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 the Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Bar Foundation's James W. Cooper Fellows.  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.


  • Bridgeport
    850 Main Street
    P.O. Box 7006
    Bridgeport, CT 06601-7006
  • Hartford
    90 State House Square
    Hartford, CT 06103-3702
  • Professional Affiliations

    Connecticut Bar Association - secretary, 2009-2010

    Connecticut Bar Examining Committee, 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

    Town of Litchfield - Board of Selectmen

    Children's Charities of America - Board of Directors, 2004; chair, Audit Committee of the Combined Federal Campaign

    Community Partners in Action - Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2016-2019

    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

    Waterbury Symphony - Board of Directors

    Honors & Recognitions

    Named a Moffly Media Top Lawyer in Fairfield County, 2021 - Family Law

    Recipient of The Best Lawyers of America's "Lawyer of the Year" award,  Appellate Practice, 2021 and 2023

    Recipient of the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Distinguished Service Award, 2019

    Recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association's John Eldred Shields Distinguished Professional Service Award, 2019

    Recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune's Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016

    Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list since 2010 in the area of Family Law.  Also selected in the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Appellate for multiple years since 2010

    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

    News & Insights

    Speaking Engagements

    Case Studies

    Bar and Court Admissions

    • Connecticut
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut


    Manhattanville College, A.B.

    University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D.

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