Susan L. Bender

Top rated Family Law attorney in New York, New York

Bender & Crane LLP
Susan L. Bender
Bender & Crane LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1981

Education: Pace University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Bender & Crane LLP

99 Madison Ave
8th Floor
New York, NY 10016 Visit website

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Attorney Susan L. Bender is a partner at Bender & Crane LLP in New York, New York. She represents individuals and families throughout the New York metropolitan area in high-end divorce and family law matters involving prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, child custody and support, LGBTQIA laws and more.

Ms. Bender earned a B.A. from Harper College, State University of New York in 1973 and attained her law degree from Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 1980. She has been admitted to practice law in New York since 1980 and is also licensed before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States Supreme Court. In addition to her litigation experience, she is also trained in alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation.

Highly recognized for her contributions to the family law community, Ms. Bender has been peer-review rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell. She has also consistently been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” and is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has received numerous other accolades, including the Founder’s Day Award from the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) and The Joan L. Ellenbogen Memorial Fellowship from the New York Women’s Bar Association (NYWBA).

Throughout her career, Ms. Bender has lectured extensively on family law topics for various bar associations and educational institutions. She has also authored numerous articles on family and domestic relations matters.

Ms. Bender is active in a number of professional organizations, including the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Matrimonial Commission, the American Bar Association, the WBASNY, the Lesbian and Gay Law Association Foundation of Greater New York, the NYWBA, the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert and The American College of Family Trial Lawyers. Moreover, she has experience serving as the Attorney General of the state of New York as well as on the Civil Practice Law and Rules Committee of the Office of Court Administration.

*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

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Prenuptial Agreements

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1981, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.bendercrane.com/susan-l-bender/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New York, 1980
  • New York Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Executive Committee
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Board Member
  • Civil Practice Law and Rules Committee of the Office of Court Administration, Past Member
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member, Executive Committee
  • Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association, Member
  • Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board Member
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1982
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Past President
  • Member of the Board of Governors and Former Member of the Executive Committee of the New York Chapter
  • Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Greater New York (LeGal), Member
  • Attorney General of the State of New York, Member, Women’s Advisory Committee, 1994
  • Matrimonial Commission, Committee Member, 2006
  • New York State Matrimonial Commission
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1982
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member, Matrimonial Law Committee, 2002
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Co-Chair, Matrimonial Committee
  • New York Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts, Member, 1993 - Present
  • Committee to Certify Law Guardians for Appointment in Domestic Relations Matters in the First Judicial Department, Member
Educational Background:
  • Harper College, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, B.A., 1973
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer, Family Law and Procedure, New York State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Family Law and Procedure, Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Pace University
  • Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Forum
  • Lecturer, LeGal
  • Lecturer, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Author, "Enforcement of Money Judgments”, Chapter, New York Practice Guide, Matthew Bender, 1988
  • "The Finality Rule Barrier to Court of Appeals Review of Appellate Division Orders in Matrimonial Litigation”, New York Domestic Relations Reporter, Matthew Bender, Vol. 1, No. 13, December, 1989
  • Domestic Arbitration Seminar September of 1991
  • “Is Every Woman One Divorce Away from Financial Disaster?”, On the Issues Magazine, 1997
  • “The Lawyer’s Bookshelf: New York Law of Domestic Violence”, New York Law of Domestic Violence, October, 1998
  • Lecturer, Family Law and Procedure, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Lecturer, Family Law and Procedure, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
Honors/Awards:
  • Recipient, Joan L. Ellenbogen Award, New York Women’s Bar Association, 2007
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Board Member, Executive Committee)
  • Received Mediation Training by the American Arbitration Association, 2016
  • Founders Day Award, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, 1998
  • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" published by Woodward/White, Inc. and is routinely named a "Super Lawyer"
  • Fellow of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, Secretary and Board Member, 1992 - Present
  • Board of JALBCA (Judges and Lawyer’s Breast Cancer Alert), Member
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers
  • Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, Founding Member, 1992 - Present
  • Matrimonial Advisory Committee of the Unified Court System, Member
  • Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, Vice President, 1992 - Present

Office location for Susan L. Bender

99 Madison Ave
8th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 646-891-2642

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