James D. Funnell, Jr.  
Attorney at Law

About Jim Funnell                                                                 


Jim Funnell is a principal member of the Westport, Connecticut law firm of Hermenze & Marcantonio LLC.  His practice is limited to estate and trust planning, special needs planning for family members with disabilities, and estate and trust administration. Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Estates and Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  He has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over twenty years, has been named a Connecticut Super Lawyer each year since its inception in 2006, and has been named a New England Super lawyer.  Jim is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and Texas.


         - Admitted to Practice Law in Connecticut
- Admitted to Practice Law in Texas     

Areas of Concentration

         - Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts)
         - Special Needs Planning
         - Estate and Trust Administration
         - Fiduciary Practice
         - Private Foundations and Charitable Giving

Professional Affiliations

         - Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel* (1998-present)
Member of ACTEC Editorial Board (1998-2009)
         - Member, Executive Committee, Estates & Probate Section of Connecticut Bar Association (1993-present)

Editor of the Connecticut Bar Association's Estates and Probate Newsletter,
                   a continuing legal education publication for Connecticut attorneys (1993-2014)
         - Member, Connecticut Bar Association
         - Member, State Bar of Texas
         - Member, Estate Planning Council of Lower Fairfield County

Awards & Recognitions

         - Highest rating (AV) for professional and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell**
         - Connecticut Super Lawyer***
         - New England Super Lawyer****

Publications and Presentations

         - Author, "Special Needs Trusts", Irrevocable Trusts 4th, 2016-2017, Thompson Reuters
- Co-Author, "Wills", Connecticut Lawyer's Deskbook, 2008 Edition, Connecticut Bar Association
         - Author, "Wills", Connecticut Lawyer's Deskbook, 1998 Edition, Connecticut Bar Association
         - Seminar: ABLE Accounts and Special Needs Planning (01/24/2017)
                Fairfield County Bar Association, Legal Education Seminar
         - Seminar: Special Needs Trusts, Conservatorships, and Guardianships (01/14/2016)
                National Alliance For The Mentally Ill (NAMI), Southwest Connecticut, Seminar
         - Seminar: Special Needs Trusts under 42 USC 1396p(d)(4)(A) (6/24/2015)
                Probate Court Judges and Clerks Seminar
B Continuing Professional Education 
- Seminar: Special Needs Planning for a Family Member with a Disability (04/23/2015)
                Town of Fairfield School District Seminar (Annual Seminar)
         - Seminars before 2015 (Representative Organizations):
                Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Connecticut, Inc. (PLAN of CT)
                Fairfield County Bar Association, Legal Education
                Giant Steps School, Fairfield Theater Company
                Winston Preparatory School, Norwalk, Connecticut
                The Academy of Western Connecticut (Danbury)


         - PLAN of Connecticut ( www.planofct.org ), a charitable organization that administers trusts
             for individuals with disabilities
Chairman of PLAN Trust Committee
Member of Board of Directors since 1993               


            Juris Doctor (J.D.)                   1986             Oklahoma City University School of Law
            Master of Laws (LL.M.)            1987             McGeorge School of Law

Prior Firm Affiliations

Principal Attorney, Lovejoy and Rimer, P.C., Norwalk and Wilton, CT  (1993-2001)
Associate Attorney, Gladstone, Schwartz, Baroff & Blum, Bridgeport, CT  (1989
B 1993)
Associate Attorney, Diserio, Martin, O'
Connor & Castiglioni LLP, Stamford, CT  (1987- 1989)

Personal and Community Involvement

Jim lives in Redding, Connecticut, with his wife, Sally. They have two adult children.

Jim was an avid rock climber for over 35 years. He now enjoys sailing and scuba diving.

Jim is an Eagle Scout, and has been actively involved in Boy Scouting, having served as the Scoutmaster of Redding Boy Scout Troop 15 and as the Cubmaster of Redding Cub Scout Pack 118.

*       http://www.actec.org/
**     http://www.martindale.com/James-D-Funnell-Jr/331438-lawyer.htm?view=cr  
***   http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/lawyer/James-D-Funnell-Jr/a728b6a2-1d78-4a35-8381-e9ef79f42021.html
**** http://www.digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/exs1rs16?pg=39#pg39

                                                                     email: jfunnell@hmtrust.com