Attorney Catherine Spain
Dedicated to meeting client objectives with high-quality legal services, Attorney Catherine Spain identifies each client's goals in order to create optimal, customized solutions. She meets with clients in her office or at their homes as needed. Born in New Haven and raised in Bethel, Connecticut, Catherine was educated at Yale University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in music. She received her Juris Doctor and Certificate of Tax Studies from the University of Connecticut Law School, where she was a Dean’s Scholar. She served as Judicial Intern for the Honorable Alfred V. Covello of the federal United States District Court in Hartford. Following law school, Attorney Spain served as Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Douglas S. Lavine of the Connecticut Appellate Court.
A former teacher and Impartial Hearing Officer for the Connecticut Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, Catherine practices law with an understanding of vulnerable persons, including special needs students, LGBTQ people, immigrants, the disabled, and senior citizens. She has worked dozens of hours pro bono for the United States Veterans’ Center in West Haven and the Victims' Rights Center of Connecticut.
Attorney Spain has published several decisions as an Impartial Hearing Officer, such as Student v. Greenwich Board of Education, upheld in federal court. Her law journal article, “Reasonable Expectations in the Sphere of Liberty,” is considered a Relevant Secondary Source by Thomson Reuters Westlaw. She is admitted to practice in all Connecticut state and federal courts, and is a Justice of the Peace who officiates at weddings.