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.
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
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
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
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 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
News & Insights
- Westport Lifestyle, 05.2020
- Judge (Ret.) Anne C. Dranginis Receives Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Bar Foundation05.06.2019
- Connecticut Rules Committee Suspends Time Requirements Concerning Custody and Visitation for Minor Children03.26.2020
During the past five years, members of our ADR team have conducted hundreds of mediations and arbitrations in an array of areas spanning commercial, employment and individual matters.
Pullman's Family Law Practice remains at the leading edge of Connecticut matrimonial law, regularly litigating, mediating, arbitrating, and defending and prosecuting appeals involving the most complex financial and child custody related dissolutions of marriage actions in the state.
The Connecticut Supreme Court heard only four family law cases in 2016. Of those cases, Pullman & Comley’s Family Law attorneys argued, and were victorious, in two.
Bar and Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
Manhattanville College, A.B.
University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D.