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The Honorable Elaine Gordon (Ret.), Gordon ADR LLC, Westbrook
Allen Gary Palmer, Halloran & Sage LLP, Westport
Samuel V. Schoonmaker, IV, The Schoonmaker Legal Group LLC, Stamford
Hon. Elaine Gordon (ret.)
The Hon. Elaine Gordon retired from the Connecticut Superior Court in 2011, after 23 years of service. She is the principal of Gordon ADR, LLC, a firm which provides mediation and arbitration, and consulting services to attorneys and their clients. Judge Gordon was appointed to the Connecticut Superior Court by the late Governor William A. O’Neill in 1988. During her tenure on the bench, Judge Gordon decided, mediated or assisted inthe settlement of virtually every type of dispute. Her expertise covers commercial, construction, employment, environmental, insurance, professional malpractice, personal injury, product liability, estate, family, and municipal cases. The hundreds of disputes over which she presided include complex, highly contentious matters, as well as multi-party litigation. In 1993, Judge Gordon was the first Connecticut judge to become a 40-hour trained mediator. She was an active participant in the court annexed mediation program for many years. Judge Gordon has taught numerous courses on mediation and settlement skills to judges for over 20 years. In addition, she has taught for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, bar organizations across Connecticut and was an instructor at the Yale Law School. She is an honors graduate of The University of Connecticut School of Law and Northwestern University.
Allen Gary Palmer
Allen Gary Palmer is a Partner at Halloran & Sage, LLP in Westport, Connecticut, where he is a member of the firm’s Personal Services Group. He focuses his practice in the area of family law. Allen is a certified Guardian Ad Litem, and often accepts appointments to represent children both as attorney and as GAL. He presently serves as a Special Master for contested child custody matters pending on the Regional Family Trial Docket in Middletown, Connecticut; and also serves as Special Master on the Stamford and Danbury family dockets. Allen is the Vice-Chair of the Custody Committee of the ABA’s Family Law Section, and is currently also a member of the Ethics Committee, the Sponsorship Committee, and the Trial Practice and Techniques Committee for the Section. He is the CLE Chair CBA’s Family Law Section, and also sits on the Section’s Executive Committee and Amicus Committee. In addition to appearing in Case Flash, Allen frequently presents case updates at the CBA’s Family Law section meetings. He is also a member of the CBA Family Law Section Executive Committee. Allen has written numerous articles pertaining to family law and lectures at the ABA and CBA on important topics facing family lawyers.
Samuel V. Schoonmaker, IV
Sam Schoonmaker developed the Case Flash concept. He graduated from Taft School, Yale College (B.A., magna cum laude), Cambridge University (M.Phil.) and Columbia University School of Law (J.D.). He is the founding member of The Schoonmaker Legal Group, LLC, a law firm in Stamford that is dedicated to the practice of appellate and family law. From 1996 through March 2007 he worked at Schoonmaker, George & Colin in Greenwich, where he was a partner handling complex financial, custody and appellate matters in the family law field. Mr. Schoonmaker was an associate in the litigation department at Day, Berry & Howard from 1994 to 1996. He created and still serves as editor-in-chief of Appellate Preview and Family Law Alert, two e-newsletters that analyze family law decisions rendered by the Connecticut appellate courts and notify the bar of significant developments. He is the managing editor of the Connecticut Family Lawyer, and on the board of editors of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Quarterly. Mr. Schoonmaker served the ABA Family Law Section as CLE co-chair and as financial officer, and he was awarded the Chair’s Award for making the greatest contribution to the ABA Family Law Section. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs, and recently served on the faculty of the CBA’s Appellate Advocacy Institute.