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David Centeno

David Centeno

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Criminal Defense

About Me

My name is David Centeno and I
was born and raised in New York City. Today, I am proud to serve as a
divorce and criminal defense lawyer for people like you, throughout New York State. I use my
experience to help you get through your NY divorce or criminal matter, both of which can be very
stressful times.

I am not just a NY divorce lawyer — I am a NY
family man. As a husband and father, I know and appreciate the value of
family. I understand what you have at stake and will work hard to
protect you and your family through this highly emotional legal process.


I also have extensive criminal defense experience and put my hard-earned skills to work to aggressively protect your freedom.


After graduating from New York
University, I attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, located in
New York City. I obtained my Juris Doctorate from Cardozo and was
admitted to practice law that same year. I concentrate on a variety of
family and criminal law issues.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Italian

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Divorce & Separation: 90%
    9 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    9 years



Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

18 total 

  • Hector Benjamin Perez

    I've known attorney David Centeno for years. He is a bright, conscientious lawyer who provides great service. He knows how to get the job done. I recommend him highly.


    Hector Perez Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • J. Richard Kulerski

    David Centeno is a true professional and I wholeheartedly endorse his work. David has an excellent reputation and is well regarded on a national level for the wonderful support and legal guidance he provides to those in need. He cares about people and it shows. David Centeno gets all five stars.


    J. Kulerski Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


NYCurrently registered 200603/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Lead Counsel RatedLead Counsel2013
Notable Legal BlogBlog Catalog2011
Top New York Matrimonial LawyerArrive Magazine2011
Editorial AwardNew York Divorce News2011
Top New York Divorce Lawyer 2011Arrive Magazine2011
Top New York Lawyer 2011Arrive Magazine2011
Author AwardNew York Divorce News2011
Quality Legal BlogBlog Advisor2010
Top Legal BlogBlog Guide2010
Notable Legal BlogBlog Report2010
Notable Legal BlogBlog Catalog2010
Top Divorce Law BloggerLegal Blog Ratings2010
Excellent Divorce Law BlogBlog Catalog2010
Excellent Divorce Law BlogBlog Catalog2009
Leadership Excellence AwardBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law2005
EditorCardozo Public Policy and Ethics Journal2004

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
FounderDavid Centeno Law, PC2009 - Present
AttorneyBear Stearns, Inc.2005 - 2008
FellowCriminal Law Clinic2004 - 2005
Judicial ClerkSupreme Court of the State of New York2003 - 2004
InternThe Law Office of Michael W. Goldstein2003 - 2005

Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York Bar FoundationMember2011 - Present
United States District Court - Southern DistrictAdmitted into Federal Practice2010 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Civil Practice Law and Rules CommitteeMember2009 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2008 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkN/A2006 - Present
New York State Supreme Court BarMember2006 - Present
Matrimonial Lawyers AllianceN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Must Get Divorced Before Marriage DateDivorce
Spouse's Whereabouts UnknownDivorce
Separation Agreement Before DeploymentLegal Separation

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Publication NameTitleDate
The Huffington PostHuffington Post Contributor2013
The Huffington PostHuffington Post Contributor2013
New York Divorce NewsAuthor2012 ArticleNew York No Fault Divorce2012
New York No-Fault Divorce BlogNew York No-Fault Divorce2011
New York Divorce NewsAuthor2011
New York Divorce NewsNew York Divorce News2011
New York Uncontested Divorce BlogNew York Uncontested Divorce Blog2011
New York Divorce Lawyer BlogDivorce How To2010
New York Divorce BlogNew York No Fault Divorce has Finally Arrived!2010
New York Divorce Attorney BlogHow Long Does a New York Uncontested Divorce Take?2009

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Columbia UniversityN/AN/A2002
New York UniversityPre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
The Browning SchoolHigh SchoolHigh School1997

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
New York Divorce SeminarThe Ins and Outs of New York Divorce2012
New York Divorce ConferenceNew York No-Fault Divorce2011
Divorce ConferenceDon't Know Where Your Spouse Is - Publication Divorce2011
Divorce ConferenceNew York No-Fault Divorce2011
Divorce ConferenceUncontested Divorce2010
Divorce and Family Law IssuesPrenups2010
New York City Divorce Information ConferenceNew York Uncontested Divorce2009