Melissa Papantones has lived in New Haven for over 25 years. She has practiced law continuously since her graduation from law school, 27 of those years in New Haven and the surrounding area. She is a respected trial lawyer and has an unblemished record as a member of the bar.
Melissa received a bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College in 1981 and a juris doctor degree from Emory University Law School in 1985. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Melissa began her legal career with a small firm outside of Boston in 1985, focusing on litigation.
She moved to Connecticut in 1990, where she has been in continuous practice in the field of civil litigation. As an experienced trial lawyer, she has been appointed by the judges of the superior court to sit as an arbitrator/fact finder and as a special master in civil cases.
Raised in a home where “giving back” was quietly practiced and preached only by example, Melissa is committed to service to her profession and community. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, for which she has served as a continuing legal education (CLE) instructor in Trial Advocacy and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section. She is a Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, a non-profit that works for the improvement of the practice of law and equal access to the legal system for poor and underserved communities.
Melissa has served on the board of the Community Action Agency of New Haven, the New Haven Cultural Affairs Commission, as a justice of the peace for the City of New Haven, and president of the former Steinert Society of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and in that capacity sat on the Symphony’s Board.
Melissa’s other community activities center around service to church and family. She has been a parish council member of St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church in New Haven and St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange, secretary of the Sacred Heart Academy Mothers Club, a member of the Notre Dame High School Parents Association, an ND “Drama Club Mom” helping create costumes and prepare meals, and a member of ND’s annual auction committee. She has also served in various capacities as a member of the St. Brendan’s Home & School Association, the St. Stephen Home & School Association, and the Parent Committee of Boy Scout Troop 608.
Melissa has been married to Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Corradino for 24 wonderful years. They moved to Westville from East Rock in 1995 and have raised their three children there. They are the proud parents of two college students and a high school junior.
She looks forward to the opportunity to continue her service to the community as Probate Judge in New Haven.