He returned to the firm in 2018 after spending five years as a trial court judge handling primarily family and criminal matters, including serving as the presiding judge for family matters in the judicial district of Stamford/Norwalk at Stamford, where some of the nation’s most sophisticated financial family law cases are heard. As a judge, he also regularly presided over the weekly domestic violence criminal court docket and served on the Connecticut Judges Institute Education Committee and the Evidence Oversight Committee of the Supreme Court. His duties as a judge included handling criminal jury and bench trials, family court trials, probation violation, suppression and firearms safety hearings, arraignments, pretrial settlement conferences in both family and criminal cases, mediations in family cases and all of the usual and customary matters heard by a trial court judge. As a family court judge, he presided over the court docket and heard and mediated many cases involving sophisticated financial issues, particularly in the financial services/investments field, as well as many child custody matters.
Attorney Colin is an adjunct professor of family law at the Quinnipiac University School of Law where he has taught both basic and advanced family law, including family trial practice. He has lectured and taught nationally and in Connecticut to many groups, including judges, lawyers, law students and family services counselors and appeared on a nationally syndicated talk show as a legal analyst to discuss and demonstrate divorce mediation. His teaching topics generally involve family law, evidence (including electronic, social media and other computer related evidence) and trial practice and many are noted below. While a judge in 2013 and 2014, Attorney Colin was a member of the Connecticut Law Revision Commission Alimony Reform Study Committee.
Prior to becoming a judge, Attorney Colin had an extraordinary amount of trial and mediation experience throughout the state of Connecticut in complex child custody and financial divorce related matters including in many high profile cases involving individuals and their spouses in the entertainment, sports, medical, legal and finance industries. In many instances, he is the attorney that other attorneys hired for their own representation. He has represented husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, children and other witnesses in family law disputes. He earned a reputation as a skilled courtroom trial lawyer even though the overwhelming majority of his cases were resolved outside of court in a private manner through negotiation and mediation. In addition, he has a vast amount of experience in negotiating prenuptial agreements and litigating their enforceability. In 2007, Attorney Colin served as lead trial counsel for the successful parent in what was reportedly the longest child custody trial in United States history, spanning over eight months. In addition, Attorney Colin is a former President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and Chair of the family law sections of both the statewide Connecticut Bar Association and the Fairfield County Bar Association.
Attorney Colin received his Juris Doctor degree from the St. John’s University School of Law in 1992. After completing law school, he served as a law clerk for Justice Paul L. Rudman of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine. Attorney Colin then joined the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, Connecticut, where he joined two legends in the field of family law, Samuel V. Schoonmaker, III and Cynthia Coulter George, in the firm’s family law practice group.
Attorney Colin is a former Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section’s Ethics, Professionalism and Grievance Committee and was a member of the Connecticut Delegation to the Tri-State Leadership Conference to improve the decision-making process in high conflict child custody cases, sponsored by, among others, the Division of Law and Psychiatry of the Yale University School of Medicine and the Children and the Law Program of Massachusetts General Hospital.
Thomas D. Colin is a founding partner of Schoonmaker, George, Colin, Blomberg, Bryniczka & Welsh, P.C. Attorney Colin handles matters statewide, including all aspects of traditional client representation, litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution services as an arbitrator, mediator, special master and private judge.