Bernard F. Gaffney

Bernard F. Gaffney

Hartford, Connecticut

Skilled as both a litigator and transactional attorney, Mr. Gaffney has extensive experience in negotiating commercial contracts as well as litigating various types of commercial and professional disputes. This broad range of experience had been invaluable to clients seeking business and professional advice and protection. He has been responsible for all aspects of transactional matters on behalf of his corporate clients, including drafting, negotiating, and advising on commercial and legal terms and conditions. He has helped conclude a wide variety of major business agreements including consortium and strategic alliance agreements, long term purchase and sale contracts, stock purchases, industrial property leases, inventory management agreements, turnkey and construction contracts and various service agreements. In addition, Mr. Gaffney has significant experience in technology related agreements including drafting and negotiating technology transfer agreements, licensing agreements, non-disclosure and proprietary design agreements. He also has significant experience in negotiating international agreements, and has helped to conclude several major business agreements on behalf of Fortune 500 companies in Asia, South America, the Middle East and Europe.

Combined with his transactional experience, Mr. Gaffney has significant experience in all aspects of civil litigation. He has tried cases in both Connecticut and Massachusetts state courts. He has tried several jury cases to verdict including cases involving allegations of medical malpractice as well as hospital negligence claims. He has also drafted various appellate briefs and successfully argued an appeal before the Connecticut Appellate Court. He has concentrated his litigation practice in the areas of legal and medical malpractice, product liability and commercial litigation. He has represented numerous physicians, attorneys and other professionals in malpractice actions. Mr. Gaffney has also handled licensing disputes before various regulatory agencies of the state of Connecticut, including the Department of Public Health, the Liquor Control Commission and the State Lottery Commission. As a former chairman of the State of Connecticut Firearms Permit Examiners, Attorney Gaffney counsels Connecticut gun owners on compliance with state and local firearm laws. He has also assisted corporate clients in investigating claims, and managing high exposure litigation in the United States and abroad.

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • International Transactions
  • Transactions
  • Franchising
  • Debarment
  • Insurance Defense
  • Technology Licensing
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Complex Litigation
  • State Trial Practice
  • Products Liability Law
  • Chemicals & Cosmetics
  • Firearms
  • Food & Agricultural Products
  • Machinery & Tools
  • Medical Products & Devices
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Other Professionals Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1993
  • Massachusetts, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1999
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Honors: Outstanding Student Award, Delta Theta Phi Law (Region I), 1990-1991
    • Honors: Best Appellate Brief Award (Section B), 1990
    • Honors: President, Delta Theta Phi, Law Fraternity
    • Law Journal: Adelphia Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief, 1991 - 1992
  • Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: Political Science
  • Universitat Upsala, Upsala, Sweden
    • Certificate - 1990
    • Major: International Law Concentration

Representative Clients

  • Energy Services Inc.
  • Essent Healthcare
  • Hamilton Sundstrand
  • Kenyon Flight
  • Otis Elevator Company
  • Pratt & Whitney, a Division of United Technologies Corporation
  • Transportation General d/b/a Metro Taxi
  • United Technologies
  • Wood Group Pratt & Whitney


  • Adjunct Professor, (Business Law and Ethics), University of Hartford, Barney School of Business, 2002 - 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hartford County Bar Association, Member, 1998 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, International Law Subcommittee, 1998 - 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Reader, Hartford Elementary School, Everybody Wins, L.L.C., 2000 - 2010
  • President, Everybody Wins CT, Board of Directors, 2004 - 2006
  • Chairman, State of Connecticut Firearms Permit Examiners, 2000
  • Mooreland Hill School, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2004
  • New Britain Museum of American Art, Development Committee, 1995 - 1997


  • Delta Theta Phi