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Francis M Donnarumma

Residential real estate Attorney at Woodbury, CT

5.0   3 reviews

Licensed for 44 years

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Practice areas
  1. Residential real estate
    Handles residential real estate closing transactions including purchases, sales and refinances. Works with many local and national lenders to close transactions.

    44 years

  2. Commercial real estate
    Handles commerical sales, purchases and refinance transactions. Is bank closing counsel to many local lenders in Connecticut.

    44 years

  3. Contracts and agreements

    44 years

  4. Litigation

    44 years

  5. Probate

  6. Car accident

    44 years

  7. Corporate and incorporation

    44 years

Francis M. Donnarumma is a native of Waterbury, Connecticut.  Born in 1953, he attended public elementary school and graduated from Fairfield Prep (1971) and Fairfield University (1975 Magna Cum Laude).

He attained his degree of Juris Doctor from The Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (1978).  He was admitted to practice in the Connecticut state and federal courts in 1978 and in the United States Supreme Court in 1983.

Active in state and local bar associations, he has served as a Director of the National Italian American Bar Association and will be its National Vice-President for term 2017 through 2019.  He is former President of the Connecticut Italian American Bar Association.  He served upon the Connecticut Council of Bar Presidents of the Connecticut Bar Association.

He has served as director of the Woodbury-Bethlehem Community Music Foundation, the Mattatuck Museum, the Waterbury Arts Festival, Woodbury Interfaith Elderly Housing Inc., the Woodbury Senior Housing Corp., the Waterbury Jaycees and Group Homes of Greater Waterbury, Inc.

Attorney Donnarumma has qualified as Trusted & Verified Registered Closing Agent Secure Settlements, Inc. and as a Buyer Select Closing Agent  (BSCA) Department of Housing and Urban Development.

He is a Member of the American Land Title Association and serves as agent for Chicago Title and Fidelity National Title.  He is admitted as member of the William Raveis Real Estate Network of Closing Attorneys.

Attorney Donnarumma served as corporation counsel for the City of Waterbury from 1986 through 1991. For a period of nearly five years, he served as general counsel to a large commercial development company within the State of Connecticut.

Father of four adult children, he resides with his wife in Woodbury.  He serves as corporate trustee of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Woodbury.

Photos and videos

Attorney Francis M. Donnarumma presents the Hope Foundation Scholarships to deserving students at the 2014 Louisiana Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in memory of the late Coach Frank DiCocco, a Connecticut native, in New Orleans.
Frank Schiro of Milwaukee, WI and Francis Donnarumma of Woodbury, CT, board members of National Italian American Bar Association, beneath space shuttle Endeavor, with Maureen Donnarumma.  University of Southern California, January, 2014.
Fran Donnarumma speaking with Judge Lance Ito, Los Angeles Superior Court.  Annual meeting of the Italian American Lawyers of Los Angeles, a vibrant association. Judge Ito has presided over many high profile trials in Southern California.
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Licensed for 44 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 11/28/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1993. See details

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The Donnarumma Law Firm, LLC
428 Main Street South
Pilgrims Mall
Woodbury, CT, 06798


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Posted by Gordon | February 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful, excellent legal service from attorney, Fran Donnarumma
My wife and I recently were parties to a somewhat more complex than usual real estate closing in which we were represented by attorney Donnarumma. Fran aptly and expertly handled all of the details in a most pleasant and cost effective manner.
Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2014
Very Professional & Personal
I have sought Atty. Donnarumma's legal advise on numerous occasions over the past 30 years. Whatever my need, I've felt my interest's were always represented with the highest priority you would come to expect from your legal counsel as well as a personal level of caring rarely seen in larger law firms. The Donnarumma Law Firm staff are second to none. Atty. Donnarumma has, and will always be the first number I call when trusted, expert legal advise is needed.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2008
Female Client
I had no problems with Attorney Donnarumma. Actually I was happy he found a problem with the title when refinancing my house that he fixed without extra charge while the previous attorney that did the closing ignored the situation.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1993.

Suspension issued in CT, 1993
updated on 12/10/2014

This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Francis's comment: “A period of suspension, with reference to Internal Revenue Service tax filing, ended December 23, 1993. No other disciplinary history before or after.”

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Donnarumma Law Firm, LLC
  • 1999 - Present


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Fairfield University
  • Bachelor of Arts B.A., Magna Cum Laude
  • 1975


  • The National Italian American Bar Association
  • President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Prince of Peace Church
  • Trustee
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Italian American Bar Association
  • National Vice President
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Italian-American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • Woodbury Interfaith Elderly Housing Inc.
  • Member Board of Directors
  • 2010 - Present
  • Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations
  • Member
  • 2019 - 2020
  • National Italian American Bar Association
  • National Secretary
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Connecticut Italian American Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Council of Bar Presidents Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • National Italian American Foundation
  • Area Coordinator Greater New York Region
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Woodbury Bethlehem Community Music Foundation Inc.
  • Member Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Woodbury Elderly Housing Inc.
  • Member Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Tribury BNI Networking Group
  • Vice President
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Selected SUPER LAWYER
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Italian Heritage Award
  • Pontolandolfo Community Club of Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 2019
  • Real Estate
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer - Readers' Choice
  • Waterbury Republican American Newspaper
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Trusted & Verified Registered Closing Agent
  • Secure Settlements, Inc.
  • 2015
  • Buyer Select Closing Agent (BSCA)
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • 2015
  • Legal Achievement Award
  • Connecticut Italian American Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Member
  • American Land Title Association
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Italian Cultural Center Awards Dinner
  • Scholarship Dinners
  • 2015

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Woodbury Residential real estate Lawyer Francis M Donnarumma
Francis M Donnarumma
Residential real estate Attorney
Woodbury, CT
Licensed for 44 years
Free Consultation
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1993. See details