Hugh F. Keefe

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in New Haven, Connecticut

Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante
Hugh F. Keefe
Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1967

Education: University of Connecticut School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante

52 Trumbull Street
New Haven, CT 06510 Visit website


Hugh F. Keefe is the founder and principal attorney of the New Haven, Connecticut, law office of Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante. His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of matters involving criminal defense, civil affairs, business and commercial disputes, and divorce. He is the first lawyer in the United States to receive dual certification in civil and criminal trial advocacy from the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 1980 and one of the six in the U.S. to hold accreditation in three specialties, including Civil Pre-trial Practice Advocacy (2012).

A seasoned attorney with five decades of experience, Mr. Keefe has handled several high-profile cases and is skilled at defending his clients’ rights. Adored by his clients and respected in the legal community, he makes sure his clients understand the merits and challenges of every available legal option before committing to a legal approach. He enjoys strategizing with clients and analyzes every legal element before representing them in the courtroom. 

A 1964 accounting graduate of Quinnipiac College, Mr. Keefe was involved in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He received his doctorate in law from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he received the George J. Sherman Scholarship. Apart from teaching trial advocacy at Yale Law School for more than 30 years, he has lectured, participated in panels, and moderated numerous seminars and conferences organized by various bar associations, law schools, television and radio programs, colleges, judicial departments and other groups.

Mr. Keefe has been licensed to practice in all state courts of Connecticut, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Tax Court. He has held key leadership positions in various sections and committees of the Connecticut Bar Association throughout his career. With experience participating in the screening, selection and grievance procedures related to judges, he served as the chairman of the state’s Judicial Selection Commission and Judicial Review Council.

Highly engaged in the legal circle, Mr. Keefe plays an active part in several professional organizations such as the American Bar Association, the New Haven County Bar Association and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. The legal community has garnered him much recognition from many sources:

  • AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • “Superb” rating from Avvo
  • Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws from the Quinnipiac University Law School
  • Listed among the five Best Lawyers in Connecticut in civil litigation and defense by the Connecticut Magazine; the New York Area’s Best Lawyers by the New York Magazine; The Best Lawyers in America in civil litigation and defense; the 100 Irish American Lawyers by Irish Legal 100
  • Featured in the Irish America magazine and the Irish Voice newspaper

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Family Law

Focus areas

Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Divorce, Non-Compete Agreements, Personal Injury - Plaintiff

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Business Litigation
  • 10% Business/Corporate
  • 10% Family Law

First Admitted: 1967, Connecticut

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Officer Nominating Committee, Chair, 1999 to 2000
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice Section Executive Committee for the 2018-2019 term
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyer Association, Member
  • New Haven Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Law Tribune, Editorial Board, 1986
  • Quinnipiac University Board of Trustees, 1994
  • Federal Public Defender Appointment Committee, Member, 2000 to 2000
  • United States District Court's Magistrate Appointment Committee, Chairman, 1995 to 1995
  • Judicial Review Council, Chairman of the Council, 1997 to 2000
  • Judicial Review Council, 1995 to 2000
  • Connecticut's Judicial Selection Commission, Chairman, 2001 to 2001
  • Connecticut's Judicial Selection Commission, Charter Member, 1986 to 1993
  • Judicial Review Council, State of Connecticut, 1995 to 2000
  • Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission, Charter Member, 1986 to 1993
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice Section & Criminal Justice Section, 1980
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Executive Committees , 1980 to 1980
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Chair, 1979 to 1982
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Officer Nominating Committee, Chair, 1997 to 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1968
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982
  • Connecticut, 1967
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
  • Instructor, Trial Practice, Yale Law School, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1969
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Quinnipiac University Law School
  • 100 Irish American Lawyers, United States
  • Named in Irish America Magazine& Irish Voice Newspaper
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" in Civil Litigation-Defense
  • Best Lawyers in the New York Area, New York Magazine
  • Super Lawyer, Civil Litigation/Criminal Defense, Connecticut Magazine
  • "Super Lawyer"in Civil Litigation-Defense, Connecticut Magazine, Highest Number of Votes in the State of Connecticut
  • "Best Lawyers in Connecticut" in Civil Litigation-Defense, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • One of the Five "Best Lawyers in Connecticut", in Civil Litigation-Defense Connecticut Magazine
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Quinnipiac University
  • "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Advocacy and The Criminal Trial Judge, Trial Magazine, July, 1977
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy, Yale Law School, 1979
  • Courts not Always Faithful to Spirit of the Constitution, New Haven Register, 1987
  • In Defense of the Peremptory Jury Challenge, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Forum, July, 1987
  • Makeup of Jury is Critical When Defense Is Self-Defense, Hartford Courant OP-ED, June 23, 1987
  • Dragging the Bar Before Federal Grand Juries, Connecticut Law Tribune, June, 1987
  • Yale Law School Trial Practice Faculty, 1980
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Civil and Criminal Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1985
  • Dual Certification, Civil and Criminal Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1980
Educational Background:
  • Quinnipiac College, Hamden, Connecticut, B.S. in Accounting with Phi Theta Kappa, 1964

Office location for Hugh F. Keefe

52 Trumbull Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Phone: 203-787-0275

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