Kevin J. Maher
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MAHER Kevin J. Maher, of Easton, the beloved husband of Elizabeth Lavery Maher, passed away suddenly on Monday, January 11, 2010. Born in Bridgeport, he was a graduate of the Berkshire School, 1957, Mount St. Mary's University, BA 1961 and the Wake Forest University Law School, 1964. Mr. Maher began his legal career with Maher & Maher in 1964 with his father, Adrian W. Maher, a former U.S. Attorney and his two brothers and later founded Maher & Williams, a workers' compensation firm. Mr. Maher was a well known defense attorney whose active litigation in the appellate workers' compensation field helped shape the law over the last forty years. He was a frequent lecturer on workers' compensation topics at the Yale Law School, University of Bridgeport Law School, Bridgeport Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association and for the Connecticut Superior Court Judges. Mr. Maher testified as an expert on workers' compensation issues and served as a mediator in many complex cases. He was recognized by his peers with the following awards: Best Lawyers in America, Workers' Compensation, Best Lawyers - New York Magazine and Connecticut Magazine and he received the Award of Distinction by the U.S. District Court: Lead Workers' Compensation Counsel, L'Ambiance Plaza Disaster. He was a member of both the Bridgeport Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. He was a longtime member of Brooklawn Country Club and served as Secretary for many years. Kevin was an avid reader; enjoyed skiing, golfing, traveling and fine dining. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three loving daughters and their spouses: Elizabeth and Kevin Leonard of Concord, NH, Susan and Hugh Welch of Stratford, and Adrianne and Aaron Davenport of New York City; and his aunt, Grace McAndrew of Stratford. He was the very proud Papa of Andrew and Grace Leonard, Kelsey and Charles Welch and Beatrice and Matilda Davenport. Kevin was predeceased by his three brothers, Adrian, James and Brian Maher and two sisters, Maureen Maher and Kathleen DePledge. Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 10 a.m. directly at Notre Dame of Easton Church, 640 Morehouse Rd., Easton for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be private. Friends may greet his family on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Shaughnessy-Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Saint John Regional School, 61 South State Street, Concord, NH 03301. To send an online condolence, please visit

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Published in Connecticut Post from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2010.
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January 15, 2010
To Kevin's family,
It is with great sadness that I offer my condolences to you. I recall my first meeting with Kevin more than 20 years ago in the workers' compensation office in Bridgeport and thought what a tough and gruff adversary I had. Over the years, the tough and gruff exterior remained but the kind and collegial side emerged so that I would rather have had Kevin on the other side of a case than almost any other lawyer. He always had a ready smile and a kind word. I will miss him.

Richard Gross, Guilford, CT
January 12, 2010
I consider myself so fortunate to have begun my law career under the tutelage of Kevin Maher. He exemplified one of the most critical skills a lawyer must possess to be a true professional: the art of being a forceful adversary when necessary while remaining a trusted colleague. My heartfelt condolence to Betsey, Kevin's Family and everyone at Maher & Williams. Carolyn Signorelli
Carolyn Signorelli
January 12, 2010
I met Kevin for the first time while a young associate. It was literally the first week or so on the job and, as it happened, I was handling a case where Kevin was opposite. Like many new lawyers I was convinced I was right and strident. After a moment or two of what I thought was a cogent, well reasoned argument, Kevin suggested we take a break. Think about it now, Kevin ruled "time out" in front of a sitting commissioner during the hearing! He had that pull!

I was clueless and assumed, at the time, that it was business as usual.

Outside the earshot of the commish, Kevin corrected me, not adversarily, but in the manner of a mentor. He was genuine, and demonstrated a wisdom and aplomb I grew to admire and hoped to emulate.

I shall never forget him. Tim Welsh
Timothy Welsh
January 12, 2010
Dear Mrs. Maher and family,

My condolences to you all on Kevin's passing. While we were primarily on opposite sides in our practices, Kevin was a witty and worthy adversary and never personalized disagreements on the law or facts. Peace be with you and his soul.

Christopher B. Carveth, Esq.
Stevens, Carroll & Carveth
Christopher Carveth
January 12, 2010
Good times/Great Memories.. ! You taught me all I know about WC - seems like yesterday …the old City Trust Bldg with the elevator operators who would fall asleep; Jim always flying to the Bahamas & AC; the Algonquin Club for Friday lunches; The blue office rug that glowed like a beacon; “Sherman”; The day you threw your cigarette in the trash and set it on fire and told the firemen we had no smokers in the office! I can see your dad now standing up there in the doorway flipping the light switch on and off and saying come on Kev, its time to go home! ….and for the last time....Elvis has left the building.
Barbara Pinto
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