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Paul L. Bourdeau is a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood's Private Clients Group and is based in the West Hartford office. He joined the Firm in 1980 and was the founder of the West Hartford office. Paul advises clients in the areas of estate planning, tax efficient wealth transfer, estate settlement, trust administration, business succession planning, taxation and charitable giving. In addition, he has extensive experience serving as an Executor and Trustee. His clients include corporate executives, business owners, professionals and retirees.


  • Blue Back Square, Suite 400
    75 Isham Road
    West Hartford, CT 06107


  • New York University , LLM in Taxation, graduated 1984
  • Boston University School of Law , JD, graduated 1980
  • Yale University , BA, graduated 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1981
  • Connecticut, 1980
  • Florida, 1981


  • Florida Bar Association - Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association - Member
  • Connecticut Estate Planning Council - Member and Past President
  • Hartford Estate Planning Council - Member and Past Director
  • Hartford Stage Company - Past President
  • Greater Hartford Arts Council - Director
  • Prevent Blindness Connecticut - Director
  • Connecticut Opera - Director
  • Renbrook School - Corporator
  • Connecticut Polar Bears - Ice Hockey Coach
  • Hartford Golf Club - Director
  • Hartford Tennis Club - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Trusts and Estates

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Trusts and Estates, Hartford (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Trusts and Estates


  • Chambers and Partners, High Net Worth Guide, Notable Practitioner, 2016 - Present
  • The American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers, 2006 - Present
  • 10 Connecticut Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine, 2006
  • Top Super Lawyers, Hartford Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated

Practice Areas

  • Private Clients Group
  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Fiduciary and Trustee Services
  • Wealth Protection Planning
  • Philanthropic Giving
  • International Estate and Tax Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Planning for Hedge Fund and Private Equity Principals
  • Estate Planning for Corporate Executives
  • Family Office and Closely Held Business Group

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