Jonathan A. Kocienda



Mr. Kocienda (Jake) has extensive experience in the areas of medical and professional malpractice. He focuses on defending physicians, nurses and health care institutions in matters involving particularly complex medical issues. Working intimately with medical professionals to develop compelling and effective defense strategies, Mr. Kocienda has earned an excellent reputation among medical professionals, judges and plaintiff and defense counsel throughout the state. He is a member of the Connecticut and Massachusetts Bars, and actively practices in the federal U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut and United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Kocienda has litigated multiple jury cases to verdict with great success, and has successfully defended medical professionals in arbitration and mediation. Mr. Kocienda defends and tries claims involving significant exposure, including wrongful death, quadriplegia, severe and catastrophic permanent injury and significant financial loss. He has particular experience in defending the medical specialty of psychiatry, and regularly represents the specialties of spine, orthopedic, vascular and general surgery, emergency medicine, critical care, internal medicine, radiology, pathology, oncology, infectious disease and hematology. He is also routinely requested to defend medical professionals against licensing challenges brought by the Department of Public Health. Additionally, Mr. Kocienda represents institutions in sexual assault litigation, violations of patient-physician boundaries, and medical battery as well as medical and non-medical product liability.

Mr. Kocienda is frequently requested by the risk management teams of many Connecticut Hospitals and medical groups to lecture and educate their medical leadership, attendings and medical staff on best practices to mitigate malpractice risks in today’s rapidly evolving areas of health care. Some of the topics Mr. Kocienda is asked to address include malpractice risks posed by the use and implementation of electronic health records, the electronic discovery process, the culture of safety, informed consent practices and policies, provider documentation strategies, inter-provider communication and ways to leverage and maximize the patient-physician relationship to reduce the risk of malpractice litigation.

Representative Cases

Squeo v. Norwalk Hospital Association, et al, 316 Conn. 558 (2015).
Salemme v. Town of Seymour, 67 Conn. App. 464 (2001).
Visconti v. Pepper Partners Ltd. Partnership, 77 Conn. App. 675 (2003).


  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 1997
  • B.A., Holy Cross College, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Massachusetts

Community Involvement

Holy Cross Club of Hartford

3rd degree black belt; Head instructor of Japanese Ju-Jitsu and self-defense

Board of Directors, Knight Hall School – Board Member – 2008-2009


  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association