About Us

 Vehslage and Lahr has significant experience representing the interests of injured individuals, as well as, representing the interests of insurance companies, where their insured has caused injury to someone. This experience goes beyond always looking at a case in the same way, every time, and has proven invaluable IN reaching successful trial outcomes for our clients on a consistent basis. Knowing in depth how the ‘other side’ thinks and acts, is a tangible benefit which most firms simply don’t have. Likewise, the process of negotiation involves a knowledge of the adverse party/attorney, with the ultimate resolution being directly affected by the willingness to, and skill in, trying a matter to conclusion if needed.  Our attorneys possess the reputation for a willingness to try a matter to conclusion and to do it well.  It is that reputation which plays a significant part achieving favorable outcomes for our clients.


 


Vehslage and Lahr is known for being responsive to the needs of the clients it represents. Our attorneys are accessible and maintain open lines of communication to keep our clients informed at all stages of the litigation process. Our goal is not only a successful conclusion, but to offer the client support throughout the litigation process.

ROYCE L. VEHSLAGE

ROYCE L. VEHSLAGE

Royce Vehslage graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1985. He is admitted to practice in the Federal District Courts in Connecticut and New Hampshire, as well as, state courts in Connecticut and New Hampshire. Attorney Vehslage has served as an adjunct professor at both Franklin Pierce College and Notre Dame College. He is a member of, the Connecticut and New Hampshire Bar Associations.

Attorney Vehslage's legal career began as a prosecutor in New Hampshire where he gained significant jury trial experience. Subsequently, Attorney Vehslage opened his own firm in Concord, New Hampshire practicing both criminal and civil trial practice. Since moving to Connecticut in 1992, Attorney Vehslage has focused his practice in the area of civil litigation. Attorney Vehslage has extensive experience with litigation in the areas of: personal injury, product liability, commercial contract and construction defect litigation, large loss subrogation and various professional malpractice matters. Attorney Vehslage also addresses insurance coverage issues for both insureds and insurers. Attorney Vehslage has represented clients in both the trial courts and Supreme Courts of Connecticut and New Hampshire.

Jeffrey F. Lahr

Jeffrey F. Lahr

Jeffrey F. Lahr graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1987. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Connecticut and is a member of the American (Tort and Insurance Practice Section), Connecticut and Hartford County bar associations, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association.

Attorney Lahr is a principal of the firm with decades of state and federal trial experience involving all aspects of personal and commercial line insurance defense including matters involving significant exposure and/or complex medical/legal issues with an emphasis on the representation of transportation companies. In addition to his extensive trial experience, Attorney Lahr has also participated in numerous arbitrations and mediations both as an advocate and an arbitrator.

Frederick M. O'Brien

Frederick M. O'Brien has been a defense attorney in both criminal and civil courts for over twenty years. Originally from rural upstate New York, Mr. O'Brien is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he also attended graduate school. He worked as a professional musician for many years, eventually combining band work with hotel and retail management. In 1987 entered law school at UConn, where he was chosen by his classmates to give the commencement address.

He began his legal career at the age of 43 as a Research Attorney for the Superior Court, drafting legal memoranda. He joined the law firm of Williams & Wise in 1991 and has been a full-time litigator since.
In 1993, he joined Regnier Taylor in Hartford, retiring as a Partner in 2014. He has over forty jury verdicts and has defended individuals, corporations, municipalities and those accused of crimes in thousands of cases. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for Connecticut and the Eastern District of New York, as well the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also argued successfully before the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Connecticut. He has participated in felony trials, including several murder trials as well as many civil cases in defense of Connecticut municipalities

Mr. O'Brien served for several years as the Chairman of the Orange Inland Wetlands Commission and is a longtime member of the Memorial Day Committee.