Thomas D. Colin
 

Aidan-R-Welsh

Thomas D. Colin is a founding partner of Schoonmaker, George, Colin & Blomberg, P.C. Attorney Colin handles matters statewide, including all aspects of traditional client representation, litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution services as an arbitrator, mediator, special master and private judge. He remained with the firm from its formation in 1996 until 2013 when he was nominated as a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court by Governor Dannel Malloy and confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly. He returned to the firm in 2018 after spending five years as a trial court judge handling primarily family and criminal matters, including serving as the presiding judge for family matters in the judicial district of Stamford/Norwalk at Stamford, where some of the nation’s most sophisticated financial family law cases are heard. As a judge, he also regularly presided over the weekly domestic violence criminal court docket and served on the Connecticut Judges Institute Education Committee and the Evidence Oversight Committee of the Supreme Court. His duties as a judge included handling criminal jury and bench trials, family court trials, probation violation, suppression and firearms safety hearings, arraignments, pretrial settlement conferences in both family and criminal cases, mediations in family cases and all of the usual and customary matters heard by a trial court judge. As a family court judge, he presided over the court docket and heard and mediated many cases involving sophisticated financial issues, particularly in the financial services/investments field, as well as many child custody matters.

Attorney Colin is an adjunct professor of family law at the Quinnipiac University School of Law where he has taught both basic and advanced family law, including family trial practice. He has lectured and taught nationally and in Connecticut to many groups, including judges, lawyers, law students and family services counselors and appeared on a nationally syndicated talk show as a legal analyst to discuss and demonstrate divorce mediation. His teaching topics generally involve family law, evidence (including electronic, social media and other computer related evidence) and trial practice and many are noted below. While a judge in 2013 and 2014, Attorney Colin was a member of the Connecticut Law Revision Commission Alimony Reform Study Committee.

Prior to becoming a judge, Attorney Colin had an extraordinary amount of trial and mediation experience throughout the state of Connecticut in complex child custody and financial divorce related matters including in many high profile cases involving individuals and their spouses in the entertainment, sports, medical, legal and finance industries. In many instances, he is the attorney that other attorneys hired for their own representation. He has represented husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, children and other witnesses in family law disputes. He earned a reputation as a skilled courtroom trial lawyer even though the overwhelming majority of his cases were resolved outside of court in a private manner through negotiation and mediation. In addition, he has a vast amount of experience in negotiating prenuptial agreements and litigating their enforceability. In 2007, Attorney Colin served as lead trial counsel for the successful parent in what was reportedly the longest child custody trial in United States history, spanning over eight months. In addition, Attorney Colin is a former President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and Chair of the family law sections of both the statewide Connecticut Bar Association and the Fairfield County Bar Association.

Attorney Colin received his Juris Doctor degree from the St. John’s University School of Law in 1992. After completing law school, he served as a law clerk for Justice Paul L. Rudman of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine. Attorney Colin then joined the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, Connecticut, where he joined two legends in the field of family law, Samuel V. Schoonmaker, III and Cynthia Coulter George, in the firm’s family law practice group.

Attorney Colin is a former Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section’s Ethics, Professionalism and Grievance Committee and was a member of the Connecticut Delegation to the Tri-State Leadership Conference to improve the decision-making process in high conflict child custody cases, sponsored by, among others, the Division of Law and Psychiatry of the Yale University School of Medicine and the Children and the Law Program of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Professional Services Available

  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Negotiation
  • Trial Consultation
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Divorce Matters (financial & child custody)
  • Post-Divorce Matters (modification & enforcement proceedings)
  • Unmarried Partner Disputes
  • Case Management Services
  • Strategy Consultant
  • Discovery Special Master
  • Appeals
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Short Calendar Mediation

Education

  • CW Post College, B.A. 1989
  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D. 1992

Honors and Awards

  • Connecticut Superior Court Judge: 2013-2018
  • Selected to Connecticut Super Lawyers 2006 to 2012*
  • Super Lawyers Top Lists*:
    • Top 100 Lawyers in all of New England in 2011
    • Top 50 Lawyers in Connecticut in 2012
    • Top 50 Lawyers in Connecticut in 2011
    • Top 50 Lawyers in Connecticut in 2010
    • Top 50 Lawyers in Connecticut in 2009
    • Top 100 New England Super Lawyers 2008
    • Top 50 Lawyers in Connecticut in 2008
    • Top 100 New England Super Lawyers 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America 2006 to 2011/2012**
  • Best Lawyers in America 2011 Lawyer of the Year Award for Family Law, Greenwich**
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Lawyer 2009-2011***

Publications

  • A Practical Guide to Divorce in Connecticut. MCLE New England Chapter 14 – Trial Practice Techniques by Thomas D. Colin and Peter M. Bryniczka.
  • Connecticut Family Law Citations: A Reference Guide to Connecticut Family Law Decisions by Cynthia C. George and Thomas D. Colin.
  • Approaching Custody Witnesses, Family Advocate, Spring, 1999. Read Article (NOTE: Link Approaching Custody Witnesses doc)
  • The Best Interests of the Children, Thomas D. Colin, CT Law Tribune, March, 2011.
  • The Automatic Restraining Orders of the Proposed Connecticut Practice Book: Are we Walking into a Constitutional Minefield, Thomas D. Colin, Connecticut Family Lawyer, Winter, 1997. Read Article (NOTE: Link Automatic Restraining Orders doc)
  • Electronic and Computer Evidence in Divorce Case by Thomas D. Colin. Read Article (NOTE: Link Electronic and Computer Evidence.doc)
  • Library of Connecticut Family Law Forms, Thomas D. Colin, Editor, CT Law Tribune, 2008,

Presentations

  • 2/21/18 – Evidence in Family Court, Fairfield County Bar Association, Stamford, CT
  • 6/14/17 – Motions to Open Family Court Judgments (Course Liason), Connecticut Judges Institute, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • 6/12/17 – Ten Tips in Family Court, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT
  • 5/3/17 – Evidence in Family Court, Bridgeport Bar Association, Bridgeport, CT
  • 4/28/17 – Law Day Remarks as Assistant Administrative Judge, Stamford Courthouse, Stamford, CT
  • 2/6/17 – Remarks regarding Family Court, Legislative Breakfast Reception, Stamford Courthouse, Stamford, CT
  • 11/3/16 – Panelist for the Bench-Bar Symposium on Professionalism co-sponsored by Connecticut Bar Association, Fairfield County Bar Association, Stamford, CT
  • 9/21/16 – Annual Speech for Presiding Judge, Fairfield County Bar Association, Stamford, CT
  • 6/21/16 – Tips, Tools & Techniques for Handling High Conflict Family Cases, Connecticut Judges Institute, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • 5/26/16 – Evidence in Family Court, Milford Bar Association, Milford, CT
  • 5/12/16 – Discussion with the Collaborative Divorce Attorneys of Fairfield County, Stamford, CT
  • 5/10/16 – Judges Roundtable, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section, Milford, CT
  • 5/6/16 – Faculty Member, Appellate Advocacy Institute, Connecticut Bar Association, New Britain, CT
  • 4/6/16 and 4/9/17 – Search & Seizure, Citizens Police Academy, Ridgefield, CT
  • 11/12/15 – Evidence in Family Court, New Haven County Bar Association, New Haven, CT
  • 9/16/15 – Annual Speech of the Presiding Judge, Fairfield County Bar Association, Stamford, CT
  • 6/3/15 – When Domestic Issues Result in Criminal Charges, Fairfield County Bar Association Criminal Law Section, Stamford, CT
  • 6/2015 – Evidence in Family Court, Connecticut Judges Institute, New Haven, CT
  • 4/6/15 – Discussion with American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Shelton, CT
  • 9/17/14 – Annual Speech of the Presiding Judge, Fairfield County Bar Association, Stamford, CT
  • 6/11/12 – Annual Review of New Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • 5/18/12 – Advanced Custody Seminar, Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 3/15/12 – Family Violence in Connecticut: Trauma, Trends, and Triage, Connecticut Bar Association
  • 11/16/11 – Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Cases, Connecticut Bar Association
  • 6/23/11 – Annual Review of New Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT
  • 11/8/10 – Preparing Your Client for a Child Custody Evaluation and Trial, Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Advanced Seminar, New Britain, CT
  • 6/14/10 – Annual Review of New Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT
  • 5/26/10 – How to do Everything Better from Managing Your Clients, Cases and Employing Experts, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Quinnipiac School of Law, Hamden, CT
  • 6/09 – Annual Review of New Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT
  • 1/21/09 – New Rules for Disclosure of Expert Witnesses, Fairfield County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Stamford, CT
  • 6/20/08 – Psychological, Psychiatric, and Custody Evaluations, Connecticut Bar Association, Hamden, CT
  • 6/08 – Family Law – Annual Year in Review, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT
  • 10/07 – Attorney Fees Claims in Matrimonial Cases, Fairfield County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Stamford, CT
  • 10/07 – How to Navigate the Landmines of Motion Practice: Mastering Family Law Short Calendar, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Hamden, CT
  • 6/07 – Family Law – Annual Year in Review, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT
  • 6/06 – Family Law – Annual Year in Review, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT
  • 9/05 – Civil Unions – Making and Breaking Them, Connecticut Bar Association, Hamden, CT
  • 6/05 – Family Law – Annual Year in Review, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT
  • 1/05 – Trading Spaces: Different Perspectives on the Family Court Process and the Role of the Guardian Ad Litem/Attorney for Minor Children, Connecticut Bar Association, New Britain, CT
  • 6/04 – Family Law – Annual Year in Review, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT
  • 3/04 – How to Practice Family Law in Connecticut, Half Moon, LLC, Continuing Legal Education, Cromwell, CT
  • 6/03 – Family Law – Annual Year in Review, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT
  • 3/03 – Cross Examination of the Custody Evaluator, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Meriden, CT
  • 11/02 – Brass Tacks: Family Law Basics, Fairfield County Bar Association, Stamford, CT
  • 6/02 – Family Law – Annual Year in Review, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT
  • 4/02 – The Ethical Issues Surrounding the Guardian Ad Litem and Attorney for the Minor Child, American Bar Association Section of Family Law, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 2/02 – The Interplay of Bankruptcy with Divorce Issues, Fairfield County Bar Association, Stamford, CT
  • 6/01 – Family Law – Annual Year in Review, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT
  • 10/00 – Boundaries of Representation, American Bar Association Family Law Section, Tampa, FL
  • 6/00 – Family Law – Annual Year in Review, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT
  • 10/99 – Proposed Changes to Rules of Ethics, American Bar Association Family Law Section, San Diego, CA
  • 2/99 – Connecticut Family Law Practice & Procedure, National Business Institute, Hartford, CT
  • 2/99 – Prenuptial Agreements and Trust Issues in Divorce Cases, Westport Bar Association, Westport, CT
  • 12/98 – Ethical Issues at Trial, Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Middletown, CT
  • 10/98 – Ethical Issues at Trial, American Bar Association Section of Family Law, Portland, OR
  • 8/98 – Divorce Taxation, National Business Institute, Hartford, CT

*Superlawyers Magazine
** Best Lawyers
**8 Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Ratings

Awards / Accomplishments

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