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757 Third Avenue,
New York,
New York 10017

Tel: 212-532-4000
Fax: 212-532-3153

The law offices of Dobrish Michaels Gross LLP


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Dobrish Michaels Gross LLP

The law offices of Dobrish Michaels Gross LLP

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Contact Information

The law offices of Dobrish Michaels Gross LLP are located at:

757 Third Avenue,
New York, New York 10017

Between 47th and 48th Street.
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Telephone for general enquiries:
Fax for all communications:

212-532-4000
212-532-3153

Email for general enquiries info@dmglawny.com

Partners:

Robert Z. Dobrish
Robert S. Michaels
Nina S. Gross

Special Counsel:

Barbara E. Handschu

 

Associates:

Kenneth Glasser
David Elbaum
Samantha Slepowitz
Allison Berecz

The law offices of Dobrish Michaels Gross LLP

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Partners’ Statement

Our practice is devoted exclusively to matrimonial and family law, including divorce, custody, visitation, paternity, child and spousal support, pre/post nuptial agreements, separation agreements, cohabitation and dissolution agreements, neglect and abuse proceedings and appeals. We also practice Collaborative Law and, on occasion, are involved in the mediation of disputes.

The attorneys at DMG are recognized as both superb litigators and excellent negotiators. Our proven and well-known ability to successfully litigate both financial and custody issues greatly increases our ability to obtain favorable settlements through negotiation, which is achieved in the vast majority of our cases.

We generally handle cases which involve complex financial issues, including valuation of licenses, professional practices and business interests and celebrity goodwill for our clients, many of whom are high net worth individuals. We represent clients involved in difficult custody and visitation disputes, including international parental kidnapping and relocation matters. While we pride ourselves on being strong and aggressive adversaries, we are also extremely mindful of the effects of the disputes we handle on the lives of the children involved. We have been recognized as leaders in this field. Our attorneys are active in professional organizations and lecture and write extensively concerning those issues. In these highly charged and extremely emotional matters, both the Courts and our peers have turned to our attorneys for guidance in resolving seemingly intractable custody and visitation issues as well as complex economic disputes.

Whether we are called upon to litigate or negotiate, we take pride in structuring and executing creative, well-planned strategies to achieve our clients' goals, thereby enabling them to move forward with their lives.

“While we pride ourselves on being strong and aggressive adversaries, we are also extremely mindful of the effects of the disputes we handle on the lives of the children involved.”

Robert Z. Dobrish
Senior Partner

Robert Z. Dobrish, the senior partner in the firm, is known as one of the premier matrimonial attorneys in New York. He is a graduate of Columbia College and New York University School of Law, where he was a John Norton Pomeroy Scholar. Following law school he worked in corporate law, became a staff attorney for the Vera Institute for Justice, and then worked as a criminal defense attorney before concentrating on family law-related matters.

Mr. Dobrish has taught at Cardozo Law School, lectured extensively before diverse groups (lawyers, judges, accountants, mental-health professionals and the general public) and has written numerous articles and book reviews for professional journals, some of which are referenced on this website. He has been active in bar associations having served as chair of the Committee on Matrimonial law of the New York County Lawyers Association and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association for nearly three decades. He has served on the Matrimonial Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on three separate occasions, each for three year terms and he has been a member of the Judiciary Committee of that Association as well. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, has served on two occasions as Vice President of the New York Chapter, and is a long time member of the Chapter's Board of Managers. He is one of the founding members of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Family Law and Mental Health. He has consistently been named by New York Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in New York, by Woodward White as one of the Best Lawyers in America, and has been included in the listing of Super Lawyers since its inception.

Mr. Dobrish has represented husbands, wives, children, parents, grandparents, relatives - the entire gamut of persons involved in intra-familial disputes. He has tried numerous cases in both the Supreme and Family Courts and has argued numerous appeals, some of which raised novel and/or important issues relating to family law.

“The issues we deal with are extremely personal and life changing for our clients. We are mindful of our clients' needs, the stress they experience and strongly advocate to achieve successful results and resolutions.”

Robert S. Michaels
Partner

Robert S. Michaels has been practicing matrimonial and family law for over twenty-five years.

He is a member of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, a former member of The New York State Trial Lawyers Association, The New York County Lawyers Association and served on the Judicial Screening Committee for the New York County Lawyers Association. He has been granted AV-rating and Preeminent status by Martindale-Hubbell for practicing at the highest level of legal ability and professional ethics. He has been a guest lecturer on family law subjects at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, lectured at New York County Lawyers Association as a member of a panel on ethics in family law and matrimonial practice, and recently lectured at The New York State Bar Association on the subject of Practicing Matrimonial And Family Law In Chaotic Economic Times-Part II.

Robert is a skilled negotiator and trial attorney with years of experience resolving family and matrimonial matters in the areas of child custody, child and spousal support and equitable distribution at the trial and Appellate level. He has tried numerous custody and equitable distribution matters and successfully prepared and argued appeals in the First and Second Department. Before concentrating primarily on the practice of matrimonial law, Robert negotiated and resolved hundreds of non-matrimonial cases, including commercial, product liability, personal injury, and professional malpractice matters. He has successfully tried dozens of jury and non-jury cases in the State and Federal Courts.

Admitted

  • 1982, New York
  • 1982, U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Law School
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., 1979
College
  • New York State University at Stony Brook, B.A., 1976
Membership
  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
  • New York County Lawyers Association (Former Member, Judicial Screening Committee and Matrimonial Committee)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

“In these highly charged and extremely emotional matters, both the Courts and our peers have turned to our attorneys for guidance in resolving seemingly intractable custody and visitation issues.”

Nina S. Gross
Partner

Nina Gross joined the Dobrish firm after she worked at the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society, representing children in various types of family situations. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

She has served on the Family Law Committee, Matrimonial Law Committee and the Council on Children of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is a member of the New York State Women's Bar Association, the American Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Ms. Gross has written for the Family Law Review and has lectured for the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

“We are dedicated to improving the practice of law and the treatment of litigants and children in changing family structures.”

Barbara Handschu
Special Counsel

Barbara Ellen Handschu, Special Counsel to the firm, is recognized as a leader in the national matrimonial bar associations. She is a graduate of New York University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was graduated from the law school of the University of Michigan. After law school she handled civil rights and criminal law cases, including the defense of the Attica prisoners which led her to establish an office in Buffalo, New York. She started her concentration in family law-related cases, both trials and appeals, in the late 1970's.

Ms. Handschu has been very active in national and statewide bar associations. She was national President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers after serving some six years as the Academy's Vice-President, First Vice-President and President-Elect. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Academy Journal (a law review publication) and continues to serve on the Journal Board where she has been an Editor since its inception. Ms. Handschu was the first woman to be elected to Chair the Family Law Section of the New York Bar Association. She also was the first woman to serve as President of the New York State chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

A founding Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (limited to 100 family law practioners in the U.S.) Ms. Handschu also was a founding Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Handschu has lectured extensively throughout the United States to diverse audiences, including lectures to the judiciary on such issues as interstate child custody jurisdiction and the relocation of children. She regularly presents to New York Judges at their Judicial Seminars. She has published articles on family law matters including appellate oral advocacy, relocation of children, jurisdictional disputes and trial presentations. She has a bi-monthly column in the National Law Journal on unique family law issues.

For more than two decades Ms. Handschu taught and co-chaired the American Bar Association's Advanced Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston. She estimates that she has trained more than 1,000 lawyers to be more effective family law trial lawyers during that time. Ms. Handschu has served on the Joint Editorial Board of The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, since the Board was created as a family law "think tank." She was responsible for the introduction and ultimate enactment of New York's Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.

Ms. Handschu has represented individual clients in family law disputes. She has served in an advisory capacity to lawyers in New York and elsewhere and also has appeared in all four of the Appellate Courts throughout New York State. She has been featured in Super Lawyers and been named by Woodward White as one of the Best Lawyers in America.

Associates

David Elbaum

Mr. Elbaum graduated Fordham University School of Law in 2000 where he was a member of the Urban Law Journal. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2001 and is admitted to practice in the Southern District and Eastern Districts of New York. He has been practicing matrimonial and family law exclusively since 2006.

Samantha Slepowitz

Ms. Slepowitz graduated cum laude from Hofstra University where she was a member of the Family Law Journal and upon graduation received an award from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for Excellence in Family Law. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Union College. Ms. Slepowitz is admitted in the State of New York.

Allison Berecz

Ms. Berecz received her law degree from Benjamin A. Cardozo School of Law and is a graduate of Emory University. She is admitted in the States of New York and New Jersey.

Blair Sanzone

Ms. Sanzone received her law degree from The Charleston School of Law and is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. She is admitted in the States of New York and Virginia.

Dana Bunting

Ms. Bunting received her LLM in Taxation and law degree from New York Law School and is a graduate of Dickinson College. She is admitted in the State of New York.

“We take pride in structuring and executing creative, well-planned strategies to achieve our clients’ goals, thereby enabling them to move forward with their lives.”

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Articles And Publications By Robert Z. Dobrish

1. Suppose We Depose: Settling Disputed Custody Cases, New York Law Journal, June 19, 2013
2. Custody Evaluations: The Propriety of Preparation, New York Law Journal, February 6, 2012
3. Mommie Dearest: What's Gender Bias Got to Do With It?, New York Law Journal, July 2011
4. Mal(Content) Practice Cases: Disgruntled Litigants and Unpaid Fees, New York Law Journal, May 2009
5. Matrimonial Depositions: Amid Change, Stipulations Stay the Same, by Robert Z. Dobrish and Dalit A. Yarden, N.Y.L.J., May 13, 2009
6. Pretrial Approaches to Divorce and Custody in New York, New York Family Law Strategies, 2009
7. The Soul of Sole Custody, N.Y.L.J., September 2008
8. Judging Child Custody Evaluations, N.Y.L.J., April 2006
9. Mental Health Professional Testimony in Child Custody Cases, N.Y.L.J., April 2005
10. Custody Evaluations: The Role of the Mental Health Professional. The Matrimonial Strategist, April 2005
11. A Lawyer's Considerations in Selecting a Mental Health Expert, A Handbook of Divorce and Custody. Forensic, Developmental and Clinical Perspectives. Chapter 2. 2005
12. Contested Child Custody Cases, N.Y.L.J., December 2004
13. The Role of Mental Health Professionals in Custody Evaluations, N.Y.L.J., November 2004
14. Voluntary Support Payments: Let the Generous Beware, N.Y.L.J., October, 2003
15. Zones of Responsibility: A Judicial Beacon in Custody's Dark Passageway, Vol. 36, N.Y.S.B.A. Family Law Review, No. 1, Spring, 2002
16. Rights to the Mine: Digging Into Separate Property, N.Y.L.J., November, 2001
17. Judicial Alchemy: Turning Losses into Marital Assets, Vol. 32, Family Law Review, No. 1, Spring, 2000
18. The Bankruptcy Automatic Stay: It's Not the End of the World - Or the End of the Case, Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1999
19. Hell No We Won't Go - Children Who Refuse to Visit, N.Y.L.J., July, 1999
20. Evidence Needed to Prove a Child Custody Case, N.Y.L.J., August, l996
21. The Identification, Valuation and Distribution of Human Capital, Family Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 2 (1992)
22. Representing the Father Who is Accused of Child Sexual Abuse, Family Law Quarterly, Vol. XXIII, No. 3 (l989)
23. Rethinking the Braiman Doctrine, NY Domestic Relations Reporter, Vol. l No. 4 (l989)

Book Reviews

24. Legal and Mental Health Perspectives on Child Custody Law: A Deskbook for Judges N.Y.L.J., April, 1999
25. New York Family Court Practioner, N.Y.L.J., Feb.,1997
26. The Best Interests of the Child, N.Y.L.J., Nov., 1996

Articles And Publications By Barbara E. Handschu

1. Using Social Network Site Evidence in Family Law Cases, NATL.L.J., Sept. 20, 2010 at 28.*
2. Uniform Laws: Relocation, NATL.L.J., January 12, 2009 at 14.*
3. Same-Sex Adoption Issues, NATL.L.J., October 27, 2008 at 13.*
4. Immigration Issues, NATL.L.J., August 18, 2008 at 13.*
5. International Disputes, NATL.L.J., June 9, 2008 at 13.*
6. Looking at Paternity, NATL.L.J., May 28, 2008 at 13.*
7. Antenuptial Agreements, NATL.L.J., January 21, 2008 at 13.*
8. Unwed Fathers, NATL.L.J., March 19, 2007 at 13.*
9. Current Issues in Child Support, NATL.L.J., October 2006.*
10. Alimony Guidelines, NATL.L.J., April 2006.*
11. Dissipation of Marital Assets, NATL.L.J., January 2006.*
12. Parenting Plans, NATL.L.J., September 2005.*
13. The Future of Family Law Practice, NATL.L.J., July 2005.*
14. Jurisdiction over Child Custody Issues, NATL.L.J., May 2005.*
15. Prenuptial Agreements, NATL.L.J., September 2004.*
16. Enforcing Foreign Orders of Protection, NATL.L.J., January 2004.*
17. Relocation in Child Custody Cases, NATL.L.J., March 2003.*
18. College Expenses as Child Support, NATL.L.J., December 2002.*
19. The Rights of Cohabitants, NATL.L.J., October 2002.*
20. Protecting the Rights of Same-sex Families, NATL.L.J., July 2002.*
21. Child Support Issues, , NATL.L.J., February 2001.*
22. Issues in Relocation of Children, NATL.L.J., November 2000.*
23. Tips for Getting Your Clients Ready for Custody Trials, 18 Matrimonial Strategist 4 (2000).*
24. Religion and Child Custody, 14 Matrimonial Strategist 4 (2000).*
25. Stepparent Custody and Access, NATL.L.J., July 17, 1999.*
26. License Suspensions, Revocations and the Support Enforcement Legislation, Outside Counsel, NYLJ, August 15, 1995, p. 1, col. 1.
27. Oral Advocacy: Motion Practice and Appeals, Family Law Review, Vol.26, No. 3 (September 1994).
28. Conflict in Appeals Courts: No Geographic Relocation, Outside Counsel, NYLJ, July 28, 1993, p.1, col. 1.
29. Family Advocate (ABA Publication) Getting Ready for Trial, Vol. 11, No. 33 (Winter, 1989). (Special Issue on Relocation).
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* With Mary Kay Kisthardt

Law Review

30. Rutgers Law School, Women's Rights Law Reporter, Custodial Removal: May a Custodian Leave the Jurisdiction with the Child? A Review and Recommendations, Fall 1985, Vol. 8, No. 4.