Christopher Donlin, Founder
New Haven & Hamden Personal Injury Lawyer
From the very beginning, my vision was that I would start a Connecticut 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, NY 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, working exclusively in personal injury defense. After two years, I chose to leave my job and start my own law firm in Connecticut 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 firm in CT, 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 CT personal injury, probate, and Connecticut foreclosure defense. I resolved over a million dollars in personal injury cases in CT 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 address you and your family
I work hard to deliver personal, prompt, exceptional service to my clientsand look forward to having you as a part of the Donlin Law family.