James M. Harrington is an associate at the law firm of Polito & Associates, LLC in Waterford, Connecticut. 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.
From 2013-2016, James’ work in personal injury law garnered him recognition as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor given to only 2.5% of the lawyers in the state. In 2014 and 2015, James was listed by the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut list. In 2015, James was also recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of the “New Leaders in Law.” The award is given to attorneys under 40 who demonstrate traits and achievements which rise above their peers.
During his career James has tried personal injury cases in the Connecticut Superior Court, as well as handled appeals before the United States Supreme Court, Connecticut Supreme Court, and Connecticut Appellate Court. James has been a guest lecturer on the topic of trial methods at the University of Connecticut Law School since 2012 and has been a panelist for several legal education programs on trial advocacy before the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to handling claims for personal injury 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. More on the Lewis v. Clarke case.
James is on the board of directors for Bike Walk CT, a non-profit organization which seeks to reduce bike accidents and increase pedestrian safety through awareness and legislation. In his spare time he is an avid endurance athlete and triathlete, having competed in numerous iron distance triathlons. James also previously served in the Army National Guard.
MA Active 2011 06/28/2017
CT Active 2010 09/18/2017
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
Connecticut Bar Association
Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
New London County Bar Association
Connecticut Rising Star - Super Lawyers Magazine - 2015
Top 100 Trial Lawyers - CT National Trial Lawyers Association - 2015
New Leader in Law - Connecticut Law Tribune - 2015
Member of Litigation Department of the Year - Connecticut Law Tribune - 2014
Law Review - Western New England College