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Lawrence N. Rothbart

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY

Lawrence N. Rothbart, Attorney at Law
14 Wall St, Suite 2064
New York, NY 10005
Phone: 212-812-0694
Fax: 212-227-4533
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021
Licensed in New York Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Family Law (50%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (50%)
Attorney Profile

Lawrence N. Rothbart is the founder of his own firm located in New York City. Providing representation to clients throughout the area, he focuses his practice on divorce and related family law issues, including child custody and support, property division and alimony/maintenance. In addition to acting as a mediator in this field and assisting many clients who choose to participate in mediation and collaborative divorce proceedings as a means to resolving such matters, Mr. Rothbart also represents clients in litigation.

Before attending law school, Mr. Rothbart graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Arts in 1978 from Brandeis University. He then went on to attend New York University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1981.

Admitted to practice in New York, Mr. Rothbart is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Supreme Court of the United States. After graduating from law school, he was a law clerk for justices on the Appellate Division of the Second Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. He then went on to spend two years as an assistant attorney general with the New York State Attorney General's Office. Mr. Rothbart then served as a law secretary for a justice on the Kings County Supreme Court, Civil Term, a position he held from 1987 to 2003 before leaving for private practice.

Mr. Rothbart is highly regarded by his fellow attorneys, as evidenced by his AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He is also active in several legal organizations, including the New York State, New York City and Brooklyn Bar Associations.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. 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 practice standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Family Law
  • 50%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Mediation


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021

About Lawrence N. Rothbart

First Admitted: 1982, New York

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • New York County and Kings County Women's Bar Associations Matrimonial Pro Bono Panels

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Family Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
  • Member, NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, New York, NY, January 2007 to present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1981 to present
  • Member New York State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section 2015 to present
  • Member, Brooklyn Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1989 to present
  • Member New York City Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee 2019-present
  • Member, Legal Advisory Council, Sanctuary for Families, 2006 to present
  • Chair, Brooklyn Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 2007 to 2010
  • Moot Court Judge, New York University School of Law, 1983 to 2002, 2005 to present
  • Chair, Brooklyn Bar Association, Family Law Committee, 1993 to 2004
  • Delegate, XII International Congress on Family Law, Havana Cuba, September 2002
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals, January 2007 to present
  • Member, New York City Bar Association, Committee on Matrimonial Law, 1996 to 99, 2002  to 2005, 2008 to 2015
  • Member, NY Interdisciplinary Forum, New York, NY, September 2008 to present
  • Member, New York City Bar Association, Committee on Children and the Law, 2005 to 2008
  • Arbitrator, New York State Small Claims Court, 1987 to 2003
  • Member, Mental Health Professionals Certification Committee, App.Div., Second Dept., 1998 to 1999
  • US Supreme Court admitted 2004
  • Federal District Court of Southern District of New York
  • Federal District Court of Eastern District of New York
  • Invited Guest, North American Symposium on International Child Abduction, Wash. D.C., 9/1993

Educational Background

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • Brandeis University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1978

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Principal author New York City Bar Association, Committee on Matrimonial Law Report, “The Case for Amending the NYS Domestic Relations Law to Permit No Fault Divorces”
  • Member, Brooklyn Bar Association, Editorial Board "Brooklyn Barrister", 1995-1997
  • Intensive Mediation Training, Center for Mediation in Law, New York, NY, March 2006
  • Frequent Lecturer at Continuing Legal Education Programs for bar associations and other professional organizations as well as for schools of higher education and for the community at large
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Office Location for Lawrence N. Rothbart

14 Wall St
Suite 2064
New York, NY 10005

Phone: 212-812-0694

Fax: 212-227-4533

Last Updated: 5/3/2021

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