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About Ruane Attorneys


Ruane Attorneys is a criminal defense firm firmly rooted in a tradition of excellence while pushing the envelope for new and creative defenses for persons charged in Connecticut with crimes.

Ruane Attorneys was founded in 2001 by the father and son team of James J. Ruane and James O. Ruane.
Attorney James J. Ruane has been in practice in Connecticut since 1977. He began his career as a Public Defender.

An accomplished trial lawyer, Attorney James J. Ruane has achieved certification as a criminal trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Throughout his career, he has litigated the issues of criminal and DUI defense, taking the seminal case of State v. Lamme to the Connecticut Supreme Court. In that case, the Court set forth the rule that police officers could testify to their lay observances of the defendant at the time of the person's arrest. Since that, he has continued to try many serious felony and capital murder cases, while also developing a passion for the defense serious motor vehicle crimes which include alcohol and the injury or death of victims.

Attorney James O. Ruane was admitted into practice in October 1998 and has quickly become one of the Northeast's premiere DUI Defense attorneys.

Attorney James O. Ruane also started his career as a Public defender, where he was assigned a complicated docket of 100's of pending dui cases. As he developed his skills as a public defender, he realized that complexity of these cases suited his nature and disposition. In early 2000, he joined his father, who was then a partner in the Bridgeport firm of Gaston & Ruane to devote himself fulltime to the aggressive defense of drunk driving charges. Shortly thereafter, the 2 created Ruane Attorneys At Law, LLC to focus solely on criminal defense.

Since then, Attorney James O. Ruane has gone on to lecture law students, other attorneys, and judges on the intricacies of DUI defense. He devotes a minimum of 40 hours yearly to the development of continuing DUI defense education, and has in November 2001 completed the rigorous NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course of study. In 2003m Jay was certified in breath testing. Combined, Jay and Jim Ruane have litigated some of the most important DUI and criminal cases in the state of Connecticut. Since 2008, Jay has been the Connecticut State delegate to the National College for DUI Defense.

In 2006, Attorney Teresa DiNardi joined the firm, and quickly rose to prominence in the Hartford area as “Lady DUI” The NY Times even featured her in an article about her advocacy for her clients.