Biography of Arthur C. Laske III
For nearly thirty years, Art Laske has been trusted to represent individuals who have suffered a personal crisis or loss. Art has practiced civil trial law since his admission to the Bar of the State of Connecticut in 1988. Art began his legal career in 1988 at the firm of Marsh, Day & Calhoun, one of Bridgeport's oldest and most respected law firms. In 1993, Art opened his own law practice dedicated to the trial of civil cases.
Over the course of nearly three decades of practice, Art has tried numerous jury cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, in state and federal courts. He enjoys trying cases before a jury, and believes that the right to have cases heard by a jury is one of our most important rights as citizens.
In addition to jury trials, Art has extensive experience in the area of appellate practice. He has argued before the Connecticut Appellate Court and the Connecticut Supreme Court on over a dozen occassions. Early in his career Art tried the case and successfully defended the appeal in Moore v. Ganim, a case referred to by one commentator as “…perhaps the most noteworthy, and surely the most scholarly, state constitutional case of 1995[.]” Art has also argued numerous times in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Between 1993 and 2015 Art served as an Assistant City Attorney, and later Deputy City Attorney, for the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the largest city in the State of Connecticut. In these positions Art defended the City and its employees in countless civil matters, including cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, violations of U.S.C. Section 1983, injunctions, negligence and employment matters.
Art has served as a faculty member at the Connecticut Trial Advocacy Institute, a trial skills seminar sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association. He also attended the National Program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) in Boulder, Colorado, in 1992.
Art received his law degree in 1988 from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he served as a member of the National Moot Court Team. He graduated from Boston College in 1984 and served as President of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College. He is a 1980 graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School.
Art grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, and traces his family's roots to the East Side of Bridgeport, where his great-grandparents operated a grocery store at the corner of Orchard and Stillman Streets, and his great-grandfather sold fruit from a horse and wagon throughout downtown Bridgeport and the East Side at the turn of the 20th century.
Prior to attending law school, Art worked on the re-election staff of Representative William Ratchford (D-CT) in 1984, and he thereafter worked on the Congressional staff of Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) before leaving Washington, D.C. for law school.
Art was the Democratic nominee for State Representative in the 123rd District in 1990, served on the Board of Finance of the Town of Trumbull, and was elected to the Trumbull Town Council. He has served for the last 18 years as an elected member of the Board of Finance of the Town of Easton.
Art is a proud parent to his three boys, John, Joseph, and Nathaniel, and his daughter, Anna. Art resides in a restored 1765 home in the beautiful Town of Easton, Connecticut.