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James O. Craven

Company Information

Wiggin and Dana LLP
265 Church St
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 498-4361
Member Bio
Jim is involved in all areas of Wiggin and Dana’s litigation practice. He has significant experience in resolving complicated disputes through mediation, arbitration, and litigation. His practice includes representing clients in commercial disputes, product liability claims, complex personal injury matters, CUTPA, professional malpractice issues, tax appeals, and toxic torts. He counsels clients on risk mitigation, compliance, and business concerns. Jim will zealously represent his clients in all state and federal proceedings.

Jim currently serves on the DRI's Board of Directors (2019-Present). He was President of the Connecticut Defense (Civil) Lawyers Association (2012-2013) and was also Chairman of the CDLA Board of Directors (2013-14)

Jim is currently the Board Liaison and a Steering Committee Member DRI's Drug and Medical Device Committee. He is a Former Chair of DRI's Medical Liability and Health Law meeting and currently is the Vice-Chair of DRI's Philanthropic Activities Committee.

Jim is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, House of Delegates and the CBA's Legislative and Policy Review Committee. Past Officer and Board of Director of the New Haven County Bar Foundation. Member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. Former Member of the Advisory Board of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.

Jim has contributed to numerous publications and lectures including presentations at DRI’s Annual Meeting, Connecticut Bar Association CLEs, New Haven County Bar Association CLEs, and Connecticut Hospital Association events. Jim has helped to prepare the Connecticut Health Lawyers Association’s “Connecticut Law Update”, contributed to the Connecticut Practice Series treatise Unfair Trade Practices, was a frequent guest instructor for Quinnipiac Law School's product liability seminar, and has Chaired multiple CDLA CLE programs.

Jim is the recipient of DRI's Lifetime Community Service Award (2018); CBA's Anthony DeMayo Pro Bono Award (2014); and Wiggin and Dana’s Pro Bono award for litigation work for Statewide Legal Services and New Haven Legal Assistance clients.
Firm Information
Founded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1934, Wiggin and Dana LLP provides first-class legal counsel to an international client base of major corporations and institutions, as well as to private businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals, and families. From offices in New Haven, Stamford and Hartford, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City, the firm serves clients located in the Northeast, as well as throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, Latin America and Asia. Many, such as Yale University and United Illuminating Company, have been our clients for a generation or more. The firm acts as general or special counsel for publicly traded corporations, banks, accounting, architectural engineering and securities firms, public utilities, insurance companies, family-owned businesses, new technology companies and start-ups, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers, universities, colleges and schools, and individuals. It serves as U.S. counsel for many substantial European companies. Clients turn to Wiggin and Dana for help with specific transactions and complex proceedings in areas where the firm has particular knowledge and experience. A few examples are antitrust and other government investigations, complex commercial litigation, all aspects of franchise, distributor and dealer litigation, land use, environmental and construction law, the development and financing of health care facilities, and the full range of legal services sought by the technology community, including the protection of intellectual property and domestic and international licensing and distribution.The firm has an enviable record in handling the most demanding legal matters, including sophisticated corporate transactions for international clients and complex administrative proceedings, arbitrations, litigation and enforcement actions across the United States. Wiggin and Dana remains committed nonetheless to providing every client, large and small, with the personal attention and skill of the firm's partners.Wiggin and Dana partners take the time to understand each client's needs and goals and assign to each matter a sensible number of lawyers with appropriate experience and skills. This focused approach enables the firm to provide intelligent, practical and cost-effective counsel.

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Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Drug & Medical Device
General Litigation
Health Care Law
Industry-Wide Litigation
Mass Tort
Medical Liability
Personal Injury Litigation
Products Liability
Professional Liability
Toxic Torts & Environmental Law
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Diversity and Inclusion
Drug and Medical Device
Medical Liability and Health Care Law
Product Liability
Professional Liability

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