James M. Ruel

Top rated family law attorney in Hartford, Connecticut

Ruel Ruel Burns Feldman & Britt, LLC
James M. Ruel
Ruel Ruel Burns Feldman & Britt, LLC

Practice Areas: Family law; view more

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1999

Education: University of Connecticut School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2014

Ruel Ruel Burns Feldman & Britt, LLC

One Constitution Plaza
6th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103 Visit website


Attorney James M. Ruel is co-founding partner of Ruel Ruel Burns & Britt, LLC, law firm, which has law offices in Hartford and West Hartford, Connecticut. Widely regarded as among the leading attorneys in his region, Mr. Ruel provides exceptional representation and support to clients across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Divorce and divorce litigation

· Child custody and support

· Modifications of child custody, alimony or child support

· Paternity matters

· Complex high-value asset and marital property division

Prior to focusing on family law and divorce, Mr. Ruel spent years working at a prominent law firm in New York City, where he primarily handled matters involving commercial litigation, breaches of contract, intellectual property and employment-related disputes. His past commercial litigation experience helps him to better address the issues of his clients who may have considerable business assets to account for in divorce, and he has handled complex financial settlements for marital estates worth tens of millions of dollars.

Moreover, he has become a recognized authority in dealing with issues where a spouse may have an interest in a trust, and he regularly counsels trustees whose clients are beneficiaries of trusts. He also takes an active role in meetings and seminars with other attorneys, mental health professionals and others regarding the mental and emotional impact divorce has on spouses and their children and how to better serve those clients' needs.

In honor of his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Ruel has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers as being among the top 2.5% of attorneys in the state. In addition, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys voted his practice as one of the 10 Best Law Firms in Connecticut in 2017.

A 1996 graduate of Boston College, Mr. Ruel obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1999. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Hartford County and Fairfield County Bar Associations as well as a fellow with the Connecticut Bar Foundation. He is vice president and board member of the University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association.

Practice areas

Family law

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Divorce, Paternity

  • 100% Family law

First Admitted: 1999, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: https://rrgblaw.com/attorneys/james-m-ruel

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Connecticut Community Law Center, Mentor, 2018 – 2020
  • University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association, Board Member, 2016 - Present
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1999
  • President-Elect, UCONN School of Law Alumni Association
  • Connecticut, 1999
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Member
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
Educational Background:
  • Boston College, Carroll School of Management, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, B.S., Finance, 1996
  • Jo-Ann Stores vs. Property Operating Co, 91 Conn. App. 179, 2005
  • New England Super Lawyers Rising Star®, 2013
  • The Connecticut Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2018 - Present
  • New England Super Lawyers, Connecticut, 2017 - 2019
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys™, 10 Best Law Firms, Connecticut, 2017

Office location for James M. Ruel

One Constitution Plaza
6th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103

Phone: 860-248-7755


6 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2014

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