Carlton Chen

Carlton S. Chen

Carlton is a seasoned lawyer and business executive with substantial experience in business and corporate transactions, including M&A, technology transfer, securities law compliance, financing, and international trade. He provides legal counseling to the firm's clients and protects their interests, including trade secrets and other intellectual property rights. He negotiates deals and writes all types of contracts, including buy/sell, partnership, strategic alliance, licensing, distribution and sales agreements. He also facilitates to resolve business problems and disputes.

Prior to joining the firm in 2013, he served as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of West Hartford based Colt’s Manufacturing Company. Previously, he served in various legal roles at Fortune 500 companies Olin Corporation and Sara Lee Corporation, including as general counsel to their subsidiary operating companies and chief counsel of various international joint ventures. Earlier, he was a corporate lawyer at Waterbury based Gager Henry & Narkis, then a 45-lawyer firm, and began his legal career at the New York Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission.

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: 2d Circuit (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court: D.Conn, S.D.N.Y., and E.D.N.Y.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association: Member, Advisory Board
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Member

Business Organizations and Community Activities:

  • SinApac Group LLC: Co-founder and CEO
  • Connecticut China Council: Member, Board of Directors
  • Bridge Innovations: Advisor
  • Keiretsu Forum – Mid-Atlantic: Founding Member, New York Chapter
  • Willow Wood Country Club, Inc.: Member, Board of Directors

Awards and Recognition:

  • Connecticut Law Tribune: Lifetime Achievement Award for Professional Excellence
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation: James W. Cooper Life Fellow
  • Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association: Impact Award
  • Association of Corporate Counsel: Excellence in Corporate Practice Award


  • Columbia University, B.A. Honors in Economics, 1977
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., Root-Tilden Scholar, 1980