Michele D. Gartland


Michele Gartland practices in the areas of trusts and estates, corporate law, nonprofit, and provides expertise in a wide range of estate planning instruments, pre-nuptial agreements, and corporate documents. She works with clients to gain a thorough understanding of their goals and values as she develops individualized plans for their family or business.

Her trusts and estates work is characterized by her ability to identify clients’ needs based on their phase of life, as young couples plan for wealth generation and protection of their children, while later in life couples are looking at how best to transfer wealth intelligently. Michele has particular experience working with the intricacies of estate planning for non-citizens and individuals owning property outside the United States. Michele also has considerable background in corporate law, drawing on her years of experience in financial transactions and investment banking. Often, Michele’s areas of practice intersect as she assists clients with creating family foundations or holding companies for family assets.

Michele lives in Darien, Connecticut with her two sons and is active in numerous community organizations.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Connecticut
  • State of New York

Previous Employment

  • Gartland Legal Services, LLC, Darien, CT, 2011-2014
  • Xtract Research, Ridgefield, CT, 2008-2009
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York, NY, 1993-2000
  • Chemical Bank, New York, NY, 1986-1992


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY; J.D. cum laude
  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC; B.A.

Public Service

  • Darien Community Fund Allocations Committee, 2013
  • New Canaan Country School, Nominating Committee, 2011-2013
  • Town of Darien Representative Town Meeting, 2004-2006
  • New Canaan Country School Deal Days Treasurer, 2005-2007
  • Board Member of OPUS for Person-to-Person, 2002-2005
  • Member Darien Rotary Club, current