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Attorneys in the Firm are admitted to practice

in the following jurisdictions:*


State Courts


Rhode Island

Federal Courts

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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April E. Brodeur

Member and Managing Attorney


Attorney Brodeur is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Quinnipiac University School of Law. Prior to forming the Brodeur Law Firm, Attorney Brodeur provided legal guidance to clients on a wide-range of issues as a solo practitioner. She represents clients in all Connecticut Courts. Her general practice includes civil and criminal appeals, real estate, criminal law, civil litigation, equine, and wills, trusts and estates law. Attorney Brodeur is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and Rhode Island.


Attorney Brodeur concentrates in criminal law, representing individuals charged with traffic offenses, DUI, misdemeanors, felonies, appeals, state and federal habeas corpus actions, and other post-conviction proceedings.  She has appeared regularly in court and litigated cases before the Connecticut Supreme, Appellate, and Superior Courts, including the habeas court. 


Attorney Brodeur is sensitive to the fact-intensive nature of criminal defense and listens carefully to clients to identify their concerns as well as possible defenses.  She is experienced in representing individuals with disabilities and deficiencies.  Her patient nature, careful attention to detail, and persistence lends itself to criminal and post-conviction work.  As an appellate attorney, she has litigated cases of first impression, has argued numerous appeals in the Connecticut Appellate Court, and succeeded in persuading the Connecticut Supreme Court to accept multiple cases raising issues ranging from conflict of interest to denial of self-representation.  She has had multiple successes for her clients, including overturning convictions for class A felonies, negotiation of resolutions to complex criminal cases, and achieving sentence reductions for her clients.  She has aided and mentored other attorneys, providing strategy and materials resulting in successful resolutions of additional cases. 


Prior to forming the Brodeur Law Firm, Attorney Brodeur provided legal guidance to clients as a solo practitioner on a wide-range of issues including criminal, appellate, habeas, real estate, wills and trusts, business organizations, contracts, torts (including personal injury), and equine law.  As one of the few equine law practitioners in Connecticut and Rhode Island she routinely assisted clients in forming and protecting equine related businesses.  She has handled complex equine cases including a wide array of issues such as international sales, importation, CUTPA, personal injury, complex litigation, business torts, business organizations and contracts. 


Attorney Brodeur is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Quinnipiac University School of Law.  While in law school she received numerous honors and awards for her outstanding work, including the Excellence in Clinical Work award for her efforts in the Defense Appellate Clinic on a case involving instructional error and juror unanimity.  Also while in law school, she gained experience with a prominent personal injury firm in the New London area, volunteered with the Office of the Public Defender in New London, and appeared in court.  Attorney Brodeur attended both Carnegie Mellon and Quinnipiac Law School as an academic scholar, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.  She completed her undergraduate degree early before attending Quinnipiac Law School. 


Attorney Brodeur is admitted to practice law in all courts in Connecticut and Rhode Island, as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Barbara J. Sorrentino

Senior Attorney

Attorney Sorrentino received her BS from Boston College and her Juris Doctor from the Suffolk University Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Suffolk Transnational Law Review.  She joined the Brodeur Law Firm following more than 34 years in practice.  


After clerking at the Connecticut Supreme Court for Justices Anthony Grillo and Angelo Santaniello, Attorney Sorrentino joined the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services. She began her career with the Division by spending a year at the Geographical Area court in Derby and three years at the Geographical Area court in New Haven. She then moved to the Judicial District court in Waterbury and litigated serious criminal matters for four years. Following her time in Waterbury, Attorney Sorrentino spent nineteen years in the combined Judicial District/Geographical Area court in Middletown in the Middlesex Judicial District handling felonies and misdemeanors. Attorney Sorrentino concluded her career as a public defender assisting clients at the Connecticut Innocence Project.

Attorney Sorrentino has represented individuals charged with motor vehicle offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies. She has handled pretrial motions, violations of probation hearings, competency matters, and trials. She has also worked on habeas cases and appeals. Her work on Innocence Project cases resulted in the release of an individual serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit. 

A member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Attorney Sorrentino is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Connecticut. Attorney Sorrentino handles criminal cases, habeas corpus matters and appeals.

Desmond M. Ryan



Desmond M. Ryan graduated from the Northeastern University summa cum laude and Quinnipiac University School of Law summa cum laude, where he was also the editor-in-chief of the Quinnipiac Law Review and the president of the Public Interest Law Project. 

Before joining the Brodeur Law Firm, Attorney Ryan spent a year as the term clerk to Justice Dennis G. Eveleigh of the Connecticut Supreme Court, worked as an associate in a firm focused on criminal defense, and also spent two years as an associate at another leading Connecticut criminal defense and post-conviction law firm. Attorney Ryan has tried habeas cases, represented defendants in criminal matters and on motions to correct illegal sentences, and briefed and argued appeals in the Connecticut Appellate Court. 

While in law school, Attorney Ryan worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Janet Bond Arterton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, and also worked in the law school’s Appellate Defense Clinic. Before deciding to focus on criminal defense, Attorney Ryan was an associate in the commercial litigation practice group for a prominent general practice law firm in Hartford. 


Attorney Ryan is admitted to practice in Connecticut, and in the U.S. District of Connecticut. 





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