Val Kleyman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY

The Kleyman Law Firm
 | One Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 1500
New York, NY 10020
Phone: 212-401-1977
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2004
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Val Kleyman is the founder and owner of The Kleyman Law Firm in New York, New York. Nationally ranked as among the top attorneys in his region, as well as the entire country, Mr. Kleyman devotes his practice exclusively to family law, and he provides unmatched representation and support to clients throughout New York City and beyond who are going through a divorce or have other serious legal issues affecting their families.

Having handled more than 1,000 divorce and family law cases in New York, Mr. Kleyman has achieved significant success assisting and guiding his clients through the process and helping them make the best-informed decisions that will affect their families for years to come. With extensive experience handling high net worth divorces and complex property division matters involving investment portfolios, real estate, foreign assets and other complicated financial issues, he has earned the moniker "The Wall Street Divorce Lawyer."

Mr. Kleyman's clientele has included many high-profile celebrities, Grammy-winning musical artists, Wall Street executives, professional athletes and others with considerable means; however, he is also a selfless attorney who has also volunteered his time and services pro bono for those less fortunate in his community.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Kleyman has gained a reputation as a leader in his field, and he has appeared on several local and national news programs and other outlets, where he has offered in-depth legal commentary on a variety of topics related to family law. He has also conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region, and he has served on the legal faculty at Marino Legal Academy.

A 1999 graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and psychology, Mr. Kleyman obtained his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 2004. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and he is an active member of the Libra Professional Network, the New York State Bar Association and the Psi Chi National Honor Society, among his other professional affiliations.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Kleyman has earned a Top 100 Lawyers for Divorce and Family Law ranking from The National Advocates as well as a Top 10 Under 40 Family Attorneys in New York from the National Academy of Family Lawyers. Moreover, the American Institute of Family Attorneys has designated him among the Top 10 Family Attorneys in New York, and the American Society of Legal Advocates has named him a Top 40 Under 40 of Family Lawyers.

Mr. Kleyman holds a Top 1% ranking from the National Association of Distinguished Counsel along with a listing in the Who's Who Directory of Top Attorneys of North America and Top Divorce Lawyers in New York. He has also received 5 out of 5 peer rating on Martindale-Hubbell as well as "Superb" client ratings on Avvo.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2020 Rising Stars: 2016 - 2017

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  • Cheating is Probably Not Why You Are Getting Divorced! (2019) - After years of experience practicing exclusively matrimonial and family law, the attorneys at Kleyman Law Firm have noticed recurring themes in divorce cases – and adultery is not one of them.

  • Divorce Court Is A Casino: The House Always Wins (2019) - Val Kleyman, Esq., founding partner of The Kleyman Law Firm in New York, engaged exclusively in the practice of divorce and family law, has noticed a trend in New York divorces in that the outcome is often comparable to that of high stakes gambling: the House always wins.  The “House” in this analogy, of course, is made up of the court, matrimonial judges, clerks, and attorneys – the established players in the game of chance and skill that is divorce litigation in New York.

  • If Your Divorce Lawyer Tells You What You Want to Hear, You Already Lost (2019) - Val Kleyman, Esq., a New York divorce lawyer with the The Kleyman Law Firm, announced today that the number one rule for divorce lawyers is to tell their clients the hard truth about divorce even though it may be difficult for them to hear it and may push them away.  

  • Divorce Lawyers Are Love Undertakers, Not Love Doctors (2019) - Divorce attorneys are trained to deal with the legal side of dissolution of marriages – such as division of property, custody arrangements, and litigation of family matters in court. Divorce lawyers are not trained to help people deal with their personal feelings and emotions stemming from failed relationships. This is a job that is performed by therapists and it’s important not to blur the lines when divorce lawyers counsel clients.

  • About Val Kleyman

    Admitted: 2004, New York

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top 100 divorce and family law, Top 100 Lawyers, The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers Directory, 2019
    • Val Kleyman was selected as a 2018 Elite Lawyer in Divorce & Family In NY. Elite Lawyer is a directory and rating service that awards and recognizes attorneys who have displayed a high level of competence in their practice and received acknowledgment from their peers, community, bar, and committees, Elite NYC Divorce Lawyer, Elite Lawyers, 2018
    • 2018 Law Firm 500 award for the fastest growing firms in the United States, Fastest growing law firm in America,, 2017
    • Val Kleyman received a Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was rated “5 out of 5” for the following categories: legal knowledge, analytical abilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience, Peer Reviewed, 5 out of 5 Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, 2016
    • Val Kleyman was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers In New York in divorce and family law by The National Advocates. Membership is extended to the select few of the most qualified top divorce lawyers in New York who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation and stature measured by objective and uniformly applied standards, Top 100 Lawyers, Divorce & Family Law – The National Advocates, 2016
    • Fastest Growing Law Firm In America 2018 – The Law Firm 500. Kleyman Law Firm P.C. was awarded The Law Firm 500 Award 2017, an honor bestowed upon the fastest growing law firms in America. Law Firms who were recognized not only received recognition for their accomplishments, but they were included in a list of law firms published by industry media outlets, and mentioned by thought leaders, Fastest Growing Law Firm In America 2018, The Law Firm 500, 2018
    • Val Kleyman and the Kleyman Law Firm P.C., were selected to Top Attorneys of North America and Top Divorce Lawyers in New York by The Who’s Who Directories. The Who’s Who Directories profiles leading professionals who demonstrate recognizable success and leadership in their field, Top Attorneys of North America, Who's Who Directories, 2016
    • Val Kleyman has been selected as “10 Best” In New York for the areas of matrimonial and family law by the American Institute Of Family Law Attorneys. AIOFLA recognizes attorneys who exhibit the highest degree of client satisfaction in their field, Top 10 Family Attorneys In NY, American Institute Of Family Attorneys, 2016
    • Val Kleyman was awarded membership “Top 1% Of Attorneys In The Nation” in family law by The National Association Of Distinguished Counsel. Less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys”. The recipients of this prestigious award have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession, Nations Top 1%, National Association Of Distinguished Counsel, 2017
    • Elite NYC Divorce Lawyer – Elite Lawyers Val Kleyman was selected as a 2018 Elite Lawyer in Divorce & Family In NY. Elite Lawyer is a directory and rating service that awards and recognizes attorneys who have displayed a high level of competence in their practice and received acknowledgment from their peers, community, bar, and committees, Elite NYC Divorce Lawyer, Elite Lawyers, 2018
    • Top 10 Under 40 Family Attorneys In NY, National Academy Of Family Lawyers Val Kleyman was nominated as “Top 10 Under 40” In New York for the areas of matrimonial and family law by the National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys. The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys uses a thorough selection process to determine the top family law attorneys in each state, Top 10 Under 40 Family Attorneys In NY, National Academy Of Family Lawyers, 2016
    • Val Kleyman is a Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY and selected for inclusion as a one of Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars in the area of divorce and family law.  This rating is awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys by Super Lawyers that selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process, Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016
    • Top Divorce Lawyer & Family Lawyer In New York – Lawyers Of Distinction Val Kleyman was selected as one of the  “Top 10% Of Divorce & Family Law Attorneys” In New York. Lawyers of Distinction members have been selected based upon a review and vetting process from their Selection Committee, Top Divorce Lawyer & Family Lawyer In New York, Lawyers Of Distinction, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Eastern District of New York Federal Court, 2005
    • Member of the Marino Legal Academy New York Family Law CLE training, 2019
    • Libra Professional Network, 2015
    • Southern District of New York Federal Court, 2008
    • New York State Bar, 2004
    • New York State Bar Association, 2016

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Kings County, New York Pro Bono Project Member - represented low income litigants in divorce matters., 2019

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:


    • Settled multi-million high net worth divorce, 2019

    Representative Clients:

    • Settled celebrity high net worth divorce with several millions dollars of assets, 2019
    • Represented a three time Grammy award winner, Isaac Freeman III, stage name "Fatman Scopp" in divorce proceedings, 2018

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Elite Lawyer Nomination, 2018
    • Attorney & Practice Magazine 2019 Top 10 Attorney List, 2019
    • Fastest Growing Law Firm In America 2018, 2018
    • Nations Top 1% – National Association Of Distinguished Counsel, 2017
    • 5 Out Of 5 Peer Review Rating In Family Law – Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
    • Top 100 Lawyers, Divorce & Family Law – The National Advocates, 2016
    • Founder of Libra Network (, 2013
    • Lead Counsel Certified, Divorce & Family Law – Thomson Reuters, 2017
    • Top 10 Under 40 Family Attorneys – National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
    • Rated "Superb" 10 out of 10 by Avvo in Divorce & Family Law, 2016
    • Fastest Growing Law Firm In America 2017 – The Law Firm 500., 2017
    • Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers – American Society Of Legal Advocates, 2016


    Educational Background:

    • Syracuse University, NY, Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience & Psychology, 1999, 1999
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    Office Location for Val Kleyman

    One Rockefeller Plaza
    Suite 1500
    New York, NY 10020

    Phone: 212-401-1977

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    Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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