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Rong Tao Kohtz

Family Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   15 reviews

About Rong

Learn Rong’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    60%
    All aspects of family law.

    17 years

  2. International law
    30%
    All aspects of private international law, including international family law, Hague Conventions and Inter-American Conventions.

    17 years

  3. Immigration
    10%
    All aspects of family, employment and investment based immigration and non-immigrant visa matters.

    17 years

Since 2004 I have had the privilege to assist some extraordinary people in their personal and family matters related to marriage, divorce, children, parents, family wealth and immigration.

  • I am a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, an exclusive association of practicing lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.
  • I am a member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network under the Office of Children's Issues at the U.S. Department of State.
  • The New York Law Journal named my firm, Law Offices of Rong T. Kohtz as one of the three Best Judicial Enforcement Providers (International) in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018.
  • I received my J.D. and L.L.M. from Columbia University Law School in New York City, where I was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.
  • I am a graduate of Peking (Beijing) University Law School, Beijing, China.

During my time in law schools, I worked on projects funded by the Ford Foundation to promote women's rights, social equality, constitutional democracy and rule of law in transitional societies in Asia and Eastern Europe. After working for some renowned international law firms in New York, Beijing, and Hong Kong, I established my own practice in New York City in 2004 and in 2016 I expanded my practice to Michigan, where my family now resides. For over a decade, I have represented clients from over 50 countries. I have litigated and tried high-impact international family law cases in federal and state courts in New York. I am frequently hired by U.S. and foreign law firms to consult or serve as expert in matters involving multinational litigation. I am a recognized expert in international family law, U.S. immigration law and Chinese family law. I have testified as an expert of international law, U.S. law, and Chinese law in various foreign country courts and U.S. courts.

My husband, Dr. Stave Kohtz and I are proud parents of three talented daughters. Our family cares about climate crisis, public education, gun violence, health care justice in rural America and many other social causes. At our free time, we enjoy postmodern and contemporary artwork, cooking, playing musical instruments, sailing and traveling around the world.

Licensed for 18 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2016
Updated 10/06/2022
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 2004
Updated 06/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Rong Kohtz
30 Wall Street
New York, NY, 10005
Law Offices of Rong T. Kohtz
2625 Denison Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI, 48858
Law Offices of Rong T. Kohtz
122 Uptown Drive
Suite 204
Bay City, MI, 48708
Law Offices of Rong T. Kohtz
203 S. Washington Avenue
Saginaw, MI, 48602
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Rong helped us with our immigration paperwork!
She was always willing to help, gave us the best advice and responded to our questions as soon as she can. We are very happy with how things went through!
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassion family lawyer understands client's need
It was a great experience working with Rong. Her working style is efficient and effective. She understood client's needs and provided solutions to the point in a very short time. Moreover, she's willing to go further to fight for her clients for the best results.
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advice
I have consulted with Rong Tao Kohtz a couple of times in the last 4 years. My case involved custody between parents living in different countries and was definitely quite complicated. She thoroughly reviewed the extensive documentation of my case beforehand and provided the best advice I could get. From my experience I would absolutely recommend her on international custody cases.
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Posted by Tom | March 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer who patiently explains every step
Rong helped my long separated SO get a divorce. The issues were complex as she had to deal with dual language issues and one party having a poor understanding of the US legal system. She is knowledgeable, an excellent communicator, and fairly priced.
Posted by Richard | March 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient and thorough.
I hired Ms. Kohtz to review a separation agreement that involves child custody terms regarding China trips. I also hired her to translate the document. She was efficient and has contacts with a Mainland China law firm.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Ms. Rong Kohtz is very helpful with my case, which involves laws from China and the US. I was very lucky to have Ms. Kohtz on my side. Not only she is very familiar with all related Chinese family laws, but also she helped to dig out many cases from China to backup my claim in the US. If your case involves family laws in China and the US, Kohtz should be your top choice. She is very professional and very dedicated. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Matt | January 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly professional and thorough
Rong was a quite fast, efficient, and saved me a more significant expenditure by focusing on how to maximize her hours. Highly recommended.
Posted by Kathy | August 8, 2015
Rong Tao Kohtz is a skilled and dedicated attorney who has extensive knowledge and experience.
Anyone facing the horror of a Hague legal battle would be very lucky to retain Rong Kohtz as an attorney. I know that it was a blessing for me to have found Rong. I contacted Rong Kohtz Law Office at the lowest point of my life, and within minutes of talking to Ms. Kohtz I felt better and knew I was in excellent hands. Her experience, honesty, and extensive knowledge helped me get back my child to Canada from New York. Ms. Kohtz dealt with my case with the utmost care and attention throughout the entire difficult process. The representation I received from Rong was that of a family rather than a law firm. Ms. Rong Kohtz was always available and immediately responded to any and all of my questions and concerns with a great deal of sensitivity and professionalism. Rong kept me updated about my case and informed of any communication she had with the opposite side. My case is emotional and financially difficult for me and my family and, Ms. Kohtz was also a strong believer in resolving my case in a “civil” way that could have led to settlement in a path of reconciliation with my child around both parents. However, she did not shy away from trial when necessary ensuring positive outcome getting my child back home. I am eternal grateful to Rong Kohtz, she is a wonderful person, and extremely knowledgeable attorney that worked hard and fast on my case. I highly recommend her! Kathy
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Posted by Vanja | January 27, 2015
Very efficient international divorce
Ms. Kohtz has provided very efficient service all throughout my divorce process. She has been very helpful in helping me understand different steps, fill out the proper paperwork and kept the other party updated. My divorce had an additional layer of complexity whereby my ex-spouse lived in another country. Ms. Kohtz made that completely transparent as well. Last but not least, Ms. Kohtz was very sensitive to the personal and painful nature of the divorce. I would definitely recommend Ms. Kohtz in all matters of family law!!
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Posted by Scott | November 2, 2014
International divorce/ child abduction case
Ms. Kohtz, I had a very difficult case which was multifaceted with several attorneys and transpacific complications. Ms Kohtz helped me navigate through a very tough legal system on all fronts. I am grateful for her skills and patience.
Posted by Virginia | October 30, 2014
I totally recommend ms Kohtz
Professional, courteous, efficient, she listened, called me back or emailed me back in prompted manner every time I had a question, she got my issue resolved without any worry on my part.
Posted by Fei | October 28, 2014
lawyer with great ethical standards
I called Ms. Kohtz for help when I was divorcing my American husband in South Carolina. I am Chinese. I was leaving for China and was fighting for the custody of my daughter. The local family lawyers are not quite familiar with Chinese legal system. I needed to consult someone who is good at both U.S. family laws and Chinese legal system. Ms. Kohtz is excellent in both areas. She wrote me a detailed expert opinion on why I should bring my daughter to China. Her expert opinion was praised highly by my local attorney. In addition, Ms. Kohtz is a lawyer with great ethical standards.
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Posted by Julia | October 27, 2014
Highly Recommended Attorney
I used Rong Kohtz in 2010. I was going through a complicated divorce that jeopardized my green card and everything I had worked towards during my 15 yr residence in the U.S. She was sweet, but more importantly very smart and honest. During a very emotional event, she grounded me and helped me focus my thoughts and streamline the necessary to-do items. She successfully finalised my divorce and had the 'petition to remove condition on residence' waived. I now have a permanent green card and maintain a relationship with Rong. She is trustworthy and I will continue to use her for all and any future immigration needs.
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2014
Excellent Bilingual Lawyer with expertise and exceptional client focus
My mother and I approached Rong because my mother was going thru a divorce and we were grossly unsatisfied with our previous lawyer, who lack the drive/ tenacity to push and conviction on issues we care about. Rong is everything we looked for and when we first approach her she immediately tells us our rights, what we should expect and her action plan. We were sold during consultation and she really did deliver beyond our expectation. We were against an stubborn, nasty lawyer on the other side and Rong was able to dissolve his tactics easily. I would wholeheartedly recommend Rong anytime.
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Posted by Qixia | November 3, 2010
Excellent & Helpful Lawyer
She is absolutely helpful lawyer that I would highly recommend. She would be there for you to solve all your problems.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Rong T. Kohtz
  • 2004 - Present
  • Associate
  • Clifford Chance, LLP
  • 2000 - 2003

Education

  • Columbia University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Columbia University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1999
  • Peking University School of Law
  • MA - Masters
  • 1998
  • Beijing Normal University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
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Legal Cases

  • 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50262 (SDNY, Decided April 14, 2016)
  • Prevail. The court ordered the father to return the child to the mother and to pay all legal cost and reasonable travel expenses incurred by the mother for the child's return under the Hague Convention.
  • BNDA v. MGM, NYLJ 1202654480038, at 1 (Sup. SUF, Decided April 3, 2014)
  • Represented the mother. The court denied the father's motion to dismiss, and awarded the mother maintenance, child support and property.
  • NYLJ 1202581890670, at *1 (Sup., NY, 2012)
  • Represented the mother. New York court denied the father's motion to dismiss the action, and ruled Chinese divorce judgment was unenforceable in accordance to the Hague Service Convention. In favor of Plaintiff mother in all aspects
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Associations

  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Best Judicial Enforcement Provider
  • New York Law Journal Reader Rankings
  • 2018
  • Best Judicial Enforcement /ADR (Domestic)
  • New York Law Journal Reader Rankings
  • 2016
  • Best Judicial Enforcement Provider (International)
  • New York Law Journal Reader Rankings
  • 2016
  • Empire State Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Best Judicial Enforcement Provider (International)
  • New York Law Journal Reader Rankings
  • 2013
  • Best Judicial Enforcement Provider (International)
  • New York Law Journal Reader Rankings
  • 2012
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Publications

  • New York Women's Bar Association Journal Vol. 16, 2005
  • Spousal Support Obligation Under Immigration Law
  • 2005
  • Columbia Law Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 13, No. 2
  • Employees' Property Rights in China's State-Owned Enterprise Reorganization
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Chinese Family Forum, Shanghai, China
  • International Child Custody Jurisdiction Regimes: Hague Convention, Brussels II Regulation and the UCCJEA
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Child custody Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rong is very thorough in her approach towards representing her client and at the same time very professional with her adversary. We dealt with one another on an extremely difficult case yet we were able to work together to get our clients through to a resolution. This took having the requisite knowledge to deal with the issues, an ability to balance the emotions of the case with the more objective aspects, and respect for each other's positions. I strongly endorse Rong in handling custody and all family law matters."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney with a great level of professionalism and experience."
International law Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rong Kohtz for her knowledge and professionalism. She is a respected member of the legal community and an attorney who truly cares about her clients."

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New York Family Lawyer Rong Tao Kohtz
Rong Tao Kohtz
Family Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 18 years