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Carmina K. Hirsch

Mediation Attorney at Shelton, CT

5.0   27 reviews

also known as Carmina (Tessitore) Hirsch

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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2023

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Every matter can be resolved in a way that minimizes the cost and stress of protracted litigation. We utilize negotiation, mediation, collaborative methods, and litigation to reach your goals efficiently and cost effectively.

Awards

Client's Choice 2016,2015
Client's Choice
2016 2015

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Hirsch Legal, LLC

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Theresa | April 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Exemplifies honesty, dedication and compassion
Ms. Carmina Tessitore guided me through this most painful emotional life changing event with warmth and compassion. When I would feel scared or hopeless in my attempt to end my marriage of 36 years, she was able to restore my confidence that an older woman with no personal assets could have a fair resolution and begin an independent life. It was imperative that I divorce a very difficult man and she developed a professional strategy that allowed me to retain my last shred of dignity without resorting to personal attacks or trying to win what is fair through fault finding and mudslinging. How wise she is because my formally loving husband decided that he would design the divorce that way. I asked Carmina to take the high road and she immediately agreed. Her skills were evident by demonstrating that honesty was key in the courtroom. As a result, the final terms of the divorce were highly favorable for me and reacting by not attacking him actually imploded his strategy. I will never look back with regret and I can hold my head up high. Believe me; this is the attorney who can handle the spouse with the anger issues and she exposed the hostility without ever suggesting that it is obviously there. The trial was far from easy, but she was loving and kind to me throughout the bombardment of challenges he designed to hurt me. I was never worried and we were successful. I highly recommend Carmina and I couldn't have done this end of an era without her. I'm living my new life and it's a good life.
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Posted by Rachel | January 23, 2015
Beyond pleased with services
There is just SO much I can say about Carmina. She was my attorney twice. Two different cases. Both times I felt complete confidence when working with her. She made me feel like I simply didn't need to worry. She kept me informed and updated. She taught me a lot about how things work and she always knew what to do!! No matter what we faced, she was successful. One situation was so crucial that her success literally made a difference in my life. I feel like if I want to work with someone who is going to get the job done that I need, she is for sure my go to person.she is reliable and so easy to deal with. I witnessed her complete passion when working my case. She argued for me with everything she had and she was impressive! The way I recall it all, she walks into a court room and makes it all just happen. She's so good with everyone! So so intelligent and pleasant to work with that she made it all easy. She never gives up, she knows exactly what to do always. She's just the best. I never knew her prior to these cases. She wasn't someone who I even knew I was going to meet.however, I'm so grateful that I was blessed enough to have her on my side. You just can not go wrong retaining Carmina. She's just born to do what she does. It's incredible to witness. And I'm so proud to know her. Carmina is an excellent attorney and an amazing beautiful person! I wish her many more blessings and success in her career. You are already number one Carmina! Thank you!!
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Posted by Ray | July 6, 2023
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Excellent
Being a generally stressed out person, Attorney Carmina Hirsh put my worries to rest. My case was completed with relative ease. She is a very thorough and knowledgeable attorney.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2023
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Review
Carmina was very attentive to my every question I had during a very frustrating case. She not only served as a lawyer but gave great advice. She’s trustworthy, quick and intelligent. She has a great deal of experience that brings into every case. I always felt my needs for my case completed with her.
Posted by Greg | March 20, 2023
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Brilliant
I didn’t understand the process. I was provided with smart, accurate, professional and perfect representation.
Posted by Kelsey | July 19, 2022
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10 out of 10!!
Carmina is absolutely amazing!! So caring and understanding during a tough time. She is able to navigate difficult opposing parties with ease. I would recommend her to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A true partnership
I hired attorney Hirsch when revisiting my prior divorce judgement. Attorney Hirsch took the time to listen to my current situation and provided excellent guidance from start to finish. When I had an approach that may have been beyond was suggested , we always had an alternative in place. Attorney Hirsch took charge during our court sessions by being a strong voice for me which resulted in a favorable outcome. I would highly recommend Attorney Hirsch. Thank you!
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Posted by John | June 21, 2021
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Excellent Divorce Attorney
Carmina helped me through a dark time. When I felt lost and unsure as to how to proceed with my marital issues she was both compassionate and factual. She was available when I was emotionally compromised and provided me with legal insights that got me back on my feet. She gave me the guidance that allowed me to learn what my rights were and to stand up for myself. Further, she provided me a path that ultimately allowed me and my wife to find a way to save our marriage. Carmina was straightforward with the finances and also gave me recommendations that would allow me to save as much on the retainer as was possible. I continue to have her on retainer in a consultation status precisely because her knowledge and wisdom is worth it. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2021
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Carmina Hirsch's Services
Our experience with Attorney Hirsch, and her staff was exceptional. She was thorough, providing explanations through every step of the process. In addition, after her services were complete, continued to check in and offer some direction, through the home stretch of the divorce.
Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
She's the BEST! Hands Down!
Attorney Carmina helped me with an issue I had my with my ex-wife. Out of the few lawyers I spoke with before her, she took the time to listen to everything I had to say without any bias or judgement while giving me an assurance everything will work out. And that is what happened, she was able to work with the opposing counsel to resolve the case outside court which helped save me a lot of travel time and expenses I would have incurred. Attorney Carmina and her management team are the best out there for handling any family law issues in my opinion. You won't go wrong by hiring her if you ask me. You Rock and Thanks for everything you did with my case!
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2018
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Regaining Dignity
I can not begin to explain the level of comfort, confidence, warmth and professionalism extended to me while enduring a very unpleasant process. During my first conversation with Carmina, she told me not to worry, that was her job, not mine. She is detail oriented and explores every possible avenue. Both Carmina and her assistant, Rita, were always accessible and prompt with responses to any questions or concerns. As an older female, I needed the compassion of a woman who understood my fears and the uncertainty of my future. I am so thankful to the person who recommended her and have now begun a new journey of rebuilding my life. Mental abuse hurts as much as physical abuse and brokenness can heal. Thank you Carmina and Rita.
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Posted by Christian | March 17, 2018
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An extraordinary experienced divorce lawyer!
Divorces are major life changing event that can become very stressful, uncivil, and the ugliest sides of our soon to be ex spouses become exposed. Trying to figure out how to maneuver in the legal aspects of a divorce is an extremely difficult and daunting task if you don’t know much, or anything, about family law. I knew I needed some legal representation, but not just any, I needed a someone who knows a lot in family law with a proven track record and that is why I chose Attorney Carmina Hirsch as my lawyer to represent me going through my divorce. After getting consultations from other lawyers I wasn’t really impressed until I met with Carmina. After having a consultation with her, I knew she was the RIGHT lawyer I needed for representation going through my divorce and I can truly and honestly say it was the best decision I made. Carmina is well versed in family law from her vast amount of knowledge, attention to details, having open communication with both her client and opposing counsel, to making sure the divorce process doesn’t need to drag on more than it needs to. She is very efficient, prompt, and professional during my entire divorce process. My personal experience with Carmina’s services has been nothing short of exceptional. Carmina took the time to know me as a person, and not just another client. She took the time to gather and understand the details and situations that led my marriage having come to a divorce. She was also very great in communicating with me as I had a lot of questions and concerns which Carmina answered all of them and made sure I understood her responses. Carmina was very open and clear with how the entire divorce process works, what she needed from me to start and get the divorce process moving, as well as giving me the best legal advice that would be in my best interest and to not settle for anything less. My divorce had some interesting situations that you wouldn’t find in typical divorce cases. Carmina was on top of the opposing counsel to not drag out the process, produce the needed documentations we needed, and even pointed out the flaws, especially in a signed financial affidavit! Carmina also knows how to work the courtroom phenomenally as well. She has a strong, firm, and commanding presence and does not hesitate on any moment when she needs to object or when asking pressing questions. Basically Carmina will fight for you and make sure all facts are clearly and understandably presented in front of a judge and for all to hear. In the end Carmina got me everything I wanted out of my divorce and I couldn’t be any happier and satisfied. Carmina was also more than just a lawyer as she checks in on you, gives you positive words of encouragement, and the day my divorce got finalized, Carmina gave me some great advise and outlook for my future. She helped me get through this rough chapter in my life and has helped me end it and open a new chapter for positive and good things to happen and come. I can keep on saying more great things about Carmina and her legal services, but as you’ve read from me sharing my experience, I can’t stress enough how HIGHLY I recommend Attorney Carmina Hirsch to anyone who is going through a divorce or any family law matters. You will not be disappointed! I can keep on saying more great things about Carmina and her legal services, but as you’ve read from me sharing my experience, I can’t stress enough how HIGHLY I recommend Attorney Carmina Hirsch to anyone who is going through a divorce or any family law matters. You will not be disappointed!
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2017
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Excellent!!
Carmina really helped me during this very difficult time. She was attentive and answered all my questions. She always got back to me in a timely manner and assisted me in handling any issues amicably. I am very happy with my decision to hire her after consulting with several other lawyers.
Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2017
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Divorce Attorney
Carmina Tessitore is one of a kind. Knows the law inside out. She came as a lifesaver and rescued me in my case. She eased my worries, anxieties in my case. I could sleep in peace at night knowing she's handling my case. She's prompt in her response, excellent in advice, and superb in the courtroom. Thanks to her I'm peacefully divorced. My case was a custody case that was very complicated and she nicely piece by piece resolved it. Even the judge praised her for the way she fought for me and my little girl. She's an attorney with beauty and brains. Her advice and handling of the case gave me SO much courage and if it weren't for her, I wouldn't have been able to have a favorable outcome. I would recommend her to everyone- she resolves even the most complex court filings in your favor. She is one honest attorney who works really hard for you - day or night. She fought for my custody really hard. Love you for ALL that you did Carmina! She is a true asset.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2016
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Highly Recommend
She helped me through an incredibly difficult matter. She is very knowledgable and patient (I ask a lot of questions). I highly recommend.
Posted by Dwight | October 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer
Great at keeping communication between the two party and remembering who matter the child.
Posted by Rachel Perez | September 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
THE BEST MOST EFFECTIVE WORK IVE EVER WITNESED from an attorney!!
I met Carmina after years and several other attempts at beating my case. It was a tough case. She handled two of mine. Like phenomenal and exquisite professional fire she nailed the entire thing. (Both times!) She is truly the most passionate, dedicated attorney I have ever come across! Never once did I question her, she was confident and well knowledged. She captivates in the courtroom. She is THE Carmina Tessitore! There is no other for sure! You would not be disappointed! I will forever be grateful for meeting her!
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Posted by Joann | May 16, 2016
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Custody/child support
Carmina was very attentive and listened to me to learn the history behind my case which made me very comfortable with her, and it earned my trust in her and her ability to defend me . Being that this was not the first time I had to present to the courts with issues/claims with the biological father, Carmina truly took the time to grasp the scope of what I was needing her for. That alone made me feel relaxed and confident in her ability to get me through this litigation both legally and emotionally. During the proceedings the defendant attempted to bully and hard hand the situation. Carmina took control of the situation, first reassuring me and then proceeding to get to the end point. Without her, I would not have gotten there. The attention that I received, the reassurance helped me keep it together and achieve an outcome that I never thought would transpire period, let alone in 1 day! A personal friend, Attorney Joe Tramuta referred me to Carmina, and he had told me she was the one to get it done...well Joe I owe you 2 bottle of wine! Carmina, I owe you 1 too. Thank you, Joann
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Posted by patti cavaliere | May 3, 2016
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Compassionate, Friendly, Accessible-Excellent Attorney
After speaking to other attorneys, I chose Carmina Tessitore who took the time to meet with me first to make sure we were a good fit. She was both compassionate and professional, and her friendly personality won my trust. I knew she had my best interest in mind at all times. She honored her promise to expedite my divorce, as she was aware of a recent change in uncontested situations, going the extra mile to file this paperwork, sparing me the grief of dragging this out, and helping me to move on sooner than expected. Whenever I had concerns, she was accessible and emailed me back the same day. I would highly recommend Carmina to anyone in need of an efficient, positive outcome for legal assistance.
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Posted by A | January 29, 2016
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Exceptional Divorce Lawyer
Carmina handled an extremely contentious divorce for me and was extremely knowledgeable about the circumstances surrounding gay civil union and marriage law in CT. She was able to negotiate an acceptable settlement for me in a case that could have dragged on for years. Her attention to detail, prompt responses to my questions, and courtroom presence were all exceptional.
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AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023.

Conditions issued in CT, 2023
updated on 12/06/2023

A condition is a disciplinary order from the Statewide Grievance Committee that an attorney fulfill a condition within a certain time frame. If the attorney does not fulfill a condition in a timely manner, the Superior Court may also impose any condition necessary to protect the public.

Work Experience

  • Special Master, Fairfield J.D.
  • Connecticut Judicial Branch
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Quinnipiac University School Of Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Special Master, Ansonia/Milford J.D.
  • Connecticut Judicial Department
  • 2015 - Present
  • Assistant Professor
  • Quinnipiac University School Of Law
  • 2014 - 2015
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Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Sage College of Albany
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • High Conflict Custody Divorce & Relocation
  • Client's goals were achieved following Judge's orders after completion of a six month period of pendente lite hearings. The divorce ultimately settled in client's benefit.
  • High Net Worth Divorce With Extensive Discovery
  • After months of intensive discovery and depositions, following commencement of trial client received favorable offer for settlement from the opposing party meeting all of client's goals.

Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • James W. Cooper Fellow
  • 2017 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Leadership Award
  • Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40 of Family Lawyers in the State of Connecticut
  • American Society of Legal Advocates for 2014, 2015 & 2016
  • N/A
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • NBI CLE
  • Speaker, Advanced Custody and Support Issues
  • 2020
  • Fairfield County Bar Association CLE
  • Growing a Successful Law Practice
  • 2017
  • Fairfield County Bar Association CLE
  • Selling Your Law Practice – Retirement 101
  • 2016
  • WBDC Passion to Profit Seminar Series
  • Passion to Profit – Businsess Legal Issues Seminar
  • 2015
  • Mutual of Omaha Seminar
  • The Importance of a Will for Children and Families
  • 2014
  • Law Day Luncheon Speaker, Fairfield County Bar Association (FCBA)
  • American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters
  • 2014
  • Prudential Financial Seminar
  • Financial Considerations for Clients Facing Divorce
  • 2013
  • Law Day Luncheon Speaker, Fairfield County Bar Association (FCBA)
  • No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom
  • 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, Women of Promise and Distinction Annual Dinner
  • Pursuing Your Dreams
  • 2012
  • Fairfield County Bar Association CLE
  • Recent Developments in Residential Foreclosure Mediation Defense
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (12)
Endorse Carmina
Unknown Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend Attorney Tessitore to anyone in need of an exceptional family attorney and/or skilled mediator. I have had the privilege of knowing her for many years and always been impressed by her knowledge and professionalism, most notably, with her humility and exceptional personality. Attorney Tessitore is actively involved in numerous bar associations statewide, holding leadership positions, volunteering her time to various charities and doing everything humanely possible to make a difference. This year she has been chosen through a highly competitive and multifaceted selection process for the Superlawyers Connecticut Rising Stars."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Carmina is an outstanding family law attorney. Highly recommended!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Tessitore is an incredibly effective advocate for her clients. When dealing with fellow attorneys, she is collaborative but strong, which are the marks of a top-notch attorney in my book. I highly recommend her for any divorce/child custody matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Tessitore for several years and I am continuously impressed by her dedication to delivering the best results for her clients. Attorney Tessitore is a highly respected professional who, with immense skills in and out of the courtroom, can proficiently represent your best interests in any family case."
Foreclosure Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Tessitore for a number of years, and worked with her on several matters. She is knowledgeable, eloquent and an outstanding advocate for her clients. In addition, she is very active in the local bar associations and always stays informed on the latest legal developments. I highly recommend Attorney Tessitore to our colleagues and potential clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"A very skilled and experienced negotiator and mediator, Attorney Tessitore knows how to successfully advance her clients best interests. Her work ethic is superior and attention to detail comes without second thought. Do not second guess hiring Attorney Tessitore for your matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Carmina is a brilliant and zealous advocate. We have collaborated on several matters and Carmina has provided thoughtful, efficient and practice advice for the client. Her practice includes the complex areas of family practice, and she navigates those nuances with effective communication and strong commitment to each of her clients. She keeps in mind the real-life implications of her representation and works very hard with her clients to counsel the benefits and drawbacks of each decision. I have no hesitation in giving Carmina my best endorsement."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Tessitore is a wonderful attorney and a very skilled and experienced mediator. Attorney Tessitore and I attended Albany Law School of Union University together and now continue our professional relationship as attorneys in New Haven County. I have seen Attorney Tessitore's mediation skills first hand and am continually impressed with her empathy and ability to immediately establish a positive rapport with the involved parties. I highly recommend Attorney Tessitore for family law and mediation matters and am honored to call her a colleague."
Foreclosure Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carmina is skilled in family law and foreclosure mediation issues and works with drive and professionalism. I have learned a great deal about those specialties on the numerous times I have turned to her for advice. The knowledge and dedication I saw her exhibit first hand when we worked together as clerks in New Haven Superior Court and in community service matters make her an asset to the legal community."
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Shelton Mediation Lawyer Carmina K. Hirsch
Carmina K. Hirsch
Mediation Attorney
Shelton, CT
Licensed for 15 years
Virtual consultation available
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details