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B.A. with distinction, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005

J.D. University of Connecticut School of Law, 2008


State of Connecticut, 2008

State of New York, 2009

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, 2009

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2013

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2014

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2015

United States Supreme Court, 2015

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2015

United States Virgin Islands, 2020

United States Virgin Islands, Pro Hac Vice, 2017, 2019


Finalist, 2017 Attorney of the Year Award, by the Connecticut Law Tribune

Listed in Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Appellate Practice, since 2013

Recipient of the CBA YLS Public Service Award for outstanding service to the YLS, 2012-2013 Bar Year

Recipient of ABA YLD Star of the Quarter for outstanding work with the YLD, Feb. 2013

Recipient of ABA YLD Star of the Year, 2013-2014

Guest lecturer of Appellate Practice in class led by Judge Barry Schaller at Yale Law School (2013-2016)

Recipient, Connecticut Law Tribune "New Leaders in the Law" Award 2012


Appeals in State and Federal courts in Connecticut, the United States Virgin Islands, the Federal Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Third Circuit and the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court; Appellate & Trial Consultations; Amicus Curiae Representation; Civil Litigation; Insurance Defense.

Attorney Hrelic became a principal of the firm in January of 2014 and joined the firm in 2009 after clerking for the Honorable Christine S. Vertefeuille of the Connecticut Supreme Court. At the University of Connecticut School of Law, she was a DeMayo Scholar and the 2006 Public Interest Law Group Helen Z. Pearl Fellow. She also received the CALI Award for Excellence in Law and Philosophy. She was Managing

Editor of the Connecticut Law Review from 2007 to 2008.  Attorney Hrelic regularly presents on appellate practice and procedure, diversity in the profession, legal education, and innovation in the profession.



Attorney Hrelic represents clients in civil, family, juvenile, including termination of parental rights, and criminal appeals before the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Supreme Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands. She also has experience working on appellate matters in the Eleventh Circuit. She has represented amicus curiae clients, including the American Association of Justice and the Virgin Islands Bar Association, in the United States Supreme Court.


Attorney Hrelic regularly speaks on appellate practice and procedure in the Connecticut Bar Association and was a presenter at the Virgin Islands Bar Association Annual Meetings in December 2014, 2015 and 2018. She has published articles on appellate practice and procedure in Connecticut Lawyer magazine. She served as a guest lecturer of Appellate Practice in a class led by Justice Barry Schaller at Yale Law School from 2013 to 2016.


Attorney Hrelic handles civil litigation in Connecticut’s state and federal trial courts. She represents and works with individuals, companies, and insurers in a variety of civil trial matters, including personal injury. Moreover, she consults with clients and attorneys on civil, family and complex litigation matters, and provides assistance at all stages of litigation—including both pre- and post-judgment—especially in matters where there is a likelihood of appeal.


Attorney Hrelic co-authors the Connecticut Practice Book Annotated.  She also co-authors the Connecticut Juvenile Law book published by Thomson Reuters. She also co-authored A Practical Guide to Evidence in Connecticut, a publication of MCLE New England, authoring the chapter on reputation evidence. In October 2012, Attorney Hrelic was selected as one of the Connecticut Law Tribune’s “New Leaders in Law” in 2012.


Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation

Member, American Bar Association House of Delegates, ABA YLD Delegate (2018-2021)

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Chair (2017-2018)

Co-Chair, Connecticut Bar Association COVID-19 Response Task Force (2020)

District #12 Delegate, CBA House of Delegates (2020-2022)

Connecticut Bar Association, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer (2017-2018)

Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Chair (2016-2017)

ABA Center for Innovation, Governing Council (2016-2017)

ABA Commission on the Future Legal Services (2014-2016)

ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education (2012-2014)

CBA YLS, Executive Committee Member (2010 to Present)

CBA Appellate Advocacy Section, Executive Committee Member (2011 to Present)

Barrister in the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court (2011 to 2014)


Some of the more notable cases in which Attorney Hrelic has argued or been substantially involved include:

          Kelly v. Kurtz, 193 Conn. App. 507 (2019)

         Russell v. Richardson, 779 F. App'x 963 (3d Cir. 2019)

         Sutera v. Natiello, 189 Conn. App. 631 (2019), cert. denied, 332 Conn. 908 (2019)

         Brathwaite v. Xavier , No. S.CT.CIV. 2017-0037, 2019 WL 3287069, at *1 (V.I. July 16, 2019), 

                    order clarified, No. CV 2017-0037, 2019 WL 6533178 (V.I. Aug. 27, 2019)

         Maria G. v. Commissioner of Dept. of Children & Families, 18 Conn. App. 466 (2019)

         Merk-Gould v. Gould, 184 Conn. App. 512 (2018)

         Hirschfeld v. Machinist, 181 Conn. App. 309 (2018)

         In re Egypt E., et al., 327 Conn. 506 (2018)

         DiNino v. Federal Express Corp., et al., 176 Conn. App. 248 (2017)

         Kantorowski, et al., v. Saint Vincent's Medical Center, et al., A.C. 38385 (2017)

        Territory of the Virgin Islands v. United Industrial, Service, Transportation, Professional and

        Government Workers of North America Seafarers International Union, On Behalf of Ernest Bason

        (No. 14-754)(Represented Petitioner)

        Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle, et al. (No. 14-108)

                 (Represented Amicus Curiae Virgin Islands Bar Association)

        LaFrance v. Lodmell, 322 Conn. 828 (2016)

        Western Dermatology Consultants, P.C. v. VitalWorks, Inc., 322 Conn. 541 (2016)

        In re Egypt E., et al., 322 Conn. 231 (2016)

        ProFoot, Inc. v. Merck & Co., Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

        In re Gabriella A., 319 Conn. 775 (2015)

        Parisi v. Parisi, 315 Conn. 370 (2015)

        In re Gabriella A., 154 Conn. App. 177 (2014), cert. granted, 315 Conn. 914 (2015)

        Hirschfeld v. Machinist, 151 Conn. App. 414 (2014)

        Talbot v. Talbot, 148 Conn. App. 279 (2014)

        Brye v. State, 147 Conn. App. 173 (2013)

        In re Averiella P., 146 Conn. App. 800 (2013)

        Hopkins v. Balachandron, 146 Conn. App. 44 (2013)

        In re Elvin G., 310 Conn. 485 (2013)

        Western Dermatology Consultants, P.C. v. VitalWorks, 146 Conn. App. 169 (2013)

        Holth v. Chelsea Groton Bank, 143 Conn. App. 732, cert. denied, 310 Conn. 911 (2013)

        Hirschfield v. Machinist, 137 Conn. App. 69, cert. denied, 307 Conn. 939 (2012)

        In re Messiah S., 138 Conn. App. 606, cert. denied, 307 Conn. 935 (2012)

        In re Kaleb H., 306 Conn. 22 (2012)

        Myles v. Myles, 136 Conn. App. 483 (2012)

        In re Alba P.-V., 135 Conn. App. 744 (2012)

        In re Destiny R., 134 Conn. App. 625, cert. denied, 304 Conn. 932 (2012)

        Yeager v. Alvarez, 134 Conn. App. 112 (2012)

        In re Brian T., 134 Conn. App. 1 (2012)

        Culver v. Culver, 127 Conn. App. 236 (2011)

        Shaulson v. Shaulson, 125 Conn. App. 734 (2010)