Attorney Philip F. Spillane has set his own course.

The veteran New Milford lawyer has opened a law office at 8 South Main St. in New Milford.

At age 61, Spillane feels his career is at the stage where "it was time to be captain of (my) own ship."

"Right now, I'm solo here with no immediate plans to add associates," Spillane said Monday. "I have hired Wendy Lindblom as my paralegal. She's worked with me before."

Spillane was most recently a partner in Allingham Spillane from 2001 to 2013 -- just up the street at South Main's intersection with Bridge Street.

Prior to that, he practiced with Moots Pellegrini from 1991 to 2001.

He began practicing law in 1978 with Cramer & Anderson.

"Tom (Allingham) and I had 12 years together doing some good things," Spillane said. "I have no hard feelings as I leave. It's just time to be my own boss."

Spillane is proud of his record as an attorney concentrating in the fields of personal injury, workers' compensation and Social Security Disability.

His handling of the case Harpaz v. Laidlaw Transit Inc., argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court, led to a court decision that established precedent in workers' compensation law regarding injured workers' rights when an employer fails to properly contest the claim.

Spillane served as president of the New Milford Bar Association in 1988 and 1989, and as member and chairman of the New Milford Ethics Commission from 2001 to 2011.

He resides in New Milford with his wife, Rachel, and son, Kevin.

An accomplished musician, he is the lead singer, guitar and harmonica player in a pair of area bands: Delusions of Grandeur and Idlewilde.

The Law Office of Philip F. Spillane is located at 8 South Main St. in New Milford.

Office hours are Mondays through Fridays starting at 8 a.m. Appointments may be made at clients' convenience.

For an appointment, call 860-350-4800.