EDWARD NUSBAUM is a principal and co-founder of Nusbaum & Parrino P.C., a boutique family law firm based in Westport, Conn. The practice emphasizes representing clients in sophisticated, high-asset and complex family law matters related to divorce, alimony, child support, property division and child custody.
He has been practicing family law exclusively for many years and has extensive experience representing clients in sophisticated, high-asset and complex family law matters. Mr. Nusbaum is a well-respected negotiator and litigator with a keen understanding of financial and business matters.
Mr. Nusbaum is admitted to practice in Connecticut, the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Nusbaum is a Fellow and past president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, the leading organizations of family law practitioners. He also is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Resolution of Legal Fees Dispute Committee.
In March 2015, Nusbaum & Parrino was recognized as the recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Litigation Department of the Year award for family law. The panel of judges based its decision upon the overall litigation success and on the range of practice areas represented in top cases, and the overall impact of the results.
Mr. Nusbaum and his partner, Thomas Parrino, became international authors by co-authoring a chapter in a book titled, “Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons,” Second Edition 2013, published by European Lawyer/Thomson Reuters. This book is the result of the growing importance of international family law and the need amongst family lawyers for a definitive guide to family law in core jurisdictions around the globe. The jurisdictions consist of 37 countries and six states in the U.S. Nusbaum and Parrino wrote about Connecticut family law covering many of the typical subjects including pre- and post-nuptial agreements, finances/capital, property, child maintenance, surrogacy and adoption, financial relief after foreign divorce proceedings, and civil partnership/same-sex marriage, among others.
Mr. Nusbaum volunteers his time as a court-appointed special master in Stamford, Bridgeport, Ansonia/Milford, Danbury and Middletown Superior Courts for family law cases.
Widely regarded by peers and the legal community as a leading family law attorney in Connecticut, Mr. Nusbaum has earned the following awards/recognitions:
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated attorney since 1994
- Best Lawyers in America since 1995
- U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms in the category of family law, Metropolitan Tier 1, since its inception in 2011 through 2017
- Top Connecticut Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine, since 2001
- Top 50 Lawyers in the State by Connecticut Magazine in 2006
- Best Attorneys in Connecticut as published in Best Lawyers, since 2011
- Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers since 2006
- New York Area Best Lawyers, New York Magazine, 2006 through 2011
- New York City’s Best Lawyers, as published in Best Lawyers, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017
- New York’s Top Attorneys as published in Best Lawyers, 2013
- Best Lawyers in New England for family law, since 2011
- New England Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine since 2007
- Best Lawyers in New England as published in The Wall Street Journal, since 2011
- Top Rated Lawyer, Boston Legal Leaders, as published in the Boston Globe, 2014, 2015
- Top Rated Lawyers within the greater Boston area by LexisNexis, Martindale-Hubbell and ALM Media in the area of Family Law, since 2014
- Outstanding Lawyers of America and Top Lawyers in Connecticut, Connecticut Magazine since 2006
- America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement member for Connecticut
Throughout his career, he has lectured extensively on family law matters.
Mr. Nusbaum earned a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of Connecticut.
LANDMARK CASES (Connecticut Appellate Court and Supreme Court Decisions)
Schorsch v. Schorsch – for alimony calculation purposes, where the husband’s asset was converted into a mortgage, the trial court could not include as income the principal on that asset which had been awarded to him as a property division
Bucy v. Bucy – psychological expenses included within definition of medical expenses
Friezo v. Friezo – seminal case on enforceability of prenuptial agreements under Connecticut’s Premarital Agreement Act
Culver v. Culver – Court-ordered child support obligation not modified by oral agreement that was not made an order of the Court
Hopfer v. Hopfer – Spouse not permitted to share stock options awarded to wage earner for future services rendered to employer
Hornung v. Hornung – Successfully obtained the enforcement of a prenuptial agreement and an amendment to the prenuptial agreement after the parties were already married
Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.
AAML NATIONAL CHAPTER
Bench and Bar Committee, 1994: Chair, Bench and Bar Committee, 1998-1999; AAML CLE Committee, 1998; AAML, Professionalism in the Practice Committee, 1998-1999.
AAML CONNECTICUT CHAPTER
Connecticut Chapter, President, 2006-2007, and current Fellow; Board of Managers, 1999 to 2001; Board of Managers, 2016-2018; Treasurer, 2002-2003; Secretary, 2004; Vice President, 2005; President-Elect, 2005-2006.