James T. (Tim) Shearin is chairman of the firm and former chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. He has wide-ranging experience in federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, and before arbitration and mediation panels.
He represents clients in the areas of commercial and business, intellectual property, Internet piracy and computer crimes, banking, securities, antitrust, products liability and general civil litigation.
Tim has lectured and written on the following: the constitutionality of Connecticut’s Prejudgment Remedy Statute, “ins and outs” of civil forfeitures, lender-liability law, federal discovery rules, implications of expert disclosure in federal court, limitations of technical advancements in the practice of law, rules and practices governing the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the means by which to secure federal judgments, medical malpractice liability for HMOs, defense of covenant not to compete cases, Markman hearings, the federal jurisdiction of national banks, federal court practice and procedure, expert witnesses, settlement conferences and mediation in the federal court, case management, the art of written and oral advocacy, Connecticut jurisprudence on e-commerce contracts of adhesion, and litigation cases affecting the banking industry, and settlement of shareholder derivative actions.
Tim is also an American Arbitration Association-qualified arbitrator and frequently acts as an arbitrator and mediator. He is profiled in Financier Worldwide’s 2016 Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Handbook.