THOMAS P. PARRINO is a partner and co-founder of PARRINO | SHATTUCK, PC. His practice covers all aspects of family law, including divorce, property division, alimony, child custody, and child support. He is considered a top lawyer in his field and has practiced family law for more than 25 years. Over the course of his career, he has handled some of the most complex and high-asset family law litigation in Connecticut. Parrino is a robust negotiator and litigator, and earned the designation “Lawyer of the Year” as selected by his peers and published by Best Lawyers in 2013. He is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut.
Parrino is a member of the American, Connecticut, and Fairfield County bar associations, as well as the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He is a fellow and past president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He chairs the chapter’s Rules (O’Brien), Sunbury, and Arbitration committees. He also serves on the Amicus Committee and previously served on the Examining Committee.
In addition, Parrino is a member of Connecticut’s Family Law Commission, which comprises Connecticut superior court judges and select attorneys who have been invited to serve as members. The purpose of the commission is to develop proposed reforms and new initiatives meant to improve family law in Connecticut, as well as to examine the state’s Rules of Court, decisional law, and legislation that affect family law.
Parrino recently served as a delegate to the National Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has also chaired the National Admissions Committee and was a member of the National Test Subcommittee. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers as well.
Parrino co-authored a chapter in the book, Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons, Second Edition 2013, that was published by European Lawyer/Thomson Reuters. This book addresses the growing significance of international family law and is an authoritative guide to family law in core jurisdictions around the world. Six U.S. states and 37 countries compose the jurisdictions. Parrino covered many topics that typify Connecticut family law, including pre- and post-nuptial agreements, surrogacy and adoption, finances/capital, property, financial relief after foreign divorce proceedings, child maintenance, and civil partnership/same-sex marriage, among others.
Parrino has been a prominent lecturer on family law matters during his distinguished career. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and his juris doctor degree from the University of Bridgeport, and attended law school at the Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Parrino has earned the following awards/recognitions: Top 30 Outstanding Lawyers of Fairfield County as recognized by Greenwich Magazine; New England Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine since 2007; New York Area’s Best Lawyers, New York Magazine since 2006; Best Lawyers in New England 2018; Top One Percent of America’s Most Honored Professionals in 2018; Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Connecticut in 2018 by Attorney and Practice Magazine; Best Lawyers in America since 2006; Top Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers since 2006*; Top-Rated Lawyers within the greater Boston area by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and ALM Media in the area of Family Law; Thomson Reuters Connecticut Super Lawyers: Top 50 Attorney (2015)*; Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney; Distinguished Professional by Noticed (formerly known as Expert Network); U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms in Category of Family Law; and Lawyer of the Year selected by peer recognition and published by Best Lawyers (2013).
*Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top One Percent of America’s Most Honored Professionals||American Registry||2018|
|Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Connecticut||Attorney and Practice Magazine||2018|
|Best Lawyers in New England||Best Lawyers||2018|
|Top 50 Attorney||Thomson Reuters Connecticut Super Lawyers||2015|
|Lawyer of the Year||Best Lawyers||2013|
|Distinguished Professional||Noticed (formerly known as Expert Network)||N/A|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers||N/A|
|Top Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers||N/A|
|New England Super Lawyers||Connecticut Magazine||N/A|
|Top-Rated Lawyers Within Greater Boston Area for Family Law||LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and ALM Media||N/A|
|Top 30 Outstanding Lawyers of Fairfield County||Greenwich Magazine||N/A|
|Best Law Firms in Category of Family Law||U.S. News & World Report||N/A|
|New York Area’s Best Lawyers||New York Magazine||N/A|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Fellow||N/A|
|Connecticut Family Law Commission||Member||N/A|
|Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Connecticut Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Fairfield County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Fellow||N/A|
|Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Former President||N/A|
|Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Rules Committee (O'Brien)||Chair||N/A|
|Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Sunbury Committee||Chair||N/A|
|Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Arbitration Committee||Chair||N/A|
|Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Amicus Committee||Member||N/A|
|Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Examining Committee||Member||N/A|
|National Board of Governors of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Delegate||N/A|
|National Board of Governors of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National Admissions Committee||Chair||N/A|
|National Board of Governors of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National Test Subcommitee||Member||N/A|
|Quinnipiac University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|University of Bridgeport School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|University of Connecticut||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1983|