Ruane Attorneys is a law firm founded on one guiding principle – put the client first. Since founding partner James J. Ruane began practicing law in 1978, we have been making a difference both inside and outside of the courtroom. Here’s how we do it.


This company was founded by the father/son duo Jim and Jay Ruane. Both have the same vision when it comes to law – provide the best defense possible for our clients through the continued education, experience in the courtroom, and collaboration of our team. In 2006 Attorney Teresa DiNardi became a senior partner at the firm and shares the same values. Having the leadership on the same page makes the whole office focused and excited to get to work.

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Not only are Jay and his team the top in their field, he helps put you at ease during an extremely stressful situation. Not knowing what to expect and extremely nervous about the whole process, Jay assured us we were in good hands. He lived up to his word and delivered a great result and I couldn’t be more pleased with him

Rich | Former Client


We only hire the best of the best. It’s really that simple. We look for employees who are passionate about the law and their clients. Simply put, we hire fighters. We hire people who truly care about their clients and will do anything to represent them in the best way possible.

As a single Mom of a son with a DUI, I was feeling overwhelmed and wanted to be sure that he had the best representation. Jay Ruane came highly recommended. Jay and his staff were incredibly professional, organized and made us both feel at ease during this stressful time. I would highly recommend Jay and his team of professionals!

Kris | Mother of Former Client

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Attorney Jay Ruane has spoken at multiple conferences and seminars educating lawyers and law school students on DUI defense and effective law office management, in addition to being a published author on DUI defense topics. We also sponsor events such as the 9-11 Memorial United Motorcycle Ride and donate to Connecticut based fundraisers and charities.


James J. Ruane
James J. RuanePartner | Shelton
With over 40 years in practice, Jim provides experience with some of the most high profile defense cases in the state. Jim is one of a handful of attorneys that is a Certified Criminal Specialist in Connecticut.
James O. Ruane
James O. RuanePartner | Shelton
Jay is recognized as one of the premier DUI defense attorneys in the State of Connecticut. He is routinely called upon by other lawyers to answer their questions in handling DUI cases.
Teresa M. DiNardi
Teresa M. DiNardiPartner | Wethersfield
Known to many as LadyDUI, Teresa has distinguished herself as a leader in DUI defense in Connecticut. She oversees the Wethersfield Office and from there the Greater Hartford Area.
Dan Lage
Dan LagePartner | Shelton
Attorney Dan Lage is the Director of Legal Operations at Ruane Attorneys. He has worked on groundbreaking habeas corpus cases in the State of Connecticut and practices criminal defense out of our Shelton office.
Brittany Paz
Brittany PazPartner | Shelton
Attorney Brittany Paz is a criminal defense attorney working from our Shelton office. She brings her work in solo practice to Ruane Attorneys and is available to help with your case.


Jill M. Ruane
Jill M. RuaneAttorney
Kristi Thomaston
Kristi ThomastonAttorney
Melissa Davies
Melissa DaviesAttorney
Jerald Lentini
Jerald LentiniAttorney
Dennis Mancini
Dennis ManciniAttorney
Rob Fontaine
Rob FontaineAttorney
Elliot Dubin
Elliot DubinAttorney
Krista Anroman
Krista AnromanParalegal
Andrea Masso
Andrea MassoParalegal
Ashley Barnash
Ashley BarnashOffice Manager
Ashley Trimarki
Ashley TrimarkiParalegal
Emily Kielt
Emily KieltParalegal
Joe Rohfritch
Joe RohfritchLegal Assistant
Kaila DeFalco
Kaila DeFalcoParalegal
Ron Duke
Ron DukeInvestigator