Practice Areas

Our firm has been serving the community and its constituents for over 25 years. With our broad range of support and network across the legal spectrum, we are certain that we will be able to help you get the assistance you need.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

For over 30 years our attorneys have engaged in civil litigation, primarily representing plaintiffs who have suffered personal injuries. We have a staff dedicated to our clients’ cases and we work with insurance companies to settle cases where possible. If settlement is not practical, we aggressively and effectively use the courts to provide justice to our clients.

We represent clients injured in automobile accidents as well as through the negligent maintenance of property. The firm has achieved great success in representing clients and their families who have suffered serious physical and emotional injuries.

Your case can be harmed if you do not act promptly to retain skilled professional personal injury lawyers to gather evidence, locate witnesses and collect records concerning the nature and extent of your injuries.

We do not merely handle cases, we represent real people with real problems on an individual basis. If you have been injured by the negligence of another and need assistance, call our office today for a free consultation.

Real Estate

The attorneys at Penny, Botticello & O’Brien have closed thousands of real estate purchases and sales and have had extensive experience in solving many of the problems that often arise in this area of the law. We have represented clients buying their first home, downsizing as part of estate planning, and refinancing. We work with local realtors and most banks and mortgage companies and have a reputation for accurate, timely and affordable services.

We perform commercial real estate transactions of every type including the purchase, sale, lease and loan and workout transactions. We have been active in representing clients in the expanding retail development in Manchester and have represented clients in the purchase, development and sale of retail, industrial and condominium properties.

Real Estate Law
Land Use Zoning

Land Use Zoning

We have many years of experience working with property owners and developers on matters involving land use and zoning, representing them before all municipal land use agencies. Our firm has been involved extensively in the major retail development in this part of Connecticut over the past 15 years and our clients have included major regional and national developers.

We assist clients in a wide range of matters such as:

  • Special Use Permits
  • Lot and Use Variances
  • Building Permits
  • Environmental Permits
  • Liquor Permits
  • Subdivision Approvals
  • Water and Sewer District Extensions
  • Zoning Enforcement
  • Environmental Regulations

Given our government service as town attorneys, we have a background which has proven valuable in our representation of our developer clients.

Estate Planning & Probate

Estate Planning & Probate is designed to help senior citizens handle personal and financial affairs to their satisfaction. At times, close friends or family members may have to assist their elderly loved ones in legally preparing for their golden years. At Penny, Botticello, & O’Brien, we can help you accomplish this important goal. Our attorneys offer the following related services:

  • Formation of living wills and a durable power of attorney. A living will allows your loved one to make health care decisions, or assign a proxy to do so, in the event that he or she becomes incapacitated. A durable power of attorney, on the other hand, typically specifies someone to handle financial decisions for the elder. Both are important documents that elder law firms can draw up for you.
  • Crafting of an estate plan. An estate plan can encompass making a legal will, forming living or irrevocable trusts and planning for the dispersal of assets after death. It is important to have a well-made plan in place in the event that your loved one passes in order to maximize asset retention, as well as minimize any taxes due.
Estate Planning & Probate
Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Kevin M. O’Brien is an attorney with thirty years experience in DUI and drunk driving cases including DMV matters, felony and misdemeanor criminal defense. Kevin’s experience means you will have a lawyer who knows the courts in Connecticut and you will have the best on your side, an experienced lawyer working with you every step of the way.

We know that when you are accused of a crime or DUI you are worried about losing your license or your job or even your freedom. We have been involved to help clients even before their arrest to work with the police and the prosecutors. We can help with arrangements to post bond, or fight for bond reduction to release your loved ones as soon as possible. We understand that it is better to have our client free to better prepare to defend the case in court.

Other attorneys refer their criminal and motor vehicle cases to our office for skilled, expert handling. We handle the following types of matters:

  • Drunk driving defense in court
  • Drunk driving defense at the motor vehicle department
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug paraphernalia possession
  • Drug possession
  • Possession with intent to sell narcotics
  • Juvenile cases
  • Youthful offender cases
  • Larceny
  • Assault
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Embezzlement
  • Probation violations
  • Sex offenses
  • Reckless driving and reckless speeding
  • Driving under suspension / Department of motor vehicle suspensions


Our attorneys practice regularly in the Connecticut state courts. We represent clients in commercial litigation including contract actions, partition sales, foreclosures and collections. We represent both Plaintiffs and Defendants in property tax appeals. We have represented clients in land disputes and personal injury cases including automobile accident and workers’ compensation cases. Attorney O’Brien is a court-appointed Fact Finder and a Small Claims Commissioner.

Business Law

Business Law

Our attorneys represent clients in the purchase and sale of businesses, contract negotiations, mediation and dispute resolution, and in the formation of limited liability companies and corporations, and partnerships.

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