Barbara J. Schaffer

Top rated family law attorney in New York, New York

Barbara J. Schaffer, PLLC
Barbara J. Schaffer
Barbara J. Schaffer, PLLC

Practice Areas: Family law; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1986

Education: Brooklyn Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011, 2013 - 2014, 2016 - 2022

Barbara J. Schaffer, PLLC

225 Broadway
Suite 1515
New York, NY 10007 Visit website


As the founder of Barbara J. Schaffer, Attorney at Law, Ms. Schaffer has spent decades helping families address family and matrimonial law issues such as divorce, fathers' rights, child support and child custody, as well as same-sex family law matters. She works with clients in the New York City area, including those in the five boroughs, Westchester, Suffolk and Nassau counties on Long Island.

As a trained mediator, Ms. Schaffer makes it a priority to help people find solutions in an amicable manner. She appreciates how upsetting these cases can be for everyone involved, which is why she strives to reach satisfying outcomes quickly and fairly. In some matters, going to court is inevitable. Even in litigation, Ms. Schaffer excels at navigating high-conflict problems.

Ms. Schaffer participates in a number of legal organizations in order to provide her clients with exceptional service. Through the New York State Bar Association, the New York Women's Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers' Association, she learns about new strategies and tools to strengthen her already formidable skill set. Ms. Schaffer holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Prior to devoting her work to clients, Ms. Schaffer set her mind to excelling at school. She received a Bachelor of Arts in 1981 from Binghamton University, State University of New York. She then earned a Juris Doctor in 1985 from Brooklyn Law School, where she received the American Jurisprudence Award for receiving the highest grade in a class on evidence.

Ms. Schaffer is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

*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

Family law

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Divorce, Prenuptial agreements, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law

  • 100% Family law

First Admitted: 1986, New York

Professional Webpage:

  • Turecki v Turecki, 211 A.D.2d 450 (1st Dept. 1995)
  • Flores v Flores, 22 A.D.2d 372 (1st Dept. 2005)
  • Anna-Sophia L. v Paul H., 52 A.D.3d 313 (1st Dept. 2008)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New York Women's Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • New York State Bar Association 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Arts, State University of New York at Binghamton Binghamton, NY, 1981
  • Super Lawyer, 2011
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence, Brooklyn Law School, 1985

Office location for Barbara J. Schaffer

225 Broadway
Suite 1515
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-962-1196


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011, 2013 - 2014, 2016 - 2022

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