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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.

Michael L. Fried


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

Michael is a partner at Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP. An experienced litigator and trial attorney practicing exclusively in the field of Matrimonial and Family Law since 1997, Michael has assisted high net worth individuals in navigating difficult matters relating to equitable distribution, child support, spousal maintenance, and contested custody matters with patience, skill, and sensitivity. While his first priority is to resolve matters quickly and expeditiously through skilled negotiation, Michael will not hesitate to proceed to litigation and eventually trial if necessary. Michael has also engaged in oral argument before the Appellate Division, Second Department.

Prior to joining Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, LLP, Michael was a partner for a prestigious boutique Matrimonial and Family Law firm. In April 2018, Michael was appointed as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), a nationally recognized organization which maintains an exclusive membership of approximately 1,650 attorneys in the country, of which approximately 165 of its members practice within the State of New York. Besides his fellowship in the AAML, Michael was selected as a barrister to the New York Family Law American Inns of Court.

Michael has volunteered his time and trial expertise to the law students of Touro Law School as he served as a Moot Court Judge for the Bainbridge Moot Court Competition from 2008-2010 as well as 2012 and 2014. He has also lectured on issues related to Matrimonial and Family Law before the Nassau County Bar Association.


Areas of Practice

  • Divorce Litigation
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Marital Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Support
  • Alimony
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Post-divorce Modification
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Relocation

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2018-Present
  • New York Family Law American Inns of Court, Barrister, 2014 – 2019
  • New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member 1998-Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Member 2017-Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Matrimonial and Family Law Committee, Member

Classes and Seminars

  • Guest lecturer, “Bridge the Gap” program for the Nassau Academy of Law, April 2006
  • Guest lecturer for New York Family Law American Inns of Court-September 28, 2016- "Utilization of Mental Health, Counseling and Medical Records in Family Law Matters"
  • Guest lecturer before the Family Law Society of Touro Law School- Pendente Lite Applications
  • Faculty Member for Intraschool Client Counseling Competition at Touro Law School-November 17, 2015
  • Faculty Member as Moot Court Judge for Bainbridge Competition September 2008-2010, September 2012, September 2014

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000


  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Huntington, New York
    • J.D. – 1995
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook , Stony Brook, New York
    • B.A. – 1992
    • Major: Political Science
Michael L Fried