James L. Katz
Email: jkatz@leightonlawyers.com

James L. Katz is a partner at Leighton, Katz & Drapeau.  The firm has offices in Vernon, Enfield, Hartford and Middletown.  Jim’s area of concentration is family law.

In his 30 years of practice, Jim has been involved in thousands of cases.  He has been trial counsel in various Connecticut state courts. He represents diverse parties, including children in family law cases.

Presently, he is a Special Master in the Connecticut family law court mediation system.  Also, Attorney Katz is a private mediator for those who wish to minimize the stress and expense and de-emphasize the involvement of the Court in their private lives.  He is trained and experienced in collaborative divorce which is another alternative to extensive court involvement.

Previously, he was the President of the Tolland County Lawyers’ Association and a family law instructor at Manchester Community College.  Also, he has several years experience as a family social worker.  Through the years, Jim has been involved with diverse legal and community organizations. 

Attorney Katz obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts.  He then received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut.

Family law parties need someone to help them navigate through a somewhat unique and emotional time in their life.  Jim’s referral and “word of mouth” clients are a testament to his understanding of and success with these difficult endeavors.

Attorney Katz is a member of:  the Connecticut Federal Bar; the Tolland County Bar; the Family Law Division of the Connecticut Bar Association; and Collaborative Divorce Professionals.