Congratulations to Suffield resident Barry Armata, who is one of the 13 newly appointed Connecticut Superior Court Judges.
Barry has lived in Suffield since he was in sixth grade and graduated from Suffield High School in 1977. He’s been married to his wife, Cheryl (an attorney at Mass Mutual), for 29 years and they have two boys, Peter (25) who is a nurse in Boston and recently engaged, and Paul (22) who works for a human resource company in Stanford.
Barry received his B.A. in Sociology/Economics from Boston College and his law degree from Syracuse University and has spent most of his career in Family Law, including mediations, collaborative law, domestic litigation and arbitration. He most recently was a partner with Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP in Hartford and his experience has included veterans, victims of domestic violence, elderly, and LGBT.
Barry belongs to many professional associations, including the Connecticut Bar Association [Family Law Section] as Past Chair and the Hartford County Bar Association [Family Law Section] as Past Chair. Barry’s many honors include James W. Cooper Life Fellow and Chair of the Cooper Fellows Roundtable Program. He has been selected as a “SuperLawyer” each year since 2009. He is recipient of AVVO’s (a company that rates lawyers) “Clients’ Choice Award” and he has been designated by CCADV as one of the First 100 Men Working to Improve the Lives of Domestic Violence Victims.
While Barry’s work as a lawyer kept him busy, Suffield has also greatly benefited from Barry’s work. He has always been involved in giving back to the community in which he lives. He has been chairman of Suffield Juvenile Review Board, worked on the Suffield High School Hall of Fame committee, and acted as Chairman of the Suffield Foundation for Excellent Schools (SFES) as well as the SFES auction. For eight years Barry and the Randall Street Boys (Bob Eccles, Scott Schneider, Chris Rupp and Peter D’Ostuni- all foodies) donated to the SFES auction a dinner for eight, which they prepared for the highest bidders.
Barry now works as a Superior Court Judge in the Waterbury Criminal Court.