Sarah E. Murray

Partner

Phone: 203-222-4949 | Fax: 203-227-0766

smurray@broderorland.com

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Sarah E. Murray joined BRODER & ORLAND LLC in 2011 and is a partner in the firm. She has practiced in the area of family and matrimonial litigation since 2008, handling high net worth dissolution matters, complex post-judgment cases, and the drafting and negotiating of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Her work also includes trial and appellate matters. Sarah is currently the Chair of the firm’s Center for Family Law Appeals.

Most recently, in August 2019, Sarah was selected for inclusion In Best Lawyers® 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. This distinction indicates legal expertise, as well as ethics and professionalism of the highest caliber. She was selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers® List in the area of Family Law in 2019.  She has also been selected as a New England Super Lawyers ® Rising Star® in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 in the area of Family Law.  Each year, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Star® List; Super Lawyers Selection ProcessHer professional achievements include being designated by the Connecticut Law Tribune as a 2015 New Leader in the Law. In 2014, 2016 and 2017, she was selected as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Connecticut by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  Additionally, Sarah has been awarded “10 Best Under 40 in Connecticut for Client Satisfaction” by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Sarah is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York. She has completed the American Bar Association/National Institute of Trial Advocacy Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute and the Connecticut Judicial Branch Attorney for the Minor Child/Guardian Ad Litem Training.

Since 2011, Sarah has served as a member of the Board of Editors of the Connecticut Bar Journal and was selected as its Technical Editor.  In 2017, she became Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Bar Journal and continues to serve in that role.

Sarah is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and Fairfield County Bar Association, as well as the Family Law Sections of these bar associations. In June 2018, she was elected to serve on the House of Delegates for the Connecticut Bar Association as a Representative for Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Norwalk (District 3).

In addition to her other published work, Sarah is a co-author of Electronically Stored Information: What Matrimonial Lawyers and Computer Forensics Need to Know, 23 J. Am. Acad. Matr. Law 1 (2010) and is the author of Electronically Stored Information: How E-Mail, Texting, and Your Facebook Friends Can Affect Your Divorce, 34 Fam. Advocate No. 1, pg. 26 (Summer 2011). Sarah recently gave a seminar at the Westport-Weston Bar Association entitled “Navigating Cohabitation Issues in Connecticut Family Law Cases.”   She moderated “Establishing and Modifying Support Orders after Dan v. Dan” at the Connecticut Bar Association’s 2016 Connecticut Legal Conference.

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she received the CALI Excellence for the Future awards in Juvenile Law, Higher Education Law, and Law and Literature of Crime. While in law school, she was the recipient of the Public Interest Law Group Summer Fellowship in two consecutive years, as well as the Helen Z. Pearl Feminist Law Prize. In addition, she was an Associate Editor of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal from 2006 to 2007 and an Executive Editor from 2007 to 2008. Sarah is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. She was selected as a valedictorian nominee at Holy Cross based on her top academic performance.

A native of Westchester County, New York, Sarah currently resides with her husband in Fairfield County, Connecticut. She volunteers as an alumni interviewer for the College of Holy Cross and for the Connecticut Family Law Volunteer Attorney Program.

Distinctions, Honors and Awards

  • Selected for recognition in the Best Lawyers® 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 2019
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers® as listed in New England Super Lawyers®, 2019
  • Connecticut Rising Stars ® as listed in New England Super Lawyers ® 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • AIOFLA 10 Best Under 40 in Connecticut for Client Satisfaction, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Featured in the Member Spotlight of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Weekly Docket, 2017
  • NAFLA Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Connecticut, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • New Leader in the Law as selected by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015

Publications and Presentations

  • “Navigating Cohabitation Issues in Connecticut Family Law Cases,” Westport-Weston Bar Association, November 21, 2019
  • Modification of Alimony in Connecticut Based on Cohabitation, The Fairfield County Bar Association Quarterly, p. 10 (Winter 2017-18)
  • Prenuptial Agreements in Connecticut, 29 Greater Bridgeport Bar Association News Brief, No. 5, p.8 (September/October 2017)
  • “Establishing and Modifying Support Orders after Dan v. Dan”, Moderator, Connecticut Bar Association’s 2016 Connecticut Legal Conference, June 13, 2016
  • Electronically Stored Information: How E-mail, Texting, and Your Facebook Friends Can Affect Your Divorce, 34 Fam. Advocate, No.1, p. 26 (Summer 2011)
  • Electronically Stored Information: What Matrimonial Lawyers and Computer Forensics Need to Know (Co-Author), 23 J. of A.A.M.L. 1, (2010)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Journal, Board of Editors, 2011 – Present
    • Editor-in-Chief, 2017 – Present
    • Technical Editor, 2014 – 2016
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 2008 – Present
    • Member of the House of Delegates as a Representative for Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Norwalk (District 3), 2018 – Present
    • Family Law Section
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Member, 2008 – Present
    • Women in Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2013 – 2018
    • Family Law Section

Pro Bono Activities

  • Connecticut Family Law Volunteer Attorney Program
  • Pro Bono case work through the Domestic Violence Crisis Shelter, 2012 – 2014

Past Employment Positions

  • Marvin, Ferro, Barndollar & Roberts LLC, 2008 – 2011

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2010
  • Connecticut, 2008

Education

  • American Bar Association/National Institute of Trial Advocacy Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute
  • Connecticut Judicial Branch Attorney for the Minor Child/Guardian Ad Litem Training
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • J.D. – 2008
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Juvenile Law, Higher Education Law, and Law & Literature of Crime
    • Recipient of the Public Interest Law Group Summer Fellowship in 2006 and 2007
    • Recipient of the Helen Z. Pearl Feminist Law Prize in 2007
    • Law Journal: Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal
      • Executive Editor, 2007 – 2008
      • Associate Editor, 2006 – 2007
  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
    • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) – 2005
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Valedictorian Nominee based on academic performance
    • English Department Honors Program
    • Dean’s List every semester

Community Activities

  • Alumni Interviewer for the College of the Holy Cross, 2012 – Present
  • Westport Playhouse Young Professionals Networking Committee, 2012 – 2014
  • Volunteer at Manna House Kitchen and Pantry at the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk through the Young Lawyers Section of the Connecticut Bar Association