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William F. Dow III - New Haven, CT

350 Orange Street New Haven, CT 06511- 6403

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Updated: 05/19/2021

New Haven Criminal Law Lawyer


Willie Dow is one of Connecticut's most experienced and effective criminal defense lawyers. For more than 15 years he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America®. He has been recognized by Connecticut Magazine as a Connecticut Super Lawyer® in Criminal Defense from 2006 to 2015. In 2008 and 2009 he was voted by his peers as the Top Attorney in Connecticut in Connecticut Magazine.

Willie was born in New Haven and grew up in Stony Creek, Connecticut...


Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1968
  • Connecticut, 1969
  • District of Columbia, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1969
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1969
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1970
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 1995

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1990 - 1992 (President)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member)
  • Federal Bar Council (Member)
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member, Federal Judiciary Committee)
  • Superior Court Criminal Division Task Force, 1993 - Present (Member)
  • Judicial Selection Committee, 1993 - 1998 (Member)
  • Second Circuit Committee on Admissions and Grievances, 1983 - 1993 (Member)
  • Reappointment of Federal Public Defender for the District of Connecticut, 2000 (Chair, Merit Review Panel)
  • Task Force on Post-Verdict Interviews of Juries, 1996 (Member)
  • New Haven County Bar Association, 1999 - Present (Member, Executive Committee)
  • New Haven County Bar Association, 1990 - Present (Member, Committee for Development Opportunities for Minority Lawyers)
  • New Haven County Bar Association, 1994 - Present (Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1989 - 1991 (Secretary, Executive Committee)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1992 - 1994 (Chair, Executive Committee)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Section for Administration of Criminal Justice, 1991 (Member)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1979 (Co-Chairman, Trial Advocacy Seminar Program Committee)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1981 (Secretary, Special Committee on Certification of Specialists)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1991 - Present (Member, Court Rules Advisory Committee)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1991 - 1994 (Member, Committee on Liaison with State Courts)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice Section, 1988 - Present (Member)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1995 - Present (Member, Executive Committee)
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Chair, Criminal Practice Subcommittee; Awards Committee)
  • The District of Columbia Bar, 1972 (Member, Committee for Revision of Criminal Jury Instructions for D.C.)

Classes and Seminars

  • Tutor in Law, Yale Law School, 1976 - Present
  • Criminal Practice Seminar, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1980 - Present
  • Miscellaneous Seminars, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association & Connecticut Bar Association
  • Adjunct Faculty, Quinnipiac University Law School, 1999 - Present

Past Positions

  • Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, Trial Attorney, 1970 - 1973
  • Public Defender for the District of Columbia, Staff Attorney, 1970 - 1974
  • Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, Chief, Juvenile Division, 1973 - 1974
  • Office of the US Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Assistant US Attorney, 1974 - 1976
  • Public Defender Services Commission, Chair, 1992 - 1994
  • Connecticut Law Review Commission, Member, Evidence Code Drafting Committee, 1995 - 1998


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1968
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1963
    Major: Political Science


Offers Free Initial Consultation

Office Information


350 Orange Street New Haven, CT 06511- 6403


  • 203-772-1691

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday: Closed


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Included on the 2023 Connecticut list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Connecticut Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Connecticut Super Lawyers list

View the profile for William F. Dow III on Super Lawyers


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Charter Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the Areas of White Collar and Non-White Collar Criminal Defense Representation for more than 15 years
  • Connecticut Super Lawyer® in Criminal Defense from 2006 to 2015

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