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Richard T Meehan Jr

Criminal defense Attorney at Bridgeport, CT

5.0   5 reviews

Licensed for 48 years

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  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Board certified Criminal Trial Specialist, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification since 1994. Extensive trial and appellate experience defending State and Federal felonies and misdemeanors, including homicide, narcotics, sexual assault, domestic violence, white collar crimes, public corruption, tax crimes

    48 years

  2. Personal injury
    40%
    Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and Civil Pre-Trial Specialist. I have extensive experience in representing injured clients, including wrongful deaths, motorcycle accident and fatalities, auto accidents, and fall downs. In particular I have developed an expertise in representing patients injured through the malpractice of dentists and oral surgeons, with an extensive background in the review of all aspects of dental treatment

    48 years

  3. Litigation
    10%
    Our firm handles a variety of litigation including commercial disputes, land use disputes, employment arbitration and child custody issues

    48 years

    I am a litigator and proud of my record helping those in trouble and injured in their times of need, for forty years.

    I was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the son of the first policeman in the State to graduate from Law School. I practiced with my dad for 25 years in our AV rated firm. We were joined in 1996 by my son, Michael, making us Connecticut's only firm with three active generations at that time.

   I am proud to have been selected fro induction as Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America.

   I am a board certified criminal trial specialist and board certified as a civil trial specialist by the National board of Legal Specialty of Legal Certification.
    I have been married to Kathy Lynn Mucci for 45 years.  Children:  Michael, 42 Brian, 40; Daniel, 35; Timothy, 32; Richard, 22. Proud grandfather of 11.

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Licensed for 48 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1974
Updated 09/23/2013

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MeehanLaw LLC
76 Lyon Ter
Bridgeport, CT, 06604-4022

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Client's Choice 2014
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Richard received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2014
Posted by Madonna | March 5, 2014
Experienced trial counsel
As an attorney I have a unique understanding of what qualities I am looking for in seeking representation. Atty. Meehan has exceeded my high standards. He is responsive, knowledgeable and extremely experienced. These are all qualities that clients are entitled.
Posted by Joe | February 26, 2014
Richard T Meehan Jr
Highly professional, cares about his clients, throughly knowledge on the law. I would offer an unqualified recommendation of Richard. He is very good at dealing with the press. He has made significant contribution on my issues. He is the correct guy for those tough cases.
Posted by MARY | February 26, 2014
DENTAL MALPRACTICE
RICH IS VERY PROFESSIONAL,...a STRAIGHT-UP GUY....HE'S EXCELLENT AT WHAT HE DOES......MY CASE LASTED 3 YEARS, AND I WAS KEPT INFORMED EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. HE WORKED VERY HARD FOR ME. HE WAS EXCEPTIONAL. I GIVE CREDIT, WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. HE'S THE BEST. RICH IS NOW HANDLING MY HUSBANDS ACCIDENT CASE. MY HUSBAND AND I, BOTH GIVE RICH " A+ ratings.
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Posted by Andrew | February 26, 2014
Setting the standard for Excellence
My world exploded with the unexpected arrest by Federal Agents of my son in 2011. I was referred by a local lawyer to Richard Meehan and within minutes I knew where and when my son was going to be arraigned. That was the beginning of a legal process that took 14 months to complete. What were the outstanding characteristics of my experience with Richard Meehan? 1. Sensitive and understanding. My wife and I both found in Richard someone who was compassionate to our situation. We had the impossible situation we found ourselves in made understandable, and we received a complete education about what the process was, what were the possibilities, what was reasonable to expect, and what were the best choices in terms of cost and benefit. This was done without either minimizing nor being judgmental in regards to the criminal activities of our son. 2. Honest and direct. We were not protected in any way from the reality of the situation we faced with our son. We were able to face this because we knew what had happened. When confronting our son was necessary, Richard did this and helped the whole process of honest facing of facts and an appropriate response occur. There never was an occasion where I distrusted or questioned Richard's honesty or integrity. He knew how to remind other individuals connected to the case where appropriate boundaries of conduct were, and held them to respect those boundaries. 3. Great communication. We never had to wait for a question to be answered or an issue to be addressed - whether by phone call or email - or a request to come into the office - Richard enabled us to be certain that everything was being addressed and was being dealt with. When something in the case came up, we knew about it the same day as Richard did. 4. Competence. Richard knew the law, and he knew human beings - on either side of the aisle. We had confidence that our son was getting excellent representation - we never doubted that. As we came to the sentencing phase we were guided in our letters so that the final versions were the best that they could be. In conclusion, 16 months after the sentencing was concluded, I remain convinced that Richard Meehan set the standard for excellence in legal representation for my family.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2014
AN OUTSTANDING CRIMINAL ATTORNEY
From personal experience, I can tell you that when you are charged with a crime, or even investigated by the government on such a matter, your entire world falls apart. Your first inclination is to give up. That's why it is essential that you have someone who can and will use all of his abilities to protect you. I needed help and contacted Atty. Meehan; he immediately took action to control and mitigate my situation. Atty. Meehan is everything you could ask for in an attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, he takes the time to really learn everything he can about your case and he is well respected by the courts and the government attorneys. When he is your counsel, you no longer feel helpless or alone. He truly cares what happens to you and your family - as an attorney myself, I can tell you that is very rare. I recommend him to anyone who needs legal counsel for a difficult, complex criminal or civil matter. When your life or liberty is in the balance, you want to know you have the best attorney possible as your counsel and advocate. In my opinion, and from my experience, Attorney Richard Meehan is the best.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Meehan, Meehan & Gavin LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator/Mediator/Factfinder
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Examiner
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2002 - 2016
  • Arbitrator
  • Connecticut Judicial Branch
  • 1999 - 2014
  • Adjunct Professor-Trial Practice
  • Quinnipiac University School Of Law
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Adjunct Associate Professor-Paralegal Studies
  • Sacred Heart University
  • 1976 - 1979
  • Law clerk
  • Connecticut Supreme Court
  • 1974 - 1975
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Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor with Honors
  • 1974
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970

Associations

  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Conncecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1974 - 1977
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Awards

  • Top Fifty
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2014
  • New England Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top Fifty
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Fifty
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Fellow
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Top Fifty
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Civil Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2009
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Charter Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2007
  • Connecticut Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2005
  • Community Builders Award
  • United Way
  • 2002
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Catholic Charities
  • 2000
  • Ciminal Trial pecialist
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 1994
  • Research and Special Projects Edtor
  • Connecticut Law Review
  • 1973
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Publications

  • The Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make
  • The 10 Biggest Mistakes Physicians Make When Dealing with Suspected Child Abuse and Suspected Sexual Abuse
  • 2005
  • American Encyclopedia of Civil RIghts and Civil Liberties
  • RICO (Racketeering)
  • 2005
  • American Encyclopedia of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Conspiracy
  • 2005
  • American Encyclopedia of Civil RIghts and Civil Liberties
  • Insanity and the Death Penalty
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Connecticut Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Cross Examination
  • 2012
  • Civil Justice Foundation
  • Ethics for the Criminal Practitioner
  • 2008
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Media and the Law Committee
  • Law and the Media
  • 2006
  • Connecticut Society Of Professional Journalists
  • Law and the Media
  • 2005
  • People's Law School
  • People's Law School
  • 1998
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
  • Criminal Trial Practice--The Rules Have Changed
  • 1995
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee
  • An Alphabet Soup Guide to the GA (Court)
  • 1994
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee
  • Pre-Trial Diversion in Criminal Cases
  • 1989
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Meehan's reputation among his peers is stellar. I have never hesitated in referring a client accused of criminal conduct to him for outstanding legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would recommend Attorney Meehan for any criminal or civil matter, regardless of how complex or simple it may be. Great court presence and highly experienced."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure and honor to work with Rich Meehan on numerious cases for over 25 years. He enjoys the highest respect of his peers and judges before whom he appears,receiving top ratings every year."
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Bridgeport Criminal defense Lawyer Richard T Meehan Jr
Richard T Meehan Jr
Criminal defense Attorney
Bridgeport, CT
Licensed for 48 years