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Verna Lilburn

Family Attorney at New Haven, CT

5.0   9 reviews

Licensed for 31 years

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"Attorney Lilburn's range and depth of expertise as a Litigator and Family Lawyer, combined with her compassionate, personalized approach, empowered me to be strong, factual, and reassured."

I became an attorney in 1991 as the next step in my lifelong dedication to advocating for others. During the years preceding my legal career, I learned to appreciate individual differences and to understand that behavior must be viewed within the context of one's circumstances. I also learned that people are capable of learning, growing and dealing with a complex court system if they have strong representation.

Before I practiced law, I was a reading consultant in middle and high school for ten years in affluent suburbs of New York City. Before I was a reading consultant, I taught fourth grade school children who were economically challenged. I entered law school after earning a masters degree in Psychology of School Subjects from the Teacher's College, Columbia and a Sixth Year Certificate in Public School Administration from FairfieldUniversity. After I became an attorney I taught Legal Studies at the University of New Haven for 11 years. I am now on the Advisory Board for that program. My experience as a teacher at all levels has enabled me to appreciate the value of an excellent education and to work toward improving the education of others.

My paralegal, who has been with me since 2003, and I strive to create an environment where clients are informed and part of the decision-making process as they go through the changes produced by divorces, legal separation, or modifications in custody. We welcome questions and make every attempt to offer realistic options to clients. We choose not to be a "one size fits all" firm. We genuinely tailor our services to the individual and are acquainted with other professionals who may also be of service to our clients. We have a strong interest in financial matters and appreciate the importance of finances to a healthy family environment.

My experiences as a mother, wife and member of a close-knit family have helped me to work toward achieving collaboration with others. I strive to resolve cases without litigation, if possible, and have been successful in reaching settlements. If we choose to litigate, we do so thoughtfully and thoroughly. Preparation is essential and important.

We understand the role of family in achieving personal happiness. We also understand the pain experienced by those whose family structure has been altered. I have chosen Family Law as a calling as a result of my personal belief that families can survive despite disruption and challenges and that they can share strong bonds even without marriage.

My personal interests and hobbies are varied. I enjoy socializing, traveling, hiking, swimming, exercising, reading, concerts, and movies.

Licensed for 31 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Verna

Verna Lilburn, Attorney at Law
59 Elm St Ste 140
New Haven, CT, 06510-2047

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Posted by Nancy | February 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
From the first meeting with Verna, she was very honest and knowledgeable about the law. She immediately made me feel comfortable. Verna is very professional as well as her paralegal, Joanne. They were both a delight to work with. Verna is an attorney that will FIGHT for you! She always had my back!
Posted by Kate | March 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent advocate!
Nothing, absolutely nothing, gets past Atty. Lilburn. She got me through my divorce and she has gotten me through child support and custody battles after my divorce. She truly advocated for me and as a result, I was able to advocate for myself. When you meet with Atty. Lilburn, you feel heard. Divorce is miserable but Atty. Lilburn fights for you and gives you the tools to get through the challenging ordeal. She knows the law inside and out. She is incredibly responsive, often getting back to you within the hour. I highly recommend Atty. Lilburn; working with her changed my life.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2020
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Totally Positive Results
My 7 month long relationship with Atty. Lilburn and her paralegal Joanne was one of totally positive results. I can say without question they are two of the most courteous, efficient and thorough individuals I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. In summation, the results of my tumultuous case resulted in an absolutely solid outcome for me.
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Posted by Ali | September 17, 2019
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Would thoroughly recommend Verna
I would thoroughly recommend Verna as your divorce attorney. She was thorough, patient, kind and relentless during this difficult process. She guided me throughout the process and made it as easy as possible. I was very happy with my divorce settlement thanks to Verna
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2019
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Excellent Service
Verna is very experienced in her industry. She gave me lots of professional advice. My case is dissolved and closed as planned. I recommend her to other clients.
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2018
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Excellent Prifessional
Verna was wonderful to work with. She always had my daughter and myself’s best interest in mind. She was firm but fair with negotiations. At times my case was difficult but she handled each situation with professionalism and grace. I highly recommend Verna not only for her professionalism but also her humanitarianism. Her assistant Joanne is a great compliment to Verna as well. She was quick to respond to any questions I had and kept me apprised if any changes or additional information I needed.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2018
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Litigator. Family Attorney. Client Educator. Attorney-Client partnership produced excellent outcome in Divorce.
Attorney Lilburn's range and depth of expertise as a Litigator and Family Lawyer, combined with her compassionate, personalized approach, empowered me to be strong, factual, and reassured. Attorney Lilburn's quick response to my communications expedited problem-solving and a steady, logistical process to manage unexpected complications. She was organized and articulate with me, with opposing counsel, and with the court. Attorney Lilburn produced an excellent outcome at a time of my personal crisis. A settlement was obtained in my favor, I recommend Attorney Lilburn as an empathic, expert Family Lawyer and Litigator.
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Posted by Joy | May 17, 2018
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Verna is a great lawyer!
I am Verna's client. Verna cares about her client benefits and always puts her clients' benefits before her own and everything else. Verna is very professional and patient. She is a great lawyer. Finally, she became a friend of mine because of her caring and professional characters. I love, respect and trust her. I wish her the best in her future job.
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2016
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Professional, caring, knowledgeable and highly qualified
Verna handled my case with the utmost professionalism. She and her paralegal Joanne are highly qualified and knowledgeable while being caring and professional at the same time. Divorce, especially when custody is involved, can be an emotional roller coaster, but Verna and Joanne are wonderful at what they do while also being compassionate at the same time.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • Verna B. Lilburn
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of William C. Bruce
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of J. J. Narkiewicz
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bruce & Associates
  • 1992 - 1992
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • University Of New Haven
  • 1992 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Roger Sullivan
  • 1991 - 1992
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Education

  • Labor Education Center and Quinnipiac Dispute
  • Certificate
  • 2003
  • Quinnipiac College School of Law
  • Certificate
  • 1999
  • Quinnipiac University
  • J.D.
  • 1990
  • Fairfield University
  • Sixth Year Certificate of Advanced Study
  • N/A
  • Columbia University - Teacher's College
  • MA - Masters
  • N/A
  • St John's University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • C. v. C.
  • Finding in favor of client, defendant wife. Plaintiff husband's motion to modify or terminate alimony was denied
  • C. v. C.
  • Substantial award of property in favor of client, plaintiff wife
  • C. v. C.
  • After short marriage, substantial property awarded to client, plaintiff wife with young child. Upward deviation from presumptive child support.
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Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Professionalism Committee
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Professionalism Committee
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Legal Skills Advisory Board, Univeristy of New Haven
  • Chair
  • 2005 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Outstanding Legal Scholarship
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • 1990
  • Outstanding Legal Scholarship
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • 1989
  • NDEA Grant: Study High School Reading
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Connecticut Probate Law Journal
  • Abandonment as a Ground for Termination of Parental Rights
  • 1989
  • Connecticut Probate Law Journal
  • Comment: Michaud v. Wawruck, 209 Conn. 407 (1988)
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • M. v. R.
  • Legal Malpractice: Divorce Discovery and Trial
  • 2014
  • S. v. C.
  • Legal Malpractice: Post-Judgment Custody Action
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Lilburn and I were law school colleagues and remain in contact, although I do not practice in CT. I am often impressed when Ms. Lilburn discusses legal trends and developments. Although we've not practiced together, as a colleague I note that Ms. Lilburn continues all these years later still to exhibit great dedication and knowledge in her discussions. As a profession, attorneys strive to maintain these standards in practice. I am pleased to post these few words about this colleague whose enthusiasm demonstrates high ethics and reflects great commitment to her family law practice."

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New Haven Family Lawyer Verna Lilburn
Verna Lilburn
Family Attorney
New Haven, CT
Licensed for 31 years