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Partner - Joette  Katz

Joette Katz


Stamford: (203) 324-8147
Hartford: (860) 251-5000
Stamford Office, Hartford Office
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Joette Katz is a partner in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Her distinguished legal career and service to the State of Connecticut provide her with considerable knowledge and experience that make her a valuable resource to clients and attorneys throughout the firm.

Joette focuses her practice on appellate work, mediation and investigations. She consults with firm attorneys handling federal, state and administrative appeals, where she advises them on the appellate process, positioning and strategy at both the trial and appellate stages of a matter. Joette also serves as a mediator to resolve a wide range of conflicts for clients that do not require litigation. In addition, using skills from her government experience, Joette advises clients across a variety of industries on handling government, internal and other investigations. She also demonstrates her long-standing commitment to supporting at-risk populations as a significant contributor to the firm’s award-winning pro bono efforts providing legal services on behalf of the underserved and underprivileged members of the community.

During her 18+ years as an Associate Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court, Joette heard approximately 2,500 cases and authored nearly 500 opinions. In addition, she served as an Administrative Judge for the State of Connecticut Appellate System and as a Judge for the Connecticut Superior Court. While serving as the Chief of Legal Services for the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services, she co-authored Connecticut Criminal Caselaw Handbook: A Practitioner’s Guide (published by The Connecticut Law Tribune).

Prior to joining the firm, Joette served as Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families for eight years, where she was responsible for children in the Department’s custody and under its guardianship as well as overseeing the Department’s services for children and families throughout the state in need of assistance. In addition, she was involved in all appellate matters related to the Department, including regularly advising on legal strategy.

Throughout her career, Joette has been a frequent speaker, both nationally and in Connecticut, at many events sponsored by legal and professional associations as well as symposia hosted by colleges and universities. She has lectured on a wide range of topics, including appellate advocacy and professional responsibility, and has been a presenter at national convenings on child welfare. Joette has also taught at all three of the state’s law schools and is an Associate Fellow of Trumbull College at Yale University.



  • Family Children’s Agency: Family Strengthening Award (2015)
  • Casey Family Programs: Casey Excellence for Children Award (2015)
  • The Lawyers Children for America: Outstanding Leadership Award (2013)
  • Connecticut Voices for Children: State Policy Leadership Award (2013)
  • Community Mediation: The 2012 Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation (2012)
  • Governing magazine: A Public Official of the Year (2012)
  • Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame: Notable Women of Influence (2011)
  • Yale University: Associate Fellow of Trumbull College (2009-present)
  • University of Connecticut School of Law: Law Review Award (2009)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Women’s Caucus: Trailblazer Award (2006)
  • Quinnipiac University: Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws (2004)
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Henry J. Naruk Award (2004)
  • University of Connecticut School of Law: Distinguished Graduate Award (2000)
  • National Organization for Women: Harriet Tubman Award (1993)

Teaching Positions

  • Yale University School of Law: Former Adjunct Professor, Ethics in Litigation
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law: Former Adjunct Professor, Criminal Law and Ethics
  • University of Connecticut School of Law: Former Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy; Criminal Appellate Clinic

Professional Affiliations

  • State of Connecticut Evidence Code Drafting Committee: Chair
  • State of Connecticut Advisory Committee on the Appellate Rules: Chair
  • State of Connecticut Law Revision Commission: Member
  • State of Connecticut Public Defender Commission: Member
  • Connecticut Criminal Practice Commission: Member
  • American Law Institute: Member, Sentencing Advisory Committee
  • Connecticut Client Security Fund Committee: Chair
  • Commission to Revise Connecticut Appellate Rules: Member
  • Public Service and Trust Commission: Committee Chair
  • Fairfield County Inns of Court: President

Community Involvement

  • The Connecticut Law Tribune: Chair, Editorial Board
  • Justice Education Center, Inc.
  • Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund
  • Hartford Boys and Girls Club
  • Connecticut Department of Children and Families: Children’s Mentor (2006-2011)

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  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1977, with honors
  • Brandeis University, B.A., 1974, with honors

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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