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Jessica L. Toelstedt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY

Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, LLP
521 5th Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10175
Phone: 212-867-9123
Fax: 212-983-8526
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2016
Licensed in New York Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Family Law (60%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%), Appellate (10%), General Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jessica L. Toelstedt is a partner with Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP law firm, which has law offices in White Plains and New York, New York as well as Hackensack, New Jersey. Nationally recognized as among the preeminent lawyers in the country, Ms. Toelstedt focuses her practice exclusively on family law, and she provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the greater New York City metro and surrounding areas of Westchester County and Hackensack who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Divorce and divorce litigation
  • Collaborative law and divorce mediation
  • Equitable distribution, property distribution and settlements
  • Marital agreements
  • Pre- and postnuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Child custody and support
  • Spousal support
  • Alimony
  • Paternity
  • Post-divorce modifications
  • Appeals

Through her family law practice, Ms. Toelstedt has represented many high-asset clients with complex property division requirements, and she has become known for her uncommon ability to devise highly effective and enforceable pre- and postnuptial agreements. The daughter of divorced parents herself as a teenager, she has a strong sense of compassion when dealing with her clients, and she works hard to help them protect their rights and interests while achieving the favorable results they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Along with handling numerous divorce negotiations and litigations, Ms. Toelstedt also has extensive experience with family law appeals, and she has argued a landmark case before the Appellate Division of the First Department. She has also received significant training in mediation and collaborative law from the New York Association of Collaborative Law Professionals.

In honor of her remarkable professionalism and stellar client service, Ms. Toelstedt has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with many other top rankings and endorsements from her peers. She has also received the Silver Client Champion Award from Martindale-Hubbell as well as many testimonials and referrals from those she has served.

A 2002 graduate of the University of Buffalo, Ms. Toelstedt returned to her alma mater and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Buffalo Law School in 2005. She is a founding member of the American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators, and she is an active member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York and the New York State Women’s Bar Association, among her other professional affiliations.

*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
  • 60%Family Law
  • 20%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%General Litigation
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, Appeals

Selections

5 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2016

About Jessica L. Toelstedt

First Admitted: 2006, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.berkbot.com/attorney-profiles/jessica-leonard-to...

Honors/Awards

  • , Super Lawyers, 2017-2020
  • , Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-2016
  • Client Rating 5.0 out of 5.0, Martindale.com, 2016 - 2018
  • , Client Champion, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017-2021
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2016 - 2018

Educational Background

  • University of Buffalo - 2002

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Wearing Two Hats and Sweats, New York Women's Bar Association, June 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Founding Member, American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Staten Island Emergency Physicians, P.C. v. Staten Island University Hosp. Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York. December 09, 200857 A.D.3d 650870 N.Y.S.2d 632007-11396, 2008-02381, 11739/03
  • Charasz v. Rozenblum Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York. May 15, 201295 A.D.3d 1057945 N.Y.S.2d 1172011-06629, 202115/10, 203031/10
  • Watson v. Smith Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York. June 10, 200852 A.D.3d 615861 N.Y.S.2d 354V-12039-06, V-11915-06, 2007-05608
  • Fields v. Fields Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York. June 25, 200965 A.D.3d 297882 N.Y.S.2d 674318, 4318A, 301630/05

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Mediator, King’s County Supreme Court, Roster of Matrimonial Mediators, 2021
  • Mediator, New York County Supreme Court, Roster of Matrimonial Mediators
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • New York State, 2006
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Women’s Bar Association
  • New York Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
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Office Location for Jessica L. Toelstedt

521 5th Avenue
31st Floor
New York, NY 10175

Phone: 212-867-9123

Fax: 212-983-8526

Last Updated: 10/20/2021

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