Susan Wakefield, a native New Yorker, attended Bernard M. Baruch College (CUNY) and Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Cardozo, a renowned law school, ranks fifth in U.S. News and World Report for its dispute resolution program for top law schools. While at Cardozo, Susan’s area of concentration was alternative dispute resolution, where she learned to handle clients’ conflicts through negotiation, mediation, and problem-saving. Susan was a law clerk for a New York matrimonial firm and became interested in family law. Susan received her Juris Doctor in 1988 and joined a firm where she gained hands-on litigation and courtroom experience. After four years, Susan relocated to Connecticut and joined a family law practice. In 1998, Susan launched her solo family law practice. Susan then attended intensive divorce mediation training and later collaborative law, incorporating both services into her practice.

In 2008, Susan saw a dramatic shift in the area of divorce law. Statistics showed fifty percent of divorcing individuals could not afford to hire an attorney to represent them in court. The following year, Susan launched Connecticut Legal Coaching, a service offering legal advice to those navigating the daunting process of divorce on their own. Susan appeared in many local newspapers and on radio shows discussing this niche she created with legal coaching; Susan is a strong advocate for access to affordable legal services and an ally to the LGBTQ community. For over twenty years, Susan has represented many of her clients pro bono. Susan is an active lawyer volunteer with Connecticut Legal Services, Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Mercy Learning Center, the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport, and the Center for Education and Empowerment in Danbury. Susan volunteers in the CBA’s free legal clinics, advising clients in the areas of family and divorce law.

Susan is licensed to practice in Connecticut and retired from practice in New York. Susan is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Today, Susan’s practice is exclusively divorce mediation, marital mediation, and mediation of post-divorce family matters.