David W. Griffin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Westport, CT

Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC
 | 5 Imperial Avenue, PO Box 295
Westport, CT 06881
Phone: 203-227-7301
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

David W. Griffin is a partner at Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, L.L.C., a Westport, Connecticut, law firm with a focus on matrimonial and family law, and extensive experience representing clients in high net worth, high income and custody cases.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was named National Fellow of the Year by the AAML in 2016.

Although he has focused solely on matrimonial law for the past 18 years, attorney Griffin’s early years of practice in the areas of business and real estate law gave him a broad understanding of financing, valuation methods, income generation, asset structuring, e-discovery methods and other tools that have left him uniquely prepared to assist family law clients today. Attorney Griffin’s current practice primarily consists of negotiation and litigation related to divorce, custody, visitation, relocation, alimony, support and prenuptial agreements throughout Connecticut. In addition, he has served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem and as an attorney for minor children, and as a Special Master tackling many of the state's toughest family law cases in the Regional Trial Docket.

Attorney Griffin was admitted to the bar in 1983, has been a licensed private pilot since 1985 and comes from a family of Connecticut lawyers: a father who was a renowned general practitioner in Westbury for more than 60 years and two older brothers.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Marital Property

Focus Areas

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

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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017

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About David Griffin

Admitted: 1983, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: http://www.rutkinoldham.com/law-firm-profile/david-w-griffin...

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in New York Metro Area, The Wall Street Journal, 2017
  • National Fellow of the Year, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2016
  • New England Best Lawyers, The Wall Street Journal, 2015
  • Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers Magazine, 2013
  • Ten Leaders of Matrimonial and Divorce Law, 2011
  • Top Lawyers in Connecticut, Connecticut Magazine, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section and Executive Committee, Chair 2015-2016, Vice-Chair 2014-2015, CLE Chair 2013-2014, Secretary 2012-2013, Treasurer 2011-2012, Board of Editors Connecticut Family Lawyer 2011-present
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • State of Connecticut Child Support Guidelines Commission, Member 2011-2015, Co-Chair 2014-2015
  • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation
  • Fellow, Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member, Greenwich Bar Association
  • Member, Fairfield County Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • State of Connecticut Judicial Branch: Faculty member of the official Judicial Branch guardian ad litem training course, on the topics of "What to Expect at the Regional Family Trial Docket" and "How to Encourage and Assist Parents in Reaching Agreement in the Best Interests of the Minor Children" – June, 2012
  • Presenter, “Earning Capacity and Imputing Income for Child Support Calculations”: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New England Family Law Symposium, April 2013
  • Presenter, “App Technology for Lawyers”, Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Advanced Technology Seminar, April 2014
  • Presenter, “Valuation, Protection and Treatment of an Owner’s Dilutable Interest in a Rapidly Growing Business”: AICPA-AAML National Conference on Divorce, April 2014
  • Presenter, “Data Acquisition and Digital Forensics (What Every Lawyer Should Know)", USA-Canada Chapter Meeting of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, May 2014
  • “Earning Capacity and Imputing Income for Child Support Calculations: A Survey of Law and Outline of Practice Tips”: Published in the Summer of 2014 in the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers,
  • Co-Presenter, “Business Valuation and Use of Online Valuation Calculators – Do They Survive a Daubert Challenge?”: Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, November 2014
  • Discussion Leader,  “Mediating a Custody Case”:  Association of Family and Conciliation Courts/American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2015 Conference on Advanced Issues in Child Custody: Evaluation, Litigation and Settlement, October 2015
  • Program Coordinator, “A Question of Balance – Accidental Success”: AAML Midyear Meeting,  March 2016
  • Program Coordinator, “Discovering Unreported Foreign Assets in a Divorce. What Do I Do Now?”: AAML Midyear Meeting, March 2016
  • Program Coordinator, “How Lawyers Can Use Social Media to Make It Rain”: AAML Midyear Meeting, March 2016
  • Program Co-Coordinator, "Show Me the Money! Uncovering Fraud and Tracing Offshore Assets", AAML Midyear Meeting, March 2016
  • Program Coordinator/Moderator/Producer, "Advanced Financial Issues": Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Biennial Seminar, April 2016
  • Co-Speaker, "Hot Topics in Health Care Valuation: Reasonable Compensation, HIPAA and a Surprise or Two": 2016 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants/American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers National Conference on Divorce, May 2016
  • Co-Chair, "2016 National Conference on Divorce": American Institute of Certified Public Accountants/American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, May 2016
  • Presenter, "Income Isn't Just What's in the Paycheck: Executive Compensation and Other Employee Benefits", December 2016

Educational Background:

  • Ithaca College, B.A. in Politics 1979
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D. 1983
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Office Location for David W. Griffin

5 Imperial Avenue
PO Box 295
Westport, CT 06881

Phone: 203-227-7301

 

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Last Updated: 5/26/2017

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