Kaitlyn J. Peterson

Associate

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

kpeterson@ctfamilylaw.com

About Katy

My first business card when I was in college read, “Katy Jibben, Director of First Impressions.” I was a receptionist at the time and my boss, who was pleased that I enthusiastically took charge of the front of his company, was happy to entertain my request for such a title.  Although I was only 20 at the time, I recognized the importance of being the first and last person to interact with office visitors, I took pride in influencing the experiences they had with our company, and I enjoyed serving the needs of clients and employees alike.  Without realizing it, I was developing some of the core values and philosophies that have framed my personal and professional paths.

I spent most of my life in Boise, Idaho, where I grew up envisioning a lifelong career in education.  While attending Boise State University, I competed for the “Talkin’ Broncos”, the University’s nationally ranked competitive speech and debate team.  It would be a lie to say I voluntarily chose to participate in collegiate speech and debate.  Rather, it was a prerequisite for my degree in Secondary Education in Speech Communications.  Upon joining the team, I was absolutely terrified.  My late brother was something of a debate “god” in the Pacific Northwest collegiate circuit, and I simply did not believe that I could live up to him.  Sure enough, my first tournament did not go well.  I fumbled over words, forgot my train of thought, and felt completely discouraged.  Something inside me changed after that first tournament, though.  I suddenly felt a sense of determination to be better; to work harder, push harder, prepare harder.  By my second tournament, I had earned top honors in novice divisions of speech and debate events.  The thrill of succeeding (and knowing that success was a direct result of the time and energy I invested in preparation) was contagious.  Speech and debate became my obsession, and by the end of my second year, I was recognized nationally as a top-ten All American collegiate debater.

I was the odd-girl-out on the debate team as most of my peers were law school bound.  I, on the other hand, graduated and began a career in education as a teacher and coach.  I knew I wanted to further my education and assumed that I would eventually become a school administrator, but something felt lacking.  I didn’t see myself being a career teacher or administrator, and I missed competing in speech and debate.  So after years in education, I made the decision to pursue law school.

My background in communication, and experience as a teacher and speech and debate competitor, have uniquely prepared me for a career as a litigator and advocate.  Though I may no longer be a teacher in the formal sense of the word, I value the role I play in explaining and guiding my clients through the litigation process.  My clients have provided feedback that my interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with judges, opposing counsel, and members of the community have been both comforting and commendable.

My husband and I moved our family to Connecticut from Idaho after welcoming our first child.  Outside of my law practice, I am committed to volunteering locally.  I was very active in the Boise, Idaho community and have continued these endeavors in Connecticut.  I served as Chair of the Boise Open Space Clean Water Advisory Committee after being appointed by the Boise City Mayor.  Through this, I provided recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on the expenditure of levy funds to preserve open space and improve clean water in Boise.

In my spare time, you will likely find me at the gym where I teach weightlifting, HIIT, and spinning group exercise classes.  My husband and I enjoy exploring the community, traveling, cycling, and being outdoors with our daughter and Golden Retriever, Moose.

Katy, The Professional

My entire legal career has been solely focused on family law.  While in Idaho, I was fortunate to work for one of the top family law firms in the state and saw extensive courtroom and trial experience.  Just days after being admitted into the Idaho State Bar, I argued my first contested motion hearing, successfully establishing my client’s requested custody schedule and support amount.  My career in Idaho provided me the privilege of learning from some of the best attorneys in the state (and arguing against them), as well as gaining ample experience arguing motions, taking depositions, participating in mediation, and representing clients in trials and other contested hearings. Of all the cases I handled, the most meaningful one to this day was a custody case involving a father (my client) whose child was removed from his care after the child’s mother, who suffered from mental illness, made multiple physical and sexual abuse allegations against him.  I obsessed over this case for years and knew every detail in and out.  More importantly though, I understood the weight of this case and observed the impact it had on my client, his child, and all parties involved.  Over the course of two-plus years, a five-day trial, and witness testimony from child psychologists, police officers, health and welfare workers, teachers, and more, the Judge ultimately found that the allegations against my client were unsubstantiated, and my client was granted sole legal and sole physical custody.

Family law is deeply human and personal.  I work to help families navigate complex divorce proceedings, while litigating all areas of family law including complex financial matters, custody, child support, paternity, civil protection orders, and more.  As a trained mediator and experienced supervising associate attorney, I know how to interpret and prioritize my clients’ goals so that we can focus on getting you through the process as smoothly as possible.  For some, resolution may come outside of the courtroom through mediation or settlement conferences.  For others, a trial and judicial determination by a judge will yield the best results.  Either way, I welcome each client and his/her unique situation as a partnership, and I always take the time to give clients an honest assessment of where things stand in their case.  Our partnership allows us to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case, to objectively discuss our strategy moving forward, and to determine which route we take to achieve the best results for you and your family.

I earned my law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law where I held numerous elected positions and served as a student attorney in the Low-Income Taxpayer clinic.  I am admitted to practice law in Idaho and Connecticut, and am a member of the Fairfield County and Connecticut Bar Associations.

Distinctions, Honors, and Awards

  • Accomplished Under 40, Idaho Business Review, 2020
  • Outstanding Student Service Award, UI College of Law, 2015
  • One of ten nationally recognized All American Collegiate Debaters, Pi Kappa Delta, 2007
  • Speech and Debate “Dream Team”, Northwest Forensics Conference, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 2021 – Present

  • Family Law Section, Member, 2021 – Present

Fairfield County Bar Association, Member, 2021 – Present

  • Family Bar Section, Member, 2021 – Present
  • Women in the Law Section, Member, 2021 – Present

Idaho State Bar, Member, 2015 – Present

  • Family Law Section, Member, 2015 – Present
  • Young Lawyers Section, Member, 2015 – 2020

City of Boise Open Space Clean Water Advisory Committee, 2016 – 2020

  • Chairperson, 2018 – 2020
  • Vice Chairperson, 2016 -2018

Past Employment Positions

  • Ludwig Shoufler Miller Johnson, LLP, Supervising Associate Attorney and Case Manager, 2015 – 2021
  • Bevis, Thiry & Schindele, 2014
  • University of Idaho College of Law, Ambassador and Student Liaison, 2013 – 2015
  • Bishop Kelly High School & Boise School District, Teacher, Speech and Debate Coach, 2007 – 2012
  • Boise State University, Assistant Director of Forensics, 2008 – 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 2020
  • Idaho, 2015

Education

University of Idaho College of Law

  • J.D. – 2015
  • Honors – Dean’s List, Outstanding Student Service Award
  • Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Student Attorney
  • Student Bar Association Vice President, Treasurer, and Class Representative

Boise State University

  • B.A. in Secondary Education in Communications with a minor in History – 2007
  • Honors – Dean’s List, Northwest Forensics Conference “Dream Team,” various Speech and Debate Scholarship

Community Activities

  • City of Boise Open Space Clean Water Advisory Committee, 2016 – 2020
  • Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program, Volunteer Family Law Attorney, 2015- 2021
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, Street Law Clinic Volunteer, 2014 – 2015