Walter C. Bansley IV

             Walt IV is a former Marine Corps Captain having deployed around the world to many Middle Eastern countries, East Timor, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Australia. Prior to his Marine Corps service, Walt earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Boston University in 1997. Following his Marine Corps service, Walt attended Quinnipiac University’s School of Law, graduating magna cum laude and in the top 15% of his class. Walt primarily practices criminal defense having tried nearly every type of criminal case to verdict, including murder, assault, sexual assault, robbery, larceny, drugs, and guns.  Walt is licensed in the following jurisdictions: Connecticut, New York, Vermont, United States Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, U.S. District Court of Connecticut, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Department of Veteran Affairs.


Walt is rated as a Super Lawyer.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.


Walt 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 (



Walt is also a top 100 national 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.


Walt is 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.


Walt is a member of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys (ACBCA).  The ACBCA  is a professional organization for attorneys who have been board certified by a recognized accrediting organization. The ACBCA supports activities to identify and recognize those attorneys who have met or exceeded rigorous certification standards relating to their area of practice. We seek to communicate and promote the importance of board certification to the profession and the public.


Walt is lead counsel rated.  The Lead Counsel Rating offers consumers and businesses an objective and comprehensive evaluation tool to use when selecting legal representation.

The Marine Corps Commendation Medal is awarded to a Marine for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service.

The Meritorious Unit Citation is awarded to any military command which displays exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service, heroic deeds, or valorous actions

To be awarded the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, personnel must have engaged in a landing on foreign territory, participated in combat operations against an opposing force, or must have participated in a designated operation for which no other service medal is authorized.

The National Defense Service Medal is awarded to anyone who serves on active duty in the United States military during a designated time period of which a “national emergency” had been declared during a time of war or conflict.

The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal may be authorized for three categories of operations: U.S. military operations; U.S. military operations in direct support of the United Nations; and U.S. operations of assistance to friendly foreign nations. The medal shall be awarded only for operations for which no other U.S. campaign medal is approved, where a foreign armed opposition or imminent threat of hostile action was encountered.

The Humanitarian Service Medal is awarded to any member of the United States military who distinguish themselves by meritorious participation in specified military acts or operations of a humanitarian nature.

The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon is granted to any member of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps assigned to a deployable unit and is forward-deployed for a period of either 90 consecutive days or two periods of at least 80 days each within a given 12-month period; or 6 months stationed overseas in a forward deployed location.


Walt is a Trusty Shellback.  The ceremony of Crossing the Line is an initiation rite in the British Merchant Navy, Dutch merchant navy, Royal Navy, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, Russian Navy, and other navies that commemorates a sailor’s first crossing of the Equator. The tradition may have originated with ceremonies when passing headlands, and become a “folly” sanctioned as a boost to morale, or have been created as a test for seasoned sailors to ensure their new shipmates were capable of handling long rough times at sea. Sailors who have already crossed the Equator are nicknamed (Trusty/Honorable) Shellbacks, often referred to as Sons of Neptune; those who have not are nicknamed (Slimy) Pollywogs.