About The Law Office of Jerome Paun

We are passionate about vigorously defending our clients' rights, preserving their freedom and protecting their future. We are dedicated to defending against: criminal, motor vehicle (including drunk driving), and juvenile delinquency charges. If you already have a Connecticut criminal conviction record, we can help you clear your record by expunging your convictions with a pardon petition or an erasure motion, which ever may be appropriate.

One of Connecticut's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys. Attorney Jerome Paun has over 35 years of legal experience defending people and their rights. He is honored to have been selected as one of the top 100 Connecticut criminal defense attorneys by the American Society of Legal Advocates and The National Trial Lawyers since 2014. He is proud to have earned a "superb" rating as a top Connecticut criminal defense lawyer and is pleased to have earned "clients' choice" awards each year since 2013 from www.avvo.com.

Our Resources. Although Attorney Paun is a solo practitioner, he is not alone in the office. He has a wonderful legal assistant, Kelley Finlan, who is most capable and very helpful to clients. In 2008, Kelley graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and sociology. She is a Notary Public. Kelley is usually the voice you will hear and speak with when you call our Willimantic, Connecticut law office. Don't hesitate to ask Kelley questions. She frequently can answer any question you may have and can put your mind at ease. When she can't answer a question right away or after some research, Kelley will consult with Attorney Paun. As soon as we have an answer, we will return your call to advise you.

In addition to our professional office staff, our clients benefit from the collective knowledge and resources of Attorney Paun's professional memberships in a variety of legal organizations. These include: the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association (CCDLA), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG).

We care about our clients. We understand that in most cases, we are the only people standing-up for them and we are frequently the only thing that stands between them and a jail sentence. We vigorously defend our clients' rights to preserve their freedom and protect their future.

The Law Office of Jerome Paun vigorously defends clients throughout Connecticut but especially in Eastern Connecticut: Windham County, Tolland County, and New London County.

Contact a Lawyer Who Will Effectively Defend You - For your free initial consultation with Attorney Paun please call us toll-free at 866.787.0119 or send us an e-mail.

About Attorney Jerome Paun

I have been a practicing attorney since 1980. For many years, I was a labor lawyer dedicated to representing labor unions and their members in labor and employment matters. In the late 1990s, I expanded my law practice to include criminal defense representation. Since then, my criminal defense practice has grown to the point where I am almost exclusively a criminal defense attorney.

As a solo practitioner, 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 Connecticut criminal defense attorneys by the American Society of Legal Advocates and The National Trial Lawyers since 2014. I am proud to have earned a "superb" rating as a top Connecticut criminal defense lawyer and I am pleased to have earned "clients' choice" awards each year since 2013 from www.avvo.com.

What I Believe About Defending People in Criminal Cases. When a lawyer defends a person charged with a crime, that lawyer not only defends the client but also all the rest of us. People don't realize that it is the criminal defense attorney who puts the brakes on the state's enormous apparatus for incarcerating people. The United States incarcerates people at the highest rate in the world (over 700 per 100,000)! Without criminal defense lawyers challenging the state's police power, the state could lock-up people for no reason at all, without regard for our constitutional rights! Criminal defense lawyers are the first-line defense against the tyranny of a police state. By vigorously asserting defendants' constitutional rights day-in and day-out, criminal defense lawyers stop the state from arresting people and locking them up for no good reason.

I believe in those constitutional rights that some regard as mere technicalities. Those constitutional rights and the criminal defense lawyers who vigorously defend them are our protection against becoming a police state. I am very proud to be a criminal defense attorney defending our liberty and democracy as well as my clients.

An Effective Criminal Defense Attorney. Potential clients often ask if I am aggressive, as if that were the most important trait in a criminal defense lawyer. The answer is, I am effective. I want to be as effective as I possibly can be in getting the best possible results for my clients.

Aggression usually breeds aggression in the other side and interferes with effectiveness. Think about it for a minute, do you usually get what you want from someone by being aggressive toward them or do they usually resist? I am only aggressive when I need to be. Most of the time, there is a smarter and better way to achieve the best result.

Since 97-98 percent of all cases in Connecticut criminal courts are resolved without trial, good negotiating skills are necessary to persuade prosecutors and judges to give clients the best outcomes. During my many earlier years as a union-side labor lawyer, I learned and developed excellent negotiating skills that now benefit my criminal defense clients. In most cases, the best results for my clients are achieved through negotiated agreements.

When negotiation fails to achieve a satisfactory result, trial is frequently the only alternative. If a trial becomes necessary, I'm perfectly willing and able to go to trial and fight to defend my clients' rights and freedom.

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

Contact a Lawyer Who Will Effectively Defend You - For your free initial consultation with Attorney Paun please call us toll-free at 866.787.0119 or send us an e-mail.

My Education and Relevant Life Experience. I grew up in a working class neighborhood of New York City in the 1950s and '60s. I attended and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1968. While still a high school student, I began my life-long involvement in the civil rights movement. After graduating high school, I continued my higher education at the State University College at Brockport, New York, receiving my Bachelor of Science degree with academic honors (cum laude) and dual majors in philosophy and political science. My college education included a deepening commitment to the struggle for civil rights and as part of that commitment I became involved in the anti-war movement.

While in high school and throughout my college years, I worked summers as a New York City life guard in Rockaway, saving lives and protecting the safety of the public who enjoyed the ocean beach. After college graduation in 1972 and brief employment as a New York City taxicab driver, I worked for two years as a Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA). I served poor people as a criminal defense paralegal in Rochester, New York.

During my last months of VISTA service, I was recruited into a new Master of Arts degree program in political science for urban administration, launched by the State University College at Brockport, New York. I completed my masters degree in 1975 and applied to law school.

I earned my Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 1979. After successfully competing against my fellow law students, I was one of only three first year law students selected to join the Moot Court Board, the student organization that competes against other law schools in moot court competitions. Upon graduation, I was admitted to the Order of Barristers, an honor awarded to law students who excel in moot court competition. While attending law school, I wrote and secured a foundation grant to fund several law students, including myself, to work part-time with Prisoners Legal Services of New York, providing legal assistance to inmates incarcerated in New York State prisons.

I began my law career as a lawyer representing working people and their labor organizations in labor and employment matters. Eventually, I added criminal, motor vehicle (including drunk driving), and juvenile delinquency defense to the legal representation I provide. Over time, that work has grown to dominant my law practice. Today, my law practice concentrates almost exclusively on those practice areas.

My Court Admissions:

New York, 1980

Connecticut, 1988

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1980

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1980

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, 1981

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1981

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1983

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1983

U.S. Supreme Court, 1989

My Professional Associations & Memberships:

Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDLA)

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

National Lawyers Guild (NLG)

Connecticut Bar Association (CBA)

American Bar Association (ABA)

American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA)

The National Trial Lawyers (NTL)

My Education:

State University of New York at Buffalo Law School - Juris Doctor 1979

  • Honors: Moot Court Board & Order of Barristers

State University College at Brockport, New York - Master of Arts 1975

  • Political Science for Urban Administration

State University College at Brockport, New York - Bachelor of Science with honors (cum laude) 1972

  • Dual Majors: Philosophy & Political Science

My Life Outside the Law. My interests outside the law include: dancing, especially Argentine Tango and West Coast Swing; listening to music, tango, the blues and jazz; photography, black and white film; sports cars, especially those nice old British roadsters from the 1960s.

Contact An Experienced Defense Lawyer

If you face criminal charges in Connecticut, our law firm is here to help you pursue a successful outcome. Contact us online or by telephone at 866-787-0119 to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced defense attorney in Willimantic.