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I have practiced law in New York since 1991 and in Connecticut since 2004. When I decided to go solo, I built a practice around helping individuals, couples, and families plan for the transfer of property, as well as guiding executors and families through the estate administration process when a loved one has died.

I began my career in corporate law, welcoming the challenge and complexity of working with large international firms. My years of corporate experience at the firms White & Case and Linklaters shaped both the sophistication of my work and my tailored approach to client service.

While I’m a native New Yorker and will always love the city, I was drawn to Roxbury Connecticut for its open space and close-knit community. I chose this town for my personal and professional home, and opened a law practice that reflects the beliefs I was raised with. My work here is deeply gratifying.

I started life in Queens, New York, then spent my formative years in Connecticut at The Ethel Walker School. I graduated from Yale University with a BA in Psychology, also earning a certificate in British Studies during my junior year abroad in London. I earned my law degree at Harvard.

When I’m not practicing law, I’m doing needlework, cooking, gardening, or otherwise enjoying life in the woods with my husband, Steven, and our dog, Charlotte. I have never played a sport, but in my student years and beyond was a modern dancer and choral singer.  Lack of athletic prowess aside, I am proud that in midlife I have been certified to teach spinning, Nia dance, and yoga —  proving it is never too late!

In years past I have served on a number of nonprofit boards and as Vice-Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and on Committee One of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. 

Currently I serve on the Board of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut.

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  • Mary is always thoughtful, thorough and a true pleasure to work with.

    C. Haver & S. Skolnick, Roxbury, Connecticut

  • When my husband died Mary helped me settle his affairs. Working with her, the process was smooth and easy to understand. Mary’s caring manner was a comfort to me during a difficult time.

    J. Omenson, Roxbury, Connecticut

  • Mary always made us feel very comfortable with the process and her effort.

    D. Hocking, New Rochelle, New York

  • I have nothing but good things to say about my attorney, Mary Schinke. Not only is she an 
    excellent lawyer who covers all bases in an accurate and comprehensive manner, but is also a
    compassionate and kind person.  I heartily recommend her.

    M. Garfin, Southbury, Connecticut

  • Mary was not only thorough and professional, but always kind and willing to go the extra mile.

    R. Hocking, New York, New York

  • Mary, thank you so much for all you’ve done. Your compassionate warmth and professionalism have been so important to me.

    J. Taylor, Southbury, Connecticut

  • I appreciated Mary's exceptional service. Mary was calm and clear throughout the process, making it far less onerous than I had anticipated.

                                                                                                                      - S. Albrecht, Canton, Connecticut

  • Mary is very easy to work with.  Her deep and broad knowledge and experience helped us get our wills and other important life documents completed.  And we actually had a good time doing it!

    L. Apolzon & J. Stanton, Roxbury, Connecticut & New York, New York

  • Mary Schinke provided excellent guidance to me and my co-executor as we navigated the probate process, resolving an estate with many loose ends. It would have been impossible for us executors to navigate the issues without Mary—she patiently explained every legal obligation to us, and carefully led us in resolving debt issues and distributions. In preparing the paperwork for the court, Mary ensured that the most accurate information would be conveyed. Mary carefully prepared for every meeting, and had all the time in the world for us when we met with her. Her cheerful “can do” attitude went a long way in getting us past the knotty issues. We are grateful to have worked with Mary! 

    L. Pistell, Summit, New Jersey & S. Beard, Blandford, Massachusetts

  • Mary is a lawyer's lawyer. Incredible knowledge, completely trustworthy with a particular expertise in trust and estate work. As a partner in a same sex relationship, Mary's time and advice in helping us properly plan for the inevitable was priceless. And did I mention her comforting, humorous and loving manner? Simply the best.

    P. Healy, Roxbury, Connecticut & New York, New York

  • I wasn’t looking forward to making my will, but working with Mary made the process easy and comfortable. She is calm, thoughtful, and easy to understand.  Mary also helped me through the process of serving as an Executor.  She demystified the process and was a delight to work with. Mary will remain my cherished counsel and confidant, not only in law but also in my life.

    M. Richardson, Southbury, Connecticut

  • Mary Schinke provided expert guidance to me and my sons about estate planning, powers of attorney and healthcare proxies.  She was excellent at consulting each party as to their individual needs and then following up to assure alignment of my estate plan to theirs.

    M. Davis, New York, New York and Washington, Connecticut