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Mary Therese Surette

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Attorney Surette received her B.A. from Purdue University in 1988 and received her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2001. She was admitted to practice in Connecticut in 2001 and before the United States Supreme Court in 2010. Attorney Surette joined Lax & Truax, LLC as an associate in 2001, and became a partner in January 2009.

She is a member of the American Bar Association (Family Section), Connecticut Bar Association (Family Law Section), and Co-Chair of Fairfield County Bar Association (Family Law Section).

Attorney Surette regularly serves the Connecticut Superior Court as a Special Master in family cases in the Stamford, Bridgeport and Milford Courts. Attorney Surette has presented continuing legal education in Connecticut entitled “Family Law Litigation in Connecticut”. She is also a trained mediator through the Quinnipiac University School of Law, Center for Dispute Resolution.

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 2001


  • Quinnipiac College School of Law, Hamden, Connecticut
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi, Legal Honor Society
  • Purdue University
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

  • ARENA v. ARENA, 92 Conn.App. 463 (2005), Appellate
  • BUDRAWICH v. BUDRAWICH, 132 Conn. App. 291 (2011), Appellate
  • PRYOR v. PRYOR, 140 Conn.App. 463 (2013), Appellate

Classes / Seminars

  • Presenter, Family Law Litigation in Connecticut

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star in Connecticut Magazine
  • Rising Star, New England Super Lawyers Magazine, Family Law
  • Connecticut Super Lawyer, Rising Star

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2001 to Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 2001 to Present
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Member, 2001 to Present
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Co-chair, Family Law Section, 2015 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Lax and Truax, LLC, Attorney, 2001 to 2009

Pro Bono Activities

  • Social Master Programs, Stamford, Bridgeport, Milford, 2006 to Present
  • Stamford Volunteer Attorney, 2013 to 2015


  • English

Fraternities / Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi