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
- 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
- Connecticut, 2012
- New York, 1997
- 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 Review, 1995 -1997
- University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
- B.A. (Cum Laude) – 1992