James M. Ruel
Attorney Jim Ruel is a member of the Family Law Practice of Rome McGuigan, P.C. He represents clients throughout the State of Connecticut in their efforts to resolve family disputes concerning child custody, parenting schedules, the establishment of paternity, and with regard to the financial disputes associated with child support, alimony and the distribution of property upon the dissolution of a marriage or civil union.
In the first several years of his practice, Attorney Ruel lived in New York City and worked as an attorney in the Stamford, Connecticut and New York City offices of Robinson & Cole, LLP, in its Commercial Litigation Department. During that time, Attorney Ruel litigated and tried cases in the state and federal courts of Connecticut and New York involving commercial disputes, such as breach of contract, intellectual property and employer-employee disputes, and involving tort claims such as negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud.
Attorney Ruel brings the experience he gained in litigating complex commercial disputes to his family law practice, where business and asset valuations are often disputed, and where clients place a premium on the ability to negotiate financial settlements between spouses or parents. His experience includes the litigation and/or settlement of high conflict child custody disputes, as well as several disputes involving marital estates valued in the tens of millions of dollars. Attorney Ruel's experience also includes the litigation and resolution of two cases wherein the marital estates were valued in excess of $300 million.
Attorney Ruel serves some of his clients in the role of mediator, facilitating settlement negotiations between divorcing spouses or separating parents with the hope of avoiding prolonged and costly litigation in the court system. He regularly attends meetings and seminars with local mental health professionals and family law practitioners to discuss the effects of divorce and custody disputes upon the mental health of spouses and their children, and the ways in which therapists and attorneys in this field can better serve the needs of their clients.
Attorney Ruel is a member of the bar in the States of Connecticut and New York. He represents his clients in every Judicial District within Connecticut, and maintains offices in both Stamford and Hartford. He received his undergraduate degree in finance from Boston College in 1996, and his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1999.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Connecticut, 1999
- New York, 2001
- U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1999
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2000
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2000
- University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
- Boston College, Carroll School of Management, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
- B.S. - 1996
- Major: Finance
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Connecticut Bar Association, Member
- Hartford County Bar Association, Member
- New York State Bar Association, Member
- Fairfield County Bar Association, Member
Past Employment Positions
- O'Connell, Flaherty & Attmore, LLC, Associate, 2005 - 2008
- Robinson & Cole, LLP, Associate, 2000 - 2005
Pro Bono Activities
- Board Member, Rotary Club of West Hartford, Connecticut, 2012