Donlin Law

Attorney Profile


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.

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.

Having heard enough lawyer jokes for a lifetime, I wanted to be better than what my family had experienced.

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. I consider the two years I had working on the other side as vital to understanding how to evaluate injury cases.

In 2010, I started my own practice in Hamden. I focused my attention on personal injury and probate law. My personal injury practice has focused on car accidents and slip and fall injuries, while my probate law practice has focused on estate planning, conservatorships and decedent’s estates. In the past ten years, I have had the privilege to represent clients all over the state. The vision I had when I started my office, of personal, high level communication directly with your lawyer has blossomed and I have developed a reputation as tough, aggressive and timely in the areas I practice.

One of areas that I believe sets me apart from other lawyers is my commitment to the community that I service. I have served as Vice President of Boys Basketball for Hamden Fathers’ for the past five years. I continue to coach and run the 15-17 year old boys league. I have done so for the last ten years. I have actively donated to countless charities in our community, including Wounded Warriors, Connecticut Hospice, Special Olympics, Arthritis Foundation, Masters Manna, Hamden Fathers basketball and baseball as well as West Haven Little League. When you come to my office, you will see that I have coached hundreds of players from the community, many of which remain friends to this day.

On the personal side, I am married and live with wife, our two sons and our dog and cat. I am a big baseball fan (Yankees!) and one of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to catch a baseball game. I have a passion for coaching and spend much of my free time working with my players.

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.

Personal Injury

Probate & Estate Planning