Phone: (203) 268-8507

6 Winding Way

Trumbull, CT 6611

James Stapleton


Lawyer, Arbitrator and Mediator

Current Employer:

Arbitrator and Mediator

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Banking & finance ✔ Commercial/Business
✔ Construction ✔ Contract Disputes
✔ Employment ✔ Executive Compensation
✔ Family Businesses ✔ Franchise
✔ Insurance ✔ Legal Malpractice
✔ Mergers & Acquisitions ✔ Partnerships
✔ Professional Fees ✔ Professional Liability
✔ Professional Negligence ✔ Securities
✔ Shareholder Disputes ✔ Taxation


Nearly 50 years experience as a trial lawyer and Superior Court judge, including the following:

-U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, Counsel, Grievance Committee (1984-1988) -U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, Special Master -Superior Court, Attorney Trial Referee -City of Bridgeport, Corporation Counsel (1971-1973) -U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, Chair, Merit Selection Committee for Bankruptcy Judge, 1993, and Chief Probation Officer, 1988 -Sacred Heart University, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, 1976-1977 -Connecticut Bankers Association, Legislative Counsel, 1971-1973

Work History:

-Partner to Day Pitney, LLP and its predecessor firm of Day, Berry & Howard, LLP from 1978 to 2003 and Of Counsel to the firm from 2003 to 2010 -Self employed as Arbitrator and Mediator from 2011 to present -State of Connecticut Superior Court judge from 1973 to 1978 -Associate and partner at Marsh, Day & Calhoun from 1958 to 1973


Recent awards as an arbitrator include a claim to terminate an $8.5 billion world wide outsourcing contract for telecommunications services with damages in excess of $25 million, a dispute between an Ivy League University and a contractor over the reconstruction of a college building, two different multi-million dollar disputes between major franchisors and the owners of multiple franchises over the terms of their agreements, a $20 million dispute over reinsurance coverage between two carriers, disputes arising out of the spin-off of a major subsidiary of a diversified international healthcare company, and claims over the amendment and termination of a contract for long distance telephone service to a wireless carrier.


-ICDR 5th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference, Arbitration in Las Americas: a 360 Degree View, 2007 -CPR/CIArb Joint Arbitrator Training Program for Practicing Lawyers, 2006 -AAA Neutrals Conference, 2006, 2003 -AAA Pro


Admitted to: -Connecticut Bar -Massachusetts Bar -U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York -U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York -U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut -U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit -U.S. Supreme Court


-The Connecticut Bar Association’s John Eldred Shields Distinguished Professional Service Award, 2007 -The Federal Bar Council Whitney North Seymour Award for outstanding public service, 2004 -American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow,


-American Arbitration Association, Commercial and Employment Arbitrators Panel and Member, Advisory Committee for the AAA Large Case Management Program -Judicial Panel for the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution International Mediation Institute, Certified Mediator


-Connecticut Bar Association, President, 1988-1989 -Federal Bar Council for the Second Circuit, Trustee; Vice President, Vice Chair, 1980-1992 -Federal Bar Council Foundation, Chair, 1992-1995 -American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, Regent and Ct. State Chair American Board of Trial Advocates International Mediation Institute, Certified Member


Georgetown University Law Center, L.L.M., 1958 Boston College Law School, L.L.B., 1957 Fairfield University, B.S.S., cum laude, 1954


The following are speaking engagements and publications: -Board of Editors, Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law, 1956-1957 -Panelist on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Arbitration vs. Court Litigation at the 2008 Spring Meeting at the American College of Trial Lawyers in Tucson, AZ and the 2008 Federal Bar Council Winter Bench/Bar Conference in Nevis, British West Indies -Panelist on arbitration issues at the New York State Commercial Division Judges Judicial Institute at Pace University Law School in June 2008 -Lecturer at Connecticut Trial Advocacy Institute, 1994-1996 -Panelist and lecturer at various seminars on trial practice sponsored by the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Foundation, Federal Bar Council and Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association


Over his career as a trial lawyer Mr. Stapleton focused his practice on business litigation and in acting as an arbitrator and mediator. Since 2003, he has limited his practice to acting as a neutral in arbitration and mediation matters.


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