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Paul J. Knierim, Probate Court Administrator

Paul J. Knierim was appointed Probate Court Administrator in 2008, after 10 years of service as judge of the Simsbury Probate Court. He previously served three terms in the General Assembly, where he was assistant minority leader and ranking member of the Education Committee.


From 1990 to 2000, Paul practiced law in the estate planning field and was a partner in the office of Drew, Mersereau & Knierim and later at Cummings & Lockwood. Before entering private practice, he was law clerk to Chief Justice Ellen A. Peters.


Paul has been a member of the Connecticut Bar Association since 1989 and was elected as a fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 2010. His civic activities have included teaching English as a second language at Literacy Volunteers Greater Hartford, chairmanship of the Probate Assembly Ethics Committee and board memberships on the Simsbury Cemetery Association, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and Simsbury Land Trust.


He is a graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School.