As far as law firms go, you can probably recognize the names of those you find plastered on buses, billboards or on late night television commercials. This article is not about those lawyers. Instead it deals with a firm that has relied on word of mouth for over 70 years. Founded in 1940, the law office of Podorowsky Thompson & Baron has been representing generations of Connecticut families. The firm boasts loyal clients that have been using their services since the early 1950s. Not ready to sit on their laurels, PT&B; continued to evolve and in 2007, opened an office in the heart of New Britain’s Polish District.
If you’ve never been to New Britain’s “Little Poland”, you might want to bring along your passport. Whether you are getting a haircut, looking for dance lessons, need to do some banking, or want a cup of coffee, you can actually conduct an entire day’s business entirely in Polish. Not to be outdone, Podorowsky Thompson & Baron entered the fray. The firm added a Polish speaking attorney and purchased a former biker bar from the city of New Britain through a neighborhood revitalization program. Entering the unassuming entrance of Podorowsky, Thompson & Baron, former bar patrons may be surprised to now find an elegant office with high vaulted ceilings, antique Victorian furniture and paintings from local artists. As soon as you walk in, clients are offered a cappuccino which they can sip while reading a selection of reading materials in a variety of languages.
Aesthetics and coffee aside, what matters is the firm does great work and has become a wonderful addition to the community. Each month, the firm conducts legal seminars for area residents and is active in charity work.
They also put out a legal advice column that is printed in English and Polish newspapers available throughout New England. Through the firm’s legal intern program, students from UCONN Law, Western New England, Pace and even Poland have gained an insight into daily law practice.
Practice areas include personal injury, criminal defense, immigration, real estate closings and family law. It may be the only law firm in New England that can provide real estate closings in your choice of English, Polish or Spanish. Unlike most law firms, Podorowsky Thompson & Baron is unique in that it offers optional payment plans and 24 hour-7 day a week access to their attorneys via an emergency hotline. I know this from personal experience. As one of the firm’s attorneys, I often man the hotline. It often means late night calls and a crabby wife.
PT&B; is located at 202 Broad Street in New Britain, Connecticut. For more information, you can visit them on the web at www.ptblegal.com
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