St Joseph College
B.S. Business Administration - 2001
Western New England College School of Law
Juris Doctor - 2006

Awards & Honors

New Leaders of the Law Award
- 2013
40 under 40
- 2013
Super Lawyers Rising Star
- 2017-2019
Super Lawyers Super Lawyer
- 2020 - Present
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Connecticut Bar Association
Member since - 2006
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member since - 2006
CT Bar Association
LGBT Subcommittee Co-Chair - 2008-2009
CT Bar Association
LGBT Section Secretary - 2013-2015
CT Bar Association
LGBT Section Treasurer - 2015-Present
Lady DUI's Connecticut DUI Survival Guide
The Connecticut DUI Guide
The Connecticut Car Accident Guide
New York Times
Connecticut Law Tribune
Hartford Business Journal
NBC 30
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Teresa DiNardi
Teresa DiNardi
Ruane Attorneys At Law, LLC

Let me introduce myself. I am Attorney Teresa DiNardi, better known around courthouses all over Connecticut as “Lady DUI.”

I have handled every type of DUI case in Connecticut, from arraignments all the way up to the Connecticut Appellate court and I have been featured in The New York Times for my defense work. Since 2006, I have devoted my practice to the defense of the drinking driver, and developed my reputation and name as “Lady DUI” through my aggressive and educated defense of my clients.

During my three years of law school, I often thought about what type of attorney I would become. It might sound corny, but the truth is that when I entered law school, I did so because I always felt that my life’s calling was to help people. I realized very early on that I wanted to be the type of attorney that put people first.

I am a fighter, and fighting legal battles for my clients is what I enjoy most. My clients are underdogs who stand alone against the power of the State of Connecticut to prosecute them with extensive resources. I love standing shoulder-to-shoulder with my clients and doing everything I can to protect and defend them against criminal charges. I passionately believe in our criminal justice system and in the defendable rights granted by the Constitution of the United States.

During his 27 years as a police officer, my father was a hostage negotiator for the Town of Newington, helping many people in difficult and life-threatening situations over the course of his career. The seriousness of his job was expressed to me every day when he would take off his bulletproof vest and place it on the kitchen table for the next day of work.

Police officers live by the motto of “To Protect and Serve”. I take the same mentality when it comes to my clients. I want nothing less than to get the best possible result for every client.

100 Retreat Avenue 300 Hartford, CT 06106 (203) 925-9200