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David A McGrath

Divorce and separation Attorney at Hartford, CT

5.0   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2010
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About David

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  1. Divorce and separation
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    Divorce, legal separation, annulment, custody and support negotiation & litigation.

David McGrath is the managing partner at Louden, Katz, McGrath & Bryan LLC. He practices exclusively in the Family Courts throughout Connecticut, in divorce and custody litigation, including issues of child custody, access and visitation, relocation, child support, alimony, distribution of assets in divorce, restraining orders, and third-party intervention. He handles appeals related to family law cases.

David has received the Star of the Year Award, Chair Award, and Achievement Award from the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section where he has previously served as Chair of the 2,500-member section. David presently serves on the Executive Committee for Family Law where he has been recognized as a "Rising Star," and on the Professionalism and Continuing Legal Education Task Force for the Connecticut Bar Association. He served five years as Mentoring Co-Chair of the Hartford County Bar Association.  He was appointed Special Master in the Hartford and New Britain Family Courts. In 2021 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

His Family Law Case Summaries blog offers timely summaries of every Connecticut appellate decision in the field of family law since 2017, providing an easily accessible and searchable repository of relevant case law on every issue faced by family practitioners. He provides regular case law updates to the Family Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, apprising membership of the details of newly decided Appellate and Supreme Court cases.

David has been recognized in each year since 2013 by Superlawyers Magazine. He was named a "New Leader in the Law" by the Connecticut Law Tribune in 2016. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law for 2021.  David was presented with the Judge Maxwell Heiman Award by the Hartford County Bar Association in 2018 for exemplifying high standards of service to the profession, ethics, scholarship, and devotion to clients.

In 2021 he authored two articles for the Connecticut Law Tribune on legislative changes impacting family law, notably revisions to rules in arbitration pertaining to children, and coercion as a form of domestic abuse.

Location

Louden, Katz, McGrath & Bryan LLC
638 Prospect Avenue
Hartford, CT, 06105

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Posted by Jessica | August 22, 2023
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Highly Recommend — One of the Best!
David McGrath is an outstanding attorney. His knowledge of the law along with his compassion for his clients, professionalism, comprehension of complex cases, and humor at just the right moments, is unmatched. David always made me feel supported in my goals and heard in what my concerns were. He took the time to guide me through understanding the legal process, which at times, felt frightening and overwhelming. My custody case was complicated and contentious. Fortunately, in working with David, I feel we were able to meet our desired outcomes. I have, and will continue to, recommend David McGrath as a family attorney.
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Posted by Matt | April 7, 2022
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Choose him!
The thing about divorce as anyone who has experienced it already knows is that your thinking is not clear and emotion trumps logic. The thing about Dave, though, is that he never makes you feel crazy even in hindsight I most certain was! In other words, he listens attentively to everything you say and does so with compassion. Dave always advocates for you, which is especially important during a time when you find it hard to even advocate for yourself. Dave, thank you for being there for me and my daughter!
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Posted by Matthew | March 29, 2021
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Could not have asked for a more thoughtful attorney
I have used Attorney McGrath for some time now and he has always been an exemplary professional. His attention to detail is unmatched and his cheerful, good nature made dealing with an extremely difficult custody matter much easier on all parties involved. His methods for resolving conflict without courtroom drama proved highly efficient and as a result, my ex and I have a fair and balanced custody arrangement that benefits our son greatly. David is a great attorney and I believe the value he provides is unmatched. If you are going through a divorce I cannot recommend him enough.
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Posted by Wendy | January 24, 2021
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Highly recommend!
When I initially walked into Dave’s office seeking a divorce after 45 years of marriage, having just been granted restraining and protective orders on my ex, one of the first things he did was recommend a therapist for me to talk to, due to the trauma I experienced. He truly cares, as is evidenced in the compassion and empathy that he shows, and I will never forget his kindness that day. When we discussed my case, he gave me confidence that we would get through it. And we did obtain the outcome I desired, despite the contentious nature of the divorce, amidst a pandemic, thanks to Dave’s legal expertise. From day one, he was a strong advocate for me. His many practical words of wisdom made a difference, which he always delivered in a calm, reassuring manner. I had loads of questions along the way, and Dave always responded in a timely fashion, providing detailed explanations with the answers, which I appreciated, as I wanted to clearly understand every step of the process. When various decisions had to be made, we worked collaboratively, with Dave providing me the options and explaining the implications of each choice but ultimately I felt empowered to make the decisions. Of the many folks I know who have gone through divorces, none of them recommended their attorneys. So I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found Dave through a colleague of his, who was impressed with his work ethic. I strongly agree!!
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Posted by Camille | December 7, 2020
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Knowledgeable and Trustworthy Attorney
I had a great experience working with David McGrath. He was a key component in achieving the outcome that we did in my divorce and custody settlement. David made me feel comfortable and safe while going through a very difficult time. If I need any attorney services in the future I will be delighted to work with Dave again.
Posted by Byron | September 3, 2020
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Oustanding !
Dave helped me navigate through my divorce with expert knowledge and care, through a complex and emotional situation. In court he always seemed to have the right information at the right time regarding my case. I would never go to court without him and you shouldn't either.
Posted by Lauren | June 24, 2020
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Excellent experience
Working with David was an amazing experience and helped me greatly during a difficult time for me personally. He is very knowledgeable and got back to me in a very timely manner. He also was very compassionate and understanding.
Posted by Laura | January 5, 2020
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Simply the best!
When I first realized I needed to get divorced, I wanted to try mediation in an effort to keep expenses down and be amicable. I went to a firm in the area that is recognized as approaching divorce in a holistic manner with both parties health and well being prioritized. Three months and thousands of dollars later I was no closer to getting divorced but my mental and physical health were declining. My friends and family encouraged me to get my own lawyer or I would never get out of the marriage. I went to see Attorney McGrath and it became clear I needed to change course and get someone who would represent me. Once I hired Attorney McGrath and quit mediation everything improved in my life. He explained everything in a manner that was very understandable, gave me time to process and honored my feelings. He encouraged me to take care of my health, spend time with my family and friends and he took care of my case. I would recommend Attorney McGrath to anyone going through this very difficult process. He is an excellent, skilled lawyer and also compassionate allowing healing to begin even before the divorce is final. I can honestly say, thanks to David McGrath, my life turned out so much better than I thought it would and this is just the beginning of my new chapter!
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Posted by Paul | July 28, 2019
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The Best Attorney for Family Law. PERIOD
David knows that what is doing in all areas of family law. He fought for my rights as a father. He has a vision and complete understanding for how Family Courts work along with the energy and experience it takes to endure a long battle in court. Attorney McGrath helped me win full custody of my daughter. A true professional. I highly recommend him and his firm to anyone who needs the best in Family law.
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Posted by James | July 17, 2019
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Fantastic, Efficent, Professional
I would, without hesitation, recommend David McGarth to anyone going through a divorce. Not only does he know Connecticut divorce law as well as anyone, Dave is communicative, efficient and professional. This matters when going through a divorce as it is very easy to get caught up in the back and forth. Dave took over my case after a rocky start with prior council and got everything back on track to my benefit. Above all, Dave was professional every single step of the way and provides his clients with a level of confidence that is priceless.
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Posted by James | January 5, 2019
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A prayer answered!
I was embroiled in a divorce with a very bitter woman. She wanted everything I had worked so hard for and over the last 18 years or a life together. She wanted to force me to sell my home, but most importantly take my beautiful 10-year-old daughter completely out of my life. Initially I had hired an attorney in my hometown of Milford. He just add it to my troubles. He didn’t care about what was going on or what was happening to me, iIt showed in his blasé attitude about everything. As fate would have it one day I was talking to a gentleman I met at the car wash, He told me that he too had been in a recent divorce battle. He said that, Dave represented him, was extremely professional, and did an absolutely outstanding job in court for him. He then gave me Dave’s number, I wasted no time and called him. We had, maybe a five minute conversation and I could tell he was knowledgeable and caring and also dedicated to both his profession and his clients. I hired Dave on the spot and he immediately went to work for me. His law offices are in Hartford and I live in Milford . It’s not often you will find an attorney willing to drive so far to represent a client, it didn’t bother Dave at all. Dave saved my life and I don’t say that lightly. I now have shared custody of my daughter, and our relationship grows stronger every day. Through Dave’s excellent representation I was able to keep my home, who could ask for anything more. Make the phone call you will not be sorry . On a sidenote, I still contact Dave from time. We share pictures of our children and briefly talk about what’s going on in our lives. I am quite sure that Dave will go far in his career because of his great concern for his client s and for the law.
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Posted by LK | January 4, 2019
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Thank you David
Mr McGrath represented me in a post-divorce case brought up by my X, he was very competent, knowledgeable, thorough and professional, he was successful in explaining to the court the invalid complaints brought up by my opposing counsel, I would strongly recommend him for any divorce case.
Posted by James | March 11, 2016
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Very positive and successful experience with David
David represented me in a divorce case that involved custody of two young children. In preparation for the divorce court date we discussed various issues by phone, email, and in his office and I felt very comfortable with our proposed orders. The outcome of the divorce was very successful and the proposed orders were almost entirely fulfilled- some minor changes were requested by the judge. Dave was very friendly and confident and I would recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2009

Associations

  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Mentoring Co-Chair
  • 2015 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association Family Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Chair
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • The 2018 Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • New Leader of the Bar
  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Star of the Year
  • Connecticut Bar Associatin Young Lawyers Section
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Connecticut Bar Association Family Section
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Death and Divorce: What Estate Planning and Family Law Attorneys Need to Know
  • Trusts and Divorce
  • 2015
  • Family Law Practice Essentials
  • Family Law
  • 2014
  • Family Law 101
  • Family Law
  • 2012

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Hartford Divorce and separation Lawyer David A McGrath
David A McGrath
Divorce and separation Attorney
Hartford, CT
Licensed for 14 years