Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP

Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP

Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd is a New York City divorce law firm. We specialize in divorce litigation, collaborative law, mediation and prenuptial agreements. Our firm practices in the New York City area, Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey.

Firm Overview

Our uniquely focused practice and decades of combined experience in all aspects New York divorce law ensure we have the skill and capacity to provide the best service for our clients' needs. We have significant experience handling high net worth cases, and are skilled at preparing effective prenuptial and postnuptial agreements as well as protecting our clients' property, assets, and interests upon divorce.

Representing high net worth individuals in complex financial matters requires a sophisticated financial understanding and in depth knowledge of the law. At Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP, we pride ourselves on quality work and achieving positive and highly satisfactory results for our clients. Our skilled New York divorce lawyers are fully committed to offering each of our clients:

Personal attention
Prompt responses to individual needs and inquiries
Thorough and clearly stated explanations of your options
Creative solutions to difficult and complex problems
An extensive menu of legal processes, including litigation, negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law

Any legal issue may be fraught with tension, especially divorce and other family law issues, but even divorce does not need to be emotionally devastating. A New York family law attorney from our firm can help individuals navigate complex and delicate matters, always working to minimize stress and strain on families. In certain select situations, mediation or collaborative law may be the right answer to resolve issues to everyone's advantage.

All families and marriages are unique, so there is no such thing as a typical divorce law issue. The New York attorneys at Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP, understand this. We take the time to listen to each of our clients and to understand fully the circumstances of their case. Only then do we advise them of their legal options and suggest the best course of action to resolve their family issues.

Based in midtown Manhattan, our firm serves clients across the greater New York area, including Westchester, Rockland, Nassau, Suffolk Counties and New Jersey.

If mediation or a collaborative approach is best, our New York attorneys can help.

Divorce may end a marriage, but family relationships can remain intact. Not every divorce calls for a lengthy, difficult, and expensive trial. Having litigated hundreds of cases in court, we frequently help our clients avoid the time, expense, and stress of a trial. Not only are we an experienced trial law firm, we are also one of the most reliable and compassionate New York mediation and collaborative law firms.

In fact, preparing a case as if it were going to trial is often the best way to avoid one. Our divorce attorneys have the training, skill and experience to guide you through all of the following areas of New York matrimonial law and divorce processes:

Non-litigation options
Collaborative law
Prenuptial agreements
Postnuptial agreements
Main Office
Main Office
521 5th Avenue, 31st Floor
New York  NY  10175
  • (212) 867-9123


Free Initial Consultation?
We do not offer free consultations and consultations are based on our hourly rates.
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Manager
Jacqueline Newman - managing partner
Languages Spoken

Other Offices

New Jersey Office
7 Mount Bethel Road
Warren,  NJ  07059
Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP is the only matrimonial law firm in New York City that has attorneys that specialize solely in all divorce process choices: litigation, collaborative law and mediation. Clients should have options when divorcing.
Areas of

Collaborative Law
Divorce Overview
Prenuptial Agreements
Postnuptial Agreements
Child Custody
Child Support
Spousal Maintenance
Property Divison
Modification Enforcement

Jacqueline Newman

Jacqueline Newman joined Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP in 1998 and has been a partner since 2005. Ms. Newman

Walter F. Bottger

Before forming Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, 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

Barry Berkman

A founding partner of Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP, Barry Berkman received his B.A. degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Stanford University. Specializing in matrimonial law and mediation, he has guided many of his clients to successful, highly satisfactory out-of-court resolutions through the collaborative law process or mediation. He has served on the American Bar Association Task Force on Standards of Practice for Divorce Mediation and has been a member of the Matrimonial Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Family and Divorce Mediation Counsel of Greater New York, and is a co-founder of the New York Collaborative Law Group. Mr. Berkman has taught matrimonial law as an adjunct professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Fordham Law School and teaches mediation at the Center for Mediation in Law. He has made numerous CLE presentations on behalf of the New York, Westchester and Nassau County Bar Associations, as well as the American Bar Association. These activities and his reputation for ethical standards and professional ability among his fellow lawyers have earned him the highest rating, AV

Evan D. Schein

Evan D. Schein joined Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP in 2010 after practicing at another well-known matrimonial firm since 2008. Mr. Schein's law career has been entirely devoted to the practice of family law and complex matrimonial cases. Mr. Schein has litigated matrimonial matters in both Supreme and Family court.

Syracuse University, B.S. 2003
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D. 2006

Admitted to Practice
New York

Professional Memberships
New York State Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
Rockland County Bar Association (Co-Chair, New Lawyers Committee)
New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Jessica L. Leonard

Jessica L. Leonard joined the firm of Berkman Bottger Neman & Rodd, LLP in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Leonard worked for another Manhattan based firm since 2006, where she focused on complex matrimonial and family law cases. Ms. Leonard has experience handling all aspects of family and matrimonial law cases, including post judgment matters and appeals. Throughout Ms. Leonard

Marc Fleisher

Marc Fleisher specializes in helping clients achieve divorce settlements without court intervention, primarily as a divorce mediator and Collaborative divorce practitioner. He also negotiates for clients outside of the Collaborative process.

Marc began his career as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison. He went to the elite Career Criminal bureau at the Manhattan District Attorney's office, and then joined the faculty at Brooklyn Law School before becoming a divorce and family mediator in 1994.

Marc co-founded the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals in 1999, which introduced Collaborative Practice to the Greater New York area. He was a charter member of its board and is currently, along with Barry Berkman, a member of its two-person Advisory Committee.

Marc taught the first course in Collaborative Practice at a New York City law school, and has trained divorce mediators since 1996 as an adjunct professor at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and Brooklyn Law School. He has also taught divorce mediation at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and as a Visiting Professor at the Cardozo School of Law.

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Sarah Lawrence College, B.A. 1974
Hofstra Law School, J.D. 1979

Professional Memberships and Credentials
Advanced Practitioner Member of Family Law Section of Association for Conflict Resolution.
Advanced Practitioner Member, New York State Council of Divorce Mediation.
Panel Member, Divorce Mediation, all issues, Supreme Court, New York County.
Accredited member,Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York.
Member, Family Law Section, New York State Bar Association.
Member, International Association of Collaborative Practitioners.
Charter Member, New York Association of Collaborative Professionals.

Areas of practice
Domestic Relations Law (divorce and pre-nuptial agreements)
Divorce Mediation
Collaborative Family Law

Richard Abrams

Having devoted his practice to matrimonial law throughout his career, attorney Richard A. Abrams is of counsel to Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP. As a litigator, he has tried dozens of matrimonial cases and has argued numerous appeals, both in the Appellate Division and in the New York Court of Appeals. His current practice focuses on mediation of matrimonial disputes. Among his fellow attorneys, Mr. Abrams' reputation for ethical standards and professional ability has earned him the highest rating, AV

Judith M. Knopf

Judith M. Knopf is Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd's New Jersey attorney. She has skillfully represented clients in a variety of legal matters for over 29 years. Since 2000, her practice has been devoted primarily to family law including the representation of clients in divorce actions, custody and relocation disputes, post judgment matters, negotiation of prenuptial, mid marriage, reconciliation and separation agreements. She is experienced in litigation, client advocacy, mediation and collaborative law. She practices in New York and New Jersey. She has been selected by her peers as one of the "10 Leaders" of matrimonial attorneys in both Northern New Jersey and central New Jersey.

She completed the program and internship at Institute of Dispute Resolution at Seton Hall University, School of Law on Divorce Mediation and is a Qualified Mediator pursuant to New Jersey Rule 1:40-10.

Ms. Knopf served as a Law Clerk to Hon. Lawrence Weiss, Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County, 1984-1985. She is a frequent speaker for New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) in Divorce Mediation and Civil Mediation. She has been the coordinator, moderator and lecturer for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education 40 Hour Divorce Mediation Training Program since 2001. She has been a lecturer for American Matrimonial Attorneys, the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group.

"It is important to recognize that every divorce situation is different. I represent clients using a problem-solving approach. I look at their particular circumstances to determine the best method to satisfy their specific wants and needs. Additionally, by being flexible and creative, we can formulate a resolution that is specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of the particular client."

College: Tufts University
Law School: Suffolk University, J.D.

Bar Admissions:
1984, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit Court of Appeals; 2007, New York and Massachusetts

Hudson County Early Settlement Panel, Served as a Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Executive Committee Family Law Section and New Jersey Supreme Court Family Practice Committee. Former Director New Jersey State Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution Section and Master Marie Garibaldi Alternate Dispute Resolution Inns of Court. Member New Jersey Collaborative Law Group. Former Trustee and Founding Member of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM)

Elizabeth A. Fox

Elizabeth A. Fox has been with the firm of Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP since 2006. She is Of Counsel with the firm.

Boston College, B.A., 2002
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2005

Admitted to practice law
New York, 2006

Professional memberships
New York State Bar Association
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Kelly R. Fissell

Kelly Fissell began working at Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP as a Summer Associate in June 2011 and joined the firm as an Associate in September 2012. Ms. Fissell received her Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law in June 2012 where she focused on family law and mediation. While at St. John's, she was President of the Family Law Society and Editor-in-Chief of the New York Litigator Law Journal. In January 2011 Ms. Fissell received her certification in Divorce Mediation. Ms. Fissell took the New York State Bar Examination in July 2012 and is awaiting results.

State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A., cum laude, 2008
St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 2012

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