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Principal and founder, attorney and mediator, Carmina K. Tessitore utilizes a multi-faceted approach to problem solving in order to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.  Click Here For Client Testimonials

Prior to law school, Carmina served as a certified mediator and program coordinator for Mediation Matters, a private, non-profit, alternative dispute resolution agency servicing five counties in upstate New York. Her issue areas included business to business contract disputes, consumer and merchant issues, construction claims, housing matters, small claims matters, family matters, divorce, property division, alimony, child custody, child support, juvenile truancy and probation matters, special education matters, victim-offender criminal issues, and lemon law arbitration.

After working in the civil and criminal fields, and sitting as clerk for a family court Judge, Carmina served as a mediation specialist for the Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Foreclosure Mediation Program in Stamford.

Thereafter, Carmina worked for the law firms of Hoffman & Hoffman, LLC in Stamford, the Bauer Law Group, LLC in Hamden, and McCabe, Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. in Stamford.

Carmina was named a James W. Cooper Fellow for the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 2017.  She has also been selected a ’10 Best’ and ’10 Best Under 40′ for Client Satisfaction in Connecticut by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, named a Super Lawyers Connecticut Rising Star for three consecutive years 2014, 2015, & 2016, recognized as a ‘Top 40 Under 40 of Family Lawyers in the State of Connecticut by the American Society of Legal Advocates for three consecutive years 2014, 2015 & 2016, received Avvo’s Client’s Choice Award in 2015 & 2016, was honored by the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section with the ‘Leadership Award’ in 2015, recognized by New England’s Top Lawyers: New England Rising Stars for 2015, recognized by Top Attorneys New England’s Outstanding Young Lawyers for Family Law in 2014, and honored by the National Association of Professional Women for Outstanding Excellence and Dedication to Her Profession and the Achievement of Women for 2013-2014.

Carmina contributes print and blog articles to legal and non-legal publications.  Her article “Divorce Mediation: Mediating Financial Disputes” was published in Connecticut Lawyer magazine, and she is a featured author in the 2014 MCLE New England publication, “A Practical Guide to Divorce in Connecticut.” Additionally, Carmina develops curriculum for and presents at CLE and seminars on the topics of business, marketing, practice management, foreclosure, divorce, custody, alimony, child support, and mediation/alternative dispute resolution. Carmina is also an adjunct law professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Carmina is the current Legislative Liaison for the Connecticut Bar Association’s Women in the Law Section, serves on the Interview Committee for the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s Oral History of Women Project, is Co-Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Court Visitation Program for the Norwalk/Stamford GA/JD, and Co-Chair for the Fairfield County Bar Association’s Law Practice Management/Solos & Small Firms Committee.

As her calling in life is to aid the needs of others, Carmina keeps an active role in non-profit organizations and community service associations. She has volunteered at ACT Spooner House food bank and homeless shelter in Shelton, and the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (D.E.S.K.) in New Haven. She has also volunteered with the New Haven Truancy Intervention Project, where she mentored and served as counsel for a minor child. Additionally, Carmina volunteers with the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) as a business mentor and speaker on business legal issues to aid budding entrepreneurs in creating and sustaining successful ventures, and also volunteers with Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) as part of their ‘Cooperating Attorney Program.’   Carmina has volunteered at the Stamford Day Laborer Wage Clinic, a project of Connecticut Legal Services, Inc., served as a volunteer attorney for the court annexed Foreclosure Volunteer Attorney Program in the judicial districts of New Haven, Fairfield, and Stamford/Norwalk, and annually serves as Judge for Connecticut Mock Trial competitions.  Carmina currently also serves as Special Master for the Connecticut Superior Court in the jurisdictional districts of Ansonia/Milford at Milford and Fairfield at Bridgeport.

Carmina is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Italian-American Bar Association, Connecticut Mediation Association, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Fairfield County Bar Association, Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, and New Haven County Bar Association.

 

Bar Admissions:

United States District Court, District of Connecticut 2013

Connecticut 2008

 

Certifications:

Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) & Attorney for the Minor Child (AMC) 2011

Victim-Offender Mediation 2004

Family, Parenting Plan, Custody & Visitation Mediation 2004

Civil Mediation 2004

Paralegal 2001

 

Education:

Albany Law School 2008

The Sage Colleges 2003

 

  • Serving New Haven County & Fairfield County Connecticut:

    Stamford, Westport, Norwalk, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Shelton, Milford, New Haven, Meriden, Waterbury

    Our Unique Approach:

    Every matter can be resolved in a way that minimizes the cost and stress of
    protracted litigation.
    We utilize negotiation, mediation, and litigation to reach your goals
    efficiently and cost effectively.


    Carmina Tessitore SuperLawyers.com

    10-Best-2016-FLA

    10-Best-2016-FLA

    Top 40 Under 40
    Family Lawyers 2014, 2015, 2016
    in the State of Connecticut

    ASLA

    2016-americas-most-honored-professionals-digital-plaque

    2016-top-attorneys-new-englands-outstanding-young-lawyers-digital-plaque

    Carmina-Tessitore-Top-Attorneys-in-CT-Rising-Stars-2016

  • News, Publications, & Articles:

  • 5 Ways to Launch Your Small Business Right
  • 5 Tips to Prepare for Divorce Mediation
  • After Divorce – Co-Parenting to Balance Your Child’s Summer Schedule
  • Featured ABA Mediation Week Event – The Law Offices of Carmina K. Tessitore, Esq., LLC Basic Mediation Training Seminar
  • Foreclosure Avoidance Options in Connecticut
  • Featured Author, MCLE New England’s “A Practical Guide to Divorce in Connecticut” 2014
  • Foreclosure Volunteer Attorney Program Featured on NBC News Connecticut
  • How to File for No-Fault Divorce in Connecticut
  • How to Form a Connecticut LLC
  • Is a Common Law Marriage Legal?
  • Life After Death – Protecting Your Loved Ones With Proper Estate Planning
  • National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA) News Welcomes New Members
  • Requirements for a Valid Prenuptial (Premarital) Agreement in Connecticut
  • The Chamber Report, Business and Community News for Mid-Fairfield County, Issue March 2014 “In the Spotlight” Feature – The Law Offices of Carmina K. Tessitore, Esq., LLC
  • The Human Services Council of Mid-Fairfield Connecticut Honors Carmina Tessitore as Volunteer of the Year
  • The Law Offices of Carmina K. Tessitore, Esq., LLC Sponsors “The Newtowner” Magazine Special Tribute Issue
  • What if You Want a Divorce But Don’t Know Where Your Spouse Is?
  • Divorce Mediation: Mediating Financial Disputes, Connecticut Lawyer Magazine Issue September 2014
  • 12 News WBOY: Divorce Lawyer Carmina K. Tessitore
  • PRWeb News Center: Divorce Attorney Carmina K. Tessitore
  • Carmina Tessitore Interviewed By Hartford Business Journal
  • Hartford Courant – CBA-YLS Honors Carmina Tessitore “Leadership Award”
  • Valley Independent Sentinel – Tessitore Receives Leadership Award
  • Interview With Our Champions – Campaign for Paid Family Leave
  • Affiliations, Honors & Awards:

    Affiliations, Honors and Awards:

    10 Best Connecticut Client Satisfaction 2016, by American Institute of Family Law Attorneys

    American Bar Association, Member 2008 – Present

    AVVO Client Choice Award 2015 & 2016

    Board Member, Albany Law School Board of Trustees 2008-2011 – Chair, Committee on Trustee-Student Relations

    Connecticut Bar Association House of Delegates, District Nine Delegate 2013

    Connecticut Bar Association: Co-Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section 2014 – 2015

    Connecticut Bar Association: Legislative Liaison & Executive Committee – Women in the Law Section 2016 (Section Chair 2015)

    Connecticut Bar Association: Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Co-Chair Solo/Small Firm Committee 2014 – 2015

    Connecticut Bar Foundation: Oral History of Women Project – Interview Committee 2016

    Connecticut Bar Foundation:  James W. Cooper Fellow

    Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association 2012- Present

    Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), Member Attorney 2014 – Present

    Connecticut Veterans Legal Center – Member Attorney, 2014 – Present

    Fairfield County Bar Association: Co-Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee 2011- 2016

    Fairfield County Bar Association: Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Committee 2011- 2015

    Fairfield County Bar Association: Co-Chair, Law Practice Management & Solo/Small Firms Committee 2016 – 2017

    Leadership Award 2015, Presented by the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Connecticut Bar Association

    National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) 2013- 2014

    New Haven County Bar Association: Member – Pro Bono, Family Law & Young Lawyers Sections 2012- Present

    Pro Bono Honor Roll, Connecticut Bar Association 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016

    Outstanding Excellence and Dedication to Her Profession and the Achievement of Women, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) Award 2013-2014

    Outstanding Law Student Award, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) 2008

    Student Service Award 2008

    Super Lawyers Connecticut Rising Stars 2014, 2015, 2016

    Top Attorneys New England’s Outstanding Young Lawyers 2014 | Family Law – “Recognized for excellence by peers in the legal community. These exceptional lawyers have impressive records of professional achievement and ethical standards”

    Top 40 Under 40 of Family Lawyers in the State of Connecticut 2014, 2015 & 2016, by The American Society of Legal Advocates

    Volunteer of the Year, Human Services Council of Mid-Fairfield County 2010

    Women’s Business Development Council, Volunteer Small Business Advisor 2012- Present

    Speaking Engagements & Teaching:

    Adjunct Professor, Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven, CT 2015 – Present

    Panelist, Remix: Marketing Your Law Practice in the Information Age, CBA Connecticut Legal Conference, Hartford, CT June 2015

    Panelist, Everything You Need to Know to Start and Run a Solo or Small Firm Law Practice, CBA Connecticut Legal Conference, Hartford, CT June 2015

    Speaker, Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) “Passion to Profit – Legal Issues” Seminar, Norwalk, CT May 2015

    Panelist, The Legal Entrepreneur Seminar Series, Part II: How to Build Revenue for Your Solo/Small Firm, Connecticut Bar Association’s YLS Solo/Small Firm Committee Seminar North Haven, CT November 2014

    Speaker, The Importance of a Will for Children and Families
    Mutual of Omaha Trumbull, CT July 2014

    Speaker, Law Day Luncheon Program – American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters
    Fairfield County Bar Association Stamford, CT May 2014

    Assistant Professor to Professor Robert J. Romano, Esq., Sports Law & Regulation, Quinnipiac University School of Law School, Hamden, CT Spring 2014

    Speaker, Financial Considerations for Clients Facing Divorce
    Prudential Financial South Windsor, CT June 2013

    Speaker, How to Mediate Issues of Alimony & Child Support Conflict Resolution Training , Advanced Mediation Training
    Avon, CT December 2012

    Speaker, Law Day Luncheon Program – No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom
    Fairfield County Bar Association Stamford, CT May 2012

    Keynote Speaker, NCC Women of Promise and Distinction Annual Dinner
    Norwalk, CT April 2012

    Speaker, Recent Developments in Residential Foreclosure Mediation Defense
    Fairfield County Bar Association CLE Stamford, CT April 2012

    Mediation Coach, Albany Law School Mediation Certification Course
    Albany, NY August 2007

    Mediation Coach, Albany Law School Mediation Certification Course
    Albany, NY January 2007

    Mediation Coach, Albany Law School Mediation Certification Course
    Albany, NY August 2006

    Mediation Trainer & Coach, Mediation Matters Mediation Certification Training
    Albany, NY March 2005

    Mediation Trainer & Coach, Mediation Matters Mediation Certification Training
    Troy, NY November 2004

    Co-Teacher, Albany County School District T.O.P.S. At-Risk Youth Conflict Resolution Weekly Workshop Albany, NY September 2004 – May 2005

    Volunteer Activities:

    ACT Spooner House & Valley Food Bank 2009

    Connecticut Bar Association New Haven Truancy Intervention Project, Volunteer Attorney 2013-2014

    Connecticut Fair Housing Center Foreclosure Defense Clinic, Volunteer Attorney 2011-2013

    Connecticut Judicial Branch Foreclosure Volunteer Attorney Program – New Haven J.D., Fairfield J.D., Stamford J.D., 2012-Present

    Connecticut Legal Services Day Laborer Wage Clinic, Volunteer Attorney 2009-2011

    Connecticut Women’s Education And Legal Fund (CWEALF) – Cooperating Attorney Program 2014 – Present

    Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) “Passion to Profit” – Business Mentor, 2012, 2015