James Sicilian

242 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
T: (860) 275 0303
F: (860) 881 2472

James Sicilian – Partner

Professional Experience

James "Jim" Sicilian, a trial and appellate lawyer, represents private and public businesses in diverse industries in complex commercial disputes. He handles antitrust, commercial contract, unfair trade practices and probate matters. Jim has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, ranging from multinational, Fortune 500 corporations to closely-held companies and individuals.

In the 2015 edition, Chambers USA noted that Jim "retains his reputation for advising financial institutions on complex commercial disputes, including class actions. He also acts for private equity clients in trust disputes." In 2014, Chambers USA quoted sources describing Jim as "excellent ? careful, knowledgeable, and good at preparing for different scenarios and thinking about how they might play out."

Jim served as law clerk for The Honorable Thomas J. Meskill, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Practice Areas

Representative Matters

  • Defended a major software company in a closely followed action alleging infringement of a "business method" patent relating to Internet auctions
  • Defended a large retail chain against antitrust and unfair trade practices allegations relating to retail site development activities
  • Defended a multinational pharmaceuticals manufacturer against claims for trade secret misappropriation under the "inevitable disclosure" doctrine in connection with alleged use of information obtained during joint venture negotiations
  • Represented a physician network joint venture in connection with claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Connecticut Attorney General alleging monopolization of physician and hospital services
  • Prosecuted claims for violation of the Federal Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and the Federal Trademark Dilution Act on behalf of a respected catalog mail-order company in its efforts to protect its tradename from Internet piracy

News, Publications & Presentations


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1981, Connecticut Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor
  • Bucknell University, B.A., cum laude, 1978


  • State of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, past chair
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, executive committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice Section, member
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law Sections
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, special master, 2000-present
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, Grievance Committee, past member

Outside Interests

  • United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Past Board Chair
  • 2005 Greater Hartford United Way Community Campaign, Campaign Chairman
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program, Fellow
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Community Partners in Action, Board Chair
  • Hartford Golf Club, Vice President

Awards and Achievements