Robert S. Bello has been a principal in the Stamford law firm of Bello, Lapine & Cassone, LLP, since 1972. The firm is a general practice with an emphasis on civil and criminal litigation, including personal injury, medical and legal malpractice, commercial and construction disputes as well as family law. It also handles business and real estate transactions. Attorney Bello concentrates in criminal litigation where he has garnered extensive trial experience, including numerous jury trials of serious felonies, winning acquittal in many. He has also briefed and argued several criminal appeals before the Appellate and Supreme Courts. Mr. Bello is a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School, Fairfield University and St. John's Law School, where he graduated in 1961. He has been admitted to practice in Connecticut State and Federal Courts for 50 years and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, The Fairfield County Bar Association, The Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, The American Association for Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a past recipient of numerous pro bono awards and citations, including a 1999 C.B.A. Pro Bono Award. He has been a panel member and contributor to several CLE seminars on criminal law.
Mr. Bello was appointed by former Chief Justice Sullivan to the Client Security Fund Committee, where he continues to serve, having been reappointed by Chief Justice Rogers. Previously, he has served as Chairman of the Committee on Training and Employment as chairman, which was the original designated community action agency in Stamford.
Mr. Bello currently serves as Chair of the Judicial Selection Commission, having been appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy in 2011. It is responsible to evaluate, investigate and recommend qualified candidates for consideration by the Governor for nomination as judges for the Superior Court, the Appellate Court and the Supreme Court.
Attorney Bello has been married for 50 years to his wife Frances, with whom he has a son Christopher, who is a Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary with General Re Life Corporation in Stamford. Attorney Bello enjoys spending his free time with his five grandchildren.