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Katie focuses her practice in the area of family and matrimonial law, representing clients in matters involving divorce, property division, alimony, child support and child custody.  Katie also represents clients in post-divorce matters, including modifications of alimony, child support, and custody, disputes regarding post-secondary education and other enforcement actions. Katie is actively engaged in all facets of trial preparation and litigation and also assists with in-house financial investigations to identify income and assets subject to support and equitable distribution.

Katie also works with clients to resolve their matters through non-adversarial means, by preparing for and attending divorce and post-judgment private mediations with clients. 

Katie’s practice also involves working with clients prior to marriage, by assisting in the negotiation and drafting of prenuptial agreements and corresponding financial disclosures.

Katie uses her familiarity with the developing law surrounding the rights of LGBTQ+ parents, parents of children born through assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy, and donors of genetic material to assess claims of parentage and to determine legal courses of action available to clients.  Katie’s understanding of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act and Uniform Interstate Family Support Act also allows her to work with clients involved in interstate and international custody and support disputes.

Katie graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law where she participated in the Mediation and Immigration Clinics. 

Prior to attending the University of Connecticut School of Law, Katie graduated, magna cum laude, from Providence College where she studied sociology and political science.

Katie represents clients in every judicial district throughout the State of Connecticut.

Professional Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Association – Family Law Section, Member
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Member

Joshua R. Feldman concentrates his practice exclusively in Matrimonial and Family law. Josh represents clients throughout Connecticut in cases involving divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, and the distribution of property upon the dissolution of marriage. Josh’s practice also includes handling various post-judgment matters, including modifications of alimony, child support, custody and visitation, and college education disputes.

Josh carefully reviews each client’s financial and custody-related issues to develop a personalized strategy that best meets his client’s goals. Josh’s individualized approach includes an in-depth analysis of personal and business financial documents, compensation, real estate holdings, brokerage accounts and retirement assets. He regularly collaborates with business valuation experts, appraisers, accountants, and vocational experts to properly evaluate the financial issues in a case. Josh additionally consults with mental health professionals and substance abuse experts in complex custody-related matters.

Utilizing diligent preparation, attentiveness, effective communication, and advocacy, Josh has represented clients in complex divorce and family law matters involving significant assets, executive compensation, including long-term incentive awards, businesses, trusts, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, international employment and foreign assets, LGBTQ+ families and same-sex couples, interstate custody, as well as relocation and other highly contested child custody issues. Josh also has experience investigating and litigating issues surrounding business valuations and fraud in dissolution of marriage actions.

Honor and Awards

  • New England Super Lawyers Rising Star® - Connecticut: 2017 – Present

Professional Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Executive Committee, Family Law Section, 2020 – Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section COVID-19 Taskforce, 2020
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Mandell Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford, Treasurer (2021 – Present) and Board Member (2019 – Present)
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Men’s Philanthropy Committee Member, 2021 - Present
  • Member of Wexner Heritage Program New England 21 Class

Seminars

  • What Non-Family Law Attorneys Need to Know During COVID-19 Panelist; Connecticut Bar Association, 2020
  • Regular Presenter, Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2020

Rob Britt’s practice focuses on criminal defense with an emphasis on DUI/DWI cases and vehicular offenses.  Rob has been successfully representing persons charged with criminal and motor vehicle offenses, both felonies and misdemeanors, for over 32 years.  Additionally, Rob is listed as a Top-Rated DUI-DWI attorney in Hartford, Connecticut Super Lawyers.  He has received a superb AVVO rating of 10.0 out of 10 and he has a distinguished Martindale-Hubbell rating.

Rob graduated from Fairfield University in 1981 with a BA degree and from New England Law in 1984 with a J.D. degree.  After graduating, Rob commenced his legal career as an Assistant State’s Attorney prosecuting and trying cases for the State of Connecticut for approximately four years before moving into private practice, focusing on DUI and criminal defense.  Rob received certification in completion and competency as a breath test operator.  He is also a certified instructor in standardized field sobriety test procedures approved by the National Highway Safety Administration.

Rob is past chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and maintains an ex-officio status on their Executive Committee.  He is also a past chairman of the Hartford County Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Committee.  Rob is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Hartford County Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  Rob is also a founding member of the National College of DUI Defense.  

Rob has lectured for the Hartford County Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association and Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and various hospital and medical groups on the subjects of DUI, medical marijuana and expert witnesses.  He has been a guest speaker on WTIC 1080’s Mornings with Ray and Diane, and on WTIC 1080’s John Matulis’ Law Talk, on the subjects of DUI and medical marijuana.

Classes/Seminars

  • Operating Under the Influence Defense, Hartford County Bar Association
  • Strategies in Defending DUI Cases, Connecticut Bar Association
  • Examination of Expert Witnesses, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Legality of Certification of Patients for Medical Marijuana – Various Hospitals and Physician Groups

Honors and Awards

  • United States Coast Guard, OUPV Captain, 2005-Present

Professional Certifications:

  • NHTSA Field Sobriety Test Instructor
  • Intoxilyzer 5000 Operator

Published Works

  • A DUI Arrest from Start to Finish, Connecticut Trooper, Vol. 3, No.1

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National College of DUI Defense, Founding Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Chair, Criminal Justice Section, 2003-2006
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Former Chairman, Criminal Justice Committee
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Meghan M. (Sweeney) Burns practices exclusively in the area of family law, representing clients across Connecticut in litigated, collaborative, and mediation processes. She assists clients in navigating the sensitive and complex aspects of divorce, custody, and visitation petitions and works in the courtroom and conference room to resolve parenting disputes and financial issues associated with alimony, child support, property division, and prenuptial agreements.

Meghan believes that to effectively serve clients, it is critical to help clients establish clear, sensible goals from the beginning and to create a strategy that supports and moves clients towards those goals. Meghan assembles a team for each matter based upon those determined goals and strategy. Clear, consistent communication and accessibility allow clients to become integral team members and partners in their processes.

Meghan has experience handling complex financial and custody matters.  Meghan routinely works with mental health professionals and substance abuse experts to address and manage issues related to mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and parenting arrangements. She analyzes complicated compensation structures of self-employed business owners and high-income earners, including retirement and executive compensation awards and financial support awards related thereto. She identifies and examines the transfer of assets pursuant to a marital dissolution and coordinates the valuation of marital assets, including family businesses, trusts, and foreign real estate through accountants, appraisers, and other area-specific attorneys.

Meghan’s practice includes collaborative divorce and divorce mediation, which allows her to offer individuals a private, non-adversarial alternative for resolving divorce and other family law matters.

Meghan has been recognized as a New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune (2017) and a New England Rising Star (awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys) since 2017. She received the Judge Maxwell Heiman Award from the Hartford County Bar Association for her commitment to clients, the profession, and her community.

Honors & Recognitions

  • New England Super Lawyers Rising Star® - Connecticut: 2017 - Present
  • 2017 New Leader in the Law - Connecticut Law Tribune
  • 2017 Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award - Hartford County Bar Association

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Foundation - James W. Cooper Fellow (2021 to present) and History of Connecticut Women in the Legal Profession committee member (2021 to present)
  • Hartford County Bar Association – board member (2020 to present) and Bench-Bar Section Co-Chair (2015 to present)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Aurora Foundation for Women & Girls – Vice Chair of the Board of Directors (2018 to present)
  • University of Virginia (UVA) Club of Hartford – immediate past president and board member  

Publications

  • “Administrative Divorce Trends and Implications,” American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly, Fall 2016, by Hon. Lynda B. Munro (Ret.), Johanna S. Katz, & Meghan M. Sweeney
  • "'We'd Love to Match Them, But...': How Temporary Employment Agencies Understand and Use Race and Ethnicity," 11 Conn. Pub. Int. L.J. 51 (2011) (Article)

Attorney James Ruel is a member of the Family Law Practice Section of Ruel Ruel Burns & Britt, LLC. He is a founding partner of the Firm. He represents clients throughout the State of Connecticut in their efforts to resolve family disputes concerning child custody and dissolution of marriage.  The associated issues in such matters include parental decision making as to healthcare, religion and education, parenting schedules, and sometimes the establishment of paternity. They also include the financial disputes associated with child support, alimony, and the distribution of property upon the dissolution of marriage.

Attorney Ruel has significant experience in resolving financial disputes involving closely-held businesses owned by one or the other spouse.  In such matters, Attorney Ruel works with business valuation experts to describe and demonstrate to the other spouse, and potentially to a judge, the proper valuation method and calculation of value for any such business. 

Attorney Ruel has brought to resolution many cases involving clients who are employed in the medical, legal, and accounting fields.  He has also represented many executives of Fortune 500 companies who receive stock options, restricted stock units, and the like.  Attorney Ruel has been involved in the resolution of some cases with marital estates valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Attorney Ruel has extensive experience in litigating cases where a spouse’s interest in the income or principal of a substantial trust corpus is at issue.  He has also been retained in certain matters to provide advice and counsel to the trustees of trusts, following the initiation of divorce proceedings by or against a trust beneficiary.

Attorney Ruel has assisted many clients involved in dangerous and abusive family situations.  In such instances, his foremost priority is the psychological and physical well-being of the client and her or his children.  High conflict custody litigation requires counsel with the insight, advocacy skills, legal knowledge, and experience that Attorney Ruel has acquired over the course of two decades. 

Honors and Awards

  • New England Super Lawyers® - Connecticut: 2017 - Present
  • New England Super Lawyers Rising Star®: 2013

Professional Associations

  • University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association, President-Elect, 2020 – Present, and Chair of Alumni Annual Awards Dinner committee, 2017- Present
  • The Connecticut Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2018 - Present
  • University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association, Board Member, 2016 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Member
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Aurora Foundation for Women & Girls, Past Co-Chair of 100 Men’s Giving Campaign
  • West Hartford Little League and Youth Baseball, Coach and Assistant Coach