James T. Shearin - Pullman & Comley LLC
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James T. Shearin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 203-330-2240

James T. (Tim) Shearin is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and chair of the Litigation Department. He has wide-ranging experience in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, and before arbitration and mediation boards. He represents clients in the areas of commercial, intellectual property, Internet piracy and computer crimes, banking, securities, antitrust, civil rights, products liability and general civil litigation.

Tim has lectured and written on the following: the constitutionality of Connecticut’s Prejudgment Remedy Statute, “ins and outs” of civil forfeitures, lender-liability law, federal discovery rules, implications of expert disclosure in federal court, limitations of technical advancements in the practice of law, rules and practices governing the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the means by which to secure federal judgments, medical malpractice liability for HMOs, defense of covenant not to compete cases, Markman hearings, the federal jurisdiction of national banks, federal court practice and procedure, and settlement conferences and mediation in the federal court.

Representative Experience

  • Defended companies in class action and shareholder derivative plaintiff cases with antitrust, securities, corporate finance and fiduciary duty claims
  • Defended company accused of $9,000,000 worth of fraudulent Medicaid billing
  • Assisted with the defense of a company indicted for price fixing
  • Defended company in $22,000,000 veil piercing and fraudulent transfer case
  • Prosecuted and defended patent infringement, copyright, trademark and misappropriation of trade secrets cases
  • Defended claims alleging unfair trade practice, Lanham Act and licensing claims
  • Frequently chosen as a private arbitrator or mediator in complex commercial cases
  • Represented both individuals and businesses in litigation brought to recover severance and pension benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • Arrested, attached and seized major shipping vessels and cargo pursuant to the prosecution of admiralty and maritime suits

Professional Affiliations

  • Appointed Co-counsel to the Federal Grievance Committee by the Judges of the U.S. District Court, 1997 - 2003
  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Executive Committee, Federal Practice Section (former co-chairman); Executive Committee, Intellectual Property Section; Audit, Nominating, Legal Services for the Poor, and Federal Judiciary standing and ad hoc committees
  • Connecticut Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Raymond Baldwin Inn of Court - bencher, former secretary and vice president
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation - director
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association - past president
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
  • Superior Court attorney trial referee and arbitrator
  • Special master in Federal Court 

Community Involvement

  • American Red Cross - past director
  • Connecticut Legal Services Corp. - past chairman
  • Graduate, Bridgeport Regional Business Council's Leadership Program and a past member of its board of directors
  • University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association, Inc. - past president
  • University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. - past chairman
  • Weston Democratic Town Committee - past chairperson
  • Active in state and local politics

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers to Businesses
  • Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 in the area of business litigation
  • Recipient of John Eldred Shields Professional Service Award from the Connecticut Bar Association, 2009

Case History

Connecticut College v. Merrill Lynch — Prosecuting securities action in arbitration against broker dealer with novel defenses being asserted as to the nature of the paties'' arrangement.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. . Michael Konover et al. (D. Conn) — Defending client in a veil piercing case with claimed damages in excess of $20 million. 
Sedona Corp. V. Open Solutions, Inc. (D. Conn.) — Summary judgment entered in favor of the defendant/client to declare its ownership rights in certain computer software.

Client Comments

"Tim Shearin is top-notch. His combination of an in-depth knowledge of commercial law and an insider's view of the Connecticut courts make him tough to beat when litigating."

-Michael Kibler
Partner
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

"Tim Shearin is an excellent strategic and tactical thinker, with a very good understanding of the Connecticut courts."

-Nicholas Groombridge
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

"Without question, I can say that Tim Shearin is the best lawyer that I have ever worked with. Tim's superior knowledge of the law, his remarkable ability to assimilate detailed fact scenarios and pinpoint issues quickly, and his tremendous business acumen coupled with his unparalleled responsiveness, make it a pleasure to refer him to clients."

-Therese FitzMaurice
Law Offices Of Therese FitzMaurice, LLC

"James Shearin is one of the finest litigators I have had the pleasure to work with. He is extremely thoughtful and attentive, with profound insight into our business. I would highly recommend him to anyone."

-Robert Trautmann
First Vice President and Corporate Counsel
People's Bank

"Without question, I can say that Tim Shearin is the best lawyer that I have ever worked with. Tim's superior knowledge of the law, his remarkable ability to assimilate detailed fact scenarios and pinpoint issues quickly, and his tremendous business acumen coupled with his unparalleled responsiveness, make it a pleasure to refer him to clients."

-Therese FitzMaurice
Law Offices Of Therese FitzMaurice, LLC

"I have known Tim Shearin for over 10 years. He is articulate, thoughtful, and extremely bright. He is an awesome presence in the courtroom; judges respect him, jurors like him, and opposing counsel and opposing witnesses fear him! On more than one occasion I have seem Tim completely turn the tide in a jury trial through his tenacity, straightforward manner, unparalleled work ethic, attention to detail, witness preparation, and strategic thinking. Not withstanding that he is almost always on trial and holds the additional responsibilities of a senior partner in his firm, he always promptly responds to my e-mails and phone calls. Perhaps Tim's most remarkable trait is his willingness to "tell it like it is". You know that he will always give you an honest, thoughtful, direct, and unbiased answer. I can say without hesitation that Tim Shearin is the finest trial lawyer with whom we have ever worked."

-Thomas B. Leonardi
Chairmand and CEO
Northington Partners, Inc

Office Location

850 Main Street
P.O. Box 7006
Bridgeport, CT 06601-7006
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Intellectual Property of the Stamford Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Intellectual Property of the Stamford Metro Area
James T. Shearin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!James T. Shearin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Antitrust, Appellate, Banking, Breach of Contract, Business Disputes, Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Commercial Disputes, Complex Litigation, Securities)
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Securities

Other Information

Gender: Male