Jennifer E. Davis, Canton, CT
Laurie Gabrielle DeNigris, Southington, CT
Phyllis M. DiCara, Rocky Hill, CT
Douglas I. Fishman, West Hartford, CT
William J. Forbes, New Britain, CT
Amy J. Horowitz, Hartford, CT
Henry B. Hurvitz, West Hartford, CT
Ira A. Jacobs, West Hartford, CT
John Laudati, Farmington, CT
Katarzyna Maluszewski, New Britain, CT
Mike Mastrianni, Plainville, CT
Michael V. Vollono, Plainville, CT
Jeremy Weingast, Hartford, CT
Attorney Margaret Bozek
Margaret is a graduate of Albertus Magnus College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Her background includes work as a mediator with Family Relations in Superior Court and Small Claims Court. She concentrates her practice in the area of family law with litigation, collaborative law and mediation, as well as the representation of children. She volunteers as a Special Master for Hartford Superior Court, New Britain Superior Court and Regional High Conflict Custody Court.
Margaret also volunteers in the Advice Day Pilot Program in Hartford Superior Court and the Families in Transition Program with the Children’s Law Center. She is a member of the CCDM, CCDG, CCCFLG, IACP, the Divorce Team of Connecticut, the Connecticut Bar Association, and is a co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Hartford County Bar Association. Read more »
Attorney Susan V. Busby
A certified divorce mediator and collaborative lawyer, Ms. Busby is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group, Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association, and is a board member of the Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution. She sees her role as a divorce lawyer as helping families through transitions.
She is a graduate of McGill University (1988), and the University of Connecticut School of Law (1993), where she was an editor of the law review. Ms. Busby is co-author of a two volume treatise on Connecticut Civil Procedure, and has written articles for other legal publications, including “Marital Agreements” and “Alternative Dispute Resolution” for MCLE New England. Her article, “A Practice With Heart” was published in Bodhi magazine, Volume 8, No. 4 (2006) and The Connecticut Lawyer Volume 18, No 4 (2007). Ms. Busby volunteers with the Hartford Family Court and the Children’s Law Center as a volunteer. Read more »
Attorney Diane Chace
Attorney Chace has been practicing for 23 years in New Britain, CT at the law firm of Weber & Carrier, LLP. Family law is one of her areas of concentration and she represents clients in both litigated and collaborative matters. She is certified in collaborative practice and is committed to guiding clients through their divorce or family matter in an efficient, civilized manner while achieving their goals. Attorney Chace is a graduate of Providence College (B.A. 1989 Cum Laude) and the George Washington University Law School (J.D. 1992). She is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut Superior Court and the United States District Court. She is past president of the New Britain Bar Association and a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. She is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group. Read more »
Attorney Jill Cianciola
Rothenberg & Cianciola LLC
33 Meriden Avenue, Southington CT 06489
Jill Cianciola’s primary area of practice include family law, divorce and matrimonial law, real estate law and wills, probate and estate administration. She is a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations and the Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section.
Jill serves as a Special Masters Mediator for Family Matters in the Judicial Districts of Hartford and New Britain. She also serves as a Guardian ad litem and/or an attorney for minor children in the Hartford, Middletown and New Britain Judicial Districts. She also is a fully trained and certified mediator and collaborative law specialist and is a member of the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group and the Connecticut Council for Non-adversarial Divorce. Read more »
Attorney Jennifer E. Davis
Jennifer E. Davis, LLC
326 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT 06019
Jennifer E. Davis has been a practicing lawyer since 1987, and has had an exclusive focus upon the areas of Family Law since 1992. She has a passion for alternative dispute resolution, which includes collaborative law, mediation and the conduction of settlement negotiations. Because she is a skilled and competent litigator with many years of courtroom experience, she brings a high level of understanding to the needs of families to resolve their issues outside of a courtroom whenever possible.
Since the early 1990s, Jennifer has served as a guardian ad litem, a role which allows her to represent the best interests of children in families experiencing a high level of conflict. In order to really understand families and children, Jennifer has taken trainings in child development, language acquisition in children and substance abuse treatments for adults. She continues to broaden her education in these areas. Read more »
Attorney Laurie Gabrielle DeNigris
I have over 30 years of experience as a family law attorney and have been an active mediator and collaborative attorney for over 16 years. During the first half of my time in practice, I saw first-hand the costly (both financial and emotional), disadvantages to traditional divorce litigation. It was important to me to work toward bringing civility back to the legal profession. This led me to focus my practice on mediation ad collaborative law and to be deeply committed to respectful and goal oriented/interest based negotiations. I repeatedly see the positive results of a mediated or collaborative divorce versus the negative ones in the litigated divorce, reminding me of the benefits to the spouses and children that mediation and collaboration provides. Recognizing that some cases do require a litigated approach, I still accept litigation cases on a case-by case basis. Read more »
Attorney Phyllis M. DiCara
Attorney DiCara graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana and then received her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. Since her legal career began in 1982, she has focused on individuals and their families.
She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group, Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Connecticut Bar Association, Hartford County Bar Association, Greater New Britain Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Connecticut Attorney’s Title Insurance Company. She serves as a Special Master in the Divorce Pre-Trial Program in the, Hartford and New Britain Judicial Districts She is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for the past 5 years and was named Top Attorney by Hartford Magazine 2011, 2012 Read more »
Attorney Douglas I. Fishman
Douglas I. Fishman has been a practicing attorney for over fifteen years, working closely with families, individuals and small businesses. Doug’s trademark approach brings a winning combination of intelligence, empathy, creativity and effectiveness to his clients and their issues.
For the past ten years Doug has concentrated on assisting families with divorce, child custody and support, adoption and all manner of family matters. In addition to expertly managing the technical and procedural aspects of divorce, Attorney Fishman understands the feelings and emotions that accompany the divorce process. Through extensive training and experience, Attorney Fishman has developed a full range of options in his family-centered practice, including mediation, collaboration, and litigation. When appropriate he coordinates closely with other professionals, including mental health providers, accountants, and financial planners. Read more »
Attorney William J. Forbes
Law Offices of William J. Forbes
17 Lenox Place New Britain, CT
By preference, I have focused on family law for the last 29 years. Early on in my career, I recognized the benefits of negotiated settlements and have now embraced the collaborative process for resolving divorces and custody disputes.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts in 1976 and earned my Juris Doctorate Degree from Western New England College School of Law in 1979. I served as President of the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group for 2 years ending in May of 2008. Our group is committed to continuing education and training. I am a past President and Current Board Member of the New Britain Bar Association. I have served as a Special Master for the New Britain and Hartford Superior Courts and as a Custody Special Master for the Middletown Regional Family Trial Docket for the last 14 years.
Attorney Amy J. Horowitz
Law Offices of Amy J. Horowitz
Ten Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT
Amy has more than 30 years of legal experience working with a variety of individuals who have a wide range of legal needs. She offers clients personalized attention by tailoring her services to meet their goals and soothe their concerns. Amy is dedicated to staying connected to the Connecticut community in an effort to best serve the area and its residents. Attorney Horowitz sits on the executive committee of the board of directors for Community Partners in Action (CPA), a nonprofit that deals with restorative justice by offering prison diversion programs, prison art programs and more. She also volunteers as a special master for family law, where she helps families mediate before they go to family law court. Read more »
Attorney Henry B. Hurvitz
1974, Connecticut and U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
1975, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
1978, U.S. Supreme Court
University of Connecticut, J.D.
Hartford County (Member, Family Law Committee) and Connecticut Bar Associations
Special Master, Family Matters, Judicial Districts of Hartford and New Britain
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Attorney Ira A. Jacobs
Ira is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Syracuse University College of Law. The primary focus of his practice is in family law with litigation, collaborative law and mediation. Ira volunteers as a Special Master for Hartford, Tolland, New Britain and Middlesex County Courts and is a Special Master at the Hartford Superior Court’s Early Intervention Program. He also volunteers in the Advice Day Pilot Program in Hartford Superior Court and the Families in Transition Program with the Children’s Law Center.
Ira devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing children, including special needs children, as their attorney or guardian ad litem in Family and Probate Courts. Ira is a member of the CCDM, Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group (CCDG), and Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group (CCCFLG), IACP, as well as the Connecticut and Hartford County Bar Associations. Ira is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New York. Read more »
Attorney John Laudati
Murphy, Laudati, Kiel, Buttler & Rattigan, LLC
10 Talcott Notch, Farmington, CT
John Laudati has practiced in the area of family law since 1981. He is admitted to practice before all the Connecticut Courts, the U.S. District Court for Connecticut and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Hartford County Bar Association.
Laudati is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (B.A. 1977, Magna Cum Laude) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. 1981)
He is a past co-chair of the Hartford County Practice and Procedure Seminar. He is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He also serves as a judge for the High School Mock Trial Competition, New Britain Chapter and for the University of Connecticut School of Law. He has also served as an instructor for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association’s “Peoples Law School.” Read more »
Attorney Katarzyna Maluszewski
Attorney Katarzyna Maluszewski is committed to providing legal services that focus on the client and the client’s legal issues rather than protracted litigation. Having seen first hand how expensive and dehumanizing litigation can be, she strives to limit long, public, and unproductive trips to the courthouse by scheduling meetings in the privacy of a law office. She is committed to the collaborative process as a means of reducing the trauma divorce can cause a family.
A 1999 graduate of Quinnipiac College School of Law, Attorney Maluszewski is experienced in family law and often serves as a court appointed child advocate in high-conflict cases. Her emphasis is on obtaining a fair result while preserving family relationships.
She is a member of the Connecticut and New Britain Bar Associations. She served as Vice President of the New Britain Bar Association in 2005. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and member of the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group (CCCFLG). Read more »
Attorney Mike Mastrianni
Attorney Mike Mastrianni has over 23 years of experience in family law. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section, specializing in contested, uncontested and collaborative divorces, child custody, child support and visitation matters, and post divorce modifications.
Attorney Mastrianni serves as a Special Master for the New Britain Superior Court. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and a founding member of the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group (CCCFLG). He is licensed to practice law in all Connecticut Courts as well as the United States District Court. He is also a former Plainville Town Attorney. Attorney Mastrianni is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State College and the University of Bridgeport School of Law. Read more »
Attorney Michael V. Vollono
Thompson Vollono & Donovan, LLC
49 Broad St, Plainville, CT
Michael Vollano has practiced law in Connecticut for over 30 years. A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, he began his practice concentrating on real estate law, business law and consumer bankruptcy. Over the last 15 years, he has developed an extensive family law practice. The combination of these areas of practice, give him a unique perspective which allows him to better serve his clients. Michael has been very active in community affairs and has served on many boards and commissions including the Burlington Planning and Zoning Commission and the Burlington Board of Finance. Michael is trained in meditation and collaborative practice. He is a founding member of the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group. He also has been appointed by the Courts to hear family cases as a Special Master in the New Britain Judicial District. Read more »
Attorney Jeremy Weingast
Jeremy brings a unique personal history to private practice. He began his legal career as Deputy Legal Counsel to Connecticut’s late governor, Ella T. Grasso. This position gave him a unique perspective as he served as the Governor’s liaison to the legislature, Department of Correction, Department of Children and Families and the Attorney General’s Office. Before opening his own private practice, he served as an Assistant State’s Attorney.
Clients value Jeremy’s person-to-person approach. He is well aware that each case is different, unique and personal. He will explain the legal process in a way that gives you both comfort and assurance. He will give you an honest assessment of your case and outline what you can expect as it moves forward.
Attorney Weingast believes in Collaborative Divorce which allows clients to successfully resolve their differences, including child custody and finances, with less cost and avoid the acrimony and frustration of going to court. Read more »