Timothy J. Conlon is one of the leading divorce attorneys in Rhode Island and the surrounding region. He is well-versed in difficult family law conflicts, including child custody, visitation, child/spousal support, interstate relocation, complex property division, and more. He has handled contentious divisions and reorganizations of marital businesses, both on behalf of the acquiring and the selling spouse.
“Many clients come in with fear, sometimes just of the unknown, sometimes of ‘the process,’” Tim says. “I’ve guided spouses through some of the most contentious and complicated divorces, creating solutions that allowed my client to not only get through what seemed an impossible conflict, but find their best selves,” he adds. “What fires me up is seeing a client years after the fact, thrilled to have gotten to where they are.”
J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law
B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, Brown University
Rhode Island, 1980
U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
honors & awards
The Best Lawyers in America© “Lawyer of the Year” (2014, 2016, 2019, 2022)
Case of the Year award, 2003 for Rhode Island’s Clergy Abuse Cases
AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
The Best Lawyers in America© Best Lawyer, Family Law (2015-2024)
Member Fellow, Pound Civil Justice Institute
10.0 “Superb”, Avvo Rating
- Closed a ‘hostile take over’ of a marital business on behalf of a spouse that had run the back end of one of the RI’s largest mental health providers when her husband faltered and the business he founded was threatened. Today, that business thrives under her leadership.
- Closed 8 figure sale of a spouse’s interest in a leading regional hard-cider company he founded under a deal that had been structured with ex at the time of divorce to allow him to move forward while securing her defined marital share
- Chaired the Plaintiff’s Counsel Committee in RI’s Clergy abuse litigation, and in that capacity, negotiated and closed settlement of 36 cases on behalf of victims in 2002, after nearly a decade of contentious litigation and discovery on two continents into the practices of the Church relative to clergy abuse.
- American Association for Justice Family Law Section, former Chair and Vice-Chair Family Law Section
- RI Attorney’s for Justice, Board of Governors
- Pound Civil Justice Institute, Member Fellow
- Edward P. Gallogly Family Law Inns of Court, President, Present
- “Affiliated” Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (“AFCC”)
“Electronic Evidence for Family Law Attorneys,” co-written book with Aaron Hughes for the ABA.
“Town council questions school department’s new policies following ‘naked fat test’ investigation,” The Boston Globe, September 2022
“Coach Allegedly Molested Students by Making Them Strip Naked Under Pretext of Measuring Body Fat,” People Magazine, July 2022
“North Kingstown Coach Aaron Thomas charged with child molestation, sexual assault,” The Boston Globe, 2022
“Aaron Thomas, former North Kingstown coach, charged with child molestation and sexual assault,” The Providence Journal, July 2022
“R.I. Attorney General asks state Supreme Court to reverse dismissal of lawsuits against Catholic Diocese,” The Boston Globe, April 2022
“North Kingstown Town Council votes to hire outside counsel to review investigation of coach Aaron Thomas,” The Boston Globe, November 2021
“‘The first time I fat tested was 13 years old’: Lawyer shares documents from former student-athletes about North Kingstown coach Aaron Thomas,” The Boston Globe, November 2021
“NKHS Coach Aaron Thomas’ fat test consent forms don’t say anything about nudity,” The Boston Globe, November 2021
“Why was coach Aaron Thomas hired at Monsignor Clarke School after being forced to resign from North Kingstown?,” The Boston Globe, November 2021
“North Kingstown School officials told coach Aaron Thomas to stop private ‘body fat tests’ in 2018,” The Boston Globe, November 2021
Tim has lectured frequently throughout the US and Canada on various topics including handling complex family law cases, digital discovery and electronic evidence, trial presentation, and representation of child sexual abuse victims.