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. 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 through disagreement.
Together Agreements: Sue works with couples that live
together, providing them counseling to understand their rights and
the common pitfalls of living together outside marriage. Drawing
from her non-adversarial mediation experience, Sue can help the
couple create a Living Together Contract, more formally referred to
as a Cohabitation Agreement. Such agreements are valuable to define
the distribution of property in the event of death or separation,
the responsibilities of each spouse in the in the household,
advance directives in the event of illness or death. Arrangements
concerning homes can be especially difficult. Putting these
understandings in place works to put the couple at ease and avoids
conflict during the relationship as well as at the time of death or
Sue is a co-founder of the
Collaborative Divorce Lawyers
Association, a successful group of specially trained
collaborative practitioners in the northern Connecticut region. See article
Mediation and Collaboration in Connecticut.
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
and Robert Reinhardt ("Rino"). 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 law'firm. 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