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Jeffrey M Donofrio

Litigation Attorney at North Haven, CT

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    70%
    Since 1990, I have represented public and private clients of all sizes in a wide variety of commercial litigation. We make it our business to learn about our clients' businesses, on our time, so that we can provide the most effective, efficient services possible. We have extensive experience with all forms of ADR and understand that litigation is a tool to resolve business disputes, not a goal. We provide the specific services necessary to achieve our clients' goals.

    34 years

  2. Construction and development
    20%
    In addition to my extensive construction litigation experience, I have significant experience representing contractors and owners in connection with all aspects of public and private building projects. I assist clients at all phases of a project, including procurement, contract negotiation and drafting and claims resolution. I also represent contractors in a wide variety of matters, including defending and prosecuting claims, mechanic's liens and payment bond claims and general advice.

    34 years

  3. Business
    10%
    We are business lawyers. We make it our business, on our own time and at no cost to our clients, to learn as much as we can about their businesses so that we can best represent them. Client trust us with some of their most important legal matters primarily because of our legal expertise, but also because of our passion, commitment, loyalty, responsiveness and cost-effective approach to all endeavors.

    34 years

OUTSTANDING, PERSONALIZED, RESPONSIVE AND COST EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION

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.

Awards

Gold Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

Ciulla & Donofrio LLP
127 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT, 06473-1715

Reviews

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Posted by Michael | October 16, 2014
Personal Review of Jeffrey M. Donofrio
In my opinion, as North Haven's Chief Elected Official, Jeffrey is the finest attorney that I have ever worked with in Government, and is also the finest attorney that I have ever worked with overall, including my previous experience as President/CEO of my companies before I took office as an elected official. Jeffrey"s thorough and comprehensive knowledge of business issues, municipal issues, labor issues, construction project issues and his overall encyclopedic understanding of Connecticut State statutes is very impressive, and Jeffrey's entire firm is a pleasure to work with. He and his entire staff have been a wonderful asset to our government in the Town of North Haven. I would highly recommend Jeffrey to any organization, institution, corporation or municipality because of his outstanding skill sets, knowledge base, responsiveness, and overall business acumen. He is an unparalled professional whose focus is always on how to help his clients. His level of consistency, in terms of performing at such a high level of delivering outstanding service, is truly a great benefit that we have been the recipients of. We have greatly appreciated all of his hard work and outstanding efforts as his client. Sincerely, Michael J. Freda
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Posted by Sarah | December 28, 2014
Review of Attorny Jeff Donofrio
Jeff Donofrio is an excellent attorney and his firm is extremely knowledgeable. I have worked with Jeff for almost 17 years. He is an attorney that I use as a go to person for information and advise. Jeff is always very responsive and professional. I would recommend Jeff and his firm to others and have done so on many occasions.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2014
Excellant advice and service
The services provided by Atty Donofrio are excellant. He is extremely knowledgable of the law and provides useful, practical advice. His communication skills are also very complete and timely.
Posted by Richard | October 17, 2014
construction / municipal law
First I would like to say that if it were not for the fact I consider Attorney Donofrio to be one of the most trustworthy individuals I have ever meet, I would not even consider writing a review. in addition, while his responsiveness and keeping his clients informed of all on going situations is with out question, his most important value is his knowledge, and ability to communicate that knowledge. Specifically on the municipal side, there is no delay in looking up statue or precedent, his experience has that information at his finger tips. Of course there are situations that require research, but what i would refer to as the bread and butter issues are answered to departments heads instantly. In regards to construction contract documents, ordinances,and opinion drafted, I have found his legal opinions to clear and precise. Designed to be fair while protecting the towns position. In reference to construction law,(non municipal side) I have used Attorney Donofrio on several occasions and I have been more impressed then my dealing with him on the municipal side. His service has resulted in at times a positive outcome or a outcome that was mitigated as best as possible. I have in cases of arbitration, I have always felt I had the best lawyer in the room. in closing it would be hard to find a better lawyer then Attorney Donofrio, he is a credit to his profession.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Ciulla & Donofrio, LLP
  • 1996 - Present
  • Tyler Cooper & Alcorn
  • 1990 - 1996

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Associations

  • Town of Berlin
  • Town Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • Council of Small Towns
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Connecticut Building Congress
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Connecticut Construction Industry Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
  • Consumer Affairs Officer
  • 2008 - Present
  • Connecticut Superior Court
  • Special Master
  • 2006 - Present
  • Connecticut Assocation of Municipal Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • Town of Trumbull
  • Board of Education Member
  • 2013 - 2019
  • Town of Trumbull
  • Town Councilman
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Legal Technology Committee
  • Chair
  • 2000 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • AV Rated Since 2000
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Listed
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Local Litigation Star
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • 2018
  • Go To Law Firm
  • American Lawyer Media
  • 2008
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Publications

  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Construction Law Update: Case Law & Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry (2015-2016). Connecticut Update
  • 2016
  • Aspatore Book publication
  • Inside the Minds: Representing Municipalities in Litigation
  • 2012
  • Connstruction Magazine
  • Beware of the Delete Button
  • 2010
  • Connecticut Lawyer
  • Cybersmear If You Dare.....But Be Prepared to Pay
  • 2007
  • Connecticut Lawyer
  • Eat Your Vegetables
  • 2007
  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Hiring Construction Managers Easier Said than Done
  • 2006
  • Business New Haven
  • How to Improve Odds of a Successful Construction Project
  • 2005
  • Connecticut Lawyer
  • Tools of the Trade for the 21st Century Litigator
  • 2003
  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Legal Technology Review
  • 2001
  • Connecticut Lawyer
  • Highlights of the Y2K Act
  • 1999
  • Connecticut Lawyer
  • Get the Bug Spray Ready
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar
  • Construction Law for Public Projects
  • 2015
  • PPAC Meeting
  • Public Procurement for Connecticut Construction Projects
  • 2015
  • PPAC Annual Meeting
  • Construction Law for Public Projects
  • 2015
  • School Construction in Connecticut in 2014: Safety, Security and More
  • School Construction in Connecticut in 2014: Safety, Security and More
  • 2014
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Law
  • 2014
  • State and Local Government Law in Connecticut
  • State and Local Government Law in Connecticut
  • 2012
  • National Business Institute
  • Resolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects
  • 2007
  • National Business Institute
  • Construction Law Fundamentals: Managing Project Risk
  • 2007
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • Insurance, Liens and Bonds in Connecticut
  • 2006
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Special Proceedings and More
  • 2005
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • Comprehensive Construction Law in CT
  • 2005
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • Construction Management/Design Build in CT
  • 2005
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Mediation Tips and Pointers
  • 2004
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Practical and Affordable Technology in Connecticut's Courts- Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Visions
  • 2003
  • PPAC Annual Meeting
  • Construction Law for Public Projects
  • N/A
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