Attorneys Sarah Oldham, Dyan Kozaczka and Karissa Parker attended the 2018 Women Who Matter Luncheon organized by the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon celebrates women who make a difference and have an impact on the Greenwich community and beyond. Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin was a sponsor of the event and the guest speaker was Kathie Lee Gifford.
Sarah Stark Oldham
Partners Arnold Rutkin, Sarah (Sally) Oldham, David Griffin and Dyan Kozaczka, along with Associate Karissa Parker, have all been recognized by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Every year, thousands of candidates are nominated by their peers for this award. Each nominee is then evaluated by independent judges using a multiphase selection process, which includes independent research and peer evaluations. Only the top 5 percent of attorneys who have practiced law for at least 10 years are included in the list of Super Lawyers, and only the top 2.5 percent of attorneys who have practiced law for less than 10 years or are under the age of 40 are included in the list of Super Lawyers Rising Stars.
Attorneys Rutkin and Oldham have been recognized as Super Lawyers since its inception in 2006. Attorney David Griffin has been selected to Super Lawyers every year since 2011. Attorney Kozaczka has been named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2014 until present. Attorney Parker received her first Super Lawyers recognition this year as a Rising Star.
The objective of the Super Lawyers recognition process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.
Attorneys Arnold Rutkin, Sarah Oldham and David Griffin attended the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting in Chicago on November 7 – 10, 2018.
The entire legal program was organized and coordinated by Attorney David Griffin, an undertaking which was over a year in the making. The first day focused on estate and trust issues related to “graying” divorces, the second day focused on various legal challenges pertaining to three parent families, assisted reproduction, genetic donor, and surrogate contracts. Day three was dedicated solely to ethics, including the top ethical traps, the rules of professional conduct and how to avoid ethical pitfalls. The presentations were well-received by all who attended.
Attorney Rutkin again lent his fundraising skills to the AAML Foundation, a charitable organization which yearly provides assistance to organizations by way of grants, in order to help families and particularly the children adversely impacted by the breakup of the family unit. Attorney Rutkin is a founding member of the Foundation and spearheaded the very successful Billable Hour Campaign, where every Fellow of the AAML is asked to donate one billable hour to the Foundation.
Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC has received national rankings in the ninth edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for our accomplishments in Family Law. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the US. Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin has 3 attorneys on this year’s “Best Lawyers” list.
The rankings for law firms are derived from a combination of client feedback, the regard that other lawyers have for our firm, and our responses to the law firm survey sent to us by U.S. News researchers.
Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity. Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin has been ranked as Tier 1 in Family Law on the metropolitan scale.
Sarah S. Oldham presented at the CCAAML’s Biennial Seminar on April 27, 2018 at the Quinnipiac Medical School in Hamden. The seminar focused on understanding and preparing a matrimonial case for trial and provided valuable insight from experienced trial lawyers. Sally Oldham presented on the topic of custody evaluation. Her presentation analyzed case law and statutory authority regarding custody evaluations, challenges to the admissibility of custody experts, and psychological testing standards and protocol.
Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin participated in the Center for Children’s Advocacy’s 3rd Annual Play for Kids event at Chelsea Piers. The firm’s team for the charitable event, organized by Dyan Kozaczka, chose the team name “Arnie’s Army” to honor firm founder, CCA Board of Directors member, and champion of children’s rights, Arnold Rutkin. Arnie’s Army competed in athletic and strategy events such as trampoline dodgeball and obstacle courses. The Center for Children’s Advocacy provides legal services and advocacy for children, working to improve the quality of legal representation for vulnerable children in communities throughout Connecticut.