Bonnie E. Rabin

Top rated Family Law attorney in New York, New York

Rabin Schumann and Partners LLP
Bonnie E. Rabin
Rabin Schumann and Partners LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1985

Education: The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009, 2011 - 2023

Rabin Schumann and Partners LLP

11 Times Square
10th Floor
New York, NY 10036 Visit website


Attorney Bonnie E. Rabin is a partner at the highly respected New York City law firm of Rabin Schumann and Partners LLP. Ms. Rabin, a longtime member of the firm, has focused entirely on family law for more than 25 years. With decades of experience and a long record of success in complex, high-asset divorces and high-profile custody cases, it is easy to understand why so many residents of New York State seek Ms. Rabin's assistance when facing any family law challenge, including the following:

• Divorce and equitable distribution
• Child custody, support and visitation
• Paternity and termination of parental rights
• Child abuse and neglect
• Habeas corpus cases
• Hague Convention cases

Ms. Rabin began her legal career in 1985 after earning her law degree from Antioch School of Law and her approval to practice law in New York state. After more than 30 years as an attorney, Ms. Rabin has fought for successful conclusions to cases in both family courts and New York appellate courts, including landmark victories decided by the New York Court of Appeals.

Unsurprisingly, Ms. Rabin has earned the respect of both her clients and her peers over the course of her career. She has an "Excellent" rating from Avvo, and she has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, she has served as an adjunct professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, she taught continuing legal education courses, and she is a regular guest speaker at legal events.

Ms. Rabin's dedication to family law can be seen in her involvement in the legal community. Throughout the years, she has served in numerous leadership roles in various legal organizations, including the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

*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, Dissolution, Divorce, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

First Admitted: 1985, New York

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Representative Clients:
  • Ongoing and Confidential Representation of High Asset and Notable Clients 
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Johnson's Baby Shampoo heiress reignites custody battle with ex-boyfriend, New York Law Post, January 27, 2016
  • Bonnie Rabin and Martha Cohen Stine make law in Appellate Division, First Department in Nederlander v. Nederlander, 102 A.D. 3d 416 (2013), case of first impression involving mortgages that matured during pendency of divorce action, New York State Law Reporting Bureau, January 3, 2013
  • Matter of Ozaltin v. Ozaltin, 12 2371 CV, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (Child Custody – Hague Convention)
  • Daughters Kept in New York in Violation of Hague Convention Must Return to Turkey, June 11, 2012  
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School, Family Court Clinic
  • Ozaltin v. Ozaltin,12-2371-cv, Circuit Finds Right to Sue to Enforce Custody Treaty. Bonnie Rabin, who represented the father, said: " the global society that we now have, this gives parents the protection they need against the fear of fleeing parents or parents who don't return after a vacation or another stay." New York Law Journal, February 21, 2013
  • Automatic Orders' Prevent Wrongful Asset Transfers in Divorce Actions, New York Law Journal, July 29, 2013
  • Daughters Kept in New York in Violation of Hague Convention Must Return to Turkey, New York Law Journal, August 1, 2011
  • In the Matter of S.E.O. and Y.O.1, Nurettin Ozaltin, Petitioner v. Zeynep Tekiner Ozaltin, Respondent., 12 Civ. 2390, New York Law Journal, Junet 11, 2012
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board Member and former Co-Chair of the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) - Largest and oldest organization dedicated to LGBTQ Youth.
  • Past Chair of the Legal Advisory Council, 1996-2005
  • Founding Member, Center for Battered Women's Legal Services, 1990
  • Director of Sanctuary for Families, 1990-2002
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, New York City Bar Association
  • Member, New York Women's Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Former Chair, Children and the Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association
  • AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell
Educational Background:
  • State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A.
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • American Bar Association Journal -- Well Received Podcast on Family Law , 2022
  • Featured Interview for article on International Custody Disputes - UCCJEA and Hague Matters , 2020
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Highly Complicated Inter-State Family Law Matter for Celebrity Family to Highest Court in State 

Office location for Bonnie E. Rabin

11 Times Square
10th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: 332-230-8732

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