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  • J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, cum laude, 2001
  • B.S., Quinnipiac University, summa cum laude, 1998

    Articles Editor, Quinnipiac Law Review

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First, Second and Third Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Life Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation

Board of Directors, KNOX

Paula Cruz Cedillo

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  • T: 860.275.6783
    F: 860.560.5966

Ms. Cedillo is a member of the Business Litigation Group and concentrates her national practice on complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, and white collar criminal defense matters. Ms. Cedillo has litigated matters in federal and state courts throughout the country, and she has been involved in matters related to the False Claims Act, losses sustained by investments made in Madoff Securities, and has litigated cases out of the sub-prime mortgage crisis on behalf of investment advisors. Her commercial litigation experience involves intellectual property, including copyright and trademark infringement, as well as unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets, information technology, unfair trade practices, director and officer liability, ERISA, civil RICO, commercial defamation, fraud, and the defense of class actions. In addition to litigation in both federal and state courts, Ms. Cedillo's experience includes handling opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Ms. Cedillo's securities practice includes representing corporations and broker/dealers in matters involving securities fraud under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Ms. Cedillo also has represented corporations and broker/dealers in defending SEC and FINRA enforcement actions, including defending claims of insider trading and market manipulation. Her experience includes securities fraud matters brought in federal court as well as securities arbitration matters involving violations of both state and federal securities laws before FINRA and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Ms. Cedillo has also represented investment banking firms in connection with litigation arising out of securities offerings.

In her white collar criminal defense practice, Ms. Cedillo has represented corporations and individual corporate officers at the investigative stage, including before the grand jury, as well as the post-indictment stages in matters involving securities fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering. Ms. Cedillo also conducts internal corporate investigations and advises clients in connection with investigations conducted by governmental authorities and regulators. Ms. Cedillo has conducted internal investigations for investment firms, broker/dealers, banks, insurance companies, universities, political campaigns, and hospitals.

In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Cedillo is the co-author of Connecticut Business Litigation, the newest book in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s book series published by American Lawyer Media (ALM). Connecticut Business Litigation provides authoritative analysis of the case law, statutes, and regulations of numerous complex business topics, and is a primary resource of complex business litigation for attorneys who litigate in federal and state courts in Connecticut and for lawyers who counsel their clients about business litigation. The topics in Connecticut Business Litigation include, among others, antitrust, ERISA, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, business torts, securities, RICO, and patent, copyright and trademark litigation.

Ms. Cedillo has been recognized as a leading lawyer by West, Thomson Reuters, in connection with being invited to contribute to the Aspatore Press “Inside the Minds” book series published by West, Thomson Reuters. Ms. Cedillo’s Chapter entitled, “The False Claims Act: Strategy and Protocol for Initial Responses to the Government, Whistleblowers, and Qui Tam Actions,” is included in “Inside the Minds - Litigation Strategies for Government Contracts,” 2011 edition.

Ms. Cedillo was selected by the Hartford Business Journal as a 2011 recipient of its 40 Under Forty award, which honor recognizes outstanding young professionals in the Greater Hartford area who have excelled in their respective industries through their leadership roles and commitment to the community.

Ms. Cedillo has also been honored by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of the New Leaders in the Law for 2013, which selection recognizes those who stand out as a new leader in the Connecticut legal profession whose achievements to date distinguish them from their peers. The 2013 New Leaders in the Law were selected from hundreds of nominees, each of whom were nominated by their firms or colleagues within the Connecticut bar. She also has been a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Connecticut and in New England from 2009-2018. She has been named as a Connecticut Super Lawyer in 2017 through the present. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Click here for their methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Ms. Cedillo is also fluent in Portuguese.


The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Boston Chapter's 56th Annual March Workshop
Connecticut Law Tribune, Country Club of Darien, Darien CT
Handling Business Litigation in Connecticut State and Federal Courts
Super CLE Year-End Program presented by the Connecticut Law Tribune