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Richard T. Meehan Jr.

February 07, 2017
Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Phone: (203) 521-1039
Email: rtm@meehanlaw.com 

 

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Notre Dame, 1970 
  • Juris Doctor, with honors, University of Connecticut, 1974
  • Admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in Connecticut, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, United States Supreme Court.
  • Currently the managing partner in MeehanLaw, LLC Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a concentration in criminal and civil litigation, appellate work, and labor relations.The firm and Richard T. Meehan, Jr., individually, have received an AV rating (Pre-Eminent--Highest Rating) by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for over twenty five years.
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1988-Present.
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2013-Present.
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2011-Present. Connecticut State Chairman
  • Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, 2007- Present.
  • Fellow, American College of Board Certified Lawyers, 2013- Present.
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) 2014-
  • Certified Criminal Trial Specialist, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, November, 1994; recertified 1999; 2004, 2009, 2014.
  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, December, 2009, recertified 2014.
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut, 2010- present.
  • Advisory Board, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2002- present.
  • Fact Finder and Arbitrator, Connecticut Superior Court, 1999 – Present.
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Quinnipiac University, School of Law, Hamden, Connecticut, 1997-2000; Criminal Trial Practice.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor - Paralegal Studies Program - Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, 1976-79.
  • Clerk, Hon. Herbert S. MacDonald, Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, 1974-75.
  • Board of Editors, University of Connecticut Law Review 1972-73, Research and Special Projects Editor - 1973-74.
  • Recipient: United Way Community Builders Award, 2002; Catholic Charities Volunteer of the Year Award, 2000; Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers, 2006-present (voted Top Fifty Lawyers, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014); New England Super Lawyers 2007-present; American Jurisprudence Award for Torts, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, 1972, American Jurisprudence Award in Advanced Criminal Procedure, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, 1972, American Jurisprudence Award - Contracts, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, 1972. AVVO Client Satisfaction Award, 2014. American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, Ten Best, Client Satisfaction Award, 2014.
  • Member of the Connecticut Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Greater Bridgeport Bar Association (Executive Committee 1982, 1987-90, Chairman - Criminal Law Section 1981-82, 84-85, President 1986-87). Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Member, Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Judiciary Committee, Lawyer to Lawyer Dispute Resolution Committee, Media and the Law Committee. Chairman, Human Trafficking Committee
  • Board of Aldermen, City of Bridgeport 1975-79.President Bridgeport Common Council, 1977-79.Commissioner, Bridgeport Airport Commission 1977-79.
  • Bar Registry of Pre-Eminent Lawyers; Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in Society; Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America; Who's Who in Connecticut; Who's Who in the East
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association Grievance Task Force, 1996-97
  • Lecturer, Connecticut Trial Lawyer’s Association, “Ethics for the CriminalPractitioner; how to keep from getting your ticket punched” April 2008
  • Lecturer, Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, “Law and the Media” 2005, 2006
  • Lecturer, Greater Bridgeport Bar Association Seminar -"Criminal Practice--The Rules Have Changed" - December 11, 1995
  • Lecturer - Greater Bridgeport Bar Association Seminar
  • - "An Alphabet Soup Guide to the G.A." - January 31, 1994
  • Lecturer - Greater Bridgeport Bar Association Seminar - "Pretrial Diversion Programs and Alternative Dispositions in Criminal Cases" - 1989
  • Lecturer - Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association - People's Law School, Fairfield University 1988 - Present.
  • Lecturer in Criminal Law - Fairfield County Detective School 1988 - 1989
  • "Criminal Procedure Rules Changes" Greater Bridgeport Bar Association News Brief, October, 1995
  • Opinion Columnist, “Another View” Norwich Bulletin, 2007-present; periodic column discussing law related topics
  • Columnist, “Due ProcessCtPost.com, 2009-present
  • Mr. Meehan recently authored a peer reviewed chapter in a treatise entitled, The Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make, and How to Avoid Them, SEAK Publishing, 2005.He has authored peer reviewed chapters on RICO (Racketeering), Conspiracy, and Insanity and the Death Penalty, in a legal anthology recently published by the University of Tennessee entitled, The American Encyclopedia of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
  • Partner, M&M Associates, real estate partnership, 1979 – Present
  • Founder and Director, Christian Tomas Meehan Hope Foundation for SIDS- creator, Hopeline for SIDS; a collaborative effort training and making available to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)parents first responders, including pastoral or secular counseling as well as medical and legal consultants
  • President, Advisory Board of Catholic Family Services of Fairfield County, 1997- 2004
  • Advisory Board, Notre Dame High School, Fairfield, Connecticut 1992 – 2000; 2007- 2010
  • Assistant Boy’s Varsity Basketball Coach, Notre Dame High School, Fairfield, Connecticut, 1999-2001
  • Coach, Junior High School Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball, St. James, Stratford, Connecticut 1983-1989;
  • Coach, Junior High School Boy’s Basketball, St. Lawrence School, Shelton, Connecticut 1990-2006
  • Bridgeport North End Little League, 1978 - 1985
  • Shelton American Little League 1985 - 1993
  • Shelton Flag Football League, Coach 1986 - 2005
  • Vice President - 1991 - 1995
  • Married to Kathy Lynn Mucci.Children:Michael, 45; Brian, 42; Daniel, 38; Timothy, 34; Richard, 24.
  • Representative cases before the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts:
    • McBurney v. Paquin, SC 18345 (CT. S. Ct., Oct. 4, 20011)
    • State v. Jennings, 101 Conn. App. 810 (2007)
    • Efthimiou v. Smith, 268 Conn. 499 (2004)
    • State v. Hall, 82 Conn. App. 435 (2004)
    • State v. Orhan, 52 Conn. App. 231 (1999)
    • State v. Vega, 48 Conn. App. 178 (1998)
    • State v. Smith, 46 Conn. App. (1997)
    • Muller v. Muller, 43 Conn. App. 327 (1996)
    • State v. Miller, 34 Conn. App. 258 (1994)
    • State v. Rogers, 18 Conn. App. 104 (1989)
    • State v. Boucino, 199 Conn. 207 (1986)
    • State v. Cardona, 6 Conn. App. 124 (1986)
    • State v. Sharpe, 195 Conn. 651 (1985)
    • State v. Thompson, 5 Conn. App. 157 (1985)
    • State v. Maiocco, 5 Conn. App. 347 (1985)
    • State v. Cassidy, 3 Conn. App. 374 (1985)
    • State v. West, 192 Conn. 488 (1984)
    • State v. Falby, 187 Conn. 6 (1982)
    • State v. Graham, 186 Conn. 437 (1982)
    • State v. Kish, 186 Conn. 757 (1982)
    • State v. Conger, 183 Conn. 386 (1981)
    • State v. Gaynor, 182 Conn. 501 (1980)
    • State v. Cosgrove, 181 Conn. 562 (1980)
    • Norwalk Vault Co. v. Mountain Grove Cemetery, 180 Conn. 680, 1980
    • Liptak v. State, 176 Conn. 320 (1978)
    • Sanchione v. Sanchione, 173 Conn. 397 (1977)
    • State v. Huot, 170 Conn. 463 (1976)
  • Mr. Meehan has been a featured speaker with a number of civic organizations and has appeared as a guest and legal commentator on Good Morning America, Open Court with Lisa Bloom, Best Defense with Jami Floyd, Courtside with Ashleigh Banfield and Jack Ford, TruTV (formerly CourtTv); Fox Cable News; The O’Reilly Factor; Connecticut Newsmakers, NBC-WVIT;WTNH; WFSB; as well as being a frequent guest on statewide radio talk shows, including WTIC 10080 Talk Radio, WICC, WNLK.He has been featured as a legal analyst on CNN, NBC, as well as by the Associated Press, the New York Times, The Connecticut Law Tribune, and other print and broadcast media.His editorial comments have been featured in the Connecticut post

 

Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Phone: (203) 521-1039
Email: rtm@meehanlaw.com 

Michael T. Meehan

February 07, 2017
Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Phone: (203) 521-1040
Email: mtm@meehanlaw.com 

 

Michael T. Meehan is a partner at Meehanlaw, LLC. Michael has been practicing law for more than twenty years. Michael’s practice focuses on matrimonial law representing clients in Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut. Michael is a skilled litigator who represents his clients with a firm, but empathetic approach. 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. Michael has also been selected by Superlawyers™ annually from 2007 to 2016 based upon the Super Lawyers Selection Process and is limited to less then 5% of the lawyers in the state of Connecticut. He has completed to judgment or verdict numerous complex matrimonial law trials, civil law suits and high profile criminal trials.

Michael’s complex matrimonial cases include:

  • high net worth cases
  • high income earners
  • self employed earners
  • complex wage earners
  • business valuations
  • foreign assets
  • complex retirement and defined benefit assets
  • modification of alimony
  • modification of child support

Michael is the father of three daughters and resides in Fairfield, Connecticut. Certified as a Guardian Ad Litem in Connecticut, Michael’s approach to family law is child centric when children are involved. He has successfully settled and tried to judgment complex child custody cases throughout the state involving:

  • joint legal custody, sole legal custody, and joint legal custody with final decision making for health, education, religious decisions
  • relocation – intra and out of state,
  • modification of custody, access, visitation
  • emergency orders of custody when the child is at risk of physical or emotional harm.
  • parental conflict resulting from alcohol abuse, substance abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse
  • parental alienation
  • mental health issue affecting the family such as a parent’s personality disorder diagnosis

He works with a vast array of professionals including private investigators, mental health professionals, including marriage and family therapists, clinical and forensic psychologists, and psychiatrist, inpatient and out patient mental health and addiction programs, as well as alcohol and drug testing and monitoring professionals. Trained as civil and criminal litigator, Michael is proficient in examining expert witnesses who are commonly utilized by litigants in child custody cases. Michael has also represented expert witnesses in child custody actions. Michael is a volunteer at the Connecticut’s Regional Family Trial Docket located in Middletown, Connecticut, where assists the court in trying to settle the highest conflict child custody cases pending in Connecticut.

Michael always takes on pro-bono work as a way to give back to the community, which includes assisting families beseeched by tragedy or volunteering his time at Superior Court as a special master working toward settling cases. Michael has volunteered coaching youth sports in Fairfield for the last fifteen years. Michael is active in the Autism community and has represented children on the Autism spectrum as a part of his practice. Michael testified in front a Connecticut legislative sub committee in 2009 and advocated for the passage of legislation that now requires every health insurance company to provide insurance coverage for children diagnosed on the Autism spectrum for Applied Behavioral Therapy (ABA), the only researched based therapeutic intervention shown to help autistic children.

Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
Connecticut Super Lawyers® from 2007 to 2016

Pro Bono Activities

Connecticut Judicial Branch
Special Master, Regional Family Trial Docket, Middletown
Special Master, Bridgeport

Bar Admissions

State of Connecticut
United States Federal Court, Second Circuit

Education

University of Hartford, B.A. 1993
University of Notre Dame Law School 1995
Quinnipiac University School of Law 1996

Community Activities

Volunteer Coach Fairfield United Soccer
Volunteer Coach Wakeman Boys and Girls Club

Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Phone: (203) 521-1040
Email: mtm@meehanlaw.com 
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