Douglas I. Fishman

Douglas I. Fishman has been a practicing attorney for over fifteen years, working closely with families, individuals and small businesses. Doug’s trademark approach brings a winning combination of intelligence, empathy, creativity and effectiveness to his clients and their issues.

For the past ten years Doug has concentrated on assisting families with divorce, child custody and support, adoption and all manner of family matters.  In addition to expertly managing the technical and procedural aspects of divorce, Attorney Fishman understands the feelings and emotions that accompany the divorce process. Through extensive training and experience, Attorney Fishman has developed a full range of options in his family-centered practice, including mediation, collaboration, and litigation.  When appropriate he coordinates closely with other professionals, including mental health providers, accountants, and financial planners.

In addition to his work with families, Attorney Fishman’s career had included working with closely-held businesses and non-profit organizations, assisting them with valuations, employment matters, intellectual property, joint venture, agreements, purchase and sale issues, and construction matters.  Attorney Fishman has experience both in private practice and as in-house counsel, giving him even broader understanding of the many needs of his clients.

Attorney Fishman has served as the founding board member of the Connecticut branch of an international adoption agency and as a member of the Connecticut Tobacco and Health Trust Fund Settlement board.   He volunteers as a Special Master in the Hartford Superior Court, and as a mediator in the Families in Transition program at the Children’s Law Center of Connecticut, helping high-conflict couples resolve parenting issues.


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, JD (1998)
  • Brown University, AB Sociology of Medicine and Public Health (1982)


  • Intensive Mediation Training at Mediation Matters, Baltimore, MD 2009
  • Advanced Mediation and Collaborative Training, with Woody Mosten 2011
  • Advanced Mediation Training – Getting Past Impasse, with Norman Fiske 2011
  • Guardian ad Litem Training for Child and Custody Matters 2011
  • Collaborative Divorce Training, with Cathy Heenan and Rita Pollak 2012
  • Communications Strategies, at CLCCT 2013
  • Advanced Mediation Training, with Ken Cloke 2014
  • Brain Functioning and Behavior Workshop, at CLCCT 2014
  • Managing High Conflict Personalities in Separation and Divorce, with Bill Eddy, 2014
  • Coercive Control and its Impact on Mediaton, with Evan Stark 2015
  • Advanced Mediation Training – The Art of Maximization, with Chip Rose 2015
  • Coercive Control, with Evan Stark 2016
  • Maximizing Success in Mediation and Collaborative Process, with Nancy Cameron 2016
  • Appellate Advocacy Institute 2016
  • Collaborative Practice and Evolving Ethical Standards 2016
  • Financial Aspects of Divorce 2016
  • Parenting Coordination 2016
  • DCF Insider Tips for the Family Attorney 2017


  • Contributing Editor to Stephenson’s Connecticut Civil Procedure
  • Contributing Editor to Marital Agreements in A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Connecticut


  • Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce, board and executive committee, 2016-present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group
  • Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association

Volunteer Work

  • Special Master at the Hartford Superior Court
  • Volunteer Mediator at Families in Transition Program, Children’s Law Center of Connecticut
  • Judge, American Bar Association Negotiation Competition, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Founding board member of Connecticut branch of CAWLI, an international adoption agency
  • Former member of the Connecticut Tobacco and Health Trust Fund Settlement board of directors