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Deena Lynn Gans

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bridgeport, CT

4.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Connecticut - CT 25 years
    Florida - FL 32 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2017
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Retired

About Deena

Learn Deena’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%

    34 years

  2. Child support
    15%

    34 years

  3. Alimony
    10%

    34 years

  4. Child custody
    10%

    34 years

  5. Mediation
    10%

    34 years

  6. Uncontested divorce
    10%

    34 years

  7. Guardianship
    3%
    Handling grandparents rights cases in Probate/Superior Courts

    11 years

  8. Adoption
    2%

    34 years

As a lawyer for over 20 years I have found that I enjoy a more casual & personal approach to practicing family law. My policy is to try my best to settle a case so that the clients and not the courts have control of the outcome. My clients need to work together after their marriage is dissolved, whether to divide assets or raise their children, and thus need to end their marriage on as amicable terms as possible.


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I am a single mother of 2 small children. Having gone through the divorce process personally, I feel I can better interact with and understand my clients. In addition, I am a huge Yankees and Giants fan!

Location

Deena Lynn Gans
1335 Wood Ave
Bridgeport, CT, 066041425
Deena Lynn Gans
1335 Wood Ave.
Bridgeport, CT, 06604
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Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Migdalia | October 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend and she is a pleasure to work with
I highly recommend Attorney Deena Gans she represented me during my divorce, with no battles on the other side, we were able to negotiate. She knew the first time I met with her what my concerns were, she listened, gave me great advice, told me what my options would be and best of all we negotiated what I wanted.
Posted by Angela | July 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Zealous & Proactive Representation
I highly recommend to litigants that they give due diligence to the process of selecting representation. It is a critical decision upon which the details of the final settlement hinge: Who will best represent my concerns? Prior to meeting with Atty. Gans, I had met with two Fairfield County attorneys who were highly recommended to me by their former clients. After meeting with Atty. Gans, however, my choice was clear. I had found Atty. Gans online and then attended a free initial consultation within 24 hours of my inquiry. In hindsight, my first point of contact with Atty. Gans and her office was indicative of the manner in which I was treated throughout my divorce. Atty. Gans' exceptional ethical professionalism, client-centered approach to negotiation, and unwavering commitment to my overall health and and well being made her an outstanding attorney. My "best interest" always served as the filter through which all decisions were made. After our initial consultation, Atty. Gans immediately began to zealously advocate on my behalf with opposing counsel. This provided me with assurance that I was not just another file on an attorney’s desk. Instead, my family mattered to her very much. Simultaneously, Atty. Gans took the time to establish a trusting relationship with me early on. I was then able to focus on rebuilding my life emotionally, socially, and professionally. As part of her professional acumen, Atty. Gans’ was empathic to some life struggles I acquired as a function of divorce upheaval. Whenever I reached out to Atty. Gans, she herself graciously and respectfully responded to me within the hour or sooner, including evenings and weekends. Having my questions answered & concerns addressed thoroughly and in a timely manner significantly reduced my apprehensions. Further, as court professionals entered and exited my case, it was evident Atty. Gans had banked an impressive level of professional equity, inclusive of trust and respect from her peers in court/legal community. Atty. Gans worked closely with opposing counsel to expedite the process, considering all variables from different angles such that a fair resolution could be obtained. To that end, I strongly suggest potential clients seek Atty. Gans for an initial consultation before retaining another attorney. I believe you will walk away from the initial meeting feeling confident that Atty. Gans is an empathic, respectful, experienced professional who truly listens to your concerns and then successfully strives to partner with you throughout the entire process in order to achieve a fair, equitable resolution.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Horrible experience during one of the most difficult times in my life
I hired this attorney for my divorce because during the consultation I felt like she would fight for me, my children, and my rights. Once I paid the retainer, I was disappointed in her service and professionalism with me. My ex spouse kept asking for ridiculous things in the agreement, repeatedly provided incomplete, partial documentation, so I constantly researched my rights and what I could do to protect myself in the final agreement. When I would ask questions, I always received abrupt, snotty responses, was accused of dragging on the divorce, or constantly reminded that my questions used up my retainer. My questions were valid questions. If they use retainer, so be it. Save the snotty commentary. I'm college educated and detail oriented and wanted to make sure the divorce agreement covered as much as possible so there could be little to no disputes with my ex spouse later. I paid for a service, not to hear about what's happening in the attorney's personal life that is making her so busy or even worse - one day she even told me how busy she was dealing with her own kids' education and activities than to deal with my questions and updates regarding the divorce. How entitled and insensitive. Great, I couldn't afford to pay for my own kids' education and activities because I had just paid her second retainer while I kept researching and fighting for my legal rights and then constantly got reprimanded by her for doing so. I felt like she just wanted this to be an open/ shut case, especially during the pandemic vs truly fighting for me and my kids' rights. I don't know if she treats every client this way or if it was just me but she sold me on the idea that she knew what it was like to go through a contentious divorce and that she would fight for me. She certainly didn't act like it. It seemed more like she fought for me to just shut up, stop asking questions, and sign the agreement without proofreading, thinking through details, or other possible scenarios to protect myself and my kids. I came across issues with the drafted agreement that put me at a huge disadvantage and even worse, possible liability for joint debt and property. I knew my ex and his shenanigans to get over on people, she didn't. When I brought up these issues, I was reprimanded several times and told that I was wasting time with "tit for tat". These weren't petty issues. These literally revolved around the whole point of divorce - dividing property and settling joint debts. I'm currently going through an issue now because the agreement was not written in a more detailed fashion for one of the debts, so I have to return to court to settle it. The same with our child custody and visitation schedule. If it had just been written the way I requested (instead of being reprimanded) I wouldn't be in a dispute with my ex and returning to court. I'll never understand why I was treated the way I was. I would not recommend this attorney unless you have an "easy", cut and dry divorce.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 6.5 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017.

Conditions issued in CT, 2017
updated on 08/21/2017

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

  • Gans & Reynolds
  • 1998 - Present

Education

  • St Thomas University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Cioppa v Cioppa
  • alimony modified re: cohabitation

Associations

  • United States District Court
  • 2000 - Present
  • Bridgeport Probate Court
  • Court Appointed Attorney for Minor Children
  • 1999 - Present
  • Shelton Probate Court
  • Court Appointed Attorney for Minor Children
  • 1999 - Present
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 1998 - Present
  • Bridgeport Superior Court
  • Special Master
  • 1998 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • 1990 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese

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Family Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an ethical concerned attorney who gives straight information. While proactive in her protection of her client, she also seeks solutions for people, avoiding adding to an already difficult situation."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
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"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Bridgeport Divorce and separation Lawyer Deena Lynn Gans
Deena Lynn Gans
Divorce and separation Attorney
Bridgeport, CT
Licensed for 32 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017. See details