Caitlyn Shea Malcynsky
Caitlyn Shea Malcynsky
Caitlyn Shea Malcynsky has been with Walsh Woodard since 2014, and clerked for the firm for two years while completing law school before joining as a trial attorney. Ms. Malcynsky represents persons injured through the negligence of others. She routinely handles automobile negligence, premises liability, medical malpractice, trucking collisions, and product liability matters. In 2020, Ms. Malcynsky was selected by the Best Lawyers organization as a recipient of their inaugural Ones to Watch awards, in recognition of her advocacy in both Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Malpractice Law.
Ms. Malcynsky is a member of the Connecticut bar. She is also a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee, and as a member of the General Torts Committee and the Women’s Caucus. She is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys.
Ms. Malcynsky has been published by The Forum trial advocacy magazine, the Hartford Courant and in several online publications. She has been featured as a speaker on trial advocacy and leadership at numerous conferences and by webinar, including programs on Closing Arguments and Damages, Conducting Expert Witness Depositions, the Federal Rules of Evidence, Evidentiary Objections at Trial, Focusing Cross Examination, Premises Liability Cases, Trucking Litigation, Social Media in Civil Litigation, Appellate Advocacy, Women in Law and Leadership and New York Women in Law and Politics. Ms. Malcynsky has also contributed more than 3,500 hours of pro bono legal work in Connecticut.
Ms. Malcynsky received her undergraduate degree with honors from Columbia University, where she majored in Political Science and History and completed studies on executive leadership, foreign intelligence operations and counter-terrorism. 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 graduated early from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she received multiple awards for excellence in Trial Advocacy, Constitutional Law, Asylum and Human Rights Law, and Legal Spanish. Ms. Malcynsky competed for and served as President of the UConn Mock Trial Society during her tenure at UConn, and now serves as an advisor and coach for the law school trial advocacy competition teams. 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 worked closely with faculty of Yale, University of Connecticut and Quinnipiac law schools, state legislators, members of the judiciary and members of the Connecticut bar as part of the Task Force for Access to Justice in Civil Matters created by the Senate Judicial Committee.
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 serves as a Columbia University Class Agent for the Class of 2011 and is an active member of the Columbia University John Jay Associates, Columbia College Women, the Odyssey Mentor Program, the Columbia University Alumni Representative Committee, and The Williams School Alumni Board.
Ms. Malcynsky is a Connecticut native and resides in West Hartford.
Doreen W. Amata
Doreen W. Amata
Doreen W. 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
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, medical and legal malpractice cases in both state and federal court. He has extensive jury trial experience and has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2007. In addition to his board certification, Linc has received a number of awards and recognitions for his trial work. He was recently inducted as a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a prestigious trial advocacy organization that is by invitation only and limits membership to less than 1% of the lawyer population in any state. He is a also invited to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2016. 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 recognized in “Best Lawyers” in the area of Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation. In 2020, “Best Lawyers”named him “Lawyer of the Year” for Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation in the Hartford area. The selection process for Best Lawyers and Lawyer of the Year can be found here.
In 2018, Linc was honored to serve as president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, an organization of over 1,300 Connecticut attorneys devoted to preserving individuals’ rights to full access to our civil justice system. He has been active in the CTLA for many years, and still serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors. He is also a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Association of Justice.
Mr. Woodard has lectured in a number of seminars in Connecticut for trial lawyers 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 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 received his law degree with honors from Western New England College School of Law and served on the editorial board of the school’s Law Review. He received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Syracuse University.
Michael J. Walsh
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 for the District of Connecticut.
Mr. Walsh is an active member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA). He has been a member of the CTLA since 1989, became an officer in 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 the Co-Chairperson of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, Co-Chairperson of the Legislative Committee and a member of the Medical Malpractice Committee.
In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Walsh served as a State Delegate to the American Association of Justice (AAJ). In 2015 and 2016, Mr. Walsh was elected to serve on the AAJ Board of Governors.
Mr. Walsh is board certified, and twice re-certified, as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBIA). Additionally, Mr. Walsh is an Advocate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mr. Walsh currently serves as President of ABOTA’s Executive Committee for the Connecticut chapter. In 2010, Mr. Walsh was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), and is a former Chair of the State Committee for the Connecticut Chapter. Membership in the College is limited to less than 1% of the lawyer population of each state. In 2015, Mr. Walsh was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Walsh is also Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
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 addition, Mr. Walsh was selected as one of the top 10 Connecticut Super Lawyers for 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. In 2009, he was further recognized as the third highest vote recipient in the statewide poll.
In 2017, 2018 and 2020, he was the 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 has been repeatedly listed in the 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 focuses primarily on 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. Univ. of Connecticut.
Additionally, Mr. Walsh has served as an adjunct professor at University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Association of Justice. 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.
Mediations, Arbitrations and Expert Witness Engagements
For the past several years, Mr. Walsh has been asked to serve as a private mediator and arbitrator in a number of varying personal injury matters. In one case, Mr. Walsh was retained for the purposes of fairly apportioning a large settlement award among 80 victims of sexual abuse. Additionally, Mr. Walsh has served as an expert witness in numerous legal malpractice actions, serving for both plaintiffs and defendants.