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William P. Yelenak

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Partner since 1997
Cheshire, Connecticut

William P. Yelenak received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in 1975 with honors, and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1978. He was admitted to practice that year and was a partner of Carmody & Torrance from 1984 to 1997. In January 1997, he became a partner of Moore, O'Brien, Jacques & Yelenak in Cheshire, Connecticut, limiting his practice to representing victims of personal injuries.

Mr. Yelenak tried one of the longest federal trials in Connecticut history, a yearlong trial that resulted in the recovery by Mr. Yelenak's client of S8.1 million. Mr., Yelenak was also class counsel for a sub-class of plaintiffs in the Connecticut State Police Wiretap Class Action pending in the United States District Court that resulted in a $17 million settlement. Just prior to joining new firm, he was a member of the legal team that brought suit on behalf of the State of Connecticut against the tobacco companies in one of the national Medicaid recovery lawsuits.

Mr., Yelenak has received the distinction from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading national legal directory, of a rating of Preeminent AV™ with a score of 5 out of 5, the highest possible rating for Legal Ability and Ethics.  In addition, Mr. Yelenak has received the designation of "Super Lawyer" by Law and Politics Magazine and by Connecticut Magazine and received a rating of Superb" (9.6 out of 10) by AVVO, an Internet-based rating system for the legal industry.

Mr. Yelenak is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national trial bar organization in which membership is by invitation only and limited to the top trial lawyers in the state based on their trial experience and ability. The Connecticut chapter is limited to only 80 trial lawyers statewide, balanced between the plaintiff and defense bars.

He is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association and is the past Secretary of that organization. He currently chairs the Association's Web Site Advisory Committee. He is the former chair of the Connecticut Bar Association's Legal Technology Committee. He is a fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. He was appointed by Chief Justice William Sullivan to the Civil Commission, a committee of judges and lawyers engaged in recommending court reforms. He also serves as a Special Master for the United States District Court of Connecticut and an Arbitrator/Special Master for the Connecticut Superior Court.

In addition to his activities in bar leadership, he is a frequent lecturer on topics of trial practice and legal technology, and has authored numerous articles in those fields.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1997

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Professional Malpractice Law

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1978
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1980


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio - 1978
  • Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: English

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Preeminent Rating (5 out of 5), Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Magazine
  • Super Lawyer, Connecticut Magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Past Secretary
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Past Chair, Web Site Advisory Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Past Chair, Legal Technology Committee
  • United States District Court of Connecticut, Special Master
  • Connecticut Superior Court, Arbitrator/Special Master
  • Civil Commission, Appointed by Chief Justice William Sullivan
  • Connecticut Judicial Branch, Member, Law Library Advisory Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • Carmody & Torrance, Partner, 1984 - 1997
  • Civil Commission, Appointed by Chief Justice William Sullivan
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Moore, O’Brien, Yelenak & Foti

700 W Johnson Ave
Suite 207
Cheshire, CT 06410-1197

Phone: 203-651-7096
Fax: 203-272-9273

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