Attorney Felice Duffy served as an Assistant United States Attorney for ten years after beginning her legal career at two prestigious firms (one in CT and one in NY) and then clerking for two federal judges. As an undergraduate, she brought a legal action under the then-new Title IX statute against UCONN to compel the creation of its women’s varsity soccer program. She went on to become a first-team Division I All-American, was selected to be on the first U.S. National Women’s Team, and spent 10 years as Head Coach of the Yale women’s soccer team (while at the same time earning her Ph.D. in Education/Sports Psychology).
Our team consists of a former federal prosecutor and a former federal defender. As a result, we bring to every client’s case a 360-degree, highly disciplined process of analysis, strategy development, and tactical execution. Our collective experience includes having handled hundreds of criminal matters and involvement in hundreds of court proceedings, including detention hearings, plea proceedings, and trials, all of which have made us familiar with many of the law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, judges, courthouse personnel, and unique procedures in each judicial venue.
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Duffy Law is the culmination of my professional path. It’s how I get to best help people who need a strong partner in navigating the judicial and education institutions with which they’re contending.
If either you or someone you know needs experienced, tenacious legal counsel, call me at 203-946-2000 at no cost and we can explore if I am the right lawyer for you.
Felice Duffy: I grew up with nine siblings in a household where our parents worked hard to treat all of us equally. No one was better than the others and no one was favored over the others. We were also taught to see the world that way – to not play favorites and to not judge others. So fairness and treating people with respect are central to my personal value system.
We were also taught to do our best at everything, whether it was school or hobbies or sports. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” Put simply, I’m driven by excellence, and I’m driven by it at a deep level.
Finally, more than half of my siblings became accomplished team athletes. You can read more about my sports background here, but four highlights include: suing UCONN under the then-new Title IX statute as an undergraduate to compel the creation of a woman’s soccer program, being selected as a Division I First Team All-American in soccer, being named to the first Women’s U.S. National Soccer team, and serving as Head Coach of the Yale Division I Women’s Soccer Team. I share this with you because that inner fire of competitiveness and teamwork continues to drive me as a lawyer.
I bring these qualities to every client and every case I take because it’s who I am and how I practice law.
My clients are up against institutions with significant resources behind them, whether the state or federal government with its prosecutorial and law enforcement agencies or colleges and universities. So my clients need a strong advocate to level the playing field and make sure their rights are wisely and vigorously defended.
Paul Thomas: Paul is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He was privileged to serve as law clerk to the U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns (1981-83), and then to work with Zeldes, Needle & Cooper (1983-97), which he left to follow his passion for criminal defense work to the Office of the Federal Defender.
Paul is a member of the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, where he has been a lecturer since 1996 in the Law & Psychiatry Program. Before leaving private practice, he served as an attorney trial referee in Superior Court and during his tenure as a public defender he served on the Grievance and Magistrate Selection Committees.