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Jeffrey M. Donofrio

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Managing Partner
North Haven, Connecticut
(203) 239-9828
(203) 234-0379

Jeffrey M. Donofrio has been a commercial litigation attorney in Connecticut since 1990. Mr. Donofrio began his career at Tyler Cooper & Alcorn in New Haven, where he practiced commercial litigation, construction law and municipal law until leaving to form Ciulla & Donofrio, LLP on November 1, 1996 with Robert K. Ciulla. Jeffrey Donofrio is admitted to the bars of Connecticut, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He is a graduate of Boston College and the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

Jeffrey Donofrio represents businesses of all sizes, including financial institutions, the largest telecommunications company in the world, municipalities, insurance companies, construction contractors, service companies and utilities in a wide variety of civil litigation, including complex litigation, construction and surety law, creditors' rights litigation, insurance coverage law, municipal law, contract law and business torts. Jeffrey Donofrio has served as the Town Attorney for the Town of North Haven and currently provides a la carte legal services to several municipalities in Connecticut. Effective June 1, 2008, Jeffrey Donofrio was selected by the Representative Policy Board of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority to serve as its Consumer Affairs Officer.

Jeffrey Donofrio has extensive multi-state and multi-district litigation experience, having represented clients in litigation in state and federal courts in Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, D.C. Oregon, Kansas, New York, West Virginia, Texas, Florida, Nevada and the state of Washington.

Jeffrey Donofrio enjoys an AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards, and has been rated AV every year since he first received a rating in 2000. Jeffrey Donofrio has also been named a Connecticut, New England and Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer in the business litigation and construction law categories. In 2013, Jeff was selected by Benchmark as a Local Litigation Star.  Jeff was also selected in 2007 as a fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America.

Jeffrey Donofrio has presented seminars to groups such as the New Haven County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Bank Compliance Association of Connecticut, Lorman Educational Services and the National Business Institute in the areas of construction law, creditors' rights litigation, legal technology, mediation, contract law, and prejudgment/postjudgment remedies. Jeffrey Donofrio has also written numerous articles published in the Connecticut Law Tribune and Connecticut Lawyer, focusing on construction law and legal technology topics.  In 2013, Jeff authored Chapter One of Thomson Reuters' Inside the Minds: Representing Municipalities in Litigation.

Throughout his adult life, Jeff has been active in the community, serving as a director, council member or trustee for several non-profit organizations, including the Sleeping Giant Park Association, the North Haven Education Foundation, the North Haven Republican Town Commitee, the Parish Council of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Fairfield College Preparatory School Alumni Association and the Saint Raphael Foundation (a member of the St. Raphael Healthcare System).  Jeff is currently an elected member of the Trumbull Board of Education and a past member of the Trumbull Town Council.

Jeffrey Donofrio is the past Chairman of the Legal Technology Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the CBA's Small Firm Law Practice Management Section.  Mr. Donofrio is also a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation Section, Forum on the Construction Industry, Law Practice Management Section and Construction Litigation Committee), the Connecticut Bar Association (Litigation, Construction Law and Commercial Law Sections, Chair - Legal Technology Committee and Co-Chair, Small Firm Practice Management Section) and the New Haven County Bar Association. Jeffrey Donofrio also serves as a Special Master in Connecticut Superior Court for tax appeal matters and as a mediator/arbitrator in commercial litigation and construction disputes. Jeffrey is a former Member of the Municipal Law, Liability and Insurance Committee of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, a member of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys, the Connecticut Building Congress and the Connecticut Construction Industry Association.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1996

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial/Business Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Property Tax Appeals
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • State and Federal Court Appeals
  • Civil Litigation
  • Creditors' Rights Law
  • Internet Defamation Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1995


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - May, 1990
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - May, 1987

Published Works

  • Cybersmear If You Dare.....But Be Prepared to Pay, Connecticut Lawyer, November, 2007
  • Eat Your Vegetables, Connecticut Lawyer, August, 2007
  • Hiring Construction Managers Easier Said than Done, Connecticut Law Tribune, December, 2006
  • Tools of the Trade for the 21st Century Litigator, Connecticut Lawyer, March, 2003
  • How to Improve Odds of a Successful Construction Project, Business New Haven, November, 2005
  • Legal Technology Review, Connecticut Law Tribune, March, 2001
  • Highlights of the Y2K Act, Connecticut Lawyer, October, 1999
  • Get the Bug Spray Ready, Connecticut Lawyer, October, 1998
  • Beware of the Delete Button, CONNstruction Magazine, 2011
  • Inside the Minds:Municipal Litogation, Aspatore Publishing (Thomson Reuters), 2013

Representative Clients

  • AT&T
  • Centerplan Construction
  • City of Milford
  • Connecticut Natural Gas
  • Deep River WPCA
  • Ed-Mor Electric Company
  • F&F Mechanical
  • First Niagara Bank
  • Gap, Inc.
  • Joseph Cohn & Son
  • Kimco Realty Corp.
  • P&H Construction Associates
  • Protective Life Insurance Company
  • Sachems Head Association
  • Simoniz USA
  • South Central Connecticut Council of Governments
  • South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
  • Southern New England Telephone Company
  • Surgical Associates of New Haven, P.C.
  • Town of Guilford
  • Town of Hamden
  • Town of North Branford
  • Town of North Haven
  • Town of Trumbull
  • Town of Wallingford
  • Trustmark Insurance Company
  • Turbotec Products
  • WPCA of Greater New Haven
  • Webster Bank, N.A.
  • Wells Fargo Bank


  • Construction Law Fundamentals: Managing Project Risk, National Business Institute, 2007
  • Resolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects, National Business Institute, 2007
  • Insurance, Liens and Bonds in Connecticut, Lorman Educational Services, 2006
  • Construction Management/Design Build in CT, Lorman Educational Services, 2003 - 2005
  • Comprehensive Construction Law in CT, Lorman Educational Services, 2005
  • Special Proceedings and More, New Haven County Bar Association, 2005
  • Mediation Tips and Pointers, New Haven County Bar Association, 2004
  • Practical and Affordable Technology in Connecticut's Courts- Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Visions, Connecticut Bar Association, 2003
  • Construction Claims in Connecticut, Lorman Educational Services, 2001
  • Legal Sources on the Internet, Connecticut Bar Association, 2000
  • Connecticut Construction Law: What Do You Do When, Lorman Educational Services, 2000 - 2001
  • Advanced Construction Law In Connecticut, National Business Institute, 1997 - 1999
  • Construction Payment Remedies in Connecticut, Lorman Educational Services, 1999
  • Y2K Preparation, Connecticut Bar Association, 1999
  • Commercial Litigation: Prejudgment and Post judgment Remedies, Bank Compliance Association of CT, 1995
  • Foreclosure, the FDIC and FIRREA, New Haven County Bar Association, 1993
  • Construction Defects (via National Teleconference and Webcast), National Business Institute, 2008
  • Resolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects, National Business Institute, December 9, 2008
  • Getting Paid for Construction Work in Connecticut, National Business Institute, June 24, 2009
  • Practice Management Tips for the New and Experienced Solo and Small Firm Practitioner, Connecticut Bar Association, November 12, 2009
  • State and Local Government Law, Lorman, 2012 - Present
  • Special Proceedings and More, New Haven County Bar Association , 2011 - Present
  • Dare to Go Digital, Connecticut Bar Association, 2011 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's Highest Rating, 2000 - Present
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, 2004 - Present
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers
  • Connecticut SuperLawyer, 2006 - 2013
  • Go To Law Firm for America's Largest Companies, 2008 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Chairman, Legal Technology Committee, 2000 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law, Construction Law & Litigation Sections, Member, 1991 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Co-Chair, Small Firm Practice Management Section, 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member, 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Business Law, Member, 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Member, 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Forum on the Construction Industry, 1995 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Construction Litigation Committee, 1996 - Present
  • Town of North Haven Republican Town Committee, Member, 2000 - 2010
  • Fairfield Prep Alumni Association, Director, 1999 - 2005
  • Sleeping Giant Park Association, Director, 1992 - Present
  • North Haven Education Foundation, Director, 2004 - 2010
  • Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys, Member, 2003 - Present
  • Connecticut Construction Industry Association, Member, 2007 - Present
  • Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Committee on Municipality Law Liability and Insurance, Member, 2005 - 2008
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Council, Council Member, 2006 - 2010
  • American Bar Association, 1990 - Present
  • Trumbull Town Council, 2011 - Present
  • Trumbull Republican Town Committee, 2012 - Present
  • Hospital of St. Raphael Foundation, Trustee, 2009 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, Associate, September 6, 1990 - November 1, 1996
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Recent Case News
  • On March 12, 2014, Jeff Donofrio presented a seminar entitled Connecticut School Construction Law in 2014: Security, Safety and More. The program featured a review of the new security and safety design standards developed by the School Safety Infrastructure Council, a review of the new school safety and security plan standards applicable to all Connecticut public schools and a brief discussion of other recent developments in Connecticut school construction law. The program was attended by, among others, public officials from 17 municipalities and representatives of private schools. Design and security experts were also on the panel for the program, which was held at the Trumbull Marriott.
  • Lou Dagostine was named a 2013 Rising Star by Connecticut SuperLawyers.
  • Jeff Donofrio was named a 2013 Connecticut, New England and Corporate Counsel SuperLawyer.
  • Jeff Donofrio authored the first chapter of Inside the Minds: Representing Municipalities in Litigation, a book published by Thomson Reuters’ Aspatore Publishing in January 2013.

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