Allen Gary Palmer is part of the Firm’s Personal Services Group and Appellate Group. He routinely represents spouses, unmarried couples and same sex couples through a wide range of life’s changes and milestones including divorce, prenuptial agreements, marriage, adoptions, child custody, child support, reproductive technology and representation of Guardians Ad Litem. Allen’s experience as a family trial lawyer provides a solid foundation for his representation of clients in appellate matters. He fosters a global approach to each client’s needs in order to develop the most appropriate method to achieve the best outcome possible. While Allen focuses his practice in the area of family law trials and family law appeals, he has a broad range of civil and criminal trial and appellate experience as well.
Allen presently serves as a Special Master for contested child custody matters pending on the Regional Family Trial Docket in Middletown, Connecticut, and also serves as Special Master on the Stamford, Danbury and Bridgeport family dockets. He previously served on the panel of appointed counsel in the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters and in various Probate Courts, where he accepted court appointments to represent indigent children and parents in matters brought by the Department of Children and Families. He also has served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Danbury. Allen represented children as Guardian or Attorney for more than 25 years.
Allen is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Connecticut and American Bar Associations. In this capacity, he actively participates in the Section’s conferences and serves on numerous committees. He is the ABA Family Law Section’s Family Law Council Region 1 Representative. He is also a past Chair of the ABA-FLS Custody Committee, having previously served as its Vice-Chair, and is also a member of the Ethics Committee, the Trial Practice and Techniques Committee the Public Service Committee, and the Sponsorship Committee. He Chaired the Host Committee for the October 2014 Conference in Stowe, Vermont. He serves as an ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on Non-Parental Rights to Child Custody and Visitation. He is currently a member of the CBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. He recently moderated a Round table discussion with the Chief Justice and two Associate Justices of Connecticut’s Supreme Court at Connecticut’s Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Summit: The Collaborative Blueprint. He is a past Chair and previous Vice-Chair, CLE Chair, Secretary and Treasurer for the CBA’s Family Law Section. He has served as a member of Connecticut’s Family Law Commission. He produces and presents CLE programs for the ABA, the CBA, and the Fairfield County Bar Association Family Law Section, where Allen is also an active member.
Allen has written numerous articles on varied family law issues. He recently wrote an article about the late Justice David Borden’s most important family law decisions. He also recently moderated a roundtable entitled "Immigration Post-Paris and Post-San-Bernardino, and its Impact on Diversity and Inclusion in Connecticut Society" for the Connecticut Bar Foundation. He has also presented CLEs and webinars on various same sex relationship issues, as well as other issues involving Family Law and the practice of Family Law. Allen appears in two internet CLE series, “Case Flash,” which reviews recent family law cases for members of the CBA Family Law Section, and in Episode 9 of “Practice Tips,” which is disseminated to the broader membership of the CBA.