Elizabeth McMahon


Elizabeth L. McMahon (Betsy) earned both her law and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University. Before studying law, she was a liaison officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Immediately after graduating, she moved to Germany and then to Iceland while her husband served in the U.S. diplomatic corps. They left the Foreign Service to make their home in Connecticut with their four children. For the past twenty years, her practice has been focused almost exclusively on QDROs.


  • The Connecticut Bar Association Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award 2015

  • The CBA Pro Bono Award 2008

QDRO Lectures:  

  • Connecticut Bar Association October 2017
  • Fairfield County Bar Association October 2017
  • Continuing Legal Education, Cheshire, CT December 2016
  • Litchfield County Bar Association Annual Law Day, April, 2015
  • Connecticut Judges’ Institute July, 2014
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, January 2008
  • Fairfield County Financial Planners September 2006
  • National Business Institute:  annually with few exceptions from 2003 - present

Volunteer Positions:

  • 1993-2000 – Branford Soccer Club – coach

  • 2002 – Present: Catholic Family Services foster parent for newborns awaiting adoption

  • 2014 – Present:  President, Hotchkiss Grove Association

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Other

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