Thomas P. Parrino

Thomas P. Parrino

Partner
Co-founder
Location:
Westport, Connecticut
Phone:
(203) 557-9755
Fax:
(203) 557-8018
Email:

THOMAS P. PARRINO is a partner and co-founder of PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC. He represents clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, alimony, child custody, child support, and property division. With more than 25 years of experience practicing family law, Parrino is considered a top attorney in his field, handling some of the most intricate and high-asset family law litigation in Connecticut. He is a tenacious negotiator and litigator. In 2013, he was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers, a recognition determined by his peers.

Parrino is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. He is a fellow and past president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and 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. Additionally, Parrino is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the American, Connecticut, and Fairfield County bar associations.

Parrino is a member of Connecticut's Family Law Commission as well. Connecticut superior court judges and select attorneys who have been invited to serve as members comprise the commission. The aim of the commission is to examine Connecticut's Rules of Court, decisional law, and legislation that concern family law, as well as to develop proposed reforms and new initiatives meant to improve family law in the state.

Parrino recently served as a delegate to the National Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He previously served as the chair of the National Admissions Committee and a member of the National Test Subcommittee. He is also a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Parrino co-authored a chapter in Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons, Second Edition 2013, a book published by European Lawyer/Thomson Reuters. This book developed out of the increasing significance of international family law and addresses the need for a definitive guide to family law in core jurisdictions around the world. Six U.S. states and 37 countries compose the jurisdictions. Parrino wrote about many subjects that exemplify Connecticut family law, including finances/capital, property, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, child maintenance, surrogacy and adoption, civil partnership/same-sex marriage, and financial relief after foreign divorce proceedings, among others.

Moreover, Parrino has lectured extensively on family law matters throughout his prominent 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:

  • Lawyer of the Year selected by peer recognition and published by Best Lawyers (2013)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney
  • Best Lawyers in New England 2018
  • Top One Percent of America's Most Honored Professionals in 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America since 2006
  • Top Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers since 2006*
  • New York Area's Best Lawyers, New York Magazine since 2006
  • Top 30 Outstanding Lawyers of Fairfield County as recognized by Greenwich Magazine
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms in Category of Family Law
  • Thomson Reuters Connecticut Super Lawyers: Top 50 Attorney (2015)*
  • Top-Rated Lawyers within the greater Boston area by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and ALM Media in the area of Family Law
  • New England Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine since 2007
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Connecticut in 2018, Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • Distinguished Professional, Noticed (formerly known as Expert Network)

LANDMARK CASES

Kendall v. Pilkington - The appellate court abused its discretion in its dismissal of the defendant's appeal from several contempt and pendente lite orders based on his alleged contemptuous conduct, despite the defendant purging himself of the contempt findings and the trial court vacating the contempt findings, thereby mooting the issues raised in the motion to dismiss.

Ramin v. Ramin - The seminal case where court authority awarded counsel fees due to litigation misconduct, discovery abuse, and fraudulent concealment of assets.

Tanzman v. Meurer - A trial court that bases a financial support order on a party's earning ability must determine the specific dollar amount of the party's earning ability.

Powell-Ferri v. Ferri - Under Massachusetts law, it was proper for trustees to move funds from one trust that allowed the party husband to withdraw principal to a second trust from which he could not withdraw principal. The husband was not obligated by the automatic orders to sue his family member trustees for return of the funds.

Brant v. Brant - The highest-reported temporary support award in the United States granted by a court after hearing.

*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.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut

Education

  • Quinnipiac School of Law (formerly University of Bridgeport School of Law), Bridgeport, Connecticut - 1987
  • University of Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1983
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons, Second Edition 2013, European Lawyer/Thomson Reuters

Representative Cases

  • Ramin v. Ramin
  • Brant v. Brant
  • Tanzman v. Meurer
  • Powell-Ferri v Ferri

Honors and Awards

  • Top 30 Outstanding Lawyers of Fairfield County, Greenwich Magazine
  • Best Lawyers in New England, Best Lawyers, 2018
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated Attorney
  • Top 50 Attorney, Thomson Reuters Connecticut Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Top Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers
  • New York Area’s Best Lawyers, New York Magazine
  • New England Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine
  • Top-Rated Lawyers Within Greater Boston Area for Family Law, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and ALM Media
  • Top One Percent of America’s Most Honored Professionals, American Registry, 2018
  • Best Law Firms in Category of Family Law, U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Connecticut, Attorney and Practice Magazine, 2018
  • Distinguished Professional, Noticed (formerly known as Expert Network)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Former President
  • Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Rules Committee (O'Brien), Chair
  • Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Sunbury Committee, Chair
  • Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Arbitration Committee, Chair
  • Connecticut Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Examining Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Connecticut Family Law Commission, Member
  • National Board of Governors of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Delegate
  • National Board of Governors of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National Admissions Committee, Chair
  • National Board of Governors of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National Test Subcommittee, Member
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers, Fellow

Languages

  • English (Primary)