Janice D. Lai


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  • J.D., Drake University School of Law, Dean’s Scholar, Moot Court Board
  • B.B.A., Southern Methodist University, University Scholar

Janice Lai is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP's Hartford office. Ms. Lai is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on products liability, complex civil litigation and food litigation. She represents manufacturers, distributors and retailers involved in products liability litigation concerning consumer products, power tools, machinery, electrical and mechanical equipment, appliances and devices. She also represents international food retailers and manufacturers in products liability and food-safety litigation. In addition, Ms. Lai also represents national clothing retailers, big box retailers, consumer goods retailers, and trucking and transportation companies in a variety of civil matters including personal injury, negligence, premises liability, premises security, and general liability in state and federal courts. She also has experience in construction litigation and commercial litigation.

Ms. Lai also practices labor and employment with experience handling cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, and breach of contract.

Ms. Lai has served in a variety of leadership positions within the legal community, frequently speaks at industry events, and is an author in various legal publications. She was a past National Director for Defense Research Institute (“DRI”) a 22,000 member international organization of attorneys representing corporations and insurers in litigation. She has been a Board Member of the Connecticut Chapter for Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”). She was a past Board Member of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association. Ms. Lai is a member of the IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel), an invitation only international defense bar group. She has been selected as a Connecticut Super Lawyer since 2013 by Law & Politics magazine and Connecticut Magazine. She was a featured attorney in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s special section entitled “Women in the Law” which showcases high-achieving women in the practice of law. She is the author of the Connecticut chapter of Defense Research Institute's Products Liability: Warnings, Instructions and Recalls, a 50 state compendium (1st and 2nd editions).

In her spare time, Ms. Lai and her family enjoy boating, going to the beach and taking their two dogs on hikes. She also wanted to pursue music as a career before going to law school, has an interest in photography and is fluent in the Chinese dialects of Mandarin and Hakanese. 

Bar Admissions




United States District Court

  • Defense Research Institute: Past National Director, Past Chair Women in the Courtroom Committee, Past Member of Jury Task Force, Past Connecticut State Representative
  • National Foundation for Judicial Excellence: Past Program Committee member
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association: Past Board Member
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance: Past Connecticut Chapter Board Member
Awards and Recognition
  • She has been selected as a Connecticut Super Lawyer since 2013 by Law & Politics magazine and Connecticut Magazine