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Susan Chana Lask

Divorce and separation Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1989
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    I handle complicated, high-end divorces with child custody issues.

    36 years

  2. Appeals
    I handle all Federal and State civil and criminal appeals. I am admitted to and practice in the highest State and Federal appellate Courts in New York, and admitted to New Jersey and Pennsylvania's highest Federal appeallate court, the Third Circuit.

    36 years

  3. Civil rights
    In 2008 and 2009, I am the first attorney to have won class action certification and a summary judgment decision against two NJ County Prisons that during the initial processing they are unconstitutionally blanket strip searching people arrested for minor infractions like traffic tickets. I continue to file class action civil rights cases in all areas, including custodial parents' rights.

    36 years

  4. Criminal defense
    I successfully defended clients in high profile criminal felony and misdemeanor cases.

    36 years

If you want a tenacious, brilliant legal scholar and strategist on your side, then I'm your lawyer.

I had the ultimate honor of the United States Supreme Court accepting my civil rights case in Florence v Burlington County et al.    My work  led to a United States Supreme Court decision providing more robust protections for prison reform. 

In 2018, I changed over 25 years of legal precedent for employee rights under Title VII in New York's Federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Christiansen v Omnicom (Anonymous v Omnicom).  Chief Justice Katzmann's concurring opinion agreed with me that their law needed to be reversed, which occured soon after.

My clients include Judges, Senators, Assembly Members, Mayors and local council members. I have been called on to provide my skills to the Department of Justice and numerous Attorneys General.

My cases garnered the support of 128 Members of Congress, the ACLU, Attorneys General and former State Supreme Court Judges, to name a few.

In between my busy litigation and appeals schedule, I volunteer my legal skills to animal shelters, rescues and legislators nationwide to protect the welfare of dogs and help shut down Puppy Mills.  

I also volunteer my time drafting legislation and bills for Senators and Assemblymen in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere for civil rights , family law and animal rights causes.  

Some of my sommendation letters and awards from United States Assemblyman and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings and others are at  

My purpose is to bring positive changes in people's lives, and create a better operating and more fair court system for everyone.  In a word-justice!

Photos and videos

Susan Chana Lask Represents BasketBall Star Kris Humphries' Girlfriend  Myla Synaj in the Kim Kardashian Divorce
Susan Chana Lask on the Today Show Discussing the Tom Cruise Divorce
Susan Chana Lask Wins Civil Rights Case and Appears before the United States Supreme Court
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Law Offices of Susan Chana Lask
244 Fifth Avenue, #2369
New York, NY, 10001

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Posted by Jean | March 30, 2024
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Highly Ethical and High-Powered Attorney
Susan Chana Lask is a brilliant, driven attorney with a heart. She is laser focused on details and strategy, which she used to put my divorce case back on track over a holiday weekend. She accomplished what 4 previous attorneys couldn’t do in 5 years. She is passionate in her work, and patiently explained the careful research she did that led to immediate results. I highly recommend this highly ethical and high-powered attorney.
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Posted by Gail | November 9, 2023
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Susan Chana Lask is the ultimate high-powered attorney. She does more than any lawyer. She is hardworking, loyal and gets the job done. She always returned my calls and explained the law to me. Whenever I needed her, she was there. She is an attorney that really cares about her clients and their cases.
Posted by Joan | November 6, 2023
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Great lawyer
Susan Chana Lask has now become my hero! She is a high-profile litigator with over 34 years of experience who to my delight has taken on my complex federal first amendment rights case to fight for animal rights! Her motto is “no soul suffers” and she lives by that for people and animals alike. She always communicates with me about my case, has exceptional legal knowledge and research and writing skills and is ethical and passionate about the law. I am thankful for her and so happy this warrior is on this earth to fight tirelessly for those that need her.
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Posted by Arlene | November 6, 2023
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Extremely Ethical
Susan Chana Lask is honest, ethical and the most professional lawyer l have ever used. She informed me on every aspect of my case involving a massive charity fraud. She always communicated with me directly, and was passionate about her work. Her research and writing is superlative. Her devotion for justice served makes her the ultimate lawyer. I think so highly of Ms Lask and am thankful she is my attorney.
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Posted by Rubi | July 10, 2023
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I recently called Susan over a holiday weekend for a legal case involving property damage and federal law. She immediately responded. Susan explained everything so I understood my rights, answered all of my questions and went above and beyond what I expected. She is extremely ethical and professional. I highly recommend her. She is passionate about the law and knows it like no one's business.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2023
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Susan gets to the heart of the matter and fights for what is right!
Susan Chana Lask represented me in a complicated federal commercial matter. She perseveres for her client's best interests, no matter what obstacles arose, and she obtained exactly the results I hired her for. I always felt in the loop with what was going on because she kept me up-to-date with her progress and explained her legal research findings. Along with her strong ethics and outstanding legal experience, Susan is very respected within her vast network of contacts that are willing to help, which no ordinary attorney has and is extremely valuable in various aspects of a case. But out of all her incomparable qualities, Susan has a deep level of compassion where she really cares about the client as a human being and wants to make things right. I highly recommend her for any case.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2023
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Ethical and Tenacious - A True Winner
In a legal world where folks are often vulnerable and confused, Susan Chana Lask is a beacon of justice, accomplishment, and integrity. Susan represented me in a complex divorce and custody case and achieved great results quickly and efficiently because of her unmatched experience. She is honest, ethical and passionate about her clients and cases. Her research, writing and advocacy skills are matched by her passion for the law and compassion for her clients. It's no wonder that she is a high profile and high powered attorney. I admire Susan as a lawyer and as an incredible human being. I highly endorse Susan Chana Lask for any legal matter as she will fight for your rights.
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Posted by Chip | March 29, 2022
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Couldn’t find better
Susan is professional, honest and more ethical than any attorney I've known. I run a business for over 30 years and, like any business, I have used attorneys, but no one compares to the professional and brilliant legal services that Susan provides. She is passionate about her work, treats her clients like family and she always communicates. Her reputation for being a high-powered attorney who knows the law precedes her. I highly recommend Susan Chana Lask.
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Posted by Marie | March 27, 2022
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“Susan is a high-powered lawyer”
When me and my husband needed an attorney, Susan Chana Lask was there for us! Her legal research and writing skills are the best. She always communicates by phone and emails and returns our calls. She is a highly ethical, professional and honest attorney who treats you with respect, and ever thing she says is correct about the law.
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Posted by Giuseppe | March 27, 2022
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Best Attorney Ever!
Her knowledge of the law, legal research and writing skills coupled with her honesty and being the penultimate professional make her a powerhouse you'd be lucky to have on your side. After going through several attorneys in my family's case, we won once Susan was retained. She's the real deal.
Posted by Amy | March 27, 2022
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Susan is a Winner!
After years of being in litigation, Susan is the first lawyer who actually cared about me and my case. She is 100% HONEST, professional and passionate. She is not afraid to call out the injustices by other lawyers, as my case was a legal malpractice against another attorney. She called me immediately when no other lawyer returned calls. Her writing is precise and professional. I was amazed by her research and citing case law to support my position. She was relentless until she won my case.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2021
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Employment law
Attorney Susan Chana Lask demonstrated the breadth of her legal expertise and knowledge when I hired her to represent me in a particularly difficult employment law matter. This was a very emotional issue for me but I appreciated Susan's approach, she was extremely straightforward and professional. She explained the legal process to me in a way that was easy for a novice to understand, but she was not at all dismissive. An undeniable quality of Susan's is that she has a great ability to see the big picture on cases. She did a lot of research for our case and has great analytical skills. I felt understood and supported throughout the process. I recommend her 100%.
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Posted by Vanessa | September 5, 2021
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High Power Attorney is an underestimation of the dedication, determination and conclusion provided by Susan Chana Lask esq. Susan's knowledge and abiity along with her experience cannot be defined. I contacted Ms. Lask July of 2021 because I was distraught after a property manager where I live had harassed and threatened both me and my dog with an eviction. I initially consulted with another law firm, but I did not receive an adequate response or outcome. Then I googled "hire power attorney " and Susan Chana Lask, name appeared. I provided the website with information pertaining to my issue and I must tell you and I am not exaggerating, as soon as I press send, my cellular phone rang and it was Susan herself, not staff not a receptionist, it was Susan Chana Lask esq on the other end. From that day forward Ms. Lask send out multiple emails, made many phone calls and submitted documents to the office of the property manager's attorney and she keep me abreast of all correspondence. In the end Ms. Lask resolved my issue, saved me from any pending litigation and she restored peace to my home.
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Posted by Linda | January 3, 2018
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She settled my case when no lawyer could!
Susan is a passionate lawyer. She is fierce and will get you results! I am very happy to have met her as she quickly resolved my case in a matter of days when no-one else would help for 4 years! I highly recommend her for any case.
Posted by Rebecca | November 18, 2017
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Stepped up when no other lawyer would!
Susan Chana Lask stepped up for my case when no lawyer in our area did. She worked non-stop from Friday until Tuesday to help me stop the town ZBA from approving two special use permits. One allowing a man who plead guilty to two counds of animal cruelty in PA from selling 500 puppies from his newly built home and one allowing his son to have 50-75 breeding females on the same property. When everyone said it could not be done, she said it could. She said that nobody who abuses animals/pleads guilty/is shut down in one state should be allowed to "walk from one state to another to continue selling lives" She mobilized people and the media. The permits were withdrawn and these unscrupulous breeders are outed thanks to Susan Chana Lask!
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Posted by Rene | September 19, 2016
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in Good Hands !!!
I have been very fortunate to have acquired the excellent legal services of Susan Chana Lask, Esq. in my foreclosure case. I can not ask for a more responsive and knowledgable representation. Her effective arguments and ardent writings have made a big difference in my case and given me the confidence of an auspicious outcome. Rene Washingtonville, NY.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2015
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Amazing lawyer. Incredible human.
When no lawyer would take my case, Susan did. The truth was on my side, but the law: not so much. It was an uphill battle, but she gladly took it on. Because to Susan, it’s about more than what the law says. It’s about finding an angle and fighting for what’s right. No matter the odds. She wields a mastery of the law that keeps her ten steps ahead of her opponents. When one door closes, she finds three windows. Or, just kicks it down. And every move she makes has your best interests in mind. How? Because she takes the time to understand your interests beyond your case. Who you are. What you’re about. So she never operates outside of your comfort zone, and can better prepare you for when things get stressful. To sum it up, Susan is the best of both worlds: A kick-ass lawyer you can count on, and a caring person who’s there for you. A bazooka with a bedside manner. It’s easy to find a lawyer to take your case. But, if you want a lawyer who will make your case their own, Susan is the one.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2015
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Devoted Advocate and Fearless Fighter
There are times when you need the best. Susan Lask is a fearless fighter and devoted advocate. There is no one else whom I feel is competent enough to protect the most private details of my life and career. Results are guaranteed with her as she is honest and straight forward from the start.
Posted by Rosemarie | January 30, 2013
My Legal Pit Bull!
Ms.Susan Lask listens and takes your case and fights like it is her own! Very personable,professional and explains each step thoroughly! Ms.Lask understood our problem and explained the legal process thoroughly step by step. She promptly responds to all calls and Emails. To this day she is available to my family and I. Ms. Lask is an Attorney that I highly recommend to anyone that needs *an attorney that cares, and fights for you! I refer to Ms Lask as "A LEGAL PITBULL" . Happy she is in my corner!
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Posted by Susan | January 26, 2013
Client review for Susan Chana Lask
Ms Lask is a professional, I am a current client and I wouldn't want anyone else to watch my back. I am hoping that she wins my case, but regardless of the outcome she has proved to put 100% of her knowledge into it.
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Work Experience

  • Law Clerk in Commercial Real Estate/Litigation Department
  • Kramer, Levin, Nessen, Kamin & Frankel
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Law Clerk in Hazardous Waste Complex Litigation
  • Rivkin, Radler, Dunne & Bayh
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Law Clerk to Counsel filing actions against Unethical Lawyers
  • California Supreme Court Disciplinary Department
  • 1984 - 1985


  • Arcadia University-Temple University
  • M.A.H
  • 1983
  • Arcadia University-Temple University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Campbell v. Baum, MERS, et. Al., New York EDNY Case No.: 10 cv-03800
  • Lask settled the case for her client, saved her home and shut down the fraudulent foreclosure mill
  • Anonymous v Omnicom Group, Inc., 852 F3d 195 [2d Cir 2017]
  • After Lask won the appeal, the case settled in her client's favor.
  • Makinen v Sanofi-Aventis, (SDNY, 2006)
  • In exactly one year, Lask won the case by going the FDA's support, which ordered all prescription sleeping pill manufactures to provided the exact warnings Lask's lawsuit demanded.
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  • New York State Continuing Education Legal Board
  • Accredited Course Lecturer
  • 2009 - Present
  • Association of Arbitrators of the Civil Court of the City of New York
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lorman Education Services for Attorneys
  • Faculty Lecturer on Police Liability/Civil Rights
  • 2012 - 2012
  • State of NY Surrogate Decision Making Commitee
  • Appointed in a Quasi-Judicial position
  • 1995 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Citizens Heroe's Award-Saved the lives of car crash fire victims
  • Mayor of Edgewater, NJ
  • 1995


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Appeals Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Lask is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely capable attorney committed to providing highest quality representation to her clients. I endorse her without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse Ms. Lask. I have worked with her on several cases, and sought her valued opinion regarding other matters. She is always timely, knowledgeable and professional. I value her opinion and litigation expertise immensely. It is without hesitation that I endorse her."
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