Attorney Paulding is one of Connecticut's most accomplished and proficient criminal defense lawyers. He has been named by Connecticut Magazine as one of their annually-recognized "Superlawyers" since 2007. He has developed a reputation as a lawyer to be trusted, by his clients, his peers in the legal profession, and the members of our State and Federal Judicial systems.
T.R. grew up in the Town of Wethersfield where he was always very active in the community. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he received his J.D. from our own University of Connecticut School of Law. As a young lawyer, he gained experience in his own practice and spent two legislative sessions advising State Representatives as an attorney for the House Republican Caucus at the State Capitol in Hartford. Realizing that his bent was in the realm of criminal law, he worked for the Public Defender Services for two years, and then changed hats. For nearly seven years, he prosecuted a variety of felony and misdemeanor matters, initially as a trial attorney for the Chief State's Attorney's Office, and then for several years as the Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney at the Enfield Superior Court. He has been engaged in private practice since leaving that position in 1992.
Attorney Paulding's trial experience includes two jobs in a quasi-judicial position: For many years, he served as a Hearing Officer at the Administrative Per Se Unit, having been appointed by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. There, he presided over hundreds of hearings pertaining to DUI arrests, as well as a variety of matters involving actions against operator's licenses, CDL disqualification, dealer's permits, and related DMV issues. Throughout his career, both as a prosecutor and defense attorney, he has developed a detailed knowledge of the issues involved in a DUI prosecution, as well as the administrative consequences. T.R. has also presided over trials in the civil division of the Hartford Court, serving as a Fact Finder/Trial Referee.
T.R. chooses to emphasize his experience in the criminal division of the court in his practice. He has tried dozens of cases to verdict, and handles a variety of allegations, ranging from misdemeanor and motor vehicle offenses to felonies, including sexual assault, drug offenses, white collar crime, murder and capital felony. Notable verdicts have been achieved in our courts, including the matter of State vs. Henry Jemison, a five week trial resulting in his client being acquitted of murder by the jury. In the Capital Felony category, Mr. Paulding has played a significant role on two separate occasions: in State vs. Kevin Whitworth, T.R. succeeded in saving his client's life, and prevented the imposition of the death penalty. On the other end of the spectrum, he played a much different role in the highly publicized case of State vs. Michael Ross. As Connecticut citizens will recall, Mr. Paulding's representation of his client withstood the efforts of many who opposed what Mr. Ross had chosen to do in seeking to end his appeals. After the conclusion of the case, Attorney Paulding was singled out for recognition and presented with the Connecticut Bar Associations "Pro Bono" Award in 2005. Mr. Paulding's trial experience has not been limited to the criminal courts; he has also tried civil and family matters to verdict, including personal injury and medical malpractice claims, dissolution of marriage, and a federal civil rights claim, (tried with his friend and former partner, Patrick Tomasiewicz) in which his client was found to have been the victim of police brutality and was awarded over $700,000.00 by the jury.
T.R. has been a member of many organizations over the years. He is a member in good standing of the Connecticut State and District Court bars. In past years, he has belonged to the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations. He has been a member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (C.C.D.L.A) since 1992. He has served on the Advisory Board for the Alternative Incarceration Centers and assisted in Continuing Education for the Division of Criminal Justice with a role in the creation of instructional videos. He has lectured at the People's Law School, and has spoken to many groups of lawyers and students about his experiences with the Michael Ross case. He is a former member of Handgun Control, which has evolved into the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence. T.R. is a proud graduate and active alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, having served as President of the Notre Dame Club of Greater Hartford, where he helped to initiate a number of community-based service projects, including the Christmas in April program in Manchester.
Attorney Paulding, his wife, Michele, and their family make their home in Glastonbury, where T.R. has served the community on town political committees and coached a variety of youth sports for many years.