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Our Team

Ruane Attorneys is a law firm founded on one guiding principle – put the client first. Since founding partner James J. Ruane began practicing law in 1978, we have been making a difference both inside and outside of the courtroom. Here’s how we do it.

We only hire the best of the best. It’s really that simple. We look for employees who are passionate about the law and their clients. Simply put, we hire fighters. We hire people who truly care about their clients and will do anything to represent them in the best way possible.

James J. Ruane
James J. Ruane
Founding Partner
James J. Ruane Founding Partner

Attorney Jim Ruane has been a criminal defense lawyer for over 40 years. He started Ruane Attorneys with his son, Attorney Jay Ruane, in 2001 to help those in his community facing criminal issues.

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Jay Ruane
Jay Ruane
Managing Partner
Jay Ruane Managing Partner

Attorney Jay Ruane is a founding partner at Ruane Attorneys. He has worked with DUI and other criminal proceedings since 1998. He also regularly lectures to other attorneys throughout Connecticut.

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Teresa DiNardi
Teresa DiNardi
Partner
Teresa DiNardi Partner

Attorney DiNardi is a Ruane Attorneys partner working from the Wethersfield Office. Fondly nicknamed “Lady DUI,” she handles DUI cases and other criminal proceedings in the state of Connecticut.

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Daniel Lage
Daniel Lage
Partner
Daniel Lage Partner

Attorney Lage’s underdog story truly inspires. He went from a high school dropout to a partner at Ruane Attorneys. Dan works with civil rights cases and other criminal defense proceedings.

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Jill M. Ruane
Jill M. Ruane
Attorney
Jill M. Ruane Attorney

Attorney Jill Ruane joined the Ruane Attorneys team in 2012. She leads the juvenile defense branch of our firm, while also working on other criminal defense proceedings.

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Melissa Davies
Melissa Davies
Attorney
Melissa Davies Attorney

Attorney Melissa Davies is an integral part of the team at Ruane Attorneys. As a bilingual speaker, she is able to help a range of clients and help them feel at ease during their criminal proceedings.

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Rob Fontaine
Rob Fontaine
Attorney
Rob Fontaine Attorney

Attorney Rob Fontaine is part of our Wethersfield team. He handles criminal defense proceedings in Meriden, Middletown, and more.

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Makayla Erazo
Makayla Erazo
Attorney
Makayla Erazo Attorney

Attorney Erazo joins our team to work with criminal defense and post-conviction cases.

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Kaila DeFalco
Kaila DeFalco
Attorney
Kaila DeFalco Attorney

Attorney Kaila DeFalco works on cases throughout Hartford County and is available to defend you.

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Emily Shouse
Emily Shouse
Attorney
Emily Shouse Attorney

Attorney Emily Shouse has worked with Ruane Attorneys on some of our most pivotal cases. She joins the team to handle criminal defense and civil rights cases.

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Brenton Callaghan
Brenton Callaghan
Attorney
Brenton Callaghan Attorney

Attorney Brenton Callaghan joins the Ruane Attorneys team after finishing his juris doctorate at the University of Massachusetts School of Law. Learn more about him here.

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Noor Papuga
Noor Papuga
Attorney
Noor Papuga Attorney
Ashley Trimarki
Ashley Trimarki
Paralegal
Ashley Trimarki Paralegal
Ashley Barnash
Ashley Barnash
Paralegal
Ashley Barnash Paralegal
Krista Anroman
Krista Anroman
Paralegal
Krista Anroman Paralegal

Leadership

This company was founded by the father/son duo Jim and Jay Ruane. Both have the same vision when it comes to law – provide the best defense possible for our clients through continued education, experience in the courtroom, and collaboration of our team. In 2006, Attorney Teresa DiNardi became a senior partner at the firm and shares the same values. Having our firm’s leadership on the same page makes the whole office focused and excited to get to work.

We Give Back

This company was founded by the father/son duo Jim and Jay Ruane. Both have the same vision when it comes to law – provide the best defense possible for our clients through continued education, experience in the courtroom, and collaboration of our team. In 2006, Attorney Teresa DiNardi became a senior partner at the firm and shares the same values. Having our firm’s leadership on the same page makes the whole office focused and excited to get to work.