ABOUT Lawrence N. Rothbart


Lawrence N. Rothbart, Attorney at Law, New York, N.Y. Solo Practice, November 2007 - present

Represent individuals in Family Law and Matrimonial Law matters in all courts, mediation as well as in the Collaborative Practice model. Act as mediator in Family Law and Matrimonial Law matters.

Cohen Goldstein & Silpe, LLP, New York, N.Y. Of Counsel, September 2003 - October 2007

Represented individuals in Family Law and Matrimonial Law matters in all courts including motion practice and trials. Trained in mediation and Collaborative Law.

New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Law Secretary to Justice of the Supreme Court, Matrimonial Part, May 1987 - June 2003

Researched and drafted memoranda and decisions for a dedicated matrimonial part. Conducted conferences on all cases on calendar before the court including settlement conferences involving attorneys, law guardians, litigants and self-represented parties. Supervised clinical law school students.

Special Referee for the Supreme Court, Matrimonial Part, September 1995 - June 2003

Designated by the Chief Judge of the Courts of New York State as a special referee to hear and determine issues in matrimonial actions in the Supreme Court, Kings County.

New York State Department of Law, New York, N.Y. Assistant Attorney General, Litigation Bureau, May 1985 - May 1987

Represented state agencies and officials in federal and state courts involving Section 1983, affirmative litigation, Article 78, and bankruptcy matters. Litigated multi-week trials, argued appeals and conducted motion practice.

New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, Bklyn., N.Y.

Law Clerk to the Justices in Charge of Motions, January 1984 - May 1985

Orally presented motions to the Court on a daily basis. Reviewed, distributed and supervised the presentation of motions before the Court by other law assistants.

Law Clerk to the Justices, August 1981 - January 1984

Prepared confidential case memoranda on appeals pending before the Court; drafted proposed decisions and opinions; orally presented motions to the Court.


Chair, Brooklyn Bar Mediation Family Law Committee, 1993-2004

Brooklyn Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 2007 to 2010

Member, Association of the Bar of the City of NY

Committee on Matrimonial Law, 1996-99, 2002-2005, 2008-

Committee on Children and the Law 2005 to 2008

Member, Brooklyn Bar Association Committees

Family Law Section, 1989-present

Family Law Committee, 1989-2007

Assigned Counsel Family Court Committee, 2001 B 2004

Editorial Board "Brooklyn Barrister," 1995-1997

Member, Legal Advisory Committee, Sanctuary for Families, 2006-

Member, NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, New York, NY January 2007-

Member, NY Interdisciplinary Forum, New York, NY September 2008-

Intensive Mediation Training, Center for Mediation in Law, New York, NY March 2006

Member, Mental Health Professionals Certification Committee, App. Div., Second Dept., 1998-1999

Arbitrator, New York State Small Claims Court, 1987-2003

Member, New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1981-present

Moot Court Judge, New York University School of Law, 1983-2002, 2005-

Delegate, XII International Congress on Family Law, Havana Cuba, September 2002

Invited Guest, North American Symposium on International Child Abduction, Wash. D.C., 9/1993


"Divorce 101 for Litigants," Lecturer, Brooklyn Bar Association, 6?2012

"Family Court Practice - Support," CLE course, NYS Bar Association, 4/2012

"Collaborative Law," CLE course, City University Of New York School of Law, 10/2009

"Introduction to the Hague Convention as it Relates to the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction," CLE course, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, Law Guardian Program, 11/2008

"Basic Matrimonial Practice, Matrimonial Actions," CLE course, NYS Bar Association, 10/2008

"Collaborative Law... Can Family Law Lawyers Really Get Along," CLE course, Brooklyn Bar Assoc., 4/2008

"Mediation and Arbitration in Matrimonial Disputes," Joint presenter, Litigation Services Committee, NYS Society for CPAs, 1/2007

"The Case for Amending the NYS Domestic Relations Law to Permit No Fault Divorces." Principal author, Assn. of the Bar of the City of N.Y., Committee on Matrimonial Law, 11/2004 A Evidence in Equitable Distribution Cases - CLE course, Brooklyn Bar Assoc., 5/2003

"A Uncontested Divorce Proceedings: Basic Procedures and Update" CLE course, Brooklyn Bar Assoc. Volunteer Lawyers Project, 2/2003, 11/2000, 9/1999, 5/1991

A Matrimonial Law Primer for Attorneys Working with the Military - CLE course, Columbian Lawyers Assoc., 1/2003, 3/2004

A Interstate Custody Revisited: the Next Act, Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act - CLE course, Brooklyn Bar Assoc., Spring 2002

A Custody Issues in Family Law@ Guest Lecturer, Brooklyn College Sociology Depart., 7/2001

A Updates and Current Issues in Matrimonial Law - Coordinator and Moderator for CLE courses, Brooklyn Bar Assoc., Spring 2001, Spring 1999, Spring 1998, Spring 1995; Lecturer, Fall 1992

A Pro Bono Family Violence / Contested Matrimonial Training - Faculty for CLE course, City Bar Fund, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 9/2000

A Ethical Issues in Matrimonial Practice - CLE course, Brooklyn Women=s Bar Assoc., 5/2000

A Handling Uncontested Divorces - Lecturer, In-house course for Kings County Judicial Hearing Officers, Special Referees, Law Secretaries and Clerks, 3/2000, 4/1998, 8/1997

"Review of the Matrimonial Law Update 1995 Seminar" "Brooklyn Barrister," 6/1999

Panelist, Office of Court Administration Conference for Matrimonial Justices, Court Attorneys and Clerks, Fall 1998.

A Uncontested Divorces: How to Use the New Office of Court Administration Uncontested Divorce Forms - Lecturer, Brooklyn Bar Assoc., 3/1998

A Custody and Relocation - Lecturer, App. Div., 2d Dept., Law Guardian Panel Training, 11/1997

A Domestic Violence - Panelist, OCA Legal Update Seminars for Court Attorneys, 11/1997

A Matrimonial Law Overview - Guest lecturer on Matrimonial Law, New York City Technical College, Legal Assistant Program, Fall 1994

"Custody & Visitation in NYS Supreme Court" Lecturer, Pro Bono Project, Bklyn. Bar Assoc., 11/1994

"Update on the Get Statute" Guest Radio program with Rabbi Raskin WEVD, 10/1993

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