James M. Harrington Of Polito & Associates


Waterford – New London, CT Personal Injury Lawyer

James M. Harrington
Waterford – New London, Connecticut (CT) Personal Injury Lawyer
Phone: (860) 447-3300
Fax: (860) 447-3389
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James M. Harrington (CT Personal Injury Lawyer at Polito & Associates LLC)

JAMES M. HARRINGTON has tried numerous personal injury cases in the Connecticut Superior Court, as well as appeals before the United States Supreme Court, Connecticut Supreme Court, and Connecticut Appellate Court.

In addition to handling personal injury cases and other litigation in the State of Connecticut, James also practices tribal law, representing clients whose injuries occurred at either of Connecticut’s two casinos, Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods. James is licensed to practice in, and has successfully tried cases before both the Mohegan Gaming Disputes Court and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court at Foxwoods. James argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court on the issue of tribal sovereign immunity in Lewis v. Clarke. The case was ultimately appealed to the United States Supreme Court where in a landmark unanimous ruling the Court adopted the legal argument advanced by James thereby changing tribal law nationwide.   That work, as well as his work representing persons injured in both Connecticut and Massachusetts, have garnered him the several professional honors:

  • 2018: Received a professional excellence award from the Connecticut Law Tribune, who recognized James’s work as having changed the legal landscape.
  • 2018: Named by Western New England Law School, as it’s “Ascending Alumni” for 2018
  • 2018: Elected to the Board of Governors for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013-2018:  Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor given to only 2.5% of the lawyers in the state.
  • 2014-2018:  Listed by the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut
  • 2015: Named by Connecticut Law Tribune as one of the New Leaders in the Law; an award given to attorneys under 40 who demonstrate traits and achievements which rise above their peers.
  • 2014: Member of the Litigation Department of Year, as named by the Connecticut Law Tribune.

James has been asked to lecture on the topic of trial advocacy, as well as tribal law before the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, National Business Institute, and the UConn School of Law.

A native of Clinton, Connecticut, James attended The Morgan High School. James graduated from Boston College with a degree in political science and cum laude from Western New England College School of Law where he was a member of its Law Review. In his spare time he is an avid endurance athlete and triathlete, having competed in numerous iron distance triathlons and marathons.

More on the Lewis v. Clarke case here.

Awards and Honors:

2018- Professional Excellence award by the Connecticut Law Tribune

2013- 2018 Honored as “Connecticut Rising Star” – Super Lawyers Magazine

2014- 2017Named “Top 100 Trial Lawyers- CT”- National Trial Lawyers Association

2015 Recognized as “New Leader in Law”- Connecticut Law Tribune

2014- Member of litigation department recognized by Connecticut Law Tribune as Litigation Department of the Year

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association,
    • Board of Governors
    • Member of the General Tort Committee
    • Panelist:  Preparing for your first trial;  Deposition Tactics; Strategies for Trial Prep and several presentations before the Annual Meeting
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • New London County Bar Association

Areas of Practice:

Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Personal Injury Cases (CT):

Medical Malpractice Cases (CT):

  • Surgical errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Infections, MRSA
  • Medication errors

Nursing Homes Injuries & Neglect Cases (CT):

  • Bed sores
  • Falls
  • Infection
  • Medication errors
  • Elder abuse
  • Misconduct with elders

Sexual Misconduct Cases (CT):

  • Priests and Ministers
  • School Teachers
  • School Coaches
  • Extended Statute of Limitations

Product Liability Cases (CT):

  • Defective design
  • Defects in manufacturing
  • Failure to provide adequate guards
  • Failure to warn of dangers and defects

Business Litigation Cases (CT):

  • CUTPA (Connecticut Unfair Trade Practice)
  • Breach of Contract
  • Tortious Interference with business and contracts
  • Connecticut Trade Secrets

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Mr. Harrington was very professional and kept us well informed. We are very pleased in every aspect and we recommend him to other people.
Attorney Bert Polito and Associates helped reassure my family through the entire process. We are extremely grateful to him and his staff.
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