Collaborative Law

Pennessi, Miller, Gebhardt & Donelli - McCarthy Fingar Matrimonial Lawyers

The McCarthy Fingar Team

McCarthy Fingar has some of the best collaborative lawyers for divorce and family law matters in White Plains, Westchester and the entire New York metro region. How does Collaborative Law work? When a couple agrees to the collaborative resolution format, each party has his or her own attorney, and makes a formal, written commitment not to go to court, right at the outset. Instead of costly litigation, the parties themselves, with the assistance of their attorneys, meet, set goals, gather information, create solutions and ultimately reach an agreement to resolve their divorce or family law dispute.

McCarthy Fingar’s Leadership in the Community

Part of the reason for the success of the collaborative format is that, once the participation agreement has been signed by the parties and their attorneys, the attorneys cannot represent their clients if the process fails to reach an agreement and/or someone wants to go to court. For instance, if one of the lawyers in our Collaborative Law group represents a client in a collaborative law engagement and a settlement is not reached, our Matrimonial & Family Law group cannot be engaged to represent the client on the continuing dispute.

Because lawyers retained to assist in the collaborative law process cannot represent those clients in a contested matter in court, the attorneys, like the clients, are motivated to “stay the course” and devote as much time as is necessary to the desired out-of-court settlement. As a result, a large proportion of McCarthy Fingar’s collaborative efforts to resolve divorce and family law issues are successful.

Kathleen Donelli is a founding member of the Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Rockland/Westchester. One of our other Collaborative Lawyers is the Firm’s Chief Counsel, Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who also heads up the firm’s Mediation & Arbitration group.

 

Contact Us

McCarthy Fingar’s Collaborative Law lawyers are dedicated to our clients’ success. If you think you may require our assistance or have any questions, please contact one of our Collaborative Law attorneys in our White Plains office: Kathleen Donelli by email (kdonelli@mccarthyfingar.com) or phone (914-385-1010); Dolores Gebhardt by email (dgebhardt@mccarthyfingar.com) or phone (914-385-1016); or Hon. Sondra M. Miller by email (smiller@mccarthyfingar.com) or by phone (914-385-1015).

04/09/2020

Gebhardt Elected as Vice President of the Westchester County Bar Association

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, a member of our Appellate Practice, Cannabis Law, Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was elected to a second term as a Vice President of the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WCBA’s 2020-2021 slate of officers and directors were sworn in via Zoom. WCBA, established on February 11, 1896, is a not-for-profit corporation with a voluntary membership of more than 2,000 lawyers. WCBA’s purpose is to promote the ends of justice, cultivate jurisprudence, afford access to the courts to all who seek redress, facilitate the administration of justice, elevate the standards of integrity, honor, competence and courtesy in the legal profession, and participate with all members of society in seeking and perfecting the common good. Dolores has been active in the WCBA for many years and served as Secretary from 2017-2019 and Vice President from 2019-2020.

02/27/2020

Gebhardt & Miller Speak on Parent Education in Custody Cases

Dolores Gebhardt Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Dolores Gebhardt and Hon. Sonda M. Miller, both members of our Matrimonial & Family Law, Appellate Practice and Collaborative Law groups, presented “Mandatory Parent Education in Custody Cases: The Pilot Program” at the Westchester County Courthouse. This CLE program, sponsored by the Family Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association, described the requirements of the new initiative in which judges must refer divorcing parents to OCA-approved classes that assist the parents in putting their children first.

11/04/2019

Gebhardt Speaks on Business Valuations in Divorce Cases

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, presented for the Westchester Women’s Bar Association at a program entitled, “What’s It Worth to You?: The Valuation of a Business in Corporate and Divorce Settings” .

10/01/2019

McCarthy Fingar’s “Super Lawyers”

Frank W. Streng Gail M. Boggio Kathleen Donelli Dolores Gebhardt Douglas S. Trokie James K. Landau

Six of our lawyers have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Gail M. Boggio has again been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation/Estate Planning & Probate/Elder Law. Kathleen Donelli has again been selected in the field of Family Law. Dolores Gebhardt has again been selected in the field of Family Law. James K. Landau has again been selected in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Appellate, and has again been selected for the Top 25 in Westchester County for Super LawyersFrank W. Streng has again been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation and Estate Planning & Probate. Douglas S. Trokie has again been selected in the fields of Business/Corporate, Closely Held Business, Real Estate, Business and Civil Litigation. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have been recognized by their colleagues as having the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

05/14/2019

Gebhardt Elected to Board of Directors of Alumni Association for Cornell University’s ILR School

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate PracticeCollaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association for Cornell University’s ILR School. Her three-year term begins in June 2019. The ILR School of Cornell University is the leading college of the applied social sciences focusing on work, employment, and labor policy issues and practices of national and international significance. ILR’s mission is to prepare leaders, inform national and international employment and labor policy, and improve working lives. As the world of work evolves, the school’s focus broadens to keep pace with that change.

05/01/2019

Gebhardt Elected Vice President of Westchester County Bar Association

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate PracticeCollaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was elected as a Vice President of the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA) at its Annual Meeting on March 7, 2019; she was sworn in on May 1, 2019. WCBA, established on February 11, 1896, is a not-for-profit corporation with a voluntary membership of more than 2,000 lawyers. WCBA’s purpose is to promote the ends of justice, cultivate jurisprudence, afford access to the courts to all who seek redress, facilitate the administration of justice, elevate the standards of integrity, honor, competence and courtesy in the legal profession, and participate with all members of society in seeking and perfecting the common good. Dolores has been active in the WCBA for many years and served as Secretary from 2017-2019.

02/01/2019

Gebhardt Featured in Q & A in Westchester Lawyer

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate PracticeCollaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was featured in the February, 2019 issue of Westchester Lawyer, published by the Westchester County Bar Association. Dolores “tells all” in the article, including how, when she is not in court for her clients, she teaches a “spinning class” at New York Sports Club! She says: “Join me Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Sundays at 8:15 and 9:15 a.m. for the ride of your life! You’ll sweat, you’ll suffer, you’ll thank me later.”

03/28/2018

Gebhardt Re-Elected Secretary of Westchester County Bar Association

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate PracticeCollaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was re-elected as Secretary of the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA). WCBA, established on February 11, 1896, is a not-for-profit corporation with a voluntary membership of more than 2,000 lawyers. WCBA’s purpose is to promote the ends of justice, cultivate jurisprudence, afford access to the courts to all who seek redress, facilitate the administration of justice, elevate the standards of integrity, honor, competence and courtesy in the legal profession, and participate with all members of society in seeking and perfecting the common good. Dolores has been active in the WCBA for many years and served as Secretary in 2017-2018.

11/21/2016

Donelli Appointed to Judicial Screening Committee for City of White Plains

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli, who is a member of our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups, has been appointed by Thomas R. Roach, the Mayor of White Plains, to serve as a member of the Judicial Screening Committee to interview candidates for two open positions of White Plains City Court Judge and review and report on their qualifications to the White Plains Common Council.

06/02/2016

Dolores Gebhardt Receives “Pace Setter” Award

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate PracticeCollaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was selected as the “Pace Setter” and received this award at the annual “Above the Bar” awards on June 2, 2016. This prestigious honor is the highest award granted in the Above the Bar Awards, which are co-sponsored by the Westchester Business Journal and Citrin Cooperman. The Pace Setter Award is awarded to an attorney who exemplifies overall excellence in professional and community work and prominence in the Westchester legal profession. 

03/28/2016

Gebhardt Speaks on New Maintenance Guideline

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured on March 28, 2016 in Manhattan on The New Maintenance Guidelines for ADFP (Association of Divorce Financial Planners).

01/25/2016

Gebhardt Receives NYSBA’s Kay Crawford Murray Award

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate PracticeCollaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, received the Kay Crawford Murray Award. The Kay Crawford Murray Award is given by the New York State Bar Association to honor women in the profession who recognize the value of diversity in the legal profession and have dedicated their time to advancing the professional development of women attorneys.

01/08/2016

Donelli Co-Presents at 2016 New Judges’ School at the NY State Judicial Institute

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli, who is a member of our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups, presented at the 2016 New Judges’ School at the New York State Judicial Institute in White Plains. Kathleen, and her co-presenters, the Hon. Janet Malone, the Hon. Linda Christopher and her law clerk, Phyllis Goldberg, Esq., spoke on “Post Judgment Relief and Uncontested Divorces.”

11/01/2015

Donelli Appointed to Judicial Screening Committee for City of White Plains

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli, who is a member of our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups, has been appointed by Thomas R. Roach, the Mayor of White Plains, to serve as a member of the Judicial Screening Committee to interview candidates for the position of White Plains City Court Judge and review and report on their qualifications to the White Plains Common Council.

10/01/2015

Rosmarin & Donelli Co-Present on Money & Divorce Conference

Kathleen Donelli

Abby P. Rosmarin, a Mediator in our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group, and Kathleen Donelli, who is a member of our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups, co-presented at the 2015 Catalyst Conference Money Talks – The Psychology of Money and Divorce Finances (10/1-10/5). In keeping with the conference’s mission – to provide a forum to foster an interdisciplinary approach to help separating or divorcing couples in mediation – the program included a divorce financial planner.

01/07/2015

Donelli Presents CLE Program to New Matrimonial Judges

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli, who is a member of our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups, presented a legal education program for new matrimonial judges throughout New York State entitled, “Applications for Temporary and Final Relief in Matrimonial Actions: Maintenance, Equitable Distribution, Child Support and Counsel Fees”. The program took place on January 7, 2015 at the New York State Judicial Institute in White Plains.

11/06/2014

Gebhardt Lectures on Appellate Practice in Manhattan

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate Practice and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured in Manhattan on November 6, 2014 on “Fundamental Appellate Practice” for the New York County Lawyers Association.

10/01/2014

Boggio, Bramson, Brophy, Donelli, Gebhardt, Miller & Streng Selected as Super Lawyers

Frank W. Streng Gail M. Boggio Howell Bramson Kathleen Donelli Dolores Gebhardt Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Seven of our lawyers have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Gail M. Boggio has again been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation/Estate Planning & Probate/Elder Law. Howell Bramson has again been selected in the fields of Estate Planning/Tax and Corporate Business. Joseph Brophy has again been selected in the fields of Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice, General, Estate & Trust Litigation. Kathleen Donelli has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Dolores Gebhardt has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Judge Sondra Miller has again been selected in the fields of Appellate/Family Law. Frank W. Streng has been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation and Estate Planning & Probate. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have been recognized by their colleagues as having the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

06/08/2014

Gebhardt Elected President of White Plains Bar Association

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt was sworn in as President of the White Plains Bar Association (WPBA) on June 18, 2014. A member of the WPBA Board of Directors since 2003, Dolores previously served as Treasurer and Secretary. Dolores joins current and former McCarthy Fingar attorneys Joel M. Aurnou, Kathleen Donelli, Joseph P. Harrington, Martin Drazen and John G. McQuaid, all of whom served as WPBA President.

06/04/2014

Miller Authors Article on Prenuptial Agreements for New York Law Journal

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who has a national reputation on family law issues and leads our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group and Appellate Practice group, authored an article for the New York Law Journal on Prenuptial Agreements entitled, “Come Live With Me and Be my Love…But Sign This Prenup!

01/31/2014

Donelli Receives Prestigious Ruth G. Schapiro Memorial Award

Kathleen Donelli

We are pleased to announce that Kathleen Donelli, who is a member of our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups, has received the Ruth G. Schapiro Memorial Award. The award is given annually by the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Committee on Women in the Law (Committee). The Ruth G. Schapiro Memorial Award is named to honor a nationally regarded tax lawyer who was the first female partner at Proskauer. Active in NYSBA, Schapiro was the first chair of the Committee, the chair of NYSBA’s Tax Section and one of the first women to serve on NYSBA’s Executive Committee. Under Schapiro’s guidance, the Committee’s first report in 1987 spawned increasingly meaningful actions that contributed to the progress of women in the law who were dealing with women’s issues. Under Schapiro’s leadership, the Committee established educational programs and publications for the public and the profession. This award honors a female or male member of NYSBA who has made a noteworthy contribution to addressing the concerns of women in the profession and in public life.

01/08/2014

Rosmarin & Donelli do CLE on the Psychology of Money and the Practice of Law

Kathleen Donelli

Abby P. Rosmarin, a Mediator in our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group, and Kathleen Donelli, who is a member of our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups, jointly lectured for the Westchester Women’s Bar Association on a program entitled, “Money Matters: How the Psychology of Money Impacts our Practice of Law.”

10/17/2013

Gebhardt Lectures for NYSBA on Matrimonial Agreements & Child Support Standards Act

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured in Mount Kisco on October 17, 2013 for the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association on “Marital Agreements & the Introduction to the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA).” See her Seminar Outline.

10/01/2013

Boggio, Bramson, Brophy, Donelli, Gebhardt & Miller Selected as Super Lawyers

Gail M. Boggio Howell Bramson Kathleen Donelli Dolores Gebhardt Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Six of our lawyers have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Gail M. Boggio has been selected in the fields of Estate & Trust Litigation/Estate Planning & Probate/Elder Law. Howell Bramson has again been selected in the fields of Estate Planning/Tax and Corporate Business. Joseph Brophy has again been selected in the fields of Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice, General, Estate & Trust Litigation. Kathleen Donelli has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Dolores Gebhardt has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Judge Sondra Miller has again been selected in the fields of Appellate/Family Law. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have been recognized by their colleagues as having the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

05/10/2013

Donelli Co-Chairs YWCA’s Annual Luncheon

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli, who is a member of our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups, co-chaired the Fifth Annual Luncheon (May 10, 2013) of the YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester, entitled, “In the Company of Women”.

04/06/2013

Donelli, Miller & Rosmarin Participate in Collaborative Law Workshop

Kathleen Donelli Hon. Sondra M. Miller

On April 6, 2013, Kathleen Donelli (who heads up our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups) and Deborah Wayne, Adjunct Professors at Pace Law School, presented a 6 hour Intensive Collaborative Law workshop for their students. The students found the workshop to be an exceptional learning experience. One of the students, Jonah Freedman, wrote: “I have participated in numerous simulations throughout my law school career and last Saturday’s collaborative law simulation was by far superior. What made this experience so rewarding was having the opportunity to role play and gain insights alongside all the Collaborative Law essential ‘players’ such as attorneys (including a Judge), mental health professionals and CPAs.” Judge Sondra Miller and Abby Rosmarin, lawyers in our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group, also participated in the workshop.

03/16/2013

Donelli Lectures on Professional Ethics

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli, who is a member of our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was part of a panel discussion on March 16, 2013 entitled “Ethics and Professionalism” in White Plains, New York at Pace University School of Law.

03/13/2013

Donelli Speaks to Judges & Court Personnel on No Fault Divorce & Maintenance Issues

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli, who is a member of our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was part of a live broadcast on March 13, 2013 to satellite viewing sites for judges and court attorneys throughout New York State on “No Fault Divorce and Maintenance Issues.” with the Hon. Richard Dollinger, ASCJ. This lunch and learn program will be kept on the NYS Court Intranet website that hosts the New York State Judicial Institute’s continuing legal education programs for judges and court attorneys throughout New York State.

02/26/2013

Rosmarin Speaks on “Do’s & Don’t for Mediators & Collaborative Lawyers; Donelli Moderates Program

Kathleen Donelli

Abby P. Rosmarin, a Mediator in our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group, was part of a panel discussion on February 26, 2013 on “The Do’s and Don’t of Client Intake for Matrimonial & Civil Mediators & Collaborative Attorneys” at the White Plains Library in a program sponsored by the Collaborative Practice & Mediation Committees of the Westchester Women’s Bar AssociationKathleen Donelli, who is a member of our Collaborative Law & Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was the moderator of the program.

02/16/2013

Gebhardt is Volunteer Lawyer/Judge at Hofstra Law School

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was a volunteer lawyer/judge at Hofstra Law School on February 16, 2013 for a course entitled, “Modern Divorce Advocacy: Direct and Cross-Examination of Court-Appointed Mental Health Experts.”

11/08/2012

Donelli Speaks at Webinar for NYS Judicial Institute

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli presented at a live broadcast (from 1 to 2 p.m.) to satellite viewing sites for judges and court attorneys throughout New York State on “Maintenance and No Fault Issues In Matrimonial Actions” with the Hon. Richard Dollinger, ASCJ. This lunch and learn program will be kept on the NYS Court Intranet website that hosts the New York State Judicial Institute’s continuing legal education programs for judges and court attorneys throughout New York State. However, Storm Sandy resulted in the temporary loss of technological resources for the courts, and the need to reschedule the program. Stay tuned to our web site for the new date for the program.

10/15/2012

Gebhardt Lectures for NYSBA on Marital Agreements & Child Support Standards Act

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured on October 15, 2012 for the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association on “Marital Agreements and the Child Support Standards Act.”

10/01/2012

Bramson, Brophy, Donelli, Gebhardt & Miller Selected as Super Lawyers

Howell Bramson Kathleen Donelli Dolores Gebhardt Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Five of our lawyers have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Howell Bramson has been selected in the fields of Estate Planning/Tax and Corporate Business. Joseph Brophy has again been selected in the fields of Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice, General, Estate & Trust Litigation. Kathleen Donelli has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Dolores Gebhardt has been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Judge Sondra Miller has been selected in the fields of Appellate/Family Law. Joe Brophy has also been selected as one of Westchester’s top 25 lawyers. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have been recognized by their colleagues as having the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

07/17/2012

Gebhardt Lectures on Basic Matrimonial Law at Summer Justice Academy for Young Women

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured on July 17, 2012 on “Basic Matrimonial Law” at the 2012 Summer Justice Academy for Young Women. The Summer Justice Academy is a unique, one-week, intensive immersion program introducing 40 minority and disadvantaged female high school students to different legal disciplines. Its mission is to inspire and empower these young women to pursue education leading to careers in law. The program was sponsored by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges and Pace Law School. Click at Summer Academy to see Dolores’ seminar outline.

06/21/2012

Gebhardt Lectures on ABC’s of Matrimonial Law

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of the firm’s Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured at Pace University School of Law in White Plains on June 21, 2012, on the “ABC’s of Matrimonial Law”, in a program co-sponsored by Pace, Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Pace Women’s Justice Center and the Ninth Judicial District Committee to Promote Gender Fairness in the Courts. This program provided an overview of how to draft a matrimonial action, including such topics as what ground to use, the need for determining child custody, visitation and support, the ability to request maintenance (temporary and permanent) and legal fees from the adversary spouse, and the way to calculate equitable distribution. Click at ABC’s to see Dolores’ seminar outline.

03/12/2012

Judge Miller Interviewed by Wall Street Journal on Impact of New Divorce Law

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who leads our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group and Appellate Practice groups, was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the impact of the new divorce law. Judge Miller, who has been a long-time proponent of reforms in divorce law, discussed how the new divorce law, passed in 2010, has had unintended consequences on temporary alimony for some affluent New Yorkers. See video below for that interview. Footage provided by Wall Street Journal.

02/15/2012

Gebhardt Lectures in Manhattan on Collaborative Law

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of the firm’s Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured in Manhattan on February 15, 2012 at the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s 2012 Matrimonial and Family Law Institute entitled, “Alternative Dispute Resolution and Its Impact on Matrimonial Practice.” Click at Outline to see Dolores’ seminar outline.

02/05/2012

Donelli Lectures on Ethical Issues for Lawyers

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli, who is a Collaborative lawyer and heads up our Matrimonial & Family Law group, was part of a panel discussion on February 5, 2012 entitled “Ethics and Professionalism Update 2012” in White Plains, New York at Pace University School of Law. The panel reviewed the Rules of Professional Conduct. After an overview and update, the panel used a hypothetical to examine issues including advertising, solicitation, client relations, conflicts of interest, dealing with represented and unrepresented parties, specialization, competence, prosecutorial abuse and civility.

11/30/2011

Donelli Lectures for NYSBA on “Avoiding Ethical Dilemmas in Day-to-Day Practice”

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on “Avoiding Ethical Dilemmas in Day-to-Day Practice” at the Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, New York on November 30, 2011 for the Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the New York State Bar Association.

10/25/2011

Judge Miller & Donelli Speak to Law Revision Commission

Kathleen Donelli Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller and Kathleen Donelli, members of our Matrimonial & Family Law and Collaborative Law groups, were invited and met with the New York State Law Revision Commission (“LRC”) at a Roundtable Meeting on Maintenance Awards in Divorce Proceedings on October 25, 2011 at Albany Law School in Albany, New York. Both Judge Miller and Kathleen had the opportunity to discuss the legislation that the New York State Legislature has directed the LRC to propose by December 31, 2011 on maintenance awards.

10/04/2011

Brophy & Donelli Selected as Super Lawyers

Kathleen Donelli

Two of our partners have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Kathleen Donelli has again been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Joe Brophy has again been selected in the fields of Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice, and, this year, in the field of General, Estate & Trust Litigation. Joe has also been selected as one of Westchester’s top 25 lawyers. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have been recognized by their colleagues as having the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

07/12/2011

Gebhardt Lectures on Basic Matrimonial Law at the Summer Justice Academy for Young Women

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of the firm’s Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, lectured on July 12, 2011 on “Basic Matrimonial Law” at the 2011 Summer Justice Academy for Young Women. The Summer Justice Academy is a unique, one-week, intensive immersion program introducing 40 minority and disadvantaged female high school students to different legal disciplines. Its mission is to inspire and empower these young women to pursue education leading to careers in law. The program was sponsored by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges and Pace Law School.

05/21/2011

Gebhardt and Donelli Lecture on New Matrimonial Laws

Kathleen Donelli Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt and Kathleen Donelli lectured on May 21, 2011 in Manchester, Vermont for the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York on the “New Matrimonial Laws: No Fault Divorce, Temporary and Post Divorce Maintenance Guidelines, Counsel & Expert Fees, Modification of Child Support And Orders of Protection.” See Seminar Outline.

04/28/2011

Judge Miller Receives the “Above the Bar” Award & Selected as “Pace Setter”

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller was selected as the “Pace Setter” and received the “Above the Bar” award on April 28, 2011 in White Plains, New York.

03/24/2011

Gebhardt Speaks on Collaborative Law

Dolores Gebhardt

As an Adjunt Professor at Hofstra University School of LawDolores Gebhardt teaches a course on Collaborative Matrimonial Law. On March 24, 2011, Dolores talked to Professor Yishai Boyarin’s class at Hofstra, “Alternatives to Litigation”, about her work and experiences in Collaborative Law.

03/23/2011

Donelli Speaks to NYS Supreme Court Justices on New Matrimonial Legislation

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli spoke on March 23, 2011 in White Plains, New York to New York State Supreme Court Justices on the “New Matrimonial Legislation” at the New York State Judicial Institute at Pace. Click at Outline to see seminar materials.

02/05/2011

Donelli Lectures on Ethics Issues for Lawyers

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli was part of a panel discussion on “Ethics and Professionalism Update 2011” in White Plains, New York on February 5, 2011 at Pace University School of Law. The panel reviewed the Rules of Professional Conduct. After an overview and update, the panel used a hypothetical to examine issues including advertising, solicitation, client relations, conflicts of interest, dealing with represented and unrepresented parties, specialization, competence, prosecutorial abuse and civility.

02/04/2011

Judge Miller Interviewed by New York Law Journal on Court Ruling on New No-Fault Divorce Legislation

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who has been a long-time proponent of “no fault” divorce and helped bring upon its passage in law last year, was interviewed by the New York Law Journal (2/4/2011) to comment on a recent ruling on the new law by Essex County Justice Robert J. Muller. Justice Muller is  the second judge to rule that a trial is required if a party disputes whether, under the new law, a marriage has “broken down irretrievably.” The article went on to say:

 

“Sondra Miller, the former Second Department justice who headed a commission appointed by former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to examine the state’s matrimonial laws, disagreed with Justice Muller’s conclusion stating that the ‘irretrievably broken’ language must be read in the context within which it was written. . . . ‘It is quite clear,’ Ms. Miller said, that the ‘purpose’ of the language referring to an oath provided by ‘one party’ was to ‘avoid litigation.’  ‘It was not the intent of the Legislature and the bill’s sponsors to avoid litigation on fault grounds only to substitute litigation upon the ground of irretrievable breakdown,’ added Ms. Miller who is now chief counsel at McCarthy Fingar in White Plains. ‘The statute was designed to avoid the expense and delay of full trials.'”

01/19/2011

Judge Miller Speaks at Induction Ceremony of Justice Linda J. Christopher

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller spoke at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City at the induction ceremony of newly elected Justice Linda J. Christopher.

01/10/2011

Gebhardt Speaks at Induction Ceremony of New Judges

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt, as President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, was a speaker on January 10, 2011 at the Richard J. Daronco County Courthouse in White Plains, New York at the induction ceremony of newly elected judges.

10/27/2010

Brophy & Donelli Selected as Super Lawyers

Kathleen Donelli

This year for the first time, two of our partners have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Kathleen Donelli has been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Joe Brophy has been selected for the fourth straight year in the field of Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have been recognized by their colleagues as having the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers has a rigorous selection process; only five percent of all lawyers in each state are eligible for consideration, and far fewer are selected.

06/01/2010

Gebhardt Elected President of Westchester Women’s Bar Association

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt was elected President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (June, 2010). In her remarks at WWBA’s annual banquet, in which WWBA celebrated its 35th Anniversary, Dolores spoke of the proud traditions of WWBA in assisting women in many different ways. She also spoke of the need to encourage more men to join WWBA. Dolores had this to say: “We began 35 years ago as a bar association of women who were concerned about issues concerning women and children.   Now, I am proud to say, we are no longer an association of women.  We are proud of the 67 men who have joined our ranks . . . . One of my goals as President will be to encourage and further develop the active participation of men in our bar association.  I invite every male attorney in Westchester – if you have a wife, a mother, a sister or a daughter – if you love women, join us and help make a difference in their lives!” See WWBA’s site for a full description of Dolores’ comments and for more information about WWBA. During Dolores’ term as President, this site will report on her important work for WWBA and women in Westchester County.

03/09/2009

Donelli Appointed to Grievance Committee for Ninth Judicial District

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli has been appointed by the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, the Hon. A. Gail Prudente, to serve on the Grievance Committee for the Ninth Judicial District.

12/05/2008

Donelli Lectures on Attorney Ethics for NYSBA

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on Ethics & Professionalism at the Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, New York on December 5, 2008 for the Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the New York State Bar Association.

06/17/2008

Judge Miller Interviewed by New York Law Journal on “No Fault” Divorce

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller was interviewed by the New York Law Journal as a spokesperson for various state and local bar groups who lobbied Albany legislators for an amendment of divorce law to permit “no fault” divorce. Judge Miller, who is also the Director of the Office of Family Services for the Office of Court Administration, organized the event in Albany, to remind legislators of the need to change the divorce laws and to highlight the near-unanimous support that the no-fault option has among bar groups. In her interview, Judge Miller also spoke of the difficulties the no-fault option faced in the current legislative session, since no-fault divorce is just one of a myriad of items vying for attention. In the interview, Judge Miller said: “They are not focused on this issue. And we, as a group, are at a disadvantage because we are not lobbyists.”

03/01/2008

Gebhardt Featured in Westchester Business Journal

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt was featured in the Westchester Business Journal’s March 2008 supplement, “Working Women of Westchester.” In her interview, Dolores had this to say about her background and experiences: “My grandfather was a union shop steward and I naturally gravitated toward labor law. I graduated from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Hofstra Law School and immediately went to work as a field attorney at the National Labor Relations Board. I switched to matrimonial law after I went through my own divorce. It was a painful, difficult experience and I believed that I could prevent what happened to me from happening to clients of mine.”

01/03/2008

Donelli Lectures for UJA on Protecting Assets Before a Divorce

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on January 3, 2008 in New York, New York on “Protecting Assets Before a Divorce” for the Planned Giving and Endowments Department of UJA Federation of NY. For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

11/08/2007

Judge Miller is Keynote Speaker for The Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller was a keynote speaker on November 8, 2007 for The Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York (FDMCGNY) at its 25th anniversary gala celbration in New York, New York. FDMCGNY is a not-for-profit group dedicated to the constructive resolution of traditional and non-traditional family disputes.

11/01/2007

Gebhardt and Judge Miller Author Article on Divorce Law and Abandonment

Dolores Gebhardt Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Dolores Gebhardt and Hon. Sonda M. Miller authored an article in the Pace Law Review, Justice Abandoned: Forty Years of Stalemate in Actions for Divorce on the Ground of Abandonment, 27 Pace Law Review 605 (2007). Click on Article to see this publication.

10/11/2007

Gebhardt & Judge Miller Lecture in Manhattan on No-Fault Divorce

Dolores Gebhardt Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Dolores Gebhardt and Hon. Sondra M. Miller spoke at a forum in New York City at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on October 11, 2007, entitled “The Need for No-Fault Divorce.”

06/01/2007

Donelli Appointed to Serve on White Plains Judicial Review Committee

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli has been appointed by Mayor Delfino to serve as a member of the City of White Plains Judicial Review Committee.

04/17/2007

Donelli Lectures for NYSBA on How to Handle a Custody Case

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on “How to Handle a Custody Case” on April 17, 2007 at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, New York for the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

04/01/2007

Miller Interviewed on Recommendations of Matrimonial Commission

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller  In the aftermath of the recent bribery conviction of former state Supreme Court Justice Gerald P. Garson, there has been substantial media coverage of the manner in which matrimonial and family law cases are litigated in the court system. Judge Miller, who headed the Matrimonial Commission formed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, was interviewed by The Institute for Judicial Studies for both her observations on the case and efforts to implement the recommendations of the Matrimonial Commission. For excerpts of that interview, click at Interview. Click at Report to see the recommendations of the Matrimonial Commission.

04/01/2007

Donelli Interviewed on the Role of Law Guardians in Matrimonial Cases

Kathleen Donelli

In the aftermath of the recent bribery conviction of former state Supreme Court Justice Gerald P. Garson, there has been substantial media coverage of the manner in which matrimonial and family law cases are litigated in the court system, including the role of law guardians, who act as attorneys for the children. Kathleen Donelli was interviewed by The Institute for Judicial Studies for Judicial Reports (http://www.judicialreports.com) on this issue. “I’ve found them to be very instrumental for settling cases in matrimonial court,” said Kathleen. She also said that, “[s]ince the Miller Commission there has been an emphasis on the law guardian’s duty to interview the child and communicate the child’s situation to the court.” Click at Report (PDF) to see the recommendations of the Matrimonial Commission, which was led by Judge Miller, who serves as the firm’s Chief Counsel.

02/03/2007

Donelli Lectures on Attorney Ethics at Pace

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on February 3, 2007 in White Plains, New York at Pace University School of Law on “Ethics and Professionalism”.

11/17/2006

Donelli Lectures for NYSBA on Ethical Issues for Lawyers

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on Ethics & Professionalism at the Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, New York on November 17, 2006 for the Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the New York State Bar Association.

10/24/2006

Judge Miller Lectures on Ethical Considerations and Attorney Fees

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Hon. Sondra M. Miller lectured on Ethical Considerations and Attorney Fees as part of an all-day program in Tarrytown, New York on October 24, 2006 entitled “Probate and Administration of Estates” for the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

10/21/2006

Donelli Lectures on Collaborative Law

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on October 21, 2006 on “Collaborative Law” at the Annual Law Guardian Training Program in White Plains, New York at Pace University School of Law. For lecture materials and/or Power Point presentation, click on Outline.

10/03/2006

Donelli Lectures on Equitable Distribution on Matrimonial Actions

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on October 3, 2006 on “Equitable Distribution in Matrimonial Actions” at the law firm of Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP in Armonk, New York at a program sponsored by the Northern Westchester Shelter and Westchester Women’s Bar Association. For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

09/27/2006

Donelli Lectures on the Art of Negotiation

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on September 27, 2006 on “Women & the Art of Negotiation: Practice Points for Success” at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York, sponsored by Westchester Women’s Bar Association and Pace.

05/09/2006

Bramson and Donelli Lecture on Tax Issues Related to Divorce

Howell Bramson Kathleen Donelli

Howell Bramson and Kathleen Donelli lectured on “Tax Issues Related to Divorce” on May 9, 2006 at The Bank of New York in White Plains. For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

04/28/2006

Donelli Lectures for NYSBA on Ethical Issues in Matrimonial Cases

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on Ethical Issues in Matrimonial Cases at the Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, New York on April 28, 2006 for the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

03/06/2006

Donelli Lectures at St. John’s University on Collaborative Law

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on March 6, 2006 at St. John’s University School of Law on “Introduction and Overview to Collaborative Law”.

02/08/2006

Donelli Lectures at Pace on Dealing with New Matrimonial Clients

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on February 8, 2006 at Pace University School of Law on “Initial Contact with Matrimonial Clients”. For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

02/04/2006

Donelli Lectures on Ethical Issues for Lawyers

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on February 4, 2006 at Pace University School of Law on “Ethics and Professionalism”. For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

01/01/2006

Gebhardt Named New Partner and Continues as Member of Matrimonial & Family Law and Collaborative Law Groups

Dolores Gebhardt

We are pleased to announce that Dolores Gebhardt has been named a partner of the Firm. Dolores will continue to practice in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Matrimonial and Family Law.

01/01/2006

Judge Sondra Miller Joins Firm and Leads the Firm’s Appellate and Mediation and Arbitration Practice Groups

Hon. Sondra M. Miller

We are pleased to announce that Judge Sondra M. Miller, retired from the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, as of January 1, 2006, has joined our Firm as Chief Counsel. Judge Miller is a member of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation and Matrimonial & Family Law groups and will lead the Firm’s appellate practice.

12/09/2005

Donelli Lectures for NYSBA on Professional Ethics for Lawyers

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on Professional Ethics at the Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, New York on December 9, 2005 for the Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the New York State Bar Association.

11/03/2005

Donelli Received Alumni Leadership Award from Pace Law School

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli was an honoree at Pace University School of Law’s Alumni Leadership Awards Dinner on November 3, 2005. Click at photograph for a photo from the event.

04/28/2005

The Firm is a Co-Sponsor of “Take Our Children to Work Day”

Kathleen Donelli

The Firm co-sponsored the Fourth Annual “Take our Children to Work Day” on April 28, 2005, a program hosted in White Plains, New York by the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. One of our partners, Kathleen Donelli, President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, spoke to approximately 60 children attending the program about the importance of our jury system.

02/05/2005

Donelli Lectures on Professional Ethics

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on February 5, 2005 at Pace University School of Law on “Ethics and Professionalism”. For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

11/13/2004

Donelli Honored by YWCA As One of Westchester County’s Outstanding Women

Kathleen Donelli

As part of the 75th Anniversary celebration of the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester, Kathleen Donelli was selected and honored as one of Westchester County’s outstanding women. The YWCA gives this honor to women who, by their achievements, commitment and leadership, have inspired others while making the community a better place to live and whose actions exemplify the YWCA’s mission: to empower women and eliminate racism. To celebrate the YWCA’s 75th Anniversary and the award recipients’ leadership, a gala was held on November 13, 2004 at the Surf Club in New Rochelle. Gloria Steinem was the guest speaker. The Westchester District Attorney, Jeanine Pirro, was the honorary Chairperson. As a special honorary, Kathleen was inducted into the YWCA Academy.

07/27/2004

Donelli Lectures on Divorce Law in New York State

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on July 27, 2004 in White Plains, New York for Pace Women’s Justice Center on “Divorce Law in New York State”. For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

04/22/2004

McCarthy Fingar Co-Sponsors “Take our Children to Work Day”

Kathleen Donelli

The Firm co-sponsored “Take our Children to Work Day” on April 22, 2004, a program hosted in White Plains, New York by the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. One of the Firm’s partners, Kathleen Donelli, spoke at the event in her capacity as President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.

03/10/2004

Donelli Co-Chairs Girl Scouts of Westchester/Putnam’s 25th Anniversary Luncheon

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli co-chaired a luncheon of the Girl Scouts of Westchester*Putnam on March 10, 2004, held at Abigail Kirsch-Tappan Hill in Tarrytown, New York, celebrating that organization’s 25th anniversary.

03/09/2004

Donelli Lectures on Equitable Distribution

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on March 9, 2004 and March 18, 2004 in Elmsford, New York on “Equitable Distribution” as part of a program offered by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, in partnership with the Northern Westchester Shelter and Victims Assistance Services. For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline1.

02/07/2004

Donelli Lectures on Ethics and Professionalism

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on February 7, 2004 at Pace University School of Law on “Ethics and Professionalism”. For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

01/22/2004

Donelli Speaks at Induction Ceremony for New Judges

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli, as President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, was a speaker on January 22, 2004 at the Richard J. Daronco County Courthouse in White Plains, New York at the induction ceremony of newly elected judges.

06/12/2003

Donelli Lectures on Pendente Lite Motions: Temporary Support and Relief in a Divorce Case

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on June 12, 2003 in White Plains, New York for Pace University School of Law‘s Women’s Justice Center on “Pendente Lite Motions: Temporary Support and Relief Pending a Divorce Judgment.” For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

04/01/2003

Gebhardt Authors Article for Westchester County Bar Association

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt authored an article (“Awards of Attorney’s Fees: Call a Spade a Spade, and You May Get Paid”) for the Spring, 2003 newsletter for the Westchester County Bar Association. Click here to view this article.

02/01/2003

Donelli Lectures on Lawyer Ethics and Professionalism

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on February 1, 2003 at Pace University School of Law‘s on “Ethics and Professionalism”. For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

11/19/2002

Donelli Lectures on Letters of Engagement

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on November 19, 2002 in White Plains, New York for the White Plains Bar Association on “Letters of Engagement.” For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

11/13/2002

Donelli Lectures on Letters of Engagement & Fee Dispute Arbitration

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on November 13, 2002 in White Plains, New York for the Westchester Women’s Bar Association on “Letters of Engagement and Fee Dispute Arbitration.” For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

06/05/2002

Donelli Lectures on Children’s Records Law in New York: Access to Mental Health Records

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on June 5, 2002 in White Plains, New York for Lorman Education Services on “Children’s Records Law in New York: Access to Mental Health Records.” For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

05/28/2002

Donelli Lectures on Child Support & Maintenance

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on May 28, 2002 in White Plains, New York for Pace University School of Law‘s Justice Center on “Child Support and Maintenance.” For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

04/24/2002

Donelli Lectures for WWBA on Taking & Defending Depositions

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on April 24, 2002 in White Plains, New York for the Westchester Women’s Bar Association on “Taking and Defending Depositions.” For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.

02/02/2002

Donelli Lectures on Ethics & Professionalism

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured in White Plains, New York on February 2, 2002 as part of a panel discussion on “Ethics and Professionalism” for Pace University School of Law‘s Continuing Legal Education program.

11/27/2001

Gebhardt Lectures on Current Trends in Equitable Distribution

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt lectured on November 27, 2001 for the Westchester Division of the Pace Women’s Justice Center on “Current Trends in Equitable Distribution” as a part of the Family Law Lecture Series.

11/01/2001

Gebhardt Joins Firm as Associate

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt has joined the firm as an associate. She will be primarily working in the Commercial Litigation and Matrimonial and Family Law practice groups.

06/19/2001

Donelli Lectures on Access to Children’s Medical Records

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli lectured on June 19, 2001 for Lorman Education on Access to Children’s Medical Records.

03/28/1996

Donelli Interviewed by New York Times on Child Relocation Issues

Kathleen Donelli

Kathleen Donelli, who won a landmark New York State Court of Appeals custody decision in Tropea v. Tropea, 87 N.Y.2d 727, 665 N.E.2d 145, 642 N.Y.S.2d 575 (1996) and frequently lectures on child relocation issues, was interviewed by the New York Times (3/28/1996) on child relocation cases.  In the interview, Kathleen, who represented the mother in Tropea, said that Tropea should not be read as endorsing the traditional view of custody disputes that a mother should always triumph.  She then had this to say:

“‘More and more fathers are gaining custody of their children,’ Ms. Donelli said, pointing to a 1993 Court of Appeals decision that blocked a father with custody from moving to New Jersey with his new wife to ease their commute to their jobs. ‘Now there is less of a burden for a custodial parent to gain permission to relocate,’ she added.”

ABC’s of Matrimonial Law

by Dolores Gebhardt on 06/21/2012 Dolores Gebhardt

Pace University School of Law, Westchester Women's Bar Association, Pace Women’s Justice Center, Ninth Judicial District Committee to Promote Gender Fairness in the Courts

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Protecting Assets Before a Divorce

by Kathleen Donelli on 01/03/2008 Kathleen Donelli

UJA Federation of NY

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The Constitionality of New York’s Grandparent Visitation Statute in Light of Troxel v. Granville

by Kathleen Donelli on 05/06/2000 Kathleen Donelli

27 Westchester Bar Journal 19 (2000)

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The Drafting of Relocation Clauses and the Challenge It Presents

by Kathleen Donelli on 05/01/1996 Kathleen Donelli

The Matrimonial Strategist, Vol. XIV, Number 4, May 1996.

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KC v. JC, 50 Misc. 3d 892, 25 N.Y.S.3d 798 (Sup. Ct., Westchester 2015)

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt

Matrimonial & Family LawChild Custody – Release to Counsel of Forensic Evaluator’s Notes & Raw Data

Our Matrimonial & Family Law lawyers represent clients in contested child custody cases. In those cases, the parents’ mental health is relevant, and the court often appoints a mental health professional to perform a forensic evaluation of the parties and the children to assist the court in determining custody. The neutral forensic evaluator’s report is usually released to counsel, but, for years, courts refused to release the forensic evaluator’s underlying notes, test results and raw data unless the requesting party could show “special circumstances,” such as bias on the part of the forensic evaluator. On behalf of the plaintiff wife, Dolores Gebhardt successfully moved for the release of a forensic evaluator’s entire file without proof of “special circumstances,” arguing that the “special circumstances” test should be abandoned because it prevents the court and counsel from obtaining unquestionably relevant and material information. Dolores persuaded the court to adopt a rebuttable presumption standard in favor of disclosure of a neutral forensic evaluator’s entire file in every case. This groundbreaking decision is the first Westchester County case, and the second in New York State, to so hold.

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Collaborative Divorce – Substantial Support for Wife

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt

Collaborative DivorceMatrimonial & Family Law – Substantial Support for Wife

In reaching settlements in a Collaborative Divorce, it is important that both sides agree on sensible financial terms. Here, Dolores Gebhardt‘s client was a homemaker and mother; and the husband was a business development executive. As part of the settlement, Dolores’ client received substantial maintenance for 9.5 years and full ownership of the house, and the husband will continue to pay mortgage and taxes until December, 2020.

Collaborative Divorce – Interdisciplinary Team

Dolores Gebhardt

Dolores Gebhardt

Collaborative DivorceMatrimonial & Family Law – Interdisciplinary Team

An important objective of Collaborative Divorce lawyers is to find solutions that satisfy both sides as they seek a divorce on amicable terms. Here, Dolores Gebhardt‘s client was a homemaker and mother; the husband was an investment banker. The full-team collaborative method involved retention of a neutral financial professional and a divorce coach. The matter settled in which Dolores’ client received $1.2 million in equitable distribution.

Presenter Description Organization Date
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt
Hon. Sondra M. Miller
Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Mandatory Parent Education in Custody Cases: The Pilot Program

Family Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association

02/27/2020
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt

What’s It Worth to You?: The Valuation of a Business in Corporate and Divorce Settings

Westchester Women’s Bar Association

11/04/2019
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt

The New Maintenance Guidelines

Manhattan, ADFP (Association of Divorce Financial Planners)

03/28/2016
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Post Judgment Relief and Uncontested Divorces

New York State Judicial Institute, White Plains, NY

01/08/2016
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Hot Topics in Equitable Distribution

New York State Judicial Institute, White Plains, New York

03/25/2015
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Applications for Temorary and Final Relief in Matrimonial Actions: Maintenance, Equitable Distribution, Child Support and Counsel Fees

White Plains, New York. New York State Judicial Institute

01/07/2015
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Anatomy of a Disciplinary Hearing

Greenburgh, New York. Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the New York State Bar Association.

12/05/2014
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Money Matters: How the Psychology of Money Impacts our Practice of Law.

Westchester Women’s Bar Association

01/08/2014
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt

Marital Agreements & the Introduction to the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA)

Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association

10/17/2013
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Ethics and Professionalism

Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York

03/16/2013
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

No Fault Divorce and Maintenance Issues

New York State Judicial Institute

03/13/2013
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt

Marital Agreements & Child Support Standards Act

Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association

10/15/2012
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt

Basic Matrimonial Law, as Part of a One-Week Program for the Summer Justice Academy for Young Women

Co-Sponsored by New York Chapter of National Association of Women Judges and Pace Law School

07/17/2012
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt

ABC’s of Matrimonial Law

Pace University School of Law, Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Pace Women’s Justice CenterNinth Judicial District Committee to Promote Gender Fairness in the Courts

06/21/2012
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt

Collaborative Law: A Better Approach To Resolving Matrimonial Disputes

New York County Lawyers’ Association, Manhattan

02/15/2012
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Ethics & Professionalism Update 2012

Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York

02/05/2012
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Impact of Current Economy on Matrimonial Cases: House Sales, Foreclosures & Bankruptcies

Westchester Women’s Bar Association, White Plains, New York

01/10/2012
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Avoiding Ethical Dilemmas in Day-to-Day Practice

Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the New York State Bar Association

11/30/2011
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt

Basic Matrimonial Law, as Part of a One-Week Program for the Summer Justice Academy for Young Women

Co-Sponsored by New York Chapter of National Association of Women Judges and Pace Law School

07/12/2011
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt

Departing Comments, Completion of Term as President of Westchester Women’s Bar Association

Mamaroneck, New York, Westchester Women’s Bar Association

06/15/2011
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt

“New Matrimonial Laws”

Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Manchester, Vermont

05/21/2011
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“New Matrimonial Legislation”

New York State Judicial Institute at Pace, White Plains, New York

03/23/2011
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Ethics and Professionalism Update 2011”

Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York

02/06/2011
Hon. Sondra M. Miller
Hon. Sondra M. Miller

“Who Owns Your DNA: Property, Privacy and the Cancer Battle”

Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan

11/10/2010
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt
Hon. Sondra M. Miller
Hon. Sondra M. Miller

New Divorce Legislation: No Fault Divorce, Maintenance Guidelines, Counsel & Expert Fees, Modification of Child Support & Orders of Protection

Westchester Women’s Bar Association, White Plains, New York

10/14/2010
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Matrimonial Law”

White Plains, New York, New Directions Program at Pace University School of Law.

04/12/2010
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Roadmap to Matrimonial Litigation”

Office of Court Administration at the New York State Judicial Institute at Pace, White Plains, New York

03/25/2010
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Collaborative Law”

Manhattan, Office of Court Administration

03/16/2010
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Ethics and Professionalism Update 2010”

White Plains, New York, Pace University School of Law

02/06/2010
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Matrimonial Law Update”

White Plains, New York, New York State Judicial Institute at Pace

01/12/2010
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Ethics and Professionalism”

Tarrytown, New York, Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the New York State Bar Association

12/05/2008
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Protecting Assets Before a Divorce”

New York, New York, Planned Giving and Endowments Department of UJA Federation of NY

01/03/2008
Hon. Sondra M. Miller
Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Keynote Speaker

New York, New York, The Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York

11/08/2007
Dolores Gebhardt
Dolores Gebhardt
Hon. Sondra M. Miller
Hon. Sondra M. Miller

“The Need for No-Fault Divorce”

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Manhattan

10/11/2007
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“How to Handle a Custody Case”

Holiday Inn, Mount Kisco, New York, Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association

04/17/2007
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Ethics and Professionalism”

Pace University School of Law

02/03/2007
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Ethics and Professionalism”

Tarrytown, New York, Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the New York State Bar Association

11/17/2006
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Collaborative Law” as part of the Annual Law Guardian Training Program

White Plains, New York, Pace University School of Law

10/21/2006
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Equitable Distribution in Matrimonial Actions”.

Armonk, New York (law firm of Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP); program sponsored by the Northern Westchester Shelter and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association

10/03/2006
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Women & the Art of Negotiation: Practice Points for Success”

Pace University School of Law, sponsored by Westchester Women’s Bar Association and Pace, White Plains, New York

09/27/2006
Howell Bramson
Howell Bramson
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Tax Issues Related to Divorce”

The Bank of New York, White Plains, New York

05/09/2006
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Ethical Issues in Matrimonial Cases

Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

04/28/2006
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Introduction and Overview to Collaborative Law”

St. John’s University School of Law

03/06/2006
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Initial Contact with Matrimonial Clients”

Pace University School of Law

02/08/2006
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Ethics and Professionalism”

Pace University School of Law

02/04/2006
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Professional Ethics”

Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the New York State Bar Association.

12/09/2005
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Ethics and Professionalism

Pace University School of Law

02/05/2005
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Divorce Law in New York State”

Pace University School of Law‘s Women’s Justice Center

07/27/2004
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Equitable Distribution

program offered by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, in partnership with the Northern Westchester Shelter and Victims Assistance Services.

03/18/2004
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Equitable Distribution

program offered by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, in partnership with the Northern Westchester Shelter and Victims Assistance Services.

03/14/2004
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Letters Of Engagement and Fee Dispute Arbitration

Pace University School of Law

02/07/2004
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Pendente Lite Motions: Temporary Support and Relief Pending a Divorce Judgment”

Pace University School of Law‘s Women’s Justice Center

06/12/2003
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Letters Of Engagement and Fee Dispute Arbitration

Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY

02/01/2003
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Letters of Engagement”

White Plains Bar Association

11/19/2002
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

“Letters of Engagement and Fee Dispute Arbitration”

Westchester Women’s Bar Association

11/13/2002
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Children’s Records Law in New York: Access to Mental Health Records.

Lorman Education Services

06/05/2002
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Child Support and Maintenance

Pace University School of Law‘s Justice Center

05/28/2002
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Ethics and Professionalism

Pace University School of Law‘s Continuing Legal Education program

02/02/2002
Kathleen Donelli
Kathleen Donelli

Access to Children’s Medical Records

Lorman Education Services

06/19/2001