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Samuel J. Ferrara is an executive partner and co-director of the Matrimonial Law department at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP.
Mr. Ferrara represents a variety of clients in a range of matrimonial and family law issues, as well as transactional, corporate and commercial matters. He has particular expertise with contested custody cases, high net worth cases and commercial transactions.
Mr. Ferrara counsels clients throughout all phases of the divorce and separation process, including custody/parental access disputes and support/property distribution issues. He also assists clients in resolving corporate and commercial issues. His experience includes transactional work such as buy/sell agreements for multimillion dollar entities and smaller, individual transactions. These include such issues as employment, shareholder and partnership agreements, licensure issues, and real estate and general business/corporate consultation.
A top litigator and negotiator, Mr. Ferrara was recently granted Fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, named one of the Top 10 Matrimonial and Family Attorneys Under the Age of 45, as well as being designated as a New York Super Lawyer in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012 and 2013, a distinction earned by only five percent of the lawyers in the New York metro area.
Mr. Ferrara presents numerous programs and/or teaches at various professional organizations on parent education, custody, parental access, property distribution, trial advocacy, appellate advocacy and ethics. He is also published in professional journals and newsletters. Mr. Ferrara is an adjunct Professor at Hofstra University.
He received his B.A. and M.A. from Boston University and his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. Mr. Ferrara is one of the directors of the Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness program (P.E.A.C.E.), Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), the American Bar Association, the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyer||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|
|Top 10 Matrimonial and Family Attorneys||Ten Leaders Program||N/A|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Member||2012 - Present|
|Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness Program||Director||N/A|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Nassau County Bar Association||Member, Judiciary Committee||N/A|
|Hofstra University School of Law||N/A||J.D.||N/A|
|Annual Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference||Mental Illness in the Family: Legal Issues and Challenges in Parenting Arrangements||2014|
|Matrimonial Trial Institute: Part II||Proving your Support Case||2012|
|Matrimonial Trial Institute I: Trial Techniques and Strategies||The Appointment and Use of Attorney for the Child||2012|
|Working with High Conflict and Violent Families: A Race with No Winners||Ethical Challenges for Family Lawyers in the 21st Century||2011|
|Practical Skills - Family Court Practice: Support, Family Offense Proceedings and Ethics||The Appointment and Use of Attorney for the Child||2011|
|Ninth Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations||Mental Health-Attorney Consultation in Child Custody Cases: From Witness Support to Testimony||2010|