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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.

Walter F. Bottger

Founding Partner (retired)

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

Walter F. Bottger is now retired.

Before forming Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP, Walter F. Bottger practiced law with several large, nationally renowned law firms as a litigator.  For the years of 1972 through 1977, he was an anti-corruption prosecutor with the New York State Special Prosecutor's Office.  He now has more than 20 years' experience in matrimonial law, and has practiced in all trial and appellate courts in the New York Metropolitan Area.  He has litigated and tried many cases in Supreme and Family courts. He has prepared and argued several appeals in both local Appellate Divisions and before the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.  His reputation among other attorneys for ethical standards and professional ability has earned him the highest rating, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated SM by Martindale-Hubbell®, and he has been selected by his peers for listing in New York Super Lawyers in the 2010-2014 editions.

Areas of practice

  • Divorce Litigation
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Marital Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Support
  • Alimony
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Paternity
  • Post-divorce Actions
  • Appeals

Honors and Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers, 2010-2017

Professional memberships

  • The New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)


  • Harvard College, A.B., 1961
  • Columbia University Law School, LL.B., 1965

Admitted to practice law

  • New York, 1965
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1966
  • United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1998
Walter F Bottger