Marilyn B. Chinitz

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY

Blank Rome LLP
 | 1271 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020
Phone: 212-885-5564
Fax: 212-885-5001
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Marilyn B. Chinitz is a partner at Blank Rome LLP in New York, New York. Ms. Chinitz focuses her practice on family law and has been involved in many cases involving celebrities and high net worth divorces throughout her career.

    Ms. Chinitz has been licensed to practice law in New York since 1982 and is also admitted before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Supreme Court of the United States. She earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University and attained her law degree from the Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

    Active in numerous community activities, Ms. Chinitz donates her time to various nonprofit groups and children’s programs throughout the New York area. She has been involved with organizations, including the Food Allergy Resource Initiative, the Little Orchestra Society and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and sits on the board of the Foundation for Gender Equality.

    Ms. Chinitz has received numerous accolades, including the Geraldine Ferraro award, a “woman of distinction in law” award by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and has been featured in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America” several years in a row. She is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the National Association of Professional Women.

    Ms. Chinitz has appeared on various local and national media programs, including Inside Edition, Hollywood Heat and Today and has been quoted in numerous articles on family law and matrimonial topics.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


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    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020

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    About Marilyn Chinitz

    Admitted: 1982, New York

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    • Geraldine Ferraro Award, 2011
    • Woman of Distinction in Law Award, Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America, January 31, 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Supreme Court of the United States
    • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member
    • New York State Bar Association, Member
    • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
    • National Association of Professional Women, Member
    • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
    • New York
    • Bar Association of Nassau County, Member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Crohns & Colitis Foundation, Board of Directors, Member, 2019
    • Foundation for Gender Equality, Board Member
    • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
    • Little Orchestra Society
    • Food Allergy Initiative

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Bedford Democratic Committee’s Jefferson Jackson Day Awards Dinner and Celebration of Community Service, Keynote Speaker, 2011
    • Blank Rome Partner Marilyn Chinitz was interviewed in the June 2017 edition of Lawyer Monthly, as part of the "Inside the Expert Mind" series. In the interview, Ms. Chinitz shares the challenges of tracking and distribution of assets and how her professional experience helps avoid litigation proceedings for her clients., Guest Expert, "Inside the Expert Mind", Lawyer Monthly Magazine, 2017
    • Blank Rome Partner Marilyn Chinitz was recently interviewed on DivorceForce: Survival Guide, a podcast that tackles various aspects of divorce through candid discussions with leading industry experts. In the episode titled, "The Battlefield of Child Custody," which aired on June 23, Ms. Chinitz spoke with DivorceForce CEO Gregory C. Frank on the difficulties of custody battle cases with both biological and non-biological children.To listen to the full podcast, please click here., Guest Expert, "The Battlefield of Child Custody", DivorceForce podcast, 2017
    • BlankRome partner, litigator, and master negotiator Marilyn Chinitz discusses "oscarsomale.", Expert Interview, #oscarsomale,, 2017

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Avenue Excerpt: The Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes distinguished New York City women who are dedicated to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s mission and have made a difference in the lives of the 1.6 million Americans living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these inflammatory bowel diseases. Marilyn was introduced by friend and former client Michael Douglas, who said, “she is one of those rare individuals you can depend upon to deliver, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She is fierce, she is well-prepared, she is uncommonly loyal, and she leaves no stone unturned in law and in life. [Marilyn] is a truly exceptional mother, attorney, warrior and friend.” “I am incredibly honored,” she said, accepting the award. “As a lawyer, I believe that you have to be a strong advocate for your clients, and I apply that mentality full-force to be a strong advocate for my children and others who suffer from these debilitating diseases,” said Ms. Chinitz. "Woman of Distinction Delivers for Crohn’s and Colitis Sufferers," was published in Avenue Magazine on May 7, 2017. To read the full article, please click here, 2017

    Educational Background:

    • New York University, BA, with honors  
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    1271 6th Ave
    New York, NY 10020

    Phone: 212-885-5564

    Fax: 212-885-5001

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