Thomas P. Parrino

THOMAS P. PARRINO is a partner and co-founder of PARRINO|SHATTUCK, PC. He has been practicing family law for more than 25 years, handling some of the most intricate and high-asset family law litigation in Connecticut. Considered a top attorney in his field, Parrino is a dynamic negotiator and litigator. He represents clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, alimony, child support, property division, and child custody. In 2013, Parrino earned the designation Lawyer of the Year as selected by peer recognition and published by Best Lawyers.

Mr. Parrino is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. Parrino is a fellow and past president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He currently chairs the chapter’s Rules Committee (O’Brien), Sunbury Committee, and Arbitration Committee, and served on the chapter’s Examining Committee. He is also a member of the American, Connecticut, and Fairfield County bar associations, as well as the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

Parrino serves as a member of Connecticut’s Family Law Commission, which is composed of Connecticut Superior Court Judges and select Connecticut attorneys who have been invited to serve as members. The Connecticut Family Law Commission’s purpose is to review Connecticut’s Rules of Court, decisional law, and legislation that apply to family law, as well as to craft proposed reforms and new initiatives designed to enhance family law in the state.

Parrino recently served as a delegate to the National Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, in which he previously served as chair of the National Admissions Committee and as a member of the National Test Subcommittee. Additionally, he is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

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 was the result of the growing importance of international family law and the need among family lawyers for a definitive guide to family law in core jurisdictions around the globe. The jurisdictions consist of 37 countries and six states in the United States. Parrino wrote about 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 has earned the following awards/recognitions:

  • Top 30 Outstanding Lawyers of Fairfield County as recognized by Greenwich Magazine
  • Best Lawyers in New England 2018
  • Lawyer of the Year selected by peer recognition as published by Best Lawyers (2013)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney
  • 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 the greater Boston area by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and ALM Media in the area of Family Law
  • Top One Percent of America’s Most Honored Professionals in 2018
  • US News and World Report Best Law Firms in Category 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, and attended law school at Quinnipiac University School of Law.


Ramin v. Ramin– The seminal case involving Court authority to award counsel fees due to litigation misconduct, discovery abuse and fraudulent concealment of assets.

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

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 – Under Massachusetts law, it was proper for trustees to transfer assets from one trust that permitted 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.


Past President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers


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