james halpin jr

James Halpin Jr.

Personal Injury | Trial Attorney


  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, cum laude J.D.


  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • United States District Courts
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • District of Connecticut

Jim’s passion is working to stop the risk takers in our society from causing harm. Jim shares this passion with clients, their families and friends. Clients enjoy working with Jim, his energy and enthusiasm for deterring and preventing injuries. Clients and Jim will share the common goal to improve safety in our communities.

Jim’s took his largest verdict in Russo v. City of Waterbury, Complex Litigation Docket. In Russo, the Plaintiffs won tens of millions of dollars in wrongfully withheld employee benefits. Jim’s past cases include wrongful death, single and multiple fatalities, surgery, scarring, disfigurement, brain injury, burning, and soft tissue matters. Jim has worked for both plaintiffs and defendants in aviation, automobile crashworthiness, medical malpractice, product liability, dog bite and car crash matters. Past clients include individuals, families, estates, national airlines, aviation maintenance companies, airplane manufacturers, product distributors and small business owners.

Early in his career, Jim worked at a small firm in West Hartford, and a medium sized firm in Waterbury. Jim started, grew and ran his own law firm for eight years. Jim was a trial attorney at each firm.

Jim is a graduate of Minisink Valley High School. Jim joined Finkelstein & Partner, LLP in 2020 to return home to family and friends, and the opportunity to work exclusively for individuals hurt by others. Jim is married to Heather, and they have two daughters, Alyssa and Paige.

Jim is admitted to the New York (2004) and Connecticut (2003) bars, and the United States District Courts, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and District of Connecticut. James graduated cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law, receiving an overall Academic Excellence Award, and an Academic Achievement Award in Trial Practice.

Jim served in the United States Marine Corps, Reserve as a 0352, antitank assault guided missileman. Jim’s training included boot camp at Parris Island, infantry training at Camp Geiger and 29 Palms, and cold weather winter training under the stars —-and Northern Lights- without shelter in Norway. Jim received an Honorable Discharge in 2001.