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Lindsay M Savona-Donka

Family Attorney at Waterford, CT

4.9   38 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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About Lindsay

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I am a a graduate of the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth, Ma, and have an undergraduate degree in finance from Lasell College in Newton Ma. 

I have completed the 40 hour Guardian Ad Litem training class at Quinipiaac Univerysity in Hamden so I can represent the best interest of children in cases where custody & access is disputed. Additionally I have completed a similar 40 hour mediation training class at Quinipiaac Univeristy in Hamden and received a mediation certificate so that I can mediate divorce and custody cases effectively for my clients. 

My main area of practice is in Family Law. This encompasses cases such as divorce, legal separation, custody, access, child support, alimony, post judgment modifications, restraining orders, and educational support hearings. 


Work Experience: 
Partner at the Law office of Savona & Saunders, LLC as of 1/2016- Present 
Owner of the Law Office of Lindsay Savona, LLC 3/2011-01/2016
Associate at the Law Office of Mariani & Reck, LLC 6/2009-3/2011
Temporary Assistant Clerk at the Family Court in Norwich: 5/2008-5/2009
Interned during Law School at Conway & Londregan, New London, CT & The Reardon Law Firm: 


Member of the American Bar Association 
Member of the New London County Bar Association 
Member of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Member of the South Eastern Connecticut Woman's Network 
President of the Waterford Education Foundation: ( non-profit) 
Member of the New London RTC
Member of the Eastern CT chamber of commerce & Young Professional section
Past member of the Waterford Rotary Group



Savona & Saunders, LLC ( main office)
185 Boston Post Rd
Waterford, CT, 06385-2805
Savona & Saunders, LLC ( by apt only office)
191 Main st.
Old Saybrook, CT, 06475
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4.9 / 5.0
  38 customer reviews
Posted by Chris | October 19, 2023
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Top Shelf Lawyer
This is my second go around using Lindsay as my attorney. You couldn’t ask for a better lawyer she is thorough, direct, and does not take any gruff from anyone. Working with her on my custody case was very easy. She treats you like family and will fight tooth and nail for you. I am truly blessed to have her as my attorney. She will be always on retainer for me and my family. Thank you Lindsay for all your support.
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Posted by Dyson | February 15, 2021
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Amazing lawyer
I acquired Mrs. Savona’s services after 10 months with another highly touted law firm and around 10,000 dollars spent. Still guiding me to spend more money and go to trial, during and pandemic, I left and hired Lindsay Savona. She held one mediation and I was divorced within 2 months. She was kind and direct and felt like I was just working with a close friend. It was very comfortable and she was a complete breath of fresh air. It renewed my faith that good is out there in law, and not all about greed and money and being taken advantage of. I believe she is the most trustworthy and forthcoming lawyer and would advise anyone looking for a kind moral and ethical lawyer to be represented by her . Thank you Lindsay for all your help.
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Posted by Melissa | December 7, 2020
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Amazing Family Attorney!
Contacting Attorney Savona was the best decision I've ever made for custody of my child. Attorney Savona was very professional, answered any and all questions I ever had. She helped ease away any fears I had about losing my child. Most of all she listened! She listened and made me feel like I wasn't alone in the fight. She was extremely supportive through the whole thing. Wish Attorney Savona was my attorney when I was having a custody fight over my daughter many years ago. Because the outcome of that custody would have turned out much better than it did. I highly recommend Attorney Savona if you need a great family attorney
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Posted by Sarah | October 5, 2020
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Made a stressful situation manageable
I have used Attorney Savona for two separate completely different types of legal matters. Both times, she took the reigns and made me feel at ease. She made very stressful personal matters easy to manage and I was always confident in how she managed all situations. She responded to all my questions and concerns promptly, and she gave me a price up front, which I was comfortable with, and was fair. I have and will continue to recommend her.
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Posted by Wendy | August 27, 2020
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My lawyer is better than your lawyer
Attorney Savona-Donka is amazing! Divorce, wills, custody advice, probate advice; she has helped me with it all. She is always professional with a sincere warmth and kindness that makes difficult situations easier. I always get a quick response to questions that I have and she makes sure I fully understand everything. I have referred family and friends to her and they feel the same way I do. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Demetrios | June 27, 2019
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Defended me when i couldn’t.
Lindsay was an absolute godsend. My friend recommended her and I am grateful he did. She met me right away, didn’t waste time with unnecessary motions, and knew exactly how to handle this difficult and toxic divorce. Her knowledge and professionalism shined through from beginning until the end. I will always recommend her.
Posted by Steven | January 3, 2019
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In your corner
When my marriage of 31 years was coming to an end and I needed to find an attorney, I came across Lindsay after an extensive search online. My case was a very difficult case due to multiple complex issues. My ex was disabled and had not contributed to the marriage financially in over 15 years. I resided in PA and my ex was in CT. My ex had her name on property I owned in PA. So it defiantly was not your average case. Lindsay took this case and fought hard for me and my interest. I always felt during the lengthy process that she was doing everything she could for me. I would highly recommend Lindsay to anyone looking for an aggressive hard fighting attorney who makes you feel that they are in your corner protecting your best interest.
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Posted by Scott | January 3, 2019
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Glad I hired her, and would do so again
My marriage had clearly ended in all but name alone, and it was time to go through legal process associated with divorce. I met with Lindsay for the initial consultation, and she was upfront and honest with exactly what to expect throughout the process, including associated fees and timelines. She didn't promise big and not deliver, she put it into very easy terms for me, a guy who was an emotional wreck at the time, to understand. She stood by me every step of the way, she maintained contact and kept me up to date on everything that was happening on the legal side of things. There were times when I'm sure I wasn't a joy to deal with, but she stuck with me and helped me through it. This divorce took some nine months from initial filing to final judgement, and she put in alot of work on my behalf. From meetings with both lawyers and the ex, to emails to even texts at some points, she was constantly engaged with representing me to the best of her ability and making sure the outcome was as 'just/fair' as possible. Looking back, I could not have asked for more. She pushed to move things along when they stalled, she filed motions to make things progress when they stalled, and she did what was in not only in my best interest, but in the best interest of my daughter. While there are still a few loose ends being tied up, the final judgement and day in court is over, and she helped me get through this very difficult chapter and move on with my life. I can't recommend her or her firm highly enough.
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Posted by Terry | December 2, 2018
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Finding the right attorney isn't easy
I had looked up Lindsay's profile on Google search over a year ago, when looking for a divorce attorney for myself. This was something I never dreamed I would ever need to do. From there I found myself interviewing several attorneys either by phone or in person, at least 12. I was determined to find the right one. I had even hired one and then realized I had made a mistake, after I felt panicked about the idea of working with a Male attorney. He understood and kindly suggested a couple female contacts he thought would suit me better. Meeting Lindsay in person helped to solidify my decision. I felt safe and heard, during the most vulnerable time of my life. She was the right balance of being what I saw as professional and was treated as a person, not just part of a legal process. Fast that I lived through my divorce, I can safely say that Lindsay Savona was the right choice for me. I found Lindsay quick on her feet, thorough and tough when she needed to be and yet fair. I knew she was there to act in my best interest emotionally and financially. Even though I wasn't the easiest client to deal with, at times. While having moments of high anxiety when hearing untruths, and accusations being throwned out at me from the other side. Antiexy triggers after years of emotional and physiological abuse, being repeated again and again, during this process caused my emotions to run high at times. While my soon to be ex remained looking calm and innocent to the outside world. It was my ability to finally see the abuse for what that was, when other couldn't only made this situation feel worse and yet during it all.. Lindsay helped me to keep it together and keep my focus on the goal at hand.... and not let the munipulatation continue to trigger my emotions as much as they had in the past. I will never forget what she said to me.. I believe don't need to defend yourself to me. I know you want a peaceful life. We are going to get you that, as I felt concern for me and sincerity in her voice. And she did help me fo get that... So now as I sit in my own space..I am forever grateful to Lindsay who helped me fight through the most difficult moments, in order to find the much needed peace I was looking for. To allow me space and room to continue to grow and heal now that I finally have my life back. It was worth every minute of the challenge but couldn't have done it alone. Thanks to Lindsay...this truly is the first day of the rest of my life.
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Posted by Chad | November 17, 2018
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Professional, Astute, and Mindful
Attorney Savona helped me during my divorce and after for a child custody battle. Lindsay doesn't put up with any shenanigans from the other side, is very knowledgeable, and on top of the situation. Highly recommended and I'd hire her again if I needed another lawyer.
Posted by Cekoro | November 2, 2018
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Highly recommended!
I have nothing but amazing things to say about lindsay! She has given me sound advice, and handled my custody case flawlessly. She also still answers my questions post-court date with my best interest in hand. She is a pleasure to work with and a powerhouse in the courtroom. I would recommend her to anyone I know and I also know without a doubt who I'd call now for future court cases. Thank you so much for working with me!
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Posted by Ashly | September 12, 2018
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Phenomenal services
Lindsay was honest, speedy and extremely organized. She assisted us in a joint custody battle. In our initial consultation she was up front and honest with what she can promise to complete. We ended up having many more bonuses. Lindsay and Jessica were very organized and always kept us updated. She also was very speedy in her response time. We are very greatful and satisfied with Lindsay’s services.
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Posted by Lance | August 28, 2018
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Honest, reliable and organized
Lindsay was extremely honest with us beginning with our consultation. She explained to us what was ideal and we ended up receiving far more than expected. Lindsay was always prepared and either her or Jessica responded to any questions or concerns in a very timely manner. She always represented us in a professional, respectable assertive manner. We were beyond happy with her representation and highly recommend her to others.
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Posted by Gabriel | August 27, 2018
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Great divorce lawyer
With my divorce my, ex set me up to lose. My ex took my child 65 miles away and made my settlement options limited. Lindsay negotiated and advocated the best possible outcome for me and did not allow the divorce to drag out. She expedited the process as must as possible, and did not allow it to get uglier than it already was. I am very grateful for her legal services.
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Posted by Celena | August 24, 2018
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Thorough, Fair and Fast
Lindsay was very knowledgeable in all of the processes and procedures required for our unique set of (divorce) circumstances. She was extremely fair with both parties and made a difficult time go smoothly and quickly. Her ability to keep us focused and not get side tracked with the irrelevant arguments was one of her strong suits.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2018
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Divorce Lawyer
Lindsay did a great job with my divorce. I appreciate all the hard work! Great team of professionals! I would highly recommend to anyone needing help with legal matters!
Posted by Karen | July 25, 2018
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I hired Lindsay because I needed an attorney for a post judgement hearing. I met with her and told her what was happening. Before I new it she got all the information needed regarding the case and had the court hearing dismissed. I couldn't be happier! She is fantastic and I will definitely recommend her to anyone!
Posted by Deborah | July 25, 2018
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Divorce review
I hired Lindsay for my divorce.She was efficient and compassionate in how she handled my case .She listened to what I wanted and guided me thru the process for a reasonable fee.Her office staff are a pleasure to work .
Posted by Rob | July 25, 2018
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Lindsay did an excellent job with our Grandparents Rights/visitation case! We started the process thinking we had slim chances to win our case yet Lindsay assured us we had a strong case and then won it for us! She was outstanding in court presenting our case and citing legal references that bolstered our case.
Posted by Scott | June 19, 2018
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Couldn’t ask for better.
I recently had to go through the unpleasant experience of a child support battle with my daughters mother. To say my financial world is complicated would be an extreme understatement. Lindsay took great care in learning and understanding it all. If I ever need help in this area again without hesitation she would be my choice. Thank you again for the wonderful outcome in our case.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law office of Savona & Saunders, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Lindsay Savona, LLC
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Mariani & Reck, LLC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Temporary Assistant Clerk
  • Family Court of Norwich
  • 2008 - 2009
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  • University of Massachusetts School of Law, Dartmouth MA
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Lasell College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004


  • New London County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lindsay is a compassionate attorney who cares about her clients and presents tough and aggressive arguments in court. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been impressed by the results that attorney Savona has obtained for her clients . She demonstrates a competence and professionalism that is well respected in our community. I continue to refer clients to her."
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Waterford Family Lawyer Lindsay M Savona-Donka
Lindsay M Savona-Donka
Family Attorney
Waterford, CT
Licensed for 14 years