Our All Star Legal Team

Drzislav (Dado) Coric

Dado Coric is a highly experienced civil, criminal and family law litigator and trial attorney, who practices in the state, federal and Native American tribal courts. Based on his decades of experience as a criminal lawyer, he offered testimony before the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut Legislature supporting a bill mandating the use of extended alcohol monitoring for repeat-offender drunk drivers.
  • J.D., Washington University, 1987
  • A.B., Duke University, 1981
Bar Admission
  • Connecticut, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1994
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law
  • BV® Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations
  • Croatian
  • French
  • English




Gary B. Traystman

Gary B. Traystman

Gary B. Traystman focuses exclusively on family law and divorce matters and has focused on divorce and its economic components, custody, and visitation since 1985. He has handled thousands of divorces and related matters, represented high-profile and celebrity clients, and appeared in local and national media to discuss family law issues, while developing a reputation as a talented and experienced family court practitioner. He has served as a special master in New London County and the Middletown Family Court for over 30 years, and the Regional Family Trial Docket (a specialized custody docket) in Middletown for over 20 years.

  • J.D, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1980
  • B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College, 1976
Bar Admision
  • Connecticut, 1981
Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Marital agreements
  • BV® Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations

Susan M. Asselin-Connolly

Susan M. Asselin-Connolly

With more than a quarter century of experience, Attorney Asselin-Connolly, of counsel to Traystman & Coric, has focused her practice on family law litigation and mediation, most particularly with regards to issues affecting children.

Recognition of her commitment to family law issues, particularly with regards to child related issues has been reflected by:

  • Her appointment by the Hon. Governor John Rowland to the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines Commission
  • Her appointment as a Director and Family Court Education Coordinator for “Take Root”; an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded not for profit organization
  • Being the recipient of multiple awards, including the prestigious C.B.A. “Citizen of the Law” Award for her work in Juvenile Justice and Education issues
  • Serving as an adjunct faculty member for the National Judicial College to lecture on child custody related issues and as a Visiting Professor at Connecticut College teaching “Children’s Rights and Public Policy
  • Most recently by the invitation for her to serve on the Steering Committee of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF), the plaintiff in a ground breaking lawsuit against the State of Connecticut to define “adequate funding” for public education.

Attorney Asselin-Connolly has significant trial experience with respect to all aspects of dissolution of marriage, child custody, support, abuse and neglect, guardianship, and termination of parental rights proceedings. She is a lifetime member of Who’s Who in American Law.

From the inception of her career as a family lawyer, the one constant has been her unwavering commitment to the rights of children. She is the founder of and past Chair of the Committee of Counsel for Children. She is the co-founder of the Early Intervention Special Masters Program, a program she designed and implemented to insulate children from the emotional trauma of custody litigation.

Practice areas
  • Family law
  • Divorce and elder mediation
  • Arbitration
  • DCF
  • Juvenile law
  • Probate
    Child custody
  • Parent Coordination
Bar admissions
  • Connecticut, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1986
  • BV® Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Connecticut Bar Association Citizen of the Law Award
  • Connecticut Secretary of State Outstanding Community Service Award
  • ABA Child Advocacy National Certificate of Recognition
  • DCF First Annual “Partners for Children” award
  • J.D., Quinnipiac Law School, 1985
  • Staff Member, 1983-1984 and Executive Managing Editor, 1984-1985, University of Bridgeport Law Review
  • B.A., University of Connecticut, 1981
Professional associations
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member Executive Committee, Family Law
  • New London County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors,
    • President, 2002
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • International Association of Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Community involvement

  • Vice President, City of New London Board of Education, 2011 (three terms)
  • Representative for At-Large Members, Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) Steering Committee, 2012
  • Member, International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence
  • Member, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)
  • Founder and member, Truancy Review Board (TRB), school/court partnership to address truancy issues;
  • Co-coordinator New London Youth Talent Show

Cody Layton

Cody Layton

The newest member of the Traystman & Coric team, Cody is a disciplined and passionate client advocate with strong connections to the community and an unrivaled work ethic. Despite his recent admission to the Connecticut Bar, Cody brings strong negotiation skills and a strategic approach to his cases that many seasoned counselors lack.

Practice areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law
Bar admissions
  • Connecticut, 2013
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court, 2014
  • J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law, 2013
  • B.A., Susquehanna University, 2006
Professional Associations
  • New London County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals of Eastern Connecticut