David I. Bliven

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in White Plains, NY

Law Offices of David Bliven
 | 445 Hamilton Ave Ste 607, White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-468-0968
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017
Licensed Since: 1998
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

As the sole practitioner at his own firm located in White Plains, New York, David I. Bliven works closely with clients who require an advocate in family law. Mr. Bliven offers insightful counsel to individuals and families concerning a range of considerations, including child support, child custody and visitation, grandparents' rights and child abuse. He also handles matters of neglect, foster care, adoption, loss of parental rights, order modifications, divorce, alimony, relocation and domestic violence.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Bliven attended Syracuse University and in 1993 received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with honors. He then served as a judicial intern and statistician with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct with the Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge before obtaining his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1997 from New York Law School, ranking within the top 15 percent of his graduating class. Mr. Bliven is admitted to practice before all New York state courts.

Before establishing his current firm in 2000, Mr. Bliven worked in private practice and then prosecuted child support, child abuse/neglect and foster care cases as a staff attorney with the New York City Administration for Children's Services. In recognition of his high ethical standards and strong legal ability, Mr. Bliven has earned an AV Preeminent* rating from his peers through Martindale-Hubbell as well as a 10.0 "Superb” rating from his peers through Avvo. He is an active member in several legal organizations, including the Bronx County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and the Westchester County Bar Association. Mr. Bliven also participates in the Attorneys for Children Program of the Appellate Division of the Second Judicial Department.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Family Law: Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2017

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About David Bliven

Admitted: 1998, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.blivenlaw.net/About/David-Bliven.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • 10.0 out of 10.0 rating, Superb Rating, Avvo, 2014
  • Highest possible rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Top Contributor, Avvo, 2013
  • Client's Choice, Avvo, 2013
  • Cum Laude, New York Law School, 1997
  • Ranked within the Top 15% of his Class, New York Law School
  • Super Lawyers Listing

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Attorneys for Children Panel, Westchester Co. (previously was on Law Guardian panel in Queens Co. from 2000-2005)., 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York, 1998
  • New York State Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Westchester Bar Association, Family Law Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Participant, Law Day community forum on Divorce & Family Law, Bronx Supreme Court., 2014

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • David Bliven addresses some deficiencies he's come across in reviewing separation or settlement agreements done in divorce cases, and recommends various clauses practitioners may implement in their own practices., Best Practices in Drafting Divorce Settlement Agreements, New York Law Journal, 2017

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Ito v. Ito, 73 A.D.3d 983, 900 N.Y.S.2d 665 (2d Dept. 2010) (reversed trial court; defendant's default not wilfull), 2010
  • Barnette v. Blair, 57 A.D.3d 893, 870 N.Y.S.2d 409 (2d Dept 2008) (reversed trial court; contempt proceeding should have been dismissed where M relocated 39.9 miles yet prior order prohibited her from moving beyond 40-mile radius), 2008
  • Laland v. Edmond, 13 A.D.3d 451, 785 N.Y.S.2d 718 (2d Dept. 2004) (upheld trial court; fact that trial court omitted written finding that violation impeded, impaired or prejudiced the rights of the respondent is mere irregularity which may be corrected on appeal), 2004
  • Khan v. Dolly, 6 A.D.3d 437, 774 N.Y.S.2d 365 (2d Dept. 2004) (trial court reversed; held error as a matter of law to make a custody order based upon controverted allegations without full hearing), 2004
  • Matter of Cory M., 307 A.D.2d 1035, 763 N.Y.S.2d 771 (2d Dept 2003) (reversed trial court; parent always has right to 1028 hearing so long as same is invoked prior to an adjudication of abuse or neglect), 2003
  • Scott v. Scott, 62 A.D.3d 714, 879 N.Y.S.2d 488 (2d Dept 2009) (reversed trial court; held that the Support Magistrate abused her discretion in twice denying the request of the father's newly-assigned counsel for an adjournment. Counsel needed an opportunity to confer with his client before he testified, investigate service of the judgment of divorce, and secure medical evidence in support of the father's defense that he was disabled and thus unable to pay support. Accordingly, the father was denied his right to counsel and a new hearing must be held and a new determination made)
  • Matter of Delehia J., 93 A.D.3d 668, 939 N.Y.S.2d 570 (2d Dept 2012) (holding that trial court erred in entering into evidence a Child Protective Services intake report of the Office of Child and Family Services with the identity of the reporter having been redacted)
  • Matter of Nevaeh R. (Veronica B.—Rueben M.)139 A.D.3d 602, 32 N.Y.S.3d 154 (1st Dept 2016) (upheld trial court; putative father failed to establish requisite relationship with child so as to thwart proposed adoption)
  • Backhaus v. Backhaus, 128 A.D.3d 872, 9 N.Y.S.3d 618 (2d Dept 2015) (reversed trial court; held plaintiff provided reasonable excuse for his failure to oppose the defendant's motion; he also proffered a potentially meritorious opposition to the motion, namely that, in light of certain proceedings conducted in the Family Court concerning the same subject, the defendant's claim for child support arrears may be precluded by the doctrine of res judicata)

Educational Background:

  • Syracuse University, B.A., with Honors, in Sociology, 1993
Office Location for David I. Bliven

445 Hamilton Ave Ste 607
White Plains, NY 10601

Phone: 914-468-0968

 

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Last Updated: 11/22/2017

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