Dennis R. LaVette has practiced law in the State of Connecticut for more than 35 years. The bulk of his practice is comprised of residential and commercial real estate transactions with an emphasis in mortgaging, financing, and title matters. He also practices in the areas of probate, wills and estate planning.
Attorney LaVette is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, its Real Property Committee, and the Hartford County Bar Association. He has served on the CBA’s Real Property Section Subcommittee on Closing Customs and is currently active in developing protocol and testing for the certification for the CBA Residential Real Estate Specialization Committee. He was formerly a member of the Closing Committee of the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association. He is a frequent lecturer on residential real estate matters for Real Estate Agents and The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority First Time Home Buyers Program.
Attorney LaVette earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Biology and History from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. He was awarded a Juris Doctor Degree from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Upon graduation, Attorney LaVette returned to the Hartford area. He was a partner at Green & Kleinman prior to becoming a partner at O’Connell, Attmore & Miller.
Attorney LaVette has been active in community affairs as the Chairman of the Berlin Historic District Commission, a former member and officer of the New Britain Chapter of Unico International and as an active member of St. Paul Church. He has served as Chairman of the Finance Council of the St. Paul Church, Kensington, Connecticut and as Chairman of the Parish Council. He was Chairman of the 125th Anniversary and Capital Campaign, which raised over $1.5 million for renovations to St. Paul Church and School. In 1999, the Archdiocese of Hartford honored Attorney LaVette as a HOPES Volunteer of the Year. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut and on the Board of House of Heroes, a veteran advocates group which refurbishes and rebuilds homes for U.S. military veterans. He has been the President and Board Chairman of the Hawks Nest Investment Corp for over 20 years.