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Robin D. Carton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in White Plains, NY

Carton & Rosoff PC
150 Grand St, Suite 305
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-949-6700
Fax: 914-381-7158
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2021
Licensed in New York Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Family Law (70%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%), Estate & Trust Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

As partner at Carton & Rosoff PC, Robin D. Carton represents clients in the White Plains, New York, area, along with Manhattan and Westchester. A knowledgeable and compassionate legal advocate, she focuses on family law, including the following: guardianship, separation, mediation, custody, same-sex family law, fathers’ rights, marital property, prenuptial agreements, paternity, name changes, juvenile law, domestic violence, dissolution, adoption and divorce. For her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, she holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Admitted to practice in the state of New York, Ms. Carton is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was named one of The Best Lawyers in America in 2021 and one of The Best Lawyers in Westchester in 2020.

Ms. Carton attended the State University of New York at Albany and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts before moving to Hofstra University where she completed her master’s in arts. She then attended the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where he earned her Juris Doctor in 1981.

Co-President of the New York Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ms. Carton is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, the Westchester County Bar Association, the Pace Women’s Justice Center Moderate Means Panel and the New York State Bar Association. Currently, she is the president of the Westchester Rockland Guardians Association, and formerly served as the Westchester Women’s Bar Association’s president.

* 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
  • 70%Family Law
  • 20%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Mediation

Selections

11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2021

About Robin D. Carton

First Admitted: 1983, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.cartonrosoff.com/attorneys/robin-d-carton/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Admitted in 1983, U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • 1983, New York
  • 1983, U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • President of Westchester Women's Bar Association Foundation, Inc., 2011
  • Gender Responsive Trauma Initiatives and Partnerships, Member, 2020
  • President of Westchester Women's Bar Association Foundation, Inc., 2010
  • Co-President of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - NY Chapter, 2018
  • Executive Board of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - NY Chapter, 2020
  • Member, Honoring Success/Foster Care Day Planning Committee, 2018
  • Member, Westchester County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1990–2005, 2019
  • Co-President of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - NY Chapter, 2019
  • Member, Pace Women's Justice Center Moderate Means Matrimonial Panel, 2020
  • Member, 9th Judicial District Committee to Promote Gender Fairness in the Courts, 2020
  • Member, Committee on Best Practices for Court Mental Health Evalutions
  • Attorney for Children Panel, Appellate Division, 2d Department (over 30 years), 2020
  • Member, Law Guardian Liaison Committee, 2020
  • Member, National Adoption Day Committee
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 2020
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2020
  • Member, Committee on Disproportionate Racial Impact
  • Secretary and Board of Directors, former Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Rockland-Westchester County, 2019
  • Member, Pro Bono Local Action Committee, Westchester County
  • Member, Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice Committee
  • President of the Law Guardian Association of Westchester County (fourth term), 2020
  • Member, Westchester County Youth Advisory Board
  • Member, Westchester Building Futures Committee, 2020
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law
  • WWBA State Director to Women's Bar Association of State of NY, 2016
  • Member, NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2020
  • Member of Child Welfare Court Improvement Project, Stakeholders Committee, 2020
  • Member, Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society, 2020
  • Past President of the Westchester Women's Bar Association, 6/2015-6/2016, 2016
  • Co-Chair, Westchester County Women's Bar Association, Matrimonial Committee, 2020
  • Co-President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) -NY Chapter; 2018 and 2019, 2019
  • Facilitator for Support Group in Collaborative Practice
  • Member, Committee on Courts Catalyzing Change
  • Member, Raise the Age Committee, 2020

Representative Clients

  • Represented child in Matter of Svenningsen, 105 AD3d 164 (App Div. 2nd Dept. 2013), a case of first impression in which the adopted-out child was deemed able to inherit from her former adoptive parent.

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Mediator
  • NCPC (Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator)
  • Trained in Collaborative Practice and interdisciplinary Team Model

Educational Background

  • SUNY Albany, B.A., 1973
  • Hofstra University, M.A., 1974

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • I organize a charitable fund raising drive that collects contributions of thousands of dollars each year for the Westchester County Department of Social Services Holiday Gift Fund for foster children each year since 2013., 2019

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • A convening of interdisciplinary champions for girls to explore the research, practices, and policies needed to improve girls' well-being and outcomes, Presenter, Girls Justice Town Hall for Child Welfare, School, and Justice Practitioners, 2019
  • Sole presenter at luncheon series featuring the practice areas of former Presidents of the Westchester Women's Bar Association, Lecturer/Presenter, Attorney for Children: A Primer on Preparation and Practice, Westchester Women's Bar Association, 2021
  • Faculty presenter in Skills course on matrimonial litigation, negotiation, and mediation, Lecturer/Presenter, Family Law with Skills, Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University, 2020
  • Faculty presenter in weekend course on matrimonial litigation, negotiation, and mediation, Faculty, Modern Divorce Advocacy, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, 2021
  • Key presenter in program on the role of the Attorney for the Child, Lecturer/Presenter, Demystifying the Role of the Attorney for the Child, Westchester Women's Bar Association, 2020
  • Panelist in several presentations on a specialized court Part addressing the impact of the juvenile justice system on youth of color, particularly girls, Panelist/Presenter, Girls’ Justice Initiative for the NYS Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children Program, 2019
  • Lecturer/Presenter in law school mediation course, presenter, Lecture on “The Anatomy of a Mediation”, Pace University School of Law, 2020
  • Instructor for sessions on mediation and client counseling, Presenter, Family Law with Skills course, Hofstra University School of Law, 2020
  • Lecture on "Appointment and Use of the Attorney for the Child," NYS Bar Association, 2015, Moderator, Feeling Hopeless: Who Can Help in a High Conflict Custody Case?, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Attorneys, Judges, Mental Health Professionals, 2017
  • Frequent presenter for Parent Education and Awareness Program (PEACE), White Plains, NY
  • Presenter for Westchester County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (WESCOFAPA)
  • Frequent Presenter for New Directions: Practical Skills for Returning to Law Practice, Pace Law School, White Plains, NY
  • April 21, 2009: Lecture on "Appointment and Use of Law Guardians/Family Court Practice: Custody, Child Protective Proceedings and Ethics" New York State Bar Association, Tarrytown, NY, 2009
  • March 4, 2009: Lecture on "Role of the Attorney for the Child" Westchester County Bar Association, White Plains, NY, 2009
  • August 5, 2008: Lecture on "Role of the Attorney for the Child" Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Elmsford, NY, 2008
  • July 11, 2008: Lecture on "Role of the Attorney for the Child" Summer Judicial Seminar, Pace Law School, White Plains, NY, 2008
  • April 28, 2008: Lecture on "Role of the Attorney for the Child/Resolving Conflicts In Family Law: A Panel Discussion" Westchester Women's Bar Association, White Plains, NY, 2008
  • April 3, 2008: Lecture on "The Role of the Law Guardian" Westchester County Domestic Violence Council, White Plains, NY, 2008
  • February 20, 2008: Lecture on "The Role of the Law Guardian" Westchester County Domestic Violence Council, White Plains, NY, 2008
  • October 11, 2007: Lecture on "The Appointment and Use of Law Guardians" Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, NY, 2007
  • July 26, 2007: Lecture on "Role of the Law Guardian in Family Court" White Plains, NY, 2007
  • June 6, 2007: Lecture on "Custody—What is It?" Pace Law School, White Plains, NY, 2007
  • April 17, 2007: Lecture on "The Appointment and Use of Law Guardians/Family Court Practice: Custody, Child Protective Proceedings and Ethics" New York State Bar Association, Tarrytown, NY, 2007
  • February 15, 2007: Lecture on "Parental Alienation: The Legal/Judicial Experience" Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law, New York, NY, 2007
  • May 15, 2006: Lecture on "The Role of School Personnel in Custody Proceedings/ Complex Child Custody Issues: Navigating the Labyrinth" New York City Bar, New York, NY, 2006
  • February 8, 2006: Lecture on "Conflicts in Law Guardian Representation" Appellate Division, 2nd Judicial Department, White Plains, NY, 2006
  • May 17, 2005: Lecture on "The Legal Aspects of Custody/Visitation Litigation" Appellate Division, 1 and 2 Judicial Departments, Brooklyn, NY, 2005
  • February 17, 2005: Testimony at Matrimonial Commission hearing NYS Judicial Institute, Pace School of Law, White Plains, NY, 2005
  • March 31, 2003: Lecture on "The Role of the Law Guardian" Appellate Division, 2nd Judicial Department, White Plains, NY, 2003
  • Lecture on "Appointment and Use of Attorneys for Children/Family Court Practice," NYSBA, Tarrytown, NY, 2011
  • "FERPA, Custody, and Access to Education Records," New York Family Law Monthly, Volume 8, Number 2
  • Lecture on "Family Court Procedure," Practical Skills, NYSBA, Tarrytown, NY, 2012
  • Speaker at BraveLife Reentry Summit for youth who were part of the juvenile justice/child welfare system, Workshop "Know Your Rights:  Legal Empowerment and Advocacy" (September 20, 2016; Westchester County Center), Speaker, 2016
  • Lecture on "Basic Matrimonial Practice," NYSBA, Tarrytown, NY  2012, 2012
  • Lecture on "The Role and Responsibility of the Attorney for the Child" at the Pace Law School CLS Family Law Program., Lecturer/presenter, 2013
  • Lecture on "The Role of the Attorney for the Child" at the New York State Bar Association’s April 12, 2013 program on Family Court Practice – Custody, Child Protective Proceedings and Ethics. , Speaker, 2013
  • Lecturer for 9th Judicial District Judge's Training, 2013
  • Faculty Lecturer, NYSBA CLE on Family Court Practice, Lecturer, 2014
  • Presenter at Foster Care Day, Westchester County, 2015

Honors/Awards

  • , NY Metro Top Women Super Lawyers, 2020
  • , New York Super Lawyers since 2011, 2020
  • , Top 25 Westchester Super Lawyers since 2011, 2020
  • NYS Bar Association Award of Merit in Recognition of the Moderate Means Panel, 2010
  • , AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Pace Women's Justice Center Moderate Means Panel, 2020
  • Pro bono matrimonial and custody clients, 2020

Comments

  • “ Robin Carton is a talented, creative, and highly knowledgable attorney of the highest integrity. She is held in high esteem by clients, colleagues and the judiciary.”
  • “ exceptional attorney focusing on family law issues and particularly children's needs”
  • “ Ms. Carton is one of the best, if not THE best, attorneys for children in Westchester County. She goes above and beyond the call of duty every day.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Robin D. Carton

150 Grand St
Suite 305
White Plains, NY 10601

Phone: 914-949-6700

Fax: 914-381-7158

Last Updated: 7/30/2021

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