Christopher Donlin, Founder
New Haven & Hamden Personal Injury Lawyer
My vision was that I would start a law firm that focused on a high level
of communication and commitment to working with my clients to make them
comfortable in the often times uncomfortable world of law. Having come
from a family of non-lawyers, I saw first-hand the anxiety that often
comes with facing a legal problem. I remembered what it was like to not
hear back from an attorney and the frustration of my family members with
the legal profession as a whole and I wanted to be different. Having heard
enough lawyer jokes for a lifetime – I wanted to be better than
what my family had experienced.
I was born in Johnson City, New York and graduated from The College of
Saint Rose with a degree in English in 2005. I then attended Quinnipiac
University School of Law, completing my course work in 2008. As a law
student at Quinnipiac, I was a member of the Mock Trial Honor Society
and was the President of the Society for Dispute Resolution. I was awarded
the Judge Owen Egan Award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution and the
Nancy K. Sulinski Award for my work as a youth official. At graduation,
I was also awarded the Outstanding Performance in Oral Advocacy Award.
After graduation, I practiced law for a major insurance carrier in Connecticut,
working exclusively in personal injury defense. After two years, I made
the decision to leave my job and start my own law firm because I had a
vision of the type of lawyer I wanted to be and the type of people I wanted
to represent. I wanted to represent injured parties – not do the
work of a big insurance company.
Since I started my own law firm, I have been featured multiple times in
the Connecticut Law Tribune for my work defending homeowners in foreclosure.
I wrote the cover story in the November 2010 issue of Connecticut Lawyer
entitled, “Want to be Facebook Friends? The Growth of Social Media
and its Implications on the Legal Profession.” I have represented
hundreds of clients in the area of personal injury, probate and foreclosure
defense. I resolved over a million dollars in personal injury cases inside
of my first three years in practice. Best of all, many of my clients have
become personal friends.
As a member of the community, I feel it is important to be involved both
as a financial contributor and a volunteer. I have coached Hamden Father’s
Basketball for five years and have been a member of the Executive Board
for two years, serving as the Director of the Boys 15-17 year old league.
I serve as legal counsel for the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Corporation
and have also judged the Miss University of New Haven and Miss Shoreline
pageants. I have been a member of the Greater New Haven Baseball Umpires
Association for nine years. I sponsor a softball team, baseball team,
multiple basketball teams for both boys and girls as well as the Hamden
Fathers Clinic for 5-7 year olds in Hamden. I sponsored “Hamden
Fathers Basketball Night” at Quinnipiac University in 2014 and 2015
and have donated over 1600 tickets to young people and their families
to attend a basketball game. These activities are important to me because
it allows me to spend time working with young people and provide positive
opportunities to them.
Since its creation, The Law Offices of Christopher J. Donlin has donated
to Wounded Warriors, Connecticut Hospice, Special Olympics, Arthritis
Foundation, Masters Manna, Hamden Fathers basketball and baseball and
the J4J Basketball Tournament. These organizations are important to me
and my clients and it is important to assist them in their goals.
I welcome the opportunity to work with you and your family to address your
legal needs. I work hard to deliver personal, prompt, exceptional service
to my clients and look forward to having you as a part of the Donlin Law family.