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Susan K. Smith,
Attorney, Mediator and Victim Advocate



Practice Areas

  • Family Law:  Mediation and Collaboration of divorce, Live Together Couples, Marital Conciliation Mediation, Settlement Counsel Services. Family practice limited to mediation and collaboration.

  • Remedies for victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.

  • Personal injury representation for those who are seriously injured in other contexts.  

Curriculum Vitae
Admitted to Bar, Connecticut and U.S. District Courts, 1984.


Smith College 1980 (A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Ada Comstock Scholar)

University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. with High Honors 1984, First in Class), Executive Editor, Connecticut Law Review (1982). Awards: Hornbook Award, American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law, American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law, and Corpus Juris Secundum Award.

Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell "Distinguished" for legal ability and ethics since 1994.

Special Training and Activities

  • More 20 years experience in family law and mediation. Successfully mediated hundreds of divorce mediation cases.

  • Has served as a Special Master, Family Court, Judicial District of Hartford

  • Co-founder of the Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association in Connecticut

  • More the 140 hours of mediation and collaboration training, including peer review and mentoring.

  • Publisher of on-line handbook: A Connecticut Divorce Primer

Special Training and Activities:
Advocacy and Remedies for Victims    

  • 25 years experience representing victims in Civil suits and private civil settlements

  • Testimony before the Connecticut legislature in support of the statute of limitation and other bills in support of victims

  • Author of briefs in CT trial and appellate court in support of the Connecticut Statute of Limitations and other issues affecting victims

  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Service (CONNSACS) (1993-1999)

  • Member and Chair: Victims' Services Coordinating Council (1988-1992)

  • 2009 - Honored for work on behalf of victims by the State Office of Victims Services


  • Chapter Author: A Practical Guide to Divorce in Connecticut, Chapter 7 "Child Support" (2014)

  • Calafiore, F. and Smith, S. Collaborative Law – A New ADR Model for Family Law Cases, Nov. 2000 Connecticut Lawyer at 16.

  • "Let the Master Answer: Imposing Liability on Employers for the Misconduct of 'Disobedient Servants,'" 13 CTLA FORUM 449 (Nov./Dec. 1995); cross published in CRIME VICTIMS LITIGATION QUARTERLY (Nov. 1995).

  • "Admissibility of Other Victim Evidence," CRIME VICTIMS' LITIGATION QUARTERLY (Aug. 1995).

  • "Civil Remedies for Survivors of Sexual Abuse: An Overview" CONNSACS Newsletter, October 1996.

  • "Connecticut Appellate Court Upholds "Rape Shield Statute." CONNSACS Newsletter, April 1997.

  • "Landlord Responsibility for the Criminal Acts of Third Parties," 14 CONN. L. REV. 843 (1982).



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There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
~Anais Nin

Susan K. Smith
Mediator, and
Victim Advocate


45 West Main St
(Route 44)
Avon Center Office Park Avon, CT 06001


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Peer Review Rated
BV Distinguished For
Very High Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

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