Meehanlaw, LLC has been a constant and evolving law firm cemented in Fairfield County, Connecticut for nearly 60 years. Founded in 1961, by Richard T. Meehan, Sr. (1923 – 2002), an orphan born and raised in the industrial city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Richard first walked the mean streets of Bridgeport, as police officer before he became a lawyer. He went on to be the first police officer in the state of Connecticut to become an attorney and Judge of the Superior Court. Richard T. Meehan, Sr. was a dean of the criminal defense bar. He was a master trial lawyer. His street fighter upbringing was counterbalanced with an honorable and compassionate approach to the practice of law. His cases, trial verdicts and appellate decisions are still looked upon as some of the greatest work by any Connecticut criminal defense lawyer in the history of Connecticut jurisprudence. To this day many senior members of the bar, and judiciary, often remark about the great man and lawyer, Richard T. Meehan, Sr. was.
In 1974 Richard T. Meehan, Jr. partnered with his father to form Meehan & Meehan. Richard T. Meehan, Jr. brought a different approach to the firm following his clerkship for Justice Herbert MacDonald of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Capitalizing on the tradition of criminal defense work, Richard became an accomplished criminal defense trial lawyer. However, he did not stop there and evolved the firm into a boutique civil and criminal litigation firm. Since the 1980’s the firm has been one of Connecticut’s premier criminal and civil boutique litigation firms Richard T. Meehan, Jr. has represented thousands of clients over the past 45 years in high profile criminal defense cases as well as personal injury, malpractice (medical, dental, legal), which have resulted in numerous acquittals, millions of dollars worth of settlements, verdicts and arbitration awards. Richard’s work has been the subject of local and national media reports. Richard’s work has been featured on every major television network. One of Richard’s most publicized cases was his representation of Bridgeport’s mayor, Joseph Ganim in what is known as Connecticut’s largest federal municipal corruption case. Now, a senior member of the bar, Richard has replaced his father as an honored and trusted lawyer. Richard T. Meehan, Jr. has been recognized as one of Connecticut’s Top 50 lawyers by Super Lawyers. He has been named to Connecticut Super Lawyers and New England Super Lawyers, since 2006. He holds elite credentials and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in the nation); Charter Fellow of the Litigation Society of America; Fellow, American College of Board Certified Lawyers; Board Certified Criminal specialist, Civil Pre-Trial specialist and Civil Trial specialist, by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Richard is the past chairman of the State of Connecticut Judicial Review Council, which oversees complaints made against members of the Judiciary. Among his many awards and distinctions Richard holds an AV® rating from Martindale Hubbell based upon peer and judicial review; National Trial Lawyers, Top 100, Lifetime Achievement Award; Top Ten Criminal Defense Attorneys, Nationally Ranked, National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers; AVVO rating 10/10. Richard is an active and key factor in the ongoing success of Meehanlaw.
In 1996 Michael T. Meehan joined the firm, making Meehan and Meehan the only actively practicing three generation law firm in the history Connecticut. Similar to both his father and grandfather, Michael began his career representing clients in criminal and civil cases earning acquittals and millions of dollars worth of settlements, verdicts, and arbitration awards. Michael’s cases have been featured in local and national media. Michael’s practice expanded to representing clients in matrimonial/family law. Michael now focuses his practice in representing clients in every aspect of family law, with a strong concentration in complex emotional and financial matters, in Fairfield County Connecticut. Michael has represented clients successfully in every aspect of family law including preparing clients for divorce, negotiating and drafting agreements, prosecuting and defending divorce actions, resolving and litigating high conflict custody disputes, including relocation, emergency motions for modification of custody, and complex financial matters involving high income earners, complex financial marital estates, and business valuations. Michael has assisted other law firms as co-counsel in complex family matters throughout his career. Michael holds an AV® rating from Martindale Hubbell based upon peer and judicial review in the areas of family and criminal law, which is the highest possible rating for legal skill, integrity and ethics.
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In 2017, the firm was reorganized and renamed to Meehanlaw, LLC to reflect a new direction and continued evolution of the firm. Meehanlaw, LLC was built on a family’s work ethic, and passion for justice. Every client past, present and future of Meehanlaw, LLC has and will always be provided with the highest legal and ethical representation grounded in integrity.