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SG Law Connecticut Attorney - Peter Bryniczka

Peter M. Bryniczka

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Peter Bryniczka, a Partner at Schoonmaker George, has been an integral part of the close-knit Schoonmaker George family for nearly two decades. As a partner since 2013 and named partner since 2020, Peter consistently handles complex family law cases , regularly involving critical financial, custodial and parenting issues and disputes. He is well versed in, and has written and lectured on various Family Law topics, spanning property and income interests, Trust related issues,READ MORE

 

Peter Bryniczka, a Partner at Schoonmaker George, has been an integral part of the close-knit Schoonmaker George family for nearly two decades. As a partner since 2013 and named partner since 2020, Peter consistently handles complex family law cases , regularly involving critical financial, custodial and parenting issues and disputes.  He is well versed in, and has written and lectured on various Family Law topics, spanning property and income interests, Trust related issues, premarital agreements, custody and parenting issues , hedge funds and private equity funds, HIPAA and privileges, and trial practice techniques.

Peter’s prior term as president of the Greenwich Bar Association, along with his ongoing engagement, exemplify his commitment to serving the community and enable him to foster valuable connections with lawyers beyond his specific field of practice. These professional relationships  consistently prove advantageous for Peter’s clients. In addition, Peter demonstrates his commitment to giving back by dedicating his time as a long-term volunteer coach for youth sports in his community.

Having grown up with a father who is a lawyer, Peter learned from an early age the art of reading a room and adapting his approach accordingly. READ MORE

 

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  • University of Connecticut, School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, Juris Doctorate received in May, 2004
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, B.A. received in May, 2001

Super Lawyers:

  • Selected to Super Lawyers, 2014-2023
  • Rising Star, 2009-2013

 

Best Lawyers:

  • Selected by peers as one of the 27th Edition of the “Best Lawyers in America”, 2021
  • Recognized in “The Best Lawyers in America” for work in Family Law, 2018-2024

 

Connecticut Magazine: 

  • Outstanding Young Lawyers/Rising Stars, 2010
  • Top Young Attorneys in Connecticut – Rising Stars, 2011
  • Top Attorneys in Connecticut – Outstanding Young Lawyers, 2012
  • Top Attorneys in Connecticut, 2013-2022

 

Connecticut Law Tribune:

  • “New Leaders in the Law”, 2012 (one of sixty Connecticut Attorneys under age 40)
  • Firm named “Matrimonial Litigation Department of the Year”, 2013

 

Avvo:

  • Received highest rating of 10 (“Superb”)

 

Other:

  • Selected as one of Fairfield County’s “40 Under 40” for 2015 – (one of only forty Fairfield County Professionals under age 40 selected for recognition based on leadership, professional development and accomplishments).
  • Featured in The Greenwich Time: Peter Bryniczka recounts career-long tenure at Schoonmaker, George, Blomberg, Bryniczka & Welsh
  • January 2021: Attorney Peter M. Bryniczka was featured in Healthy Divorce in Unhealthy Times Article published in Westport Lifestyle
  • May 11th, 2018: Attorney Peter M. Bryniczka, current President of the Greenwich Bar Association, presided over the 2018 Greenwich Law Day Luncheon. This year’s theme examined the importance of Separation of Powers to our fundamental democracy and the featured Keynote Speaker was The Honorable Kevin Tierney, Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court
  • Speaker at Annual Year-End Dinner of Estate Planning Council of Lower Fairfield County- “Until Death do Us Part…Or Not: Overview of Connecticut law as to what constitutes “property” for purposes of equitable distribution on divorce and how that definition applies to beneficiaries’ interests in Trusts.” (December, 2016)
  • Presenter on “Divorce Litigant’s Property and Trust Interests and Use of Premarital Agreements,” delivered to Bessemer Trust, Greenwich. (December, 2016)
  • Presenter on “Exploring Custody, Visitation and Support Issues” at National Business Institute Seminar (August, 2016)
  • Presenter on “Marriage Dissolution: Process and Procedure” and “Child Custody and Visitation Rights” at National Business Institute Seminar (March, 2016).
  • Co-Presenter on “HIPAA and Privilege Issues: Frequently Cited, Often Misused: HIPAA vs. Statutory Privilege” presented to Fairfield County Bar Association (October, 2015)
  • Co-Author – “Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds: What They Are, How They Operate, How to Value and What Every Matrimonial Attorney Should Know About Them” (a three part series) in Connecticut Lawyer Magazine, June 2015. Read Article
  • Presenter on “Advanced Child and Spousal Support Issues” at National Business Institute Seminar (March, 2015)
  • Designed and delivered presentations on Trust Interests of Divorce Litigants and Premarital Agreements to Lower Fairfield County Estate Planning Council of Lower Fairfield County and to Trust & Estates Departments of Day Pitney, LLP (October & November of 2014 and September of 2015)
  • Annual Guest Lecturer at The University of Connecticut (Stamford Branch) Course (“Legal Aspects of Family Life”) (August 28, 2014; March 23, 2015; March 28, 2016)
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member; Committee Member re: Drafting of the ABA Model Third Party Child Custody & Visitation Act
  • Co-Author of Chapter on “Trial Practice Techniques” in MCLE/New England: “A Practical Guide to Divorce in Connecticut” (Published December 27, 2013)
  • Speaker, Withers Bergman, LLP Seminar: “Planning for Same-Sex Couples after the Windsor Decision and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)”, September 24, 2013
  • Author: “Rights, Responsibilities and Liabilities of a Stepparent,” ABA Family Advocate, pp. 26-29, Vol. 36, No. 1, Summer 2013. Read Article
  • “Financial Divorce Settlements From Start to Finish” – Presenter on Ethics – National Business Institute Seminar (August 2013)
  • “Overview of HIPAA for Connecticut Family Lawyers” – Presentation to Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section (November, 2012)
  • “Top Ten Family Law Decisions” – Panel Member presenting and discussing significant Family Law Decisions in Connecticut in a variety of categories. (Presented to Fairfield County Bar Association (March 30, 2011); Presented to the Connecticut Bar Association (January 27, 2012) (also presented/available via “Web-Cast”)
  • “Nuts and Bolts of Connecticut Family Law” – Presentation Greenwich Rotary Club (March, 2011)
  • Author: “The HIPAA Hurdle: The If, When and How to Get Records Covered by the Act”, ABA Family Advocate, Spring, 2008. Article Re-Published in: ABA GP Solo (March 2009). Read Article
  • Editor (2005-2010) – Connecticut Family Law Citations: A Reference Guide to Connecticut Family Law Decisions (by Cynthia C. George and Thomas D. Colin)
  • Service as an Attorney for the Minor Child(ren); Completed all mandatory requirements for the Connecticut Guardian Ad Litem/Attorney for the Minor Child Comprehensive Basic Training
  • Board Member – Smart Litigator Connecticut (2013-date): Board Member of Smart Litigator Connecticut, representing Family Law Practice (Smart Litigator Board Members contribute Practice Questions and Answers and answer user questions received on the Smart Litigator website in their areas of expertise. Smart Litigator is a comprehensive online state-specific research and practice solution that provides quick access to all the materials a busy litigator needs to practice effectively)
  • Pending article: In process of co-authoring with a Senior Trust Advisor an article regarding when and how the trust interests of divorce litigants may be considered property and/or income for purposes of dissolution of marriage action
  • Greenwich Bar Association (2011 to present):
    • President-Elect 2017-2018
    • Vice President 2016-2017
    • Treasurer 2015-2016
    • Secretary 2014-2015
    • Law Day – Senior Co-Chair 2013-2014
    • Law Day – Junior Co-Chair 2012-2013
 
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Family Law Section (2004 to present): Past Section Co-Chair, arranged monthly CLE luncheon presentations (2006 – July, 2012).
 
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section (2004 to present): Participant in Drafting Committee regarding ABA Model Act for Third-Party Access (October, 2012). Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section (2004 to present)
  • Schoonmaker George, Named Partner 2010 – Present
  • Schoonmaker George, Partner 2008 – 2010
  • Schoonmaker George, Associate 2004 -2008
  • Connecticut, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2005
  • “Peter is an exceptional divorce attorney who effortlessly combines legal expertise with a genuine human connection. From the very beginning, he created a judgment-free environment, making me feel like a friend rather than just a client. His consistent support, always ending our calls with “Hey man, hang in there,” proved invaluable during the most taxing moments. The stress eventually landed me in the hospital, and it was in those challenging times that Peter and his team truly stepped up. They were there to pick up the pieces and provide me with essential guidance throughout the process. Peter never made me feel stupid; instead, he laid everything out for me, making sure I fully understood the potential consequences of each decision. By creating guardrails and offering objective advice, he helped me stay measured, especially when considering the well-being of my children and reputation. Peter’s commitment to my case was evident in his meticulous preparation. His comprehensive binder, filled with detailed notes on every aspect of the story, showcased his complete thoroughness. Going the extra mile is what sets Peter apart and elevates him from ordinary to extraordinary. He is undeniably the “extra.” If you want to be on a winning team, Peter is the attorney you need. He also surrounds himself with a stellar team, enabling him to make the best decisions for his clients. I highly recommend seeking his expertise sooner rather than later, especially for fathers who need to understand their rights in the complex world of family law. With countless moving parts involved, having Peter by your side provides clarity and guidance. It’s rare to come across someone who truly gives a “you-know-what,” but Peter does. He is fully invested in his clients’ well-being and their cases. I have felt his dedication firsthand and have always known he’s in it with me, fighting for the best possible outcome. It’s two years later now and I would do anything for him.” – Michael, Former Client

  • “Peter was an incredible source of guidance and reassurance during my emotionally charged divorce. Unlike other attorneys I met with, Peter truly understood my unique goals and fears, offering tailored advice and support that went beyond stock answers. He respected my preference for a non-confrontational approach, while impressively always having a backup plan for every situation. Peter’s quiet confidence and expertise kept me grounded throughout the entire process. Regardless of the twists and turns, Peter remained unflappable, providing options and solid plans to keep us moving forward. He attentively listened to my concerns and consistently provided clear answers and options. Every interaction made me feel safe and heard, acknowledging my worries while helping us keep moving towards the key goals. He expertly advocated for my best interests while leveraging his experience and maintaining focus on the bigger picture. Peter knew precisely when to assert that “our dog can bite” without resorting to unnecessary force. When we did have a serious issue that needed to be addressed, he reached out to the other attorney and with one interaction, we were back on track. Peter’s entire team played a crucial role in our success – when I needed someone fast when Peter was in court, I never got some junior person who didn’t know how to handle things. Peter and team were consistently mindful of expenses and did a good job managing tasks to keep costs down while progressing forward. Jake and Marisa were fantastic, and I noticed that Peter’s reputation preceded him, earning respect from both our team and the opposition. It wasn’t just Peter’s legal expertise that made a difference. He served as both a guide and “counsel,” constantly reminding me that he had “been here before” and that things were going to work out if we stayed focused and stuck to the plan. One time I emailed him after a significant situation surprised me on a Friday night, right before a holiday weekend. Despite the time and circumstances, Peter got back to me immediately and helped me take a deep breath, assuring me that we would regroup in a few days with a plan—and indeed, he always had a plan and contingencies. His ability to navigate complex situations and strategically advocate for me was unparalleled. One of the most memorable moments occurred when I was speaking with my son during a particularly challenging time in the process. I could hear the concern in his voice and see the fear in his eyes as he asked if I had a plan. While I couldn’t tell him the specifics, thanks to Peter, I could confidently share that not only did we have a plan, but we also had a plan B. The relief that washed over my son’s face was immeasurable. I know it sounds hokey, but Peter genuinely cares, and I have complete trust in him.” – Former Client
 
  • “During the challenging period leading up to my divorce, I was in therapy, desperately seeking guidance. She recommended the Schoonmaker George Firm and from the very first meeting with Peter, I became his biggest fan. The pain of going through a divorce is indescribable; it’s like experiencing a deeper form of anguish than words can capture. My ex-spouse exhibited anger and abusive behavior at times, but Peter was a pillar of strength and gentleness. His advice was invaluable, and I trusted him implicitly in every decision. I admired his ability to provide sound counsel, even in situations where he had to resist engaging in unnecessary conflict or running up unnecessary bills. However, when the need arose, and it was time to fight, I saw a side of Peter that was akin to a fearless gladiator. He knew precisely when to draw his metaphorical sword and face any challenge head-on. Peter meticulously considered every angle, never resorting to bullying tactics. He astutely assessed my ex-spouse, understanding the moves his lawyer would make and anticipating their arguments. Peter’s recommendations were thorough, emphasizing the importance of financial due diligence, which led us to hire a forensic accountant. Despite the potential financial gains from going to trial, Peter encouraged mediation as a means of resolution, showcasing his thoughtful and strategic approach. Peter is deeply sympathetic, compassionate, and encouraging. When I felt like I was falling apart, he bolstered my spirits. Lawyers aren’t often credited as therapists, but Peter’s ability to provide emotional support was truly remarkable. I am eternally grateful to Peter for guiding me through one of the most challenging periods of my life. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone seeking exceptional legal representation and often do. He’s gone on to successfully help three of my friends with their divorces. Peter is not only a brilliant attorney but also an amazing human being.” – Former Client

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