Mr. Diamond is an experienced criminal lawyer and holds certification by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification as a criminal trial specialist.
Over the last 24 years, Diamond’s practice has included representation of clients in investigations and prosecutions by federal and state law enforcement agencies. He has handled a wide variety of criminal cases ranging from white collar cases to violent crime. He has represented clients in pre-trial hearings, trials and appeals, defending more than 1,000 criminal cases and conducting thirty criminal trials.
Jim Diamond has been recognized by his peers and has been voted a “Connecticut SuperLawyer” each of the last seven years. A resident of Norwalk, Connecticut and Tucson, Arizona, Jim is currently working on a doctoral dissertation at The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law where he is a candidate for the S.J.D. degree, the highest degree awarded in law. Diamond earned his J.D. in 1988 from Brooklyn Law School, and studied government at what is now the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at The State University of NY at Albany, receiving in 1981 a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science. He started his career as a government ethics advocate, serving as Executive Director of the N.Y. State chapter of the citizens’ lobbying group Common Cause. There, he championed campaign finance reform and openness in government. He went on to spend nearly a decade in the law enforcement community, first as a public policy adviser to New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams and then six years as a Connecticut State prosecuting attorney.
Diamond has served the community and was a member of the City of Stamford Board of Representatives for five years where he was the Deputy Majority Leader and the Chairman of the Board’s Legislative and Rules Committee. He has also been active in state politics in Connecticut, and has served as a member of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, the Stamford Democratic City Committee and the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee, including serving terms as Chairman of The Stamford Democratic City Committee and the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee.
Jim has taught law as an adjunct professor at both Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona and at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut.
Diamond is admitted to practice law in the States of Connecticut and New York, the United States District Courts of Connecticut and the Southern District of NY, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court (AZ), and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court (CT).
- National Board of Legal Specialty Certification as a criminal trial specialist
- Bar Admissions:
- Connecticut, 1988
- New York
- U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court
- Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court
- Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York,
- The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
- State University of New York at Albany , Albany, New York,
Honors: Cum Laude
Major: Political Science
- Published Works:
- “Best Practices for Defending Tribal Membership Cases,” (Inside the Minds Series) Aspatore/Thompson-Reuters, publication September, 2013.
- “Our American Hero,” Danbury Newstimes, May 26, 2012 (with Marian Salzman)
- “Defending The Defender,” Danbury Newstimes, November 14, 2010
- “Can We Afford To Rebuild Afghanistan Now,” Danbury Newstimes, February 7, 2010
- “Civilian Trial Provides Higher Level of Decorum,” Danbury Newstimes, November 29, 2009
- “Is it Time To Re-think Your Cyber Connections?,” CNBC.com, June 25, 2009
- “Vote to Disagree with Joe Lieberman Not Censure Him,” Hartford Courant, September 24, 2008
- Classes/Seminars Taught:
- “Review of Legal Status of Marijuana Prosecution,” ACLU of Connecticut, Yale University School of Law, panelist, April 2010
- “Law Enforcement and the Death Penalty: Concerns and Issues in Light of Recent Developments,” Symposium, Western Connecticut State University, April, 2009
- Honors and Awards:
- Named a Connecticut Super Lawyer, 2007 - 2013
- American Bar Association “Award for Excellence”, 1986
- Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, “Man of The Year,” 1992
- Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Connecticut Bar Association, Executive Committee, Criminal Section
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 2004 - 2012
- Stamford Democratic City Committee , 2004 - 2012
- City of Stamford Board of Representatives , 2004 - 2009
- Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee, 1992 - 2001
- Past Employment Positions:
- PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 2013, Tucson, AZ Adjunct Instructor: Legal Writing.
- WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY, 1991-2006, Danbury, CT Adjunct Instructor: First Amendment/Communication Law