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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

Sources say Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan LLP is "a longstanding boutique" which is "very strong and well respected" in high-value divorce matters and it is "one of the go-to firms in New York for this practice area." The firm advises exclusively on family and divorce law, including equitable distribution and maintenance issues, child custody and pre and post-nuptial agreements. It regularly acts on matrimonial matters for financial executives, media figures, senior professionals and several wealthy families across America. "I recommend them highly," says one lawyer. "They have the ability to deal with acrimonious and complex divorce cases."

The team is also recognised for its litigation experience and has a number of accomplished trial lawyers. One New York adviser says: "They are tough and can handle clients that require a high level of expertise and ability."

Notable practitioners

David Aronson is an experienced matrimonial attorney who is recognised as "a fantastic lawyer" and a "huge name" in this industry. He advises many HNW clients in high-profile divorce cases and is noted for his ability in the courtroom. A fellow attorney praises him as "a wonderful trial lawyer who knows all the tricks in the book." Aronson is also lauded for his negotiating skills and has a reputation for achieving positive settlements for his clients. In addition, Aronson has frequently acted as a mediator and arbitrator in acrimonious disputes. Sources further praise him as "a top class attorney" and note that "he has real pedigree in this area of law."

Pamela Sloan is "a diligent and tenacious attorney" who advises on all aspects of family and divorce law. She is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut and has extensive experience of negotiating settlements and of litigating complex cases in court. Sloan is particularly highlighted for her client relationship management skills: "She knows how to deal with the delicate situations which arise in this field," says one New York interviewee. Another source adds that "she has a wonderful way of looking after clients embroiled in a sensitive divorce case."

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Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP

From the HNW guide

Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP is one of the most prominent matrimonial law firms in New York. The team acts for HNW clients across a range of industries, including finance, real estate, sports, entertainment and medicine. "They are very good and act for many of the biggest and wealthiest clients," says one legal industry source, adding: "They have an incredibly deep bench with several talented and dedicated lawyers." Another market insider reports that "they understand wealthy clients and their personal objectives – they get the big picture."

The firm can advise on all aspects of divorce proceedings as well as on separation agreements, child custody and adoption and paternity issues. Market insiders further praise the firm for its "ability to deal with complicated assets," and describe it as being "well equipped to handle the potentially major ramifications and issues which arise in such a fraught area of law."

Notable practitioners

A prominent New York private wealth expert describes Robert Cohen as an "exceptional" lawyer and their first-choice referral to deal with a client's high-value divorce. Cohen acts for many affluent and high-profile clients in New York. "He is massively experienced and an encyclopaedia of legal knowledge," enthuses a legal market insider, adding that "he is thoughtful and analytical in his approach but still sees the big picture." Cohen regularly appears in court on behalf of his clients but is also noted for his capacity to achieve favourable settlements via negotiation and mediation.

Deborah Lans has extensive experience dealing with sophisticated family matters for HNW clients. She is recognised for her ability to handle sensitive matrimonial issues and is a popular referral among trusts and estates specialists; one lawyer explains that "I know clients will feel safe and comfortable dealing with a lawyer of her quality." As well as being an experienced trial lawyer, Lans also has specific expertise in mediation and arbitration. A source says: "She has a good combination of technical skill and personal empathy."

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From the HNW guide

Blank Rome is a large, full-service firm with a highly-rated family law practice. The team advises on divorce proceedings, custody rights, separation agreements and the equitable distribution of property. A New York interviewee reports that it is an "excellent firm" that "comes highly recommended, and lots of HNW clients are keen to use them when needed."

Sources note that the firm has a strong reputation for dealing with high-profile divorces. A private wealth adviser says Blank Rome is "one of the best firms for celebrity divorces, hands down. When big celebrities need a divorce, they would likely go to them." Another interviewee adds that "they work in a discreet way, and our clients really value discretion."

Notable practitioners

Norman Heller regularly acts for HNW individuals in complex matrimonial cases. He provides guidance throughout the whole divorce process from negotiations to trial proceedings and is praised for being "a hugely experienced and very smart lawyer." He can advise on all aspects of family law, including spousal maintenance, child support and separation agreements. Peers further laud him as "one of the best in the business" and report that "he runs a well-oiled practice with a good team to support him."

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Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

David Aronson is an experienced matrimonial attorney who is recognised as "a fantastic lawyer" and a "huge name" in this industry. He advises many HNW clients in high-profile divorce cases and is noted for his ability in the courtroom. A fellow attorney praises him as "a wonderful trial lawyer who knows all the tricks in the book." Aronson is also lauded for his negotiating skills and has a reputation for achieving positive settlements for his clients. In addition, Aronson has frequently acted as a mediator and arbitrator in acrimonious disputes. Sources further praise him as "a top class attorney" and note that "he has real pedigree in this area of law."

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Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

A prominent New York private wealth expert describes Robert Cohen as an "exceptional" lawyer and their first-choice referral to deal with a client's high-value divorce. Cohen acts for many affluent and high-profile clients in New York. "He is massively experienced and an encyclopaedia of legal knowledge," enthuses a legal market insider, adding that "he is thoughtful and analytical in his approach but still sees the big picture." Cohen regularly appears in court on behalf of his clients but is also noted for his capacity to achieve favourable settlements via negotiation and mediation.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

Norman Heller regularly acts for HNW individuals in complex matrimonial cases. He provides guidance throughout the whole divorce process from negotiations to trial proceedings and is praised for being "a hugely experienced and very smart lawyer." He can advise on all aspects of family law, including spousal maintenance, child support and separation agreements. Peers further laud him as "one of the best in the business" and report that "he runs a well-oiled practice with a good team to support him."

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Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

Pamela Sloan is "a diligent and tenacious attorney" who advises on all aspects of family and divorce law. She is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut and has extensive experience of negotiating settlements and of litigating complex cases in court. Sloan is particularly highlighted for her client relationship management skills: "She knows how to deal with the delicate situations which arise in this field," says one New York interviewee. Another source adds that "she has a wonderful way of looking after clients embroiled in a sensitive divorce case."

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Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

Eleanor Alter of Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP has a longstanding reputation in New York matrimonial law. "Eleanor is one of the best," says one New York lawyer. "She is my first choice for a recommendation." Alter has represented numerous high-profile clients over the years, including business owners, corporate executives and other senior professionals. Market insiders highlight her vast experience and say they regard her as "a real luminary in the industry."

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Bronstein Van Veen LLC

From the Chambers HNW guide

Peter Bronstein heads the matrimonial practice at Bronstein Van Veen LLC and is noted for his "massive reputation" and long experience handling family law matters. He can deal with all aspects of the divorce process for HNW clients and also has a track record on disputes with an international dimension. "He is one of the leaders in this field and very good at dealing with ultra-HNW divorces," says a New York wealth adviser. "He also has real expertise in cross-border work."

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Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

Deborah Lans has extensive experience dealing with sophisticated family matters for HNW clients. She is recognised for her ability to handle sensitive matrimonial issues and is a popular referral among trusts and estates specialists; one lawyer explains that "I know clients will feel safe and comfortable dealing with a lawyer of her quality." As well as being an experienced trial lawyer, Lans also has specific expertise in mediation and arbitration. A source says: "She has a good combination of technical skill and personal empathy."

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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 described as "a very strong lawyer." He primarily acts for wealthy individuals, trusts and other institutions in matrimonial and family-related litigation. A market insider reports: "I have dealt with him on a number of high-profile cases and I've found him to be easy to work with, proactive and constructive."

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