Campbell D. Barrett chairs the Family Law practice which in 2017 was named the Connecticut Law Tribune's "Family Law Department of the Year." Campbell focuses primarily on matrimonial and appellate matters. He has been named a Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyer and a Top 100 New England Super Lawyer multiple times. He has also been recognized multiple times by Best Lawyers in America in the area of family law. In 2017, he was named Best Lawyers' "Family Law Lawyer of the Year for Hartford County." Campbell has participated in hundreds of contested proceedings across the state in complex, high income/high net worth cases. In addition, he has been lead counsel on more than 50 appeals to the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts.
Campbell is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, has lectured and written frequently on appellate practice and family law, and has been a guest family law expert on National Public Radio. He is the co-author of the book, Same Sex Marriage: the Legal and Psychological Evolution in America, which in 2006 was awarded the American Psychological Association's "Most Distinguished Book in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Psychology." He has also authored chapters in family law treatises on the definition of property and prenuptial agreements. Campbell was also the 2005 winner of the Hartford County Bar Association's Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award.
Campbell has successfully argued numerous matrimonial law cases of first impression in the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, including those establishing:
- The operative definition of property for the equitable distribution of assets. Mickey v. Mickey, 292 Conn. 597 (2009).
- The recognition of postnuptial agreements in the state. Bedrick v. Bedrick, 300 Conn. 691 (2011).
- The parameters for child support in high income cases. Dowling v. Szymczak, 309 Conn. 390 (2013).
- The permissible use of capital gains in alimony modification cases. Gay v. Gay, 266 Conn. 641 (2003).
- The legal test for the modification of alimony based on a claim of cohabitation. Gervais v. Gervais, 91 Conn. App. 840 (2005).
- The award of significant lump sum alimony ($7.5 million) in cases where a prenuptial agreement limits or precludes the distribution of assets. Hornung v.Hornung, 323 Conn. 144 (2016).
- The distinction between the modification standard for child support and alimony in cases where the payor has experienced an increase in income. McKeon v. Lennon, 321 Conn. 323 (2016).
- The recognition that complex executive compensation awards, such as stock options and restricted stock, constitute income for purpose of calculating child support. McKeon v. Lennon, 321 Conn. 323 (2016).
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - fellow
- Connecticut Bar Association - former statewide chair of the Young Lawyer's Section Family Law Committee (2000-2004)
- Hartford Bar Association - co-chair, Family Law Section
- Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court - Barrister - 2000 - 2003
- Special Master in State Court
- Hartford's Early Intervention Program - special master - 2007 - present
- Children's Law Center - board of directors (2009-2011)
Honors & Awards
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law since 2017
- Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in Family Law and Appellate since 2010; named a Top New England Super Lawyer in 2016
- Named one of the Top Ten Family Law Lawyers in Connecticut by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys - 2014
- Recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune's "New Leader of Law" award - 2002
- Selected as a James W. Cooper Fellow by the Connecticut Bar Foundation - 2004
- Judge Maxwell Heiman Award by the Hartford County Bar Association - 2005