James F. Sullivan
James “Jamie” F. Sullivan practices in the areas of personal injury, commercial and corporate, professional and product liability, employment, education, consumer, construction and class action litigation. He is an AV rated lawyer with Martindale-Hubble. He received J.D. with Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the Connecticut Law Review and had received numerous academic awards. He received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College in its honors program and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received the Scholar of the College Award.
Upon graduation from Law School, Attorney Sullivan clerked for Justice Robert J. Callahan of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Attorney Sullivan has lectured and given seminars on trial practice, legal ethics, legal writing, and various aspects of civil litigation before a number of groups. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates which limited its membership in each state to 50 trial lawyers. Attorney Sullivan has published a number of articles in the field of civil litigation, products liability, separation of powers, court rule-making, corporate liability, employment and constitutional law in the Connecticut Bar Journal, The Law Tribune, ABA Litigation Monograms, and The Connecticut Lawyer. He has tried many cases to verdict or judgment. He co-authored a book “Connecticut Legal Ethics and Malpractice” the first, and only, such treatise of its kind in Connecticut. The third edition of this book was released in 2016. He is the co-author of a chapter on Connecticut Tort Law in Morton E. Daller’s “Tort Law Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium” and author of a chapter on Connecticut Product Liability Law in the same Daler’s “Product Liability Desk Refererence”.
Attorney Sullivan is active in a number of professional and civic organizations and commissions. He serves as a member of the Judicial Selection Committee which investigates and recommends lawyers for appointment as judges and evaluates incumbent judges for elevation to the Appellate and Supreme Courts and for reappointment. He is a member of the House of Delegates and Board of Governors of the Connecticut Bar Association. He is a past President of the Hartford County Bar Association and is past chair of its Professional Responsibility Committee. He is the past president of the University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation and the Employment Sections of the Connecticut Bar Association. He is chair of the Professional Discipline Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association. He is on the board of editors of the Connecticut Law Tribune. Since 1993, he has been an editorial board member of the Connecticut Bar Journal and serves as its survey editor.
He regularly represents attorneys before the Statewide Grievance Committee and in attorney presentment proceedings. He also represents individuals who are seeking admission to the bar before the Bar Examining Committee. He represents children, often times through their parents, who have been bullied at school or subject to disciplinary actions.
Attorney Sullivan is an active triathlete who was recognized as an All American by the United States Triathlon Association. He completed his second Ironman in Lake Placid, New York. He is past president and co-founder of a local triathlon club that has over 150 members. He has completed approximately 20 complete marathons, including the Boston Marathon over 10 times and including the tragic year when there was a terrorist bombing. He is a past board member of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. He is chair of the board of advisers to the Downtown YMCA of Greater Hartford. He is the immediate past president of the parish counsel at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut with his wife Elizabeth and children Irene, Daniel and Grace.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association
- Connecticut Bar Association
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
- Hartford County Bar Association
- New Britain Bar Association
- Supreme Court Historical Society
- American Board of Trial Advocacy
Community Involvement and Public Service
- Past Member of Common Council, City of New Britain
- Past Chair of Claims Commission, City of New Britain
- Past Chairman of Ethics Commission, City of New Britain
- Past President, University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association
- Past Board Member, Hartford Marathon Foundation
- Board of Editors, Connecticut Law Tribune
- Past President, parish council, St. Thomas the Apostle Church
- Member of Board of Advisors for the Downtown YMCA of Greater Hartford
- Hot Topics in Ethics for Employment Lawyers, Connecticut Bar Association
- The Ethics of Social Media, Connecticut Bar Association
- Motion Practice in Connecticut – Topic: Trial Motions, Lorman
- Panel Voir Dire – Hartford County Bar Association and Connecticut Bar Association
- Automobile College of Law – Topic: Biomechanical Experts, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
- Legal Ethics and Law Office Management – Hartford County Bar Association
- Connecticut Tort Law chapter in Daller’s Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium.
- Connecticut Legal Ethics and Malpractice, Connecticut Law Tribune 3rd Edition 2016
- Successor Corporate Liability In Product Liability Actions in Connecticut, 73 Conn. Bar J. 297 (1999)
- The Scope of Procedural Rule Making in Connecticut, 65 Conn. Bar. J. 297 (1992)
- Initial Automatic Disclosure Regime of Federal Rule 26, Conn. Lawyer (May 1996)
- Can You Recover Exemplary (Double) Damages Under FLSA and CMWA? (CBA Employment Quarterly 2010)
- Determining Who Has a Claim in Shareholder Derivative Suits (Connecticut Law Tribune 2009)