Dennis M. Carnelli is an experienced civil litigation attorney who represents people and businesses in private disputes, civil rights actions, and matters implicating their constitutional rights. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Western New England University School of Law, where he was a Note Editor for the Western New England Law Review and recipient of the law school’s oldest award, the Benjamin D. Novak Award, for outstanding legal writing. Thereafter, Carnelli served as a law clerk for the late Justice Barry R. Schaller at the Connecticut Appellate Court and, from 2014 through 2017, as a guest lecturer in Appellate Advocacy at Yale Law School. Carnelli has experience representing clients in commercial litigation, civil rights actions, and appellate matters. Previously, he served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General. He is a U.S. Army combat veteran of the Iraq War, the current Chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Veterans and Military Affairs Section, and one of three Connecticut members of the First Amendment Lawyers Association.
Ameer Benno is an experienced civil rights and constitutional law attorney. He received his law degree from Cornell Law School. Benno is the founder and principal of Benno & Associates P.C., an appellate and civil rights law firm in New York City. In his practice, Benno represents those whose constitutional and statutory rights have been abridged, and he regularly challenges violations of state and federal anti-discrimination statutes in the workplace, schools, housing and other settings. Benno is an adjunct professor at Touro Law School, where he teaches civil rights. He frequently contributes commentary and analysis on legal issues for various news outlets, as well as radio and television. Previously, he served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.