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Buckley, Wynne & Parese’s Connecticut roots go back more than a century


This year we’re celebrating News 8’s 70th anniversary, and also spotlighting other businesses with a rich history in our state, like the law firm Buckley, Wynne and Parese.

“We trace the origins of the firm back to 1881 when my great grandfather John Wynne started practicing law in Connecticut in Unionville and he came to New Haven around the turn of the century,” explained John F. Wynne Jr.

In 1986, the fourth-generation lawyer joined forces with John F. Buckley Jr.

“John Wynne and I met the first day of law school at the University of Connecticut,” Buckley recalled.

Then in 2007 John Parese joined the firm to round out the team.

“I feel incredibly proud to be part of a firm that has a long history, with roots that go back so long,” Parese said. 

The law firm of Buckley, Wynne and Parese specializes in personal injury litigation.

“We represent individuals who are injured, often in motor vehicle accidents, or fall downs or work injuries or as a result of professional negligence,” Parese explained.

“These things often result in loss of income,” Buckley said. “They result in significant pain. It’s important for us that we be close to our clients and understand what that journey is all about.”

At Buckley, Wynne and Parese, every case is handled by an attorney.

“We often work on each other’s files,” Wynne explained. “We use kind of a team approach here, and I think that translates to a better relationship with our clients.”

Buckley, Wynne and Parese has strong ties to our state. Wynne’s grandfather served as the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1957. They also have a longstanding relationship with News 8.

“My dad back in the 70s did the closing for the WTNH office building, which is right up the street from us,” Wynne explained.

“I think there’s something about tradition that is real important,” Buckley said. “It creates a commitment to clients that you’ve represented through time and through generations.”
With a past that spans more than a century, what’s in store for their future?

“For the next 137 years, I hope that the law firm continues its tradition of representing clients zealously and obtaining good results,” Wynne said.
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