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James F. Early

Attorney James F. Early

Attorney Early is co-founder and president of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, with offices in New Haven, Connecticut and New York City. In the 1980s he successfully undertook to represent thousands of workers who contracted diseases from occupational exposure to asbestos.

Attorney Early has been recognized by two of the best lawyer rating systems in the U.S. He has been selected for inclusion in the oldest lawyer rating publication, Best Lawyers, which is widely recognized for accuracy and integrity (2012-2015 — Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions — Plaintiffs; click here for selection criteria). He has also been named “Super Lawyer” by the Super Lawyers rating service in recognition of his professional achievement and the high degree of peer recognition that he has earned throughout his career (2007, 2009-2015 — Products Plaintiff; click here for selection criteria). No more than 5% of the lawyers in any given state are awarded this prestigious designation.

Presently he concentrates his practice in representing asbestos victims, especially those suffering from malignant mesothelioma. He is involved in representing thousands of asbestos victims nationwide, as well as hundreds of children affected with learning disorders and brain disease from the ingestion of lead paint dust. He has been appointed by the State Courts of Connecticut as lead counsel for plaintiffs filing lawsuits for asbestos diseases and for poisoning from lead paint.

Mr. Early graduated from Harvard College and Boston University School of Law, and is a member of the Connecticut, New Hampshire and New Haven County Bar Associations, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He was admitted to the Bar, 1971, New Hampshire and U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire; 1973, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit; 1975, Connecticut and U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; 1977 U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit; 1987 United States District Court, District of Rhode Island.

Read a testimonial from one of Jim's satisfied clients below:

A Letter from James Amellin

After working in the construction trade for over 35 years I was dismayed when I heard that I was afflicted with a form of asbestosis. My family, as well as many of my coworkers were concerned about our health and our future. It was important to seek the legal assistance from a knowledgeable, reliable, expert firm in the asbestos litigation field. Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen was that firm.

I have known James Early for over 17 years. I was fortunate to have his firm represent my family and I in my asbestosis case. Since then, hundreds of my coworkers have sought the advice and services of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen to represent them in their asbestos litigation cases.

We chose Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen because of their expertise and reliability in the asbestos litigation field. The staff at Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen is comprised of knowledgeable, compassionate, determined professionals from some of the most prestigious legal institutions in the country such as Yale, Trinity, and the University of Connecticut.

My coworkers and I were extremely grateful for the sensitivity displayed by the individuals at Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen. In many respects, mesothelioma clients were too ill to cope with administrative requirements such as interrogatories and other client information. The staff always accommodated the client's schedule. I am extremely grateful for the way Jim and his staff pursued the cases in behalf of the beneficiary. The families of many of my deceased friends are extremely grateful for their services.

If one were choosing legal assistance for their asbestos litigation case, I would strongly recommend that they contact Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen. I am fortunate to have had them represent my family and I with our asbestos cases and we are honored to have them as our friends.


James "Two Toes" Amellin
IOHTLP International Vice President (retired)
NY/NE States Conference

James F. Early in Newsweek's 2012 Leaders of Asbestos Law Super Lawyers Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney, & Meisenkothen is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review of this Attorneys - Mesothelioma in New Haven CT U.S. News Best Law Firms 2018
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