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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.

John Teufel

Of Counsel

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

jteufel@berkbot.com

John Teufel joined Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP in January of 2015. John received his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where he focused on family law. John has served as a fellow for Justice Deborah Kaplan in the Matrimonial Part of the state Supreme Court, and as an intern for the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York. He has authored several case studies published in the national journal Lesbian and Gay Law Notes, as well as a thesis studying issues unique to same-sex divorces across state lines.

John's practice focuses on the litigation of contested divorce, custody, and post-judgment matters. He has represented many clients before courts throughout New York City, as well as in Westchester and on Long Island. John enjoys courtroom time, and relishes the opportunity to state his clients' cases directly to a judge. John is also adept at motion practice in the context of litigation, and utilizes affidavits and memorandums of law to forward his clients' objectives and to provide courts with a clean and understandable narrative of a case. John believes that contentious litigations are won through the use of deliberate and carefully considered strategy, from the very beginning of a case. He works closely with clients to develop and implement that strategy, and understands the value of settlement when it is appropriate.

John has also been retained in connection with several actions concerning the enforcement of prenuptial agreements that are governed by New York law, but enforced in other states. He has thus developed a deep knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of New York prenuptial agreements, and the reasons courts may either uphold them, or strike them down.

Prior to joining BBNR, John spent two years as a law clerk with a Brooklyn-based family law firm. John is also a writer with a degree in English from New York University, and regularly contributes his observations on family law matters to the Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP blog.

Areas of practice

Honors and Recognitions

Professional memberships

Publications

  • "In the Wake of Coronavirus, What's Next for Matrimonial Law?"- New York Law Journal / Law.com, June 2020
  • "Remember to Act Like a Good Parent: The Ethical Limits to Preparing a Client for Forensic Examination" - Family News & Views, April 2018
  • “U.S. Bankruptcy Court Finds Section 3 of Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional” - Lesbian and Gay Law Notes, Summer 2011
  • “New York Court Dissolves Vermont Civil Union After Determining Parental Status Issues” - Lesbian and Gay Law Notes, September 2011

Education

Admitted to practice law

  • September, 2015 - New York
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