Overview

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 uses that experience to resolve client problems as effectively and efficiently as possible, always with the client's end goal in sight. Because of this, clients turn to Tim when the stakes are critical and when their business is on the line. He represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters: 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, uses of expert witnesses, settlement conferences and mediation in the federal courts, case management, the art of written and oral advocacy, Connecticut jurisprudence on e-commerce contracts of adhesion, litigation affecting the banking industry, and settlement of shareholder derivative actions.

Tim is also an American Arbitration Association-qualified arbitrator and frequently acts as a privately-retained mediator. He is profiled in Financier Worldwide's 2016 Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Handbook.

Contact Info

  • Bridgeport
    850 Main Street
    P.O. Box 7006
    Bridgeport, CT 06601-7006
  • Hartford
    90 State House Square
    Hartford, CT 06103-3702
  • Professional Affiliations

    American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow

    International Academy of Trial Lawyers - Fellow

    Appointed by the Governor of Connecticut to the Judicial Compensation Commission (2012)

    Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Program Advisory Panel (2009 - 2013)

    Appointed Co-counsel to the Federal Grievance Committee by the Judges of the U.S. District Court (1997 - 2003), and a member of the Magistrate Judge Reappointment Committee (2011-2013) 

    American Bar Association

    Connecticut Bar Association - Executive Committee, Federal Practice Section (former co-chairman); Executive Committee, Intellectual Property Section; Executive Committee, Antitrust Section; Financial Institutions Section; chairman, Federal Judiciary Committee; chairman, Fair and Impartial Courts Committee; chairman, CBA Nominating Committee (2013-2014); chairman, Audit Committee (2009-2013); Connecticut Bar Association House of Delegates (2006 - current)

    Raymond Baldwin Inn of Court - bencher, former secretary and vice president

    Connecticut Bar Foundation, Inc. - immediate past-president and fellow

    Law Firm Alliance - Former Executive Committee Member

    Connecticut Business & Industry Association - board of directors

    American Intellectual Property Law Association - FellowFederal Circuit Bar Association

    Federal Bar Council

    Greater Bridgeport Bar Association - past president

    Special Master in Federal Court 

    Community Involvement

    Connecticut Business and Industry Association - former director

    American Red Cross - past director

    Connecticut Legal Services Corp. - past chairman

    Graduate, Bridgeport Regional Business Council's Leadership Program and a past member of its board of directors

    University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association, Inc. - past president

    University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. - past chairman

    Weston Democratic Town Committee - past chairperson

    Active in state and local politics

    Honors & Recognitions

    Named Stamford "Lawyer of the Year" in the Litigation - Intellectual Property category in 2019 by The Best Lawyers in America 

    Inducted as a Fellow into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2016

    Inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2014

    Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of litigation - securities, antitrust, banking and finance, intellectual property and commercial litigation since 2006; Listed in the area "Bet-the-Company Litigation" since 2017

    Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers to Businesses in the area of litigation: general commercial since 2004

    Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list since 2006 in the areas of business litigation, antitrust litigation and securities litigation; listed among the Top 10 Connecticut Super Lawyers 2011-2018 and among the Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers 2010 -2018, New England Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, 2012 - 2018

    Recognized among the top Connecticut litigation attorneys in 2011 - 2018 in Benchmark Litigation - The Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys

    Recipient of John Eldred Shields Professional Service Award from the Connecticut Bar Association, 2009, for outstanding service to the legal profession, the members of the CBA and the greater community

    Recipient of the Raymond B. Green award from the District Court Judges, 2008, for outstanding contributions to the work of the Federal Grievance Committee

    2014 recipient of Distinguished Graduate Award for the University of Connecticut School of Law

    Received the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV) 

    Experience

    • Defended financial institutions in overdraft and interchange fee cases
    • Obtained a $23,000,000 verdict in an unfair competition and tortious interference case
    • Defended companies in class action and shareholder derivative cases with antitrust, securities, corporate finance, ERISA and breach of fiduciary duty claims
    • Defended company in $38,000,000 veil piercing and fraudulent transfer case
    • Defended company against multi-million dollar claim of theft of software code
    • Prosecuted and defended patent infringement, copyright, trademark and misappropriation of trade secrets cases
    • Defended claims alleging unfair trade practices, Lanham Act violations and licensing abuses
    • Defended company accused of $9,000,000 worth of fraudulent Medicaid billing
    • Arrested, attached and seized major shipping vessels and cargo pursuant to the prosecution of admiralty and maritime suits

    News & Insights

    Case Studies

    • Throughout the university’s transformation, it has called upon Pullman attorneys to provide guidance on many of the legal issues it has faced.  These have included critical real estate and environmental matters encountered with its geographical expansion; personnel and employee benefit questions; litigation disputes; and helping the University realize the economic benefits of its varied revenue services.  

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    • We successfully defend our clients in class action cases covering, product liability, RICO, ERISA, antitrust, consumer protection, insurance and securities.

    • Our Litigation attorneys assisted investors in Branford Manor Associates, L.P. in a complex intra-partnership dispute involving corporate governance, business tort, tax, trust, housing regulation, and injunction issues.

    • We obtained a significant jury verdict for our client in a case involving a terminated transaction with the government of Turkmenistan over the rights to the orbital slots for a government-launched satellite.

    Bar and Court Admissions

    • Connecticut
    • New York
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

    Clerkships

    • Law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Dorsey, 1986 to 1988

    Education

    University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., high honors, 1986; administrative editor, Connecticut Law Review

    University of Connecticut, B.A., summa cum laude, 1983; Honors Scholar 

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