Alexander J. Cuda

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Westport, CT

Needle | Cuda: Divorce and Family Law
 | 830 Post Road East, Suite 301
Westport, CT 06880
Phone: 475-666-5547
Fax: 203-557-9504
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

A partner with the law firm of Needle | Cuda, Alexander J. Cuda is committed to providing residents throughout the Fairfield County area and Connecticut with tenacious and compassionate legal representation in family law matters. His cases involve child custody, divorce, premarital and postnuptial agreements, and financial support. He has represented clients throughout the State of Connecticut, and before the Superior, Appellate, and Supreme Courts.  

Mr. Cuda graduated from Cornell University in 2000 with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Latin and Comparative Literature, for which he graduated magna cum laude. He then attended Tulane University Law School where he received a Juris Doctor in 2003 and a Master of Laws in 2004. While attending law school, Mr. Cuda served as the senior articles editor for the Law & Sexuality Journal, was selected to the Moot Court Appellate Competition Team, and volunteered with various organizationa including the NO/AIDS Task Force.

Mr. Cuda uses his experience and knowledge to help clients at the trial and appellate levels, dedicating his time fully to family law. He is Vice Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Family Law Section, where also serves on committees addressing cutting edge issues facing the bar.  He is co-chair of the Fairfield County Bar Association (FCBA) Family Law Committee, and has previously served on the Board of the FCBA. Mr. Cuda frequently gives and organizes seminars for his colleagues and writes on the subject of family law, including publications in the Connecticut Law Tribune and several years of speaking to a statewide audience of lawyers and related professionals at the Connecticut Legal Conference.

Community involvement is important to Mr. Cuda, especially when it concerns children. He has represented children from the age of 2 months to 17 years old, and he was a recipient of the CBA Pro Bono Award in 2009 in relation to his representation of an infant with DCF involvement. In addition to his work with children, he has participated in the Yale Mock Trial Tournament as a judge and he continues to volunteer with family-oriented community organizations.

 
Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Marital Property

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Super Lawyers: 2019 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018

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About Alexander Cuda

Admitted: 2004, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: https://www.needlecuda.com/attorneys/alexander-j-cuda/

Honors/Awards:

  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Southern Connecticut, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2017
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Pro Bono Honor Roll, Pro Bono Network, 2006
  • 10 Star “Superb” Featured Attorney Rating, Avvo
  • Rising Star, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section, 2010 - 2011
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2012 – Present
  • New Leader in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2014
  • CBA Pro Bono Award, Recipient, 2009
  • Senior Fellow, Legal Research & Writing
  • Member, Moot Court Appellate Competition Team

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Connecticut Bar Association - Vice Chair Family Law Section, 2019-2020
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section COVID-19 Response Committee, 2020
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Continuing Legal Education Officer, Family Law Section, 2018-2019
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Professionalism Symposium Committee, 2016
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, MCLE Committee, 2016
  • Co-Chair, Fairfield County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, 2017 – 2020
  • Co-Chair, Fairfield County Bar Association, Bench/Bar Committee, 2014 – 2017
  • Connecticut Bar Association, 2004 - Present
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2015 – Present
  • Amicus Committee Chair, Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2014 – Present
  • Treasurer, Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2016 – 2017
  • Secretary, Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2017 – 2018
  • Family Law Section, Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, Family Law Section, Connecticut Bar Association, 2010 - Present
  • Family Law Section, American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2006

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer, NO/AIDS Task Force
  • Judge, Yale Mock Trial Tournament, 2005, 2006
  • Special Master, Bridgeport Superior Court

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Alimony,” A Practical Guide to Divorce in Connecticut, M.C.L.E., Inc., 1st Edition, Publication Date: 1/6/14 (Updated supplement 12/7/18), Author, “Alimony,” A Practical Guide to Divorce in Connecticut, M.C.L.E., Inc., 1st Edition, Publication Date: 1/6/14 (Updated supplement 12/7/18), 2018
  • “Financial Issues in Family Law:  Protecting Your Client’s Interests” (with David McGrath and Amy MacNamara) - Connecticut Bar Association 4/23/19, Panelist, “Financial Issues in Family Law:  Protecting Your Client’s Interests”, Connecticut Bar Association Meeting, 2019
  • Judges Meeting moderator, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 5/15/19, Moderator, Judges Meeting moderator, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 2019
  • “Annual Review of Developments in Family Law” (with Aidan Welsh, Louise Truax, Amy MacNamara, and Steven Dembo), Panelist, “Annual Review of Developments in Family Law”, Connecticut Bar Association 2019 Annual Meeting/Connecticut Legal Conference, 2019
  • “Annual Review of Developments in Family Law” (with Aidan Welsh, Louise Truax, Amy MacNamara, and Steven Dembo) – Connecticut Bar Association 2018 Annual Meeting/Connecticut Legal Conference, 6/11/18, Panelist, “Annual Review of Developments in Family Law”, Connecticut Bar Association 2018 Annual Meeting/Connecticut Legal Conference, 2018
  • Update on Connecticut Practice Book Revisions,  Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 1/10/17, Speaker, Update on Connecticut Practice Book Revisions, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 2017
  • Taking, Defending, and Utilizing Depositions, Fairfield County Bar Association, 5/24/17, Speaker, Taking, Defending, and Utilizing Depositions, Fairfield County Bar Association, 2017
  • Annual Review of Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting/Connecticut Legal Conference, 6/12/17, Speaker, Annual Review of Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 2017
  • The Automatic Orders: How to Avoid Problems and What to Do When They Happen, Fairfield County Bar Association, 1/26/17, Speaker, The Automatic Orders: How to Avoid Problems and What to Do When They Happen, Fairfield County Bar Association, 2017
  • Annual Review of Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting/Connecticut Legal Conference, 6/12/17, Speaker, Annual Review of Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting/Connecticut Legal Conference, 2017
  • Essentials of Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association, 11/8/17, Speaker, Essentials of Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association, 2017
  • Court Time is Valuable – Don’t Waste It, Connecticut Law Tribune, 5/12/17, Author, Court Time is Valuable – Don’t Waste It, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2017
  • Prejudgment Remedies in Family Cases, Connecticut Bar Association Practice Tips Video Presentation, Episode #6, 4/1/16, Speaker, Prejudgment Remedies in Family Cases, Connecticut Bar Association Practice Tips Video Presentation, 2016
  • Annual Review of Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting/Connecticut Legal Conference, 6/13/16, Speaker, Annual Review of Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting/Connecticut Legal Conference, 2016
  • Moderator, Family Law Arbitration: How It Works, How It Can Benefit Clients and Counsel, and What to Expect from the Arbitrator, Fairfield County Bar Association Seminar, 1/7/15, Moderator, Family Law Arbitration: How It Works, How It Can Benefit Clients and Counsel, and What to Expect from the Arbitrator, Fairfield County Bar Association Seminar, 2015
  • Special Presentation on Dan v. Dan and McKeon v. Lennon, CBA Family Law Section Executive Committee Meeting, 2/10/15, Speaker, Special Presentation on Dan v. Dan and McKeon v. Lennon, CBA Family Law Section Executive Committee Meeting, 2015
  • Annual Review of Family Law Cases, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting / Connecticut Legal Conference, 6/15/15, Speaker, Annual Review of Family Law Cases, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting / Connecticut Legal Conference, 2015
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Restricts Alimony, Limits Discretion, Connecticut Law Tribune, 1/20/15, Author, Connecticut Supreme Court Restricts Alimony, Limits Discretion, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015
  • Confidentiality Agreements Can Keep Cases Moving, Connecticut Law Tribune, 11/24/15, Author, Confidentiality Agreements Can Keep Cases Moving, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015
  • Synopsis and Analysis of Connecticut Supreme Court Decision in Olson v. Mohammadu (SC 18963), Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 1/14/14, Speaker, Synopsis and Analysis of Connecticut Supreme Court Decision in Olson v. Mohammadu (SC 18963), Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 2014
  • Author, Chapter on Alimony in A Practical Guide to Divorce in Connecticut, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 1st Edition 2013, 1/6/14, Author, Chapter on Alimony in A Practical Guide to Divorce in Connecticut, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 1st Edition 2013, 1/6/14, 2014
  • Speaker, Family Law Section Meeting, Synopsis and Analysis of Connecticut Supreme Court Decision in Olson v. Mohammadu (SC 18963), 2014, Speaker, Synopsis and Analysis of Connecticut Supreme Court Decision in Olson v. Mohammadu (SC 18963), Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 2014
  • Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreements in Family Law Cases: Drafting, Litigating, and Getting It Done, Connecticut Bar Association and Fairfield County Bar Association joint CLE, 3/20/13, Speaker, Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreements in Family Law Cases: Drafting, Litigating, and Getting It Done, Connecticut Bar Association and Fairfield County Bar Association joint CLE, 2013
  • A Survey of New England Family Cases Involving Business Valuation, AAML New England Regional Symposium, 5/4/13, Speaker, A Survey of New England Family Cases Involving Business Valuation, AAML New England Regional Symposium, 2013
  • Annual Review of New Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, 6/17/13, Speaker, Annual Review of New Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2013
  • Changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct and Practice Book, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 11/12/13, Speaker, Changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct and Practice Book, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 2013
  • Speaker, Annual Meeting, Annual Review of New Developments in Family Law, 2013, Speaker, Annual Review of New Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 2013
  • Speaker, Joint CLE, Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreements in Family Law Cases: Drafting, Litigating, and Getting It Done, 2013, Speaker, Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreements in Family Law Cases: Drafting, Litigating, and Getting It Done, Joint CLE, 2013
  • Speaker, Family Law Section Meeting, Changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct and Practice Book, 2013, Speaker, Changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct and Practice Book, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 2013
  • Use of a Mental Health Expert at Trial, Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Advanced Custody Seminar, 5/18/12, Speaker, Use of a Mental Health Expert at Trial, Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Advanced Custody Seminar, 2012
  • A Limited Comparison of Alimony Guidelines Methodology: Massachusetts Statutes, Raised Bill 5509 (Connecticut), and the AAML Commission Recommendations, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, 6/11/12, Speaker, A Limited Comparison of Alimony Guidelines Methodology: Massachusetts Statutes, Raised Bill 5509 (Connecticut), and the AAML Commission Recommendations, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2012
  • Crewsing Away from Equity and Back Again: Enforcement of Premarital Agreements in Connecticut, Connecticut Family Lawyer, Summer 2012, Speaker, Crewsing Away from Equity and Back Again: Enforcement of Premarital Agreements in Connecticut, Connecticut Family Lawyer, Summer, 2012
  • Speaker, 2012 CBA Annual Meeting on the Issue of Alimony Reform, Speaker, Alimony Reform, CBA Annual Meeting, 2012
  • The Myth of Alimony Reform, Connecticut Law Tribune, 8/20/12, Author, The Myth of Alimony Reform, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2012
  • Speaker, Annual Meeting, A Limited Comparison of Alimony Guidelines Methodology: Massachusetts Statutes, Raised Bill 5509 (Connecticut), and the AAML Commission Recommendations, 2012, Speaker, A Limited Comparison of Alimony Guidelines Methodology: Massachusetts Statutes, Raised Bill 5509 (Connecticut), and the AAML Commission Recommendations, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting, 2012
  • Conservators Can Pursue Divorces on Behalf of Wards, Connecticut Law Tribune, 8/15/11, Author, Conservators Can Pursue Divorces on Behalf of Wards, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2011
  • Representing Children in Connecticut Family Court: Examining the Roles and Anticipating the Problems, Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Seminar, How to Do Everything Better From Managing Your Clients, Cases and Employing Experts, 5/26/10, Author, Representing Children in Connecticut Family Court: Examining the Roles and Anticipating the Problems, Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Seminar, How to Do Everything Better From Managing Your Clients, Cases and Employing E, 2010
  • An Overview of Property Division and Spousal Support Regimes in the United States, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, September 2010, Speaker, An Overview of Property Division and Spousal Support Regimes in the United States, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, 2010
  • Senior Articles Editor, Journal of Law & Sexuality, an Internationally Distributed Law Journal

Representative Clients:

  • Simonson v. Simonson, 62 Conn. L. Rptr. 156 (Conn. Super. Ct. Aug. 3, 2016).
  • Thunelius v. Posacki, 193 Conn.App. 666 (2019).
  • DiBlase v. Logistec Connecticut, Inc., 283 Conn. 129, 2007
  • Glover v. Glover, 2010 WL 3341591, Conn.Super., 2010
  • Porter v. Porter, 2011 WL 3427209, Conn.Super., 2011
  • Mitchell v. Medical Inter-Insurance Exchange, 101 Conn. App. 721, 2007

Educational Background:

  • Cornell University, B.A. in Comparative Literature, Magna Cum Laude and Latin, 2000
  • Tulane University Law School, LL.M., 2004
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830 Post Road East
Suite 301
Westport, CT 06880

Phone: 475-666-5547

Fax: 203-557-9504

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