Law Offices of Steven W. Varney, LLC

Practice/Organization Description

The Law Offices of Steven W. Varney, LLC, Rocky Hill, Connecticut, limits its practice by choice to CRIMINAL DEFENSE and CHILD PROTECTION ("DCF") LAW (and other miscellaneous LITIGATION and APPEALS)undertaken on a case-by-case basis. Most of our work is by referral from other attorneys, professionals, and clients. A substantial portion of the firm's practice is in the area of child protection law, where we provide aggressive representation for parents, grandparents, extended family members, teachers, healthcare providers, and others who are a party to Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigations, hearings and appeals. After 20 years as an associate and partner with Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP (formerly Brown, Paindiris & Zarella) of Hartford, Connecticut, Steve Varney founded the Law Offices of Steven W. Varney, LLC in January 2005.

In 2005, Attorney Varney was board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Lawyer. In the February 2006 edition of CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, he was named a Connecticut "Super Lawyer."

Attorney Varney has extensive jury and court trial and appellate law experience. In 2003, he was defense counsel in a record-setting 15-week long jury trial in the Connecticut Superior Court in Hartford, successfully defending his home-builder client against foreclosure of a real estate development. In 2000, Attorney Varney successfully defended a Washington, DC client in overturing a $1,000,000+ judgment after a "runaway" jury verdict placed the corporation at risk of bankruptcy. In 1998, Attorney Varney obtained a temporary and permanent injunction and reimbursement of legal fees and costs for a client that was the victim of unfair trade practices by a competitor who engaged in illegal videotaping of the client's premises. On appeal, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that Attorney Varney's client was entitled to his legal fees and costs to be paid by the defendant pursuant to the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, despite the fact that his client had not yet been financially harmed due to the quick injunction obtained at the outset of the case. Attorney Varney began his appellate law career as a legal intern representing an indigent client in a Murder case before the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1985. Though the court affirmed the defendant's conviction, it agreed with Attorney Varney that the jury charge issued in the case was misleading, and it issued a "caveat" to Connecticut Superior Court judges that effectively changed the jury charge in Connecticut on the affirmative defense of intoxication. Subsequently, Attorney Varney has had more than 20 published opinions in state and federal courts.

Professional Associations & Memberships

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Honors and Awards

Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy.

"Top Connecticut SuperLawyer" CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, Feb. 2006

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Litigation

Number of Attorneys

Sole Practitioner

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