I was born in Korea and adopted into a multiracial family when I was two years old. My brother was adopted from Vietnam when he was six years old, and we grew up on an herb farm in South Salem, New York. My mother was a horticulturist, and every square inch of our property was devoted to gardens of every variety as well as two chicken coops and a pond.
From the earliest time I can remember, I worked a variety of jobs from babysitting for a dollar an hour at AA meetings to baking potato rolls for people with Celiac disease, and selling handmade peanut butter protein snacks from the driveway. I worked after school and on weekends throughout middle and high school at the local supermarket, flower shop, pharmacy, and realtor’s office, and financed college on my own.
During law school I was drawn to law enforcement and criminal justice. My father had been a NYC police officer and although he ultimately became an accountant, I loved his true crime stories. I interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office (E.D.N.Y.) in the Organized Crime Bureau in Brooklyn, assigned to work with the Assistant U.S. Attorney who would later become the Brooklyn District Attorney. I was fortunate to work on several high-profile trials, which inspired me to compete in my law school’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. I placed onto the Trial Team for national moot court competition. Upon graduation from law school I accepted an appointment to serve as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, undergoing several weeks of intensive training before prosecuting hundreds of cases. I chose to specialize in Domestic Violence cases.
I moved to Connecticut when my children were born and although I stopped working outside the home, I discovered that raising children was no less challenging. Being an active and involved parent included numerous volunteer roles and executive PTA board positions, which provided a wealth of knowledge, incredible organizational skills, and strong friendships. When I decided to return to legal work, I had just finished training with the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Stamford and had begun volunteering regularly in their legal department. Through this work and my assistance in a family member’s divorce proceedings, I was introduced to divorce practitioners, which led to part-time and then full-time jobs in the Connecticut Family and Appellate Courts. I opened my own practice in 2012, providing litigation support to Family Law solo practitioners until I started working at what was then Broder & Orland LLC in 2017.
Today I bring a diverse legal background and mature perspective to the practice of Family Law. Although my early professional experience is grounded in courtroom hearings, trial, and litigation, I do not necessarily believe litigation to be the right process for all Family Law cases. I strive to customize the legal approach to meet individual and family needs, which differ in every case, and believe that Family Law practitioners have a special duty to protect the children involved. I have been trained in Family Law Collaborative Process and have also worked with mediators in several cases and regard these methods of conflict resolution as highly effective for a variety of cases as well.
Jaime, the Professional
Since 2012, I have exclusively practiced Family Law, including divorce, alimony, child support and custody, the division of assets, cohabitation, prenuptial, and postnuptial agreements, and post-judgment enforcement actions. I have been trained in Collaborative Practice and often work with mediators, mental health specialists and financial experts to resolve complex financial and custody cases.
I am peer rated as Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell for excellence in in professional achievement and ethical standards. I am a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the New York, Connecticut and Fairfield County Bar Associations.
I earned my law degree, cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where I was a Member of the Law Review and Trial Team. I received the American Bar Association Legal Ethics Award in 1997 for scholarship in Legal Ethics. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut, cum laude, with a B.A. in History and Political Science.
I am admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut and I currently serve on the Family Law Committee of the Fairfield County Bar Association for Continuing Legal Education. I am an avid recreational tennis player and belong to the Shore and Country Club in Norwalk, Connecticut where I served on the Tennis Committee for several years. I reside in Darien, Connecticut with my husband, Ken, and two children, Mia and Ethan.
Distinctions, Honors and Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell Award as Distinguished for excellence in professional achievement and ethical standards, 2020
- New York State Bar Association Legal Ethics Award, 1997
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Law Review, 1995 – 1997
Publications and Presentations
- Webinar Series, Presenter, Post-Dissolution Financial Planning
- Note, Judicial Plagiarism: It May Be Fair Use But Is It Ethical? 18 Cardozo L. Rev. 1253 (1996)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2020
- Fairfield County Bar Association, Member, 2016 – Present
- Family Law Section
- Co-Chair, Continuing Education Committee
- Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 2012 – Present
- Family Law Section
- New York State Bar Association, Member, 1997 – Present
Pro Bono Activities
- Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs, 2014
Past Employment Positions
- Law Office of Jaime S. Dursht, 2012 – 2017
- New York County District Attorney’s Office, 1997 – 2000
- Connecticut, 2012
- New York, 1997
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY
- J.D. (Cum Laude) – 1997
- Law Review, 1995 -1997
- University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
- B.A. (Cum Laude) – 1992