Jessica L. Toelstedt

Top rated Family Law attorney in New York, New York

Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, LLP
Jessica L. Toelstedt
Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate; view more

Licensed in New York since: 2006

Education: University at Buffalo Law School - SUNY

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2016

Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, LLP

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

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Jessica L. Toelstedt joined the predecessor firm Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP (now Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, LLP) in 2012 and was named partner in 2016.  Ms. Toelstedt’s practice focuses on mediation, collaborative law and litigation. Ms. Toelstedt also specializes in drafting Pre- and Postnuptial Agreements for high net worth individuals.

Ms. Toelstedt was exposed to matrimonial law at an early age when as a young teen her own parents were divorced. Having dealt with a parent that had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, Ms. Toelstedt learned firsthand the importance of representing a client going through what may be one of the most difficult times in their lives and the lives of their children.

Ms. Toelstedt began her career focusing on litigating matrimonial matters and since then has appeared regularly in Supreme and Family Courts throughout New York City and the surrounding areas. Ms. Toelstedt has also handed appellate matters and argued the landmark case Fields v. Fields in the Appellate Division of the First Department. After having spent nearly the first half of her career litigating matrimonial matters, Ms. Toelstedt expanded her practice to include process choices that can address family matters outside of court, without litigation.

Ms. Toelstedt has been trained as a mediator by The Center for Understanding in Conflict and regularly mediates all matters related to marriage and family law, including prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, separations, divorces, and post-divorce/separation issues.

Ms. Toelstedt has also been trained in collaborative law by The New York Association of Collaborative Law Professionals and regularly represents clients who wish to obtain a divorce or separation using the Collaborative Law Process, utilizing a formal participation agreement.

Ms. Toelstedt also offers her clients services as a consulting attorney, for when they are pursuing the mediation process with an outside mediator.

Sometimes clients do not feel that they are a good fit for mediation or the Collaborative Law Process, and in those instances, Ms. Toelstedt will provide direct representation to her clients with the goal of reaching a resolution outside of court.

In addition, Ms. Toelstedt focuses on drafting Pre- and Postnuptial Agreements for high net worth individuals. Pre- and Postnuptial agreements can be reached through the process of mediation, with Ms. Toelstedt either acting as the mediator or the consulting attorney. Other times, Ms. Toelstedt provides direct representation to clients looking to protect their interests prior to or after marriage. Ms. Toelstedt understands that the negotiation and drafting of these agreements requires a more measured, cooperative approach, as the parties involved are  either entering or maintaining what will hopefully be a long-lasting and happy marital relationship.

Ms. Toelstedt’s reputation for high ethical standards and professional ability among her fellow attorneys has earned her the highest peer rating, AV Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubbell, which has also named her a “Gold Client Champion” from 2017 to present. Ms. Toelstedt was voted a New York Family Law Rising Star by her peers from 2014 through 2016 and as a New York Family Law Super Lawyer by her peers from 2017 to present. 

Ms. Toelstedt also serves as a Mediator on the Court Roster of Matrimonial Mediators for New York County Supreme Court and Kings County Supreme Court and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York. Ms. Toelstedt resides on Long Island with her husband and two children.

Areas of Practice: 

  • Mediation of Family Law Matters, including divorce, post-divorce issues, Prenuptial Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements.
  • Collaborative Law 
  • Litigation of Family Law Matters 
  • Equitable distribution, property distribution and settlements
  • Prenuptial Agreements 
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Child custody and support
  • Spousal support
  • Paternity
  • Post-divorce modifications
  • Appeals

 

*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, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate, General Litigation

Focus areas

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

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

First Admitted: 2006, New York

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

Honors/Awards:
  • Super Lawyers, 2017 to present
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-2016
  • Client Rating 5.0 out of 5.0, Martindale.com, 2016 to present
  • Client Champion, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017 to present
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2016 to present
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 (Case Results):
  • 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

Office location for Jessica L. Toelstedt

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

Phone: 212-655-4112

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2016

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