A Noted Litigating Attorney: Criminal and Civil Litigation
Jim Diamond teaches law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and is an attorney of counsel to the law firm of Cacace, Tusch & Santagata in Stamford, Connecticut. He has practiced law since 1988 and currently has a practice emphasizing three areas of law: criminal defense, civil litigation, and Indian law. He is well known in the area of white collar criminal defense in federal and state courts. He has achieved success as a litigator and has been voted a “Superlawyer” by his peers in Connecticut and throughout New England every year since 2007. Certified by the National Board of Legal Specialty as a criminal trial specialist, Jim has tried 30 jury trials to verdict.
In the area of white collar criminal defense Jim has handled such cases as bank fraud, mail fraud, social security fraud, wire fraud, bribery, corporate and municipal embezzlement, racketeering , illegal gambling and more.
With more than 20 years of criminal defense experience, defending more than 1,000 cases, Jim has handled a wide variety of criminal cases including homicides, home invasion, robbery, manslaughter, sexual assault, narcotics, robberies, assaults, DWI, school violence, juvenile offenses and more.
Jim was named “Man of the Year” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 1992 and was awarded the “Award For Excellence” by the American Bar Association in 1986. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section. Jim is admitted to practice law in the States of New York, Connecticut and Arizona along with several federal trial and appeals courts and Indian tribal courts.
Law Enforcement, Government and Public Policy
Jim has substantial experience in law enforcement. He first served as a public policy advisor to the former New York State Attorney General, Robert Abrams and then for six years was a Connecticut State prosecuting attorney.
As a new graduate, Jim started his career in 1981 as a government ethics advocate, as Executive Director of a state chapter of the citizen’s lobbying group, Common Cause. At Common Cause, he championed campaign finance reform and openness in government.
Jim Diamond was a member of the City of Stamford Board of Representatives from January of 2005 to July of 2009, representing the City’s Eleventh District. He was the Deputy Majority Leader and the Chairman of the Board’s Legislative and Rules Committee, the committee that writes municipal ordinances.
Jim was active in Connecticut State politics from 1988-2012. He was a member of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, the City of Stamford Democratic City Committee and the Ridgefield Democratic City Committee. He served terms as Chairman of both the Stamford and Ridgefield Democratic Party.
Jim is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson. He teaches legal practice skills in The American Common Law System, two courses that cover substantive areas of Property, Torts and Contracts law. He has been an adjunct professor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona where he taught Legal Writing and an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT for 15 years, teaching Communications Law, among other subjects.
Jim studied government at what is now the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at The State University of NY at Albany, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, in Political Science in 1981.
He earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1988. Jim pursued advanced graduate course work during 2012-13 at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law’s Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program with an emphasis on litigation in Indian Country. He is a candidate there for a doctoral degree (SJD), the highest degree awarded in law.