Sarah E. Murray

Partner

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

smurray@ctfamilylaw.com

About Sarah

I knew that I wanted to be a lawyer from a relatively young age.  My grandparents were both lawyers and met when they were on the law review together (I am proud to say that my grandmother was one of the few women in her law school class in the 1940s). Throughout my childhood and teenage years, we had family dinners every Sunday, and my grandfather, whom I idolized, would bring articles of interest for me to read during the week and discuss with him the following Sunday.  He also took a keen interest in my studies, reading the papers I submitted, examining my ideas and arguments in lengthy conversations both for the enjoyment of having an intellectual discussion and for the opportunity to challenge me to defend my thesis.  To me, seeing my grandfather in action, being a lawyer meant being intellectually curious, articulate, and determined to create the best argument in every circumstance.  I could not imagine a better career path for a person such as myself who loved to learn, read, and write.

My path to family law began in law school, where my internships confirmed for me that applying my skills to help people solve the problems most personal to their lives was the most meaningful thing I could do as a lawyer. I worked at a not-for-profit in New York that provided free legal services to individuals seeking ex parte restraining orders, which allowed me, as a law student, to draft ex parte restraining order applications and argue them before a judge.  I also interned at a not-for-profit that offered a legal clinic in a city high school so that the students could obtain legal advice on a variety of issues.  It astounded me in thinking about my experiences at both internships that several hours of work on my part could have an immediate impact on a person’s life.  In deciding what I wanted to do after law school, it appeared that practicing family law at a high level would combine my desire to have an intellectually challenging career while also having an impact on an individual’s circumstances.  I began my legal career at a boutique family law firm in New Canaan, Connecticut, where I absorbed everything I could about complex, high net-worth dissolution matters and complicated custody cases.  I discovered early on that the intersection of family law and other areas of the law, as well as the constantly evolving facts in each case, makes the practice dynamic.  I knew that this was the right area of law for me.  

I joined what was then Broder & Orland LLC in 2011.  Achieving excellence in everything that I do is part of my DNA (I was a valedictorian nominee for my college class, I was salutatorian of my high school class, and even valedictorian of my eighth grade class!) and I have carried that commitment to excellence throughout my career as a lawyer.  Whether I am trying a case at the Regional Family Trial Docket or in family court, arguing a case at the Appellate Court, or negotiating a Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreement, I am always prepared and, as my grandfather taught me, never satisfied until I find the best argument. 

Family is particularly important to me, and I understand that when our clients walk through our door, they are entrusting us with their future and their family’s future.  I consider that a privilege, and my goal in every case is to make sure that my client understands the law as it applies to his or her case, is educated as to the paths available, and is a partner in decision making.  

When not practicing law, my favorite activities are spending time with my husband and family, reading, attending the theater (I have seen more than sixty Broadway shows and counting), going on my annual family vacation to Montauk, and enjoying the many restaurants that our area has to offer.        

Sarah, The Professional           

Sarah was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers 26th and 27th Editions of The Best Lawyers in America, published in 2019 and 2020, respectively. This distinction indicates legal expertise, as well as ethics and professionalism of the highest caliber. She was selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers List in the area of Family Law in 2019 and 2020. Each year, no more than 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor; [hyperlink to Super Lawyers Selection Process].  Prior to that, she was selected as a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 in the area of Family Law. Each year, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Star List; [hyperlink to Super Lawyers Selection Process].  Sarah’s professional achievements include being designated by the Connecticut Law Tribune as a 2015 New Leader in the Law. 

Sarah is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York.  She has completed the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute offered by the American Bar Association/National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Connecticut Judicial Branch Attorney for the Minor Child/Guardian ad Litem Training. 

Since 2011, Sarah has served as a member of the Board of Editors of the Connecticut Bar Journal, which is the Connecticut Bar Association’s scholarly law journal.  From 2017 through 2020, she served in the role of Editor-in-Chief, and was the Technical Editor for several years prior to that.  

In June 2018, she was elected to serve on the House of Delegates for the Connecticut Bar Association as a Representative for Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Norwalk (District 3). 

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. 

A native of Westchester County, New York, Sarah currently resides with her husband in Fairfield County, Connecticut. She volunteers for the Connecticut Family Law Volunteer Attorney Program and as an alumni interviewer for the College of Holy Cross. 

Distinctions, Honors and Awards

  • Selected for recognition in the Best Lawyers® 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 2020
  • Selected for recognition in the Best Lawyers® 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 2019
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers® as listed in New England Super Lawyers®2019 and 2020
  • Connecticut Rising Stars ® as listed in New England Super Lawyers ® 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • AIOFLA 10 Best Under 40 in Connecticut for Client Satisfaction, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Featured in the Member Spotlight of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Weekly Docket, 2017
  • NAFLA Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Connecticut, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • New Leader in the Law as selected by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015

Publications and Presentations

  • “Single by Choice, Single by Change,” Morgan Stanley’s Women in Wealth of Stamford, September 10, 2020 
  • “Navigating Cohabitation Issues in Connecticut Family Law Cases,” Westport-Weston Bar Association, November 21, 2019
  • Modification of Alimony in Connecticut Based on Cohabitation, The Fairfield County Bar Association Quarterly, p. 10 (Winter 2017-18)
  • Prenuptial Agreements in Connecticut, 29 Greater Bridgeport Bar Association News Brief, No. 5, p.8 (September/October 2017)
  • “Establishing and Modifying Support Orders after Dan v. Dan”, Moderator, Connecticut Bar Association’s 2016 Connecticut Legal Conference, June 13, 2016
  • Electronically Stored Information: How E-mail, Texting, and Your Facebook Friends Can Affect Your Divorce, 34 Fam. Advocate, No.1, p. 26 (Summer 2011)
  • Electronically Stored Information: What Matrimonial Lawyers and Computer Forensics Need to Know (Co-Author), 23 J. of A.A.M.L. 1, (2010)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Journal, Board of Editors, 2011 – Present
    • Editor-in-Chief, 2017 – 2020
    • Technical Editor, 2014 – 2016
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 2008 – Present
    • Member of the House of Delegates as a Representative for Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Norwalk (District 3), 2018 – Present
    • Family Law Section
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Member, 2008 – Present
    • Women in Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2013 – 2018
    • Family Law Section

Pro Bono Activities

  • Connecticut Family Law Volunteer Attorney Program
  • Pro Bono case work through the Domestic Violence Crisis Shelter, 2012 – 2014

Past Employment Positions

  • Marvin, Ferro, Barndollar & Roberts LLC, 2008 – 2011

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2010
  • Connecticut, 2008

Education

  • American Bar Association/National Institute of Trial Advocacy Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute
  • Connecticut Judicial Branch Attorney for the Minor Child/Guardian Ad Litem Training
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • J.D. – 2008
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Juvenile Law, Higher Education Law, and Law & Literature of Crime
    • Recipient of the Public Interest Law Group Summer Fellowship in 2006 and 2007
    • Recipient of the Helen Z. Pearl Feminist Law Prize in 2007
    • Law Journal: Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal
      • Executive Editor, 2007 – 2008
      • Associate Editor, 2006 – 2007
  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
    • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) – 2005
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Valedictorian Nominee based on academic performance
    • English Department Honors Program
    • Dean’s List every semester

Community Activities

  • Alumni Interviewer for the College of the Holy Cross, 2012 – Present
  • Westport Playhouse Young Professionals Networking Committee, 2012 – 2014