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Yakov Pyetranker

Divorce and separation Attorney at Stamford, CT

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Jacob Pyetranker

Licensed for 16 years

About Yakov

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Jacob has tried numerous family matters to conclusion, ranging from highly contested custody litigation to cases involving complex valuation issues. He has gained experience in many of the varied aspects of family law.

Jacob has also developed a skill set in the appellate arena, briefing and arguing cases before Connecticut's appellate courts, such as McKenna v. Delente, 123 Conn. App. 137 (2010) (co-author on brief), Brown v. Brown, 132 Conn. App. 30 (2011) (co-author on brief), Keller v. Keller, 141 Conn. App. 681 (2013) (co-author on brief), Pryor v. Pryor, 162 Conn. App. 451 (2016) (argued and co-author on brief), Weyer v. Weyer, 164 Conn. App. 734 (2016) (co-author on brief).

In 2017, Jacob briefed Chang v. Chang, 170 Conn. App. 822, cert. denied, 325 Conn. 910 (2017), which affirmed the client's successful claim at trial that the parties' premarital agreement was invalid.

In 2018, in Keusch v. Keusch, 184 Conn. App. 822 (2018), Jacob briefed and argued the finer points of setting and modifying child support pursuant to Connecticut's child support guidelines.

In Krahel v. Czoch, 186 Conn. App. 22, cert. denied, 330 Conn. 958 (2018), Jacob briefed and argued for a successful outcome affirming the trial court's sanction of testimonial preclusion based on the husband's failure to disclose important financial information and documents.

In 2019, Jacob briefed and argued Oudheusden v. Oudheusden, 190 Conn. App. 169, cert. granted, 332 Conn. 911 (2019). The decision represents a sea change in Connecticut law on "double dipping." Next year, the Supreme Court will weigh in.

In 2019, Jacob briefed and argued Barber v. Barber, 193 Conn. App. 190 (2019). Although the Appellate Court was constrained to dismiss his client's cross appeal on mootness grounds, Jacob successfully defended the trial court's favorable rulings from attack in the main appeal.

Jacob has practiced matrimonial law exclusively from the start of his legal career in 2007, alongside attorneys widely considered to be the best trial lawyers in Connecticut and legends of the matrimonial bar.

Jacob is a graduate of Fordham University. He earned his juris doctor degree at St. John’s University School of Law in 2006. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and the District of Columbia. Prior to attending law school, Jacob obtained a master’s degree in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. After graduating from law school, Jacob served as a legal research clerk for the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court.

Jacob is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Fairfield County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He was selected as a Super Lawyers® Connecticut Rising Star for 2013, and every year since. He was selected for a 2016 Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of Connecticut by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. He also volunteers his time as a court-appointed special master in the Stamford Superior Court for family law cases.

In 2017, Jacob presented on “Custody Evaluations: Understanding the Tools and Challenging the Report,” for the National Business Institute’s seminar on Advanced Custody and Support Issues. Jacob also published, with co-author Alexander J. Cuda, Esq., an article on May 12, 2017 in the Connecticut Law Tribune, “Court Time Is Valuable – Don’t Waste It.” In 2018, Jacob participated in a presentation at the Fairfield County Bar Association concerning the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in O'Brien v. O'Brien.

Licensed for 16 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 06/08/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/17/2022
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 01/31/2023

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Pyetranker, P.C.
1111 Summer Street
3rd Floor
Stamford, CT, 06905


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Posted by Gary | May 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I couldn't recommend a better lawyer. Yakov was always responsive to my calls and emails. He made himself readily available. He is knowledgeable and thorough. His professionalism was second to none. While my divorce process was long, Yakov took care to advise me of my options and allow me to make my own decisions based on his advice.
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Posted by Scott | May 6, 2016
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Jacob made me feel like he understood exactly what I was going through. He worked tirelessly on my behalf and is very knowledgeable in family law. His ability to stay a step ahead of opposing counsel was incredible. Jacob is an extremely intelligent attorney who worked extremely hard and that is what made the difference in my case.
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Posted by Sean | March 25, 2016
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Gets Better Every Day!!!!
Mr Pyetranker calmed me down and walked me through a chaotic time of my life. We reached a fair and calm settlement at a time when I was certain the outcome would just add fuel to the fire. I feel very blessed to be where I am today!!!


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Work Experience

  • Member
  • Pyetranker, P.C.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Cohen & Pyetranker, P.C.
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Law Office of Thomas M. Shanley, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Gary I. Cohen, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Wayne D. Effron, P.C.
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Marvin, Ferro, Barndollar & Roberts, LLC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Clerk
  • Connecticut Superior Court
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • St. John's University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • New School for Social Research
  • MA - Masters
  • 2003
  • Fordham University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001


  • Connecticur Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2013
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  • New York International Law Review, New York State Bar Association
  • Intertec Contra. A/S v. Turner Steiner Int'l, S.A.
  • 2005
  • New York Criminal Law Newsletter (NYSBA)
  • Juvenile Capital Punishment
  • 2005
  • The Owl of Minerva
  • Simpson's Hegel's Transcendental Induction
  • 2004
  • Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal
  • Hegel's Transcendental Induction
  • 2004
  • Pragmatism in the 21st Century
  • Is Kantian Pragmatism Kantian?
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Custody Seminar (Mental Issues)
  • Personality Disorders (with Wayne D. Effron)
  • 2012
  • Effective Use of Financial and Custodial Experts
  • Law of Experts (with Wayne D. Effron)
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Yakov
Family Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Yakov is a very dedicated and hard-working attorney who possesses a fund of knowledge. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jacob is diligent and always extremely well prepared. He has a commanding presence in court. I would trust him to represent me in any matter, if needed."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Yakov is an extremely competent family lawyer whose knowledge of the law and ability to weave same into compelling arguments before the Court sets him aside from the "norm". Yakov is also distinguished by his obvious compassion and care in achieving a just and proper result for his clientele."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Stamford Divorce and separation Lawyer Yakov Pyetranker
Yakov Pyetranker
Divorce and separation Attorney
Stamford, CT
Licensed for 16 years