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Rong Tao Kohtz
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Rong Tao Kohtz

Practice areas:

Family, Divorce & Separation, International Law, Immigration

About Me

 A family lawyer based in New York City, I deliver a full range of family law services -- from simple uncontested divorces to complex property distribution, high-conflict custody and parenting disputes.


I am dedicated to the highest standards of excellence, professionalism and integrity of the legal profession, and have a long term commitment to caring for the legal rights and welfare of women and children.


My goal, always, is to advise clients in an informed and sensible manner, while remaining empathetic to the struggles and pain that are often unavoidable when resolving complex family conflicts.  I know that my clients are going through a difficult time.  Through thoughtful consideration and drawing on my experience in resolving family law matters, I hope to provide the best results possible, and deliver my clients with optimism and confidence to their new lives.


Since 2004, I have represented and advised hundreds of clients in family law matters involving over 40 countries.  Having successfully argued, tried, or settled numerous highly contested cases in New York State courts, my clients can be confident that I will provide them with the highest quality of sophisticated legal advice, and that their cases will be handled with care and attention to every detail.  In addition, I have counseled, advised, and/or collaborated with many attorneys in different states of the United States and in foreign countries, so that if you already have a lawyer or are in a jurisdiction outside of New York, I will be happy to offer my services to facilitate resolution of complex international or immigration issues involved in your case.


 I offer expertise in:


 




    • Family law proceedings in New York State Supreme Court and Family Court

    • International family law dispute resolution and litigation

    • International child custody, visitation, and suppor

    • Protection of domestic violence victims

    • Immigration services for migratory professionals and families

    • Private client practice



 


My J.D. and L.L.M. degrees were awarded by Columbia University School of Law, New York, New York.  I also have earned a Master of Law from Peking (Beijing) University School of Law, China.  My family law experience started from 1996 at the Center for Women’s Law and Legal Services of Peking University, the first Chinese non-governmental legal aid service for women highly praised by Ms. Hillary Clinton in her memoir.  My legal career continued in one of the largest international law firms in the world.  I established my own practice in April, 2004.


 

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Languages Spoken: Mandarin, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Divorce & Separation: 35%
    12 years
  2. Family: 35%
    12 years
  3. International Law: 20%
    12 years
  4. Immigration: 10%
    12 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($400-450/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Pro Bono (5%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Jerome A Wisselman

    I endorse this lawyer. Rong is very thorough in her approach towards representing her client and at the same time very professional with her adversary. We dealt with one another on an extremely difficult case yet we were able to work together to get our clients through to a resolution. This took having the requisite knowledge to deal with the issues, an ability to balance the emotions of the case with the more objective aspects, and respect for each other's positions. I strongly endorse Rong in handling custody and all family law matters.

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    Jerome Wisselman Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Law Offices of Rong T. Kohtz

30 Wall Street 8th Floor
New York, NY, 10005-3817

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 200403/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Empire State CounselNew York State Bar Association2015
Best Judicial Enforcement Provider (International)New York Law Journal2013
Best Judicial Enforcement Provider (International)New York Law Journal2012

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Rong T. Kohtz2004 - Present
AssociateClifford Chance Us, LLP2000 - 2003

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Women's Bar Association of the State of New YorkMember2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Bailey-Huang v. Huang, NYLJ 1202581890670, at *1 (Sup., NY, 2012)Represented the mother. New York court denied the father's motion to dismiss the action, and ruled Chinese divorce judgment was unenforceable in accordance to the Hague Service Convention. In favor of Plaintiff mother in all aspects
The Attorney General of Antiqua and Barbuda v. Michael Moore (Claim No. ANUHCV 2012/0124), Counsel for Applicant mother.Represented the mother. The father abducted the children. Under the Hauge and Inter-American conventions, the children were returned to the mother. In favor of Applicant mother in all aspects.
BNDA v. MGM, NYLJ 1202654480038, at 1 (Sup. SUF, Decided April 3, 2014)Represented the mother. The court denied the father's motion to dismiss, and awarded the mother maintenance, child support and property.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
New York Law JournalForum Non Conveniens in International Matrimonial Litigation2015
ABA International Law and Practice SectionThe Year In Review, International Law2014
New York Women's Bar Association Journal Vol. 16, 2005Spousal Support Obligation Under Immigration Law2005
Columbia Law Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 13, No. 2Employees' Property Rights in China's State-Owned Enterprise Reorganization2000

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Columbia University School of LawLawLL.M - Master of Laws1999
Peking University School of LawLawMA - Masters1998
Beijing Normal UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1995

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
International Families: Money, Children and Long Term PlanningEnforcement of Foreign Judgments in Family Law Matters in China2014
Chinese Family Forum, Shanghai, ChinaInternational Child Custody Jurisdiction Regimes: Hague Convention, Brussels II Regulation and the UCCJEA2014