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PATRICK J. Filan is the owner of the Law Offices of Patrick J. Filan LLC, with offices in Fairfield, Connecticut and White Plains, New York. He is a seasoned advocate with more than 40 years of success in routine and complex cases involving personal injuries, medical malpractice, car and truck collisions, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, defective products, dangerous drugs, attorney malpractice, business litigation, will contests, real estate litigation and whistleblower litigation.

Filan has obtained successful results in defending persons charged with criminal offenses including felonies, misdemeanors, drug crimes, sex offenses, financial crimes, drunk driving, motor vehicle offenses and juvenile matters.

Filan has been recognized by Connecticut Super Lawyers annually since 2009. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. He maintains an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and a Superb 10.0 from Avvo.

Filan earned an AB, cum laude, from Duke University – his senior thesis was in Irish history – and a JD from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where his thesis was on the Brehon Laws.

Married with four children, Filan’s mother Nancy, one of 11 children, was a native of Galway City. His father Seamus came from Bohola, Co. Mayo. They were both pre-med in college and met at University College Galway, now known as NUI-Galway. Nancy’s father died while she was in college and she left to help with the family business, Lillises Draperies on Abbeygate Street in Galway. They were married in September 1955, after Seamus finished medical school.

Filan spent summers in Ireland as a child, and during law school he worked for O’Dwyer and Bernstien in New York. His experience included the successful defense of an extradition proceeding brought against Sean Mackin, an alleged member of the Irish Republican Army.

Filan’s father was one of the co-founders, in 1969, of the American Committee for Ulster Justice, along with Paul O’Dwyer and Frank Durkan.





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