New Haven Attorneys

Boasting FOUR former Marines, and one Navy SEAL, we bring the fight…

New Haven Attorneys

Bansley | Anthony | Burdo – Attorneys at Law in Connecticut.

We started Bansley|Anthony|Burdo because we are a group of lawyers who hold the same values routed in our military background – HONOR.  COURAGE.  COMMITMENT.

We are military veterans.  We are proud of our service, proud of those who served before us, and proud of those who continue to serve our country.

Our passion for protecting America easily translated to our passion for protecting the rights of our clients – no matter who they are or where they come from.   Over the years, we have worked with many active members of the military and veterans of the military. We are honored to help members of the military with their legal issues and make sure that they receive the justice that they fought to protect. With a history in military service, we understand military law and military defense and look forward to the opportunity to protect the rights of those who have served our country.

Our service, however, is not just limited to those from the military.  We fight for all.  We are loyal to our clients and aggressively advocate for them.  We are straight shooters.

Our Firm military history began with Attorney Walter Bansley III, the founding member of the Firm.  Walt III served 20 years active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1972-1992.  Walt III’s character and experience is the founding pillar of Bansley|Anthony|Burdo.

At the time of Walt III’s retirement from the Marine Corps, he had prosecuted or defended hundreds of jury cases.  His service is noteworthy and, in 1992, it is reported that his military career was recognized through film.  The character of Lt. Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men, played by Tom Cruise, is reportedly that of Walt III.

In 2004, Walt IV joined his father at the Firm.  Prior to joining the Firm, Walt IV paid his military dues as well.  Following his 1997 Boston University graduation, Walt IV was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps, ultimately attaining the rank of Captain.    Walt IV, now the managing partner at the Firm, handles the Firm’s criminal defense practice.

In 2012, the Bansley|Anthony|Burdo  military service history continued when Attorney Keith Anthony joined the firm.  Keith also served active duty in the Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate General. Keith handles the firm’s personal injury and family practice.  To this day, Keith continues in the Marine Corps Reserves and specializes in the Firm’s military practice, helping active duty and veterans with unique issues from military divorce, personal injury, discharge, and disability claims.

At Bansley|Anthony|Burdo, our tradition of serving our country and protecting the rights of it’s citizens goes beyond the practice of law.  Our history with the military is part of who we are, and even though we have retired from the military, we are happy to continue helping our fellow citizens through our Firm’s practice. We are admitted to practice in:


New York


U.S. District Court of Connecticut

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit

U.S Supreme Court

U.S Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Department of Veterans Affairs

The National Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers selected Walt IV as a Top 100 trial lawyer.  The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile.
Super Lawyers
Walt IV was also selected as a New England Super Lawyer. The Super Lawyers selection process is a “comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards, and have demonstrated some degree of achievement in their field.” In 2010, 2011, and 2012, Super Lawyers selected Walt as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Super Lawyers recognized Walt as a Connecticut Super Lawyer. SUPER LAWYER link
The National Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers selected Walt IV as a Top 40 under 40 lawyer.  The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or regions of certain highly-populated states who are younger than the age of 40.  Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law.  Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate. Walt IV is a board certified criminal lawyer. The National Board of Legal   Specialty Certification (NBLSC) is an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited organization providing Board Certification   for lawyers. Board Certification is a rigorous testing and approval process that officially recognizes the extensive education and courtroom experience of attorneys.
Lead Counsel
Walt IV is also Lead Counsel Rated.  The Lead Counsel Rating was developed in 1997 in order to provide a simple and reliable tool consumers and businesses can use to evaluate an attorney’s ability and credibility. Many Lead Counsel Rated attorneys hold official positions in renowned legal organizations and occupy positions on established professional boards. Additionally, many have won awards, authored articles and books, been recognized by their Bar Associations, and have played, and continue to play, important roles in their communities.  In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process
Personal Injury Law Expert
Walt IV is also a Personal Injury Law Expert..   Inclusion in PI Law Experts is by invitation only, it is not possible to buy entry into the guide. The 5 step selection process is based entirely on client and peer-review as well as our own independent, internal research and selection procedure. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of clients and lawyers in private practice about the professional abilities of leading Personal Injury attorneys in their respective countries and States. PI Law Experts employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent selection process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services offered by our featured experts.


A criminal charge can turn your whole life upside down. One minute, your biggest problem is that you need to make time to get an oil change for your car, and the next minute, you’re facing a night in jail, bond, and a trial. There are so many different aspects of a criminal case that you are probably overwhelmed right now. You most likely have questions about:

  • Why you were arrested.
  • Why you have to pay a bond to be released from jail.
  • How you will afford bail.
  • How you will gather evidence to defend yourself.
  • If you should take a plea offer that the prosecution proposes.
  • If you should take your case to court.
  • What will happen at court.
  • The consequences you face if you are convicted.
  • How you can protect yourself.
At this difficult time, it is easy to panic, but you don’t have to! Instead, you can get the answers to all of your questions and build the strongest defense possible given your situation by hiring a criminal defense lawyer.


We all know that accidents happen, but this knowledge doesn’t always make it easier when you are the victim of someone else’s recklessness. Being involved in an accident, especially when it was not your fault, can be frustrating and painful. You are likely dealing with physical injuries, emotional trauma, and damages to your property. At this time, you might not know where to turn. Do you have a case against the other party? Should you pursue this case? And if so, how?

This is where Bansley Anthony comes in. We are lawyers experienced in personal injury, and we can guide you through this difficult process. From helping you get treatment for your injuries, to dealing with insurance companies, to filing personal injury lawsuit paperwork, we will be there through it all. Our law firm has experience with:


At Bansley|Anthony, we have a long tradition on Military Service. Our Firm understands the unique challenges being in the military can cause for the service member and their families. Our experience with criminal law also gives us the knowledge to defend you in a civilian criminal court and prevent a conviction altogether. This can help you if you want to apply to the military or if you are currently a member of the military.

Servicemen and women face unique challenges in their lives. In addition to providing criminal defense services, we also help members of the military with personal issues. Whether that be finding an appropriate place for you and your family to live, drafting a Will to protect your loved ones and assets, or understanding your pension plan and veteran benefits, we can help you. We would be honored to help you with any of life’s challenges, and look forward to the opportunity to work with any service member in need of assistance. Please contact us here for a free consultation.


The Bansley Law firm made my difficult life of loosing two parents more bearable. Sharp, Brilliant and Honest , they scheduled closings very promptly at competitive rates. A Bansley attorney is special and always there for his client and puts them first. A must for real estate- but their dual firms cover so many more legal issues, too many to list. I sometimes joke that an Angel was watching over us as we were rolled over and T boned by a hit and run UN-insured motorist right after we moved into Ct. left for dead… we were at the cross intersection of Church and Chapel not far from the Bansley Law Firm in New Haven. Our paths destined to cross.
Lorraine O.
As a small business owner in North Stonington, Connecticut, I was looking for competent general and business legal representation for a quite some time. As luck would have it I received a call from an attorney who said he wanted to represent my business. He then told me he was a former Marine and was specifically looking to represent veteran owned businesses. As a former Marine, I instantly had had a level of trust and familiarity with Keith that I never have had with other attorneys. It also became immediately apparent to me that Keith was a bright, reasonable, dedicated and willing to go to bat for me when it was needed. Over the years Keith has always been there for my business, my employees and other former Marines that I have referred to him. I absolutely rely on Keith’s guidance and would not use any other attorney.
Chris H.
Keith is by the best personal injury attorney I know. He is upfront with you when assessing your case and is always available to talk whether it be phone, text or email. He and his staff work the case from the get go and make sure you get an absolutely fair settlement or take the case to trial. I refer all my friends to Keith and will never use anyone else for personal injury cases.
Olivia G.