Patricia Cruz Fragoso, Esq.

It means so much to me to help my clients and make a difference in their lives

Seeking justice for those who have been unjustly harmed is my cause! As a mother, nothing means more to me than creating value in the lives of my children and family. And, as a trial attorney, nothing means more to me than navigating the civil justice process to rectify the trauma of injury, loss of wages, and lengthy rehabilitation that all too often adversely affects the most vulnerable among us in our community. As an immigrant, I’m uniquely qualified to give voice to those seeking justice from a system they were not born into but aspire to take part in. As a result, all of my energy goes into understanding the needs of every client I represent. I work hard for my clients because I want to create value in their lives. I want to help them transform their suffering into an equitable resolution for themselves and their family. There is nothing more precious than life. As an attorney, there is nothing more precious to me than the lives of my family and my clients.

Advocate, teacher, and immigrant to the United States, Patricia Cruz Fragoso is pleased to be able to help navigate her clients through the civil justice system, relate to them in their own language, and to be their voice in court. Although not born in Danbury, Patricia was raised in and educated through high school in Danbury, Conn. Patricia is involved in every aspect of her clients’ cases, from listening to their concerns and completing forms during their first office visit to pretrial investigations and jury trials. Fragoso has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers each year since 2012.

Fragoso speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Notable cases

In many cases, the fairest outcome is the one returned by a jury of local citizens. In one of Patricia’s cases, the insurance offered $40,000 to her client. The case was tried to a jury, which resulted in a $203,107 verdict for her client. The case eventually settled for a still-larger sum, $225,710.

In another case, the insurance company offered $30,000 to Patricia’s client before trial. The case was tried to a jury, which returned a $249,754 verdict.

Patricia most recently led her trial team in a multi-trauma motor vehicle crash case, which resolved just short of trial for $5.75 million.

Professional recognition
  • The Connecticut Law Tribune as a “New Leader in the Law for 2013.”
  • “Top 40 under 40” personal injury attorney by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
  • 2013 “American Dream” award from the Danbury Bar Association, a distinction given to a foreign-born citizen who has contributed to the civic discourse and respect for the rules of law in the community.
Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Law Review, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • B.A., English & French Literature, Catholic University of Portugal
Bar admissions
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
Memberships
  • Distinguished Justice Advocates, Charter Member
  • American Association for Justice, Board of Governor
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors & Executive Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • National Latino Trial Lawyer Association
  • Danbury Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association, House of Delegates, District 4 & Nominating Committee
  • Portuguese Bar Association of Connecticut, Founding Member
Publications and presentations
  • “Abigail Alliance for Better to Development Drugs v. Von Eschenbach: Is There a Right to Live,” 25–2 T. M. Cooley L. Rev. 347 (2009)
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