Cynthia DeMatteis Cartier is a distinguished attorney based in Guilford, Connecticut, with over twenty years of experience. An honored member of Worldwide Who’s Who of Executives, Ms. Cartier is a founding partner of Cartier & Bower, LLC, where she maintains a general civil practice with an emphasis on family and elder law.
Now known for the compassionate and effective representation she provides to residents throughout New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties, Ms. Cartier first went into law for the noblest of reasons. As she tells it:
I wanted to save the world. I was interested in law since I was young because I knew it would give me a tremendous ability to advocate for others. A career in law fit me like a glove.
After receiving her B.A. in political science in 1988 from Upsala College, Ms. Cartier went on to earn her J.D. from Widener Law School in 1992. She began her career clerking in the Seventh Judicial Circuit in Maryland, where she was able to practice in a wide variety of fields, ultimately exposing her to her current areas of concentration: family law, elder law, and other civil litigation matters.
In 1997, Ms. Cartier returned to her home state of Connecticut and served as counsel to several insurance companies over the course of the ensuing decade, including working as Assistant General Counsel to the insurance giant Nationwide, where she also sat on the Senior Leadership Team. She later earned an LL.M. in insurance from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2010, receiving the CALI Excellence for the Future Award® in Insurance Finance.
Seeking to work more directly with families and individuals, Ms. Cartier joined forces with Attorney Raymond Bower to form Cartier & Bower, LLC, in 2013. Since co-founding the firm, Ms. Cartier has helped countless clients across Connecticut find practical solutions to a broad range of family and elder law issues. Whether working with seniors or couples facing divorce, she handles each case with sensitivity, leveraging her decades of experience to guide people through emotionally challenging times.
Outside of her law practice, Ms. Cartier is a dedicated member of her community. Today, she is involved in various community and nonprofit activities, including serving on the boards of Selectmen in Guilford, the American School for the Deaf, Sarah, Inc., the Guilford Rotary Club, and the National Association of Professional Women. Additionally, she is a former member of the Guilford Board of Education, the Guilford Board of Planning and Zoning, and the Hamden Legislative Council. Since 2001, she has been appointed as a factfinder and arbitrator for the Judicial Districts of New Haven and Meriden.