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Attorney James Ruel is a member of the Family Law Practice Section of Ruel Ruel Burns & Britt, LLC. He is a founding partner of the Firm. He represents clients throughout the State of Connecticut in their efforts to resolve family disputes concerning child custody and dissolution of marriage.  The associated issues in such matters include parental decision making as to healthcare, religion and education, parenting schedules, and sometimes the establishment of paternity. They also include the financial disputes associated with child support, alimony, and the distribution of property upon the dissolution of marriage.

Attorney Ruel has significant experience in resolving financial disputes involving closely-held businesses owned by one or the other spouse.  In such matters, Attorney Ruel works with business valuation experts to describe and demonstrate to the other spouse, and potentially to a judge, the proper valuation method and calculation of value for any such business. 

Attorney Ruel has brought to resolution many cases involving clients who are employed in the medical, legal, and accounting fields.  He has also represented many executives of Fortune 500 companies who receive stock options, restricted stock units, and the like.  Attorney Ruel has been involved in the resolution of some cases with marital estates valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Attorney Ruel has extensive experience in litigating cases where a spouse’s interest in the income or principal of a substantial trust corpus is at issue.  He has also been retained in certain matters to provide advice and counsel to the trustees of trusts, following the initiation of divorce proceedings by or against a trust beneficiary.

Attorney Ruel has assisted many clients involved in dangerous and abusive family situations.  In such instances, his foremost priority is the psychological and physical well-being of the client and her or his children.  High conflict custody litigation requires counsel with the insight, advocacy skills, legal knowledge, and experience that Attorney Ruel has acquired over the course of two decades. 

Honors and Awards

  • New England Super Lawyers® - Connecticut: 2017 - Present
  • New England Super Lawyers Rising Star®: 2013

Professional Associations

  • University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association, President-Elect, 2020 – Present, and Chair of Alumni Annual Awards Dinner committee, 2017- Present
  • The Connecticut Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2018 - Present
  • University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association, Board Member, 2016 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Member
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Aurora Foundation for Women & Girls, Past Co-Chair of 100 Men’s Giving Campaign
  • West Hartford Little League and Youth Baseball, Coach and Assistant Coach