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Managing Partner
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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 Organization:
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, May, 1990

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 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 Cases:
Peter Rock Associates v. Town of North Haven, 59 Conn. App.1 (2000)
Woodwinds v. Dimeo, 229 F.3d 1136 (2000)
SNET v. Pagano, 79 Conn. App. 458 (2003)
Citizens Communications v. Trustmark Insurance Company, 303 F 2d. 197 (2004)
Mortgage Lenders Network USA v. Coresource, 335 F. Supp. 2d 313 (D.Conn.†2004)
West Haven Housing Authority v. CB Alexander Real Estate, LLC, 2007 WL 346031 (Conn. Super.†2007)
Bergami v. Town of Hamden, 39 Conn. L. Rptr. 718 (Conn. Super.†2005)
White Way Laundry v. F&W Equipment Corp., 40 Conn, L. Rptr. 488 (Conn. Super.†2005)
SNET v. City of Milford, 2003 WL 22708896 (Conn. Super.†2003)
Corn v. Protective Life Insurance Co., 1998 WL 51783 (D. Conn.†1998)
SNET v. Coho, 2006 WL 2867884 (Conn. Super.†2006)
West Haven Housing Authority v. CB Alexander Real Estate, et al., 107 Conn. App. 167, 944 A.2d 1010 (Appellate†2008)
Representative Clients:
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
Classes/Seminars Taught:
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, 2000 - Present
Chairman, Legal Technology Committee

Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law, Construction Law & Litigation Sections, 1991 - Present

New Haven County Bar Association, 1990 - Present

Connecticut Bar Association, 2010 - Present
Co-Chair, Small Firm Practice Management Section

American Bar Association, Litigation Section, 1997 - Present

American Bar Association, Business Law, 1997 - Present

American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, 1997 - Present

American Bar Association, 1995 - Present
Member, Forum on the Construction Industry

American Bar Association, 1996 - Present
Member, Construction Litigation Committee

Town of North Haven Republican Town Committee, 2000 - 2010

Fairfield Prep Alumni Association, 1999 - 2005

Sleeping Giant Park Association, 1992 - Present

North Haven Education Foundation, 2004 - 2010

Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys, 2003 - Present

Connecticut Construction Industry Association, 2007 - Present

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Committee on Municipality Law Liability and Insurance, 2005 - 2008

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Council, 2006 - 2010
Council Member

American Bar Association, 1990 - Present

Trumbull Town Council, 2011 - Present

Trumbull Republican Town Committee, 2012 - Present

Hospital of St. Raphael Foundation, 2009 - Present

Past Employment Positions:
Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, Associate, September 6, 1990 - November 1, 1996

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 Reutersí Aspatore Publishing in January 2013.

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