Martha Cohen Stine

Top rated family law attorney in New York, New York

Cohen Stine Kapoor LLP
Martha Cohen Stine
Cohen Stine Kapoor LLP

Practice Areas: Family law; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1980

Education: Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2022
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Cohen Stine Kapoor LLP

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Attorney Martha Cohen Stine is a founding partner with Cohen Stine Kapoor LLP law firm in New York, New York. Nationally recognized as among the preeminent lawyers in the country, Ms. Stine has more than 40 years of total legal experience, and she focuses her practice almost exclusively on family law. A highly accomplished and effective lawyer, she provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the New York City metro who are going through a divorce or have some other serious legal issues affecting their families.

A leader in her field, Ms. Stine routinely conducts lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region, and she has been featured in several publications for her in-depth knowledge of the law. She also serves on the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association's Family Law Section, and she currently serves as co-chair of the New York County Lawyers Association's Matrimonial Law Section.

As an attorney, Ms. Stine has represented many high-profile, high net worth clients, including prominent businesspeople and executives, celebrities, real estate developers, and other professionals, and she has gained a reputation for her uncommon knowledge of the law as well as her unwavering dedication to those she serves. Honored for outstanding professionalism and service, she earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as perennial designation as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in New York.

A 1974 cum laude graduate of New York University, Ms. Stine attended Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor cum laude in 1979. While there, she served as senior editor of the Cardozo Law Review, and she received recognition for her excellent academic achievements.

Along with maintaining a successful legal practice, Ms. Stine is also heavily involved with the theatre and the arts in her area, and she is a trained singer who has produced and directed a number of original musicals.

*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, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law, Father's rights

First Admitted: 1980, New York

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Educational Background:
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law J.D., cum laude, 1979Cardozo Law Review, Senior Editor
  • New York University (University College of Arts & Science), B.A., cum laude, 1974 
  • Nederlander v. Nederlander, January 03, 2013
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Embryo Lawsuit Expert (Sofia Vergara case), 2016
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • What Differentiates a High-Profile Divorce, with Harriet Newman Cohen and Martha Cohen Stine   On this episode of Divorce Dialogues, Harriet and Martha join Katherine Miller to discuss the heightened issues around publicity and confidentiality associated with celebrity divorce  October 22, 2021, Speaker, The Divorce Dialogues Podcast , Sound Cloud, Law, Divorce, Celebrity, 2021
  • Authority Magazine Attorney Martha Cohen Stine Explores the Pros and Cons of Nesting February 10, 2022, Consultant, Pros and Cons of Nesting, Authority Magazine, Law, Families, Divorce, Custody, 2022
  • New York Post He dumped me with divorce papers on Valentine’s Day Martha Cohen Stine discusses Valentine’s Day break-ups with Doree Lewak February 12, 2022, Commentator, He Dumped Me On Valentine's Day, New York Post, Law, Divorce, 2022
  • Avenue Magazine Custody Isn’t Just for Kids: New Laws Set up Pet Custody Martha Cohen Stine advises working out an agreement is the best alternative, although a lawyer or mediator is sometimes necessary. July 22, 2022, Consultant, Custody Isn't Just for Kids: New Laws Set up Pet Custody, Avenue Magazine, Family Law/Matrimonial Law, 2022
  • Martha Cohen Stine, family law attorney from Cohen Stine Kapoor LLP, is here to discuss what a conservatorship entails and shares examples from Britney Spears' case., Speaker, Today's Verdict with David Lesch, BronxNet TV, Legal, Guardianship, Conservatorship, 2021
  • Page Six Do Bill and Melinda Gates have more secrets to come out amid divorce?  Sara Nathan June 4, 2021 , Commentator, Do Bill and Melinda Gates have more secrets to come out amid divorce?, New York Post - Page Six, Divorce, Custody, Estate Planning, Celebrity, Law, 2021
  • Conservatorships Like Britney Spears’ Can Be 'Civil Death Sentence' Family Law attorney Martha Cohen Stine / news analysis. “We don't take away people's civil rights just because they have a diagnosis of a mental health issue. When we see the laws being abused and when we see the abuse that can be inherent in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, it's very stark and it's very shocking." July 1, 2021, Speaker, Conservatorships Like Britney Spears' Can be "Civil Death Sentence", Newsmax/America's News Page, Family Law, Conservatorships, Estate Law, Mental Health Law, 2021
  • New York Times As Courts Reopen, Divorce Filings Are on the Rise Martha Cohen Stine and Harriet Newman Cohen discuss the recent rise in divorce filings September 9, 2021, Commentator, As Courts Reopen, Divorce Filings Are on the Rise , New York Times, Law, Families, Divorce, Custody, 2021
  • New York County Lawyers News Release Amicus Curiae Podcast with Host Daniel Wiig: An in-depth conversation with two Matrimonial Law Powerhouses, Harriet Newman Cohen and Martha Cohen Stine May 28, 2021, Interviewee, Amicus Curiae Podcast with Host Daniel Wiig, New York County Lawyers Podcast Series, Law, Divorce, Custody, 2021
  • NYC won’t recognize surrogate-born son’s actual parents,, 2016
  • 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Became An Attorney, Interview with Martha Cohen Stine of Cohen Stine Kapoor LLP, Interview, Important Life Lessons from Attorney Martha Cohen Stine, Authority Magazine, Divorce, Matrimonial, Custody, Family Law, 2021
  • Liam Gallagher could owe baby mama a fortune, 2015
  • "Give the Get!"​ -- judicial expert Stine comments in N.Y. Post, 2015
  • New York Laws Vague About How Young Is Too Young To Leave Children Alone, 2014
  • What Happily-Married Women Need to Know About Divorce, 2013
  • Liam Gallagher Lover in custody war
  • Martha Cohen Stine makes 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,
  • Couple who plotted to bomb Washington Arch had a child, are in court fighting over visitation rights. Martha Cohen Stine represents the Gliedman family. Aaron Greene and Morgan Gliedman, who allegedly had a stash of explosives they planned to use to blow up the Washington Arch, are in court fighting over their child, who was born while Gliedman was under police watch, New York Magazine: Couple Who Plotted to Bomb Washington Square Arch - Grandparent Custody Rights, New York Daily News, 2013
  • New York Magazine, KABOOM: Lawyer Martha Cohen Stine representing the Gliedmans in Family Court. Dalton and NYU graduate Morgan was granted, 2013
  •, EXCLUSIVE: Couple who plotted to bomb Washington Arch had a child...Martha Cohen Stine represents the Gliedman family, 2013
  • New York Post, The accused “Bomb Mom” will now be able to watch over her baby as the newborn sleeps at night. Martha Cohen Stine, who represented the maternal grandparents, told The Post after the hearing: “She’s a great mom.”, 2013
  • LINDSEY KUPFERMAN NEDERLANDER, plf-res, v. ERIC NEDERLANDER, def-ap Supreme Court, New York County (Deborah A. Kaplan, J.) ordered defendant to pay 50 percent of the balances owed on the mortgages on the marital residence, 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Co-Chair of the NYCLA Foundation, 2022
  • Lambs, America's oldest theatrical club
  • Member, Lotos Club
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys New York, 2017-2022, Top 50 Women Attorneys, New York, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • , Top 100 Lawyers in New York, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • AV® Preeminent™, 2022 Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Practice, Martindale Hubbell, 2022
  • Super Lawyers, 2012-2022, Super Lawyers, 2022
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, 2022
  • Co-Chair, Matrimonial Law Section, New York County Lawyers Association ("NYCLA"), 2022
  • The New York State Bar Association, Family Law Committee Board Member, 2022
  • Chair of the NYCLA Foundation, the charitable arm of NYCLA, 2021
  • Board of Directors - New York County Lawyers Association ("NYCLA"), 2021
  • The New York American Inn of Court, Executive Committee, 2022
  • New York City Bar Association Entertainment Committee, Chair, 2019
  • City Bar Matrimonial Committee City and NYCBA Entertainment Committee
  • The New York Women's Bar Association, 2022
  • City Bar Litigation Committee
Industry Groups:
  • Alimony
  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • High Net Worth Family Law Cases
  • Paternity
  • Postnups
  • Prenups

Office location for Martha Cohen Stine

11 Times Square
10th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: 212-512-0810

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