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James D. Diamond 
Stamford, Connecticut
phone 203-327-2000
fax 203-353-3392
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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, 1988

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona

State University of New York at Albany , Albany, New York, 1981
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