Jeff Donofrio

Jeff Donofrio

Ciulla & Donofrio, LLP

127 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473

Professional Experience  
Ciulla & Donofrio, LLP November1, 1996 - Present

Managing Partner and co-founder of AV© rated commercial litigation, municipal law and business law firm.  The firm has been selected for inclusion in Corporate Counsel’s “Who Represents America’s Largest Companies” feature (published by ALM), A.M. Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys and selected as a “Go-To” Firm for business and tort litigation by AT&T in a survey by American Lawyer Media (In-House Law Departments at the Leading Technology Companies), which includes the short list of elite U.S. firms that represent the top technology companies.  The firm is also an annual selection in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ in the areas of construction law and commercial litigation. 

Tyler Cooper & Alcorn September 1990 - November 1, 1996

Litigation associate in main office of 90+ lawyer, full service law firm; practice focused on commercial litigation, municipal law, construction law and complex litigation.

Selected Professional Experience
  • Representation of the design-builder in connection with a public-private partnership with the State of Connecticut to redevelop, operate, and maintain Connecticut’s 23 highway service plazas. Provided wide variety of services, ranging from contract drafting and negotiation to extensive dispute resolution (litigation, binding and non-binding ADR).
  • Represent multiple municipalities in connection with full range of construction-related disputes arising out of a variety of project types.  Services include counsel for procurement (including front-end bid document and contract drafting and defense of bid protests), ongoing advice during the design and construction phases and representation in connection with any disputes, including mediation, arbitration and litigation.
  •  Defended national insurance companies in connection with numerous coverage disputes, including medical stop loss, group health, life and disability policies and TPA contracts See., e.g., Citizens Communications v. Trustmark Insurance Co., 303 F. Supp.2d 197 (2004).
  • Representation of a developer in connection with the appeal of 63 statements of compensation filed by a housing authority in connection with an eminent domain proceeding.   Housing Authority of the City of West Haven v. CB Alexander Real Estate, 107 Conn. App. 167 (2008)
  • Defense of an appeal of a statement of compensation filed by a municipality. Peter Rock Associates v. Town of North Haven, 59 Conn. App. 1 (2000)
Representation of a large telecommunications company in a wide variety of tort, contract and other commercial litigation, including many trials to verdict or judgment.
Professional Memberships:

Bar Admissions: Connecticut; United States District Court (CT); United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States Court of Federal Claims

Member, American Bar Association (Litigation Section, Forum on the Construction Industry, Construction Litigation Committee, Law Practice Management Section, and Business Law Section)

Member, Connecticut Bar Association (Litigation, Commercial Law, and Construction Law Sections; former Chairman, Legal Technology Committee; Executive Committee, Small Firm Practice Management Section)

Former Member, Municipal Law, Liability and Insurance Committee of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

Member, Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys
Member, New Haven County Bar Association
Member, Greater New haven Chamber of Commerce (firm)
Member, Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce (firm)
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Member, Connecticut Construction Industry Association
Member, Better Business Bureau (firm)
Member, Connecticut Building Congress

Additional Professional Activities
Special Master, New Haven Superior Court (Municipal Tax Appeals)
Consumer Affairs Officer, South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
Mediator and arbitrator, construction and commercial litigation matters
Town Attorney, Town of North Haven, Connecticut
Town Attorney, Town of Berlin, Connecticut

Individual Distinctions

  • AV© Rated (5.0 out of 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell since receiving a rating in 2000
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Commercial Litigation and Construction Law)
  • Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers (business litigation) (2006-2016)
  • Local Litigation Star, Benchmark
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C. Juris Doctor, 1990 Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts B.A., 1987 Fairfield College Preparatory School, Fairfield, Connecticut 1983
Selected Recent Community Service
Member, Board of Education, Town of Trumbull (2013-Present)
Member, Town Council, Town of Trumbull (2011-2013)
Member, Board of Directors, Sleeping Giant Park Association (1991-2013)
Member, Parish Council, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (2007-2010)
Member, Board of Directors, North Haven Education Foundation (2005-2010)
Member, Board of Trustees, Hospital of St. Raphael Foundation (2009-2013)
Member, Trumbull Republican Town Committee (2012-present)
Member, North Haven Republican Town Committee (1999-2010)
Partial List of Seminars Presented:
 “Construction Procurement on Public Projects,” Connecticut Public Purchasing Officers Association (January and May 2015)

“Construction Contracts Workshop,” May 2015 (HalfMoon Education)

“Construction Law in Connecticut,” November 2014 (HalfMoon)

School Construction in Connecticut in 2014: Safety, Security and More” (March 2014)

“State and Local Government Law in Connecticut,” February 2012 (NBI)
“Construction Claims in Connecticut,” August 2001 (Lorman Educational Services)

“Construction Management/Design Build in Connecticut,” August 2003 and 2004 and December 2005 (Lorman)

“Insurance, Liens and Bonds in Connecticut,” April 2005 (Lorman)

“Comprehensive Construction Law in Connecticut,” October 2005 (Lorman)

“Insurance, Liens and Bonds in Connecticut”, 2006 (Lorman)

Getting Paid for Construction Work in Connecticut,” June 2009 (National Business Institute)

“Construction Defects,” May and September 2008 (NBI)

“Advanced Construction Law, Connecticut Construction Law:  What Do You Do When….?” and “Construction Payment Remedies in Connecticut,” October 1997, April 1998, March 1999, September 1999, March 2000, March 2001, November 2001, and November 2002 (NBI)

Construction Law Fundamentals: Managing Project Risk, 2007 (NBI)

Construction Defect Claims, National Teleconference and Webcast, January 2008 and June 2008 (NBI)

Resolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects, 2007 (NBI)

Special Proceedings and More,” April 2011 (with The Honorable Angela Robinson) (New Haven County Bar Association)

“Special Proceedings and More,” April 2005 (with The Honorable Patty Jenkins Pittman) (NHCBA)

 “Mediation Tips and Pointers,” March 2004 (with The Honorable Beverly Hodgson) (NHCBA)

“Everything You Need to Know About Real Property Tax Appeals,” 1994 (NHCBA)

“Foreclosures, the FDIC and the Financial Institution Reform Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA),” March 1993 (with The Honorable Donald Celotto and Denis Caron) (NHCBA)

“Legal Sources on the Internet,” March 2000 (NHCBA) 

Y2k Problem Seminars, November 1998, February 1999, June 1999, and November 1999 (Connecticut Bar Association)

“Legal Sources on the Internet,” January 2001, October 2001, and June 2002 (CBA)

“Practical and Affordable Technology in Connecticut's Courts: Today's Realities-Tomorrow’s Visions,” April 2003 (CBA)

“Practice Management Tips for the New and Established Solo and Small Firm Practitioner,” November 2009 (CBA)

“Using Computers to Avoid Malpractice,” June 2004 (CBA)

“Dare to Go Digital,”June 2011 (CBA, Annual Meeting)

Compliance with Post judgment and Prejudgment Remedies Laws (Bank Compliance Association of Connecticut)

Selected Publications:   
“Construction Law Update,” Connecticut, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (2016)

Inside the Minds: Representing Municipalities in Litigation, Aspatore Publishing, 2012

Beware of the Delete Button, CONNstruction Magazine, Fall 2010
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

“Tools of the Trade for the 21st Century Litigator,” Connecticut Lawyer, March 2003

“Legal Technology Review,” Connecticut Law Tribune, March 2001

“Get the Bug Spray Ready: A Y2K Primer and Highlights of the Y2K Act,” Connecticut Lawyer, October 1998 and October 1999

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