James T. Flaherty practices divorce and family law at Flaherty Legal Group, LLC in West Hartford, Connecticut. With 40 years of experience representing clients in Connecticut, Attorney Flaherty believes that using a team approach to solve the problems created by divorce often yields positive outcomes for his clients. Working with two talented young partners and two experienced and hard-working paralegals, Attorney Flaherty and his team of innovative and determined trial attorneys explore every opportunity for mediated settlement. 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 are little or no prospects 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 for the last nine (9) consecutive years: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. 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 maintains an AV Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell for ethical standards and legal ability.
A Special Master in the Tolland and Hartford Judicial Districts, Attorney Flaherty has 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 Associations. 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 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. He resides with his wife in Canton, where they raised their four boys.