Jessica (Leonard) Toelstedt is a partner with Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP. Ms. Toelstedt joined the firm in 2012. Prior to joining, Ms. Toelstedt worked for another Manhattan based firm since 2006, where she focused on complex matrimonial and family law cases. Ms. Toelstedt has experience handling all aspects of family and matrimonial law cases, including post judgment matters and appeals. For those potential clients seeking to resolve their family or matrimonial matter without court intervention, Ms. Toelstedt has been trained as a mediator by The Center for Understanding in Conflict and has been trained in collaborative law by The New York Association of Collaborative Law Professionals.
Throughout Ms. Toelstedt’s career she has appeared regularly in both Supreme and Family Courts in New York City and the surrounding areas; however, Ms. Toelstedt is a strong proponent of settling divorce and related matters as amicably as possible for the benefit of the parties and the best interest of their children. In addition, Ms. Toelstedt’s practice includes negotiating and drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, as well as assisting clients with second-parent adoptions.
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. Ms. Toelstedt is also honored to be selected for inclusion in Thompson Reuters New York Metro Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2014 through 2016 (an honor bestowed on fewer than 5% of attorneys in New York State), and as a Super Lawyer for 2017.
Ms. Toelstedt is a member of the New York State Bar Associated (Family Law Section), New York State Women’s Bar Association (Family Law Section), New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York.
- University of Buffalo Law School – 2005
- University of Buffalo – 2002
Admitted to Practice
- New York State, 2006
Areas of practice
- Divorce Litigation
- Collaborative Law
- Divorce Mediation
- Equitable Distribution
- Marital Agreements
- Postnuptial Agreements
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Separation Agreements
- Spousal Support
- Child Support
- Child Custody
- Marital Property Distribution
- Marital Property Settlements
- Post-divorce Actions
- Second-parent adoption
Honors and Recognitions
- AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Client Champion by Martindale-Hubbell
- SuperLawyers Rising Star, 2014 – 2016
- SuperLawyers, 2017
- 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