B.A. 1990, Brandeis University
- magna cum laude, with honors in English and American Literature
J.D. 1993, Cornell University Law School
- Symposium Editor, Journal of Law and Public Policy
- Recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers' Outstanding Law Graduate Award
- AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating in legal ethics and professional practice)
- Top Matrimonial and Family Law Attorney in the New York Metro Area, New York Times' Super Lawyers
- Ten Leaders in Matrimonial Law in the New York Metro Area by Ten Leaders Cooperative
- Top Tier Matrimonial Law Firm, US News and World Report
- Named a Member of the Top One Percent Attorneys in the nation by National Association of Distinguished Counsel
- Named one of 2016's Top Women in Law by Hofstra University School of Law, Center for Children, Families and the Law
- Named one of the 10 Best Female Attorneys in New York by The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA)
- Named on "The Best Lawyers in America" list by Best Lawyers® for the family law category.
Author and Media
- Associate Editor, Family Law Review, published by the New York State Bar Association (Summer 2014 – present)
- Author of the column "Recent Legislation, Decisions and Trends in Matrimonial Law" of the New York State Bar Association's quarterly Family Law Review (Summer 2002 – present)
- Featured in the July/August 2014 Spirituality & Health magazine article, "A Better Way to Break Up" by Gabriel Cohen
- "The Myths of Mediation," Journey Beyond Divorce, 2012
- WTHE Radio, Co-host of "The Divorce Law Forum" (March 2001)
- "1999 Legislation and Recent Decisions in Matrimonial Law," NYSBA's CLE: The Expanding World of the Matrimonial Lawyer
- "1998 Legislation and Recent Decisions in Matrimonial Law," NYSBA's CLE: Matrimonial and Family Law Update
- "Wasteful Dissipation of Marital Assets," New York Family Law American Inn of Court 1998 Annual Survey of Matrimonial Law (and 1997 Survey)
- "How to Enforce Child Support," 1994 Nassau County Bar Association's CLE: Matrimonial Law Update
- The Association of Divorce Financial Planners, NY Chapter, February, 2016: "What Wilma Flintstone Needs to Know Before She Tells Fred She Wants a Divorce: Pre-Divorce Strategic Planning to Prove Cash Assets and Income"
- 2015 Catalyst Conference of The Association of Divorce Financial Planners and The Center for Mediation, October 2015: "What Wilma Flintstone Needs to Know Before She Tells Fred She Wants a Divorce: Pre-Divorce Strategic Planning to Prove Cash Assets and Income"
- New York State Society of CPAs, October, 2014: "Understanding Marital v Separate Property in New York"
- Marcum, LLP, September, 2014: "Developing a Meditation Practice as a Divorce Lawyer" Educated accountants about the effects of stress on the body and how to stay calm and eradicate stress by doing simple breathing exercises and meditation, and how such techniques are applied to helping clients going through a divorce.
- Attorney Accountant Networking Group (AANG), May, 2014: "Litigation, Mediation and Collaborative Law: Dispelling the Myths"
- 33rd Annual Bud Rosner Memorial Long Island Estate, Tax & Financial Planning Conference, October, 2013: "What Every Trust and Estate Lawyer Should Know About Matrimonial Law: Prenuptial Agreements and More"
- Estate Planning Council of Nassau County Study Group, January, 2013: "The Art of Drafting Prenuptial Agreements"
- SWIM (Single Working Inspired Mothers), January, 2009: "How to Enforce Child Support Without Really Trying"
- Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Conference, New York State Society of CPAs, May, 2014: "What Every Accountant Should Know About Matrimonial Law"
- Lecture "What You Don't Know About Divorce Law May Hurt Your Clients!" given at the following law and accounting firms:
- Farrell Fritz
- Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
- L'Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini, LLP
- Adelman Katz & Mond
- Eisner & Lubin
- Gettry Marcus
- Grassi & Company
- Marks, Paneth & Shron
- Nawrocki Smith
- The Resnick Druckman Group
- Brandeis Business Breakfast Network
- Member, Nassau County Bar Association Matrimonial and Family Law Committee
- Member, New York State Bar Association Matrimonial and Family Law Committee
- Member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association's Family Law Section, Publications Committee
What do my clients say about me? "Determined". "Strategic". "Tough but reasonable negotiator". "Warm". "Keeps me calm". I am grateful for the appreciation of my clients who have kindly given me their testimonials.
My goal as a matrimonial attorney is to make things better for the family, not worse. I often recommend to a client who is going through a divorce to go to "divorce counseling," so that the couple can work on treating each other with respect and making sure their children are not caught in the middle of their negative feelings. I am a resource to my clients, too, and help them not just get a divorce, but also make sure that their emotional and financial affairs are looked after too, by providing them with quality referrals to psychologists, accountants, trust and estate attorneys and financial advisors.
I am most proud of the Coping blog I developed on our website, which provides useful tips from authors, psychiatrists, and other professionals on how to best cope during and after divorce. This is something I do out of concern for my clients, and is a very different type of writing than my professional writing for the matrimonial bar, my column "Recent Legislation, Cases and Trends in Matrimonial Law" in The Family Law Review, published by the New York State Bar Association.
I practice Na’am yoga, a meditative practice that focuses on breathing exercises to maintain inner balance, sharpness and compassion. I often teach my clients, who are sometimes stressed and anxious, to learn easy breathing exercises, which helps calm them and allows them to focus on what’s really important.
At the initial consultation, I discuss with you strategic planning, including investigating and preserving hidden income and assets. I explain the legal process and what outcome you can reasonably expect if the matter is decided by the court. We discuss the pros and cons of going to trial, and whether settling the matter is in your best interest. While this may sound simple, there are many attorneys out there who fail to properly educate their client on reasonable solutions, and as a result, waste the client’s time and money.
For example, one client had an extensive and valuable wine collection in her basement that her husband kept locked and she did not have the key. I explained to her that once the divorce action commenced, he would most likely remove the collection out of the house. In order to preserve the evidence, I set her up with a private investigator who took photos and videos of the entire collection. Sure enough, once the action commenced, the husband had a truck pull up to the house, and removed 90% of the collection. The case quickly settled after the husband lied under oath about the collection, and I showed him the evidence I had.
I have learned matrimonial law at a very young age from the very best– my father, Elliot Samuelson, one of the most respected matrimonial attorneys in New York. After graduating from Cornell Law School, I immediately joined his practice. I am proud to be his partner and to continue in his path of providing clients with the attention they deserve and being a determined advocate for them and their children.
My clients are CEOs of publicly traded corporations, hedge fund managers, real estate developers, doctors, lawyers, accountants and other wealthy individuals. Each client is distinctive, but they all have the same goals– they want their divorce handled in a respectful and amicable manner and be resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible.