Brian G. Winter joined Stewart Law Group as associate attorney in 2017. With over 20 years in family law practice, Brian is a wealth of information and an experienced litigator. Areas of special interest to him are child custody mediation and collaborative divorce. He was trained as Guardian Ad Litem in Connecticut where he also served the court as family law Special Master (2006 – 2014).
Recognized for his legal acumen and versatility, Brian is an estate planning and probate law attorney, too. Tech savvy, he likes SLG’s technology-based systems. Early in his legal career, Brian was a solo practitioner for six years. He knows first-hand how the right systems improve productivity and efficiency, saving his clients both stress and money.
Brian was born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, on the Eastern Seaboard. The Winters had been visiting family in the Valley for years, really liking the community, the educational opportunities for children and, of course, the abundant sunshine. When they decided to leave Connecticut in 2014, Phoenix was a natural fit.
In 1994, Brian was admitted to practice law in not one, but three jurisdictions: Connecticut and Florida (active), plus New York (registered). He became a member of the State Bar of Arizona in 2014. On a community level, Brian served on the Maricopa County Bar Association board of directors in 2016. A volunteer attorney for Wills for Heroes and Habitat for Humanity, Brian received the prestigious Second Mile Award for his work with HFH Coastal Fairfield County, Inc., in Connecticut.
In Brian’s heart, the Big Apple will always be his home away from home. He moved to NYC to attend St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens. With a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics (1990), he obtained his juris doctorate from SJU’s School of Law in 1993.
Helping clients and their families get through difficult times is what Brian finds most rewarding about his law practice. “I care about my clients’ lives and their outcomes,” says Brian, “I strive to help them receive the best results given their personal set of circumstances.” His dedication to his clients’ cases and to improving the legal system have not gone unnoticed: Rated Lead Counsel in Family Law (2015); Top Ten by the Nat’l Academy of Family Law Attorneys (2016); “10 Best” by American Institute of Family Law Attorneys; and rated 10-of-10 by Avvo, Inc., he received Avvo’s Clients’ Choice Award in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
He sees himself as family-oriented, insisting he’s learned the most about life from his wife and kids. His favorite activity is simply doing things as a family (which includes their dog, Romeo).
He likes being outdoors and hiking. Made all the more enjoyable when hiking and camping with his son’s Boy Scout troop (Brian is the troop’s Committee Chair). To relax on a quiet evening, though, an historical biography is a likely choice for this avid reader.