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Denise Ansell, M.B.A., J.D.

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"Her performance was outstanding" wrote Judge Rittenband in his book The Truths of Justice about Attorney Ansell after a nineteen day trial before him that resulted in the granting of a new trial to her client who was convicted and sentenced to fifty years in prison. That tenacity and grit earned Attorney Ansell a well-deserved reputation of representing her clients with passion and great zeal. She attributes her success not only to attention to detail but also to maintaining a general litigation practice in the age of specialists. Her areas of practice include Criminal Law, Family Law, and construction litigation, Personal Injury and Probate/Will contests to name a few. Attorney Ansell brings a common sense approach to problem solving drawing upon her vast experience garnered over many years in multiple disciplines. If she cannot serve a client optimally however, she refers them to whom she would go to in their circumstances.

Attorney Ansell received her B.S. from Salve Regina, M.B.A. from Emporia State University and J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a member of the American Association of Justice, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Connecticut Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York Bar Association, Washington D.C. Bar Association and New London County Bar Association.

On a number of occasions, Attorney Ansell created law in cases of first impression and was featured in the Connecticut Law Tribune for her contributions of important cases. She was honorably noticed for pro bono service, voted one of the 10 best Female Attorneys in client satisfaction in both Personal Injury and Criminal Law and is listed in the Who’s Who Directories of distinguished leading professionals.

Attorney Ansell has served in her community as former chair and member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Waterford, Connecticut, former chair of fundraising for the American Cancer Society in Southeastern Connecticut, Vice President of the Mystic Ballet, board member of DNA Solutions, Inc. (a non-profit sponsoring enrichment programs in the community), and was a volunteer for The Marine Commerce and Development Commission in New London.

Denise Ansell
10 Best Criminal Law Attorney Award 10 Best Personal Injury Attorney Award
Adam A. Laben, M.B.A., J.D.

Attorney Laben joined the firm in 1996 as an associate and became a partner in 2000. He is a graduate of the American College of Switzerland with a Bachelor's Degree in International Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and finance. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Emporia State University and received a law degree from the University of Connecticut in 1990. Prior to joining Attorney Ansell in 1996, Attorney Laben was employed in the tax departments of two Big Six accounting firms in Hartford, Connecticut. Attorney Laben now practices in the areas of criminal law representing individuals charged with driving under the influence, drug offenses, motor vehicle violations, violations of probation, assaults, white collar crime, serious felonies, sexual assaults and family violence offenses. Attorney Laben also practices in the areas of personal injury and worker's compensation; matrimonial law including custody disputes, divorces, contempt and post judgment modifications; as well as representing individuals with tax problems before the Internal Revenue Service and the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services and as probate matters and consumer bankruptcies.


  • Connecticut Bar
  • Federal Bar
  • US Tax Court
  • CBA-Connecticut Bar Association
  • NLCBA-New London County Bar Association
  • NACC certified Child Welfare Law Specialist
  • Planning and Zoning Board Alternate, Town of Waterford

Denise has been wonderful
Denise is a people's lawyer who helps the little guy; even if that means exposing other lawyers conflicts. She has represented me and my company for many years in various matters, I could always rest easy knowing my best interests were being served. What is especially refreshing about Denise is that she's not part of the "good ol' boy" fraternity of lawyers. She calls things as she sees them, even if she has to take a colleague to task in the process. This approach may not garner popularity with her fellow attorneys but it is certainly something I appreciate as a client.
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Adam A. Laben

Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Workers Compensation
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Medical & Professional Malpractice
Dog Bites
Slip and Fall

Family Law
Child Custody
Child Support
Juvenile Delinquency
Grandparents Rights

Criminal Defense
Misdemeanor Assaults
Drug Charges
Drunk Driving
Motor Vehicle Charges
Sexual Assault
Habeas Corpus

General Practice
Construction Litigation
Wills and Trusts
Probate and Elder Law
Real Estate Litigation

Tax Law
State and Federal
Sales and Use Tax
Offers in Compromise
Audit Defense
Repayment Plans
Penalty Waivers