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James O Ruane

also known as Jay Ruane

About Me

I've been a practicing attorney for over a decade and every day wake up ready to go to battle to fight for my clients.  In that time I have represented blue collar, white collar and no collar people who have been charged with DUI in Connecticut.  My reputation in the legal community in Connecticut speaks for itself.  I have been asked to serve as an expert in DUI defense in civil cases in state court, and have lectured in over 13 states aout DUI defense.


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Practice Areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 100%



Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (75 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

20 total 

  • Thomas Collins Leaf

    Attorney Ruane is the first and last name in OUI defense in CT. I've known him and his firm since I became an attorney and they lead the field in developing case law to turn the tables on the State and zealously advocate for their clients. If you are in CT and get pulled over for OUI, Attorney James Ruane should be one of the first names you dial if not the first.


    Thomas Leaf Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Cory Earl Yager

    I endorse this lawyer. Jay is very good at advocating for his clients. He keeps abreast of the science involved in litigating DUI/DWI mattes and he is passonate about defending his clients. Jay is a great lawyer and I would not hesitate to have him help me if I were in need of legal help.


    Cory Yager DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Ruane Attorneys At Law

1 Enterprise Drive
Shelton, CT, 06484

Ruane Attorneys At Law

1290 Silas Deane Highway
Suite 3F
Wethersfield, CT, 06109

Ruane Attorneys At Law

84 W Park Place
Suite 2
Stamford, CT, 06901




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Service AwardNational College for DUI Defense2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Innovation AwardLex Innovatio2013
Service AwardConnecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2010
Service AwardConnecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2009
New Leader of the LawCT Law Tribune2006
M. Joseph Blumenfeld AwardUniversity of Connecticut School of Law1998
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Deputy Assistant Public DefenderState of Connecticut Office of the Public Defender1998 - 2000
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseFaculty2014 - Present
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident Elect2014 - 2015
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationFounding Member2014 - Present
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident-Elect2011 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2000 - Present
Connecticut Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Greater Bridgeport Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. PilottiAffirmed
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Publication NameTitleDate
Different Middle Initial, LLCLadyDUI's Connecticut DUI Survival Guide2014
Ruane AttorneysConnecticut DUI Survival Guide2014
The Champion magazinePractice Pointers2014
The Connecticut DUI Trial NotebookTreatise2007
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of ScrantonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Winter SessionWork Life Balance for Lawyers2015
Summer SeminarThe Visual Closing Argument2015
Spring SeminarSocial Media Ethics2014
SeminarSocial Media2014
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVisuals In Closing Arguments2014
Lunchtime SeriesNuts and Bolts of DUI2014
Joint DUI SeminarImportant DUI Caselaw2014
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationSocial Media Ethics2014
Annual OVI SeminarClosing Arguments2014
Annual Criminal Litigation SeminarAnatomy of a DUI Trial2014
Connecticut Bar AssociationDUI Defense2013
Annual Criminal Litigation SeminarDUI Soup to Nuts2013
Winter SessionSocial Media Ethics2012
Oklahoma DUI LawyersWhy Breath Testing is Unconstitutional2008