Edward Nusbaum

Top rated Family Law attorney in Westport, Connecticut

Law Offices of Edward Nusbaum P.C.
Edward Nusbaum
Law Offices of Edward Nusbaum P.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1973

Education: Rutgers School of Law - Newark

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Law Offices of Edward Nusbaum P.C.

212 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06880 Phone: 203-226-8181 Email: Edward Nusbaum Visit website


The Law Offices of Edward Nusbaum, a family law practice based in Westport, Conn., works with families throughout Fairfield County and all of the surrounding areas. Mr. Nusbaum devotes his practice exclusively to family law and has more than 40 years experience helping clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements with regards to child custody and support, property division, alimony and other related matters.

He is recognized as a well-respected negotiator and, in addition, possesses the legal skills necessary to be the consummate litigator if a case requires a trial. Over the course of his illustrious career, Mr. Nusbaum has received numerous awards and honors for his professionalism and service, earning his reputation as one of the region's leading family law attorneys. Holding an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell since 1994, he has consistently been ranked as a top attorney by various client and peer review sources, including recognition from The Best Lawyers in America each year since 1995. In addition, U.S. News & World Report voted his firm among the region's best for family law from 2011 to 2018.

Mr. Nusbaum has tried several cases that have been decided by Connecticut appellate courts as authority for divorce legal propositions in the following cases:

  • Bucy v. Bucy – Psychological expenses included within definition of medical expenses
  • Friezo v. Friezo – Seminal case on enforceability of prenuptial agreements under Connecticut’s Premarital Agreement Act
  • Hopfer v. Hopfer – Wife not entitled to share in stock options awarded to husband by his employer during pendency of divorce because stock options were awarded for husband’s future services to be rendered to employer
  • Hornung v. Hornung – Successfully obtained the enforcement of a prenuptial agreement and an amendment to the prenuptial agreement after the parties were already married

A 1970 cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut, Mr. Nusbaum obtained his Juris Doctor in 1973 from Rutgers Law School. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

A consummate professional, he is a member of the family law sections of the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and he maintains active involvement as a fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, serving on a number of committees with the organization's national and Connecticut chapters. He is also a fellow with the International Academy of Family Lawyers and serves on the Connecticut Bar Association Resolution of Legal Fees Dispute Committee.

An accomplished author and speaker, Mr. Nusbaum co-authored part of the "Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons," a definitive reference text on family law involving jurisdictions throughout the country and across the globe. He has also conducted numerous lectures across his region on a variety of legal topics related to family law.

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First Admitted: 1973, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: http://nusbaumfamilylaw.com/edward-nusbaum/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • AAML National Chapter, Chair, Bench and Bar Committee, 1998-1999
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Connecticut Bar Association’s Resolution of Legal Fees Dispute Committee, Member
  • AAML National Chapter, AAML CLE Committee, 1998
  • AAML Connecticut Chapter, Board of Managers, 1999 to 2001
  • AAML Connecticut Chapter, Secretary, 2004
  • AAML Connecticut Chapter, President-Elect, 2005-2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers, Fellow
  • AAML National Chapter, Bench and Bar Committee, 1994
  • AAML Connecticut Chapter, Connecticut Chapter, President, 2006-2007
  • AAML Connecticut Chapter, Treasurer, 2002-2003
  • AAML Connecticut Chapter, Vice President, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow and Past President 
  • Westport Bar Association, Past President
  • AAML National Chapter, Professionalism in the Practice Committee, 1998-1999
  • AAML Connecticut Chapter, Board of Managers, 2016-2018
  • Friezo v. Friezo
  • Hornung v. Hornung
  • Bucy v. Bucy
  • Hopfer v. Hopfer
  • Schorsch v. Schorsch
  • Culver v. Culver
Educational Background:
  • University of Connecticut, Bachelor’s Degree, Honors: cum laude, Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha, Member, Honor:National Political Science Honor Society, Honor: New England wrestling champion
  • Top 50 Lawyers in the State by Connecticut Magazine in 2006
  • New York Area Best Lawyers, New York Magazine, 2006 through 2011
  • Best Lawyers in New England for family law, since 2011
  • Top Lawyers of New England 2018 as Published in Connecticut Magazine
  • Outstanding Lawyers of America and Top Lawyers in Connecticut, Connecticut Magazine since 2006
  • The National Advocates’ Top 100 Lawyers, 2016-2017
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals 2018, as listed by the American Registry
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms in the category of family law, Metropolitan Tier 1, since its inception in 2011 through 2017
  • Best Attorneys in Connecticut as published in Best Lawyers, since 2011
  • New York City’s Best Lawyers, as published in Best Lawyers, since 2013
  • New England Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine since 2007
  • Top Rated Lawyer, Boston Legal Leaders, as published in the Boston Globe, 2014, 2015
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement member for Connecticut
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nations Top One Percent, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated attorney since 1994
  • Top Connecticut Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine, since 2001
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers since 2006
  • New York’s Top Attorneys as published in Best Lawyers, since 2013
  • Best Lawyers in New England as published in The Wall Street Journal, since 2011
  • Top Rated Lawyers within the greater Boston area by LexisNexis, Martindale-Hubbell and ALM Media in the area of Family Law, since 2014
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 Attorneys in Connecticut 2015, and National Board Member
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best in Connecticut
  • Best Lawyers in America since 1995
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • CancerCare of Connecticut, Board
  • Weston Diamond Club, President
  • CancerCare of Connecticut, Board President
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons,” Second Edition 2013, European Lawyer/Thomson Reuters
  • Guest Lecturer, UConn’s School of Business, Interaction of Business and Law

Office location for Edward Nusbaum

212 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06880


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