James J. Tancredi was sworn in as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Connecticut on September 1, 2016. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Tancredi was a commercial litigation and business restructuring partner at Day Pitney, LLP (f/k/a Day Berry & Howard) which he joined in 1979 following graduation from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Judge Tancredi had cultivated a diverse and challenging practice that crossed major industries, moved from regional to national scope and secured material roles in prominent restructuring and bankruptcies. During his thirty-seven year career at Day Pitney, LLP, he tried dozens of cases, represented a full range of constituents, and he assembled and led innumerbale teams to collaborative success in often highly contested, first-impression financial reorganizations.
Judge Tancredi was consistently ranked as one of the Best Lawyers in America, New York and New England and recognized as a co-founder of his firm's Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice. Judge Tancredi is the co-author of the leading treatise on alternatives to Chapter 11 (Strategic Alternatives For and Against Distressed Businesses), and a frequent lecturer at the UCONN School of Law and CLE seminars.
During his career, he has been active in professional associations, including the ABA, ABI, CT Bar Association, HCBA and CTTMA. Judge Tancredi previously served as President of The Hartford County Bar Association (the oldest bar association in the country) and as President of the Connecticut chapter of the Turn Around Management Association.
He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and the College of the Holy Cross.