Have you considered filing a claim with the Connecticut Small Claims Court? They hear cases with value up to $5k and you don’t need a lawyer. In fact most of the forms you need are online.
I had a dispute with my daughter’s landlord when she was in college and all it took was the demand letter to get him to pony up the money he owed her and her roommates ($1900).
As state laws may vary in terms of consumer protection laws, a local consumer lawyer will be best suited to understanding how your state’s specific laws will affect your legal options, hence the suggestion for a Connecticut lawyer. You do not need a lawyer with equine experience as this is a consumer protection issue – Friedson did not perform the work he was contracted to do…
The issue with lawyers is that the fees add up quickly. That’s why I suggested a demand letter above, but you might be able to do that yourself through small claims court. For landlord disputes, they had form letters.
You have enough money at state to make it worthwhile pursuing, but you could easily spend $1K+ in legal fees.