Edward J. Gavin


Edward J. Gavin has followed the Meehan, Meehan & Gavin LLP tradition of legal excellence since joining the firm over 20 years ago.  Mr. Gavin was named a partner in the firm of Meehan, Meehan & Gavin LLP in 1996.  Mr. Gavin has litigated numerous criminal, civil, labor and administrative matters throughout the State of Connecticut.  His success in high profile litigation in state and federal courts has earned him the reputation and recognition as a skillful trial advocate among the state Bar.  He is recognized as one of Connecticut’s leading defenders in complex criminal cases having litigated multiple homicide, sexual assault and drug related cases.  In addition to serious felony cases, Mr. Gavin has represented many clients in vehicular homicide cases, including the defense of DWI and drug and alcohol-related crimes.  His success in representing clients in suspension hearings before the Department of Motor Vehicles has earned him the recognition as a leader in the field by his peers.  Mr. Gavin has lectured to various professional organizations on the defense of criminal charges in the past. Mr. Gavin is often involved in litigating cases having statewide and national significance.


Ed Gavin has achieved the highest level of recognition by Martindale-Hubbell with an AV rating, ranking him among the most distinguished lawyers in the country. Lawyer Ratings serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability and are used by buyers of legal services to justify their hiring decisions. Mr. Gavin has obtained an AV rating, indicating he has Pre-eminent legal ability and the highest level of professional excellence.

Mr. Gavin has also obtained substantial verdicts and settlements in contested civil claims including wrongful death and medical malpractice actions.  He has successfully represented clients in both State and Federal Courts and has been retained as both plaintiff’s counsel as well as defense counsel in complex, multi-party commercial actions.  He has obtained settlements and judgments in hundreds of negligence actions.  Mr. Gavin also has expertise in the field of Labor Law having served as primary trial counsel for the Bridgeport City Supervisors Association, one of the largest collective bargaining units within the City of Bridgeport.  Due to his expertise and experience in handling complex civil cases, Mr. Gavin has been selected to serve as both an

arbitrator as well as a neutral in civil arbitrations.  In addition, Mr. Gavin was selected to serve as a Special Master in Connecticut Superior Court, assisting in the settlement and resolution of pending civil matters.

In recognition of his success in the defense of criminal cases, Mr. Gavin was initially elected to the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. The Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association is a statewide organization of approximately 350 lawyers dedicated to defending persons accused of criminal offenses.  Founded in 1988, CCDLA works to improve the criminal justice system by ensuring that the individual rights guaranteed by the Connecticut and United States Constitutions are applied fairly and equally and that those rights are not diminished.


In 2002, Ed Gavin was elected by his peers to the Executive Board of CCDLA.  He has served on the Executive Board as a Member at Large, Parliamentarian, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President.  In

October, 2007 Edward Gavin was honored in his selection as President Elect of the organization.  Mr. Gavin served as President of CCDLA from October, 2008-October 2009.


During his tenure as President, Ed Gavin received national recognition for his efforts to repeal Connecticut’s death penalty. Ed frequently testified at the Connecticut legislature on numerous pieces of proposed law. He was instrumental in changing many of Connecticut’s laws effecting the practice of Criminal law. He currently co-chairs the past presidents committee of CCDLA.



For many years, Mr. Gavin has also served as Co-Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Bridgeport Bar Association and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Bridgeport Bar Association

in March, 2002.  He also serves as the Criminal Law Technical Advisor to the Bridgeport Bar Association assisting fellow practitioners with issues related to the practice of Criminal Law.  Mr. Gavin is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Connecticut Bar Association, the American Association of Trial Lawyers, the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.


Mr. Gavin has lectured in criminal law as a faculty member for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association People’s Law School and has taught numerous seminars on criminal law.  He has served on panels at the Yale School of Law and the Quinnipiac School of Law sharing his experiences with young law students. . Recently, Mr. Gavin taught a seminar on “Cross-Examination — Techniques and Tips” for the Annual Criminal Litigation Seminar given by the Civil Justice Foundation. In September, 2010 Ed sat on a panel of expert criminal practitioners providing his insight on jury selection in criminal cases.


Mr. Gavin has represented politicians, Judges, Attorneys and Corporate Executives in the defense of Federal and Civil charges. In 2005, Mr. Gavin filed the Amicus Brief on behalf of CCDLA in the matter of DAN ROSS v. COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONS, STATE of CONNECTICUT  before the Connecticut Supreme Court in an attempt to stop the execution of Michael Ross. The Supreme Court ruled 3-2 in favor of the execution.


Mr. Gavin has authored multiple articles concerning the practice of criminal law published in Bar Association periodicals including Counsel for the Defense.  Mr. Gavin is also a Charter Fellow of the LITIGATION COUNSEL OF AMERICA, TRIAL LAWYER HONORARY SOCIETY.


Mr. Gavin is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut and State of New York.  He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Gavin is also admitted to practice as a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Gavin has appeared on local and national TV as a legal commentator.  He has been a featured legal analyst on WTNH, WFSB and WVIT.  He has appeared as a guest commentator on numerous state and national radio programs including WICC, Fox radio, 1010 news, and CNN radio.  His legal career has been the focus of articles in the New York Times, the Connecticut Law Tribune, The Connecticut Post, The Hartford Courant, the New Haven Register, the Waterbury Republican American, and multiple other news sources.


Ed Gavin has also been honored by his appointment to the State of Connecticut, Criminal Practice Commission where he serves with Judges, prosecutors and fellow defense lawyers in setting the practices and standards used in the criminal courts of Connecticut.


Connecticut Magazine initially honored Mr. Gavin as one of Connecticut’s Super Lawyers of 2006, in a poll of over 13,000 lawyers in the State. He was again named as a Super Lawyer in 2007,2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Mr. Gavin was recently honored by being named to the list of New England Super Lawyers. This publication recognizes legal excellence in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont and has a readership of almost 900,000 people.


Edward J. Gavin also serves as past President and as a member of the Executive Board for the Regional Network of Programs and The Golden Hill Foundation, non-profit organizations established to assist individuals with substance abuse and dependency problems.  He has been recognized by publications such as The Connecticut Law Tribune and The Connecticut Post for his service to the greater Bridgeport community.


Mr. Gavin is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for Shelton’s St. Lawrence School where he also served as a coach for the St. Lawrence Boys’ basketball team.  A former collegiate rugby player, he has served as a coach for the Shelton Flag Football League, Shelton Pop Warner Football League and the Shelton American Baseball Little League.  Mr. Gavin can often be found trying to relive his own failed athletic career by micromanaging his children’s athletic lives.