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James R. Byrne

Principal, Hartford

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Mr. Byrne is a principal in the Firm’s Litigation Department. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, and banking litigation. He has extensive experience representing financial institutions and other lenders in complex commercial loan workouts, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and check fraud and negotiable instrument litigation. He also represents businesses of many types in connection with contract disputes, ownership disputes, and other types of commercial litigation. Mr. Byrne also has successfully handled many tax assessment appeals on behalf of both municipalities and private property owners.  He is a trained civil mediator and an approved member of the Panel of Volunteer Mediators for the Hartford Bankruptcy Court.

 Mr. Byrne has authored and presented materials in connection with the Connecticut Bankers Association’s programs on Service of Process, the Connecticut Sub-Prime Mortgage Relief Legislation of 2008, and the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

  • J.D., University of Connecticut, School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Psychology, Boston University, 1990
  • State of Connecticut
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, Creditors’ Rights Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Member, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section and Connecticut Credit Abuse Resistance Education (“C.A.R.E.”) Program Subcommittee
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Protectors of Animals, Inc., Board Member
  • Hartford Tennis Club, Board Member
  • Real Estate Alert, “Tax Appeal Season in New England,” Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, January 2010
  • “Dangers of Failing to Register to Transact Business in the State of Connecticut,” Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, June 2009
  • Author, “Pitfalls in the Exercise and Enforcement of Purchase Options in Commercial Leases,” Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, June 2009