Eva M. DeFranco
Collins Hannafin
Address: 148 Deer Hill Avenue
Danbury, CT 6810

Membership: Connecticut Bar Association (Family Law Section Member); Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Member); Danbury Bar Association (Past President); Danbury Family Bar (Past Chairperson); International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (Memb
University: Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, B.S., cum laude, 1983, University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, J.D., cum laude, More than 250 hours of mediation, collaborative/conflict resolution training,
Admitted: 1986, Connecticut; 1987, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; 1996, U.S. Supreme Court
Biography: EVA M. DeFRANCO practices primarily in the areas of Divorce Mediation, Collaborative Divorce and Divorce Litigation. She also has decades of experience in Negligence and Commercial Litigation cases. She is an experienced mediator, trial lawyer and negotiator, admitted to practice in both State and Federal courts. Attorney DeFranco is a member of the Family Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. She is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and past president of the Danbury Bar Association. She served as the chairperson of the Danbury Family Bar Association for over a decade. In recognition of her leadership and service to the legal community, Attorney DeFranco was elected as a James W. Cooper Fellow. She has earned the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers — members of the bar and the Judiciary.Attorney DeFranco is increasingly committed to helping her clients reduce the turmoil inherent in the divorce process while protecting their rights. She earned her certification as a divorce mediator in 2007 and a collaborative divorce attorney in 2005 in order to offer more options to clients getting divorced. She continues to sharpen her skills in order to ensure her clients the highest quality of service in collaborative divorce, divorce mediation and divorce litigation. Attorney DeFranco is a member of the Collaborative Divorce Team of Connecticut and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is an Officer and Board Member of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce. As recognition for her qualifications in family matters, she has served as a Special Master for the State’s Judicial Department for many years, making recommendations regarding settlement to litigants involved in the divorce process. She has lectured extensively on various topics of divorce and collaborative divorce law. She is a trainer for the Connecticut Family Mediation Training Group and regularly trains lawyers, mental health professionals and divorce financial planners in mediation.Additionally, Attorney DeFranco was an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University for ten years. She has been active in civic matters since she began her legal career in 1986. She has served on the boards of the Danbury Regional Commission on Child Care, Rights, and Abuse, Inc. (past president); the Women?s Center of Greater Danbury; the Western Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross; and as treasurer of the Stanley L. Richter Memorial Park Authority. She was also the Regional Chairperson of Connecticut Legal Services Campaign for Justice for several years.Attorney DeFranco is a Ridgefield native and currently resides in Danbury with her husband.Published Works:Lectured, Various Aspects of Family Law, Divorce Mediation, Conflict ResolutionClasses/Seminars Taught:Former Adjunct professor, Western Connecticut State University; Lectured, Various seminars on Divorce Law, Conflict Resolution, Divorce Mediation and Collaborative DivorceFall, 2014 — Basic Divorce Mediation TrainingSpring, 2015 — Basic Divorce Mediation TrainingAwards and Distinctions:Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent ratingConnecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper FellowConnecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce, Leadership Award