What follows is a vetted list of family attorneys, which means that we either know them well, have worked with them, or have heard more than one person we trust sing their praises. They include traditional litigating attorneys, as well as attorneys who practice mediation and collaborative law.

Hiring a traditional divorce attorney, or litigator, does not mean that you are going to end up in court. In fact, over 90% of divorce cases settle outside of court. But there are reasons that people choose to hire an attorney who CAN go to court if necessary: these include a significant imbalance of assets or financial knowledge, a highly complicated financial picture,  situations where mental illness is involved, or simply a relational power imbalance (ie. one spouse feels bullied by the other).

Eleanor Alter

Alter Wolff & Foley, LLP
810 Seventh Avenue, Suite 3600
New York, NY 10019
“When you need a fierce advocate, Eleanor Alter is the go-to”

Ann Marie Barbagallo

6118 190th Street, Suite 236
Fresh Meadow, NY 11365
“Ann Marie listened and was attentive to my needs. […] I did not want to meditate; I wanted a lawyer who could represent me while I negotiated with my ex and his lawyer sitting across a table.  I wanted to feel protected but was not interested in going to court.  Ann Marie was great at navigating the process.

William S Beslow

Law Offices
623 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10022

Maria Coffinas

Coffinas & Lusthaus, PC
186 Joralemon Street, Suite 910
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Recommended for highly contested divorces

Alexandra A. Cohen

Kantor, Davidoff, Mandelkey, Twomey, Gallanty & Olenick, P.C
415 Madison Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Nina Epstein

Goldwater Epstein LLP, Attorneys at Law
845 Third Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Laura Fischer

Laura Fischer Law, litigation and mediation
Offices located in the Woolworth Building in downtown Manhattan and in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
“She is really clearly getting the dynamics that are specific to our case, and mindful of them. […] She has understood our time frame – we wanted certain things handled very quickly – and also slowed certain things down to ensure that we have time to see how the current parenting and financial arrangement is working before finalizing anything.”

Patricia Fersh

Fersch Petitti LLC
11 Broadway, Suite 550
New York, NY 10004

Elliot Green

Law Offices
32 Court Street, Suite 404
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Margery Greenberg & Phil Segal

Segal & Greenberg, LLP
179 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013
“Small firm, very affordable! Good for straight forward divorces”

Michael Greene

Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck, P.C.
875 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
“Tough, strong, compassionate, experienced, fair, SMART, strategic, THE BEST.”

Eleanor Grosz

Law Offices
600 Lexington Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, New York 10022
“She is the best. Completely knowledgeable, great integrity, and tough.”

Marianne Hoffman

Law Office
550 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 405
Harrison, NY 10528

Monica L. Kaiser

The Kaiser Practice
260 Madison Avenue, 22nd Floor
New York, New York 10016

Sophie Jacobi-Parisi

Mayerson Abramowitz & Kahn, LLP
275 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
New York, NY 10016
“Sophie specializes in highly litigious custody cases and has previously worked for The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division, practicing in various family court proceedings, and for the Federal Defender Program in Chicago.”

Maggie I. Kaminer

Kaminer, Kouzi & Associates, LLP
18 East 48th street, Suite 1001
New York, New York 10017

Randi Karmel

Law Offices
425 Park Avenue, 27th Floor,
New York, NY 10022
“Randi is TOUGH. She’s a real pitbull when you need one.”

Matthew Kazansky

Nangia & Kazansky, LLP
26 Court St., Suite 2410
Brooklyn, NY 11242
“He has been methodical and effective for three and a half years. He was informative every step of the way, allowing me to really understand and master the process.”

Matthew C. Kesten

Kantor | Davidoff
415 Madison Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10017
212-682-8383 ext.726

Margaret Klaw

Berber Klaw & Watson
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Carolyn Kubitschek

Lansner & Kubitschek
325 Broadway, Suite 203
New York, NY 10007
“STRONG representation. They also handle international cases.”

Lois J. Liberman

Blank Rome LLP
The Chrysler Building
405 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10174

Joe Marra

Marra Law
909 Midland Ave
Yonkers, NY 10704
25 East 233rd St
Bronx, NY 10470

Susan Moss

Chemtob Moss & Forman, LLC
3 East 54th Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10022
“Susan Moss is a formidable advocate for when you need extra muscle”

Richard D. Miller

Brian Perskins & Associates
380 Lexington Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10168
44 Court Street, Suite 1210
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Rhonda J. Panken

Law Offices of Rhonda J. Panken, Esq.
New York:
106 W. 32nd Street – 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
New Jersey:
71 Valley Street, Suite 301
South Orange, NJ 07079

Danielle Petitti

Fersch Petitti, LLC
11 Broadway, Suite 550
New York, New York 10004

Karen M. Platt

Meyerson, Ambramowitz, & Kahn, LLP
275 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
New York, NY 10016

William S Beslow

Cohen Rabin Stine Schumann LLP
7 Times Square – 38th Floor Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Sandra M. Radna P.C

New York City Office
30 Wall Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Amy Reiss

Law Office of Amy L. Reiss, Esq.
110 East 59th Street, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10022

Alyssa Rower

Rower, LLC
387 Park Avenue South, 5th
New York, NY 10016

Aimee Richter

Lee Anav Chung White Kim Ruger & Richter LLP
156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 303
New York, NY 10010

Joy Rosenthal

Rosenthal Law & Mediation
225 Broadway, Suite 2605
New York, NY 10007

Cari Rincker

Rincker Law, PLLC
535 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Licensed in NY, NJ, CT, and DC

Dan Rottenstreich

Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP
885 Third Avenue, 32nd Floor
New York, New York 10022
“He is thorough, organized, effective, uses Excel (may not sound important but other lawyers were still using Word for the assets) and not looking to litigate just to bill. He also was direct with me and told me to stop certain behaviors when I was not acting in my best interest.”

Sandra Schpoont

Schpoont & Cavallo, LLP
2 Rector St., Suite 1502
New York, New York 10006

Sheryl Seiden

Seiden Family Law, LLC
1130 Raritan Road, Suite 3
Cranford, NJ 07016

Sherri Sharma

Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan
New York:
12 East 49th Street, 32nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
Greenwich, CT:
545 Steamboat Road
Greenwich, CT 06830
Westport, CT:
33 Riverside Avenue,
Westport, CT 06880
“Sherri is a fantastic matrimonial attorney. She is a Partner of the firm and represents individuals in all aspects of matrimonial law, including equitable distribution of assets, custody, spousal support, child support and prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements.”

Pamela Sloan

Aronson, Mayefsky, & Sloan, LLP
12 East 49th Street, 32nd Floor,
New York, NY 10017

Peter R. Stambleck

Aronson, Mayefsky, & Sloan, LLP
12 East 49th Street, 32nd Floor,
New York, NY 10017

Michael Viola

Shainberg & Viola PC
New Jersey:
76 East Euclid Avenue, Suite 101
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
1 South Broad Street, Suite 1845
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Jamie L. Weiss

Teitler & Teitler, LLP
230 Park Avenue, Suite 2200

Andrea Vacca

Vacca Law and Mediation
570 Lexington Ave, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10022

John Yacos

Yacos Law
111 Broadway, Suite 1805

David Zaslavsky

Law Offices of David Zaslavsky
11 Broadway, Suite 615
New York, NY 10004


Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. Disputants may mediate disputes in a variety of domains, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, workplace, community and family matters.

The term “mediation” broadly refers to any instance in which a third party helps others reach agreement. More specifically, mediation has a structure, timetable and dynamics that “ordinary” negotiation lacks. The process is private and confidential, possibly enforced by law. Participation is typically voluntary. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process.

Barry Berkman

Mediation & Collaborative Law
521 Fifth Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10175

Kimberly Gantcher Spodek

Mediation & Collaborative Law
205 East 42nd St 16th FL
New York, NY 10017

Lori Goldstein

“Lori is terrific. Her website looks pretty outdated, I know, but she really is great. I highly recommend her”

Susan Ingram

Mediation & Coaching
320 Central Park West
New York, NY 10025
“I can recommend Susan Ingram without hesitation. She’s an attorney who specialized in divorce mediation. She’s exceptional and you will be in very good hands.”

Laura Fischer

Laura Fischer Law
Offices located in the Woolworth Building in downtown Manhattan and in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Ani Mason

Mason Law & Mediation, LLC
60 East 42nd Street, Suite 4600
New York, NY  10165
699 Sackett Street
Brooklyn, NY  11215

Debra Mechanick

DLM Divorce Mediation
825 Third Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022

Katherine Eisold Miller

Katherine Eisold Miller Collaborative Law and Mediation Offices
351 Central Park West
New York, NY 10025

Jacqueline Newman

Berkman, Bottger, Newman & Rodd, LLP
Litigation, Mediation, Collaborative Mediation
521 Fifth Avenue, 31st Floor
New York 10175

Abby P. Rosman

McCarthy Fingar LLP

Jessica Rothberg

Mediation Works
Collaborative Mediation Only
16 Court Street, Suite 2200
Brooklyn, NY 11241

Alla Roythberg

The Law Firm and Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg, P.C
43 W 43rd Street, Suite 83
New York, NY 10036
Forest Hills:
108-18 Queens Blvd., 5th Floor
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Casey Shevin

WeVorce, Collaborative Law & Mediation
60 East 42nd Street, 46th Floor
New York, NY 10165