Livia DeFilippis Barndollar

Top rated Family Law attorney in Westport, Connecticut

Pullman & Comley, LLC
Livia DeFilippis Barndollar
Pullman & Comley, LLC

Practice Areas: Family Law, Appellate

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1981

Education: Villanova University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2015, 2017 - 2020, 2024

Pullman & Comley, LLC

253 Post Road West
PO Box 3180
Westport, CT 06880 Phone: 203-330-2205 Email: Livia DeFilippis Barndollar Visit website


Livia DeFilippis Barndollar has more than 35 years of experience ably representing parties in dissolution of marriage cases, post judgment and appellate proceedings and marital and premarital agreements.  She also less frequently represents children in the divorce process as a guardian ad litem or attorney for the minor child.  At times, she is asked to mediate marital disputes directly with the parties or on behalf of other family law counsel.  She is a member of the firm in Pullman & Comley's Family Law Practice and co-chair of its Appellate Practice Group, both of which have been named "Department of the Year" by the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Livia is known among her peers and her clients as being reasonable, experienced and focused while being capable and willing to push up her sleeves to obtain results.  Not all cases involve two reasonable clients and reasonable opposing counsel, so Livia gauges when negotiating needs to yield to preparation for alternative dispute resolution or trial.

Livia dedicates herself to keeping up on the law, as well as teaching others in the profession and aligned professions.  She approaches her cases with knowledge of the law and the judicial system as an omnipresent backdrop.

Livia is a past president of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and a past chair of its Family Law Section. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the CBA Family Law Section since 1996 and has served as every officer of the Section.  Livia just finished a three year term in the CBA House as the representative of the Family Law Section.  Livia is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, served the maximum nine years on its board, and has served as the chair of its board of directors, Nominating Committee and Fellows Nomination Committee. She also serves as a board member of Connecticut Legal Services and on the Standing Committee on Professional Ethics of the CBA.

Livia is also involved in national bar association activities and in the summer of 2019, completed her fourth term as a State delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.  She is a member of the American Counsel Association, its past president, and serves on its board of directors.  She has been a member of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section Council and has served as its parliamentarian.

Livia wrote the chapter on alimony for the Lexis Nexis Connecticut Divorce Handbook, and takes an active role in several family law publications. She has served as the senior topical editor for family law of the Connecticut Bar Journal since 2000.  She has been an editor of the Bar Journal since 1985, and was editor in chief of the journal from 1994-1997. She also serves as an editor at large of The Family Advocate, published by the American Bar Association's Section of Family Law and has frequently presented at educational programs at both state and national levels.  

Many of the above positions and numerous positions not mentioned have involved extensive community service and service to the development of others in the legal profession.  Livia is proud to mention that she has been appointed by the ABA  President to the Advisory Committee to the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk, an organization committed to the improvement of child welfare laws and programs on a national level.

First Admitted: 1981, Connecticut

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Currently: Board of Editors, Family Advocate,  American Bar Association Senior Topical Editor, Family Law, CT Bar Journal; Member of Board of Editors since 1985 and served as survey editor multiple years and Editor in Chief for Max 3 year term;  Standing Committee on Professional Ethics-CBA and current CLE organizer for committee CT Legal Services Board of Directors and Chair of Fundraising Committee Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Governance Committee and Scholarship Committee Chair, Norwalk Community College Foundation; Past  State Bar Chair, Membership, American Bar Association American Counsel Association, Board, Scholarship Committee, now Chair of Scholarship Committee-American Counsel Association;  Just completed max term of Advisory Committee to ABA Commission on Youth at Risk; previously CBA delegate to American Bar Association House of Delegates from 2006-2019 Member of CBA Experienced Lawyers Committee, CBA Fair and Impartial Judiciary Committee, Executive Committee of CBA Family Law Section, Member and former co chair of Presidential Fellows; previously every officer of CBA Family Law Section and Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect, President and Past President of state bar association New England Bar Association Board of Directors from 2006-2010 CT Bar Felllow-previously maxed out as member of the Board of Directors of the CT Bar Foundation (nine years)-including chair of the nominating committee and the Fellows nominating committee; organized major symposium in 2021 with one co chair on rule of law ; currently preparing this coming year's symposium;  Member/Chair of numerous state bar committees including Solo/Small Firm Committee and then Section; chair of Pro Bono Committee, chair of council of bar presidents; chair of state bar Legislative Review Committee; multiple committees for the Chief Justice's long range planning  strategic task force
  • Connecticut Legal Services - board of directors
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation - Sustaining Life Fellow; past director
  • American Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • The American Law Institute - ex officio member
  • New England Bar Association - former board member
  • American Counsel Association - board of directors, past president
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association - House of Delegates, CBA delegate; Family Law Section; Litigation Section
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Executive Committee, Chair of Scholarship Committee, member of Governance Committee and Executive Committee of Norwalk Community College Foundation, mentor;   CT Legal Services Board -special post term added 3 years,  Chair of Fundraising Committee; member of Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-chair of Mark Kravitz memorial symposium-offered in October, 2021, (planning same symposium for upcoming symposium; CT Bar Fellows Member-Program and Education Committee;  Advisory Committee to ABA Commission on Youth at Risk  
  • Norwalk Community College Foundation, Inc - board of directors
Educational Background:
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • nonmatriculant NYU School of Law
  • Named a Moffly Media Top Lawyer in Fairfield County, 2021 - Family Law, Top Lawyer in Fairfield County, Moffly Media, 2021
  • I received this award as a co recipient with the Connecticut Bar Association for our work, which I spearheaded, in correcting the inappropriate taking of 2.0 million from the Client Security Fund and transfer of those monies into the the State's General Fund.  We not only reversed the actual transfer, we then successfully promoted the passage of curative legislation to ensure that the Client Security Fund will not be breached again.  , Isaac Hecht Law Client Protection Award, National Client Protection Organization, 2009
  • Selected to Connecticut Super Lawyers list 2007-2015, 2017-2020 in family law, Super Lawyer, Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers, 2020
  • This specialty bar awarded me its achievement award for 2008 awarded to an Italian American attorney who has distinguished himself or herself in the profession, Italian American Achievement Award, Connecticut Italian American Bar Association, 2008
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section Service Award, 2017, 2012, Family Law Section Service Award,, American Bar Association, 2017
  • Awarded annual appreciation award by Connecticut Legal Services, Appreciation Award, Connecticut Legal Services, 2009
  • Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in family law, Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2020
White Papers:
  • Adapted book of Drs. Robert A. Simon and Philip Stahl to article published in Spring 2021 issue of the ABA Family Advocate, The Who, When and Why of Using Experts in Contested Custody Cases, Family Law Clients And Practitioners, 2021
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Uplifting advice on how to deal financially and emotionally with loss including divorce, Wrote the article (was billed as an interview but I wrote it), Attorney Livia DeFilippis Barndollar On 5 Things you need to Know to Survive and Thrive after Divorce, Published in Authority Magazine;, Family Law Clients And Practitioners, 2022
  • One of contributors to column to advise people how to navigate children's parenting time after a divorce and how to behave in the most healthy way during divorce both occurring during the pandemic.  I wrote a portion only of this article, Wrote part of article, Healthy Divorce in Unhealthy Times, Westport Lifestyle Magazine, Families, 2021
  • I regularly edit, revise and guide the development of articles for the ABA Family Advocate. I have been a member of the Board  since 2010 and I often serve as an issue editor.  , Adapted book to magazine publication, See entry under white papers, ABA The Family Advocate, Family Law Clients And Practitioners, 2021
  • See above for topic; Prepared materials on selected tax issues including but not limited to Net Operating Losses, Alimony, Recapture, unallocated alimony and child support including termination/stepdowns/contingencies relating to the child, Speaker, Selected Tax Issues in Family Law, National Legal Conference, Vail, Colorado, Family Law Clients And Practitioners, 2016
  • I prepared materials and spoke at a national  legal conference on Uniform Laws in Family Law in 2018 ; In 2019 I reprised specific uniform laws, particularly UIFSA and UCCJEA at a CT Bar Association Family Law Section seminar, Speaker, Uniform Laws in Family Law, National Legal Conference, Vail, Colorado, Attorneys, 2019
  • One of three speakers in webinar offered to clients and others who signed up to hear information about health care developments and particularly, concerning privileges, waiver and other use of primarily mental health services in divorce and other family division matters, Speaker, Webinar on Privileges in family law cases relating to psychological and psychiatric treatment as well as HIPAA relaxed rules during the pandemic, Pullman and Comley presentations to public, Therapists, Psychiatrists, Health Care Providers And Lawyers, 2020

Office location for Livia DeFilippis Barndollar

253 Post Road West
PO Box 3180
Westport, CT 06880


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2015, 2017 - 2020, 2024

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