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2023 40 Under Forty: Andrew Garza

Age: 36 Company: Connecticut Trial Firm LLC Title: Co-Founder/Chief Legal Officer No. of years with current company: 7 Town where I live: Farmington Town where I work: Glastonbury College: University of Connecticut Highest degree: Juris Doctor, New England Law, Boston
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Andrew Garza is the co-founder and chief legal officer at Connecticut Trial Firm, which provides legal representation to the catastrophically injured. Garza manages the firm’s critical case unit and is an instructor at the Keenan Trial Institute.

Growing the firm from two to over 30 employees in the last five years, CT Trial has been named to the Inc. 5000 list, and as one of the 10 fastest-growing law firms in the U.S.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

I was fortunate to serve as lead trial counsel in the Cruz v. Spec Personnel case, which resulted in a record-breaking $100 million jury verdict for a very deserving paralyzed man and his wife. The verdict was reported to be the largest verdict in Connecticut history.

How are you involved in the community?

I’ve volunteered as a baseball coach for Farmington Little League for the past five seasons, served as co-chair for the Hartford Foundation’s Farmington Greater Together Community Fund, and served as a big brother for Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work, I am happiest when I am spending time with my wife and three children, coaching baseball, working on carpentry projects in my workshop or playing mediocre golf with friends.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Serving as lead counsel for victims of the King Soopers mass shooting against Ruger Firearms for violations of state and federal law.

• Served as lead counsel on a paralysis case resulting in the largest jury verdict in Connecticut history.

• Served as lead counsel on a case resulting in one of the largest jury verdicts in Connecticut history for the child of an injured parent.

• Named 2022 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Keenan Trial Institute.

Fun Fact

I grew up in public housing and bartended my way through college and law school.

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