Jeffrey M. Donofrio

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in North Haven, CT

Ciulla & Donofrio, LLP
 | 127 Washington Avenue, PO Box 219
North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: 203-361-9688
Fax: 203-234-0379
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (30%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (20%)
Attorney Profile

After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College in 1987, Jeffrey M. Donofrio went on to attend The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. He received a Juris Doctor from there in 1990.

As a co-founder of Ciulla & Donofrio, LLP, in North Haven, Connecticut, Mr. Donofrio focuses his practice on business litigation, construction law and municipal law. He has experience guiding clients through a wide range of legal issues, including those involving contract disputes, zoning and land use, employment litigation, property tax and zoning appeals and building code enforcement actions. Mr. Donofrio offers legal services to clients throughout the state.

Having over 20 years of experience, Mr. Donofrio knows how legal problems can grind business or municipal operations to a stop. He helps clients determine the best course of action given their circumstances and works to develop effective, efficient solutions to their legal problems. Mr. Donofrio's commitment to providing quality representation while maintaining high standards of ethics has gained him the respect of his clients and peers alike, and helped him to receive the highest possible rating* of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell.

Giving back to the community is a priority for Mr. Donofrio. He previously served as a trustee for the Hospital of St. Raphael Foundation, as a board member for Sleeping Giant State Park, on the Trumbull Town Council and on the parish council for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Hamden, Connecticut. Currently, Mr. Donofrio is serving in an elected post on the board of education for the town of Trumbull.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (50%)

Construction Litigation (30%)

State, Local & Municipal (20%): State, Local & Municipal Litigation

Focus Areas

State, Local & Municipal Litigation


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Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2018

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About Jeffrey Donofrio

Admitted: 1990, Connecticut

Professional Webpage:


  • Benchmark Local Litigation Star, 2013 – Present
  • Go To Law Firm for America's Largest Companies, 2008 – Present
  • Connecticut and New England SuperLawyer, 2006 – Present
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, 2004 – Present
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's Highest Rating, 2000 – Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Hospital of St. Raphael Foundation, Trustee, 2009 – 2014
  • Trumbull Republican Town Committee, 2012 – Present
  • Trumbull Board of Education, 2013-Present
  • Trumbull Town Council, 2011 – 2013
  • American Bar Association, 1990 – Present
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Council, Council Member, 2006 – 2010
  • Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Committee on Municipality Law Liability and Insurance, Member, 2005 – 2008
  • Connecticut Construction Industry Association, Member, 2007 – Present
  • Connecticut Council of Small Towns, Member, 2013-Present
  • Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys, Member, 2003 – Present
  • North Haven Education Foundation, Director, 2004 – 2010
  • Sleeping Giant Park Association, Director, 1992 – Present
  • Fairfield Prep Alumni Association, Director, 1999 – 2005
  • Town of North Haven Republican Town Committee, Member, 2000 – 2010
  • American Bar Association, Member, Construction Litigation Committee, 1996 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Forum on the Construction Industry, 1995 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Member, 1997 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member, 1997 – Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Executive Committee, Small Firm Practice Management Section, 2010 – Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association, Member, 1990 – Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law, Construction Law & Litigation Sections, Member, 1991 – Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Chairman, Legal Technology Committee, 2000 – 2010
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1991
  • Connecticut, 1990

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Dare to Go Digital, June 2011 (CBA, Annual Meeting)
  • Using Computers to Avoid Malpractice, June 2004 (CBA)
  • Practice Management Tips for the New and Established Solo and Small Firm Practitioner, November 2009 (CBA)
  • Practical and Affordable Technology in Connecticut's Courts: Today's Realities – Tomorrow's Visions, April 2003 (CBA)
  • Legal Sources on the Internet, January 2001, October 2001, and June 2002 (CBA)
  • Y2k Problem Seminars, November 1998, February 1999, June 1999, and November 1999 (Connecticut Bar Association)
  • Legal Sources on the Internet, March 2000 (NHCBA)
  • Foreclosures, the FDIC and the Financial Institution Reform Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), March 1993 (with The Honorable Donald Celotto and Denis Caron) (NHCBA)
  • Everything You Need to Know About Real Property Tax Appeals, 1994 (NHCBA)
  • Mediation Tips and Pointers, March 2004 (with The Honorable Beverly Hodgson) (NHCBA)
  • Special Proceedings and More, April 2005 (with The Honorable Patty Jenkins Pittman) (NHCBA)
  • Special Proceedings and More, April 2011 (with The Honorable Angela Robinson) (New Haven County Bar Association)
  • Resolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects, 2007 (NBI)
  • Construction Defect Claims, National Teleconference and Webcast, January 2008 and June 2008 (NBI)
  • Construction Law Fundamentals: Managing Project Risk, 2007 (NBI)
  • Advanced Construction Law, Connecticut Construction Law: What Do You Do When....? and Construction Payment Remedies in Connecticut, October 1997, April 1998, March 1999, September 1999, March 2000, March 2001, November 2001, and November 2002 (NBI)
  • Construction Defects, May and September 2008 (NBI)
  • Getting Paid for Construction Work in Connecticut, June 2009 (National Business Institute)
  • Insurance, Liens and Bonds in Connecticut, 2006 (Lorman)
  • Comprehensive Construction Law in Connecticut, October 2005 (Lorman)
  • Insurance, Liens and Bonds in Connecticut, April 2005 (Lorman)
  • Construction Management/Design Build in Connecticut, August 2003 and 2004 and December 2005 (Lorman)
  • Construction Claims in Connecticut, August 2001 (Lorman Educational Services)
  • State and Local Government Law in Connecticut, February 2012 (NBI)
  • School Construction in Connecticut in 2014: Safety, Security and More, (March 2014)
  • Construction Law, November 2014 (HalfMoon Education)
  • Inside the Minds: Municipal Litigation, Aspatore Publishing (Thomson Reuters), 2013
  • Beware of the Delete Button, CONNstruction Magazine, 2011
  • Get the Bug Spray Ready, Connecticut Lawyer, October, 1998
  • Highlights of the Y2K Act, Connecticut Lawyer, October, 1999
  • Legal Technology Review, Connecticut Law Tribune, March, 2001
  • How to Improve Odds of a Successful Construction Project, Business New Haven, November, 2005
  • Tools of the Trade for the 21st Century Litigator, Connecticut Lawyer, March, 2003
  • Hiring Construction Managers Easier Said than Done, Connecticut Law Tribune, December, 2006
  • Eat Your Vegetables, Connecticut Lawyer, August, 2007
  • Cybersmear If You Dare.....But Be Prepared to Pay, Connecticut Lawyer, November, 2007


  • West Haven Housing Authority v. CB Alexander Real Estate, et al., 107 Conn. App. 167, 944 A.2d 1010 (Appellate 2008)
  • SNET v. Coho, 2006 WL 2867884 (Conn. Super. 2006)
  • Corn v. Protective Life Insurance Co., 1998 WL 51783 (D. Conn. 1998)
  • SNET v. City of Milford, 2003 WL 22708896 (Conn. Super. 2003)
  • White Way Laundry v. F&W Equipment Corp., 40 Conn, L. Rptr. 488 (Conn. Super. 2005)
  • Bergami v. Town of Hamden, 39 Conn. L. Rptr. 718 (Conn. Super. 2005)
  • West Haven Housing Authority v. CB Alexander Real Estate, LLC, 2007 WL 346031 (Conn. Super. 2007)
  • Mortgage Lenders Network USA v. Coresource, 335 F. Supp. 2d 313 (D.Conn. 2004)
  • Citizens Communications v. Trustmark Insurance Company, 303 F 2d. 197 (2004)
  • SNET v. Pagano, 79 Conn. App. 458 (2003)
  • Woodwinds v. Dimeo, 229 F.3d 1136 (2000)
  • Peter Rock Associates v. Town of North Haven, 59 Conn. App.1 (2000)

Representative Clients:

  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Webster Bank, N.A.
  • WPCA of Greater New Haven
  • Turbotec Products
  • Trustmark Insurance Company
  • Town of Woodbridge
  • Town of Windsor
  • Town of Wallingford
  • Town of Trumbull
  • Town of North Haven
  • Town of North Branford
  • Town of Hamden
  • Town of Guilford
  • Surgical Associates of New Haven, P.C.
  • Southern New England Telephone Company
  • South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
  • South Central Connecticut Council of Governments
  • Simoniz USA
  • Sachems Head Association
  • Protective Life Insurance Company
  • Kimco Realty Corp.
  • Joseph Cohn & Son
  • Gap, Inc.
  • First Niagara Bank
  • F&F Mechanical
  • Ed-Mor Electric Company
  • Deep River WPCA
  • City of Milford
  • Centerplan Construction
  • AT&T

Educational Background:

  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, B.A., May 1987

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Association Of Municipal Attorneys (CAMA)
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Building Congress
  • Connecticut Construction Industry Association (CCIA)
  • Litigation Counsel Of America
  • New Haven County Bar Association
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Office Location for Jeffrey M. Donofrio

127 Washington Avenue
PO Box 219
North Haven, CT 06473

Phone: 203-361-9688

Fax: 203-234-0379


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Last Updated: 7/3/2018

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