Samuel V. Schoonmaker, IV is the founding member of The Schoonmaker Legal Group, LLC, a law firm that is dedicated to the practice of appellate and family law. From 1996 until starting The Schoonmaker Legal Group, LLC in 2007, he was a partner with Schoonmaker, George & Colin in Greenwich. There he handled complex financial, custody and appellate matters in the family law field. Prior to joining Schoonmaker, George & Colin he was an associate in the litigation department at Day, Berry & Howard.
Mr. Schoonmaker graduated from Yale College (B.A. 1990, magna cum laude), Cambridge University (M.Phil.1991) and Columbia University School of Law (J.D. 1994).
In 2012, Mr. Schoonmaker created a multimedia form of legal education known as Case Flash, produced in cooperation with the Connecticut Bar Association. It delivers electronically short, intensive educational programs that address significant appellate court decisions. In 2013, the three attorney Case Flash team commenced Rule Flash, which expanded the multimedia approach to cover revisions to Rules of Court adopted by the Connecticut Judicial Branch.
Mr. Schoonmaker is the founder and editor-in-chief of Appellate Preview, an e-newsletter that analyzes family law decisions by the Connecticut appellate courts before those decisions are officially released. Several hundred lawyers receive Appellate Preview by e-mail. He also founded Family Law Alert, an e-newsletter that announces significant, practical developments in family law.
Mr. Schoonmaker has served as Managing Editor of the Connecticut Family Lawyer, which is a publication created by the Connecticut Bar Association’s Family Law Section to address practical and cutting edge family law issues. Since 2009 he has served on the Board of Editors of the Family Law Quarterly, the American Bar Association’s leading family law publication.
In 2012, he served on the faculty of the Appellate Advocacy Institute, a two day program presented by the CBA Litigation Section and Appellate Advocacy Section. Mr. Schoonmaker has spoken at continuing legal education seminars and law schools on topics including appellate advocacy, executive compensation, persuasive legal writing, financial affidavits, welfare reform, the nationalization of family law, and child support enforcement at a Connecticut judicial seminar. He has published on many of these subjects.
Mr. Schoonmaker served in numerous leadership positions in bar associations, including three separate one-year appointments as Financial Officer of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and five years on the Section’s Council. He served as co-chair of the Section’s Congressional Relations Committee, helped establish the ABA Child Custody Pro Bono Project, and in 2002 received the Chair’s Award for the highest level of meritorious service.
In 2004 he co-chaired the ABA Family Law Section’s Continuing Legal Education Committee, a position in which he was responsible for planning, producing and implementing legal education programs nationally. He was inducted into the American Counsel Association in 2002 and the American Bar Foundation in 2007. He is a member of the Connecticut bar and the bar of the United States Supreme Court.