William J. Wenzel, Connecticut Superior Court Judge (Ret.) focuses his practice on the mediation and arbitration of family law and business disputes. 

In his judicial career of more than 13 years, Judge Wenzel handled hundreds of family law and civil cases.  He brought to that role more than 30 years of prior experience as a litigator, practicing in courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the nation in matters as diverse as intellectual property, medical malpractice, ERISA and securities litigation.

On the bench, he most enjoyed helping parties understand the litigation process and come to a timely resolution while avoiding the expense, risks and collateral damage sometimes inherent in seeking a court resolution of their claims.  In his ADR practice, he draws upon his long career to bring a practical approach to  dispute resolution with the goal of “getting to yes” and achieving an acceptable outcome for all.  

Prior to his appointment to the court in 2009, Judge Wenzel was an attorney with Pullman & Comley for 20 years, and served as the chair of the Litigation Department and as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Before joining Pullman & Comley in 1988, he was a partner in two other highly regarded business law firms.  


  • Westport
    253 Post Road West
    P.O. Box 3179
    Westport, CT 06880-8180
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    850 Main Street
    P.O. Box 7006
    Bridgeport, CT 06601-7006
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    Connecticut Counseling Center, Inc. - Director, 1997-2009

    Fairfield Police Department - Police Commissioner, 1989-1999

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    • Law clerk to the Hon. H. Dale Cook, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1978 to 1979


    University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 1978; editor-in-chief, Law Review (Tulsa Law Journal)

    Colgate University, B.A., Cybernetics, 1974 

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