NEW BRITAIN – The attorneys of Barbieri Law, LLC have built a strong reputation in New Britain over 56 years, providing clients with a fast response and a personal approach to legal services while supporting community organizations.
John Barbieri started his general practice firm, currently located at 18 Cedar St., in 1964. Today he is joined by his daughter, Claudia Barbieri, who came aboard 14 years ago, and paralegals Patricia Veits and Jennifer Smith, who have been with the firm for 50 years and 18 years, respectively.
The team brings a wealth of experience to clients in the areas of bankruptcy, business organization, contract law, criminal law, DWI and traffic violations, motor vehicle accidents, personal injury, real estate law, wills, probate and estate administration and workers compensation.
Claudia Barbieri said when someone calls the firm, they can expect to have the phone answered and attention paid to them and their concerns.
“When people call an attorney they are often in the middle of a crisis and they want to be heard right away,” she said.
John Barbieri said he has made a quick response a point of practice at his firm.
“We pay attention to our clients and respond as soon as possible to telephone calls or messages,” he said. “It’s that personal approach that clients like. We are interested in their issues and we want to help them if we can. If we can’t do it, we’ll be happy to point them in the right direction.”
John and Claudia Barbieri are both members of the New Britain Bar Association. Last December, the New Britain Bar Association awarded John Barbieri the President’s Award and Claudia Barbieri the Liberty Bell Award.
“It felt wonderful to be recognized by our peers,” Claudia Barbieri said.
Both John and Claudia Barbieri said they feel it is important for them to be active members of the community and to give back to those in need.
“It is important to give back to people who are less fortunate than us,” John Berbieri said. “We get a lot of satisfaction from doing that; it’s very rewarding.”
Claudia Barbieri said she was raised by her father to share in these values.
“Community service and helping people who need help is important to us,” she said.
For the past 38 years, John Barbieri has chaired or co-chaired CCARC’s annual golf tournament fundraiser. CCARC is a local non-profit organization that provides opportunities for independence & personal growth for people with disabilities.
“We just completed the 50th annual golf tournament, which raised $101,000 at that event,” he said. “The tournament has probably raised well over $1 million over the years.”
Claudia Barbieri has served on the Board of Directors for the Prudence Crandall Center for 10 years, including 7 years as board president. The local non-profit center supports victims of domestic violence and provides emergency shelter for women and children who have been victimized. The organization also seeks to educate the community with the goal of reducing or eliminating domestic violence.
Unfortunately, Claudia Barbieri said domestic violence cases have increased during the covid-19 pandemic.
“People are stuck at home and struggling with a number of issues such as, in some cases, not having an income or substance abuse,” she said. “There is a lot of need to donate to and support an organization like the Prudence Crandall Center right now.”
The firm still continues to see a lot of clients through the pandemic. However, the coronavirus has resulted in Barbieri Law, LLC adjusting the way it provides service to keep both attorneys and clients safe.
“We no longer just let people walk in,” John Barbieri said. “We are doing a lot of contract signing at the curbside or at our front stairs. Now that the courts are starting up again, we are doing a lot more with remote hearings.”
Claudia Barbieri said that, going forward, the firm’s goal is to continue to remain accessible to clients.
For more information, visit barbierilaw.com or call 860-224-7119.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.