Rosenthal Law & Mediation

Rosenthal Law & Mediation

We are dedicated to providing excellent counseling, mediation, and legal representation for you and your family.

Firm Overview

We are here to help you whether you are:

- Adopting (private-placement, second-parent, step-parent)

- Divorcing or separating (uncontested, mediation or collaborative process)

- Working with your siblings to figure out how to care for an aging parent (elder mediation); or how to divide the assets of a loved one who has passed away (probate mediation)

- Solving other types of legal problems with your family (prenuptial agreements, parent-teen, marital mediation)

- Writing a will, trust, health care proxy, living will or power of attorney

- Estate probate or administration
Main Office
225 Broadway
Suite 2605
New York  NY  10007
  • (212) 532-4704
  • (646) 607-2277


Free Initial Consultation?
yes for divorce mediation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Adoptions are $2,000. Estate planning document package (will, health care proxy, living will, Power of Attorney, NYS Statutory Gift Rider, etc.) costs between $1,000- $1,500.

Initial consultation for divorce is $400.
Hourly Rates
My regular hourly rate is $375 for legal or mediation services.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Some evening appointments available.
Office Manager
Andrew Boehmke
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
We are a small firm dedicated to providing professional, personalized service in family matters - including elder and probate mediation, divorce mediation and collaborative law, and adoption.
We can assist you in a wide variety of legal matters that affect today's families.

Family is the often most important part of our lives. Changes in the family can be stressful, even when they promote growth. We provide the legal and mediation support to you and your family through many of life's transitions, for instance marriage (pre-nups), divorce (mediation, collaborative), adoption, estate planning (wills), caregiving (elder mediation), probate. We specialize in working with LGBT families, foster parents, stepparent and second parent adoptions, and other areas of family law.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I have always been interested in what makes up a family. It is really about relationship, rather than an external definition. Every family is so very different, and yet we have the same basic needs for love and independence. This creates a dynamic tension. The law often touches families when they are reorganizing, either through the addition of a new member (adoption, marriage) or restructuring (divorce, custody, visitation). Families also restructure when one member dies, and the law may come in, again.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Clients are the experts on the facts. The more they understand the nuances of the law, the more they know which facts to bring out. My clients are my partners - I explain the law to them, they explain the facts to me. I am happy to point them to the right direction to learn more - often through Nolo books!

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am happy to review documents clients have prepared, and to add language that might be needed to comply with NY State Law.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I do not provide legal advice to non-clients. However, I can often point them to local resources that can provide them with legal information (e.g. LawHelp and LIFT).

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our mission is to assist New Yorkers, in all their diversity, restructure their family transitions by providing excellent, intelligent, individually designed, compassionate and creative legal, collaborative and mediation services so they can provide the best outcome for their family given their available resources.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Almost always. We specialize in mediation and collaborative law. This is where Joy's passion lies!

Joy S. Rosenthal

I am a compassionate listener who stays focused on the bigger picture. I am committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcomes for your family under the current circumstances. My goal is to help ease families through transitions or restructuring with a minimum of pain to all involved by drawing on the strengths and values of my clients and their ex-partners. I can be a vigorous advocate, but also see the value that constructive relationships have in changing families.

I have been practicing family law since 1996, and have represented hundreds of clients in that time. I have been practicing mediation since 2006, and collaborative law since 2007. In 2012, I was honored to become the President of the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York (FDMC).

I represented children, youth and young parents in the Bronx and Brooklyn Family Courts from 1996-2006, which helped me become sensitive to the needs of children as families are reorganizing. I am comfortable with clients from many different backgrounds and walks of life.

I graduated from the City University of New York School of Law in 1996, and received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Women's Studies. I also studied at Smith College, Harvard University Divinity School (world religion), New York University's School of Social Work, and studied psychology at NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science.
  • Bar Number: 2825578
    New York , 1997
  • CUNY School of Law at Queens College
    Juris Doctorate , 1996
    Queens, NY
    Family & Child Welfare Law, Housing Law Clinic
  • University of Massachusetts
    Bachelor of Arts , 1980
    Amherst, MA
    Women's Studies

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