Michael D. Day, Esq., CDFA

Michael D. Day, Esq. 860.288.5400, Ext. 103 mdd@thedayfirm.com

Michael D. Day, Esq.

860.288.5400, Ext. 103
mdd@thedayfirm.com

Attorney Day is a mediator and a certified divorce financial analyst. He is a former litigator, who has handled and won cases in both state and federal trial and appellate courts in Connecticut and other parts of the country.  Michael also served as a managing attorney of his firm, and trained numerous attorneys and staff, resulting in a team that set new legal precedent through state and federal litigation.  During this time, Attorney Day also successfully mediated divorce and family law cases with a 100% success record.  Motivated by the peaceful, amicable and low cost alternatives to contested family law litigation, Attorney Day downsized his practice and now exclusively practices divorce and family law mediation and planning. 

Michael is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and chosen to Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters.  These distinctions are bestowed on less than 5% of practicing attorneys.  He was selected as American Institute of Family Law Attorneys–10 Best, 2016-2017 and National Academy of Family Law Attorneys–Top Ten Ranking, 2017.  In addition, Michael is a member of the American, Connecticut, and Hartford County bar associations, an appointed Special Master, and a graduate of the Syracuse University, College of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Law & Commerce, a member of the Law and Technology Journal, a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and the recipient of the Gavel Award.

Michael is a happily married father of two and enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, astronomy, and birding. 

Practice
•  Divorce and Family Law Mediation
•  Divorce and Family Law Financial Analysis and Planning

Professional Leadership & Associations
• American Bar Association
• Connecticut Bar Association
• Hartford County Bar Association

Honors
• AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®
• Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters, 2016-2017
• American Institute of Family Law Attorneys–10 Best, 2016-2017
• National Academy of Family Law Attorneys–Top Ten Ranking, 2017
• Phi Beta Kappa
• Chancellor’s Scholar
• Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
• Moot Court Honor Society
• Associate Editor, Syracuse Law & Technology Journal
• Editor-in-Chief, Syracuse International Law Journal
• Gavel Award, Syracuse International Law Journal

Seminars, Lectures & Publications
• Lecture:  "Preserving the Record For Appeal" – 2016, Middletown, CT
• Lecture: “Preserving the Record For Appeal” – 2015, New Haven, CT
• Lecture: “Family Law for High-Net-Worth Individuals” – 2015, Farmington, CT
• Lecture: "Anatomy of the Appeal" - 2014, Wethersfield, CT
• Lecture: “Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information” - 2009, Waterbury, CT
• Lecture: “The Paperless Law Office” - 2007, Stamford CT
• Lecture: “Connecticut Business Entities” - 2004, Waterbury CT
• Lecture: “Family Law” - 2004, New Haven CT
• Lecture: “Family Law:  Custody, Visitation and Child Support” -  2003, Bridgeport CT
• Note: “Genetics and The Law: International Food Trade and Scientific Evidence”
• Publication: “The Paperless Law Office” - Connecticut Lawyer, April 2007

Sample Experience
• Successfully resolved 100% of his mediation cases.
• Handled approximately 80 trials
• Handled approximately 65 appeals
• Special Master in Connecticut Superior Court
• Successfully litigated a family law matter in federal district court under the Hague Convention
• Filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the US Supreme Court on issue of first impression
• Won family law appeal addressing third-party access to child
• Won federal interlocutory appeal in a 42 U.S.C § 1983 matter in the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit (St. Louis, MO)
• Won remand of federal appeal addressing issue of first impression in the US Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit (Boston, MA)
• Won appeals in both CT Appellate and CT Supreme Court

Representative Matters:
• United States v. Hernandez (1st Cir. 2017) - Federal Criminal Law - Case Remanded
• In re Egypt E., et al., __ Conn. __ (2016) (SC 19644) – Child Protection (TPR):  Judgment Reversed, Case Remanded for a New Trial.
• In re Daniel N., __ Conn. App. __ (2016) (AC 38486) – Child Protection (TPR):  Judgment Reversed, Case Remanded for a New Trial.
• Diaz v. Commissioner of Correction, 157 Conn. App. 701 (2015) – Habeas Corpus:  Judgment Reversed, Case Remanded.
• Olascuaga-Vasquez v. Bueno-Arce, 3:14-cv-01578-CSH (2015) – International Family Law:  Successfully negotiated case thereby allowing child to remain in the US with client.
• Warner v. Bicknell, 126 Conn. App. 588 (2011) – Family Law:  Third Party Access; Judgment Reversed
• Parmley v. Norris, 586 F.3d 1066 (8th Cir. 2009), cert. denied. 561 U.S. 1033 (2010) – Federal Habeas Corpus:  US Supreme Court jurisdictional issue of apparent first impression; Split Decision; Review sought before US Supreme Court
• United States v. Nissen, 666 F.3d 486 (8th Cir. 2012) – Federal Criminal Law – Photographic evidence issue of apparent first impression
• Santiago v. Blair, 707 F.3d 984 (8th Cir. 2013) – Federal Civil Rights – Interlocutory appeal; Case Remanded

Education
• Syracuse University, BA (summa cum laude; honors)
• Syracuse University, JD

Bar Admissions
• State of Connecticut
• United States District Court, Connecticut
• US Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
• US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
• US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
• US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
• US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
• US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
• US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
• US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
• US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
• US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
• US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
• US Supreme Court