Thomas D. Colin

Thomas D. Colin: Attorney with Schoonmaker, George, Colin & Blomberg, P.C.

Biography

Mr. Colin, who is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a Member of its Board of Managers, practices statewide, having tried cases from Stamford to New London. Mr. Colin was recently named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in all of New England by Superlawyers Magazine. He also served as lead trial counsel in 2007 for the successful father in what is reportedly the longest child custody trial in United States history, spanning over eight months, a complex case involving the retrieval and analysis of electronic computer evidence and the evaluation of serious health issues. He is former Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section Ethics, Professionalism and Grievance Committee, an active member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Family Law Section Executive Committee, where he is the immediate past chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section. In addition, he is the former chair of the Family Law Section of the Fairfield County Bar Association. He is co-editor of Connecticut Family Law Citations and has lectured and written both nationally and in Connecticut on family law issues in general and trial practice in particular.

Mr. Colin frequently speaks to the Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section on the recent developments in Connecticut Family Law. He is 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. Mr. Colin, who has appeared on local radio and national television, also serves the Connecticut Superior Court as a Special Master, including at the Regional Family Trial Docket in Middletown (where contested child custody cases are heard), and as the court-appointed attorney for children in contested custody cases.

Finally, Mr. Colin, who also serves as a member of the Judicial Reform Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association, has the reputation of being a talented courtroom trial lawyer who practices with the highest degree of professionalism. His philosophy is that parties to a dissolving marriage should make every possible effort to settle their case amicably and peacefully but, if they cannot, then he will resolve the case the hard way and try the case in an efficient and ethical manner.

Mr. Colin has presented as a faculty member in presenting the following Continuing Legal Education programs:

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

06/07, "Family Law - Annual Year in Review," Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT

06/06, "Family Law - Annual Year in Review," Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT

09/05, "Civil Unions - Making and Breaking Them," Connecticut Bar Association, Hamden, CT

06/05, "Family Law - Annual Year in Review," Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT

01/05, "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

06/04, "Family Law - Annual Year in Review," Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT

03/04, "How to Practice Family Law in Connecticut," Half Moon, LLC Continuing Legal Education, Cromwell, CT

06/03, "Family Law - Annual Year in Review," Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT

03/03, "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

06/02, "Family Law - Annual Year in Review," Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT

04/02, "The Ethical Issues Surrounding the Guardian Ad Litem and Attorney for the Minor Child," American Bar Association Section of Family Law, Providence, Rhode Island

02/02, "The Interplay of Bankruptcy with Divorce Issues," Fairfield County Bar Association, Stamford, CT

06/01, "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, Florida

06/00, "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

02/99, "Connecticut Family Law Practice & Procedure," National Business Institute, Hartford, CT

02/99, "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, Oregon

08/98, "Divorce Taxation," National Business Institute, Hartford, CT

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Matrimonial Law
  • Family Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
203-862-5000  Phone
www.sgbfamilylaw.com
University Attended:
C.W. Post College of Long Island University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1989
Law School Attended:
St. John's University, J.D., cum laude, 1992
Year of First admission:
1992
Admission:
1993, New York, Maine, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut and U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1992, Connecticut
Birth Information:
Brooklyn, New York, January 2, 1967
ISLN:
910121536
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