Jeffrey Tinley

Jeffrey Tinley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Waterbury, CT

Tinley, Renehan & Dost, LLP
 | 255 Bank St, Suite 2A
Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: 203-596-9030
Fax: 203-596-9036
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Jeff’s practice focuses on litigation matters, in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation, banking, securities, professional liability, employment law, bankruptcy, real estate, and general business litigation as well as health care law. Jeff served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida, handing cases in both the civil and criminal divisions.  Jeff received a U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award for his work in that office.  Jeff also has served as Town Attorney for the Town of Southbury since 2008.  Jeff is a 1980 honors graduate of St. John's University School of Law, having graduated in the top 2% of his class.  Jeff is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Connecticut and New York and the United States Supreme Court.  He has argued appeals in the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts and in the Second and Eleventh Circut Courts of Appeal.  His cases have set important precedents in the such areas as partnership law, agency and authority, professional liability, defamation, employment law and tax exemptions for charitable organizations.  As a federal prosecutor, Jeff was responsible for the prosecution of an interstate trucking firm that resulted in a felony plea and the largest civil money penalty in the history of the Insterstate Commerce Commission.  In the 1980's Jeff also prosecuted a case involving a consiracy to smuggle TOW missiles from the United States to Iran. Jeff is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and has served as Editor of the Federal Practice Newsletter and as the Chair of the Commercial Litigation Committee of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section.  Jeff has published articles in the CTLA Forum, the Connecticut Lawyer Magazine and the Federal Practice Newsletter and has given presentations to various section of the Connecticut Bar Associationon on a number of topics in his practice areas. Jeff also serves on the Executive Board of Friends of the Lake, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving Lake Lillinonah, Connecticut's second largest lake. 

    About Jeffrey Tinley

    Admitted: 1980, Connecticut

    Professional Webpage:


    • Selected as "Man of the Year" by Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County for pro bono work and contributions supporting the Chabad and its outreach programs. , Man of the Year Award , Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County , 2011
    • While serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida, I was nominated by the United States Attorney to receive and was awarded a U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award for my contributions to the resolution of a number of significant civil and criminal cases. , Special Achievment Award, U.S. Department of Justice, 1985

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Admitted to practice in Tennessee, 2019

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Executive Committee Member and Former Chair, CBA Professional Discipline Section; Member, CBA Professionalism and CLE Committee; Former Chair, CBA Commercial Litigation Committee of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section; Former Chair, CBA Federal Practice Section Newsletter Committee and Editor of Federal Practice Newsletter. 

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Represent Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County.  Obtained Historic District and Zoning approvals for Chabad House.  Ongoing legal advice in a variety of matters.  Named "Man of the Year" by Chabad in 2011.  , 2019
    • 2005-Present  Member of Executive Board of Friends of the Lake, Inc., charitable association dedicated to preserving and protecting Lake Lillinonah, Connecticut's second largest lake.Pro bono representation of H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut, Inc., an equine rescue organization located in Washington, Connecticut.  Reported decisions:  H.O.R.S.E of Connecticut, Inc. v. Town of Washington,  57 Conn. App. 41 (2000) and 258 Conn. 553 (2001).  Case established that animal rescue organizations are engaged in a charitable activity that qualifies for state property tax exemption for property used for such purposes.  Participant in Federal District Court Civil Pro Bono Program.  To date, have been appointed to represesent indigent client in a civil jury case and tried case to conclusion. 

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "The Federal 'Snow Day' Rule:  Avoiding the Slippery Slopes of Federal Rules 50 and 59", Connecticut Lawyer, 2001-04; “Collateral Source 101, A Brief, But Important Math Lesson For Lawyers,” CTLA Forum, September 1999; “On Winning and Losing in America,” Federal Practice Newsletter, Spring, 1999 “Senior Judges: True Reflections of The Spirit of Liberty”, Federal Practice Newsletter, Fall, 1999
    • Organized and served as Chair and Moderator for Professionalism Symposium attended by 135 lawyers and judges, sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association's Professionalism Committee. , Chair , Connecticut Bar Association Professionalism Symposium, 2017
    • Presentation regarding Connecticut's new SLAPP statute to group of attorneys., Panelist, Raymond Baldwin Inn of Court , Connecticut's New SLAPP Statute, 2019
    • Presented case study to Advance Torts class at Berkeley Law School based upon the case of Beverly Hills Concepts v. Schatz & Schatz, which I had personally tried for 13 weeks in the Connecticut Superior Court and argued on appeal in the Connecticut Supreme Court. , Guest Lecturer at Berkeley Law School , Case Study: Beverly Hills Concepts v. Schatz & Schatz, 2017


    • Mytych v. May Dept. Stores Co., 260 Conn. 152 Represented major department store company in successfully defending employee wage claim. , 2002
    • Cweklinsky v. Mobil Chemical Company, 267 Conn. 210 (2004) Obtained favorable ruling from Connecticut Supreme Court on questions certified by Second Circuit Court of Appeals., 2004
    • Cweklinsky v. Mobil Chemical Co., 364. F.2d 68 (2004)  Represented defendant employer and obtained reversal of jury verdict in defamation case. , 2004
    • Sowell v. DiCara, 161 Conn. App. 102 (2015) Obtained dismissal of Writ of Error; affirmed on appeal. , 2015
    • Gambardella v. Apple Health Care, Inc. 291 Conn. 620 (2009) Connecticut Supreme Court ruling affirming judgment in defamation action brought by former employee against employer., 2009
    • Liberty Mutual v. Lone Star Industries, 290 Conn. 767 (2008) Represented insurer in case involving coverage of silicosis claims. , 2009
    • Sowell v. Dicara, 323 Conn. 396 (2016) Successfully obtained dismissal of appeal in case challenging validity of election of directors and officers of company. , 2016
    • Sowell v. Tinley, Renehan & Dost, LLP, 807 Fed.Appx.115 (2020) Successfully argued appeal of district court's ruling dismissing plaintiff's complaint in Sowell v. Southbury-Middlebury Youth and Family Services, Inc. 2019 WL. 3552405 (D.Conn. 2019) , 2020
    • Mendillo v. Tinley, Renehan & Dost, LLP, 329 Conn. 515 (2018) Successfully argued in Connecticut Supreme Court in support of ruling dismissing plaintiff's declaratory judgment action. , 2018
    • Litchfield County Auctions v. Godel.  Case tried to conclusion to court involving disputed ownership of artwork.  , 2019

    Representative Clients:

    • Represent multi-office Opthalmology Practice , 2019
    • Town Attorney, Town of Southbury, CT (2010 to present) , 2020
    • Represent multi-office radiology practice. , 2020
    • Represent national manufacturer and distributor of nutritional supplement., 2020

    Educational Background:

    • State University of New York at Stony Brook B.A., English and Environmental Studies , 1977
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    Office Location for Jeffrey Tinley

    255 Bank St
    Suite 2A
    Waterbury, CT 06702

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