Christopher "Chris" Meisenkothen

Christopher "Chris" Meisenkothen

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, LLC

Recognized since 2017

New Haven, Connecticut

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
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Attorney Meisenkothen graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1996 with a bachelor of arts in history and sociology with distinction in history. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1999 and joined ELSM in August of that year. Attorney Meisenkothen has focused his efforts on representing people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. He has personally handled hundreds of mesothelioma cases in the Connecticut court system. Attorney Meisenkothen co-chaired a trial in 2009 involving a Navy veteran who died from mesothelioma and won a verdict of $2,595,000, the largest asbestos jury verdict in Connecticut history.

In 2011, Attorney Meisenkothen became a named partner in Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen. The highly regarded Super Lawyers rating service identified him as a "Rising Star" (2008-2012 — Products Plaintiff). He has since been named “Super Lawyer” by the Super Lawyers rating service in recognition of the professional achievements that he has attained thus far in his career (2013-2015 — Products Plaintiff). No more than 5% of the lawyers in any given state are awarded this prestigious designation. In recognition of his record of success in asbestos litigation in Connecticut, Chris was also chosen as one of the Connecticut Law Tribune's "Dozen Who Made a Difference" in 2012.

Attorney Meisenkothen manages the firm's Connecticut docket and oversees all of the firm's Connecticut asbestos cases. He also manages the firm's asbestos- and toxin-related workers' compensation practice. Attorney Meisenkothen is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maine and Georgia, and in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Connecticut and the Northern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.


  • One Century Tower, 11th Floor
    265 Church Street
    New Haven, CT 06510

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants, New Haven (2022)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • Asbestos
  • Toxic Tort

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