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Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein is proud to announce induction into TIER 1 of US News-Best Lawyers Best Law Firms for Family Law in NYC

We are very happy to announce that Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein has been recognized by US News-Best Lawyers as a 2020 “Tier 1” Best Law Firm in Family Law, in the New York City area. Congratulations to all of our attorneys and support staff for achieving this honor. Three of our attorneys have also been recognized […]

Big Change Afoot: Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein welcomes three new partners and a new associate; opens new office in Westchester County

We are very pleased – and very proud – to announce that as of September, 2019, our firm is expanding both geographically, and in legal talent. First, we are excited  to welcome seasoned family law attorneys Michael Fried, Ellen Werfel Martineau, and Abby Rosmarin, who are joining BBNS as partners. Mr. Fried will be joining […]

Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein: Evan Schein is our new named partner

We have some big news to share: Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, one of New York’s top family and matrimonial law firms, is now Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein. We are very pleased to announce that partner Evan Schein takes his place alongside managing partner Jacqueline Newman and founding partners Barry Berkman and Walter Bottger […]

Tune in March 31 to see Jacqueline Newman on Oxygen’s ‘The Piketon Family Murders’

In the early morning hours of April 22, 2016, eight members of the Rhoden family, across four different homes, were murdered in Pike County, Ohio. The inquiry into these brutal slayings – the largest homicide investigation in Ohio history – uncovered a series of shocking familial ties, resentments, feuds, and illegal activity. In November of […]

Jacqueline Newman on the Bezos Divorce

Some divorces – not many, but some – are more than just family dissolutions. When one party holds total or partial control over a powerful business, and that business was formed during the marriage, the stakes become similar to a large-scale corporate takeover. Such is the case in the Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos divorce. Jacqueline […]

Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd Announces 2019 Best Lawyers in America Inductions; Firm Named to Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report

is proud to announce that three of its attorneys have been selected for the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, compiled by US News and World Report, for their work in Family Law. Congratulations to Jacqueline Newman, Barry Berkman, and Marc Fleisher for this honor. The entire firm has also been named by […]

BBNR Partner Evan Schein Addresses the AFCC Symposium on Child Custody

For the past 13 years, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict, has held an annual symposium on the topic of child custody.  During the symposium, family lawyers, psychiatrists, researchers, judges, professors, and other professionals from across the world discuss, […]

Are Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder Married Under New York Law?

Winona Ryder dropped a reality bomb on us all this week when she claimed that she and Keanu Reeves might have accidentally married each other 25 years ago, on the set of their cult classic movie Dracula. Her evidence: they hired a real Romanian priest to perform their characters’ nuptials. (Keanu, for his part, doesn’t […]

Understanding Residential and Legal Custody of Children in New York

If you have “custody” of your children, what does that mean? If you’re just starting the process of divorce or a custody proceeding, you probably think custody is pretty simple, at least in concept – it means the children live with you, and the other parent gets to visit with them sometimes. But custody is […]

Fault-based divorce in New York: Does it still exist and how often is it used?

New York was infamously the last state in the union to institute a regime of divorce law that did not require one party to prove the other was “at fault” in some way in order to obtain a divorce. New York didn’t get around to doing this until 2010. The story of how it finally […]


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