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Kate W Haakonsen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Glastonbury, CT

4.9   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1978
    Status
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About Kate

Learn Kate’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    In addition to traditional divorce process, I practice collaborative divorce using the inter-disciplinary model which I believe gives clients the greatest support for achieving their best results in their circumstances while maintaining more control and reducing stress for themselves and their children.

    46 years

  2. Mediation
    30%
    I have mediated over 200 family/divorce cases and numerous non-family cases including EEO disputes for the USPS. I have over 200 hours of training in mediation and related skills.

    33 years

  3. Alimony
    10%
    This issue is often part of a complete divorce settlement so determining % of practice is inexact

    46 years

  4. Child custody
    8%
    This issue is often part of a complete divorce settlement so determining % of practice is inexact

    46 years

  5. Child support
    5%
    This issue is often part of a complete divorce settlement so determining % of practice is inexact

    46 years

  6. Family
    5%
    In addition to mediation, collaborative divorce and traditional litigation, I help clients with prenuptial agreements, inter-state custody jurisdiction issues, and post divorce disputes.

    46 years

  7. Marriage and prenuptials
    2%

I  have practiced law since 1978 and joined Brown, Paindiris & Scott in 1995. My principal areas of practice are Divorce and Family Law. In addition to representing clients in court, I also practice collaborative law and mediation and have over 200 hours of mediation training and over 90 hours of Collaborative Training.  I also have significant experience in other civil litigation and real estate.  I am available for on-line consultation and on-line divorce mediation and other video conference meetings as needed.

 

I am admitted to practice in Connecticut and in the U.S. District Court for Connecticut, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.  I am a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and serve as the Family Section’s Secretary and as a member of that section’s Executive and Legislative Committees; I am also a member of the Hartford County Bar Association where I served as co-chair of the Family Law Committee, and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. I am a charter member and past president of the Connecticut Counsel for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution and Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Lawyers.  I am an Advanced Practitioner member of Association for Conflict Resolution, a member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and a past president of the Hartford Association of Women Attorneys.  I was also a member of the Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee from 1994 to 1996.   I have been chosen by my peers as a "Super Lawyer" in the annual Connecticut Magazine listing for over 10 years.

 

I have been a speaker at family law and mediation conferences around New England.

 

Location

Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
2252 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT, 06033-2209
Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
100 Pearl Street
Hartford, CT, 06103
Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
747 Stafford Avenue
Bristol, CT, 06010
Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
42 East High Street
East Hampton, CT, 06424
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4.9 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Chris | October 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Value Added
Working with Kate was an exercise in professionalism and competency. From the first phone inquiry until the dissolution was granted, Kate was frank and to the point. As a pragmatic person myself, having advise that was rooted in experience and reality was key in her ability to build trust and confidence. Her focus was always on what the best solution would be for my boys and I. Even though I felt the judgements weren’t always fair or equitable, Kate helped me realize that I did, in fact, get the absolute best outcome under the circumstances surrounding my divorce. I don’t usually leave 5-star reviews, but in the context of such weighty topics as divorce, child support, custody agreements, and so on, Kate truly deserves an excellent rating. Like most things in life, you pay for what you get, and this is definitely not an exception to that rule. If you want someone that is going to fight for the absolute necessities while helping you navigate through the minutia, Kate definitely provides the best value for the money.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2021
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Thank you!!
I can't thank Attorney Haakonsen and her team enough for all that they did for me.
Posted by Jody | January 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Advice
I hired Kate to handle my divorce along with a real estate transaction. She was courteous, professional and always gave me sound advice - I would definitely hire her again!
Posted by Ralph | January 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Kate helped me navigate a divorce recently. Throughout this very difficult time she was a staunch ally and extremely competent in all aspects of the process. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in need of the legal services she provides.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2017
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Kate. W Haakonsen
Kate. Was. Did a fantastic job of guiding me through a difficult process
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2017
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Great advice
I needed an urgent help deciding about my child afterschool care . Kate was the first to respond to my consultation request. She gave me excellent advice. She was very polite and professional. I wouldn't go with any other lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2017
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Divorce
My divorce case was very complicated on so many levels. Kate and her staff were very good and professional. Well prepared. So happy with the end results.
Posted by Kevin | January 3, 2017
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I Very Highly Recommend Kate
Kate is Professional knowledgeable and yet down to earth She gives you the straight scoop and fights for your best reasonable outcome. She took an emotionally charged irrational case that was destined for trial and reached a settlement that I am happy with. Kate and Cassandra always returned calls emails promptly. I can without reservation I can recommend her as your council and rumor has it she can sing thanks Kate Kevin
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Posted by jannie | April 22, 2016
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At the top of her game
When you have much to lose, retaining the appropriate suitable attorney, will be one of the most important decisions of your life. Attorney Kate Haakonson's sterling character, credentials, qualifications and background, are considerably substantial and impressive. She's very professional, with a superior intellect and an unlimited capacity of patience and compassion. And genuinely cares about your situation in terms of financial, emotional and family issues. She excels in all areas of divorce, mediation and collobrative law. As well as being remarkably trustworthy as she walks you through every step of the divorce process, with her calm undeniable resolve. At the end of the day I felt comfortable, grateful and SAFE. And ultimately, safe is what your looking for. I would highly and confidently trust and retain Attorney Haakonson for all my legal matters. Also, enough can't be said for Cassandra. She was always available, knowledgeable, dependable and compassionate as well. You'll never know how much you need her... until you need her. Attorney Kate Haakonson and Cassandra are clearly a stellar team!
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Posted by Gary | February 4, 2016
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Expert advice compassionately given
I retained Attorney Haakonsen for a child custody matter. She was very professional and obviously well experienced in family law matters but where she stood out was in her straightforward approach. Attorney Haakonsen consistently counseled me about the greater considerations involved in the matter as a whole and gave me advice for achieving the best possible outcome from a very unfortunate circumstance. I would absolutely retain her again.
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Posted by Phil | February 1, 2016
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Most Professional and completely exceeded my expectations!
I could never have picked a more professional, knowledgeable and prepared team. Kate and Cassandra listened to my needs, stayed up to date with my case and remained in contact with me at all times. I never had to wait to get a question answered. Atty. Haakonsen is definitely the attorney for you if you want someone with a no BS attitude and who will fight for your best interests while never losing sight of what is important to you. If needed again in the future I wouldn't hesitate to hire her again.
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Posted by Julie | April 5, 2015
Attorney Kate Haakonsen is the Best of the Best!
Attorney Kate Haakonsen is an extreme expert in all the legal areas of divorce. She is a master in the collaborative process, and Kate walked me through each and every step of the way! Attorney Haakonsen is so very professional, intelligent, patient, calm and confident. She knew all the legal matters of divorce, and was very aware to make sure to explain them to me making sure I understood them as we worked together. Attorney Haakonsen was very compassionate while working with me through this journey. I always felt Kate had my best interest in mind, and she always made the time to listen and reassure me and my fears. Attorney Haakonsen is simply the Best of the Best!
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Posted by JAH | January 6, 2013
JAH collaborative divorce client
Attny Haakonsen is an expert in the area of collaborative divorce. She is understanding and compassionate of the emotional, financial and parental issues that often accompany the divorce process, but maintains her professionalism. She effectively utilizes superior ancillary support professionals to obtain the best for her client. Kate worked well with the other attorney involved in the process. She is responive to her client's needs and effectively negates unneccesary fears. Because Kate practices in the areas of mediated, collaborative, and litigated divorce, I think it allows her to think more creatively and propose solutions to conflicts that another attorney might not. Kate's legal support was top notch.
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Posted by Linda | December 22, 2010
Excellent Representation!
Attorney Haakonsen was extremely knowledgeable about all the ins and outs of the divorce process, which was very confusing to me. She explained everything clearly and carefully. She listened to what I wanted out of the divorce and advised me the best way to go about it. Attorney Haakonsen not only looked out for my best interest, but my children's as well. She is also very trustworthy and compassionate. I highly recommend Attorney Haakonsen for whatever legal issues that may arise for you.
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Posted by Kim | November 9, 2014
Kate was a good legal partner
Although divorce is never easy, Kate helped to keep us both grounded during some of our more challenging meetings. I liked that we had 4-way meetings so that we could review, discuss and eventually come to agreement. That is a benefit of the collaborative process. Kate is particularly knowledgeable and respected in this area.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
  • 1995 - Present

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Ursinus College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Associations

  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Advanced Mediator
  • 2014 - Present
  • Connecticut Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group
  • Member and Past Treasurer
  • 2004 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair 2012-2013, Executive Committee, Legislative Commitee
  • 1998 - Present
  • Connecticut Counsel for Non-Adversarial Divorce
  • Past Co-President/ Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Past Co-chair
  • 1995 - Present
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2015
  • Hartford Association of Women Attorneys
  • Past President
  • 1981 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyers
  • Hartford Magazine
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Regional Family Trial Docket
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. ("MCLE")
  • A Practical Guide to Divorce in Connecticut
  • 2014
  • The Connecticut Family Lawyer
  • Drafting Complaints for the Dissolution of Civil Unions
  • 2006
  • Public Accommodations Law in Connecticut
  • Public Accommodations Law in Connecticut
  • 1977

Speaking Engagements

  • CCDG Annual Member Retreat
  • Focusing on Interests in Collaborative Divorce
  • 2016
  • Professionalism Symposium
  • Family Law Panel Moderator
  • 2014
  • CLE Program
  • The Role of Advocacy in Collaborative Divorce
  • 2014
  • 2005 Statewide Conference
  • The Role of Consulting Lawyers in the Mediation Process
  • 2005
  • Biennial Statewide Conference
  • Challenging Our Assumptions About Children, Families and Divorce
  • 2002
  • Gathering of New England Mediators
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law by Mediators
  • 2000
  • Biennial Statewide Conference
  • The Unauthorized Practice of Law in Connecticut
  • 1999
  • Biennial Statewide Conference
  • Parental Relocation and Custody
  • 1997
  • Tax Aspects of Divorce in Connecticut
  • Tax Aspects of Divorce in Connecticut
  • 1993
  • Understanding Your Divorce
  • Divorce 101
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
Endorse Kate
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kate is seasoned, professional, and knowledgeable and brings a wealth of experience to her cases and clients."
Alimony Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kate is smart, hardworking and always seeks to find real solutions to the problems that help resolve the issues expeditiously."
Family Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Superb lawyer."
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