James M. Harrington

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JAMES M. HARRINGTON is a board-certified civil trial attorney passionate about representing individuals and families who have been injured in personal injury and wrongful death. James takes seriously the role he plays in being a voice for those seeking just compensation from negligent individuals, corporations, and the insurance companies that protect them.

Over his career, James has successfully tried and recovered millions for clients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, wrongful death claims, product liability, motorcycle accidents, medical and professional malpractice, negligent security actions, accidents caused by distracted or drunk drivers and bicycle crashes.  James has also handled appeals before the United States Supreme Court, Connecticut Supreme Court, and Connecticut Appellate Court.



In addition to representing injured persons throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, James also practices casino & tribal law, representing clients whose injuries occurred at either of Connecticut’s two casinos, Mohegan Sun or 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 wherein a landmark unanimous ruling the Court adopted the legal argument advanced by James thereby changing tribal law nationwide.  James’s work has garnered him recognition both in Connecticut and nationwide. More on the Lewis v. Clarke case here.

  • 2024 Recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers
  • 2022 &2023-  Named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 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.
  • 2014-2019:  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
  • 2014: Member of the Litigation Department of Year, as named by the Connecticut Law Tribune.

In his spare time James is an avid triathlete and endurance athlete.   James has competed in numerous Ironman distance triathlons and marathons. James understands the discipline and preparation needed to go the distance and he brings that mentality to every case he handles.  James resides in East Haddam, Connecticut with his wife and three sons.



Bar Admissions:
United States Supreme Court
U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court at Foxwoods & Mohegan Gaming Disputes and Tribal Court


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):

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

Casino Accidents:

  • Mohegan Sun Accident
  • Foxwoods accident
  • Tribal law
  • Casino slip and fall
  • Casino negligent security
  • Casino car accidents
  • Casino bus accidents
  • Casino wrongful death

At such a scary time in our lives, it was so reassuring to have Bert represent us. He and everyone we dealt with at his office were invariably professional, compassionate, and responsive to our many questions and concerns. We knew that we could trust Bert to always act in our best interest.
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 Harrington helped reassure my family through the entire process. We are extremely grateful to him and his staff.
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