Nusbaum & Parrino P.C. is a leading family law boutique in Connecticut dedicated to the litigation and negotiation of substantial cases. We deliver the highest quality of legal capability and client service – in equal measure. The firm represents individuals with substantial means in all areas of family law matters, including divorce, alimony, child support, property division and child custody. Based in Westport, Conn., a significant portion of our work is concentrated in Fairfield County yet our geographic reach often extends throughout the state. We strive to provide an unparalleled level of accessibility and responsiveness to our clients, giving them a sense of stability and security during a turbulent time in life.
Although we are experienced and capable litigators, we are seasoned negotiators as well. During the course of our representation of clients, we transition between these two roles due to the firm’s three predominant qualities: skill, preparation and diligence. Our skill includes developing an individual theme of each case, and we take pride in our ability to modify the theme of a case as circumstances warrant: during pre-trial preparation and in court. Our preparation includes detailed analysis of information, presented in a format uniquely crafted by this office, which includes submission of detailed financial affidavits and other work product that we submit to the Court. Our diligence in framing solid legal strategies and in timely responsiveness to client needs is what enables Nusbaum & Parrino to consistently provide our clients with unique legal representation. Our skill, preparation and diligence in each case is what differentiates us from our peers.
Client service, quite simply, is the firm’s top priority. We pride ourselves on our accessibility and responsiveness to clients. While many firms profess to offer their clients a similar service, we have established strict office practices to ensure that we diligently respond to our clients.
We recognize that our clients are under significant emotional strain and we are sensitive to their need for regular communication and real-time updates. Earning and maintaining trust throughout the course of an engagement is as important to us as protecting our clients’ interests. With more than 30 years of practice from Nusbaum & Parrino’s distinctive stone building, we have successfully represented hundreds of clients in complex and high-asset matters. It is worth noting that most of our clients originate from former client and peer referrals.
At the inception of our representation, starting with the initial consultation, we listen to clients to understand their unique circumstances, discuss goals and priorities, and weigh options. We then obtain a precise and comprehensive understanding of their financial affairs. Nusbaum & Parrino’s discovery work product sets us apart from our competition. Our skill is recognized by our colleagues and by the judiciary. We have served as co-counsel with other law firms in all aspects of cases, including financial and child related matters in very large and sophisticated cases. Additionally, Nusbaum & Parrino has been retained by other law firms to serve as private special masters to assist those firms with negotiating settlements, and to provide guidance in valuing cases. In addition, we have also been retained by clients to render second-opinion legal advice.
A Primer on Mediation, Collaborative Law and Litigation
Litigation is not the only means by which a case may be resolved. Litigation may be a last resort when alternate dispute resolution methods fail. Nusbaum & Parrino litigates only those cases which must be tried and we exhaust other strategies such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration in an effort to settle cases that are capable of settlement.
Sometimes litigation is necessary in an effort to reach an equitable outcome for clients when settlement is not possible. Nusbaum & Parrino does not practice collaborative law as a means of alternate dispute resolution because collaborative law precludes litigation as an available tool and alternative remedy.
In collaborative settings, should negotiations fail, parties must then restart the process and retain new counsel to litigate their differences irrespective of the time and cost already invested in collaborative counsel, costing parties additional emotional stress, time and great expense. It is to our clients’ benefit that we can prosecute claims in court if we are unable to bring a case to a successful conclusion through non-adversarial means.
Some mediators do not advise clients as to whether an agreement is fair and equitable but rather refer them to reviewing counsel, which counsel has not had the benefit of discovery and depositions. Therefore, the mediator takes no responsibility for the settlement of the case, if the parties so elect, to determine whether the settlement is fair and equitable.