Throughout his career Craig A. Fontaine has concentrated his practice on civil trial work. Over the last 25 years most of his professional time has been devoted to the defense of medical malpractice claims, and the representation of physicians, oral surgeons and dentists in disciplinary and licensure matters involving the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Attorney Fontaine also has an active practice defending attorneys in legal malpractice claims and handling various product liability and complex negligence claims. He represents employers in various professional claims brought against them, including harassment/discrimination, wrongful termination, and defamation in civil actions and before administrative agencies.
In addition to handling Connecticut cases, Attorney Fontaine has been asked by a national medical malpractice insurance carrier (and PIAA member) to be lead counsel on serious exposure medical malpractice cases in New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Maine. He was asked to be lead counsel in the State of Maine where 29 individual claims against 6 different doctors were filed in 4 separate counties. It was his responsibility to develop a strategy for the defense of the unconsolidated claims, and to attempt to provide uniformity and consistency in their defense. The claims included allegations of negligence in the informed consent process, surgery, and post-surgical management of the patients who had Vitek Teflon-Proplast meniscus replacements in their temporomandibular joints. There were also claims of breach of warranty, loss of consortium and product liability. These cases combined, involved the single largest exposure nationally for that insurer.
Two flagship cases were tried resulting in a defense verdict and directed verdict. Aggressive motion practice resulted in narrowing the issues for trial concerning experts, statutes of limitations, as well as the nature and extent of the available claims. As a result, after summary judgment motions judgment entered for the defense in all but four of the other cases. There were five separate appeals to the Maine Supreme Court all resulting in the affirmation of the judgments for the defense. Subsequently, the remaining four cases were voluntarily withdrawn.
Attorney Fontaine serves as both an Arbitrator and an Attorney Fact Finder in the Superior Court.
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
- Various topics for national clients
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
- University of New Haven, B.S. Forensic Science, Minor Chemistry
- Undergraduate internship -Yale Medical School, Forensic Pathology and Histopathology
- Washburn University School of Law, J.D.