Darcy S. McAlister

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Darien, CT

Carta, McAlister & Moore, LLC
 | 1120 Boston Post Road, 2nd Floor
Darien, CT 06820
Phone: 203-202-3121
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (0%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Darcy S. McAlister is a partner with the Carta, McAlister & Moore LLC law firm in Darien, Connecticut. At the firm, Ms. McAlister focuses her practice primarily on family law, and she represents clients throughout Fairfield County, including Westport, Greenwich, Darien and the surrounding areas.

As an attorney, Ms. McAlister strives to resolve her clients' disputes using mediation, collaboration and other nonadversarial methods as an alternative to litigation. In all cases, she provides the personalized assistance and compassionate support her clients need when dealing with legal challenges related to divorce and separation, including child custody and support, property division, alimony and other domestic relations issues. She also assists with drafting and enforcing prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and she routinely serves as a guardian ad litem, advocating on behalf of children in divorce proceedings.

A 1993 graduate of Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology, Ms. McAlister's first job was assisting special needs adults with finding employment. She then completed the first year of the Boston College Master of Social Work program and, as part of her externship, served as clinical counselor to cancer patients. Additionally, she worked as a manager for an entertainment company, representing several high-profile recording artists.

In 2002, she obtained her Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law. That same year, the Connecticut Bar Association admitted her to practice. While in law school, Ms. McAlister received top accolades and served with the school's law review.

Widely regarded as one of the top family law attorneys in the region, Ms. McAlister has received numerous awards and honors for her professionalism and service, including the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys Client Satisfaction Award. She has served as the Collaborative Divorce Attorneys of Fairfield County co-chair since 2007, and she is a board member on the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law

Employment & Labor (10%)

General Litigation (10%)

Employment & Labor (0%)

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law


Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

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About Darcy McAlister

Admitted: 2002, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: https://www.cmm-law.com/darcy-mcalister-esq/


  • Elected as a Member of Quinnipiac Law Review, 2000-2001
  • Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, Legal Skills, 2000
  • Student Representative for Dean Selection Committee, 2001
  • Excellence in Clinical Work Award, 2002
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Superior Classroom Performance Award, 2002
  • Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, Property, 2001

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Trained as a Collaborative Attorney;  Certified as a Mediator;  Completed state's first GAL/AMC training, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Co-Chair and Member, Collaborative Divorce Attorneys of Fairfield County (independent organization)
  • Member, Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer, Special Masters for Superior Court

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Nominated by peers to be co-chair of the Collaborative Divorce Attorneys of Fairfield Connecticut, 2011

Educational Background:

  • Skidmore College, B.A. in Psychology / Sociology, Cum Laude
  • Boston College, Masters of Social Work Program
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Office Location for Darcy S. McAlister

1120 Boston Post Road
2nd Floor
Darien, CT 06820

Phone: 203-202-3121

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Last Updated: 7/22/2019

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