BPS is here to serve our clients during this COVID-19 crisis. Pursuant to Governor Lamont’s Executive Order, legal services are essential services. Whether or not we are in our offices, Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP Lawyers are available by email, phone and video conference. Read More.
You get more than a Lawyer...
You get a law firm
  1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. Person
  4.  » Kate W. Haakonsen
Kate W. Haakonsen


Glastonbury, CT





Hartfords Finest 2019

My decision to concentrate my legal practice in Divorce and Family Law was one which evolved from my early years of general practice. I found over time that my relationships with my divorcing clients and my sense of being able to help them through difficult transition periods in their lives was the most fulfilling area of my practice. While I continue to represent clients in traditional court-centered divorce, I have become convinced through my experiences with divorcing clients that those who can participate in non-adversarial processes such as Mediation and Collaborative Divorce often achieve the most satisfactory and lasting outcomes. I currently have over 200 hours of mediation training and over 90 hours of Collaborative Training.  My prior experience in real estate and civil litigation also provide me with knowledge to understand all aspects of my clients’ situations, and being a senior partner at Brown, Paindiris and Scott LLP provides the support of our legal team when other types of legal issues arise.

I am admitted to practice in Connecticut and in the U.S. District Court for Connecticut, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. I am proud to be a charter member of the Connecticut Council for Non-adversarial Divorce formerly the Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation (Past President) and of the Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group. I am also an Advanced Mediator member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, an advanced practitioner member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and a past president of the Hartford Association of Women Attorneys. I am a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, a past Chair of the Family Law Section and a member of that section's Executive and Legislative Committees; a member of the Hartford County Bar Association (past co-chair of the Family Law Committee), and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. My peers have designated me as a "Connecticut Super Lawyer" in the annual Connecticut Super Lawyer Magazine, Family Law, 2010-2019. I am a graduate of Ursinus College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. I have spoken at family law and mediation conferences around New England.

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1978
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • J.D. - 1978
  • Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Chapter Scholar
    • Major: French

Published Works

  • Five Common Fears About Getting Divorced
  • New Connecticut Law on Parental Relocation
  • New changes to custody statute effective October 1, 2005
  • Post-Majority and College Education Support in Connecticut ? Timing Matters

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Chair, Family Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, Section's Executive and Legislative Committees
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Member
  • Hartford County Bar Association , Co-Chair, Family Law Committee
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Connecticut Counsel for Divorce Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution, Charter Member, Past President
  • Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Lawyers, Member
  • Association for Conflict Resolution, Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member
  • Hartford Association of Women Attorneys, Past President
  • Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee, Member, 1994 to 1996
  • Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation, Charter Member
  • Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation, Past President
  • Association for Conflict Resolution, Advanced Practitioner, Member