• University of Vermont, B.A. English
  • University of Vermont, B.A. Political Science
  • University of Connecticut School of Law J.D. 2014


  • Competition Editor, Connecticut Law Review
  • Special Master, Hartford Superior Court, Family Division
  • Special Master, New Britain Superior Court, Family Division



  • Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Alimony
  • Criminal Law related to domestic cases
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Post-judgment modifications
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Mediation
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Same-Sex Divorce
  • Restraining Orders
  • Protective Orders
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Divorce

Elise Cousineau

Managing Attorney

Elise Cousineau is the proud daughter of two attorneys.  Growing up, she was told she could be anything she wanted to be…just not an attorney.  Naturally, she ended up on the path anyway.  Ellie’s original intention was to represent children.  During her time at UCONN Law, she did her clinic work at the Center for Children’s Advocacy in furtherance of this goal.  She also served as the Competition Editor for the Connecticut Law Review.

After finishing law school, Ellie found herself representing the adults in family law cases and loved it.  She has been practicing in family law exclusively for her entire career.  Ellie loves working with her clients to create better outcomes for their post-divorce lives.  An avid puzzler, she finds it wildly satisfying when the terms of an agreement click into place and always works towards achieving that goal.

Ellie studied theatre while at the University of Vermont, and was the stage manager for a large-scale production of Cabaret in her senior year.  The company she oversaw had over fifty members, including actors, musicians, dancers, and technical workers.  She brings this multidisciplinary training with her to all aspects of her career in family law and maintains a deep appreciation of musical theatre.

When she isn’t working, Ellie enjoys reading, doing crosswords, and knitting.  She is an excellent cook and baker.  She spends most of her days futilely trying to explain the nuances of reality television to her two overweight cats, Hades and Persephone.

Elise can be reached at elise@richrochlinlaw.com and 860-327-8811.

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We are able to keenly understand the dynamics, perspectives, and values at the core of every matter.

We approach each new case with an empathetic client and family-focus, which is largely influenced by Rich’s cherished role as husband and father. Rich’s family values are inextricably intertwined with our practice and approach to resolving family disputes. 

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