Wendy B. Samuelson
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
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.