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James O. Craven
Wiggin and Dana LLP
265 Church St
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 498-4361
Member Bio
Jim is currently Chairman of the Board of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA) and served as CDLA President for the 2012-13 term.

In his private practice Jim is involved in all areas of Wiggin and Dana’s litigation group. He has significant experience in resolving complicated disputes through mediation, arbitration, and litigation. His diverse practice includes representing clients in commercial disputes, product liability claims, complex personal injury and professional malpractice matters, tax appeals, and toxic torts. Jim is Co-Chair of DRI’s Medical Liability and Health Law subcommittee on obstetrical law and chaired the March 2010 Medical Liability and Health Law meeting. Jim is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association (Litigation Section and eDiscovery Task Force) and an elected member to the CBA House of Delegates. Jim is also a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. .Jim was selected and served on the Connecticut Chief Justice’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee and is on the Advisory Board of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.

Jim received his B.A. in Economics from Dickinson College in 1990 and his J.D in 1994 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law cum laude where he was a member of the Dean’s Tutorial Society, the Case Western Reserve Law Review, and Health Matrix: the Journal of Law-Medicine. Before joining Wiggin and Dana LLP, Jim served in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fourth Infantry Division (Mechanized) as a Legal Assistance Attorney, Trial Counsel, and Senior Trial Counsel. During that time, Jim represented soldiers, retirees, and family members in numerous civil and administrative matters and also served as the Division Tax Attorney. Jim was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Achievement Medal during his military service. (Jim is currently volunteering for operation standby with the American Bar Association’s, Family Law Section Military Committee). Jim has contributed to numerous publications and lectures and is active in the community. He has presented at DRI’s Annual Meeting, Connecticut Bar Association CLE’s, Connecticut Hospital Association events and has served on a panel for the Connecticut Pediatric Society’s Annual Conference. He has helped to prepare the Connecticut Health Lawyers Association’s “Connecticut Law Update”, has contributed to the Connecticut Practice Series treatise Unfair Trade Practices and has helped Chair CLE programs for the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association. In 2008, Jim received Wiggin and Dana’s Pro Bono award for his 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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Aviation Law
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