Patrick J. Flaherty – Of Counsel


Patrick J. Flaherty began practicing with Cooney, Scully and Dowling in 1959, became a partner in 1964, and is now Of Counsel to the firm. He has handled a wide range of matters involving diverse areas of law, with a particular emphasis on trial work. Counsel and legal advisor to the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut for over 50 years, he has also served in that capacity, at various times, for the Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation and many of its affiliated organizations. Mr. Flaherty has had broad experience in probate and estate matters, commercial and residential real estate, contracts, domestic relations, zoning, and minor criminal matters. As lead counsel, he has tried to conclusion well over 100 cases, both court and jury, state and federal, with an exceptional record of success. He has had extensive appellate experience adjunctive to that trial practice.

Professional Experience

His trial practice has involved railroad and FELA defense, legal and accountants professional liability defense, civil rights defense, architects and engineers defense, asbestos products defense, beauty parlor and cosmetic products defense, insurance coverage disputes, fire injury and damage disputes, assault and battery claims, malicious prosecution claims, numerous divorce trials, and hundreds of general liability automobile and product liability cases, both plaintiff and defendant, several of which involved fatalities.

Professional and Civic Activities

Mr. Flaherty is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, serving as Vice President in 1995, a member of its Executive Committee since 1991, a speaker at its national meetings, co-author of its history and was recipient of its Distinguished Member Award in 2012. He is a former member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He is an emeritus member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court, having served for a number of years as its membership chairperson. He is a member of the Hartford County, New Britain, State of Connecticut, and American Bar Associations.

Mr. Flaherty has served as Class Agent for most of the years since his graduation from Kingswood School in 1951 and, in 1966, as President of the Old Boys Association and alumni member of its Board of Trustees. He is a past member of the Town of Newington Board of Tax Review and was a trustee of St. Mary Home from 1968 to 1994. He entered the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve in 1958 and retired at the rank of Lieutenant in 1966.

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