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James P. Berryman

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New London, CT





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Attorney James (Jay) Berryman is a Director who concentrates in Workers’ Compensation Law and Social Security Disability claims.  He is a member of the Connecticut Bar and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and handles claims under both the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Act and the Federal Longshore Act. Mr. Berryman is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Columbus School of Law. 

Attorney Berryman was named by “Benchmark Plaintiff” magazine as a Local Litigation Star, and his department at Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law was selected by the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” among all law firms in Connecticut for Workers’ Compensation – Claimants since 2013. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous national evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.  Since 2019, Attorney Berryman has been recognized by Super Lawyers® for Workers’ Compensation law; no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected for this honor.

Jay Berryman is a sustaining member of NOSSCR (National Association of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives), and has given numerous seminars throughout the years on issues in the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation forum.  He has also appeared on the News Talk 104.7 FM WXLM’s Lee Elci Show as an expert on Workers’ Compensation issues. 

As one example of his work, in the notable case of Brent Cugini v. Electric Boat, Attorney Berryman won a major claim for his client who was awarded total disability benefits continuing into the future as a result of harassment by co-workers.

Jay Berryman and his family reside in Old Lyme, Connecticut.  In addition to serving as a spokesperson and volunteering for the Notre Dame Club of Southeastern Connecticut, he is actively involved in many community programs throughout the region. In 2011, the Lyme-Old Lyme Little League honored Jay Berryman with the prestigious Steve Shaw Award for his “Distinguished Service.”  Every December, Jay and his staff “Adopt-A-Family” for The Neighborhood Alliance of New London. He has also represented the firm as a sponsor of the Healthy Habits Showcase held at Mohegan Sun to benefit the Gemma Moran United Way Food Center, among several other not-for-profit events and activities.

Client Testimonials: 

James Berryman of Suisman Shapiro has consistently exceeded my expectations. He's a super guy who gets the job done. Five Stars!-Diesel A.

James Berryman is the best lawyer, I'm very happy he got the job done. Thanks again James. I highly recommend 5/5 star -Jose D.

I worked with Attorney Berryman and found him courteous and professional throughout my case, and readily available to answer my questions. Was very pleased with my outcome and glad I chose the right lawyer to represent me.-Denise G.

I was involved in a car accident with a tractor trailer while working. Mr. Berryman and his associates did an excellent job representing me throughout the Workers Comp claim. They ensured that all of my medical treatments were taken care of and disability rating were properly addressed. Through his continued dedication to getting me a fair settlement Jay exceeded all of my expectations. They have ensured that my family and I were taken care of throughout this ordeal. Suisman Shapiro is an OUTSTANDING firm that truly cares about the people they represent. You're not treated as just another number and I would highly recommend them.-Don R.

The professionalism, compassion and understanding received by Attorney James Berryman and his team is always present. The confidence he displayed throughout my case was comforting, alleviating my worries. I am thankful for the outcome of my case and would strongly recommend Attorney James Berryman.-Karine H.

Jay Berryman, right from the start, listened carefully to everything I brought out and showed deep concern for everything I felt. Throughout my entire ordeal he remained in regular contact, keeping me informed of every step he took in resolving my case. I wholeheartedly recommend Suisman Shapiro and Mr. Berryman. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.-Perry G.




Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Social Security Disability
  • Asbestos Litigation / Mesothelioma

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1983


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1982
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1979

Representative Cases

  • Brent Cugini v. Electric Boat

Honors and Awards

  • Named by “Benchmark Plaintiff” magazine as a Local Litigation Star
  • Recognized in U.S. News - Best Lawyers in America® since 2021
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers® for Workers’ Compensation Law since 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New London County Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • National Association of Social Security Claimants Representatives, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Connecticut Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member