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Rick Street is Managing Partner of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey and is an active trial lawyer in the firm’s litigation department. In addition to responsibility for day-to-day management of the firm, his practice focuses on value-driven solutions for client disputes. Rick has substantial experience working for electric and gas transmission and distribution companies, hydroelectric companies, and large and small businesses in land use, catastrophic personal injury, fire and explosion, condemnations and construction litigation disputes. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal courts and has arbitrated numerous matters before arbitration panels. Through strong communication and understanding of his client’s business, Rick is able to minimize business and financial risks for his diverse clientele.


  • Part of team that obtained dismissal of $200 million federal court subrogation action against gas transmission company arising from power plant explosion, argued motions that led to the dismissal
  • Integral member of team that successfully defended a public agency involved in a claim that a bridge contractor was wrongfully terminated. It was believed to be the largest construction claim ever made against that agency
  • Prosecuted dozens of condemnation actions in state court on behalf of an electric utility to allow for the expansion of its infrastructure within Connecticut
  • Litigated numerous matters involving trespass, easements, water rights, adverse possession and boundary disputes
  • Represented owner on numerous construction claims in arbitration related to gas main construction
  • Argued an appeal on behalf of a hydroelectric company that protected its project’s lands from claims of adverse possession
  • Defended numerous fire, explosion wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases
  • Represented contractor in the resolution of numerous construction claims related to the construction of a cogeneration facility
  • Led the successful eviction of a commercial marina from a hydro-power project
  • Obtained an injunction ordering the removal of massive construction and restoration of hydroelectric company lands


  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation, 2023
  • Benchmark Litigation – Local Litigation Star, 2021-2023
  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Civil Litigation – Defense, 2010-2012, 2014-2020
  • Served as Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey Litigation Practice Group Leader, 2007-2013
  • Received an award for “Recognition and Appreciation for Victim Advocacy” from the Office of the State’s Attorney Judicial District of Danbury for his work on a pro bono matter, 2013


  • Connecticut Bar Association, Utility and Litigation Groups
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
  • New Haven Bar Association
  • Waterbury Bar Association