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We understand that right now, many New Yorkers have urgent questions about their parenting and custody agreements and arrangements. Coronavirus and the subsequent restrictions imposed on movement have created a sense of uncertainty for many parents. The firm is currently open for business. We are also offering remote consultations via video chat and phone calls. We are here to answer your pressing questions about your custody arrangements during the coronavirus crisis, as well as to speak about any other family law and divorce issues you may have.

We want you to stay safe and healthy. If you wish to meet with an attorney remotely, we can accommodate that need. If you have questions, please contact us.

Ellen Werfel Martineau


Phone: 212-867-9123 Fax: 212-983-8526

Ellen Werfel Martineau is a partner at Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, LLP. Ms. Werfel Martineau is an experienced, tenacious and compassionate family law attorney.  Prior to joining BBNS, she was an attorney with a prominent New York City Firm where she specialized in corporate reorganizations, commercial litigation and high net worth divorce cases. Since 2009, Ms. Werfel Martineau’s practice has been exclusively focused on matrimonial and family law in Westchester and the surrounding counties (Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess and Orange) and New York City. Ms. Werfel Martineau has been honored as a Super Lawyer from 2014 -2019 and as a Top Women Attorney in Metro New York and Westchester.

Ms. Werfel Martineau is a seasoned litigator and appellate attorney with a solid reputation for integrity, intellect and responsiveness. Ms. Werfel Martineau knows that there is no “right” way to divorce and is sensitive to her clients’ emotional needs while helping them clarify their goals and emerge from the process with the groundwork laid for a stable, successful and happier future.

Ms. Werfel Martineau is formally trained in the collaborative process, mediation and arbitration.  She strongly believes that parties are better suited than courts to resolve their issues, particularly those involving children, but knows that it is not always possible. Her years of experience as a litigator enable her to fight for her clients’ rights and protect them from being taken advantage of financially or emotionally. She is a true partner who endeavors to assist her clients and their family to move forward in a constructive and meaningful way.


Areas of Practice

  • Contested and uncontested divorce
  • Collaborative Law
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Custody and parenting time (visitation/access)
  • Spousal (alimony) and child support
  • Domestic Violence
  • Property division and distribution
  • Prenuptial, postnuptial, divorce and separation agreements
  • Post-judgment enforcement and modification of agreements
  • Custody, support and property agreements involving unmarried couples
  • Relocation
  • Appeals

Professional Memberships

  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Westchester County Bar
  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York Association of Collaborative Professionals


  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • State University of New York, New Paltz

Admitted to Practice Law

  • New York State
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Ellen Werfel Martineau