Lauren M. Healy

203-652-8018

I am a counselor, in every sense of the word. Family Law is a unique area of practice where clients are best served if their lawyer has legal knowledge and expertise as well as exceptional interpersonal skills. I am proud of the connections and interactions that I have had with clients and colleagues throughout my career. I believe that my ability to relate and empathize with clients, while still maintaining compassion and awareness for their spouse or children is an asset. During difficult times, it is hard for a client to envision their future, and they tend to become stuck in the past or the present. It is my job to look past that to the big picture and counsel them based on what is the best for the future of their family. 

Becoming a parent made me a better lawyer. I have an appreciation for the painstaking process of determining custody and parenting plans. I understand the practical details that make a parenting plan work throughout the years. I frequently handle sensitive parenting issues such as psychological and psychiatric evaluations, child abuse, restraining orders. I have experience with the subtle dynamics involved in domestic violence situations and I take great pride in assisting my clients create a new normal for their family. I am trained and certified by the Connecticut Judicial Branch to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem and Attorney for Minor Children and feel honored to work with children and families in that capacity.

I love a challenge, which is part of the reason I tend to focus on complex cases. I have found that a complex case is not necessarily defined by the amount of assets at play. I have experience with the complicated work of valuing and dividing property and determining support in cases with a wide range of financial and income structures, such as private equity, carried interest, deferred compensation, equity awards and stock, real estate investments, business valuations, trusts and pensions. I am adept at litigating and settling these cases, and I have the acumen to know when and how to pursue each route.

I am a team player. I have always thrived in being a part of a team, whether sports, academic pursuits or charity work. I bring that love of collaboration into my practice, by bringing together professionals best fit to assist my clients. It may include experts, business valuators, therapists, financial planners, parenting coaches or appraisers. It is my job to identify areas where my client or their case needs support and then build a team to assist in accomplishing their goals.  

It is common for people to feel lost when they are faced with a divorce, custody or modification proceeding. It is overwhelming to make major life decisions without a true understanding of the process. I strive to empower clients by providing them with the information and context they need to make rational choices.  The most rewarding part of practicing family law is after a meeting or phone call, when a client says to me "I feel so much better now." At the Family Law Firm, it is our goal to provide you with more of those moments.  

Distinctions, Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell®AV Preeminent rating 2019, 2020
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers®as listed in New England Super Lawyers®, 2019, 2020
  • Connecticut Rising Stars®as listed in New England Super Lawyers®, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • New Leader in the Law as selected by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2013

 Publications and Presentations

  • “Conversations with Catamount” Spring Seminar presenter, May 18, 2017
  • Marist College Pre-Law Panel, Featured Alumni, April 26, 2017
  • National Business Institute, Guest Lecturer, “Family Law from A to Z” March 4, 2017
  • “Locating Hidden Assets in a Divorce”, Connecticut Law Tribune, October 10, 2016
  • Connecticut Bar Association “Practice Tips” video presentation March, 2016
  • National Business Institute, Guest Speaker, National Teleconference: Motions in Divorce with Examples, September, 2015
  • Second Saturday Workshop, Guest Speaker, September, 2015

 Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Secretary
    • Board of Directors, 2012 – Present
    • Family Law Section member, 2007 – Present
    • Connecticut Bar Association Professionalism Symposium, committee member 2016
    • Young Lawyers Section, Co-Chair, 2010 – 2012
  • Fairfield County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2019, 2020
  • Family Law Section, Member 2014 – Present
  • The Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
    • Family Law Section, Member 2014 – Present
    • Young Lawyers Section, Member 2014 – Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 2009 – Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, 2009 – Present
  • National Association of Divorce Professionals, Member 2016- 2018

 Pro Bono Activities

  • Stamford Superior Court Special Master, 2012 – Present
  • Bridgeport Superior Court Special Master, 2012 – Present
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law Mentor, 2013- 2016
  • Near and Fair Aid, Gala Co-Chair 2018
  • Near and Far Aid, Annual Golf Classic Co-Chair 2017
  • Stamford Superior Court Volunteer Attorney Program

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2009
  • Connecticut, 2007

 Education

  • Connecticut Judicial Branch Attorney for the Minor Child/Guardian Ad Litem Training, Fall 2010
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden, Connecticut
    • J.D. – 2007
  • Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York
    • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) – 2004

Recommendations

  • Client Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    Dear Lauren,  From one mother to another, thank you for all you have done for [child's name] and I. Forever grateful for your presence in my life, at such a trying moment.
  • Former Client Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    Lauren,  THANK YOU, you once again came through for me and my kids. Much appreciation.
  • Former Client Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    Lauren, You've been a great teammate these past few months. I am grateful for all you've done- I know it hasn't been easy. Thankful for the unyielding support.
  • Former Client Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    I want to take this time to express my sincerest thanks for your hard work, dedication and diligence on representing me at the divorce trial this week! Although the process is grueling, stressful and so full of gaps, I believe your firm did a phenomenal job for me. No doubt our side out-performed...
  • Former Client Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    Lauren Healy did an amazing job coaching me through the complicated, confusing, and frustrating process of my divorce proceedings.
  • Former Client Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    Lauren provided strong guidance and sound advice through a very difficult time. She is a trusted advisor of the highest caliber.
  • Client Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    Lauren, just wanted to say thank you again for being there these past years through all of the craziness. You are amazing and I am serious when I say there is no one I would rather have watching my back. I am going to finally sleep ok tonight, for the first time in a while. Thank you for that. Yo...
  • Former Client Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    Lauren, we feel that you care about our troubles. Thank you. As someone who's been on call for the month, we especially appreciate the Sunday hours!
  • Client Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    Lauren, Just a little something to say thank you. Not across the finish line just yet, but I couldn't have made it this far without you...thank you. 
  • Attorney Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    Excellent well-rounded attorney who always makes her best and expert efforts to equitably and efficiently reach settlement on all matters. 
  • Attorney Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    Lauren is a great attorney. She is thorough and also compassionate toward her client's needs. I would highly recommend her. 
  • Attorney Recommends Lauren M. Healy

    Lauren is a tremendous attorney who very effectively advocates for her clients. I do not hesitate to recommend her to my clients. 

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The Family Law Firm of Healy + Eliot is a boutique firm devoted exclusively to the practice of family law, including divorce, alimony, child support, property distribution, child custody and access, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, modifications and enforcement proceedings.

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