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Chaim Steinberger

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY

Chaim Steinberger, P.C.
150 E 58th St, Suite 2701
New York, NY 10155
Phone: 212-964-6100
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1995
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas: Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution
Attorney Profile

Chaim Steinberger is the principal owner of the New York-based law firm of Chaim Steinberger, P.C. He works with a passion to transform an often-contentious process into a healing process for people across the New York metro area dealing with difficult family transitions due to:

·       Contested and uncontested divorces

·       Legal separation and annulments

·       Child custody, support and relocation

·       Division of property and high-asset divorce

·       Domestic/intimate partner violence

·       Domestic partnership termination

·       Fathers’ rights

·       International divorce and Jewish divorce (get)

·       Mediation

·       Military divorce

·       Parental alienation

·       Prenuptial agreements

·       Spousal support/maintenance

Considerate and meticulous, Mr. Steinberger combines compassion with a deep understanding of the law to guide his clients through the case, giving them the confidence to overcome their fears and handle the matter most effectively. A passionate and dedicated attorney, he is well-known for his mastery of cross-examination and his powerful presence in the court.

After graduating magna cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in 1983 from Adelphi University, Mr. Steinberger received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1994 from the Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of New York’s Appellate Division – Second Judicial Department, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Steinberger has held various key leadership positions in organizations such as the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section, the New York State Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and the Denis McInerney, New York County Lawyers Association, American Inn of Court. A Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent* peer review-rated attorney, he also holds an “Excellent” rating on Avvo. He constantly shares his legal knowledge through his articles and lectures.

Emphasizing giving back to the community, Mr. Steinberger devotes his time and skills to several pro bono projects, civic and community groups, and mental health associations, including but not limited to the American Bar Association’s Operation Stand-By, the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, and the Unchained at Last. He spends quality time in continuously honing his legal skills to be a better litigator, mediator, arbitrator and negotiator.

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Family Law
  • 30%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

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

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

White Papers

  • The Perils of Prenups (2020) - Too often, in NYS prenuptial agreements are not only not helpful but actually harm the parties relationship.  This article explores how that happens, when prenups are absolutely necessary, and how to minimize their destruction if they are.
  • Make More Money . . . by Being More Ethical (2010) - Good ethics is also good business and you could do better by being better.
  • Best Practices for Arbitrating Part 137 Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Claims (2019) - Best practices for arbitrators conducting Part 137 Attorney-Client fee dispute arbitrations.
  • Divorce Without Destruction (2018) - Techniques to get better results for your clients and yourself.
  • Father? What Father? Parental Alienation and its Effects on Children (2006) - The effects parental alienation has upon the child and the targeted parent, and how New York courts deal with this troubling issue.

About Chaim Steinberger

First Admitted: 1995, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.manhattan-law.com/cs-personal/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • American Bar Association Operation Standby
  • Mental Health Associations
  • Civic & Community Groups
  • Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services (“JBFCS”) Supervised Visitation Program Supervised Visitation Program
  • New York CityBar SHIELD Pro Bono Contested Divorce Clinic
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • NYS Supreme Court, Early Neutral Evaluation Program
  • NYS Supreme Court, Matrimonial Mediation Project
  • NYS Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Mediation Program
  • NYS Unified Court System, Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution
  • New York City Small Claims Court
  • U.S. Dept of State Hague Convention Attorney Network
  • A grateful recognition award by the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New York State Appellate Division, Second Department
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Family Law Section, Family Law Committee, Continuing Legal Education, ADR Committee, Mediation-Grievance Matters Committee, Federal Courts Committee, Professional Ethics Committee
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Task Force on Family Courts (2010–present), Executive Committee, NYSBA Family Law Section, Executive Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Chair, Trial Practice & Techniques Committee, American Bar Association Family Law Section, 2020
  • Chair, Custody Committee, American Bar Association Family Law Section, 2018
  • Chair, American Bar Association Family Law Section Trial Practice and Techniques Committee, 2021
  • Member, American Bar Association, American Inns of Court, American Association for Justice, New York State Bar Association, New York State Women's Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, New York County Lawyers' Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, Brooklyn Women's Bar Association, Association of Arbitrators, New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, Advisory Committee (2002-2004) Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Inc. Supervised Visitation Program; Mediator, New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division (Kings County & New York County); Arbitrator, New York City Civil Court (Kings County & New York County); Mediator & Arbitrator, Kings County Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program; Co-chair, New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Collaborative Law Committee; Volunteer, American Bar Association Family Law Section Military Committee "Operation Standby"; Vice-chair, American Bar Association Family Law Section Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; Executive Member, American Bar Association Family Law Section Ethics, Professionalism & Grievance Committee; Team Co-leader, NYCLA Dennis McInerney American Inn of Court (2006-2008)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • ABA seminar, "Billing Pitfalls & Pratfalls: Avoiding the Ethical Issues that Snag Attorneys," Dec. 2008; co-author, chapter 13, "Divorce," ABA "Breast Cancer Legal Advocacy Guide"; "Hot Tips in Trial Practice, American Bar Association Annual Meeting," August 2008; "Father? What Father? Parental Alienation and Its Effects on Children," NYSBA FLR Spr.'06;"What Every Lawyer Should Know About Matrimonial Law," NYCLA Inn of Court, 2/05; A Roadmap Through New York Divorce Proceedings, National Business Inst., 11/04
  • The effects parental alienation has upon its child victims and how New York courts deal with this troubling issue., author, Father? What Father? Parental Alienation and its Effects on Children, 2006

Honors/Awards

  • Articles Editor, Brooklyn Law Review; Moot Court Honor Society; Dean's Academic Achievement Scholar; Dean's Merit Scholar; American Jurisprudence Award (Bankruptcy); West Publishing Company Award; Recipient, 1997, New York City Bar Association Matrimonial Project Certificate of Pro Bono Service; advisory Committee, Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services Supervised Visitation Program (2002-2004)
  • , Appreciation Award, New York State Bar Association Family Law Section, 2020

Educational Background

  • B.A., Adelphi University, Magna cum laude, 1983

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Awarded the "AV" rating by Martindale Hubbell, 2020

Videos

  • Learn why and how prenuptial agreements are so often not helpful and destructive, when are they absolutely necessary, and how to negotiate one to minimize the harm they do., The Perils of Prenups, 2020
  • Divorce Without Destruction: Overcoming the Psychological Imperatives that Make Good People Fight Viciously. People don't fight because they're nasty; people fight because they're scared and vulnerable. So divorce lawyers need to make their clients feel safe so that they can focus on the real issues and participate in finding productive solutions to their problems. The video will present some ideas of how to do that. Presented by Chaim Steinberger, Esq., of New York City (www.theNewYorkDivorceLawyers.com) at the American Bar Association Family Law Section Fall conference in Austin, TX, on September 27, 2019;, Divorce Without Destruction, 2019
  • Conflict is a part of life. Machiavelli teaches that without conflict society would stagnate. So learning to deal with conflict is important. Even better is to know how to convert conflict to strengthen relationships and bring people closer together. Chaim Steinberger, author of Divorce Without Destruction (www.theNewYorkDivorceLawyers.com), shows how to win arguments without weakening or destroying the relationship. How to soothe the other person's feelings so that they can hear you and accept your disagreement, and how important perspective is to people's views of the issues and Michelangelo's technique to win over another party without disagreeing. (10/25/19), DR101: How to Win the Argument Without Losing the Relationship, 2019

Industry Groups

  • Individuals
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Office Location for Chaim Steinberger

150 E 58th St
Suite 2701
New York, NY 10155

Phone: 212-964-6100

Last Updated: 5/25/2022

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