurers in multimillion-dollar subrogation matters
  • Representation of owners and contractors in complex construction litigation cases
  • Representation of diverse groups of companies in asbestos litigation
  • Representation of professionals in negligence cases

News, Publications & Presentations


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1975, editor, Georgetown Law Review
  • Trinity College, B.A., 1970


  • State of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted pro hac vice in numerous federal and state court jurisdictions

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Construction Law Section, executive committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Insurance Law Committee, executive board
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Fellows
  • Hartford County Bar Association, past president
  • Hartford County Bar Foundation, Executive Committee
  • Windsor Bar Association, past president
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
  • Trinity Club of Hartford, Executive Committee
  • Federal Grievance Committee (D. Conn.), Chairman
  • Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court, past president, member
  • Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, Mentor

Awards and Achievements

  • Recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer, 2006-2014

  • Recognized as a Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyer, 2011/2012

  • Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation, 2015 and for over 10 years

  • Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Hartford Insurance Lawyer of the Year, 2013

  • Recognized as Father of the Year for the American Diabetes Association, 2012

  • Trinity Club of Hartford, Man of the Year Award, 2009

  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell