David Rosen

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Throughout his career, David Rosen has taken on complex individual and class action cases against corporations, governmental entities and insurance companies. David's cases set benchmarks for Connecticut's highest personal injury verdict and wrongful death recovery, and the nation's largest employment discrimination recovery against a municipality; his cases also have established important legal precedents including appellate rulings holding Connecticut's jury selection system unconstitutional and preserving the rights of victims of employment discrimination. David has been listed in the peer-reviewed publication Best Lawyers in America for over 25 years in numerous categories, including among others Personal Injury Law, Appellate Law, Business Litigation, and Labor and Employment Law. In 2010 Best Lawyers in America identified him as its first Appellate Lawyer of the year for New Haven, and in 2011 its Labor and Employment Lawyer of the year for New Haven. In published opinions federal judges have called his work "superb" and said that "no one in the District of Connecticut bar has a better reputation for making complicated facts or issues, such as economic loss, intelligible to a finder of fact, whether jury or a judge."

David has received the Connecticut federal judges' Pro Bono award, conferred once every two years; the Lifetime Achievement Award of the New Haven County Bar Association, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Men and Women for Justice organization of Connecticut State Police officers. He has served as co-chair of the Connecticut Bar Association's Federal Practice Section and as editor of the Forum of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and he has been appointed by the judges of the Connecticut Federal District Court to service on committees to reform the District's jury selection system and to select Magistrate Judges.

David's individual and class action cases have been the subject of four books or book chapters, on subjects ranging from children's rights to criminal law. Additionally, for many years he has been on the faculties of the Yale Medical School as a Lecturer in the Department of Child Psychiatry and the Yale Law School as a Senior Research Scholar and Visiting Lecturer.

David began his career as a Reginald Heber Smith staff attorney for the New Haven Legal Assistance Association and then for many years was in partnership with Edward Dolan.

David has helped to found important public interest law firms. He was an original incorporator of the Natural Resources Defense Council, America's foremost environmental law firm. More recently, he is the Founding Board Chair of the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, devoted to helping veterans recovering from homeless and mental illness overcome legal barriers to housing, health care and income. He also participated in the founding of We the People Project, a non-profit that uses impact litigation to fight for equal rights and representation on behalf of the five million Americans living in U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • United States District Court District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Yale Law School, LL.B.1969
    • Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • London School of Economics, 1965-66
    • Honorary Woodrow Wilson Fellow
  • Harvard College, B.A. 1965
    • magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa