Justice Dennis G. Eveleigh was born on October 2, 1947 in Stamford, Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wittenberg University in 1969. At Wittenberg, he was a member of the Dean’s List and the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honorary Fraternity. In 1972, Justice Eveleigh received his J. D., cum laude, from the University of Connecticut School of Law. At the University of Connecticut, Justice Eveleigh was a member of the Law Review, and received the American Jurisprudence Awards for excellence in Torts, Contracts, and Advanced Property.
Upon graduation from law school, Justice Eveleigh served on active duty in the U. S. Army as a First Lieutenant. He was honorably discharged on June 5, 1980.
Justice Eveleigh was trial counsel at the Bridgeport law firm of Goldstein & Peck from 1972-85. In 1985, he started his law practice in Stamford where he remained until his appointment to the Superior Court on October 1, 1998. While in private practice, he served the State as an Attorney Trial Referee, Arbitrator, and Mediator, and also served as a Special Master in the federal court.
After his appointment to the Superior Court, Justice Eveleigh presided over criminal, housing, civil, and juvenile cases. He also served on the Complex Litigation Docket in Waterbury for five years. In 2009, he was appointed the Chief Administrative Judge of the Civil Division for the State of Connecticut by the Chief Court Administrator. In March of 2010, Justice Eveleigh was nominated for the state Supreme Court by Governor M. Jodi Rell. He was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on June 1, 2010.
Since becoming a judge, Justice Eveleigh has served on a number of Judicial Branch committees, and served as the chairman of the Public Service and Trust Commission’s Complex Litigation Committee. He has also served as a member of the Judicial Branch’s Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, the Teleconferencing Committee, External Affairs Advisory Board, Judges’ Advisory Committee on E-Filing, and the Civil Commission. Justice Eveleigh currently serves as the chairperson of the Rules Committee of the Superior Court and as the Administrative Judge of the Appellate System.
Justice Eveleigh received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Quinnipiac University and received the 2016 University of Connecticut Law Review award for excellence in legal scholarship and service to the legal community.