Jaime S. Dursht

Partner

Phone: 203-222-4949 | Fax: 203-227-0766

jdursht@ctfamilylaw.com

About Jaime

I was adopted from Korea when I was almost two years old and grew up in South Salem, New York.  Having a brother adopted from Vietnam, and two siblings the biological offspring of our parents, we definitely had a unique yet special family.

When I was in high school one of my favorite classes featured mock trials with role plays, and that was the first time I became interested in pursuing law.  My father had been a NYC policeman early on in his career and although he ultimately became an accountant, I loved hearing his true crime stories.  During law school 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, and I was selected to compete on the Trial Team in national moot court competitions. 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, and 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

  • Top Lawyers in Fairfield County, Family Law, by Moffly Media, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell Award as Distinguished for excellence in professional achievement and ethical standards, 2020
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers ® as listed in New England Super Lawyers ®, since 2021
  • New York State Bar Association Legal Ethics Award, 1997
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Law Review, 1995 – 1997

Publications and Presentations

  • Moderator, “Case Dates, Resolution Plan Dates, Case Evaluation Dates and Standing Orders. An Informational Conversation with Judge Donna Nelson Heller & The Stamford Family Judges,” Fairfield County Bar Association (2021)
  • Moderator, “Show Me the Money! Decoding Tax Returns for Divorce Attorneys,” Fairfield County Bar Association (2020)
  • 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
  • Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Clinic, 2021

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Office of Jaime S. Dursht, 2012 – 2017
  • New York County District Attorney’s Office, 1997 – 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 2012
  • New York, 1997

Education

  • Quinnipiac School of Law Center on Dispute Resolution
    • Mediation Certificate Program (2021)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
    • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Practice Training (2021)
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY
    • J.D. (Cum Laude) – 1997
    • Law Review1995 -1997
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
    • B.A. (Cum Laude) – 1992