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James F. Aspell

James F. Aspell

Principal since August 1, 2006
West Hartford, Connecticut
800-489-4416 (Toll free)

James F. Aspell is the principal and managing attorney of the firm which he started in 2006 following 20 years of litigation practice in a mid -size firm in Hartford, Connecticut.

Jim focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury and worker's compensation litigation, social security disability law, residential and multifamily real estate and personal bankruptcy.  Recognized by judges and attorneys, Jim has been Peer Rated for his legal ability and ethics by Martindale Hubbel and has successfully brought and defended hundreds of cases at the trial and appellate level before the Connecticut Worker's Compensation Commission, and in Connecticut State , Federal and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Courts.

Mr. Aspell has been designated as one of only 52 Certified Connecticut Worker's Compensation Specialists by the Standing Committee on Specialty Certification of the Connecticut Bar Association.  He has held the coveted Recommended Insurance Attorney by the A.M. Best Company since 2005 in recognition of his work in the defense of worker's compensation matters for various insurers, third party administrators and Connecticut municipalities.  Jim was admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Connecticut in 1986, The Mashantucket Tribal Court in 1991 and the United States Supreme Court in 1992.

Jim is a 1986 graduate of Western New England College School of Law and a 1983 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University .

Mr. Aspell has served as an adjunct faculty member in the field of Aviation Law at the University of New Haven .  He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and a member of the Worker's Compensation Section of the Association.  Jim is also a member of the Hartford County Bar Association and has served for many years on the Legal Medical Committee.  He is a member of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR) and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA).  He is a past member of the Defense Research Institute.

Jim is the President of the Connecticut River Chapter of the Ohio Wesleyan Alumni Association and has served as President and in various other capacities in the Dynamic Networking Association.  He has served the community as a coach in the West Hartford Youth Soccer League and as Assistant Cub master of Pack 145 in West Hartford.  His interests include flying, boating and travel.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2006

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Social Security -- Disability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Workers' Compensation Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Workers Compensation, Connecticut Bar Association, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992


  • Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • J.D.
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1983
    • Major: English

Representative Clients

  • Golden Rule Realty, Inc.
  • Urban Developers, LLC
  • Hartford Estates, LLC
  • Beresford, LLC
  • Sixx's Place, LLC
  • Extoll Property Management
  • Allstate Insurance: Local Subro Counsel for Matthiesen Wickert
  • Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage
  • Tummillo Enterprises
  • Silver Mill Tours, LLC


  • Bank of America


  • Aviation Law, University of New Haven, 2001 - 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Recommended Ins. Def Atty, A.M. Best Co., 2005 - Present
  • Commendation, Connecticut Bar Association, 1989
  • Commendation, Connecticut Bar Association, 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, Worker's Compensation Section, 1986 - Present
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Member, Legal-Medical Committee, 1986 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute, 2004 - 2006

Past Employment Positions

  • Furniss & Quinn, P.C., Attorney, 1987 - 2006
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