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I always knew I wanted to work in a helping profession. I recall sitting in my guidance counselor’s office in high school, when it was time to start applying to colleges and discussing where I saw myself in ten years. I told him I did not know the exact career, but I knew I would be doing something that served others, specifically children and families.
I ultimately chose to start my career path at the University of Connecticut as a Psychology major. By my sophomore year, I added a second major, Human Development and Family Studies, and I was working toward a career in social work. That same year I took a family law and policy course. We read landmark cases, including Loving v. Virginia, where the Supreme Court ruled that laws banning interracial marriage were unconstitutional, and discussed the legal system’s impact on the family unit. I knew after the first class that I would become a family attorney.
Throughout the remainder of my college career, I sought internships exclusively in the field of family law. My first summer internship was at a local law firm that focused on family law. During my senior year of college, I worked for a non-profit organization that solely represented children in high-conflict divorce and custody cases. After graduating college, I immediately attended Quinnipiac University School of Law on a full-merit scholarship to pursue my goal of becoming a family law attorney. During law school, I worked at the New Haven Courthouse, assisting self-represented parties in filing for divorce and in obtaining temporary restraining orders. For the remainder of law school, I worked at a different local law firm that focused on family law. I gained firsthand experience helping individuals resolve their family law disputes. My internships during law school confirmed that the best way to help others was to advocate for them.
Family law is not only about the law but also about the emotions and concerns of the real people involved. As a family law attorney, the clients I take on are someone’s parent, friend, or neighbor navigating arguably the hardest time of his/her life. Thus, I approach each case with the necessary level of empathy needed to advocate for my clients and guide them through this challenging time.
Because every case presents a unique set of issues, it is my job to assess the facts of every case and determine the best approach to ensure that my client’s best interests are represented.
I was born and raised in Connecticut. I live in Norwalk, Connecticut, with my dog, Milo. I enjoy staying active and am a regular CrossFit member. I have competed in CrossFit competitions with my sister as my competition partner. We placed third overall in our very first competition together! I am also an avid reader. Mainly reading fiction, I enjoy psychological thrillers and contemporary novels. I am always looking for new book recommendations.
Alissa, The Professional
In 2020, I graduated cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law. I served as Vice President of Quinnipiac’s Mock Trial Team and received awards for my oral advocacy. Outside of my family law experience during law school, I worked for the U.S.
Attorney’s Office in New Haven, Connecticut, primarily on white-collar financial cases. At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, I assisted in prosecuting financial crimes and analyzed complex financial documents, tax forms, and business receipts.
I also worked in Quinnipiac’s Civil Justice Clinic, where I provided legal advice to pro-bono clients seeking legal services in various legal areas.
Upon passing the Connecticut bar, I have practiced exclusively in family law. I have a wide range of experience in all areas of family law, including custody, financial, post-judgment, and appellate matters.
Professional Associations and Memberships
· Connecticut Bar Association Member, 2020 – Present
· Fairfield County Bar Association, 2022 – Present
Pro Bono Activities
· Yale Sappern Fellow in the New Haven Superior Court, 2018
Past Employment Positions
· Law Offices of Gregory Allen, P.C. 2020 – 2022
· Connecticut, 2020
- Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven, Connecticut
- J.D. (Cum Laude) 2020
- Honors: Dean’s Fellow Scholarship recipient (Full Merit Scholarship)
- Awards: Outstanding Performance in Oral Advocacy & Service to the Law School; Best Closing Argument, QUSL Online Trial Advocacy Competition
- University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
- B.A. in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies – 2017
- Honors: Dean’s List