Berman, Bourns, Aaron & Dembo, LLC

Since 1957, the law firm of Berman, Bourns, Aaron & Dembo has represented clients in all aspects of family and divorce law, trust and estate planning and probate litigation.

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Firm Overview

Our attorneys regularly handle appeals, real estate transactions, personal injury and business law cases.

We successfully represent individuals with significant assets in matrimonial matters and in the administration of estates. Our attorneys have decades of trial and appellate experience, handling cases in both the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts.

In the area of probate and estate administration, clients benefit from the unique background of John Berman, who served as a probate judge of West Hartford for 19 years and is an active member of the National College of Probate Judges.
Courtney Bourns and Barbara Aaron focus their practices on divorce mediation and collaborative practice. Attorney Bourns practices exclusively in the area of matrimonial mediation, drawing on more than 40 years of experience as a divorce attorney. Both Attorney Bourns and Attorney Aaron are rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Attorney Aaron's practice is devoted primarily to high-net income and net-worth clients, who seek to resolve their cases discreetly, in ways that promote the integrity of the family and the interests of children. She is regularly listed among "Connecticut Super Lawyers" and "Hartford's Top Attorneys" and is a founding member and past president of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND).
Regularly listed among "Connecticut Super Lawyers," Steven Dembo is a litigator with substantial experience in matrimonial, civil, personal injury, and criminal cases, as well as appeals. Attorney Dembo regularly handles complex cases involving multiple legal issues.

Our talented partners are backed by a strong team of able associates: Jo-Ellen Jagos, Seth Conant and Caitlin Kozloski.
At Berman, Bourns, Aaron & Dembo, we offer creative solutions to the most complex legal problems. Our attorneys and staff have the experience and knowledge necessary to pursue and defend the best interest of our clients.
Main Office

Main Office
664 Farmington Avenue
Hartford  CT  06105

Phone
  • 860-232-4471
Family
Family Law
For over 40 years the partners of Berman, Bourns, Aaron & Dembo have practiced family law. It is an area of the law where we have considerable experience. We assist clients in the dissolution of their marriages and civil unions (divorce), legal and informal separations, resolution both of issues concerning children and financial issues, handling appeals, and advising/preparing both prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. We are experienced at using both traditional and adversarial methods and the more creative, less combative methods of mediation and collaborative law. We strive to help families through this difficult and challenging time in their lives in ways that will ameliorate anger, fear, sadness and bitterness, rather than using the often too-combative ways that acerbate those feelings. We want to help our clients, and their children, bring some measure of closure to a chapter in their lives that has not worked out and move forward with some hope that a new, more promising chapter awaits them.

John A. Berman

Practice Areas:
-Probate Law
-Estate Settlement
-Mediation
-General Practice

University:
-Wheaton College, Ill., A.B., 1954

Law School:
-University of Connecticut, J.D., 1957

Admitted:
-1957, Connecticut

Memberships: Hartford County (Member, Bench-Bar Relations Committee, 1972-1976), Connecticut (Member: Executive Committee, 1971-1977; 1981-1986; Executive Committee, Estates and Probate Section, 1985-1991; Executive Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section) and American (Member, Sections on: Family Law; General Practice) Bar Associations.

Biography: Attorney Berman brings perspective to the firm, having served as a probate judge in West Hartford from 1983 to 2002. He practices in the areas of probate law, estate settlement and mediation and is an active member of the National College of Probate Judges. He is a volunteer para judicial officer(mediator) for the U.S. District Court, District of Hartford, CT. He was a member of the Connecticut General Assembly's Judiciary Committee and served as a Special Master with the Hartford Superior Court Mediation Panel. He served as Corporation Counsel for West Hartford. Attorney Berman has published widely in professional journals, including articles in the Connecticut Law Tribune, the Connecticut Probate Law Journal and the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal. In 1996, he served as president of the Watkinson Prisoners Aid Society. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Attorney Berman also served on the board of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. His professional memberships include the Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations. He holds an A.B. from Wheaton College in Illinois and received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut (1957).
Education
  • University of Connecticut
    Juris Doctorate

Courtney B. Bourns

Practice Areas:
-Family Law
-Matrimonial Mediation
-Divorce Attorney

University:
-Tufts University, B.S., 1958

Law School:
-Duke University Law School, LL.B., 1964
Admitted:
-1964, Connecticut

Memberships: Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations (Member, Family Law Section); Academy of Family Mediators; Mediators Beyond Borders International; and the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.

Born: Cleveland, Ohio, January 4, 1936

Biography: Attorney Bourns practices exclusively in the area of matrimonial mediation, drawing on more than 40 years of experience as a divorce attorney. Since 1991, he has been consistently rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
He holds a B.S. from Tufts University and an LL.B. from Duke University Law School, where he was an editor of the Duke Law Journal. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut (1964).
Attorney Bourns has served as a Special Master with the Hartford Superior Court Family Mediation Panel and is on the boards of several Hartford-area nonprofit organizations, including Wheeler Clinic. He is a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
His professional memberships include: Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations (Member, Family Law Section); Academy of Family Mediators; Mediators Beyond Borders International; and the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.
Education
  • Duke University Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Barbara D. Aaron

Practice Areas:
-Family Law
-Alternative Dispute Resolution
-Mediation
-Collaborative Divorce

University:
-American University, B.A., 1979

Law School:
-Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1984

Admitted:
-1984, Connecticut and New York; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Memberships: Hartford County Bar Association (Former Co-Chair, Family Law Committee, 1996-1998); Connecticut Bar Association (Member: Family Law Section - Executive Committee; ADR Section; Committee on Fee Arbitration; Former Chair, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1992-1994); American Bar Association; Conciliation Courts; Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association; Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Born: West Hartford, Connecticut, April 10, 1957

Biography: Attorney Aaron's family practice is devoted primarily to high-net income and net-worth clients, who seek to resolve their cases discreetly and in ways that promote the integrity of the family and the interests of children. She is regularly listed among "Connecticut Super Lawyers" and "Hartford's Top Attorneys" and is a founding member and past president of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND).

She earned her B.A. from American University and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Attorney Aaron was admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut (1984).
She was Magistrate and Small Claims Commissioner for the State of Connecticut in 1997 and past president for the Connecticut Council on Divorce Mediation. She has served as a Special Master (Family Division) in the Hartford, New Britain and Middletown Superior Courts. Attorney Aaron is a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. She sits on the board of the Children's Law Center of Connecticut and was a member of the State of Connecticut's Commission on Child Protection in 2009.

Her professional memberships include: the Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations; the Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association; and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Education
  • Brooklyn Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Steven R. Dembo

Practice Areas:
-Litigation
-Personal Injury
-Family Law
-Appeals
-Mediation
-Criminal Law
-General Practice

University:
-State University of New York at Binghamton, B.S., 1987

Law School:
-Western New England College of Law, J.D., 1990

Admitted:
-1990, Connecticut

Memberships: Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations.

Born: Queens, New York, March 5, 1965

Biography: Attorney Dembo is an skilled litigator with substantial experience in matrimonial, civil, personal injury, criminal cases and appeals. He is widely respected & routinely handles complex cases involving multiple legal issues. Since 2008, he has been consistently listed among "Connecticut Super Lawyers."

A James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Attorney Dembo is a Special Master, Family Division, with the Hartford and Middletown Superior Courts. He is also a member of the Town of West Hartford's Board of Personnel.
Attorney Dembo holds a B.S. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and earned his J.D. from Western New England College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut (1990) and is a member of the Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations.
Education
  • Western New England College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Jo-Ellen Jagos

Practice Areas:
-Probate
-Real Estate
-Corporate Law
-Trusts and Estates
-Estate Planning

University:
-University of Massachusetts, B.A., 1993

Law School:
-University of Connecticut, J.D., 1998

Admitted:
-1998, Connecticut

Memberships: Connecticut Bar Association (Previous Co-Chair, Estate, Probate & Tax Committee, Young Lawyers Section).

Born: Worcester, Massachusetts

Biography: Former Staff Attorney, West Hartford Probate Court, Young Lawyers Section Estate, Probate & Tax Committee.
A 1998 graduate of the University of Connecticut Law School, Attorney Jagos concentrates her practice in the areas of probate, real estate, corporate law, trusts and estates, and estate planning.

She is a former staff attorney with the West Hartford Probate Court and served as co-chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Connecticut Bar Association's Probate and Tax Committee.
Attorney Jagos was admitted to practice in Connecticut in 1998 and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. She holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.
Education
  • University of Connecticut
    Juris Doctorate

Seth Contant

Practice Areas:
-Matrimonial and family law
-Civil advocacy
-Dispute resolution

University:
-Boston College, B.A., 2000

Law School:
-Western New England University School of Law, J.D., 2008

Admitted:
-2008, Connecticut

Memberships:
-Hartford County and Connecticut American Bar Associations.

Born:
-St. Louis Missouri, 1977

Biography: Attorney Conant focuses his practice in the areas of matrimonial and family law, civil advocacy and dispute resolution. He earned his B.A. from Boston College in 2000 and received a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law in 2008.

Attorney Conant was admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut in 2008. He is a member of the Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations.
Education
  • Boston College
    Juris Doctorate

Caitlin Kozloski

Practice Areas:
-Family and matrimonial law
-Civil advocacy
-Dispute resolution

University:
-Quinnipiac University School of Law, graduated with honors, 2011
-University of Connecticut, B.S. (magna cum laude), 2008

Admitted:
-2011, Connecticut

Memberships:
-Hartford County Bar Association and Connecticut Bar Association.

Born:
-Ridgewood, NJ

Biography: Attorney Kozloski focuses her practice in the area of Matrimonial & family law and civil advocacy and dispute resolution. She graduated with honors from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2011 and served as Executive Managing Editor of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal. She earned her B.S (magna cum laude) from the University of Connecticut in 2008.

Attorney Kozloski was admitted to practice in Connecticut in 2011. She is a member of the Hartford County Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.
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