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I am a native New Yorker.  Inherent therein is the ability to detect BS – yes, I said BS.  I think growing up in New York enhances an attorney’s ability to fight for their clients – after all, as the song goes – “If I can make it there I can make it anywhere”.  That is not to say that my life has not been colored by the various places I have lived – California and Washington, DC come to mind.  Spending a few years in California was a dream come true.  You see, I play guitar and write music and going to California is every want-to-be rock star’s dream.  I played in a band for five years after graduating college.  Working in a band taught me the value of teamwork and the philosophy that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.  Playing in a band also gave me the opportunity to perform for a crowd – something that definitely has assisted my ability as a trial attorney.  Knowing how to play to a crowd (or, in the case of being an attorney, a judge), is an unquantifiable benefit to both my clients and me.  After graduating law school, I moved to Washington, DC, our nation’s capital.

It was in Washington, DC that I was in the belly of the beast.  You could feel the behind-the-scenes deal-making in the air.  It was electric.  Anytime I visited a restaurant, I would pass the tables of Congressman, US Supreme Court justices, attorneys, and lobbyists all jockeying for position to voice their opinion on the latest bill, legislation, or case.  The electricity of deal-making charged my desire as an attorney – wanting to ensure that my clients’ voices were the ones being heard the loudest.

When I opened The Kepanis Law Firm in New York years ago, I realized I would be able to bring my ability to work with clients, perform for judges and ensure my client’s satisfaction with the results of their cases.  I have been fortunate in that, in addition to my clients, my legal expertise has only been recognized by the FOX News Channel, WPIX-11, RTTV, various radio outlets, and the Huffington Post.  I hope that reading this bio gave you a sense of the man behind the law firm.  Whether you are a professional athlete, stay at home parent, blue-collar, white-collar, or no-collar worker, The Kepanis Law Firm is the law firm that  puts you first.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 90%
    14 years
  2. Family: 10%
    14 years



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Contact info

The Kepanis Law Firm

5 Penn Plaza
23rd Floor
New York, NY, 10001


NYCurrently registered 200307/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 3 Divorce Law FirmLong Island Press2011
Long Island Legal EagleLong Island Pulse Magazine2009
Graduate with distinctionGeorgetown University Law Center2003
Conflict of Laws - Top GradeCalifornia Western School of Law2002
Graduate cum laudeCalifornia Western School of Law2002
Editor of Law ReviewCalifornia Western School of Law2001
Criminal Law - Top GradeCalifornia Western School of Law2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Kepanis Law Firm, P.C.2006 - Present
Associate AttorneyPrivate Law Firm 22004 - 2006
Associate AttorneyPrivate Law Firm2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Matter of J.W. v. M.Y. 2008 NY Slip Op 50553Court found in favor of Douglas Kepanis's client - the "trip log" was not "new evidence".
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Huffington PostDating as a Divorce Attorney2016
Documentary FilmDivorce Corp.2014
The Huffington PostI'm Pregnant, It's Not Yours...But You're the Father2013
Huffington PostRingmaster: Handling the Celebrity Divorce2011
Huffington PostThe NFL Lockout, Child Support and Visitation2011
Huffington PostDoes No Fault Divorce Require Fault?2011
Huffington PostMoving New York State Forward With the No-Fault Divorce BIll2010
Huffington PostThe Challenges of Child Custody2010
Huffington PostThe Recession & Divorce2010
Huffington PostDivorce 'Cents'2010
Long Island Business NewsFool for a Client2010
L.I. Woman MagazineGood Advice article on divorceN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterInternational & Comparative LawLL.M - Master of Laws2003
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
State University of New York, BinghamtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Divorce ForceWomen & Divorce2014
CNBC - Squawk on the StreetMost expensive divorce ever...?2013
WPIX-11 NewsFree Speech2011
RTTVDivorce and the Holidays2011
Good Day New YorkCreative Divorce2010
FOX News ChannelSister Wives2010
Parents Without PartnersDivorceN/A