Teitler & Teitler, LLP

Teitler & Teitler, LLP

Teitler & Teitler, LLP is a 12-lawyer boutique law firm, representing high net worth individuals, families and businesses both domestically and abroad in issues relating to family law, trusts and estates, real estate, and commercial litigation.

Firm Overview

T&T was founded in 1963 by Samuel L. Teitler and Michael F. Teitler. John Teitler, the third generation of his family to act as a partner of the firm, now leads the firm together with his father Michael.

For three generations, T&T has advised clients in achieving their objectives in a discreet fashion. While T&T has a proven track record of successfully litigating large, complex financial matters, the firm is most proud of the work it has done keeping its clients out of the courts and out of the public eye.
Main Office
Main Office
230 Park Avenue, Suite 2200
New York  NY  10169
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Teitler & Teitler, LLP will represent your Divorce legal matters.
Family Law

Sanford A. Bell


Sanford Bell has been a partner of the firm since 1980.

He is involved in all phases of the firm's representation of wealthy individuals, families and entrepreneurs in divorce, estate and business matters and a wide variety of other litigated and non-litigated legal matters and transactions, focusing on complex financial and business issues and analysis.

Mr. Bell began his career as a business and securities litigator at Shea & Gould. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. 1973), Brandeis University (M.A. in Mathematics 1969; National Science Foundation Fellow) and the University of Michigan (B.A. 1968, with high distinction and honors in Mathematics; Phi Beta Kappa).

He has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.
  • Harvard Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1973

Jessica P. Feingold


Jessica has a wealth of experience representing both individuals and corporate clients in matrimonial and complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Jessica spent ten years at one of the world's largest international law firms, where she had a unique practice of family law, business litigation and pro bono work. She is experienced in all aspects of litigation at the state, federal and appellate levels. While striving to achieve favorable settlements for her clients, Jessica is well-equipped to litigate matrimonial cases, having taken numerous divorce cases to trial and achieving affirmances on appeal. Jessica's work at Teitler is focused on all aspects of matrimonial and family law.

Jessica graduated cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics and received numerous other honors, including Order of the Coif and the National Association of Women Lawyers Award. She holds a B.S. from Boston University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association, where she previously served on the Matrimonial Committee.

-New York, 2002
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

-Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001
-Boston University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1998
  • Fordham University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 2001

Lauren Pruzan Gaynor


Lauren represents both international and domestic clients in complex family law, real estate, commercial litigation and individual client practice areas. Lauren joined T&T in 2001, after working in Eastern Europe for the Central East
European Law Initiative where she assisted in the development of local legal associations and implementing the rule of law. Lauren began her career as United States District Court Clerk in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and then working on complex commercial and securities litigation at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Lauren is a graduate of New York University School of Law (J.D. 1992) and the University of Michigan (B.A. 1989 with high distinction).
  • New York University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1992

Paul D. Getzels


Paul has had a wide-ranging practice in state and federal court for more than two decades. He has been a trusted advisor to the firm's clients and his colleagues in
the firm's family law and commercial litigation practice since 1998. Paul began his legal career with the firm of Werner & Kennedy, concentrating in reinsurance and general commercial litigation and arbitration. He has served on the
New York City Bar Association's Federal Legislation, Copyright& Literary Property, and City Bar Chorus (Co-Chair) Committees. His publications include the New York law chapter (written with John M. Teitler and Nicholas W. Lobenthal) in Family Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons (Thomson Reuters European Lawyer Reference Series, London, 2011) and the 1996-1999 annual updates to Peter Jakab, William M. Audet & Kimberly A. Fanady, Handling Federal Discovery (James Publishing, Costa Mesa, CA, 1995 to present).

Paul is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 1988), where he served as Managing Editor of the Fordham International Law Journal, and Columbia University (A.B. 1985).

-New York and Connecticut, 1988
-U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1989
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1992

-Fordham University, J.D., 1988
-Columbia University, A.B., 1985

Associations and memberships:
-The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member, Committee on Federal Legislation, 2000 - 2003)
-New York State (Member, Intellectual Property Law Section) and American (Member, Sections on: Intellectual Property Law; Litigation) Bar Associations
-The Copyright Society of the USA

-Annual Updates to Peter Jakab et al., Handling Federal Discovery, James Publishing, 1996 - 1999
-Importation of Out-of-Print Works Under the Copyright Act of 1976, 10 Fordham Int'l L.J. 782 (1987)

Biographical details:
Managing Editor, Fordham International Law Journal
  • Fordham University
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Nicholas W. Lobenthal


Nicholas W. Lobenthal is a partner focusing on large, complex matrimonial litigation for high net worth individuals. He also represents domestic and international financial institutions, business organizations and individual clients in complex commercial litigation.

Reported decisions: AXMS, Inc. v. Friedman, 2013 WL 2431968 (S.D.N.Y.); PeckBarnett v. Barnett, 82 A.D.3d 540, 918 N.Y.S.2d 712 (1st Dep't 2011); One Communications Corp. v. JP Morgan SBIC LLC, 381 Fed. Appx. 75 (2d Cir. 2010); Ansour v. Ansour, 61 A.D.3d 536, 878 N.Y.S.2d 17 (1st Dep't 2009); Crowley v. Ruderman, 60 A.D.3d 556, 877 N.Y.S.2d 15 (1st Dep't 2009); In re Koester, 272 A.D.2d 473, 708 N.Y.S.2d 320 (2d Dep't 2000); Silverman v. Silverman, N.Y.L.J. 1202504319471, 7/22/11 (N.Y. County Sup. Ct. 2011) (New York Law Journal front page article); Stang v. Lange, 17 Misc.3d 1124(A), 851 N.Y.S.2d 74 (N.Y. County Sup. Ct. 2007); IBJ Schroder Bank & Trust Co. v. Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of USSR, 170 Misc.2d 294, 647 N.Y.S.2d 930 (N.Y. County Sup. Ct. 1996).

Mr. Lobenthal has written and lectured about New York family law including for the International Association of Young Lawyers (the "A.I.J.A.") and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He has been recognized by his peers as a "Superlawyer" (2013) and with an "AV Preeminent" highest rating (5.0 out of 5) with Very High Criteria of General Ethical Standards from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings (2014).

He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1990 as a Stone Scholar, where he received the Wertheimer Prize for labor law and served as Editor-in-chief of the Colum. J.L. Soc. Probs. He graduated from Yale College, cum laude in 1983.

He is admitted to New York State Bar, the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits.

-Co-author New York law annotation, Family Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons (Thompson Reuters 2d ed. 2013)
-New Derivatives Agreement Differs from Bankers Trust, Nat'l L.J., March 1995
-Arbitrability of ADEA Claims, Colm. J.L. & Soc. Probs., Fall 1989

Nancy A. Murphy


Nancy is a partner of the firm and represents individuals in connection with matrimonial matters and across a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions and trust and estate matters. Nancy has extensive experience advising domestic and international individuals in connection with pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Nancy joined the firm in 2004. Prior to joining the firm, Nancy worked in the bank finance and corporate departments at Shearman & Sterling (1997-2002). She then went on to obtain a masters degree in social work at New York University in 2004.

Nancy is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (JD, cum laude, 1997, and Bucknell University, B.S.B.A, 1993.

Bar Admissions: State of New York, City of New York
  • University of Michigan Law School
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1997

Alan S. Rabinowitz


New York, 1998

-Fordham University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1996
-Princeton University, A.B., 1990

Associations and memberships:
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Fordham University
    Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude , 1996

Mary E. Rober


Mary Beth, who joined the firm in 2003 and now serves as Counsel, has developed a significant concentration in complex financial matrimonial cases involving high net worth individuals. She has also represented wealthy individuals and trusts in estate and family-related matters, and lectured on various legal and financial topics in China.

Mary Beth is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (JD, 2000), where she served on the Michigan Journal of International Law. Mary Beth did
undergraduate studies in Economics and French at the University of Notre Dame (BA, summa cum laude, 1997), during which time she was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon.

Mary Beth is a member of the Illinois and New York state bars, and was admitted to the U.S. District Court for both the eastern and southern districts of New York. She is also a member of the New York State and American Bar
Associations, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

-Illinois, 2001
-New York, 2003

-University of Michigan, J.D., 2000
-University of Notre Dame, B.A., summa cum laude, 1997


Biographical details:
-Phi Beta Kappa
-Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • University of Michigan
    Juris Doctorate , 2000

John M. Teitler


Serving as lead trial counsel in the firm, John represents wealthy individuals, trusts, and institutions in matrimonial, estate and family-related litigation. John also represents entrepreneurs and businesses in commercial litigation in the state and federal courts.

John, who joined the firm in 1996, began his career in the litigation department of Sherman & Sterling (1990-96) and spent a year as a Shearman & Sterling Fellow serving as Special Trial Counsel to the New York City Corporation Counsel's Office.

He has extensive experience and familiarity with complex business valuation issues involving hedge funds, private equity and investment firms, professional practices, and other financial interests. John's extensive trial experience, and role as lead counsel in some of the largest and most complex matrimonial matters in the country, have earned him a reputation as one of the most financially sophisticated lawyers practicing in the matrimonial area. His reputation and skills often allow him to achieve his client's objectives through negotiation and without the need to resort to the courts.

John has represented clients in various family law and estate matters in New York and elsewhere in the United States, and has advised clients relating to matters in many non-U.S. jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Hong Kong, China, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, the Cayman Islands, and other jurisdictions.

John also provides non-litigation advice to individuals and families on a broad array on issues, including estate matters, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, art law, and asset purchases and sales both domestically and abroad.

He has been repeatedly recognized as a "Super Lawyer," and has been elected as a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. John is a former member of the Matrimonial Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He frequently lectures on the intersection of family law and trust law, and recently contributed a chapter on New York law to the international treatise Family Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons.

John is the third generation of his family to act as a partner of the firm, and now leads the firm together with his father Michael F. Teitler.

John is a graduate of St. John's University, J.D., 1990, and Denison University, B.A., 1987.
  • St. John's University
    Juris Doctorate , 1990

Michael F. Teitler


Michael Teitler founded the firm with his late father, Samuel Teitler, in 1963, and now leads the firm with his son John Teitler, who became a partner in 1996.

Michael Teitler represents wealthy individuals and families in personal legal matters, focusing on divorce and estate issues, and in matters and controversies involving their business and commercial and financial interests. He has extensive experience advising clients on these and other complex financial issues. He places great emphasis on negotiated resolutions of disputes whenever possible and achieves successful outcomes through the application of the full resources of the firm when recourse to litigation proves to be necessary.

A Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, with long-term service on City and State bar association committees, Michael was a principal draftsman of New York's Health Care Proxy statute. He also litigates and has lectured extensively on incapacity issues; his detailed living will forms are widely published and adopted by the profession.

In 2000 Michael served as the Administrator, New York County Independent Judicial Selection Panel. He is a 1955 graduate of Brooklyn Law School.

Michael has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Associations and memberships:
-The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member, Committees on: Aeronautics, 1968 - 1971; Trusts, Estates and Surrogates Courts, 1978 - 1981; 1997 - 1998)
-New York State (Member, Executive Committee, Trusts and Estates Law Section, 1987 - 1991; Chair, Committee on Persons Under Disability, 1984 - 1987; Member: Committee on Health Law, 1986 - 1991; Special Committee on the Judicial System, 1992 - 1995; Committee on Judicial Administration, 1995 - 1998) and American Bar Associations

Jaime L. Weiss


Jaime has been practicing law for more than twenty years having started her career as a commercial litigator at Parker Chapin LLP (nowTroutman Sanders LLP) before focusing full time on family law as part of the family law department of Hogan & Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells). Jaime has continued her focus on family law since joining Teitler & Teitler in 2007. Jaime's background and training as a large firm litigator gives her a unique understanding of the financial complexities that exist in matrimonial matters.

Jaime's practice includes the negotiation of separation and settlement agreements, the negotiation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, child support and custody matters, Hague matters, and international family law matters. Jaime has represented clients in international matters with international law issues including the enforceability of foreign pre-nuptial agreements and separate property regime agreements. When necessary, Jaime litigates matrimonial and family law matters at the trial court and appellate court levels. Jaime is particularly attuned to the fact that matrimonial clients are dealing with one of the most stressful times in their lives, and is particularly focused on responding sensitively and timely to clients' needs. Jaime strives to guide clients to reasonable resolutions of their matters and to handle cases efficiently.

Jaime graduated from Cornell University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she was the business editor of the Law Review. In addition to her legal practice, Jaime is a well-respected adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she teaches a course entitled "Equitable Distribution." In addition, Jaime is on Cardozo's Family Law Advisory Board. She has also served on the New York City Bar Association's Matrimonial Law Committee and is an active member of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

New York and U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1992

-Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1992
-Cornell University, B.S., 1989

Associations and memberships:
-Bar Association of the City of New York (Member, Matrimonial Committee, 2003 - 2006)
-New York State (Member: Family Law Section, Lecturer for New York State Bar) Bar Association

Biographical details:
-Business Editor, Benjamin N. Cardozo Law Review, 1991 - 1992
-Adjunct Professor: "Equitable Distribution," Family Law Advisory Committee, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Pro Bono work for Sanctuary for Families.
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1992