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James D. Hirschfield- Partner

Jim Hirschfield joined Cramer & Anderson after graduating from the University of Bridgeport School of Law in 1985 and was made a partner in 2000. During his career with the firm, Attorney Hirschfield has practiced extensively in many areas of civil and criminal litigation. He has extensive experience in all areas of Family Law, including divorce, custody and visitation, relocation with minor children, support and paternity matters in the Superior Court, and guardianship, custody, and conservator issues in the Probate Court.

Attorney Hirschfield’s practice includes working with the Connecticut State Police Special Licensing & Firearms Unit (SLFU) and appearing before the state’s Board of Firearms Permit Examiners to obtain the lawful return of a client’s Firearms Permit, as well as firearms, in cases where they were taken by, or surrendered to, police after a criminal arrest, the imposition of a Civil Restraining Order or  Criminal Protective Order, or the imposition of a Risk Protection Order.

Attorney Hirschfield is a Family Special Master in the Litchfield Superior Court and at the Regional Family Trial Docket Court in Middletown. He is Connecticut-certified Guardian ad Litem and is often appointed to that position by the court to represent the interests of minor children in contested custody cases. He also has extensive experience in criminal defense law, including DUI, DMV license suspension hearings, issues involving Ignition Interlock Devices, and all motor vehicle offenses.

Additionally, Attorney Hirschfield is appointed by the Court as a Committee of Sale in mortgage foreclosure cases and has extensive experience in defending mortgage foreclosure actions.

He was a member of the Region 12 (Bridgewater, Roxbury, and Washington) Board of Education from 1997 to 2023 and served as Chairman from 2009 to 2017. He represents individuals in areas involving education law, including suspensions, expulsions, residency hearings, and special education. In all areas of his practice, Attorney Hirschfield has extensive trial experience.

He has lived in Washington since 1989 with his wife, Robin, where they raised two children.

Client Reviews

“I was referred to Attorney [Jim] Hirshfield by one of his colleagues and can confirm that this was an extremely wise choice. His level of competence and attention to detail is impressive and beyond what I’ve experienced in the past. From the moment we began discussing my particular case, I felt as though I had someone completely confident to see the matter through to its intended conclusion. Although it was subjected to a lengthy and tedious process, Attorney Hirshfield was steadfast and determined nonetheless. Anyone looking for legal representation should highly consider him, I stand by that unequivocally.”

Nicholas Iannacito
—5-Star Google Review 05/17/23

Attorney Jim Hirschfield represented me twice and I would recommend him highly. He is very thorough and professional and handles his cases with care, fairness, consideration, and integrity. I highly recommend him as an attorney.

Deanna Marsico
—5-Star Google Review 05/21/23

Admitted to Bar:

  • 1985 – Connecticut 1985 – U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • 1986 – New Hampshire
  • 1996 – U.S. Supreme Court


  • Central Connecticut State College (B.A., 1980)
  • University of Bridgeport (J.D., 1985) Phi Delta Phi


  • Litchfield County Bar Association
  • Waterbury Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Standing Committee on Recommendations for Admissions to the Bar –Litchfield Judicial District

Professional Associations:

  • American Jurisprudence Award, 1983, Property
  • Family Special Master, Litchfield Superior Court
  • Family Special Master, Regional Family Trial Docket, Middletown Superior Court


Beverly Kolessar is Attorney Hirschfield’s legal assistant. Her email address is, and her telephone number is 860-567-8718 x 215.