Catherine M. Spain
Education: Yale University (B.A., Music, 1987), Indiana University (Master of Music, 1991), Sacred Heart University (Sixth Year, Educational Administration, 1998), University of Connecticut School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2007).
Practice Areas: Labor and Employment, Litigation, Trusts and Estates.
Membership: Connecticut Bar Association; New Haven County Bar Association; Commercial Law League of America
Admissions: 2007, Connecticut; 2008, United States District Court, District of Connecticut.
A former educator and Impartial Hearing Officer for the Connecticut Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, Attorney Catherine M. Spain brings experience in education law and in educational leadership to Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari. She has represented families and school districts in educational matters such as PPT meetings, mediations and expulsion hearings. She also works with estate planning and probate clients.
Attorney Spain earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Music from Indiana University, then worked for several years as a public school music teacher and department chairperson at Westover Magnet School in Stamford, a National Blue Ribbon School. After earning her Certificate in Educational Administration (092) from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, she served as an assistant principal at Meadow Pond Elementary School in South Salem, New York. Certified by the State of Connecticut as a school administrator and music teacher, she has also completed the coursework for the Superintendency Certification (093).
Ms. Spain received her Juris Doctor in 2007 from the University of Connecticut Law School, where she was a Dean’s Scholar, Lead Articles Editor of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, and a legal intern with the Tax Law Clinic. While attending law school, she served as Judicial Intern for the Honorable Alfred V. Covello of the federal United States District Court in Hartford. Following law school, she served as Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Douglas S. Lavine of the Connecticut Appellate Court, then as an attorney in the Individual Clients Section of Robinson and Cole, LLP in Hartford.
Attorney Spain has published several decisions through the Connecticut Department of Education as an Impartial Hearing Officer. Her Final Ruling & Order in G.M. and J.M. v. Greenwich was upheld in federal district court by the Honorable Charles Haight. Her law journal article, “Reasonable Expectations in the Sphere of Liberty,” is considered a Relevant Secondary Source by Thompson Reuters Westlaw. She is admitted to practice in all Connecticut state and federal courts.