Hartford Law Firm

2013-07-16 | Kathryn M. Cunningham

Category: Wills, Elder Law


Welcome to Jackson O’Keefe, a general practice law firm of attorneys practicing in and serving Hartford and surrounding towns.  The firm provides a broad spectrum of legal services to Hartford area residents and businesses. Our lawyers’ goal is to provide Hartford with the highest quality advocacy and counsel in a cost-effective manner.

The firm’s attorneys handle a variety of Cromwell matters including accidents and personal injury, divorce and family law, estate planning and wills, criminal and motor vehicle charges, among many other areas.  Please navigate through our website through the top and side menus to find the information you are seeking, or use the contact form above or call us at (860) 278-4040 to discuss your issue.  We look forward to assisting you!

The lawyers at Jackson O’Keefe are committed to providing professional representation as effectively and efficiently as possible. The firm manages cases carefully to minimize expense and protect the interests of its clients. The firm has represented individuals and businesses throughout the area for over 50 years and is AV-Rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating Process®.  This is the highest peer-review rating available.  Several of our attorneys have also been recognized as Connecticut SuperLawyers and New England SuperLawyers by ThomsonReuters, and as published in Connecticut Magazine.

All of the attorneys at Jackson O’Keefe take pride in “fighting for the little guy.” We take cases we believe in for people we care about. Each case that we select is handled with extreme care and given the amount of time it needs and deserves. We’re genuinely interested in the welfare of our clients. We always try to do more than merely obtain a successful result in a particular case. We’re certainly proud of the results we get, and the speed with which we get them. However, we’re just as proud of the fact that we return all phone calls immediately and solve every problem we can, whether it is directly related to the case or not. We’ve maintained friendships with many of our clients long after we’ve won or settled their cases. Our relationships with them are just as rewarding as our professional accomplishments on their behalf.

Hartford Lawyers

Jackson O’Keefe’s principal office is located at 36 Russ Street, in Hartford, directly behind the Connecticut Supreme Court and State Law Library, and across from the Hartford Superior Court.  The Firm has maintained its principal office in Hartford since the 1950s.  The Firm is a mainstay and fixture of the Connecticut Bar.  The firm is housed in a historic building, listed on the Historic Registry. Over the years we have become quite familiar with the Hartford Superior Court with regard to civil and criminal matters.  The Jackson O’Keefe law firm has a rich history in Hartford and has represented and continues to represent many individuals and businesses from the area.

Hartford Connecticut

After Dutch explorer Adriaen Block visited the area in 1614, fur traders from the New Netherland colony set up trade at Fort Goede Hoop (Good Hope) at the confluence of the Connecticut and Park Rivers as early as 1623, but abandoned their post by 1654. Today, the neighborhood near the site is still known as Dutch Point. The first English settlers arrived in 1635 and their settlement was originally called Newtown, but was renamed Hartford in 1637. The name “Hartford” was chosen to honor the English town of Hertford (pronounced “Hartford”) in Hertfordshire, home of Samuel Stone, one of the settlers.

The leader of Hartford’s original settlers from what is now Cambridge, Massachusetts, Pastor Thomas Hooker, delivered a sermon which inspired the writing of the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, a document (ratified January 14, 1639) investing the people with the authority to govern, rather than ceding such authority to a higher power. Hooker’s conception of self-rule embodied in the Fundamental Orders went on to inspire the Connecticut Constitution, and ultimately the U.S. Constitution. Today, one of the Connecticut’s nicknames is the ‘Constitution State’.

On December 15, 1814, delegations from throughout New England gathered at the Hartford Convention to discuss possible secession from the United States. Later in the century, Hartford was a center of abolitionist activity. Harriet Beecher Stowe, daughter of Lyman Beecher and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, lived in Nook Farm, part of the Asylum Hill section of the city. In 1987, Carrie Saxon Perry was elected mayor of Hartford, the first female African-American mayor of a major American city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.0 square miles (47 km2), of which 17.3 square miles (45 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (3.67%) is water.  Hartford is bordered by the towns of West Hartford, Newington, Wethersfield, East Hartford, Bloomfield, South Windsor, and Windsor.  I-84 runs from Scranton, to its intersection with I-90 in Sturbridge, just over the Massachusetts border.  I-91 runs from New Haven along the Connecticut River ultimately to Canada, intersect in downtown Hartford.  In addition to I-84 and I-91, two other highways service the city: Route 2, an expressway that runs from downtown Hartford to Westerly, passing through Norwich and past Foxwoods Resort Casino; and the Wilbur Cross Highway portion of Route 15 that skirts the southeastern part of the city near Brainard Airport. A short connector known as the Conlin-Whitehead Highway also provides direct access from I-91 to the Capitol Area of downtown Hartford.

Jackson O’Keefe Hartford Law Firm
36 Russ Street
Hartford, CT 06106-1571
Phone 860.278.4040


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