Kate W. Haakonsen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Glastonbury, CT

Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
 | 2252 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033
Phone: 860-430-4950
Fax: 860-652-4382
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (50%)
Attorney Profile

My decision to concentrate my legal practice in Divorce and Family Law was one which evolved from my early years of general practice.  I found over time that my relationships with my divorcing clients and my sense of being able to help them through difficult transition periods in their lives was the most fulfilling area of my practice.  While I continue to represent clients in traditional court-centered divorce, I have become convinced through my experiences with divorcing clients that those who can participate in non-adversarial processes such as Mediation and Collaborative Divorce often achieve the most satisfactory and lasting outcomes.  I currently have over 200 hours of mediation training and over 120 hours of Collaborative Training.  My prior experience in real estate and civil litigation also provide me with knowledge to understand all aspects of my clients’ situations, and being a senior partner at Brown, Paindiris and Scott LLP provides the support of our legal team when other types of legal issues arise.

 

 
Practice Areas

Family Law (50%)
Alternative Dispute Resolution (50%)

Family Law (50%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution (50%): Mediation

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Mediation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019

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About Kate Haakonsen

Admitted: 1978, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: https://www.bpslawyers.com/Attorneys/Kate-W-Haakonsen.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • Connecticut Super Lawyer, Connecticut Super Lawyer Magazine, Family Law, 2010-2016
  • Special Recognition Award, United States Postal Service, 2002
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Connecticut Judicial Department

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Hartford County Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Judicial Liaison Committee, 1996-1997
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, CLE, Chair, 2010-2011
  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators, Advanced Mediator Member, 2014-Present
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • Hartford Association of Women Attorneys, President, 1983-1984
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Council for Non-adversarial Divorce formerly the Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation,  Charter Member, Co-President, 2000-2001
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Secretary, 2009-2010
  • Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation (now known as Connecticut Council for Non-adversarial Divorce and Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group), Secretary, 1998-1999
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Legislative Committee, Member, 1998-Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member, 2006-Present
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2003-2005
  • Connecticut, 1978
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member, 2002-2008, 2012-2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1980, 2004-2017
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Treasurer, 2008-2009
  • Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation (now known as Connecticut Council for Non-adversarial Divorce and Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group), Board of Directors, 1996-2001
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Committee, Member, 1998-Present
  • Hartford Association of Women Attorneys, Treasurer, 1981-1983
  • Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation (now known as Connecticut Council for Non-adversarial Divorce and Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group), Co-President, 2000-2001
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Mediation Committee, 1994-1998
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, CLE, Vice Chair, 2011-2012
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1985-1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, 1989-Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair, 2012-2013
  • Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation (now known as Connecticut Council for Non-adversarial Divorce and Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group), Charter Member, 1995
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, CLE, Chair, 2012-2013
  • Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation (now known as Connecticut Council for Non-adversarial Divorce and Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group), Past President, 2001-2002

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Lawyer Referral Service Program, Hartford County Bar Association, since inception
  • Neighborhood Legal Services, Volunteer Public Defender Program, 1978
  • Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee, Member, 1994-1996

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-author "Connecticut Civil Procedure," Basic Practice Manual, 1980 Revision, Young Lawyers Section, Connecticut Bar Association, 1981
  • Speaker and author of material for seminar on family law in Connecticut, presented by Legal Education Institute, January, 1990 and March, 1991
  • Speaker and author of material for a seminar called "Tax Aspects of Divorce in Connecticut," presented by National Business Institute, 1993
  • Speaker for workshops presented by the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), such as "Understanding Your Divorce
  • Author: "Public Accommodations Law in Connecticut," a pamphlet written for CWEALF, 1977
  • Speaker and co-author of material for workshop on relocating parents presented at the Conference of Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution, 1997
  • Facilitator and author of materials for panel discussion on unauthorized practice of law at the Conference of Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation, November, 1999
  • Five Common Fears About Getting Divorced
  • Speaker and author of materials for a workshop on unauthorized practice of law by mediators at the Gathering of New England Mediators, May, 2000
  • Organizer and Moderator for a seminar presented by CCDM entitled "Challenging Our Assumptions About Children, Families and Divorce, May, 2002
  • Speaker and author of materials for a workshop on the role of consulting lawyers in the mediation process, Conference of Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution, June, 2005
  • Co-author of an article on drafting complaints for dissolution of civil unions, The Connecticut Family Lawyer, Fall, 2006
  • Speaker and author of materials for a workshop on non-attorney mediation, Conference of Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution, June, 2007
  • Speaker and author of materials for a workshop on non-attorney mediation, Conference of Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution, June, 2007
  • New Connecticut Law on Parental Relocation
  • Child Custody law in CT
  • Post-Majority and College Education Support in Connecticut
  • Speaker/Panel Member, Top 10 Cases in Divorce, Conn. Bar Associate, 2017
  • Panel Member/ Speaker, Second Look or Second Bite?, Conn. Bar Associate, 2017
  • Connecticut Family Lawyer, Board of Editors, 2006-Present

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Educational Background:

  • Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, B.A., Major: French, Honors: Chapter Scholar, Honors: Cum Laude, 1975
  • Norwalk High School, 1971

Industry Groups

  • Academy Of Professional Family Mediators
  • Conn. Counsel For Non-Adversarial Divorce
  • Connecticut Bar Asso.
  • Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group
  • Hartford County Bar Asso.
  • International Academy Of Collaborative Professionals
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Office Location for Kate W. Haakonsen

2252 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Phone: 860-430-4950

Fax: 860-652-4382

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Last Updated: 11/14/2019

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