THOMAS P. PARRINO is a partner and co-founder of PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC. He represents clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, alimony, child support, property division, and child custody. Parrino has more than 25 years of experience practicing family law, and has handled some of the most complex and high-asset family law litigation in Connecticut. He is a robust negotiator and litigator, and is considered a top attorney in his field. Parrino earned the designation “Lawyer of the Year” as selected by peer recognition and published by Best Lawyers in 2013. He is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut.

Parrino co-authored a chapter in the book, Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons, Second Edition 2013, that was published by European Lawyer/Thomson Reuters. This book addresses the growing significance of international family law and the need among family lawyers for a definitive guide to family law in core jurisdictions around the world. The jurisdictions comprise 37 countries and six U.S. states. Parrino covered many of the typical subjects of Connecticut family law, including pre- and post-nuptial agreements, finances/capital, property, child maintenance, surrogacy and adoption, financial relief after foreign divorce proceedings, and civil partnership/same-sex marriage, among others.

Parrino is a fellow and past president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In addition to chairing the chapter’s Rules (O’Brien), Sunbury, and Arbitration committees, he serves on the Amicus Committee and served on the Examining Committee. Parrino is also a member of the American, Connecticut, and Fairfield County bar associations, as well as the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

Furthermore, Parrino is a member of Connecticut’s Family Law Commission, which comprises Connecticut superior court judges and attorneys who have been invited to serve as members. The commission crafts proposed reforms and new initiatives designed to enhance family law in Connecticut, and reviews the state’s Rules of Court, decisional law, and legislation that are applicable to family law.

Parrino recently served as a delegate to the National Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He previously was the chair of the National Admissions Committee and a member of the National Test Subcommittee. He is also a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Parrino has lectured extensively on family law matters throughout his prominent career. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and his juris doctor degree from the University of Bridgeport, and attended law school at the Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Parrino has earned the following awards/recognitions:

  • Best Lawyers in New England 2018
  • Top Five Percent of America’s Most Honored Professionals in 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms in Category of Family Law
  • Top 30 Outstanding Lawyers of Fairfield County as recognized by Greenwich Magazine
  • Lawyer of the Year selected by peer recognition and published by Best Lawyers (2013)
  • Thomson Reuters Connecticut Super Lawyers: Top 50 Attorney (2015)
  • Top Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers since 2006
  • Best Lawyers in America since 2006
  • New York Area’s Best Lawyers, New York Magazine since 2006
  • New England Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine since 2007
  • Top-Rated Lawyers within Greater Boston Area by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and ALM Media in Area of Family Law

Throughout his distinguished career, he has lectured extensively on family law matters.  Parrino earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Bridgeport.


Brant v. Brant – The highest-reported temporary support award in the United States granted by a court after hearing.

Ramin v. Ramin – The influential case in which court authority awarded counsel fees due to litigation misconduct, discovery abuse, and fraudulent concealment of assets.

Kendall v. Pilkington – The appellate court misused its discretion to dismiss the defendant’s appeal from several contempt and pendente lite orders based upon his alleged contemptuous conduct, despite the defendant purging himself of findings of contempt and the trial court vacating findings of contempt, thereby mooting the issues raised in the motion to dismiss.

Tanzman v. Meurer – A trial court that bases a financial support order on a party’s earning capacity must determine the specific dollar amount of the party’s earning capacity.

Powell-Ferri v. Ferri – According to Massachusetts law, it was proper for trustees to transfer assets from one trust that allowed the party husband to withdraw principal to a second trust from which he could not withdraw principal. The husband was not required by the automatic orders to sue his family member trustees for return of the funds.

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