About Jeannine

Attorney Jeannine Lewis has dedicated her entire legal career to matters related to probate, and has in depth legal knowledge in many of the areas the probate court oversees. Workable outcomes for families that provide dignity and security are a priority in Attorney Lewis’s daily work. She devotes extensive time and thought to making decisions that affect the lives of others; treating clients with the same respect she would extend to her own close family members. Aside from her legal practice, Attorney Lewis believes it is important to use her education and experience to actively contribute to the betterment of the legal profession. She does this regularly by donating her time and energy to organizing legal education programs for attorneys and probate judges in her role as Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Jeannine’s background as a biochemist in pharmaceutical research and development gives her extensive familiarity with diseases affecting the elderly such as Alzheimer’s type dementia, and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This background allows her to proceed with patience and understanding in cases involving the elderly and those suffering from mental illness, and to reach workable solutions for families to ensure dignity and safety are extended to all. Jeannine is even tempered and can diffuse contentious family disputes by guiding parties to practical solutions that allow each person respect, dignity, and a chance to be heard. Her calm demeanor helps prevent unnecessary escalation of disputes and promotes the resolution of difficult matters.

Career Highlights:

  • Respected Colleague - Attorney Lewis was recently appointed, among other probate judges and attorneys, to serve on the Conservatorship Guidelines Committee which will, among other tasks, develop Standards of Practice for Connecticut conservators.
  • Attorney Mentor - Attorney Lewis co-authored a 70 page training manual entitled, Court Appointed Attorneys in Courts of Probate that was designed to train attorneys on how to properly represent individuals in probate court proceedings. The manual was made available to attorneys and the general public at no cost on the Probate Administration website in the spring of 2016.
  • Attorney Educator - Attorney Lewis serves as Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Elder Law section of the Connecticut Bar Association. This committee organized 14 programs between 2016-2017 to educate attorneys on topics such as new developments in probate law/procedure & administration, elder abuse, elder law, civil commitments, and veterans benefits.
  • Community Lecturer - Attorney Lewis is a regular community lecturer on end of life issues, and prepared an educational program for the statewide probate clerks annual meeting on the new Connecticut Uniform Power of Attorney Act and how it affected probate matters in 2016.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1994.
  • Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, West Hartford Connecticut, 2005.