Blank Rome LLP

Family/Matrimonial Department

New York
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Full-service firm Blank Rome is "one of the go-to firms for family disputes in New York," says a local interviewee, who continues: "They have a great reputation and you know your client will be in good hands with several attorneys in their firm."

The firm's family law team represents clients in divorce and custody cases and assists with marital agreements. "When you walk into a courtroom," says a source, "they will be respected as a firm who will do a good job and run a strong case."

Notable practitioners

Brett Ward
advises wealthy individuals on divorce, custody and child protection matters. "He's good in trials and is a very well-known lawyer," observes a fellow family attorney. Another interviewee says that "he was really respectful and understood the constant pressure involved in a high-profile divorce." Ward is co-chair of the matrimonial and family law practice group at the firm.

Marilyn Chinitz
is a highly experienced family law practitioner who advises clients on divorce cases, custody matters and marital agreements. "She's pretty good," says an estate planning attorney, who adds that she "knows her stuff and is great at dealing with personal issues faced by clients." Other sourcesdescribe Chinitz as "excellent" and "simply amazing."

Norman Heller
has a superb reputation among interviewees for his handling of high-value divorce matters and custody cases. "I've worked with him many times in the past," says a market commentator, adding: "He has all the experience you could wish for in a trial lawyer handling tough cases like these. He is highly respected in this field." Another source says that Heller has "lots of experience and is a very, very effective lawyer," and also points out that "his bedside manner is fantastic, especially for clients facing tough situations."