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Family law
 Practitioners
         2010
                                                                                                                            Special advertiSing Section




    From Divorce to chilD Support
       & everything in Between

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            amily law encompasses many issues including marital                                  In New York, advanced degrees, professional licenses
            agreements, adoption and paternity, but the practice is                         and private practices are considered intangible assets that
            probably better known for areas of divorce, support                             are distributed in a divorce.
            and custody.                                                                         Financial concerns have always affected when a person
               While no one really plans to get divorced, the numbers                       files for divorce, Chemtob says.
are clear. According to the Vital Statistics of New York State, there                            “Depending on which spouse it is, a person may file
were 127,817 marriages in New York in 2007—and 54,679 divorces.                                        before or after an anticipated bonus, for example,”
    There are a few things that New Yorkers should know about                                          she says. “In the past two years, incomes have
family law, in particular about divorce. For one thing, citing                                         become so deteriorated, that many couples are
“irreconcilable differences” doesn’t fly here.                                                         waiting to get divorced.”
    “New York is the only state left that requires grounds for                                             Due to the challenging economy, some New
divorce,” says Nancy Chemtob of Chemtob Moss Forman &                                                  York courts are becoming more lenient in allowing
Talbert, LLP.                                                                                          individuals to renegotiate divorce judgments or
    Grounds include cruelty, abandonment (including “construc-                                          settlement agreements when the payer’s or
tive abandonment” which happens when one spouse refuses to                                              recipient’s financial circumstances have changed,
engage in sex); imprisonment for three years or more; adultery;                       From Top:         Chemtob says.
                                                                                      Martin Johnson,
conversion of a separation judgment or conversion of a written                        Lydia A. Milone,      In addition, couples that discover that they
separation agreement.                                                                 Nancy Chemtob cannot afford the terms of their prenuptial
    Divorce is costly for everyone, even high net worth clients.                                        agreements are drafting postnuptial agreements.
    “No matter how much money a person has, expenses seem to rise to
meet his or her income,” Chemtob says. “In many cases, affluent clients                               A CollAborAtive ApproACh
have obtained wealth by owning a company, so there are not just W-2s              In addition to being financially expensive, divorces are emotionally
to be taken into consideration, but businesses to be divided.”                costly, says Lydia A. Milone of Bodnar & Milone LLP.
                                                                                                               Milone practices matrimonial law using
                                                                                                          both the traditional litigation model and
                                                                                                          collaborative law, a process designed as an
   richarD M. reice                                                                                       alternative to court.
                                                                                                               In a collaborative law setting, a team
                                                                                                          consisting of attorneys, a neutral financial
    M     ediation, collaborative divorce, and
          aggressive litigation are all methods of
    resolving family law related matters and
                                                                                                          advisor, a neutral mental health specialist and
                                                                                                          the clients work together to reach a settlement
                                                                                                          in an open, respectful way.
    can be the appropriate approach depending                                                                  “The collaborative attorneys still represent
    on the parties and circumstances. My                                                                  their respective clients, but work to achieve
    experience as a litigator, representing                                                               one goal for the family,” Milone says. “If a
                                                                                                          spouse leaves, he or she can’t hire the same
    clients in complex negotiations, mediations
                                                                                                          attorney used in the collaborative process to
    and arbitrations, allows me to be highly                                                              pursue litigation. This tends to keep both
    effective in each of these forums and to                                                              parties at the table.”
    provide counsel as to which forum may be                                                                   Collaborative law is different than media-
    most beneficial.                                                                                      tion. A mediator is a deal broker, and is not
       The challenging emotional and financial                                                            there to advise either spouse, Milone explains.
    circumstances faced by a participant in                                                                    “Collaborative law is not for everyone,
                                                                                                          and there are some cases that need traditional
    a family law matter require a partnership
                                                                                                          litigation due to the psychodynamics and
    between attorney and client characterized                                                             attributes of the case,” Milone says.
    by empathy, clear communication,                                                                           Collaborative law is not necessarily less
    creativity, agreement on realistic objectives                                                         expensive than traditional litigation, but can
    and methods, and sensitivity to cost.                                                                 quicken the process and make it smoother for
    From my platform as a partner in the                                                                  everyone involved, including the children,
    national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw, and                                                               Milone says.
    motivated by my own divorce experience,
                                                                                                                         the Children
    I have established a family law practice                                                                  Custody matters can be one of the most
    which focuses on partnering with my                                                                   emotionally-charged aspects of a divorce, says
    clients and the resolution of family law                 richarD M. reice                             Martin Johnson of Johnson & Cohen, LLP.
                                                             620 Eighth Avenue
    related matters with an emphasis on                      New York, NY 10018
                                                                                                              “Challenges arise when parents who are
    fathers’ rights.                                         Phone: 212.218.3390 Fax: 212.218.5526        not living together are vying for custody of the
                                                             www.seyfarth.com • rreice@seyfarth.com       child,” Johnson says. “This leads to many
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                  Karen Kirchoff SaMinSKi, eSq.,                                                                                                llc

                                                                                                                              practice areaS
                                                                                                                              & ServiceS:
                                                                                                                              ➤ Divorce
                                                                                                                              ➤ Divorce By Mail
                                                                                                                              ➤ Divorce froM BeD
                                                                                                                                  anD   BoarD
                                                                                                                              ➤ cuStoDy anD
                                                                                                                                  parenting tiMe
                                                                                                                              ➤ SpouSal Support
                                                                                                                              ➤ chilD Support
                                                                                                                              ➤ eMancipation
                                                                                                                                  MotionS
                                                                                                                              ➤ DoMeStic violence
                                                                                                                              ➤ interState/international
                                                                                                                                  cuStoDy DiSputeS
                                                                                                                              ➤ hague convention
                                                                                                                                (international
                                                                                                                                chilD aBDuction)
                                                                                                                              ➤ relocation with
                                                                                                                                  chilDren froM the
                                                                                                                                  State of new JerSey
                                                                                                                              ➤ paliMony
                                                                                                                                  agreeMentS
                                                                                                                              ➤ prenuptial
                                                                                                                                  agreeMentS
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                                                                                                                              ➤ Separation
                                                                                                                                  agreeMentS
                                                                                                                              ➤ Marital SettleMent
                                                                                                                                  agreeMentS
                  Standing From Left: Jeffrey W. Suckow, Lynn G. Schundler, Esq., Suyapa J. Ramos, Michelle L. Meyer,         ➤   poSt Divorce iSSueS
                  Alexa M. Cecchini, Nancy M. Hartzband, Esq., Leonard B. Cohen, Esq. Seated: Karen Kirchoff Saminski, Esq.   ➤   MeDiation




                  T
                                                                                                                              ➤   collaBorative law
                             he Law Office of Karen Kirchoff Saminski, Esq., LLC practices exclusively in the areas of        ➤   granDparent
                             Divorce and Family Law, representing clients throughout New Jersey, as well as clients               viSitation
                             from out of state and abroad.                                                                    ➤   aDoption
                                As a former Jersey City Municipal Judge, recipient of the Hudson County Family Law            ➤   naMe change
                  Attorney of the Year award, past Chair of the Hudson County Family Law Committee, and former                ➤   appealS
                  District VI Attorney Ethics Committee member, founder Karen Kirchoff Saminski maintains the                 ➤   conSulting
                  same high standards she set when she opened her practice over 20 years ago: to provide legal
                  services in a professional, caring and assertive manner, while always keeping clients’ specialized
                  goals in mind. Her team of associate attorneys were chosen for their commitment to the practice of
                  family law, ensuring that her practice’s reputation for excellence and zealous advocacy remains
                  constant as the firm grows. Karen currently serves as an Early Settlement Panelist for the Superior
                  Court of New Jersey and is listed on the New Jersey Judiciary Roster of Family Court Mediators.
                      The firm is designed to be accessible to professional, technologically adept clients, utilizing all
                  available means of communication for client convenience. The firm maintains extended                        Karen
                  business hours and employs full-time IT staff to guarantee prompt, consistent service. Attorneys            Kirchoff
                  and support staff are knowledgeable, responsive, and ready to strategize to meet client goals.              SaMinSKi,
                  With its three office locations in Hoboken, Jersey City, and Westfield, the firm has the right tools        eSq., llc
                  in place to successfully handle matters for clients in New Jersey, across the United States, and
                  internationally, as well as for clients temporarily situated outside the State of New Jersey due to         79 Hudson Street
                  business, military deployment, or personal reasons.                                                         Suite 500
                      The attorneys and support team at the law offices of Karen Kirchoff Saminski, Esq., LLC know that       Hoboken, NJ 07030
                  a family law matter may be the most significant legal experience an individual will encounter in their      Phone: 201.653.0300
                  lifetime, and often represents the first experience with the judicial system. The firm is committed to      www.KarenSaminski.com
                  navigating its clients through the process and toward desired outcomes as seamlessly as possible.

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BoDnar & Milone                                                 llp

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          odnar & Milone LLP, founded by
          Best Lawyers in America® selected
          attorneys Lydia Milone and Peter
          Bodnar, offers its clients sound,
realistic expertise derived from its attorneys’
unparalleled collective experience in the
practice of all issues related to family and
matrimonial law.
    The firm approaches each case with
equal parts creativity and capability in order
to alleviate the anxiety that clients naturally
encounter during the divorce process.
“We manage client expectations from day
one and shepherd clients through the pro-
cess, working with them to achieve a result
tailored to their unique situation,” says




                                                                                                                                                                            www.arnoldadler.com
Ms. Milone. Whether resolution is achieved
through a negotiated settlement or hard-
fought litigation, the strategies utilized by the
                                                                                                              Standing From Left: Brandon M. Perlberg, Scott Pilutik,
attorneys of Bodnar & Milone address the                                    Erik Kristensen, David Elbaum, Pamela J. Jenson. Seated Lydia A. Milone, Peter O. Bodnar
needs, priorities, and personalities of those
involved. “We translate client concerns into concrete solutions,                  Both Ms. Milone and Mr. Bodnar are Fellows of the American
vigorously advocate and deftly negotiate”, says Mr. Bodnar.                    Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (as is Ms. Jenson) and mem-
    In addition to their litigation responsibilities, Mr. Bodnar,              bers of the Executive Committees of the New York State and
Ms. Milone, and senior counsel Pamela Jenson also engage in the                Westchester County Bar Family Law Sections. Mr. Bodnar is a
practice of Collaborative Law, an alternative dispute resolution               member of the Board of Managers of the Academy’s New York
methodology in which specially trained attorneys assist their                  State Chapter.
clients in more readily achieving amicable resolution.
                                                                   140 Grand Street, White Plains, NY 10601 • Ph: 914.997.2500 Fax: 914.997.8155




      serious times. serious lawyers. realistic solutions.




                                 alton l. abraMowitz              Michael D. stutMan                       harolD a. Mayerson
                             Fellow Of The American Academy    Fellow Of The American Academy          Fellow Of The American Academy
                                  Of Matrimonial Lawyers            Of Matrimonial Lawyers                  Of Matrimonial Lawyers

                              Practice limited to matrimonial, divorce and family law matters
                                               Mayerson stutMan abraMowitz                                     llp
                                                        292 madison avenue, new york, ny 10017
                                                            212.685.7474 • Fax: 212.685.1176
                                                        140 Grand street, white Plains, ny 10601
                                                                   www.msarllp.com


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                    JohnSon & cohen,
                                                                                                                    F
                                                                                                                              or individuals and families dealing with family
                                                                                            llp                               law issues, it is critically important for them to
                                                                                                                              hold onto that which they value the most.
                                                                                                                              Today’s economic climate creates challenging
                                                                                                                    situations for many families. At boutique matrimonial
                                                                                                                    firm Johnson & Cohen LLP, attorneys meet with clients
                                                                                                                    to determine what truly matters most, then use these
                                                                                                                    priorities to develop a strategy that will deliver the clients’
                                                                                                                    desired results. Once goals are assessed, our lawyers use
                                                                                                                    a combination of skilled trial advocacy and effective
                                                                                                                    negotiations to restore order to their clients’ lives as
                                                                                                                    quickly and as smoothly as possible.
                                                                                                                       The firm is also experienced in collaborative law, for
                                                                                                                    those clients whose issues are suited to this form of
                                                                                                                    alternative dispute resolution. “No two clients are alike.
                                                                                                                    You need to communicate on an ongoing, regular basis,
                                                                                                                    and be ready to respond to their needs as they develop
                                                                                                                    and change,” says Mr. Johnson, who has achieved a
                                                                                                                    Martindale-Hubbell AV-rating for the highest level of
                                                                                                                    legal ability and professional ethics. “The hallmark of
                                                                                                                    our success is our accessibility to our clients and the
                                                                                                                    successful results achieved for them.”
                                                                                                                       The firm, which recently opened a Manhattan office
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                                                                                                                    (in addition to its Westchester and Rockland County
                                                                       From Left: Susan Yellen, Mitchell Cohen,     offices), was founded by partners Martin T. Johnson and
                                                              Lisa Zeiderman, Amy Eisenberg, Martin Johnson         Mitchell Y. Cohen, both of whom have received peer
                                                                                                                    nominations to The Best Lawyers in America®.
                         One Blue Hill Plaza, 11th Floor, PO Box 1629, Pearl River, NY 10965
                         Ph: 845.735.7000 Fax: 845.735.7585                                                         Mr. Johnson is a former chair of the Family Law
                                                                                                                    Section of the New York State Bar Association, and
                         701 Westchester Avenue, Suite 208W, White Plains, NY 10604
                         Ph: 914.644.7100 Fax: 914.922.9500                                                         Mr. Cohen is the current chair of the Family Law
                                                                                                                    section of the Westchester County Bar Association.
                         110 East 59th Street, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10022
                         Ph: 212.644.7494 Fax: 212.644.7084                                                         Both are also members of the American Academy of
                                                                                                                    Matrimonial Lawyers.




                    the wallacK firM,                                                           pc

                    I
                         n an area of the law in which personality is key,
                         Robert Wallack’s dynamism has propelled him to
                         the top of the field, as many of the city’s movers
                         and shakers clamor to make sure to get him on
                    their side. With creativity and talent in spades, The
                    Wallack Firm, P.C., which specializes in the family law
                    matters of high net worth, high-profile individuals, has
                    quickly become one of the fastest-growing matrimonial
                    boutiques in New York City.
                        Assertive, energetic and fearless, Mr. Wallack is a
                    rising star of the divorce bar, earning a reputation as
                    “a lawyer who knows how to win.” He is first and
                    foremost a problem solver—his skill and ingenuity
                    allow him to come up with innovative solutions for
                    the firm’s clients. Furthermore, his years spent as a
                    prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.’s Office and then in
                    private family law practice have given him the trial
                    experience needed to hit hard in the courtroom when
                    a settlement cannot be achieved.
                        Having handled cases involving some of the biggest
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                    names in movies, television, fashion, sports, and music,
                    Mr. Wallack’s face is familiar in many mediums.
                    He teaches trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at
                    Seton Hall Law School and is a member of the
                    faculty at Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial
                    Advocacy Program; he appears regularly as a legal
                    expert on national television; and he has authored articles on                           444 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022
                    current issues in family and matrimonial law, including parental                         Ph: 212.223.1300 Fax: 212.223.1301 • www.wallackfirm.com
                    alienation and computer spying.

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BerKMan Bottger & roDD,                                                                                     llp

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Statia Grossman
          erkman Bottger & Rodd, LLP, a widely
          respected boutique matrimonial law
          firm located in midtown Manhattan,
          concentrates solely on all aspects of
matrimonial and divorce law. Berkman Bottger
& Rodd offers a full range of process choices—
from litigation and effective negotiation to
mediation and collaborative law.
    The firm’s reputation for excellence is built
on in-depth experience with high value,
complex financial cases and delivery of superb
quality work designed to achieve positive and
highly satisfactory results for its clients.
    Berkman Bottger & Rodd’s commitment
to clients includes personal attention, prompt
responsiveness to individual needs and
inquiries, and thorough, clearly stated
explanations. Its experienced attorneys
establish close working relationships with
clients, characterized by humanity, caring and
understanding.
    “Our clients are going through an extraor-
dinarily difficult time in their lives, and they
know they can count on us to be there for
them,” says founding partner Barry Berkman.                                                            From Left: Walter F. Bottger, Barry Berkman, Jacqueline Newman,
    Berkman Bottger & Rodd, LLP practices in                                                                    Elizabeth A. Fox, Richard A. Abrams, Meredith B. Cagan
all New York City, Westchester and nearby                                          521 Fifth Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10175
suburban courts.                                                                   Ph: 212.867.9123 • www.berkbot.com



                                                                                                                      From divorCe to Child Support
                                                                                                                      & everything in between
    W      ith a successful record both in and out of the courtroom, Chemtob
           Moss Forman & Talbert, LLP’s attorneys have built their reputations
    on personalized service, innovation and sensitivity to their clients’ financial
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                                                                                                                       questions including how long have the parents
    and personal needs. Individuals with complicated marital estates can rely                                          lived separately? Which parent left? Did that
    on our attorneys’ experience handling intricate financial issues.                                                  parent make a determination that the other
                                                                                                                       parent was fit to be a better parent? Why did
                                                                                                                       the parent leave the child? Who would be the
                                                                                                                       best parent? Who is the child emotionally and
                                                                                                                       psychologically bonded to? Who is better able to
                                                                                                                       foster a relationship between the child and the
                                                                                                                       other parent?”
                                                                                                                           Johnson has noticed that custody determina-
                                                                                                                       tion is now more gender neutral, and that more
                                                                                                                       fathers are obtaining custody of the children.
                                                                                                                           “With two income households no longer an
                                                                                                                       anomaly, but rather the norm, we’re seeing more
                                                                                                                       of two parents raising the kids together on a
                                                                                                                       full-time basis,” Johnson says. “Courts are
                                                                                                                       becoming more sensitive to that.”
                                                                                                                           Johnson says that child support awards are
                                                                                                                       trending upwards, and will most likely continue
                                                                                                                       to do so as the income cap for child support in
                                                                                                                       New York increased from $80,000 to $130,000
                                                                                                                       on Jan. 31.
                                                                                                                           A standard formula is applied to a divorcing
                  Back Row: Daniel Rivlin, Jeremy Bethel, Joshua Forman, Paul Talbert, Valerie Tocci                   couple’s combined income to determine child
                 Front Row: Michael Beyda, Nita Varia, Susan Moss, Nancy Chemtob, Mudita Chawla
                                                                                                                       support. Before the change, income that exceed-
                                                                                                                       ed $80,000 was negotiated separately in regards
                             CHEMTOB MOSS FORMAN & TALBERT, LLP                                                        to child support. Now, a couple’s combined
                               3 East 54th Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10022                                      income up to $130,000 is subject to the same
                         PH: (212) 317 -1717 • FX: (212) 317- 1555 • www.cmftlaw.com                                   standard formula to determine child support.
                                                                                                                                                         –Ashley Cisneros


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   Myrna felDer                                                                  philip a. greenBerg,                     eSq.                Bettina D. hinDin,                   eSq.


   Afamilylevels, practitioner
       at both the trial and
   appellate
              law

                   Myrna
                                                                                 In ‘another life”, interna-
                                                                                    was a successful
                                                                                                     Greenberg

                                                                                 tional lawyer representing
                                                                                                                                              Bettina D. Hindin litigator,
                                                                                                                                              rienced matrimonial
                                                                                                                                                                  is an
                                                                                                                                                  accomplished and expe-

   Felder regularly teaches at                                                   Japanese companies. In the                                   recognized for her skill and
   the yearly New York State                                                     mid-1970’s he began to                                       expertise in the investigation
   Judicial Seminars for all of                                                  handle matrimonial cases,                                    and analysis of the complex
   New York’s sitting judges and                                                 primarily representing hus-                                  financial issues that arise in




                                                               jaynewexler.com
   at programs for the court                                                     bands and fathers. Since                                     matrimonial and domestic
   attorneys, special referees,                                                  then, he has “branched out”,                                 relations matters. She is an
   and the judges sitting in mat-                                                representing equally men                                     acknowledged expert in the
   rimonial parts as well as their staffs. Ms. Felder also                       and women, doing prenuptial agreements, family               field, and has appeared often as a commentator for
   lectures for the Appellate Division, First and Second                         court cases, and divorce related litigations.                MSNBC and CNN. Ms. Hindin is one of the lead-
   Departments and the major bar associations such as                            Approximately 90% of Greenberg’s law practice is             ers of a new generation and breed of matrimonial
   the ABA, New York State Bar Association, City Bar,                            family law.                                                  lawyers who have learned from the best and whose
   New York County Lawyers, Women’s Bar                                              Among Greenberg’s significant cases was an               experience in handling diverse transactional matters
   Association of the State of New York, Westchester,                            appellate victory in a common law marriage case              in all areas of domestic relations, LGBT law and
   Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn and Richmond                                and an appellate win regarding modifying child               family law, including divorce, separation, annulment,
   County Bars. The author of a bimonthly column in                              support awards.                                              maintenance, child support, support modification,
   The New York Law Journal on family law topics,                                    Greenberg’s public appearances include, among            custody, visitation, relocation, paternity, equitable dis-
   Ms. Felder has contributed chapters in the following                          others, four times as the guest family law attorney          tribution, and asset valuation is unparalleled. She has
   treatises published by The West Group and by                                  on the Montel Williams Show and as a guest                   successfully tried a myriad of matrimonial, child cus-
   Matthew Bender: Divorce, Lindey, Separation Agreements                        commentator on Court TV       .                              tody and support cases before the Family Courts and
   and Ante-Nuptial Contracts, Matthew Bender, New York                              Greenberg has received professional recognition.         the Supreme Courts of the State of New York, and
   (revision); Grounds For Divorce, Family Law and Practice,                     He was chosen to be in the 2009 Edition of the New           argued appeals in the appellate courts of the state.
   Matthew Bender, New York; Special Considerations in                           York Metro Super Lawyers, which, at most, includes           She is a member of the New York State Bar
   Matrimonial Appeals, Newman, New York Appellate                               the top 5% of the attorneys in New York. His                 Association Family Law Section, is an appointee to
   Practice, Matthew Bender, New York; Domestic                                  biography is in Who’s Who in American Law and                that Section’s Executive Committee and is a member
   Relations, General Practice in New York, West, New York;                      Who’s Who in America. Greenberg is AV-rated                  of the Association of the Bar of the City of New
   and New York Practice Guide, “Domestic Relations”,                            (highest in ability and ethics) by Martindale-Hubbell.       York, where she has twice been appointed to, and
   Matthew Bender, New York.                                                                                                                  served on the Committee on Matrimonial Law.
                                                                                 philip a. greenBerg,         eSq.                            raoul felDer        anD partnerS, pc
   Myrna felDer,       eSq.
                                                                                 10 Park Avenue, Suite 2A, New York, NY 10016                 437 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022
   437 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022                                                                                                     Phone: 212.832.3939 Fax: 212.838.1103
                                                                                 Phone: 212.279.4550 • www.philipagreenberg.com
   Phone: 212.752.3668 Fax: 212.838.1103                                                                                                      bhindin@raoulfelder.com



   roBert S. MichaelS                                                            rachel weiSMan,                   eSq.                       DaviD ZaSlavSKy

   Robertpracticinglawhas
      been
            S. Michaels
                     matri-                                                      R     achel Weisman has been
                                                                                       practicing family law for
                                                                                 the past two decades. After
                                                                                                                                              Itence that law proceed-
                                                                                                                                                 has been my experi-
                                                                                                                                                           matrimonial
   monial and family    for                                                                                                                   and family
   over twenty-five years and                                                    graduating from Cardozo Law                                  ings are often the most
   the principal of Robert S.                                                    School in 1989, Ms. Weisman                                  emotionally and psycho-
   Michaels, PC, a member                                                        was a Senior Attorney in a                                   logically trying events in
   of the Family Law Section                                                     prestigious Manhattan law                                    people’s lives. Even the
                                                                                 firm representing the firm’s
   of the New York State Bar                                                                                                                  most amicable divorce or
                                                                                 employees and business clients
   Association, a former                                                                                                                      custody dispute can be an
                                                                                 in their family law matters.
   member of The New York                                                            Ms. Weisman’s expertise is                               emotional gauntlet.
   State Trial Lawyers Association, The New York                                 representing professionals and businessmen in their          Litigants are forced to involve virtual strangers
   County Lawyers Association and served on the                                  matrimonial matters. She negotiates and/or attempts          in the most intimate parts of their lives and,
   Judicial Screening Committee for the New York                                 alternative dispute resolution methods to settle matrimo-    potentially, those same strangers may be mak-
   County Lawyers Association. He has been grant-                                nial matters. Ms. Weisman appears in court, conducts         ing decisions for them regarding their chil-
   ed AV-rating and Preeminent status by                                         hearings, trials, depositions, and presents oral arguments   dren, their finances, and their future.
   Martindale-Hubbell for practicing at the highest                              on motions and appeals. Proficient in all aspects of            As a solo practitioner with a practice pri-
   level of legal ability and professional ethics. He                            matrimonial law, Ms. Weisman handles matters                 marily devoted to matrimonial and family law,
   has been a guest lecturer on family law subjects                              involving financial support (child and spousal), equitable   I am required to be more than a legal advisor
   at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva                                 distribution, separate or marital property evaluations,      and advocate, I must become my client’s confi-
   University and lectured at New York County                                    contested occupancy of marital residence, discovery          dant. I tell clients the first time I meet them
   Lawyers Association as a member of a panel on                                 methodologies and custodial matters. Ms. Weisman’s           that I am going to be one of the most impor-
   ethics in family law and matrimonial practice.                                matrimonial practice involves cases with real estate,        tant people in their lives for the duration of
   Robert is a skilled negotiator and trial attorney                             businesses, professional practices and other tangible or     their proceeding.
   with years of experience resolving family and                                 intangible assets relevant to a marriage. Ms. Weisman is        Having handled a number of complex mat-
                                                                                 co-authoring a book for publication Inside the Minds: New
   matrimonial matters in the areas of child                                                                                                  rimonial and family law litigations, I strive to
                                                                                 York Family Law Strategies.
   custody, child and spousal support and equitable                                                                                           help clients make sense of the legal process
                                                                                     Affiliations: Nassau Bar Association, Matrimonial
   distribution at the trial and Appellate level.                                                                                             ahead of them, a process that is at best, trying,
                                                                                 Committee; New York State Bar Association
                                                                                                                                              and at its worst, incomprehensible.
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                                                                                 1133 Broadway, Suite 706, New York, NY 10010
                                                                                 Phone: 212.380.8076
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   New York, NY 10022                                                            Phone: 516.256.7737                                          450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1908, New York, NY 10123
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