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Chris Meisenkothen

Attorney Chris Meisenkothen

Attorney Meisenkothen has focused almost exclusively on representing people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. He has personally handled hundreds of mesothelioma cases (in addition to numerous other cases for asbestos-related lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases). Chris co-chaired a trial in 2009 involving a Navy veteran who died from mesothelioma and won a verdict of $2,595,000, the largest asbestos jury verdict in Connecticut history. Chris has handled mesothelioma cases that have covered a wide range of settlement values up to over $3,000,000.

In 2011, Attorney Meisenkothen became a named partner in Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen. The highly regarded Super Lawyers rating service identified him as a "Rising Star" (2008-2012 — Products Plaintiff; click here for selection criteria). He has since been named “Super Lawyer” by the Super Lawyers rating service in recognition of the professional achievements that he has attained thus far in his career (2013-2015 — Products Plaintiff; click here for selection criteria). No more than 5% of the lawyers in any given state are awarded this prestigious designation. In recognition of his record of success in asbestos litigation in Connecticut, Chris was also chosen as one of the Connecticut Law Tribune's "Dozen Who Made a Difference" in 2012.

He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maine and Georgia, and in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Connecticut and the Northern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a member of several professional organizations in the states where he is licensed, including the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and others.

Chris graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1996 with a bachelor of arts in history and sociology with distinction in history. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1999 and joined the firm in August of that year.

Read a note from one of Chris's satisfied clients below:

A Letter from Janette Gray

Dear Chris,

My family and I want to say a very heartfelt THANK YOU to you and the staff at Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, for all you've done thus far on behalf of our father, Walter H. Gray.

We have peace in knowing how proud our father would be that you and the lawyers have fought on his behalf. All the hard work and long hours he endured has not been in vain. Even though our father was a regular man, whom had worked all his life, you have treated him the same as some of the others who lead a much different path than he did in life. The individuals who have had to battle this fierce disease, the mesothelioma make all workers the same. This disease took him in the golden age of life, it's coming up on a year the 11th day of April, seems as if it were yesterday.

The financial support has been a blessing to our family also. To help finish our father's affairs has meant a lot to us. He left us with the peace of knowing that his children would not have to bear a burden of trying to make ends meet because of him.

Form our hearts, again we say THANK YOU and may God bless everyone at the firm who fights for those who have lost to mesothelioma. But most of all for those who continue to fight and fight until the end.

Chris, there aren't words to write that can express our gratitude. We do hope and pray blessings and favor be bestowed on you and your family for all you've done for the late Walter H. Gray. My family and I are truly blessed and grateful for you.

Sincerely yours,

Janette Gray
Daughter of Walter

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