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Valentina Shaknes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY

Krauss Shaknes Tallentire & Messeri LLP
350 5th Ave, Suite 7620
New York, NY 10118
Phone: 212-228-5552
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019
Licensed in New York Since: 2008
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Valentina Shaknes is an attorney and partner at Krauss Shaknes Tallentire & Messeri LLP in New York, New York. Ms. Shaknes concentrates her practice on divorce and family law, serving clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area.

Ms. Shaknes has over a decade of experience practicing family law. She handles matters involving high net-worth divorce, child support, custody, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, spousal support and visitation. She provides personal and compassionate representation to her clients, helping guide them through a difficult time so they can move forward with their lives.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Shaknes has litigated at the trial and appellate levels. She has also successfully handled cases involving international child abduction and international custody disputes. Recognizing her accomplishments, the New York Times named her an “outstanding young lawyer” several years in a row and the National Law Journal named her a “trailblazer” in the areas of divorce, trusts and estates in 2017.

Active in various professional organizations, Ms. Shaknes serves on the matrimonial law committee of the New York City Bar Association and is a member of the matrimonial law section of the New York County Lawyers Association. She belongs to the New York State Bar Association’s children’s rights committee and family law section and the family law committee of the New York Women’s Bar Association.

Ms. Shaknes graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree. She earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is qualified to appear before all New York and Connecticut state courts, the U.S. district courts for the southern and eastern districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law


2 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019

About Valentina Shaknes

First Admitted: 2008, New York

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Educational Background

  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1999, summa cum laude

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Connecticut
  • Women’s Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Matrimonial Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section and the Children’s Rights Committee
  • New York City Bar Association, Matrimonial Law Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presenter, New York County Lawyers Association, “Civil Aspects of Litigating an International Child Abduction Case Under the Hague Convention: How to Prove the ‘Grave Risk of Harm’ Defense,” July 2018
  • Presenter, New York State Bar Association, “Basics of Matrimonial Practice, Discovery,” October 2017
  • “Beyond Broken Bones, Recognizing Psychological Harm to Children When Applying ‘Grave Risk of Harm’ Standard,” New York Law Journal, July 27, 2018
  • Presenter, AFCC, 56th Annual Conference, Toronto, “International Jurisdictional Disputes: The Challenges of International Relocation and the Risk of Abduction,” May 2019


  • New York Super Lawyer Rising Star in Family Law, 2014-2019
  • The National Law Journal, Divorce, Trusts & Estates Trailblazer, 2017
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer, The New York Times, 2014-2019
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Office Location for Valentina Shaknes

350 5th Ave
Suite 7620
New York, NY 10118

Phone: 212-228-5552

Last Updated: 4/6/2021

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