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Mary Schinke

Experience

2004 – present, Mary Schinke, Attorney at Law, LLC, Roxbury, CT
2009 – 2013, Giuliano & Richardson LLC, Woodbury, CT – of Counsel
1998 – 2004, Linklaters, New York, NY – Corporate Associate, Asset Finance Group
1991 – 1998, White & Case LLP, New York, NY – Tax Associate, Employee Benefits and Private Clients Groups
1986 – 1988, Columbia University, New York, NY – Research Associate, School of Social Work; Counselor, Double Discovery Center, Upward Bound Program
1985 American Broadcasting Co, New York, NY – Account Executive, WABC Radio

Education

1991 Harvard Law School, J.D., Cambridge, MA
1985 Yale College, B.A., Psychology, New Haven, CT
1984 Richmond College, Certificate, British Studies, London, UK
1981 Ethel Walker School, Simsbury, CT

Current Community Service

Board of Directors, Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, Danbury, Connecticut

Board of Trustees, Minor Memorial Library, Roxbury, Connecticut

Board of Directors, Washington Garden Club, Washington, Connecticut

Past Community Service in Connecticut

Advisory Board Member, Yale Center for Faith & Culture, New Haven, Connecticut

Warden, St. John's Church, Washington, Connecticut
Board of Directors, New Milford Hospital Foundation, New Milford, Connecticut

Board of Directors, Susan B. Anthony Project, Torrington, Connecticut
Trustee, Connecticut Community Foundation, Waterbury, Connecticut
President of Alumni Board & Trustee, The Ethel Walker School, Simsbury Connecticut
Committee One, Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Past Community Service in New York

Chair, Community Investment Program, Linklaters, New York, New York
Vice Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of New York
Board of Directors, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, New York, New York
Trustee, Diocesan Investment Trust, New York, New York
Board of Directors, Women's Prison Association, New York, New York
Board of Directors, Black Watch Council (Ticonderoga), New York, New York
Lay Eucharistic Minister, Search Committee Co-Chair, St. James’s Church, New York, New York

Personal

2002 Cornerstone Award, Lawyers Alliance for New York, for pro bono service after September 11, 2001
Dual citizenship: USA and France
Admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New York
My love of cooking and entertaining is balanced by my enthusiasm for physical pursuits.  I have been certified to teach Spinning, Nia and Yoga.

  • Mary Schinke provided expert guidance to me and my sons about estate planning, powers of attorney and healthcare proxies.  She was excellent at consulting each party as to their individual needs and then following up to assure alignment of my estate plan to theirs.

    M. Davis, New York, New York and Washington, Connecticut

  • I have nothing but good things to say about my attorney, Mary Schinke. Not only is she an 
    excellent lawyer who covers all bases in an accurate and comprehensive manner, but is also a
    compassionate and kind person.  I heartily recommend her.

    M. Garfin, Southbury, Connecticut

  • Mary Schinke provided excellent guidance to me and my co-executor as we navigated the probate process, resolving an estate with many loose ends. It would have been impossible for us executors to navigate the issues without Mary—she patiently explained every legal obligation to us, and carefully led us in resolving debt issues and distributions. In preparing the paperwork for the court, Mary ensured that the most accurate information would be conveyed. Mary carefully prepared for every meeting, and had all the time in the world for us when we met with her. Her cheerful “can do” attitude went a long way in getting us past the knotty issues. We are grateful to have worked with Mary! 

    L. Pistell, Summit, New Jersey & S. Beard, Blandford, Massachusetts

  • I wasn’t looking forward to making my will, but working with Mary made the process easy and comfortable. She is calm, thoughtful, and easy to understand.  Mary also helped me through the process of serving as an Executor.  She demystified the process and was a delight to work with. Mary will remain my cherished counsel and confidant, not only in law but also in my life.

    M. Richardson, Southbury, Connecticut

  • Mary was not only thorough and professional, but always kind and willing to go the extra mile.

    R. Hocking, New York, New York

  • Mary is very easy to work with.  Her deep and broad knowledge and experience helped us get our wills and other important life documents completed.  And we actually had a good time doing it!

    L. Apolzon & J. Stanton, Roxbury, Connecticut & New York, New York

  • I appreciated Mary's exceptional service. Mary was calm and clear throughout the process, making it far less onerous than I had anticipated.

                                                                                                                      - S. Albrecht, Canton, Connecticut

  • Mary always made us feel very comfortable with the process and her effort.

    D. Hocking, New Rochelle, New York

  • Mary is always thoughtful, thorough and a true pleasure to work with.

    C. Haver & S. Skolnick, Roxbury, Connecticut

  • When my husband died Mary helped me settle his affairs. Working with her, the process was smooth and easy to understand. Mary’s caring manner was a comfort to me during a difficult time.

    J. Omenson, Roxbury, Connecticut

  • Mary, thank you so much for all you’ve done. Your compassionate warmth and professionalism have been so important to me.

    J. Taylor, Southbury, Connecticut

  • Mary is a lawyer's lawyer. Incredible knowledge, completely trustworthy with a particular expertise in trust and estate work. As a partner in a same sex relationship, Mary's time and advice in helping us properly plan for the inevitable was priceless. And did I mention her comforting, humorous and loving manner? Simply the best.

    P. Healy, Roxbury, Connecticut & New York, New York