Kenneth J. McDonnell

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KENNETH J. MCDONNELL began the practice of law in 1983 and is a board certified trial lawyer. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Connecticut, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. He is a graduate of Boston College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1980) and the University of Connecticut (J.D., 1983). Attorney McDonnell serves as an Attorney Trial Referee and Fact Finder/Arbitrator and Special Master for the Superior Court. He is a member and past president of the Middlesex County Bar Association and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association. Ken has also been designated as a Connecticut Super Lawyer in Connecticut Super Lawyer’s Magazine* (as a Rising Star in Family Law for 2011-2013) and in Connecticut Super Lawyer’s Magazine as a Super Lawyer in the field of family law in 2019 and 2020.

Attorney McDonnell is an experienced litigator with broad trial experience in many areas of practice including Divorce, Child Custody and Family Law, Personal Injury, General Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Property, Employment and Workers’ Compensation. He also has extensive experience as an appellate attorney in both the state and federal courts. Attorney McDonnell is specially trained in mediation and collaborative divorce. Although Attorney McDonnell has the training and experience to zealously advocate for his clients in court, he also is committed to helping his clients and their families avoid the emotional and financial costs of litigation. Because of that commitment to alternatives to litigation he is a member of the Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group and he serves as an independent mediator.

*The process for selection to Connecticut Super Lawyers entails peer evaluation by balloting, research into candidate biographies, evaluation by a Blue Ribbon Panel and Super Lawyers research staff independently conducts a search seeking qualified candidates.

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