Richard T. Meehan, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Bridgeport, CT

MeehanLaw, LLC
 | 76 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: 203-664-8059
Fax: 203-331-0107
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Attorney Richard T. Meehan, JR., is the managing partner of MeehanLaw, LLC, which has offices in Bridgeport and Westport, Connecticut. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial advocates in the country, Mr. Meehan provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout Fairfield County and beyond who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Personal injury

· Dental malpractice

· Criminal defense

Among his impressive list of legal credentials, Mr. Meehan holds his certification as a criminal trial specialist from the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and his certification as a civil trial specialist from the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, as well as certification a a cool pre-trial specialist . Throughout the course of his more tn 45 years in practice, he has achieved a long record of securing favorable outcomes for those he has served, and he has earned numerous awards and honors for his outstanding professionalism and service to his clients and community. Mr. Meehan is a Fellow for the American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to 500 lawyers); Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys. 

Among his most notable accolades, Mr. Meehan holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and The National Trial Lawyers has voted him among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States since 2010. He has also received the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, and he received the Excellence in Medical Malpractice Award from Lawyers of Distinction that same year. He has also received Superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo. He most recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune and a Lifetime Achievement Award form Marquis Who's Who publications. 

A 1970 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Meehan obtained his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1974. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

A leader in his field, Mr. Meehan has served as adjunct legal professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law and Sacred Heart University, and he has conducted lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. He is the former chair of the Connecticut Judicial Review Council. He has also appeared on many local, state and national television and print news outlets, where he has offered in-depth legal commentary on various subjects.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Dental Malpractice, Personal Injury - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021

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About Richard Meehan, Jr.

Admitted: 1974, Connecticut

Professional Webpage:


  • Bar Registry of Pre-Eminent Lawyers; Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who in Society; Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America; Who’s Who in Connecticut; Who’s Who in the East
  • Recipient: United Way Community Builders Award, 2002; Catholic Charities Volunteer of the Year Award, 2000; Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers, 2006-present (voted Top Fifty Lawyers, 2006, 2012, 2013); New England Super Lawyers 2007-present; American Jurisprudence Award for Torts, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, 1972, American Jurisprudence Award in Advanced Criminal Procedure, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, 1972, American Jurisprudence Award – Contracts, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, 1972. AVVO Client Satisfaction Award, 2014. American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, Ten Best, Client Satisfaction Award, 2014.
  • AVVO rating 10/10
  • Top Ten Criminal Defense Attorneys, Nationally Ranked, National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017
  • Lawyers of Distinction, Excellence in Medical Malpractice Award, 2018
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut, 2010 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018
  • Fellow, American College of Board Certified Lawyers, 2013- Present
  • Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, 2007- Present
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers, 10 Best Attorneys-Connecticut, 2019
  • Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Judicial Edition, AV Preeminent Rating in Legal and Ethical Standards, Reflecting the Confidential Opinions of Members of the Bar and Judiciary, 2018
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1988-Present.
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, December, 2009, recertified 2014
  • Certified Pre-Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, December, 2009, recertified 2014
  • Certified Criminal Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, recertified 1999; 2004, 2009, 2014
  • Certified Criminal Trial Specialist, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 1994
  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association Grievance Task Force, 1996-97
  • Member, Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Judiciary Committee, Lawyer to Lawyer Dispute Resolution Committee, Media and the Law Committee. Chairman, Human Trafficking Committee
  • Board of Aldermen, City of Bridgeport 1975-79. President Bridgeport Common Council, 1977-79.  Commissioner, Bridgeport Airport Commission 1977-79
  • Member of the Connecticut Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Greater Bridgeport Bar Association (Executive Committee 1982, 1987-90, Chairman – Criminal Law Section 1981-82, 84-85, President 1986-87). Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers Association
  • Fact Finder and Arbitrator, Connecticut Superior Court, 1999 – Present
  • Advisory Board, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2002- Present
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2014
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2014
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2013-Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Past President Bridgeport, Ct Bar Association
  • Connecticut

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Shelton Flag Football League, Coach 1986 – 2005
  • Shelton American Little League 1985 – 1993
  • Assistant Boy’s Varsity Basketball Coach, Notre Dame High School, Fairfield, Connecticut, 1999-2001
  • Bridgeport North End Little League, 1978 – 1985
  • Advisory Board, Notre Dame High School, Fairfield, Connecticut 1992 – 2000; 2007- 2010
  • President, Advisory Board of Catholic Family Services of Fairfield County, 1997- 2004

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Columnist, “Due Process” com, 2009-present
  • Meehan recently authored a peer reviewed chapter in a treatise entitled, The Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make, and How to Avoid Them, SEAK Publishing, 2005. He has authored peer reviewed chapters on RICO (Racketeering), Conspiracy, and Insanity and the Death Penalty, in a legal anthology recently published by the University of Tennessee entitled, The American Encyclopedia of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Lecturer – Greater Bridgeport Bar Association Seminar – “Pretrial Diversion Programs and Alternative Dispositions in Criminal Cases” – 1989
  • Opinion Columnist, “Another View” Norwich Bulletin, 2007-present; periodic column discussing law related topics
  • “Criminal Procedure Rules Changes” Greater Bridgeport Bar Association News Brief, October, 1995
  • Lecturer in Criminal Law – Fairfield County Detective School 1988 – 1989
  • Lecturer – Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association – People’s Law School, Fairfield University 1988 – Present.
  • Alternate Member, Connecticut Judicial Review Council, 2018 – Present
  • Lecturer – Greater Bridgeport Bar Association Seminar – “An Alphabet Soup Guide to the G.A.” – January 31, 1994
  • Lecturer, Greater Bridgeport Bar Association Seminar – “Criminal Practice–The Rules Have Changed” – December 11, 1995
  • Lecturer, Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, “Law and the Media” 2005, 2006
  • Lecturer, Connecticut Trial Lawyer’s Association, “Ethics for the Criminal  Practitioner; how to keep from getting your ticket punched” – April 2008
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Quinnipiac University, School of Law, Hamden, Connecticut, 1997-2000; Criminal Trial Practice
  • Chairman, Connecticut Judicial Review Council, 2016-2018
  • Board of Editors, University of Connecticut Law Review 1972-73, Research and Special Projects Editor – 1973-74
  • Adjunct Associate Professor – Paralegal Studies Program – Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, 1976-79


  • State v. Huot, 170 Conn. 463 (1976)
  • State v. Kish, 186 Conn. 757 (1982)
  • Sanchione v. Sanchione, 173 Conn. 397 (1977)
  • Liptak v. State, 176 Conn. 320 (1978)
  • Norwalk Vault Co. v. Mountain Grove Cemetery, 180 Conn. 680, 1980
  • State v. Cosgrove, 181 Conn. 562 (1980)
  • State v. Gaynor, 182 Conn. 501 (1980)
  • State v. Conger, 183 Conn. 386 (1981)
  • State v. Graham, 186 Conn. 437 (1982)
  • State v. Falby, 187 Conn. 6 (1982)
  • State v. West, 192 Conn. 488 (1984)
  • State v. Cassidy, 3 Conn. App. 374 (1985)
  • State v. Cardona, 6 Conn. App. 124 (1986)
  • State v. Maiocco, 5 Conn. App. 347 (1985)
  • State v. Thompson, 5 Conn. App. 157 (1985)
  • State v. Sharpe, 195 Conn. 651 (1985)
  • State v. Boucino, 199 Conn. 207 (1986)
  • State v. Rogers, 18 Conn. App. 104 (1989)
  • State v. Vega, 48 Conn. App. 178 (1998)
  • State v. Miller, 34 Conn. App. 258 (1994)
  • Muller v. Muller, 43 Conn. App. 327 (1996)
  • State v. Smith, 46 Conn. App. (1997)
  • State v. Orhan, 52 Conn. App. 231 (1999)
  • State v. Hall, 82 Conn. App. 435 (2004)
  • Efthimiou v. Smith, 268 Conn. 499 (2004)
  • State v. Jennings, 101 Conn. App. 810 (2007)
  • McBurney v. Paquin, SC 18345 (CT. S. Ct., Oct. 4, 20011)
  • State v. Damato-Kushel, CT. S. Ct., Dec. 17, 2017

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Board of Examiners, National Board of Trial Advocacy; Former Adjunct Professor, Quinnipiac University School of Law; Former Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart University

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Notre Dame, 1970
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Office Location for Richard T. Meehan, Jr.

76 Lyon Terrace
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Phone: 203-664-8059

Fax: 203-331-0107

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