Smith has been mediating divorce and family cases
for more than 15 years. Her free
online publication, a "Connecticut Divorce Primer,"
provides Connecticut divorce law basics in an easy to read topical handbook
format and has been a reference for lawyers and clients alike for years. Her method of divorce mediation allows clients to do some directed work on their
own outside of mediation sessions in order begin to learn new ways to work
together --and to save money-- both of which are important to parents and
children. Sue's experience in mediation
gives her a "tool kit" which allows her to tailor each case to the needs,
circumstances and resources of the clients and to assist the couple in working
Sue is a co-founder of the
Collaborative Divorce Lawyers
Association, a successful group of specially trained collaborative practitioners
in the northern Connecticut region. Mediation is something like a double
mediation where each party engages a specially-trained attorney and the parties
pledge to resolve differences with a non-adversarial out-of-court process using
the principles and guidelines of the Collaborative Process. See article
Mediation and Collaboration in Connecticut.
Marital Conciliation Mediation.
Marital Conciliation helps couples who love each other but have issues
preventing them from leading a peaceful co-existence which could lead to
burning-out the marriage. Conciliatory mediation is not therapy. Rather, it is a
means for couples to work together with the assistance of the mediator to
address problems that are causing friction. Typical problems can relate to
management of children, finances, spending, and even the division of household
Sue is also available as
Settlement Council in
appropriate cases. The need for Settlement Council might arise, for example, if
one party is resistant or uncomfortable with the meditation approach and engages
an attorney. In those instances, Sue can represent the party without counsel to
negotiate with the other attorney in a non-adversarial manner in an attempt to
bring the case to resolution without engaging in full-fledged litigation.
Sexual Abuse Litigation: Sue has represented victims of sexual abuse for more than 25 years.
article Civil Litigation for Sexual Abuse:
First Steps. She recently represented 70 victims in the Saint Francis
Hospital litigation arising out of the sexual abuse of Dr. George E. Reardon.
Link to Article
on the Saint Francis Hospital / Reardon Litigation and was subject of an
important Supreme Court decision. She currently represents
two victims of Robert Reinhardt, former Dean at The Gunnery both of which have
been successfully settled.
Link to an Article on The Gunnery. In addition, Sue is also currently
representing two victims in a claims against the Indian Mountain School
in Salisbury CT for the sexual abuse of a former teacher, Chris Simonds.
Litigation: Sue also represents victims who have suffered serious
injuries as a result of the negligence or malfeasance of others. For 15 years,
Sue has partnered her litigation cases with another lawfirm. The collaboration
allows both firms to apply particular strengths and expertise to their clients.
Sue has been included in the
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings® for more than 15 years. She has been
rated BV® Distinguished for Very High Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. She
has had a distinguished academic career, including the distinction of graduating
first in her law school class, serving as Executive Editor on the Connecticut
Law Review and earning numerous
You are invited to look through these pages and
call or write Attorney Smith if you have any questions. Please keep in mind that
Sue cannot give legal advice over the telephone. Also be mindful that Sue can
only assist individuals who have cases, or potential cases, in Connecticut.