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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.

Jessica L. Toelstedt


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

Jessica L. Toelstedt is a partner with Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP. Ms. Toelstedt joined the firm in 2012. Prior to joining, Ms. Toelstedt worked for another Manhattan-based firm where she focused on complex matrimonial and family law cases. Ms. Toelstedt’s reputation for high ethical standards and professional ability among her fellow attorneys has earned her the highest peer rating, AV Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubbell, which has also named her a “Client Champion” for 2017, 2018 and 2019. Ms. Toelstedt was voted a New York Family Law Rising Star by her peers from 2014 through 2016 and as a New York Family Law Super Lawyer by her peers in 2017 and 2018.

Ms. Toelstedt has experience handling all aspects of matrimonial and family law cases, including post-judgment matters, appeals, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Throughout Ms. Toelstedt’s career, she has appeared regularly in both Supreme and Family Courts in New York City and the surrounding areas and continues to do so. Today, Ms. Toelstedt primarily focuses her practice in the areas of mediation, collaborative law, negotiation, and out of court settlements to resolve all family related matters, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Ms. Toelstedt has been trained as a mediator by The Center for Understanding in Conflict and has ben trained in collaborative law by The New York Association of Collaborative Law Professionals. Ms. Toelstedt also serves as a Mediator on the New York County Supreme Court’s Roster of Matrimonial Mediators.

Ms. Toelstedt is a strong proponent of settling divorce and related matters as amicably as possible for the benefit of the parties and when relevant, the best interests of their children. Ms. Toelstedt resides on Long Island with her husband and two children.

Areas of practice

  • Divorce Litigation
  • Divorce Negotiation
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Marital Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Paternity
  • Second-parent adoptions
  • Post-divorce Actions
  • Appeals

Honors and Recognitions

  • Client Champion, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017-2019
  • SuperLawyers, 2017-2019
  • Founding Member, American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star, 2014-2016

Professional Memberships

  • New York Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Women’s Bar Association
  • Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Bar Association


  • University of Buffalo Law School - 2005
  • University of Buffalo - 2002

Admitted to Practice

  • New York State, 2006
Jessica Toelstedt