The Goal Serve Fairfield

I have extensive knowledge of the day to day business of the probate court, and have worked side by side with Judge Dan Caruso for almost 20 years. My experience has given me a deep understanding of the issues and needs that our citizens are facing. That knowledge, combined with my judicial demeanor, will enable a seamless transition.

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Kate Neary Maxham is a 4th generation and lifelong Fairfield resident. She attended St. Thomas School in Fairfield, Notre Dame High School, and Rosemont College in Pennsylvania. She has been married to David Maxham, also a lifelong Fairfield resident, for 35 years. They have three grown children, Colleen, Kevin, and Molly.

Kate graduated cum laude from Quinnipiac Law School and began practicing law in Fairfield with the firm of Kleban & Samor PC in 1983. She moved to a part time law practice at Fitzpatrick & Fray in Fairfield while her children were young, concentrating in probate and real estate law. In 1998 she joined the Fairfield Probate Court as staff attorney, working side-by-side with Probate Judge Dan Caruso for nearly 20 years before his untimely passing in February 2018.

Kate is also an adjunct professor at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association. Kate also sat on the Board of Directors of Wakeman Boys and Girls Club for 24 years. She was appointed to the Fairfield Historic District Commission and the Fairfield Conservation Commission, on which she still serves as Vice Chairman. She volunteered as a Mill River Wetland Guide for ten years while her children were in school. Kate also served as a Girl Scout leader and still participates annually in Girl Scouts in Government Day. She is a founding member and annual participant in the Fairfield Ludlowe High School Senior Internship Program. Kate is also a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield.