Sonnenfeld & Richman LLP is one of New York City's premier boutique law firms. Since its founding, the firm has built a reputation for excellence in successfully representing clients in diverse and sophisticated personal and corporate matters.
Our goal as a firm has been to develop a diverse practice, enabling us to afford our clients full-service legal representation of the highest quality, while maintaining a cost conscious approach. We are widely recognized for our personal, meticulous attention and unwavering devotion to our clients' needs and best interests. The depth of experience and complementary backgrounds of our lawyers enables us to handle a wide range of complex matters, and we are frequently sought by other professionals to represent them and their clients' interests.
360 Lexington Avenue, 16th Floor
New York NY 10017
Matrimonial and Family Law
With more than twenty-five years of experience, Sonnenfeld & Richman LLP's matrimonial and family law practice has gained a reputation for its proven ability to successfully handle a full range of domestic relations issues. As a result of our history of success in the field, we have been repeatedly sought after to handle the most sensitive and complex matters.
We strive for amicable, non-litigated resolutions, and remain focused on the individual needs of our clients at all times. If a positive resolution for our clients cannot be achieved through negotiation, our attorneys are experienced, aggressive litigators with an established track record of success in handling all matters, from contentious and complex custody matters to the most sophisticated financial matters to multi-state, multi-jurisdictional issues.
We are proud to have successfully negotiated numerous issues and cases to favorable conclusions for our clients before trial, and have litigated favorable results for our clients at both the trial and appellate level. Our successful litigations include one of the first cases tried in the State of New York and throughout the appellate courts wherein our client was awarded 100% of the marital assets. We have since litigated additional cases with similar favorable results for our clients.
Our range of services includes:
-Negotiation and preparation of premarital, marital, separation and other matrimonial agreements.
-Handling all aspects of divorce and separation proceedings.
---Valuing professional licenses, degrees, and professional practices
---Valuing interests in partnerships, limited partnerships, corporations, s-corporations, privately held companies, family-owned businesses, etc.
---Tracing and reconstructing complex financial dealings
---Counsel and expert fee awards
---Custody and visitation
-Grandparents' rights and visitation matters.
-Enforcement and modification proceedings.
Judith Richman founded the Firm in 1985. For the past thirty years, she has specialized in representing individuals and corporate clients.
Ms. Richman has established a well-deserved reputation in the legal community for exercising sound judgment and devising creative solutions to her clients' problems. She has earned prominence as a highly skilled litigator who is aggressive in protecting her clients' interests.
Ms. Richman is accomplished and experienced in the full range of complex matrimonial matters, including litigating and negotiating the equitable distribution of marital assets, support and custody matters, pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements.
She has successfully tried numerous cases and has the distinction of being one of the few attorneys in the State of New York to have had her clients awarded 100% of the marital assets after trial. Ms. Richman successfully defended these verdicts through appellate courts to the Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court.
In addition to her matrimonial work, Ms. Richman is a successful commercial litigator. She regularly represents and provides counsel to high worth individuals and corporate clients. Ms. Richman also represents one of the country's largest magazine distributors in their corporate and commercial matters.
Ms. Richman attended New York University and was admitted to the Bar in 1977 after clerking at the firms of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Martin Clearwater & Bell. She has the distinction of being the last person to have been admitted to practice law in the State of New York under "Articles of Clerkship." Beginning her practice in the field of commercial litigation, Ms. Richman thereafter was the head of the matrimonial department at Shaw, Goldman, LiCitra, Levin & Weinberg, before joining the predecessor firm of Sonnenfeld & Richman LLP in 1982.
New York University
New York State
U.S. District Court - Southern District
U.S. Tax Court
New York State Bar Association (Family Law Section)