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Jerome William Paun

UNITE Greater Northeastern Joint Board
Connecticut, New York

About Jerome William Paun

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 Avvo.com.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.

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Work experience

UNITE Greater Northeastern Joint Board
Regional Counsel | 1979 - 2004
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...

Education

SUNY Buffalo Law School
J.D. (1979), Law | 1976 - 1979
Activities: Moot Court Board. Honors: Order of Barristers
State University of New York - College at Brockport
M.A. (1975), Political Science/Urban Administration | 1974 - 1975
State University of New York - College at Brockport
B.S. (1972), Philosophy & Political Science | 1968 - 1972
Activities: Inter-collegiate debate team. Honors: Graduated with Honors (Cum Laude)

Awards

The National Trial Lawyers | 2014
Connecticut Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney
American Society of Legal Advocates | 2014

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