Jackson O'Keefe, LLP

Jackson O'Keefe, LLP

Call or text NOW 860.966.7436 -- 24/7/365. Aggressive, highly-rated law firm for car accidents, animal attacks, fall downs, bodily injury and related insurance claims. We work hard to put your best case forward. Responsive. Proven.

Firm Overview

Call or text NOW 860.966.7436 -- 24/7/365. Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, knows the intricacies of the law and practice in accident and injury litigation. You don't care about those details, but they can be very important in putting your case in the best possible posture for a favorable resolution. One of the mainstays of Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, over the last 50 years has been helping insurers defend against some of their most tragic and horrendous cases. Now, we bring that knowledge and experience to you, to help you and your family obtain the full compensation you may be entitled to. Get the benefit of our many years of insurance experience by calling us now at 860.278.4040.

You are unique, and so is your accident case. At Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, we are not a mass production law firm. We don't look at you as a number, and assign you to a secretary or paralegal for primary "handling". Your calls get through. Your questions get answered right away. We are a small firm of professionals, helping families. Every client's case is handled by a partner-attorney throughout the process. Personal. Professional. Best practices. We carefully review developments in the law on a continual basis, to put your best case forward.

All of the attorneys at Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, take pride in "fighting for the little guy." We take cases we believe in for people we care about. Each case that we select is handled with extreme care and given the amount of time it needs and deserves. We're genuinely interested in the welfare of our clients. We always try to do more than merely obtain a successful result in a particular case. We're certainly proud of the results we get, and the speed with which we get them. However, we're just as proud of the fact that we return all phone calls immediately and solve every problem we can, whether it is directly related to the case or not. We've maintained friendships with many of our clients long after we've won or settled their cases. Our relationships with them are just as rewarding as our professional accomplishments on their behalf.
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Wethersfield  CT  06109
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Jackson O'Keefe, LLP Southington Law Firm
97 North Main Street
Southington,  CT  06489
Personal Injury
Aggressive, highly-rated law firm for car accidents, animal attacks, fall downs, bodily injury and related insurance claims. We work hard to put your best case forward. We have been handling these claims since the 1950s. Responsive. Proven.
Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, knows the intricacies of the law and practice in accident and injury litigation. You don't care about those details, but they can be very important in putting your case in the best possible posture for a favorable resolution. One of the mainstays of Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, over the last 50 years has been helping insurers defend against some of their most tragic and horrendous cases. Now, we bring that knowledge and experience to you, to help you and your family obtain the full compensation you may be entitled to. Get the benefit of our many years of insurance experience by calling us now at 860.278.4040.

You are unique, and so is your accident case. At Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, we are not a mass production law firm. We don't look at you as a number, and assign you to a secretary or paralegal for primary "handling". Your calls get through. Your questions get answered right away. We are a small firm of professionals, helping families. Every client's case is handled by a partner-attorney throughout the process. Personal. Professional. Best practices. We carefully review developments in the law on a continual basis, to put your best case forward.

All of the attorneys at Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, take pride in "fighting for the little guy." We take cases we believe in for people we care about. Each case that we select is handled with extreme care and given the amount of time it needs and deserves. We're genuinely interested in the welfare of our clients. We always try to do more than merely obtain a successful result in a particular case. We're certainly proud of the results we get, and the speed with which we get them. However, we're just as proud of the fact that we return all phone calls immediately and solve every problem we can, whether it is directly related to the case or not. We've maintained friendships with many of our clients long after we've won or settled their cases. Our relationships with them are just as rewarding as our professional accomplishments on their behalf.
Auto Accident
Aggressive, highly-rated law firm for car accidents, animal attacks, fall downs, bodily injury and related insurance claims. We work hard to put your best case forward. We have been handling these claims since the 1950s. Responsive. Proven.
Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, knows the intricacies of the law and practice in accident and injury litigation. You don't care about those details, but they can be very important in putting your case in the best possible posture for a favorable resolution. One of the mainstays of Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, over the last 50 years has been helping insurers defend against some of their most tragic and horrendous cases. Now, we bring that knowledge and experience to you, to help you and your family obtain the full compensation you may be entitled to. Get the benefit of our many years of insurance experience by calling us now at 860.278.4040.

You are unique, and so is your accident case. At Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, we are not a mass production law firm. We don't look at you as a number, and assign you to a secretary or paralegal for primary "handling". Your calls get through. Your questions get answered right away. We are a small firm of professionals, helping families. Every client's case is handled by a partner-attorney throughout the process. Personal. Professional. Best practices. We carefully review developments in the law on a continual basis, to put your best case forward.

All of the attorneys at Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, take pride in "fighting for the little guy." We take cases we believe in for people we care about. Each case that we select is handled with extreme care and given the amount of time it needs and deserves. We're genuinely interested in the welfare of our clients. We always try to do more than merely obtain a successful result in a particular case. We're certainly proud of the results we get, and the speed with which we get them. However, we're just as proud of the fact that we return all phone calls immediately and solve every problem we can, whether it is directly related to the case or not. We've maintained friendships with many of our clients long after we've won or settled their cases. Our relationships with them are just as rewarding as our professional accomplishments on their behalf.
Wrongful Death
Aggressive, highly-rated law firm for car accidents, animal attacks, fall downs, bodily injury and related insurance claims. We work hard to put your best case forward. We have been handling these claims since the 1950s. Responsive. Proven.
kson O'Keefe, LLP, knows the intricacies of the law and practice in wrongful death actions. You don't care about those details, but they can be very important in putting your loved one's case in the best possible posture for a favorable resolution. One of the mainstays of Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, over the last 50 years has been helping insurers defend against some of their most tragic and horrendous wrongful death cases. Now, we bring the knowledge and experience to you, to help your family obtain the full compensation it may be entitled to. Get the benefit of our many years of insurance experience by calling us now at 860.278.4040.

You are unique, and so is your accident case. At Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, we are not a mass production law firm. We don't look at you as a number, and assign you to a secretary or paralegal for primary "handling". Your calls get through. Your questions get answered right away. We are a small firm of professionals, helping families. Every client's case is handled by a partner-attorney throughout the process. Personal. Professional. Best practices. We carefully review developments in the law on a continual basis, to put your best case forward.

All of the attorneys at Jackson O'Keefe, LLP, take pride in "fighting for the little guy." We take cases we believe in for people we care about. Each case that we select is handled with extreme care and given the amount of time it needs and deserves. We're genuinely interested in the welfare of our clients. We always try to do more than merely obtain a successful result in a particular case. We're certainly proud of the results we get, and the speed with which we get them. However, we're just as proud of the fact that we return all phone calls immediately and solve every problem we can, whether it is directly related to the case or not. We've maintained friendships with many of our clients long after we've won or settled their cases. Our relationships with them are just as rewarding as our professional accomplishments on their behalf.

Joseph Busher

Attorney Busher grew up in North Haven and currently resides in East Haddam with his family. Attorney Busher has a wide variety of litigation experience, principally addressing insurance defense, insurance coverage, personal injury and appellate matters throughout the State of Connecticut. He also represents individuals and businesses from the East Haddam, Moodus, Colchester, and Salem area with regard to personal injury matters, wills, trusts, and estate planning and litigation matters.

Attorney Busher is a partner with the firm and has been a member of the Connecticut bar for 20 years. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross in 1993. He obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence with honors in 1996 from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law, where he also received the Cornelius W. Wickersham, Jr. Award for Constitutional Law and the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law. In addition to litigation experience, Attorney Busher has concentrations in insurance coverage and appellate practice. His concentration in insurance coverage analysis and litigation focuses on helping insurers effectively address coverage issues in an expeditious and cost-conscious manner, and includes providing coverage opinions, the preparation of declaratory judgment and other complaints, as well as discovery and motion practice. He brings the same best-practice, cost-effective, proactive and strategic approach to all litigated matters. His concentration in appellate practice includes the researching and drafting of over 50 briefs and appellate motions, and argument before Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York and the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts.

Since 2008, Attorney Busher has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching a class on appellate practice and procedure.

He has received an A-V rating from Martindale-Hubbell (Preeminent legal ability rating and Very High general ethical standards rating).

He has recently been received the CLMP designation as a Certified Litigation Management Professional by the CLM Alliance. As such, he searches for creative, quick resolution, case-appropriate strategies in all litigated matters.

Attorney Busher has also served as a guest lecturer on the law at Nathan Hale-Ray High School in East Haddam and is a member of The Connecticut Consortium for Law and Citizenship Education, Inc. He is also an active member of the East Haddam Business Association, which serves to promote local business.

He serves as a Member of the Board of Finance for St. Bridget of Kildare Church in Moodus. He is also a member of the Moodus Knights of Columbus and an active member of the East Haddam Lions Club, and has run the Lion's Club annual town-wide auction for the past eight years. This July, with the assistance of Town officials and the people of East Haddam, the auction raised over $15,000 for the Club's charitable purposes.

Peter O'Keefe

Attorney O'Keefe grew up In Wethersfield and currently resides there with his family. Attorney O'Keefe handles personal injury and litigation matters throughout the State of Connecticut, including clients in Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Middletown, Old Lyme, Hartford County, New Haven County, Middlesex County, New London County, and Litchfield County.

Peter K. O'Keefe Attorney O'Keefe is the firm's managing partner. He has been a member of the Connecticut bar for 30 years. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut in 1985, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1987, and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1989. Attorney O'Keefe is a 1982 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Suffolk University, with honors, in 1985. Since joining the firm in 1985, Attorney O'Keefe's practice has concentrated in all areas of litigation, including construction litigation, products liability, medical malpractice, municipal law and insurance defense. He has extensive experience as a mediator and arbitrator. Attorney O'Keefe has also presented seminars to insurance claims representatives as part of their continuing education. Attorney O'Keefe is a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations, the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute.

Recognition

Attorney O'Keefe has been recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys in more than 70 areas of practice using a multiphase selection process that considers 15 separate indicators of peer recognition, professional achievement and ethical standards. The final selection for 2010 was made from a pool of 3,453 Connecticut attorneys, producing the final 2010 Connecticut Super Lawyers list of 865 attorneys. Founded in 1990, Law & Politics has been publishing the annual Super Lawyers lists since 1991. Super Lawyers is published in 50 states and the District of Columbia by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. For more information on the selection process and a complete list of attorneys selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, visit superlawyers.com.

Reported Cases

Taylor v. American Thread Co., 200 Conn. 108 (1986); C Fish Co. Ltd. v. Shugrue, 7 Conn. App. 561 (1986); Szachon v. Town of Windsor, 29 Conn.App. 791 (1992); Belliveau v. Stevenson, 123 F.3d 107 (2d Cir. 1997); Coelho v. ITT Hartford, 251 Conn. 106 (1999); Marshall v. O'Keefe, 55 Conn. App. 801 (1999); Team Rental Group v. ITT Hartford Group, 59 Conn. App. 110 (2000); Bradley v. Randall, 63 Conn. App. 92 (2001); Mozeleski v. Thomas, 76 Conn. App. 287, cert. denied, 264 Conn. 904 (2003).

Philip Dunn

Attorney Dunn grew up in West Hartford and currently resides in Farmington with his family. Attorney Dunn handles personal injury and litigation matters throughout the State of Connecticut, including clients in West Hartford, Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, Old Lyme, Hartford County, New Haven County, Middlesex County, New London County, and Litchfield County.

Philip R. Dunn, Jr. Since joining the firm in 1988, Attorney Dunn has concentrated in the litigation of tort and contract claims, as well as employment litigation involving wrongful discharge, Title VII discrimination actions and age discrimination cases. He has wide experience litigating premises liability claims, including lead paint litigation, and is one of the few attorneys in Connecticut to try a lead paint poisoning case to a defendant's verdict. Attorney Dunn obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University in 1985 and obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Connecticut in 1988. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1988, to the U.S. District Court, District of the Connecticut in 1989, and to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1995. He is a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations, as well as the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association. Attorney Dunn is frequently asked to act as an arbitrator and fact finder by the Judges of the Hartford and New Britain Superior Courts.

Attorney Dunn was an elected official in the Town of Farmington and served as the Chairman of the Town Plan and Zoning Commission for six years. He has also served as the Secretary of the Commission and its representative to the Capitol Region Council of Governments. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Reported Cases

Hines v. Davis, 53 Conn. App. 836 (1999); Stack v. City of Hartford, 170 F.Supp.2d 288 (D.Conn. 2001); Stack v. Jaffee, 248 F.Supp.2d 100 (D.Conn 2003); Stack v. Perez, 248 F.Supp.2d 106 (D.Conn. 2003); Preston v. O'Rourke, 74 Conn. App. 301 (2002); Tarro v. Mastriani Realty, LLC, 142 Conn. App. 419 (2013).

Kathryn Cunningham

Attorney Cunningham grew up in Ellington and currently resides in Simsbury. Attorney Cunningham handles personal injury and litigation matters throughout the State of Connecticut, including clients in Ellington, Tolland, West Hartford, Farmington, Avon, Hartford County,New Haven County, Middlesex County, New London County and Litchfield County.

Kathryn M. Cunningham Attorney Cunningham has been a member of the Connecticut bar for 19 years. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1986 and a Masters degree from Trinity College in 1991, before graduating from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law with her Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1995, where she also received the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Administrative Law. Since joining the firm in 1995, Attorney Cunningham's practice has concentrated in the litigation of tort claims involving construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and medical malpractice. She has successfully defended numerous employment discrimination claims brought in both the Superior Court and before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. A member of the Appellate Practice Group, Attorney Cunningham has also researched and drafted numerous appellate motions and briefs. Attorney Cunningham has received a BV rating from Martindale-Hubbell (High to Very High legal ability rating and Very High general ethical standards rating). She is a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations.

Recognition

Simsbury Jackson O'Keefe partner Kathryn M. Cunningham obtains favorable jury verdict in personal injury action.

On May 15, 2012 Attorney Cunningham obtained a favorable jury verdict at the Hartford Superior Court. The jury deliberated for approximately 50 minutes prior to returning its verdict for Attorney Cunningham's client. The case arose out of a falldown that occurred on August 15, 2006 at approximately 6:00 p.m. on a public street. The plaintiff alleged that she was walking "in the exercise of reasonable care" on the sidewalk when she "was caused to trip and fall due to the dangerous and/or defective condition" of the sidewalk. She claimed that there was an "irregular walking surface and/or a discrepancy in the heights of the brick sidewalk and curbing" which caused her to fall. She claimed to have sustained various injuries as a result of her fall.

"The jury found that the plaintiff had not established that the sidewalk was defective, and that was the end of its inquiry," said Cunningham. "I am happy that the jury brought its common sense to the table in assessing the situation. Many sidewalks are not perfect in this state due to the varying weather conditions and other factors. The law only requires reasonable safety, and requires that pedestrians keep a look out and use reasonable care as they walk."

The firm congratulates Attorney Cunningham on this victory.

Reported Cases

Millbrook Owners Ass'n, Inc. v. Hamilton Standard, 257 Conn. (2001); Washington v. Christie, 58 Conn. App. 96, cert. denied, 254 Conn. 906 (2000); Edwards v. Tardif, 240 Conn. 610 (1997); Martin v. Town of Plainville, 240 Conn. 105 (1997); Doe v. Marselle, Doe v. Marselle, 38 Conn. App. 360, rev'd, 236 Conn. 845 (1996).

Joseph La Bella

Attorney Joseph La Bella is a life-long resident of Connecticut. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. For over 25 years he has practiced law in the State of Connecticut. In 2009 Attorney La Bella joined the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is also a member of the bar of the federal courts, the U.S. District Court, Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Attorney La Bella has maintained an active trial practice in Connecticut since 1986. He has successfully handled a wide variety of personal injury and property damage cases representing both insurance companies and individuals. He also has a wealth of experience in the general practice of law and has served as a court-appointed Attorney Trial Referee and Special Master.

Attorney La Bella is invested in his community. He served for 10 years on the Board of Finance and five years on the Board of Selectmen of his home town, Marlborough. Along with his wife, Irene, he is a coach in the Future Problem Solving Program, a creative and critical thinking program for 4th through 12th graders. He has also been a volunteer soccer and baseball coach in Marlborough's youth programs.

"I am committed to obtaining the best outcome for my clients in every situation. Beyond that, when a client needs an attorney, it is often because something stressful and difficult is happening. I stand with my clients and they can rely on me to be there for them until their matter is fully resolved."

Matthew O'Keefe

Attorney O'Keefe grew up In Wethersfield and currently resides and practices in Southington with his family. Attorney O'Keefe handles litigation, divorce, real estate,land use, and general practice matters, and assists in personal injury matters throughout the State of Connecticut, including clients in Southington, Plantsville, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Middletown, Old Lyme, Hartford County, New Haven County, Middlesex County, New London County, and Litchfield County.

Matthew J. O'Keefe is a partner in the Southington office of Jackson O'Keefe. Since joining the firm Mr. O'Keefe's practice has concentrated in real estate transactions of a wide variety including the representation of lenders, developers, buyers and sellers, all aspects of probate and estate work, and has an extensive family law practice including divorce, child custody and pre-nuptial agreements. He also counsels many businesses and corporations and works with his clients to select and form the best business organization for his clients' needs.

Reported Cases

Sullivan v. State, 189 Conn. 550 (1983); Mcrae v. Mcrae, 129 Conn. App. 171 (2011); McRae v. McRae, 139 Conn. App. 75 (2012).

Elizabeth Donoghue

Elizabeth Donoghue was born and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut. Elizabeth handles divorce, real estate, land use, probate, estate and general practice matters throughout the State of Connecticut, including clients in Southington, Plantsville, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Middletown, Old Lyme, Hartford County, New Haven County, Middlesex County, New London County, and Litchfield County.

Attorney Donoghue obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marist College in 2013 where she made Dean's List for 6 semesters and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She graduated from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law with her Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 2017. Throughout 2016-2017 she was the Administrative Editor for the Connecticut Journal of International Law. She is a recipient of the CALI Award for Excellence in the Intellectual Property Clinic for her advanced fieldwork.

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