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Jeffrey M Donofrio

About me

My responsibility to my clients is to be more than a zealous advocate. I must learn as much as I can about my client's business - on my time - so that I can fully understand the disputes and challenges for which my client requires counsel.  

Moreover, regardless of whether I am providing litigation or contract drafting services, I must provide value-added services that enhance my client's business opportunities and reduce long term risks. 

Because of my large firm training and experience, I provide the type of representation typically associated with large firms.  However, because we do not have the overhead of a large firm, we are significantly less expensive. If a matter truly requires significant staffing, we are adept at serving as co-counsel in a manner that avoids duplication of efforts and mitigates costs.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
    26 years
  2. Construction: 20%
    26 years
  3. Business: 10%
    26 years

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Contact info

Ciulla & Donofrio LLP

127 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT, 06473-1715


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Rated Since 2000Martindale-Hubbell2016
Connecticut Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2016
Connecticut SuperLawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Connecticut SuperLawyersSuper Lawyers2014
ListedBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell2014
Local Litigation StarBenchmark Litigation2014
Connecticut SuperLawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Go To Law FirmAmerican Lawyer Media2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerCiulla & Donofrio, LLP1996 - Present
N/ATyler Cooper & Alcorn1990 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Town of BerlinTown Attorney2016 - Present
Council of Small TownsMember2014 - Present
Connecticut Building CongressMember2013 - Present
Town of TrumbullBoard of Education Member2013 - Present
South Central Connecticut Regional Water AuthorityConsumer Affairs Officer2008 - Present
Connecticut Construction Industry AssociationMember2008 - Present
Connecticut Superior CourtSpecial Master2006 - Present
Connecticut Assocation of Municipal AttorneysMember2005 - Present
American Bar Association, Law Practice Management SectionMember1997 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember1997 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction IndustryMember1995 - Present
Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember1991 - Present
Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Law SectionMember1991 - Present
New Haven County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellowN/A
Connecticut Bar Association, Web Site Advisory CommitteeMemberN/A
Town of TrumbullTown Councilman2011 - 2013
Connecticut Bar Association, Legal Technology CommitteeChair2000 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
ABA Forum on the Construction IndustryConstruction Law Update: Case Law & Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry (2015-2016). Connecticut Update2016
Aspatore Book publicationInside the Minds: Representing Municipalities in Litigation2012
Connstruction MagazineBeware of the Delete Button2010
Connecticut LawyerCybersmear If You Dare.....But Be Prepared to Pay2007
Connecticut LawyerEat Your Vegetables2007
Connecticut Law TribuneHiring Construction Managers Easier Said than Done2006
Business New HavenHow to Improve Odds of a Successful Construction Project2005
Connecticut LawyerTools of the Trade for the 21st Century Litigator2003
Connecticut Law TribuneLegal Technology Review2001
Connecticut LawyerHighlights of the Y2K Act1999
Connecticut LawyerGet the Bug Spray Ready1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Boston CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SeminarConstruction Law for Public Projects2015
PPAC MeetingPublic Procurement for Connecticut Construction Projects2015
PPAC Annual MeetingConstruction Law for Public Projects2015
School Construction in Connecticut in 2014: Safety, Security and MoreSchool Construction in Connecticut in 2014: Safety, Security and More2014
Construction LawConstruction Law2014
State and Local Government Law in ConnecticutState and Local Government Law in Connecticut2012
National Business InstituteResolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects2007
National Business InstituteConstruction Law Fundamentals: Managing Project Risk2007
Lorman Educational ServicesInsurance, Liens and Bonds in Connecticut2006
New Haven County Bar AssociationSpecial Proceedings and More2005
Lorman Educational ServicesComprehensive Construction Law in CT2005
Lorman Educational ServicesConstruction Management/Design Build in CT2005
New Haven County Bar AssociationMediation Tips and Pointers2004
Connecticut Bar AssociationPractical and Affordable Technology in Connecticut's Courts- Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Visions2003
PPAC Annual MeetingConstruction Law for Public ProjectsN/A