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One thing you need to know about Attorney Leslie Gold McPadden is that when she was six years old she was able to treat her entire street to ice cream. It’s one of her most enduring, happiest childhood memories.

She loves that “what I’m doing feels now like taking people out for ice cream every day . . . ” sometimes, of course, that’s exactly what she does. Mention this to her and see what happens. Really.

After Leslie graduated from Albany Law School of Union University she began her legalLESLIEfullsize career on the defense side of personal injury cases. She learned a lot of law, she learned a lot about strategy and case management and evidence and picking a jury . . . but it seemed something was missing.

Early on, she recognized what plaintiffs were going through. They had been injured – some seriously – or were sitting at the table across from her because a loved one had died, and they were going through hell. Sometimes years after the original event, one they were being forced to relive in a courtroom.

When she joined Carmody & Torrance LLP in Waterbury about four years into her career, she continued representing defendants but slowly began to participate in plaintiff actions. She learned ‘the ropes’ of personal injury law from the plaintiff’s perspective while still performing defense work. That led to an unique perspective on personal injury law that Leslie has never lost. 

Eventually Leslie moved completely to the plaintiff’s side. It was everything she thought it would be: challenging and rewarding.

Here’s how she describes the difference: to successfully bring a personal injury action you have to build a house of cards; to defend a personal injury suit you only have to take out one card. 

She prefers to build. Most of all, though, she found an avocation that not only utilized her passions but demanded them.

In short, she quickly, efficiently, passionately became an advocate. Exactly the reason she went to law school.

Leslie went out on her own in 2008, at first as Leslie Gold McPadden, Attorney at Law, recently as LGM Injury Law. With her own firm, Leslie’s finally been able to merge her passion for advocating and, if necessary, litigating for her clients with the entrepreneurial spirit she’s been imbued with since that ice cream buying spree when she was six.

Now, she’s free to utilize the skills she was taught while she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communications and public relations at the prestigious Boston University College of Communication.

What may best describe Leslie and her practice is her Twitter ‘bio’:

Lawyer, known for ‘gotta pick your brain’ accessibility, empathy, collaboration, will put the ‘jury’ in injury law if needed, empowering & thinks outside the box.

Leslie is a founding member and past Chair of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers’ Association Women’s Law Caucus; holds a position on the Continuing Legal Education Committee; chairs and is a frequent lecturer at Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association seminars;  and was a founding member of the Medical-Legal Committee of the New Haven County Bar Association.

That’s a lot and pretty impressive but Leslie’s far more likely to tell you about the time 613920_bQwkw89-BqeJRNECUVqdi8qS6A-DktzGJUogqoGgHm8she appeared in the highest court in the land than about her work with bar associations. She’s one of the select few ever allowed to walk onto and across . . . the basketball court above the United States Supreme Court. 

Leslie is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. 


marc leslie of counselMarc J. Ubaldi, Of Counsel, has practiced injury law in Connecticut for over twenty years.  During that period, he has handled a wide range of cases, representing plaintiffs injured in car accidents, slip and falls and at work, as well as people hurt by defective products, dog bites and medical malpractice.

Marc has extensive courtroom experience, having completed dozens of jury trials.  He has also successfully argued appeals at the Connecticut Appellate Court and Connecticut Supreme Court.  He is admitted to practice law in Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and the Mohegan Gaming Disputes Court, where he handles cases for clients injured at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Marc has had a seven figure result in the tribal counsel.  He is licensed to practice in both casino courts.

Marc was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut.  A graduate of Holy Cross High School, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in History and English from the University of Hartford in 1988.  He received his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1996.


Donna Tessmer will have a picture here soon (we’re trying to convince her to either have one taken or provide us with one picture of her where she isn’t wearing everything Red Sox). 

Donna is, simply, the backbone of the firm. Paralegal extraordinaire, accountant, crack organizer, as well as, most importantly, client comforter. Donna’s caring and empathy are the first thing most clients notice and it’s never going away. 

Simply, Donna is not only there for LGM Injury Law, she’s there for every one of our clients. As needed. No questions.