Caitlyn Shea Malcynsky
Attorney Caitlyn Shea Malcynsky clerked for Walsh Woodard for two years before joining the firm as a trial attorney. She is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she concentrated her studies and extracurriculars on trial advocacy. Ms. Malcynsky competed for and served as President of the UConn Mock Trial Society. She received awards for excellence in Trial Advocacy, Constitutional Law, Asylum and Human Rights Law, and Legal Spanish. She completed clinical work in criminal law with the State’s Attorney’s Office and asylum law with the UConn Asylum and Human Rights Clinic. Ms. Malcynsky also was honored to serve on the Task Force for Access to Justice in Civil Matters created by the Connecticut Senate Judicial Committee – an effort by members of the bar and judiciary to promote greater equality and access to the civil courts in Connecticut. The Task Force’s efforts culminated in the submission of a comprehensive report with recommendations to the Judicial Committee, and the pending Senate Bill No. 364, which seeks to ensure legal counsel for individuals in situations of domestic abuse.
Ms. Malcynsky received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, where she majored in Political Science and History. Prior to law school, Ms. Malcynsky served as Regional Finance Director for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and worked in development and strategy in both the political and non-profit spheres.
Ms. Malcynsky continues to coach both undergraduates and law students in trial advocacy, is an active supporter and volunteer judge for CivicsFirst, and is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She is a member of Columbia College Women, the Columbia University Club of Fairfield County, the Columbia University Alumni Representative Committee, and The Williams School Alumni Association Board. She also serves as a Columbia University Class Agent.
Ms. Malcynsky is a member of the Connecticut, New York, and District of Columbia bars. She is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. She is a Connecticut native and resides in West Hartford.
Doreen W. Amata
Ms. Amata represents individuals in complex litigation, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, insurance coverage and all types of personal injury matters including, motor vehicle accidents, defective products, defective premises and other incidents involving negligent or wrongful conduct. She also handles all aspects of Appellate and Supreme Court matters.
Prior to joining Walsh Woodard LLC, Ms. Amata was affiliated with two well-respected law firms and represented both institutional and individual clients from inception through trial in matters including medical and pharmacy malpractice, professional malpractice, products liability and coverage issues in the area of UM/UIM motorist law. In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Amata has also argued cases before the Supreme and Appellate Courts of Connecticut. After practicing for 11 years, Ms. Amata left her partnership to spend time raising her family. During that time, she worked as an independent consultant and was retained by law firms across the state of Connecticut to handle personal injury litigation and appellate work. She was specifically retained to assist with the Doe v. St. Francis matters involving the sexual exploitation of minor children.
Ms. Amata was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1992. She is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of Connecticut. She is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. Ms. Amata received her law degree in 1992 from Western New England University School of Law and graduated cum laude with a degree in Finance from Providence College in 1989.
Karolina A. Dowd
Karolina A. Dowd represents persons injured through the negligence of others. She routinely handles automobile negligence, premises liability, medical malpractice, and product liability matters. Ms. Dowd joined the firm in 2003 and became a partner in 2012. In 2014, she was listed in the Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers publication as a Rising Star, www.superlawyers.com. The selection process for Super Lawyers can be found at www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html.
Ms. Dowd is an active member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, including the Women’s Caucus. She is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Hartford County Bar Association. Ms. Dowd has worked on pro bono matters for the Connecticut Child Justice Foundation and Own the Dream CT.
Ms. Dowd was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2003. She is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of Connecticut.
Ms. Dowd received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2002. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1999 where she graduated with honors.
During law school, Ms. Dowd served as a clerk for the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School representing individuals with disabilities. She also interned for the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in Stuttgart, Germany during law school. Prior to joining Walsh Woodard LLC, Ms. Dowd served as a law clerk for the firm of Moots, Pelegrini, Mannion, Martindale & Dratch, P.C. where she assisted in criminal defense matters.
Ms. Dowd was born in Zabrze, Poland and speaks fluent Polish. She has represented many Polish clients in personal injury and malpractice matters.
Lincoln Woodard represents plaintiffs in all types of personal injury matters, medical and legal malpractice cases, in both state and federal court. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2007, having been recertified in 2017. From 2009 to the present, he has been selected by his peers in the Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers publication, www.superlawyers.com. The selection process for Super Lawyers can be found at www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 2016.
Mr. Woodard has volunteered his time to educate his peers at a number of seminars in Connecticut for attorneys on topics including trial tactics, municipal liability, and medical liens. In 2012, 2014, and 2017 he has co-chaired and spoken at one of the State’s most popular seminars for personal injury plaintiff attorneys called the “Ugliest Seminar of the Year” sponsored by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation, which addresses the complex issues surrounding liens in personal injury matters.
Mr. Woodard was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1992 and the New York Bar in 1993. He is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of Connecticut and the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Woodard gained invaluable trial and life experience as a prosecutor in New York, spending the last two years prosecuting cases in the domestic violence and sex crimes division. He returned to Connecticut with his family in 1997 and has practiced exclusively in civil litigation since that time. In addition to his trial experience, he has also represented clients before the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts as well as the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Woodard is an active member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He currently serves as President Elect for the organization. He also serves on the Executive Committee, Board of Governors, and Continuing Legal Education Committees among others. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Hartford County Bar Association, the New London County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Association of Justice.
Mr. Woodard received his law degree in 1992 from Western New England School of Law where he graduated with honors and served on the editorial board of the school’s Law Review. He received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics in 1987 from Syracuse University.
Michael J. Walsh
Michael J. Walsh is a founder and principal of the Walsh Woodard LLC law firm. He has dedicated his practice to the representation of individuals in personal injury actions.
Mr. Walsh was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1987 and the New York Bar in 1988. He is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of Connecticut, the Eastern District Court of New York, the Southern District Court of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
From 1988 through 1989, Mr. Walsh served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Ellen Bree Burns, who at the time was the Chief Judge, and now serves as Senior Judge, for the District of Connecticut.
Mr. Walsh is an active member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He has been an officer of the Association since 2007, and served as President of the organization in 2012-2013. He has held every officer position in the Association. He presently serves on the Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors. He also is a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, Legislative Committee and Medical Malpractice Committee.
Mr. Walsh is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Additionally, Mr. Walsh is an Advocate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In 2010, Mr. Walsh was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership in the College is limited to less than 1% of the lawyer population of each state. Mr. Walsh currently serves on the Executive Committees for both the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American College of Trial Attorneys.
Mr. Walsh has been consistently selected by his peers as one of Connecticut’s Super Lawyers, as was published in Connecticut Magazine’s Super Lawyer Section, since the inception of the reward. In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Walsh was selected as one of the top 10 Connecticut Super Lawyers. In 2009, he was further recognized as the third highest vote recipient in the statewide poll. The selection process for Super Lawyers can be found at www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html. In addition, Mr. Walsh is also listed in the 2017 publication: The Best Lawyers in America. The methodology for selection into the Best Lawyers in America can be found here: https://www.bestlawyers.com/About/MethodologyBasic.aspx
Mr. Walsh has extensive trial experience handling plaintiff’s personal injury actions in Connecticut’s state and federal courts. His practice consists of complex matters involving catastrophic loss and injury, including medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits. Mr. Walsh frequently appears in the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts, and is listed as attorney of record in several reported Connecticut Supreme Court and Appellate Court decisions, including Suarez v. Sordo, Chylinski v. Walmart, Inc., Meek v. Walmart Stores, Inc., Rumbin v. Utical Mutual, Filippi v. State of Connecticut, Weigold v. Patel, Falls Church v. Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn and Arroyo v. UConn.
Additionally, Mr. Walsh has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association of Justice and is a James W. Cooper Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Mr. Walsh is frequently asked to testify before the Connecticut Legislature on issues pertaining to personal injury law and legislation.
Mr. Walsh was educated at Stonehill College where he graduated with high honors in 1984, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He received his law degree from University of Connecticut in 1987, where he served on the editorial board of the Connecticut Law Review.