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HNW Guide

Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth — New York

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Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan LLP

From the HNW guide

Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan is "excellent" and "a top firm" according to sources. The firm focuses exclusively on family and matrimonial matters, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and divorce settlements. A fellow matrimonial lawyer says: "They're very good lawyers and we respect each other. They're very competent, smart, capable, decent people."

The team also deals with issues of child custody arising from its divorce cases and is experienced in handling equitable distribution and maintenance. Clients include wealthy US families, prominent figures in the real estate and financial arenas, and art and media personalities. One interviewee praises the firm's work in this space, saying: "I think they understand the issues that exist in high net worth cases. They have a lot of experience in handling those types of matters and they are generally reasonable people to deal with. In my experience, the partners are good and a depth of experience exists with them. I think clients respond well to them."

Notable practitioners

David Aronson "is an excellent trial lawyer and an excellent negotiator with a solid foundational knowledge of the law," reports a market insider. Aronson has deep experience representing wealthy clients in high-profile divorce cases and is praised for his ability in resolving cases: "He is someone who knows how to litigate and settle a case. He's a nice person to deal with, but he's tough when he has to be tough. He is someone whose word you can trust as a general proposition as well as when you're identifying the issues that are in the way of settling a case." Other interviewees compliment his restraint in the courtroom, noting: "I think he's a strong advocate but he's not someone who gets wild or hyperbolic."

Pamela Sloan has a "really great reputation" for matrimonial work and is "known as one of the go-to people" in the New York market. Also a practising attorney in Connecticut, Sloan has considerable experience in the family litigation space and has dealt with a number of complicated child custody case and financial matters. Described as "terrific" by sources, she is praised by one market insider for her client skills: "One of her strengths is that she has a deft touch with her clients. She's a very personable, good and effective lawyer."

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Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP

From the HNW guide

Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich is a major player in the New York family law market. Sources describe the firm as "a marquee name, catering exclusively to UHNW clients," and recognise its comprehensive range of family law services. Clients benefit from the team's expertise in the drafting of prenuptial and postnuptial agreement documents, as well as its significant litigation capabilities.

The firm can also offer substantial support in matters involving the children of high net worth clients, including custody cases, issues of paternity and adoption. The team's clients include individuals with significant interests in real estate, private equity and hedge funds.

Notable practitioners

Robert Cohen has long been considered one of the foremost matrimonial attorneys in New York, having represented a number of notable wealthy clients in some very high-profile cases. Cohen's clients have backgrounds in a range of industry sectors such as real estate, entertainment and finance. A local interviewee describes him as a "very experienced attorney who knows what he's doing."

Firm co-founder Deborah Lans has been practising matrimonial law for more than three decades and remains a noteworthy figure in the space, representing high net worth clients in a range of contentious family issues. Her time is divided between various areas of the market, including trial work, mediation and arbitration. Lans has also strengthened her legal expertise over the years by serving on a number of boards and committees.

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From the HNW guide

Blank Rome's family law practice is well regarded for its work with high net worth clients. The full-service firm provides a comprehensive family offering, including the drafting of marital agreement documents and representing clients in litigation and mediation. The team is experienced in handling matters involving multiple jurisdictions.

Blank Rome's matrimonial work also encompasses child custody issues. One client expresses their satisfaction with the firm's work, saying: "They were attentive, they were timely and you always felt that your case was the most important they were dealing with." Other interviewees highlight Blank Rome's size as an important attribute, explaining that "it is bigger than most family law firms and that is helpful when you need to get briefs done. A lot of the matrimonial firms don't have enough resources or people to get things done."

Notable practitioners

Considered "a smart and trustworthy lawyer who you can settle cases with," Norman Heller is a respected New York attorney, with a wealth of experience acting for high net worth clients in complicated divorce cases. His expertise covers custody issues, prenuptial and postnuptial and separation agreements. Sources praise his ability to find resolution in divorce proceedings, saying: "I think he's a very good lawyer and a very reasonable guy. If you're trying to settle a case, I think he's the guy to work with. He's affable, he's smart and he's reasonable, and that's a good combination that leads to settlement."

A new attorney in the rankings this year, Brett Ward focuses his practice on the full range of family law issues including mediation and litigation work related to divorce and child custody matters. "Doing matrimonial law is half legal, and half psychotherapeutic, and Brett excels at both," notes one interviewee. Another source enthuses: "He's just great at moving things along, keeping things on track and letting people know that this is where things are heading no matter what you say. He remains calm and focused while at the same time making it clear that he is in no way, shape or form being pushed around. He avoids hysterics yet exudes strength."

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Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

David Aronson"is an excellent trial lawyer and an excellent negotiator with a solid foundational knowledge of the law," reports a market insider. Aronson has deep experience representing wealthy clients in high-profile divorce cases and is praised for his ability in resolving cases: "He is someone who knows how to litigate and settle a case. He's a nice person to deal with, but he's tough when he has to be tough. He is someone whose word you can trust as a general proposition as well as when you're identifying the issues that are in the way of settling a case." Other interviewees compliment his restraint in the courtroom, noting: "I think he's a strong advocate but he's not someone who gets wild or hyperbolic."

^ See whole ranking table

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Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

Robert Cohen has long been considered one of the foremost matrimonial attorneys in New York, having represented a number of notable wealthy clients in some very high-profile cases. Cohen's clients have backgrounds in a range of industry sectors such as real estate, entertainment and finance. A local interviewee describes him as a "very experienced attorney who knows what he's doing."

^ See whole ranking table

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

Considered "a smart and trustworthy lawyer who you can settle cases with,"Norman Heller is a respected New York attorney, with a wealth of experience acting for high net worth clients in complicated divorce cases. His expertise covers custody issues, prenuptial and postnuptial and separation agreements. Sources praise his ability to find resolution in divorce proceedings, saying: "I think he's a very good lawyer and a very reasonable guy. If you're trying to settle a case, I think he's the guy to work with. He's affable, he's smart and he's reasonable, and that's a good combination that leads to settlement."

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Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

Pamela Sloan has a "really great reputation" for matrimonial work and is "known as one of the go-to people" in the New York market. Also a practising attorney in Connecticut, Sloan has considerable experience in the family litigation space and has dealt with a number of complicated child custody case and financial matters. Described as "terrific" by sources, she is praised by one market insider for her client skills: "One of her strengths is that she has a deft touch with her clients. She's a very personable, good and effective lawyer."

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Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

Eleanor Alter of Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP is "a smart, competent practitioner with a good clientele," comments a peer. She has worked on family cases for wealthy business owners, high net worth individuals and fellow attorneys. One market commentator describes her as "the main draw at the firm," explaining that "it's down to her experience, name recognition and smarts. She's someone who can both litigate and can settle cases. She is an all-round good lawyer." Another source says: "To me, she is one of the top matrimonial lawyers. She's a skilled attorney; aggressive, very smart, she gets top talent, and she's one of those people if someone says I want to hire a shark, Eleanor's one of the first people they think of."

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Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

Firm co-founder Deborah Lans has been practising matrimonial law for more than three decades and remains a noteworthy figure in the space, representing high net worth clients in a range of contentious family issues. Her time is divided between various areas of the market, including trial work, mediation and arbitration. Lans has also strengthened her legal expertise over the years by serving on a number of boards and committees.

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Teitler & Teitler LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

John Teitler is the lead trial counsel at Teitler & Teitler LLP and is experienced in assisting high net worth individuals with family and matrimonial matters. A market insider reports that "he's a big name in this field; he's a very good, very hard negotiator. John is a polished attorney with a vast knowledge of the financial aspects of his case." He is also known for his work outside the courtroom, providing his clients with guidance on issues such as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

A new attorney in the rankings this year, Brett Ward focuses his practice on the full range of family law issues including mediation and litigation work related to divorce and child custody matters. "Doing matrimonial law is half legal, and half psychotherapeutic, and Brett excels at both," notes one interviewee. Another source enthuses: "He's just great at moving things along, keeping things on track and letting people know that this is where things are heading no matter what you say. He remains calm and focused while at the same time making it clear that he is in no way, shape or form being pushed around. He avoids hysterics yet exudes strength."

^ See whole ranking table