Clifford C. Garnett
Clifford Garnett is the senior associate attorney at Welty Esposito & Wieler, LLC. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 2015 and has been employed at the firm since that time. Attorney Garnett focuses his practice in the areas of matrimonial, juvenile, and children’s probate matters. He has represented individuals in all phases of divorce, custody, post-judgment, appellate, restraining order, and pre/post-marital agreement matters throughout the State of Connecticut. This has included many high net worth, high conflict custody, and complex litigation cases.
While Attorney Garnett is well versed in all phases of litigation, he is mindful that clients and their children are often best served by reaching comprehensive agreements tailored to their specific circumstances. This often includes collaborating with other professionals such as financial and mental health experts, and utilizing dispute resolution techniques to reach practical outcomes for clients. In the event that a case cannot be amicably resolved, Attorney Garnett is capable of litigating the matter to resolution.
Additionally, Attorney Garnett regularly serves as court appointed counsel for minor children, often times in the role of a Guardian Ad Litem to gather information and make recommendations regarding the best interests of children. He also has experience serving as a mediator for parties who wish to amicably resolve disputes outside of the litigation process.
Above all, Attorney Garnett seeks to listen, cultivate relationships built on mutual respect, and provide practical guidance to his clients.
Attorney Garnett has been rated by Super Lawyers as a rising star in the area of family law in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. Attorney Garnett has also been included on the Best Lawyers list of Ones to Watch in the area of family law in 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.
Attorney Garnett earned his Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2015. While in law school, he participated in the Advanced Family Law Trial Practice Program and received a concentration in Family Law, with honors. He also earned Distinguished Academic Achievement awards in his Contracts, Federal Income Taxation, Remedies, and Juvenile Law courses. Prior to attending Quinnipiac, he earned his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Connecticut.
Attorney Garnett is a member of the New Haven County and Connecticut Bar Associations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the New Haven County Bar as the Immediate Past President. In 2018, he attended the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers National Institute for Family Law Associates.
Attorney Garnett has been a lifelong resident of Connecticut and currently resides in North Haven.
- Quinnipiac University School of Law, Connecticut
- Honors: Concentration in Family Law, with honors
- Honors: Advanced Family Law Trial Practice Program
- Honors: Distinguished Academic Achievement awards in his Contracts, Federal Income Taxation, Remedies, and Juvenile Law courses
- University of Connecticut
- B.A. - 2011
- Major: Economics and Political Science
- The Foundation of the New Haven County Bar Association, (Served as President from 2022 – 2023), 2018 to Present
- New Haven County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, (Served as President from 2022 – 2023), 2016 to 2023
- Welty Esposito & Wieler LLC, Law Clerk, 2014 to 2015
- The New Haven County Bar Association
- Connecticut Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Family Law
- Child Protection
- Structured Settlement Transfer
- Connecticut, 2015