I am an experienced attorney who fights for the rights of children. I firmly believe that every child deserves the opportunity to reach his or her potential.

The Law Office of Christina D. Ghio, LLC is a solo practice law firm. What makes my practice different from most is that I provide holistic legal representation for children. That means that I advocate for children in multiple arenas, rather than focusing on just one piece of the puzzle. I represent children with disabilities and help their parents obtain the special education services they need from the school system. When needed, I handle disability discrimination claims, fight wrongful claims of child abuse or neglect, help parents obtain mental health services, and advocate for adult services as children with disabilities transition into adulthood.

When children with disabilities get in trouble at school or in the community, I am there to fight expulsion proceedings and delinquency charges. I work closely with parents to understand the strengths and needs of their children, identify the goals of legal representation, and provide compassionate and aggressive legal advocacy. When parents entrust me with helping their children, I take that responsibility seriously. I take the time to listen, explain the law, discuss options, and help parents make decisions about their children. I use my education, skills, and experience to provide the best legal representation of which I am capable.



If you are concerned about your child and think you might need a lawyer, you can contact my office for a free 30 minute phone consultation.



“Attorney Ghio combined reassuring empathy in our pre-trial preparation with cool efficiency in the courtroom. Her knowledge of child-centered case law is vast, and her expertise saved our family.”
Todd and Traci, Adoptive Parents
“Attorney Ghio listens and cares about her clients. She helped me to understand the law and my options without making me feel inferior. She always took the time to answer my questions. She is simply the best and I could not ask for better.”
Elizabeth, Adoptive Parent
“I could never say enough about Attorney Ghio. She was clear on what she could do for us, she listened, she was compassionate, she was available, always returned calls and did not pressure us.”
Mr. and Mrs. P., Legal Guardians
“Attorney Ghio explained to me all my options, and explained them all more than once. She gave us time to make sure it was what we wanted and she did a perfect job.”
T., a minor child
“Child welfare expert knew exactly how to get the information needed from DCF. Attorney Ghio was very clear about what services she could and could not provide and helped us explore options with other qualified individuals. She was also very responsive and knowledgeable.”
Christine, Adoptive Parent
“Every day my daughter and I and those who care about her are thankful to Attorney Ghio. Although Karen was first diagnosed with “problems” at the age of 2 nothing worked. She deteriorated over the years and wound up spending over 20 years institutionalized. After trying many things, I finally was referred to Attorney Ghio. It was a long, hard time. There were many meetings with large groups from DMHAS’ doctors and attorneys. I sat beside Attorney Ghio at each meeting. Finally, she/we won. My daughter has now been in her own apartment since December 2014 with services she requires due to her physical and psychological deficits. My daughter has successfully transitioned to the community. We owe this opportunity for a life to Attorney Ghio. I cannot thank her enough.”
Martha H., Parent
“Attorney Ghio is highly knowledgeable in her field. I really like the use of the Clio communication system. I felt safe to discuss important topics via this electronic communication. She always responded quickly to my inquiries. She takes the time to educate her clients.”
K.B., Parent
“Attorney Ghio was very thorough and timely with our situation. We were informed of a time frame which required a response and she was on top of it every step of the way. Attorney Ghio knows the CT laws in relation to our issues and we were confident in her ability to handle what we needed.”
Lisa T., Parent
“Attorney Ghio looks for client’s best interest and makes sure the process is understood. Always made sure I understood everything going on and explained everything to me.”
Sierra, Child
“I would like to say that Attorney Ghio was readily available, prompt, and answered all my questions. She was very knowledgeable on the subject matter, and I felt confident with her as we stepped into the several meetings with the school system, which can be intimidating if I didn’t have her at my side. I would most certainly choose Attorney Ghio again should I have any further problems.”
Kathy, Parent
“She was able to represent my daughter in a knowledgeable and respectful way. She helped our family get an educational placement that was appropriate for my daughter.”
Heather, Parent

“Attorney Ghio promptly and personally supported our family at a challenging time. Her guidance was superb. She has excellent attention to detail and confidentiality (Clio site). All processes were smooth (transfer of documents and emails) and efficient. Laura is wonderful as well! Attorney Ghio took the time to ensure we understood all options before us in a manner both clear and concise. She was very prompt to all of our concerns and questions beginning straight from our consultation call. Thank you so much, Christina. We are so grateful.”

Anonymous, Parent
“Attorney Ghio went above and beyond! She is very professional and knows how to handle complicated situations. She under promised and over delivered. (That sounds funny but she didn’t set me up for unrealistic outcome) and she accomplished more than we ever imagined.”
Leslie, Parent
“To review this office is to say that all stereotypes that are known about lawyers, all jokes we hear in our lives, are complete nonsense in comparison to what once receives from this Law Office. Everything is professional, everyone has compassion, the client is treated with respect, a true pleasure to work with. From Attorney Ghio, to her wonderful assistant Laura, to the use of Clio for communication and documentation…everything just works, just feels right. I would recommend this office to everyone and anyone that every asks me for a reference. While I hope to never need to come back to this office, I would do so in a heartbeat.”
Mark, Parent
“Attorney Ghio and staff were excellent to work with. The level of professionalism and knowledge of education law was exactly what our family needed to feel supported. To say working with Attorney Ghio changed the course of our lives is an honest statement and something I would share with anyone asking for an education attorney.”
Kimberly, Parent
“Christina Ghio and Laura Halliwell were both consistently attentive and responsive to all of our inquiries and concerns. Communication was always timely, thorough and thoughtful of our needs.”
Diane, Parent
“Christina did a great job representing us. She is thorough, confident and knowledgeable. She was familiar with the law and the school that she recommended our son attend. She responded promptly and was easy to understand. She was dependable and thorough and we are very happy with the results.”
Kristen Robinson, Parent
“Attorney Ghio worked with my family during a most challenging time for us. Her
compassion, knowledge, and confidence helped guide us in a direction that
ultimately benefited my child in the best way possible. Both she and her paralegal,
Emilee Guerrera, treated me with respect and kindness throughout this period even
when my emotions were running high. I am eternally grateful to them for their
work on my son’s behalf.”
Anonymous, Parent
“I really appreciated the advice and insight I received. She was always responsive and got back to me right away. She offered options, improved my knowledge of the proceedings and her counsel would be of benefit to others.”
Karen, Parent
“Attorney Ghio was very professional, she did exactly what she said she was going to do and advised me accordingly. I would hire her again if need be.”
Annette, Parent
“Christina was proactive for our case and explained the entire process to us. She is thoroughly versed in this subject, is very professional and presents herself at meetings and PPT’s as one would want. She always told us our options.”
Rick, Parent

“Attorney Ghio obtained DDS funding in a situation where our options were very limited. Thanks to Attorney Ghio our son got emergency funding and stay[ed] in the school until appropriate transition plans are in place. We will definitely recommend Attorney Ghio for anybody in Connecticut who has issues with DDS.”

Masashi Yamazaki, Parent

“Attorney Ghio and her staff were so professional and caring. When you are dealing with a special needs child and all the stresses that accompany that, the last thing you need is added stress from others. Attorney Ghio and her staff made sure I was taken care of so I could tend to my child and they took care of all the legal aspects of the situation. No added worries for parents.”

Beth, Parent

“Attorney Ghio is qualified, knowledgeable, clear, concise, detail oriented and compassionate! Yes, we were dealing with law, legal options, benefits, disadvantages, and options. Attorney Ghio NEVER lost sight of MY CHILD and what was best for her within it all. I am so grateful!”

Cathy, Parent

“I would recommend her for her professionalism, integrity, subject matter knowledge, thorough and careful decision making, and her respectful/collaborative communication with clients. Attorney Ghio was truly a pleasure to work with. We felt very confident in her hands.”

Vicki, Parent