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When I was growing up, my parents bickered, like many parents do. As an only child, I was highly sensitive to the conflict. I would see the fissures begin to form. I analyzed. I took sides. And it made me curious about family dynamics. (My parents are still married and still bicker.) What was it about familial relationships, human emotions, and personalities that could give rise to discord so intense? It led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in psychology. One course in particular, child development and psychology, looked at environmental factors, including familial relationships, parental attachment, and divorce. I was all in. After that class, it occurred to me that I might be in a better position to help families if I pursued a career in family law, where the legal rights and responsibilities of couples, parents, and children are involved and influence outcomes.
In law school, I interned each summer in family law positions. The first summer I spent with the supervising judge of the Nassau County Family Court, helping write opinions on abuse and neglect proceedings. The next summer, I was in the Legal Department of the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where my role was focused on assisting victims of domestic violence, and sexual assault navigate the legal process. These positions not only offered me invaluable practical experience but also helped solidify what I already knew – that I was passionate about family law and that this would be the right career choice for me.
I began my legal career at a boutique family law firm in Greenwich, Connecticut, where I worked on cases involving high-net-worth individuals with complex estates. I have since worked on hundreds of similar cases, representing top executives at Fortune 500 companies, managing partners at private equity firms and hedge funds, and other professionals with substantial assets. Over my career, I have gained the skills necessary to analyze complex financial matters that often require forensic financial evaluations. No matter how complicated a divorce may be, I ensure that our clients understand the process and are involved in every decision.
My personal experiences growing up and desire to assist families in navigating through major emotional life events provide me with the unique ability to connect and empathize with our clients and, more importantly, gain their trust so that I can help them achieve their goals. I pride myself on understanding each client’s unique perspective and familial background because I can appreciate how their past experiences and relationships have led them to where they are today. My knowledge of the law, ability to connect with people, experience in trying complex high-net-worth cases, and attention to detail make me a skilled trial attorney in both the conference room and courtroom.
Sue, The Professional
Since 2014, I have practiced Family Law exclusively, including divorce, alimony, child support and custody, the division of assets, cohabitation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and post-judgment enforcement and modification actions.
I was recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyers ® Rising Star in Family Law for 2021 and 2022. Each year, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars List. Super Lawyers Selection Process.
I earned my law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. I was a member of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, serving as a Notes and Comments Editor. Through the school’s Mediation Clinic, I gained invaluable alternative dispute resolution and negotiation skills. During law school, I interned with the supervising judge of the Nassau County Family Court and the Legal Department of the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. I earned my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut.
I am admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New York and am a member of the Fairfield County and Connecticut Bar Associations. I serve as a volunteer mentor for the Women’s Leadership Collective Mentorship Program at the University of Connecticut, where I mentor and advise female undergraduate students seeking to pursue a career in law.
I am a native of Long Island, New York, and reside in Southport, Connecticut, with my husband, Steve, and our mini goldendoodle, Skippy. I am an avid traveler and have visited more than sixteen countries (and counting!) In my spare time, I enjoy seeing family and friends, working out at F45, and trying new local restaurants.
Distinctions, Honors, and Awards
- Connecticut Rising Stars® as listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers®, 2021 and 2022.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 2014 – Present
- Family Law Section, Member, 2014 – Present
- Young Lawyers Section, Member, 2014 – Present
- Fairfield County Bar Association, 2014 – Present
- Family Law Section, Member, 2014 – Present
Past Employment Positions
- Law Offices of Gary I. Cohen, P.C. – 2016 – 2022
- Law Offices of Wayne D. Effron, P.C. – 2014 – 2015
- Connecticut, 2014
- New York, 2014
- University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
- J.D. – 2013
- Oliver Ellsworth Scholarship Recipient
- Mediation Clinic
- Notes and Comments Editor, Connecticut Insurance Law Journal
- University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
- B.A. in Psychology – 2010
- Pi Beta Phi – 2007 – 2010
Pro Bono and Community Activities
- Women’s Leadership Collective Mentorship Program, Mentor, 2022 – Present
- Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk – 2018-2019