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I feel strongly about bringing civility back to the legal profession. I believe in respectful and goal oriented negotiations and have therefore elected to focus my practice on collaborative law. I have over 30 years of experience as a family law attorney and have been an active collaborative attorney for over 15 years. I see the positive results of a collaborative divorces versus the negative ones in the litigated divorce, reminding me of the benefits to the spouses and children that collaboration provides.

In 1984, I graduated from the Ohio Northern University School of Law; I received my undergraduate college degree in English from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. I volunteer as a Special Master for Matrimonial Matters in Hartford, New Britain, and Middletown courts as well as the Regional Custody Trial Docket in Middletown. I am a founding member and co-chair of the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group and founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association; a member of the Connecticut, Hartford, New Britain and American Bar Associations and the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners I also served as an instructor for The People’s Law School and am a life-time James Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.


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  1. Family: 100%
    32 years



Hourly ($300-350/hour), Retainer (always)

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Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer. Laurie is extremely intelligent, hard-working lawyer who is dedicated to her clients. She is passionate about representing her clients and goes the extra measure to ensure that her clients are well represented. As a pension attorney, I work with many family law attorneys and Laurie is in the very top tier and a pleasure to work with. She understands that retirement benefits are an extremely valuable marital asset and carefully drafts the separation agreement to properly divide these assets, addressing pre and post retirement death benefits, early retirement subsidies, COLAs and investment gains/losses. She asks good questions to understand plan provisions, pays attention to detail and protects her clients. I have tremendous respect for Laurie and have referred clients to her with glowing references.


    Linda Ursin Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael V Vollono

    I would endorse Laurie without reservation. I have known her for a number of years and have just completed a complicated and lengthy family case with her. She combines a deep understanding of the law with compassion for her clients. She knows when to be assertive and when to take a step back. I find that an admirable trait (which unfortunately is lacking in many attorneys) which serves her clients well. She is also very honest and hardworking.


    Michael Vollono Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Sheffy Mazzaccaro DePaolo & DeNigris, LLP

166 North Main Street
Southington, CT, 06489


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSheffy Mazzaccaro DePaolo & DeNigris, LLP2007 - Present
AttorneyAnderson Reynolds & Lynch LLP2000 - 2006
PartnerLevy & Droney1985 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
James Cooper FellowLife time member2010 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2005 - Present
Collaborative Divorce Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law GroupCo-chairN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1984
Skidmore CollegeEnglishBA1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Various continuing education coursesFamily lawN/A