James K. Robertson Jr.
Partner
Litchfield, Waterbury
203.575.2636
203.575.2600

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Law School
    J.D. 1974
    ~ with honors
  • Hartford Seminary, Graduate
    M.A. 1998
  • Yale University, Undergraduate
    B.A. 1970
    ~ cum laude

Admissions

  • Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
"James Robertson is described by market observers as "a terrific lawyer." His practice encompasses a broad range of matters, such as government investigations, environmental litigation and product liability disputes."
- Chambers USA, 2016

Jim Robertson is one of the firm’s most experienced trial lawyers, having represented companies, individuals and government entities as defendants and plaintiffs in trials, appeals, arbitration and mediation for over 30 years. Jim has been first chair in over 50 jury trials and 100 court trials in state and federal courts, has served as national coordinating counsel and is frequently selected as Special Master, Mediator and Arbitrator of high profile, complex disputes. He also has served as a Superior Court Judge and the firm’s managing partner.

Jim’s cases have encompassed a range of litigation disciplines including:

  • Constitutional
  • Contract
  • Cost recovery actions
  • Environmental
  • First amendment
  • Government investigations
  • Labor and employment
  • Licensing disputes
  • Partnership
  • Product liability
  • Shareholder and securities
  • Torts
  • Estate
  • Probate

He has represented clients from multiple industries including government agencies and elected leaders, wholesale, manufacturing, energy and utility, chemical, hedge funds and law firms.

Jim has consistently earned recognition from clients and peers for his litigation acumen. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is regularly recognized in Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, Top 50 Superlawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale and 9.7-Superb by Avvo.

  • National counsel for defendant product manufacturer in multiple actions arising from the train derailment in the village of Lac Megantic, Quebec, resulting in 48 deaths, significant property damage, and claims of environmental contamination and bankruptcy proceedings in the US and Canada.
  • Lead trial counsel in a federal jury trial involving antitrust violations, trade secret misappropriation and computer crimes.  Client prevailed on all claims, resulting in a judgment of nearly $65 Million.
  • Secured what is believed to be the largest punitive award ($27,538,889) in the history of the State of Connecticut.
  • Secured a $25 Million settlement in a trade secrets and unfair trade practice case.
  • Counsel for defense in three week jury trial in federal district court on claims under the UCC for component parts in aeronautic industry; judgment for defendant; appeal now pending in Second Circuit.
  • Lead trial counsel representing trailer manufacturer in multi-week federal jury trial of four wrongful death and four serious injury cases brought on behalf of eight Yale students whose vehicle struck the trailer which had become separated from the tractor. The jury returned a verdict for the defense.

  • Highlighted in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for placing in the Top Tier of Lawyers in Connecticut.
  • Recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Selected by peer review for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, 1995-present (©Woodward/White, Inc.)
  • Highlighted in Chambers USA, 2005-present
  • Selected as a Connecticut Local Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation, 2008-2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers in the area of Civil Litigation, 2006 - 2017; Top 10 Connecticut Super Lawyers, 2009; Connecticut Top 50 Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2011
  • Selected for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers in the area of Civil Litigation Defense, 2007 - 2016; New England Top 100 Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2012, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut Special Master, 1997-present
  • Listed in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Community Involvement

  • Connecticut Humanities Council, Chairman (2006-2008)
  • Hartford Seminary Board of Trustees (Vice Chairman, 2006-2009)
  • Moderator, First Congregational Church (2004-2008)
  • Moderator, Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ ( 2009-11)
  • National Moderator, United Church of Christ (2011-12)
  • Faculty, Systematic Theology courses at the Hartford Seminary
  • Vice Chairman, Hartford Seminary
  • Board Memberships: Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury Symphony

Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (Trial Lawyer Honorary Society)
  • Member, The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Chairman, Kravitz Symposium on the Vanishing Trial
  • American, Connecticut, Waterbury and Litchfield Bar Associations
  • Federal Practice Section, Former Co-Chair
  • Former Chairman, Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission
  • Former Chairman, University of Connecticut School of Law Foundation
  • Former President, Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
  • Former Chairman, Connecticut Humanities Council
  • Former Co-Chairman, CBA Committee to Establish a Lawyer Assistance Program and Task Force on the Role of Women in the Profession