Trudie is a senior partner in Carmody’s Litigation group and practices in the defense of major personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability cases. Over the last 40 years, Trudie has successfully defended cases on behalf of national and international product manufacturers, a national medical testing company, and a New England University, as well as Connecticut hospitals and doctors, Connecticut police officers and a Connecticut public utility. She has tried over 50 major jury cases to verdict. She has received numerous awards and distinctions as an outstanding litigator.
“Trudie is a fine lawyer.”
Chambers USA, 2021
American College of Trial Lawyers (Former Regent)
American Board of Trial Advocates (Former President Connecticut Chapter)
Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court: Barrister
Connecticut Bar Association
Waterbury Bar Association
First woman in Connecticut to be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
First women elected to the Connecticut Chapter, the American Board of Trial Advocates.
President, Connecticut Chapter, The American Board of Trial Advocates – 2012-2018
Chambers USA Guide – Litigation: General Commercial, 2012-2021
Best Lawyers® – Litigation, 1995-2024; First woman in Connecticut listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Litigation, 1995-2022.
Connecticut Super Lawyers® – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, 2006-2021
New England Super Lawyers® – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, 2007, 2008, 2016
Top 50 Women, New England Super Lawyers, 2007-2008
Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Appointed to the Board of Regents, American College of Trial Lawyers as Regent for Downstate New York, including Manhattan, Vermont and Connecticut, 2010-2014
Top 25 Women Lawyers in Connecticut, Connecticut Magazine, 2006-2008, 2016-2019
Connecticut State Chair, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2006-2010
Member, American Bar Association Special Committee on Medical Professional Liability
Chair, American College of Trial Lawyers Award for Courageous Advocacy Committee, 2001–2005
Chair, American College of Trial Lawyers, Sandra Day O’Connor Jurist Award Committee, 2007-2011
Chair, Connecticut Bar Association Grievance Committee, Litchfield County, 1988–1994
Chair, State of Connecticut Medical Legal Committee, 1983-1987
Successfully tried to verdict cases involving brain damage, quadriplegia, death and patient suicide.
Successfully defended multiple claims against a national medical testing laboratory arising from claims of employee tampering with pregnancy genetic tests.
Successfully defended claims of physician misdiagnosis resulting in severe injury and death and claims of negligent surgery resulting in quadriplegia and death.
Successfully defended claims of mismanagement of labor and delivery resulting in severe infant brain damage.
Successfully defended claims of sexual abuse in the course of the psychiatrist/patient relationship.
Successfully defended psychiatric malpractice claims relating to suicide and homicide.
Successfully defended multiple personal injury claims relating to mold exposure.
Successfully defended multiple cancer claims relating to alleged Benzene exposure.
Represented a major international manufacturer in personal injury and death cases involving claims of defective design of motorcycles, All Terrain Vehicles and personal watercraft.
Represented a New England University in trial of claim involving a cheerleader accident resulting in quadriplegia.
Successfully defended a Connecticut public utility claim that a young woman’s brain cancer was caused by exposure to electric and magnetic fields from residential power lines. This case had been identified by the national plaintiffs’ bar as a key case in nationwide litigation claiming that electric and magnetic field exposure caused childhood brain cancer and leukemia.
Part of the Connecticut team in the Attorneys General case against “Big Tobacco.” Trudie was responsible for developing medical causation evidence, including retention of, and defending the deposition of the key causation expert, a world-renowned epidemiologist.