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." 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.
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
cum laude1981Connecticut Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor
Chosen for inclusion in Chambers USA Legal Directory as a leading litigation attorney, 2003-2016
Recognized as a leading litigation practitioner in Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys
Recipient of a 2007 Human Relations Award for leadership in civic and community affairs, presented by the National Conference for Community and Justice of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, Inc.
Recipient of 2010 Distinguished Graduate Award presented by the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association
Selected as Lawyer of the Year for Antitrust Law in Hartford, CT, by The Best Lawyers in America, 2011 & 2014
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust Law, 2005-2017
Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Business Litigation, 2006-2016Selected to the list of Super Lawyers (Thompson Reuters), Corporate Counsel edition, 2010
AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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