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James T. Flaherty has been practicing law for more than 35 years. He uses a team approach to solve the problems created by divorce, working with two talented young partners and two experienced and hard-working paralegals. In his practice he deals with family law trials often involving large marital estates, complex custody issues, and post judgment enforcement issues. He also frequently receives referrals from other members of the family bar requesting that he try or co-chair their family cases in which there is little or no prospect of settlement.

In addition to his trial practice, Attorney Flaherty utilizes private mediation to assist couples seeking to amicably end their marriages. He provides legal counsel in family law matters involving domestic violence, paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, gay and lesbian family law, father's rights, restraining orders, spousal support, child support, separation agreements, and uncontested divorce. Attorney Flaherty also has experience in civil and criminal litigation such as DUI defense.

Attorney Flaherty has been selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Attorney Flaherty also maintains a "Preeminent AV rating" with Martindale Hubbel and for ethical standards and legal ability. 

A Special Master in the Tolland and Hartford Judicial Districts, Attorney Flaherty has also been selected to serve as a Special Master for the Regional Family Trial Docket in Middletown. He has lectured on various family law topics educating young family law attorneys in this field. Attorney Flaherty is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the U.S. District Court for Connecticut, and is a member of the American, Connecticut and Hartford Bar Associations, as well as the American and Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He has extensive trial experience in both the family courts and civil courts throughout Connecticut.

Attorney Flaherty received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tufts University in 1968 and was in the top 10% of his graduating class at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. He was also selected to serve as a law clerk to the Appellate Session of the Superior Court of the State of Connecticut. Prior to law school, Attorney Flaherty served a six-year term with the United States Navy, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. Attorney Flaherty served a tour of duty in Vietnam and in the Pentagon as Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Legislative Affairs for the Navy. 


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 65%
    38 years
  2. Family: 34%
    38 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 1%
    38 years


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Contact info

Flaherty Legal Group, LLC

41 North Main Street
Suite 201
West Hartford, CT, 061071903


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Connecticut Super Lawyers 2014Super Lawyers2014
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Connecticut Super Lawyers 2013Super Lawyers2013
Connecticut Super Lawyers 2012Super Lawyers2012
Connecticut Super Lawyers 2011Super Lawyers2011
New England Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
New England Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyFlaherty Legal Group, LLC2010 - Present
Senior PartnerO'Connell, Flaherty & Attmore, LLC1982 - 2010
PartnerDanaher, O'Connell, Attmore, Tedford & Flaherty1980 - 1982
AttorneyDanaher, Lewis & Tamoney1977 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Connecticut Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Tufts UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1968