James O. Craven


Jim is Counsel in Wiggin and Dana's Litigation Department in the firm’s New Haven office. Over his career, Jim has litigated a wide variety of cases, including product liability, medical liability and health law, and serious personal injury matters. In addition, Jim has represented hedge funds and other commercial clients in a variety of commercial litigation cases, ranging from mortgage-backed security disputes to international financial transactions. 

Jim is a former President of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association and a longtime member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI). He currently serves on DRI’s Drug and DRI's Medical Device and Medical Liability and Health Law Steering Committees. DRI awarded Jim the 2012–2013 Exceptional Performance Citation.

Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Jim served in the U.S. Army as a trial counsel in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fourth Infantry Division (Mechanized). As a Judge Advocate, he received his parachutist badge, and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal and Meritorious Service Medal during his military service.

Jim received his J.D. cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he was a member of the Case Western Reserve Law Review, the Dean's Tutorial Society, and Health Matrix: The Journal of Law-Medicine. He earned his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Dickinson College, where he was a captain of the varsity soccer team.


  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School  (1995)
    • Commandant's List
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law  (J.D., 1994)
    • cum laude
  • Dickinson College  (B.A., Economics and Political Science, 1990)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US Supreme Court


  • Recipient of Wiggin and Dana's Pro Bono Award for litigation work for Statewide Legal Services and New Haven Legal Assistance clients (2008)
  • Recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association's Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award (2014)
  • Recipient of the Defense Research Institute's Lifetime Community Service Award (2018)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • House of Delegates
    • Legislative Policy and Review Committee
    • Litigation Section
    • eDiscovery Task Force
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
    • President, 2012-2013
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Medical Liability and Health Law Committee
      • Chair, March 2011 Medical Liability and Health Law Meeting
      • Co-Chair of DRI's Medical Liability and Health Law Subcommittee on Obstetrical Law
      • Vice Chair, February 2010 Medical Liability and Health Law Meeting
      • Steering Committee
    • Drug and Medical Device Committee
      • Steering Committee
      • Public Service Liason
  • New Haven County Bar Foundation
    • Board of Directors (2005-2012)
    • Grant Making Committee
  • Chief Justice's Committee on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Program