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Kate W. Haakonsen - Glastonbury, CT

2252 Main Street Glastonbury, CT 06033

Updated: 03/05/2024

Glastonbury Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Overview

My practice has long been centered on divorce including mediation and collaborative divorce. I have found the greatest sense of professional satisfaction comes from my relationships with my divorcing clients and being able to help them through difficult transition periods in their lives...

My practice has long been centered on divorce including mediation and collaborative divorce. I have found the greatest sense of professional satisfaction comes from my relationships with my divorcing clients and being able to help them through difficult transition periods in their lives. 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 250 hours of mediation training and over 100 hours of Collaborative Training. Paying attention to what matters most to each individual and helping them consider all the available options and outcomes can result in solutions which serve the best interests of the client and the family.

My prior experience in real estate and civil litigation also provide me with the knowledge to understand all aspects of my clients’ situations, and being a senior partner at Brown, Paindiris and Scott LLP with 20 other lawyers practicing in many areas of law, provides the support of our legal team when other types of legal issues arise.

About Kate W. Haakonsen

Practice Areas

  • Collaborative Divorce 35%
  • Divorce Mediation 35%
  • Divorce and Post Divorce Litigation 30%

Litigation

  • 30%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Senior Partner

Languages

  • English (Primary)
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Swedish

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1978
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982

Other Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1978 - Present (Family Law Section (Chair 2012-2013), Executive and Legislative Committees (1998-present), Board of Editors of the Connecticut Family Lawyer (2006-present), Mediation Committee (1994-1998), Judicial Liaison Committee (1996-1997), Young Lawyers Section (1978-1988): Civil Justice Committee (1980).)
  • Hartford County Bar Association (Board of Directors (1985-1986), Family Law Committee (1989-present), Co-Chair of Family Law Committee (2003-2005))
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1980 - Present (Member)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), 1994 - 2014 (Practitioner Member (1996-2014))
  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators, 2014 - Present (Practitioner Member)
  • Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce, 1995 - Present (Board of Directors (1996-2001), Secretary (1998-1999), Co-President-Elect (1999-2000), Co-President (2000-2001), Past-President (2001-2002))
  • Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group, Inc. (Treasurer (2004-2011))
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2006 - Present (Member)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)(2002-2008, 2012-2014)
  • Connecticut Collaborative Professionals, 2009 - 2015

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, 1978
    J.D.
  • Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 1975
    B.A.
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Chapter Scholar
    Major: French

Past Positions

  • Gussak, Jacobson, Silver & McChristian, Partner, 1982 - 1995
  • Peck, Haakonsen & McChristian, Partner, 1978 - 1982

Pro Bono Activities

  • Special Master: Pretrial of divorce matters in the Hartford Judicial District , 1987 - Present
  • Small Claims Commissioner - heard and decided Small Claims matters in G.A. 14., 1981 - 1987
  • Attorney State Trial Referee - hear certain civil non-jury matters, subject to agreement of the parties, 1990 - 2013
  • Statewide Grievance Committee, 1994 - 1996
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Volunteer Public Defender Program, 1978 - Present
  • Lawyer Referral Service Program of Hartford County Bar Association
  • Federal Special Public Defender - By appointment of the court, I represented a young alien charged with mail fraud
  • Law Works for People: A Connecticut Bar Association program
  • MUJER, Inc. - volunteer counsel, I formed a corporation and helped it to qualify for federal tax exempt status, 1978 - 1979

Classes and Seminars

  • 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, Legal Education Institute, January, 1990 and March, 1991.
  • Speaker and author of material for a seminar called "Tax Aspects of Divorce in Connecticut," , National Business Institute, - 1993
  • Speaker for workshops, such as "Understanding Your Divorce.", Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF)
  • Author: "Public Accommodations Law in Connecticut,", CWEALF, - 1977
  • Instructor courses on Doing Your Own Divorce and Introduction to Divorce Mediation , The Learning Exchange
  • Speaker and co-author of material for workshop on relocating parents, 1997 Conference of Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution, - 1977
  • Facilitator and author of materials for panel discussion on unauthorized practice of law, November, 1999 Conference of Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation, - 1999
  • Speaker and author of materials for a workshop on unauthorized practice of law, the Gathering of New England Mediators, May, 2000
  • Organizer and Moderator for a seminar presented "Challenging Our Assumptions About Children, Families and Divorce.", CCDM, - 2002
  • Speaker and author of materials for a workshop on the role of consulting lawyers in the mediation process, June, 2005 Conference of Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution
  • Co-author of an article on drafting complaints for dissolution of civil unions, The Connecticut Family Lawyer, Fall, 2006
  • Speaker and panel member on recognizing and managing the client who is unwilling to fully participate in mediation, Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution in January, 2007
  • Speaker and author of materials for a workshop on non-attorney mediation, June, 2007 Conference of Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution
  • Speaker and co-author of materials for a seminar on Mediation Advocacy, Connecticut Bar Association on in February, 2012
  • Moderator and speaker for a panel on Advocacy in Collaborative Divorce, Connecticut Counsel for Non-Adversarial Divorce, 2014
  • Moderator and speaker for a family law panel on Professionalism, Connecticut and Hartford County Bar Associations, November, 2014
  • Presenter and Facilitator for one-day workshop on using interests in the collaborative divorce process , Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group’s annual retreat, April, 2016

Achievements

Honors

  • Connecticut Super Lawyer, Connecticut Super Lawyer Magazine, Family Law, 2010 - 2019

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Office Information

Address

2252 Main Street Glastonbury, CT 06033

Fax

  • 860-652-4382

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

Publication

Articles

  • Five Common Fears About Getting Divorced
  • New Connecticut Law on Parental Relocation
  • New changes to custody statute effective October 1, 2005
  • Post-Majority and College Education Support in Connecticut ? Timing Matters

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