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Paul T. Tusch

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  • Family Law

Biography

Paul T. Tusch is chairman of the Family Law practice group at Cacace, Tusch & Santagata.  The Group consists of four attorneys and two legal assistants, each of whom devotes up to 100% of his or her time to the practice of family law.  The Group prides itself as a team of high caliber professionals who are hardworking, dedicated and sensitive to the needs of their clients. 

Tusch is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  The AAML was founded in 1962 with the stated goal of providing “leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.”  The requirements for acceptance as a Fellow are rigorous, and include the submission of a lengthy application, obtaining references from attorneys and judges, passing national and state specific tests, and going through an interview process.  There are approximately 1,650 Fellows in the 50 states, and less than 35 in Connecticut.

Tusch serves as Treasurer and member of the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Chapter of the AAML.  On the national level, he serves on the Collaborative Law Committee and the Professionalism Committee.  He has been trained by the AAML as a family law Arbitrator.

Mr. Tusch has achieved an AV rating from his peers as reported in Martindale-Hubbell.  The AV rating is awarded to those attorneys whose peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.  He has also been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer, as reported in Connecticut Magazine, since 2006.  The Super Lawyer designation is the result of a survey conducted of approximately 13,000 active Connecticut lawyers, culminating in the selection of the top 5% in the state.

Mr. Tusch has served on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association Family Law Section, including serving one term as that Section’s Chair.  He has lectured extensively for the CBA and other organizations on topics related to family law.  He has served as a Special Master in family courts throughout the state, including those in Stamford and Bridgeport, as well as at the Regional Family Trial Court in Middletown.  He has completed the mandatory training required by the State of Connecticut to serve as a Guardian ad Litem and as an attorney for minor children in Connecticut courts.

Education

  • Quinnipiac School of Law (formerly University of Bridgeport School of Law), Bridgeport, Connecticut
    • J.D. - 1985
    • Honors: Recipient, Moot Court Award, 1983
  • Fairfield University
    • B.A. - 1982

Bar Admission

  • Connecticut, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1986

Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer in Connecticut
  • Greater Stamford Tribute Award, Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Fairfield University, The Fairfield Awards Dinner, Committee Member, 2014 and 2016
  • Stamford Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), 2013 to Present
  • Trinity Catholic High School Envision Campaign, Committee Member, 2012 to Present
  • St. Leo Parish Advisory Committee, 2012 to Present
  • Stamford Youth Foundation, Board of Directors, Corporate Secretary and Member, 2004 to 2009
  • North Stamford Little League, Board of Directors, Member, 2006 to 2009
  • North Stamford Little League, President, 2007 to 2009
  • The Volunteer Center of Southwestern Fairfield County, Board of Directors, Member, 1996 to 2004
  • The Volunteer Center of Southwestern Fairfield County, First Vice President, 2000 to 2002
  • The Volunteer Center of Southwestern Fairfield County, President, 2002 to 2004
  • Our Promise, The Campaign for Fairfield University, Class Chair, 2001 to 2002
  • Connecticut Yankee Council Boy Scouts of America, Greater Stamford Tribute Award Luncheon, General Chairman, 2001 to 2002
  • American Red Cross, Stamford Chapter, Board of Directors, Member, 1993 to 1999
  • American Red Cross, Stamford Chapter, Vice-Chair, 1994 to 1996
  • American Red Cross, Stamford Chapter, Chair, 1996 to 1999
  • Teen Life Center, Member, Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary, 1994 to 2001
  • First Night Stamford, Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary, Member, 1987 to 1991
  • Stamford Federal Little League, Member, Board of Directors, 1992 to 1995
  • St. Leo Parish Advisory Council, Chair, 2017 to Present
  • St. Leo Parish Advisory Council, Vice Chair, 2014 to 2016
  • St. Leo Parish Advisory Council, Member, 2011 to Present
  • St. Leo Parish Finance Committee, Member, 2017 to Present

Representative Cases

  • Maze v. City of Stamford, 228 Conn. 915, 636 A.2d 847 (1993)
  • Newbury Commons Ltd. Partnership v. City of Stamford, 226 Conn. 92, 626 A.2d 1292 (1993)
  • Connecticut Health Facilities, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Stamford, 29 Conn. App. 1, 613 A.2d 1358 (1992)
  • Omnipoint Communications, Inc. v. Planning & Zoning Commission, D. Conn., 83 F. Supp. 2d 306 (2000)
  • Ill v. Manzo-Ill, 166 Conn. App. 809, 2016

Past Positions

  • State Court of Connecticut, Guardian ad Litem
  • State Court of Connecticut, Attorney
  • Regional Family Trial Court, Middletown, Special Master

Professional Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Committee, Member, 1993 to 2012
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Treasurer, 2000 to 2001
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Secretary, 2001 to 2002
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Continuing Legal Education, Chair, 2002 to 2003
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Vice Chair, 2003 to 2004
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair, 2004 to 2005
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Lower Fairfield County Young Lawyers Section, Vice Chairman, 1988 to 1989
  • Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar Association, Executive Committee, Member, 1990 to 1994
  • Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar Association, Real Estate Committee, Co-Chairman, 1994 to 1999
  • Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar Association, Law Day Committee, Chairman, 1990 to 1990
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Member
  • Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar Association, Family Law Committee, Member, 1985 to Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • Collaborative Divorce Attorneys of Fairfield County, Member
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, Member, 2016 to Present