Cody N. Guarnieri

Cody N. Guarnieri

Hartford, Connecticut

Attorney Cody N. Guarnieri is a trial attorney at Brown, Paindiris & Scott. His litigation practice focuses on criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In his criminal defense practice, Cody works with adults and juveniles being investigated by law enforcement agencies or being prosecuted by the state of Connecticut or the United States of America. He has handled matters in nearly every criminal courthouse in Connecticut and ranging in seriousness from lesser misdemeanors to serious felonies, including sexual assault, bank robbery and murder.

Cody also counsels clients in dealing with administrative agencies for professional licensing issues, including with the Department of Developmental Services, Department of Consumer Protection, Department of Children and Families, Department of Health, and others. Cody regularly works with investigatory and disciplinary staff at the many boards, commissions and agencies of the State of Connecticut.

In his personal injury and civil litigation practice, Cody aggressively pursues claims and lawsuits for individuals who were injured because of someone else, whether it be another driver, a doctor, a property owner, or the manufacturer or seller of a dangerously defective product. Cody has brought class action lawsuits on behalf of consumers, employees and others, including one of the first nationwide class action lawsuits against Volkswagen based on the defective clean diesel "TDI" line of automobiles.

Cody has been listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in criminal defense since 2015, he has been Lead Counsel Rated in Criminal Defense since 2014 and his lawyer rating on is a perfect 10 out of 10. Cody is a Presidential Fellow Emeritus of the Connecticut Bar Association and sits on the executive board of the Criminal Justice Section of the Bar Association. Cody is a member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association ("CCDLA") and the American Bar Association ("ABA") Criminal Justice Section, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ("NACDL"), the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (“CTLA”), the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), and the Litigation Section, Membership Committee and Medical Marijuana Committees of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Cody was named a "New Leader in the Law" by the Connecticut Law Tribune in 2016. He has also been invited to speak at seminars and panels, including the annual meeting of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Bar Association's Connecticut Legal Conference as well as at continuing legal education programs held by the CBA and other organizations. Cody has been featured in the Practice Tips series of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Cody is the author of the definitive Outline of Pretrial Diversionary Programs in Connecticut, which is distributed to and relied on by many private criminal defense attorneys, public defenders and prosecutors throughout the State of Connecticut.

Cody is also active in his local community, having served as an Alternate Commissioner of the South Windsor Planning and Zoning Commission in 2014. Cody is a Hartford Rotarian and was the youngest President of the Hartford Rotary in its more than 100 year history, serving in that capacity from 2015-2016. Cody is a member of the South Windsor Democratic Town Committee and was the Chairman of a Political Action Committee founded by the Connecticut Comptroller, Kevin P. Lembo, from 2016-2017. Cody is also a regular contributor to the Catholic Transcript, the publication of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford. Cody lives in South Windsor with his wife, Julianne, his son, Daniel, and his newborn daughter, Saoirse.

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)

Published Works

License Suspensions for Driving Under the Influence in Connecticut

The Ripple Effect of Licensing Issues

Five Tips for Continuing Your Criminal Defense Case in Connecticut

What is "Accelerated Rehabilitation"?

Do I have a Workers' Compensation Claim for Injuries Related to Repeated Trauma at Work?

What is Workers' Compensation and Why Does it Exist?

A Guide to Acronyms and Shorthand in Connecticut Workers' Compensation

Sentences for Crimes in Connecticut

Sex Offender Registration in Connecticut



Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Professional License Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workers' Compensation

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: CALI Excellence Award for Criminal Trial Division Clinic
    • Honors: Connecticut Public Interest Journal, Articles Editor
    • Honors: Connecticut Moot Court Board, Executive Director
  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut
    • Dual B.A.s (Magna Cum Laude) - 2009
    • Honors: Academic Achievement Award
    • Honors: Honors Program

Honors and Awards

  • Connecticut Bar Association Presidential Fellow, 2015 - 2017
  • Connecticut Bar Association Presidential Fellow Emeritus - 2017
  • Selected to Connecticut SuperLawyer Rising Star, 2015-present
  • Lead Counsel Rated in Criminal Defense, 2014-present
  • rated a perfect 10 out of 10
  • Selected New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Section, Executive Committee Member
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Pro Bono Activities

  • Hartford Rotary Club, Past President, 2015 - 2016
  • St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church Men's Fellowship Member - 2017-present Catholic Transcript, Magazine of the Archdiocese of Hartford, contributor.