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Christina Lana Shine

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Amherst, NY

Christina Lana Shine, Esq.
4476 Main St, Suite 204
Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: 716-631-4841
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1988
Practice Areas: Family Law
Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Attorney Profile

As the founder of Christina Lana Shine, Esq. Attorney & Mediator, Christina Shine brings more than 30 years of experience to the cases she handles. She is a western New York native and serves clients in the Erie and Niagara counties area. Due to her extensive knowledge, she has the ability to tackle some of the most complex family law cases, such as those involving fathers’ rights, qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs), same-sex divorce and military divorce.

In 1984, Ms. Shine graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree from Canisius College. She then went on to complete her Juris Doctor degree at the University of North Carolina School of Law. In 1988, she was admitted to the New York State Bar Association and has focused on family and matrimonial law ever since. She later received additional training in the collaborative process and matrimonial mediation.

Ms. Shine believes an amicable divorce is usually the most appropriate option, especially when divorces involve children. However, she provides her clients with options for mediation, collaborative divorce and litigation. She also understands that sometimes, the decision is dependent on how cooperative the other party intends to be. In 2020, her work attracted the attention of Expertise, which named her on its Best Divorce Lawyers list for Buffalo.

While in college, she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu sorority. Now, she is a member of several professional organizations. Some of these include the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Division; Erie County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; and the Attorney for Child program, 4th Department.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

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


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

About Christina Lana Shine

First Admitted: 1988, New York

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Attorney for Child" program, 4th Department

Educational Background

  • Canisius College Bachelors of Arts Magna Cum Laude in English and History, 1984

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2015
  • Member of the Veterans Affairs Committee
  • New York State Bar Association, Family Law Division, Member
  • New York,1988
  • Panel for Attorney for Children in Erie County, NY, 1990 - present, 2020
  • Erie County Bar Association Family Law Committee, Matrimonial Law Committee, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 2010 - present, 2020
  • Erie County Bar Association of New York, 1988 - present, 2020
  • New York State Bar Association, 1996 - present, 2020


  • Martindale Hubbell Distinguished Attorney,, 2020
  • Top 19 Divorce Lawyers in Buffalo,, 2020
  • Firm has been A+ Rated by Better Business Bureau, Better Business Bureau A+ Rating,, 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Financial sponsorship of the Italian Cultural Center 2019-2020, 2020
  • Financial Supporter of Salvation Army of Buffalo 2015 - present, 2020
  • Financial sponsorship for the Buffalo City Mission 2015 - present, 2020
  • Team coordinator and volunteered for Williamsville East Lady Flames and Sienna College Saints Swim Team to manage fundraising efforts, team bonding/building events and treasurer for high school. For the Sienna College Saints, Christina has coordinated team events and fundraising for the MAAC Division Championship Meet, 2014 - present, 2020
  • Volunteer for University of Law School Mediation (equivalent to Mock Trial for mediation practice specific). I have continuously volunteered as a judge for this mediation competition for law students 2000 - 2019 (please note due to Covid this competition did not take place, otherwise, would have continued to volunteer and plan on doing so in 2021., 2019

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Mediator 1996 - present, 2020
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Office Location for Christina Lana Shine

4476 Main St
Suite 204
Amherst, NY 14226

Phone: 716-631-4841

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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