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Neil’s length of experience practicing Family Law for over 30 years is eclipsed only by his over 45 years as a musician and guitar player. The focus of his law practice encompasses divorce and property distribution, custody and visitation, and support related matters. He is trained as a collaborative lawyer and is one of the only New York members of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (of which he has been a fellow since 1988) to focus on alternate dispute resolution. Never known as a “conventional lawyer”, he is especially proud of his reputation of not only settling virtually all of his cases, even those where litigation has been necessary, but also of being one of the “go to” Westchester County divorce lawyers for his rare understanding of both computers and financial issues and using this knowledge to craft creative settlements. And if you ask him to recite the lyrics to almost any song from the 60s and 70s, he probably will.
In addition to his AAML fellowship, he has been Chair of the Family Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section, and Chair of the Committee on Ethical Practices of the American Bar Association Family Law Section.
Fredman is a lifelong resident of Westchester County, graduating from White Plains High School in 1969. He obtained a B.S. from Cornell University in 1973, and graduated from Fordham Law School in 1977. He is married to Michelle Wertheimer Fredman, Esq. for over 30 years and has two adult children. As a lifelong guitarist and musician, he played publicly as early as 1966, when his band placed second in the Eastview School Battle of the Bands, in college, where he was ½ of the duo Twelve Foot 8, which played and recorded around Cornell University, to the present, where he and Michele play frequently as part of their synagogue’s Friday evening band.
Fredman was a partner at Fink Weinberger, PC, in White Plains and NYC, prior to joining with Scheinkman, Fredman & Kosan, LLP in 1993, which became Fredman & Kosan, LLP in 1998, and Fredman, Baken & Kosan, LLP in 2009.
Fredman has been named as one of Westchester County’s Family Law “Super Lawyers”, a peer-reviewed designation since 2007, and was named one of its “Top 25” Westchester Area Super Lawyers in 2007, and has held the Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating for over 15 years.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2007|
|Partner||Fredman Baken & Kosan LLP||2009 - Present|
|Partner||Fredman & Kosan LLP||1998 - 2008|
|Partner||Scheinkman, Fredman & Kosan LLP||1993 - 1997|
|Partner||Fink, Weinberger, Fredman, Berman, Lowell & Fensterheim||1977 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Westchester County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Chair||2004 - 2006|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Secretary||1990 - 2000|
|New York State Bar Association||Member, Executive Committee||1980 - 1995|
|Leveraging With Legal Assistants||Chapter 12, Domestic Relations||1993|
|Fordham University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations||ILR||BS - Bachelor of Science||1973|
|American Bar Association, Family Law Section||Wiretapping||1993|