The son of sergeant major in the U.S. Army, Wayne Effron grew up all over the world. As a child he was employed professionally as a singer, musician and stage actor. He returned to his birthplace to attend UConn where he was selected as a University Scholar, a designation conferred upon less than one per cent of the undergraduate student body. Wayne attained a Bachelors of Arts degree in sociology with highest honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After working as a mailman, salesman, musician and actor for two years after graduation, Wayne enrolled in law school and attained a degree with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Having spent three years in Japan, Wayne became acquainted with Zen philosophy. He has incorporated this perspective in the practice of matrimonial law in which he strives for mastery as a negotiator and litigator. He employs the process of mastery to attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment as a lawyer. Wayne believes that listening is a key attribute in representing his clients and furthering their interests. In preparing a case Wayne immerses himself in its facts and in the applicable law. His preparation is exhaustive. As Sun Tzu posits in his seminal work, The Art of War, “Every battle is won or lost before it’s ever fought.”
Wayne has tried dozens of divorce cases to conclusion, some of which have endured in Connecticut jurisprudence. For example, Wayne successfully represented the plaintiff wives in Maturo v. Maturo, 296 Conn. 80 (2010) and Hornung v. Hornung, 323 Conn. 144 (2016). Both of these cases were appealed to the Connecticut Supreme Court by the defendant husbands and today are frequently cited in other cases for their precedential value. In another recent case, Wayne negotiated what is believed to be the largest alimony settlement in this state on behalf of a client.
Wayne has been practicing law in Greenwich for almost forty years. He is acknowledged as one of the preeminent matrimonial lawyers in this state. Wayne has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than twenty years, and has earned an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as well a past president of its Connecticut Chapter. He has been listed in Top Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine, Best Lawyers, Westchester Magazine; Best Lawyers, New York Magazine and Super Lawyers. He has a 10 rating by Avvo.
Wayne was formerly an adjunct professor of law at the Pace University School of Law and has served the mediation arm of the Connecticut Superior Court as a Special Pre-Trial Master since 1983. Since 1979, he has been the co-author of Volumes 2, 3 and 3A of the Connecticut Practice Series, now published by Thomson-West, which serves as a guide for attorneys throughout the state. He has published numerous articles and is a frequent lecturer in the area of family law.
Today it is fashionable to strive to lead a balanced life. Wayne does not adhere to that maxim. Being selected as a lawyer for another’s divorce is a privilege and bestows on a lawyer an enormous responsibility. It is Wayne’s philosophy that there is nothing more important than the representation of a client during this tumultuous portion or her or his life. When he no longer believes and lives according to that maxim, he will give up the practice of law.