Charles Modzelewski

Charles F. Modzelewski



Charles F. Modzelewski



  • Overview


    Charles Modzelewski, a member of the firm’s Insurance + Reinsurance Group, represents commercial insurers in a broad range of coverage matters and disputes.

    Insurance Coverage Advice

    Charles’ practice involves advising domestic and foreign D&O and E&O insurer clients regarding coverage for complex matters such as securities, shareholder, and derivative class action matters. Charles’ work primarily focuses on financial lines, professional liability, excess liability, and general liability insurance policies.

    Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation

    Charles also advises insurers on property insurance coverage obligations related to both commercial and homeowners insurance policies. He also represents insurers when a dispute arises over coverage. He assists insurers with claims and lawsuits involving property damage due to natural disasters such as earthquakes, sinkholes, landslides, floods, hurricanes, and fires. Charles’ practice includes work related to litigation involving allegations of insurer bad faith practices. 

    Pro Bono

    Through the firm’s Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program, Charles provides representation to victims of domestic violence by helping them obtain restraining orders and navigate the court system.

    Prior to joining the firm, Charles was a law clerk for the Honorable Alfred V. Covello, United States District Judge, District of Connecticut. While attending law school, he served as the assistant managing editor of the Connecticut Law Review. Additionally, he was a member of the Connecticut Moot Court Board. He also was a finalist in the 2014 William H. Hastie Moot Court Competition.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • On behalf of insurer client, drafted motion for summary judgment in case alleging collapse due to deteriorating concrete. 

      • Drafted an order to show cause, which was granted, in a case involving the dissolution of a limited liability company.

      • Drafted answer and affirmative defenses on behalf of an insurance company in response to a complaint related to mold damage.

      • Prepared motion to dismiss based on lack of jurisdiction in a matter involving a limited liability company. 

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association

      Hartford County Bar Association
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected as a Rising Star in the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2018 to 2020.

      Robinson+Cole Pro Bono Award recipient, 2019

      Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2021 and 2022 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the area of Insurance Law.

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Hartford Performs
      Board of Directors
    • Publications


      "The Constitutional Unsoundness of Retroactively Legislating Business Interruption Coverage for Covid-19," published in the American Bar Association's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Summer 2020 newsletter. (8/27/2020)
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      "Steering a Safe Course in Admiralty Removal Jurisdiction Subsequent to the 2011 Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act," published in Connecticut Law Review (3/5/2015)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • February 12, 2019

        Robinson+Cole Supports Annual CBA-YLS Diversity Award Dinner

      • October 24, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Attend Interval House's Annual Breakfast With Champions

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      • October 18, 2018

        51 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      R+C News Releases

      • August 19, 2021

        65 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022

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      • October 15, 2020

        47 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in Super Lawyers®

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      • August 20, 2020

        61 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

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      • October 19, 2019

        52 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • December 10, 2018

        Charlie Modzelewski Appointed to Hartford Performs Board of Directors

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