James J. Noonan


James J. Noonan is a partner at the firm practicing primarily in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense and particularly on construction litigation, insurance coverage disputes, motor vehicle, premises liability, and uninsured/under-insured motorist cases. Jim also has experience handling professional liability cases, commercial liability matters, products liability and transportation litigation.

Jim is an active trial attorney, having completed numerous trials in various judicial districts across the state and in the federal courts. He has participated in various forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediations and arbitration, and has handled appeals to the Connecticut Appellate Court and the New York Appellate Division, Second Department.

Jim is a frequent guest lecturer at Quinnipiac University and Quinnipiac University School of Law on issues relating to the civil justice system, personal injury law, and legal skills and advocacy. He is a former Captain in the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corp. During his time in the Army Reserves, he participated in Article 15 proceedings and separation boards brought under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He served in Germany with the 21st Theater Support Command and completed a temporary tour of active duty in Charlottesville, VA at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School as the Deputy Director (RC) Training Developments Directorate. From 2000 - 2010 he served with the 4th Legal Support Organization, Bronx, NY.

Jim has been given the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating of "AV". He is admitted to practice before the courts of the states of Connecticut and New York, The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and The United States Supreme Court. He is also the First Vice-President of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association.

Professional Affiliations: 
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • First Vice-President of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
  • 4th JAG Officers Association
  • Included on the Rising Stars list in Connecticut Super Lawyers® (2008-2012) and selected for inclusion on the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Connecticut Super Lawyers list for Civil Litigation Defense
Representative Experience: 
  • Successfully defended at trial a claim for personal injuries and statutory and common law recklessness against a 3rd time DWI offender.  The jury returned a plaintiff’s verdict but chose not to award recklessness damages thereby keeping the damage award within the client’s covered policy limits and protecting the client from an excess judgment.
  • Successfully defended at trial and on appeal a breach of contract claim by an insured against his insurance company claiming the insurer failed to pay damages to a 2006 Ferrari F430 Challenge racing vehicle. Plaintiff claimed he was entitled to coverage for damages in excess of $235,000 after the vehicle was crashed at Infineon Raceway in California. Subsequent to the loss the insurance company rescinded the policy based on material misrepresentations. Plaintiff claimed the rescission was improper and the vehicle and damage was a covered loss. After a trial, the court found the rescission was proper due to material misrepresentations at the application and renewal stage of the policy issuance and that the claim was excluded due to the racing exclusion. The Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s decision.
  • Defended through trial in federal court a roofing contractor in a construction defect and breach of contract claim as a result of significant water damage sustained by the historic Shubert Theater in New Haven, CT following significant weather events. Claimed damages in excess of $600,000 were allegedly due to the negligence of the roofing contractor during repair and replacement of the entire roofing system.
  • Defended a fire suppression and sprinkler contractor in an action for damages to a Connecticut school as a result of an allegedly improper installation and maintenance of dry pipe system that malfunctioned causing significant water damage.
  • Represented dog owners sued for an alleged attack that caused serious and life threatening personal injuries to a bicycle rider. Jim obtained a defense verdict and established that the plaintiff was unable to prove that the dog that caused the injuries was the defendants' dog.
  • Successfully defended a surgical ophthalmologist in a medical malpractice action based on lack of informed consent. The plaintiff claimed the physician did not adequately advise her of the risks of surgery and the number of procedures which would be required to correct the plaintiff's bulging eyes caused by hypothyroidism. The New Britain jury returned a defense verdict after deliberating approximately two hours.
  • Represented a home nursing service in an action brought by a former home health aide seeking damages for injuries allegedly sustained when a patient for whom the home health aide was caring, propositioned him for oral sex and when the aide refused filed a false claim with the police that the aide had sexually abused him. The aide was arrested and incarcerated for 18 months as a result of this accusation but ultimately was acquitted. The home health aide sued his former employer for negligence and intentional conduct based on failure to warn and creating a dangerous and unsafe work environment. Jim successfully defended the appeal to the New York Appellate Division after a lower court granted summary judgment.
  • Represented a deceased doctor in a motor vehicle v. motorcycle jury trial seeking damages for significant personal injuries sustained by the motorcycle rider when he was allegedly cut off by the deceased doctor. Jim obtained a defense verdict after a jury trial in Stamford Superior Court.
  • Represented a driver involved in a $40 million dollar lawsuit brought by a 26 year old man who suffered quadriplegia after a multiple motor vehicle and tractor trailor accident on I-95 in Fairfield.
Reported Decisions: 

Waterman v. County of Westchester, et al., 712 N.Y.S.2d 373 (2000)

Padro v. VNS of New York, 714 N.Y.S.2d 438 (2000)

Poulin v. Yasner, 64 Conn. App. 730 (2001)

Sonson v. United Servs. Auto. Ass’n, 152 Conn App. 832 (2014)