Dean Hanafin

Dean Hanafin

Dean Hanafin

Attorney Dean Hanafin is a Senior Associate at Aeton Law Partners. Dean started his legal career as a prosecutor with the Office of the State’s Attorney where he handled criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to serious felony cases. He was responsible for a significant daily docket, in addition to hearings and trial work. He tried numerous cases to verdict and developed his trial skills from significant time spent in the courtroom. In addition to training on trial tactics, Attorney Hanafin also received training on technological advancements that impact evidence in cases, including cell phone technology and current laws as they apply to drone use.

After moving on from his role as a prosecutor, Attorney Hanafin joined an established civil litigation law firm in Hartford, Connecticut where he worked alongside veteran attorneys and support staff. There, he continued to hone his courtroom skills in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and general civil litigation.

Attorney Hanafin’s litigation practice at Aeton includes criminal defense, business litigation, employment law, and insurance law. His criminal practice provides pre-arrest counseling during investigations, in-court representation, and trial defense. His case experience includes larceny, embezzlement, fraud, other financial crimes, assault, drug offenses—including possession and trafficking—and serious motor vehicle cases. His business litigation work includes oppression of shareholder rights, breach of fiduciary duty, dissolution cases, breach of contract, and unfair trade practices.

Attorney Hanafin’s business and transactional practice at Aeton includes advising and assisting start-up and established companies in corporate formation, contract drafting, and general counsel services. Additionally, Attorney Hanafin provides advisement and counseling to companies on permitting, licensing, leasing, business planning, and the funding of operations.

Attorney Hanafin has significant real-world business experience. Prior to law school, he was in the restaurant industry and managed the operations of a multilocation restaurant business. He was involved in selecting and overseeing build-outs of new locations, including their design and permitting process, business planning and funding, as well as staff and employment issues. He would act as a liaison between ownership and professional accountants, consultants, architects, and contractors.

Attorney Hanafin graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law where he received recognition for his achievements in trial advocacy, civil remedies, and white-collar crime. He was acknowledged for his work in the Law School’s Criminal Defense Clinic where he represented clients in Providence Superior and District Courts. Attorney Hanafin was also recognized by the School’s Pro Bono Collaborative for his dedication to public service.


  • Roger Williams School of Law
  • Cali awards for academic excellence in:
    Trial Advocacy
    White Collar Crime
    Criminal Defense Clinic
  • B.S., Sacred Heart University

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut

Professional Associations

  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association

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