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Jerome William Paun

Jerome William Paun

vigorously defending your rights
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Juvenile Law
  • Connecticut, New York
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I am a criminal defense attorney. I am responsible for and I proudly represent each and every one of my clients personally. I am honored to have been selected as one of the top 100 criminal defense attorneys in Connecticut by the American Society of Legal Advocates and the National Trial Lawyers each year since 2014. I am proud to have earned a "superb" rating as a top Connecticut criminal defense attorney and I am pleased to have earned "clients' choice" awards each year since 2013 from

Kelley Finlan is my Legal Assistant. She is the voice most people hear and speak with when they call my office. Kelley frequently answers client questions, putting their minds at ease immediately.

In most cases, I am the only person standing up for my clients' rights. I am the only thing that stands between them and jail. By vigorously asserting my clients' constitutional rights day-in and day-out, I put the brakes on the state's enormous apparatus for incarcerating people.

About 98 percent of all cases are resolved without trial. An effective negotiation strategy is necessary to persuade prosecutors and judges to give my clients the best outcome. I have worked hard to learn and develop excellent negotiating skills. My criminal defense clients benefit from that. Usually, the best results are negotiated agreements.

Trial is the last resort when negotiation fails to achieve a satisfactory result.  If a trial becomes necessary, I’m perfectly willing and able to go to trial and fight to defend my clients’ rights and freedom; prosecutors and judges know that.

I am proud to serve my clients. I would be honored if you would give me the opportunity to defend you against whatever criminal charges may be confronting you.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Constitutional Law
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, PayPal
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Pretrial representation fees are generally flat/fixed fees. Pretrial evidentiary hearings requiring examination of witness are charged separately. Trial representation and preparation fees are charged hourly at $250 per hour for lawyer time and $75 per hour for paralegal time.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
1st Circuit
2nd Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Experience
Regional Counsel
UNITE Greater Northeastern Joint Board
After law school graduation, while waiting to be admitted to the New York State bar, I was employed as a law clerk with the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) in New York City. After being admitted to the bar, I became Regional Counsel for the ACTWU Southern New England Joint Board. Over years, the Southern New England Joint Board merged with other joint boards to become the Greater Northeastern Joint Board. ACTWU merged with the International Lady Garment Workers Union to become UNITE. I continued to serve as Regional Counsel for the UNITE Greater Northeastern Joint Board until it was merged into another UNITE joint board.
SUNY Buffalo Law School
J.D. (1979) | Law
Honors: Order of Barristers
Activities: Moot Court Board
State University of New York - College at Brockport
M.A. (1975) | Political Science/Urban Administration
State University of New York - College at Brockport
B.S. (1972) | Philosophy & Political Science
Honors: Graduated with Honors (Cum Laude)
Activities: Inter-collegiate debate team
Avvo “Superb” 10.0 rating
Connecticut Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney
The National Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers have selected me as one of the top 100 criminal defense attorneys in Connecticut each year since 2014.
Connecticut Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney
American Society of Legal Advocates
The American Society of Legal Advocates has selected me as one of the top 100 criminal defense attorneys in Connecticut each year since 2014.
Clients' Choice Award
I have been awarded the Avvo Clients' Choice Award every year since 2013.
Professional Associations
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Current
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
Connecticut Bar Association
- Current
American Bar Association
- Current
National Lawyers Guild
member, former treasurer
- Current
Websites & Blogs
The Law Office of Jerome Paun
Social Media
Contact & Map
The Law Office of Jerome Paun
746 Main St
Willimantic, CT 06226
Telephone: (860) 455-4202
Fax: (860) 456-4452