In 1907, when Main Street, Bristol was made of cobble-stone, Judge William J. Malone practiced law across the street from the new Bristol Library located on the corner of Main and High Streets. Thomas J. O’Donnell of Bristol soon joined Judge Malone and formed the law firm of Malone & Donnell. So began the firm that evolved into the firm presently known as Furey, Donovan, Cooney & Dyer, P.C.

In 1951, Charles L. Furey of Thompsonville joined the firm and became a named member. He practiced law throughout the firms evolution, until his retirement in 1992. In 1965, the firm merged with the law firm of Donovan and Donovan. Joseph M. Donovan had practiced law in Bristol since 1919, joined in the practice by his son Theodore M. Donovan in 1959. Maxwell Heiman of Farmington joined the firm shortly thereafter. In 1972, Thomas J. O’Donnell was appointed a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court. In 1987, Maxwell Heiman was also appointed a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court. and later became an Appellate Court Judge.


Over the years we have grown to be the largest law firm in Bristol. Other retired members include Theodore M. Donovan, William Eddy, Louis Kocsis, F. Patrick O’Sullivan and William J. Tracy who had distinguished careers. Our current members of this historic law firm are; Timothy W. Furey from Bristol; Patrick Cooney from West Hartford; Matthew D. Dyer from Litchfield and Molly Plante of West Hartford.

The firm has been in its present location at 43 Bellevue Avenue in the historic Federal Hill district of Bristol since 1960. Our team of lawyers and professional staff provide complete legal services to meet all of our clients personal and business needs including personal injury, bankruptcy, divorce, custody litigation, estate planning, civil litigation, criminal defense,DUI/DWI and workers compensation , business law, or business purchase and sales.

Distinguished Members