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Anne C. Dranginis

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Bridgeport Office
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P.O. Box 7006
Bridgeport, CT 06601-7006
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f 203.576.8888
Second Office
Hartford - 860.424.4300

Anne C. Dranginis, Connecticut Appellate Court Judge (Ret.), focuses on litigation matters involving matrimonial law, corporate compliance and governance, trial strategy, arbitration and mediation, with a particular focus in appellate mediation.  She is a member of the firm's Family Law Practice.  Judge Dranginis retired in January 2006 as an Associate Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court after serving for more than 21 years on the Superior and Appellate Court bench to become a principal at a Hartford law firm.

Judge Dranginis served in all capacities as a trial judge, including serving as Presiding Criminal Judge in Waterbury and Litchfield.  From 1990-1994, she was the Administrative Judge in Litchfield where she heard and decided the declaratory judgment action testing the constitutionality of the assault weapon ban, and the challenge to the state's "hunter harassment" statute. She was specially assigned to preside over Connecticut's so-called "Right to Die" case, McConnell v. Beverly Enterprises-Connecticut. In 1994, she was appointed the Chief Administrative Judge for Family Matters for the Connecticut Superior Court, and led the changes in family practice that provided for automatic orders upon the filing of dissolution or custody complaints and allowed the family dockets statewide to adhere to the American Bar Association guidelines. During her tenure on the Appellate Court, she sat by designation on the Connecticut Superior Court, including the death penalty phase of State v. Michael Ross.

Throughout her career, Judge Dranginis has lectured and provided training sessions to professional associations and community organizations on a host of topics including domestic violence, complex issues in law and medicine, legal services for Connecticut's poor, forensic science, and family law and the rights of children and youth.  She is recognized as a leader in the legal community, and has earned numerous professional awards for her accomplishments, most recently receiving a Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune.  She serves in leadership positions of many prestigious organizations and in 2016 was elected to serve as the president of the Hartford County Bar Association.

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association - secretary, 2009-2010
  • Connecticut Bar Examining Commitee, chair, 2012-present
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Federal Judiciary Advisory Panel
  • Governor's Commission on Custody, Divorce and Children -  co-chair, 2012-present; co-chaired with Thomas Foley, 2001-2002
  • Hartford County Bar Association - past president, 2016-2017; officer, 2012-2015
  • Litchfield Bancorp - advisory board
  • Litchfield County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Children's Charities of America - board of directors, 2004; chair, Audit Committee of the Combined Federal Campaign
  • Connecticut Women's Educational and Legal Fund - former board member
  • Northwest Center for Performing Arts (Warner Theatre), Torrington, CT - board of directors
  • Prime Time House, Torrington, CT - advisory board
  • Susan B. Anthony Project, Torrington, CT - advisory board

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune's Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016
  • Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list since 2010 in the areas of Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Appellate
  • Named a Best Lawyers of New England in Family Law, 2016
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Appellate Practice and Family Law since 2013
  • Recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune's Women in the Law - High Achiever Award, 2010
  • Woman of the Year Award, Litchfield County Business and Professional Women, 2006
  • Women in the Law Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 2005
  • 100th Anniversary Award, Women's College Club of Litchfield County, 2004
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Matrimonial Layers Connecticut Chapter, 2002
  • "One Woman Makes a Difference," Connecticut Women's Education of Legal Fund, 2000