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Barbara Janet Schaffer

Divorce and separation Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   15 reviews
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  • Licensed for 38 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1986
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Barbara J. Schaffer, Esq. has more than 25 years of litigation and transactional experience. She graduated in 1985 from Brooklyn Law School, where she was the recipient of the prestigious American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence. From 1986 to 2000, Ms. Schaffer worked in private practice, representing individuals as well as corporations with a focus on matrimonial, family law, and real estate matters. In 2001, Ms. Schaffer became Of Counsel to the firm of Lansner & Kubitschek. In 2009, she became a partner in the firm. Ms. Schaffer was selected as a Super Lawyer by her peers consistently, an honor accorded to only 5% of attorneys in the New York area. In the Spring of 2011 Ms. Schaffer, through the U.S. Department of State, was utilized as an expert in New York family law by the High Court of Ireland.

Ms. Schaffer started her boutique matrimonial and family law practice in January, 2012. She is also a trained and experienced mediator. Ms. Schaffer has also provided continuing legal education presentations to attorneys in New York City, and contributed chapters to legal treatises. (see Published Articles section)

Ms. Schaffer has represented hundreds of clients in divorce and family law matters in New York State Supreme and Family Courts. She is skilled not only in all aspects of litigation, but also in negotiation of comprehensive settlement agreements in high-conflict cases. Ms. Schaffer’s practice also includes appellate work [e.g., Anna-Sophia L. v Paul H., 52 A.D.3d 313 (1st Dept. 2008); Flores v Flores, 22 A.D.2d 372 (1st Dept. 2005), Turecki v Turecki, 211 A.D.2d 450 (1st Dept. 1995)]

Location

Barbara J. Schaffer, Esq.
225 Broadway
Suite 1515
New York, NY, 10007

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Posted by Raymond | October 19, 2023
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Smart, thoughtful and caring
Barbara was wonderful. She asked thoughtful and smart questions, spent the time to really get to know my scenario, and then offered pragmatic and insightful advice. It was a pleasure working with her and I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Dan | July 5, 2022
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Mr.
Barbara is very knowledgeable about NYS court system and the Justices that hear divorce cases. This is important in terms of determining strategy. Her knowledge of the legal system and the law also allows her to expeditiously understand your case, avoiding unnecessary and expensive work preparing various required documents, some of which you will need to prepare (e.g., your personal net worth statement). Barbara will also set out practical limitations under the law so you develop reasonable expectations and avoid unproductive and unnecessary work. Barbara is patient and will hear both sides of the case as told by you, helping you put your views into perspective. In addition to providing legal advice, she will console you, as your case is likely not the worse case she’s dealt with. Her legal fees are “customary and reasonable.” Most importantly, she won’t nickel and dime you for every inquiry you make, provided they are not excessive.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2022
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One of a kind in every way
I first contacted and consulted with Barbara Schaffer in the spring of 2018. Immediately after meeting her, I hired her as my lawyer. Barbara worked actively with me through two+ years in an unconventional custody process. We wound up with an order that I am very happy with--and that protected both me and my kid from the stress of a full-on battle, just as I hoped it would. Barbara is brilliant, deeply knowledgeable of the law (and psychology), aware of trends in decisions, and strategically astute. Barbara was empathetic, patient, and good-humored (having someone you can laugh with in difficult moments is a godsend). She was also very direct and realistic—she never promised results that would be impossible. I still consider her my lawyer, and I consult with her whenever new issues arise. Finally: I was sent to Barbara by a friend who did have a bitter and challenging divorce case in court and came away from it completely pleased and relieved. Now I always send people to Barbara when divorce, separation, custody, or child support issues come up in their lives.
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Posted by Adriana | March 7, 2022
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Ms. Valdes
Barbara was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and understanding. She made a very difficult and painful divorce process easier and educated me on my rights and responsibilities. She checked in with me regularly and responded to my questions promptly. Thanks to her expertise, support, and advocacy I was able to finally to end a toxic marriage.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2022
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Experienced, positive, and successful
Barbara was my attorney for a divorce case that took over two years to settle. Her advice was always sensible, creative, friendly, and moderate. She helped me end up with a settlement that is much more favorable than it could have been. Very importantly, Barbara does the work herself, unless it is in the client's interest to use someone else for part of the case. This means she is always on top of the details of the case.
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Posted by Jessica | April 7, 2021
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The best
I interviewed several lawyers and consulted many more people before I decided on Barbara, and I'm so happy that I did. Barbara is warm, pragmatic, proactive, and attentive—she has this magical ability to make you feel as if you are her only client, even though of course she is much in demand. I especially admire her ability to talk everything through with me, with the utmost clarity and thoughtfulness. She is not a reactive lawyer or thinker; she is always a step ahead. If you have a question, she will provide a clear and ready answer, and she will take the time to walk you through everything if you need it. She is compassionate, but she also has a sense of humor that can be very welcome in stressful, painful times. I feel safe, protected, and supported with her; she has made an unavoidably excruciating and frightening process as frictionless and lucid as possible. I'm deeply grateful to Barbara and would recommend her without reservation.
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Posted by Ryan | November 18, 2020
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I Cannot Be More Grateful
I was lucky. Barbara was referred to me by a buddy who is a lawyer himself. I feel bad for anyone whos has to seek out an attorney cold turkey. The day I called Barbara she was able to meet me. When going through my case, she was kind but also very realistic. She went through my story and went to work right away. It took 19 months of a legal battle and Barbara never tired. She fought tooth and nail and was the reason I won. I am a single dad, and yes, the proceedings were daunting. However, Barbara was reassuring not only to me on a personal level, but, by seeing how she was handling the opposition, i was professionally put at ease. Barbara prides herself on knowing every little detail and uses them to seek out the truth. I trust her. Behind the scenes, she went to work and dug deep to defend me. I could not have asked for a better lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2020
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Knowledgeable & Compassionate
Divorce is obviously one of the most unpleasant and difficult experiences anyone can go through. Having a knowledgeable lawyer who can maintain compassion, really made the process easier for me, Barbara was very responsive and prompt in addressing my emails and concerns. She explained all my options to me, yet she was respectful of which path I decided to take. If you are in the unfortunate position of going through divorce, I definitely recommend Barbara.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2020
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A Caring Attorney
Barbara provided more than just great legal advice (which ultimately protected me and ensured that I was "safe"). She was there for me when I needed her, including coming with me to an event when I needed in-person support and didn't have any. I couldn't recommend her more!
Posted by Florian | September 30, 2020
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Excellent attorney, very good personality
Barbara Janet Schaffer is an invaluable resource when it comes to protecting my rights in the court room. Her attention to details and knowledge of laws are unsurpassed. Very emphatic and dedicate to the cause. I would highly recommend her. Thank you Barbara Janet Schaffer
Posted by Alex | July 26, 2020
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Above and beyond
I had a difficult divorce with an intractable ex. Ms. Schaffer helped me though every step, with lots of support and patient explanations. Her sense of humor and honest desire to see me come out well and whole were very heartening. I would recommend her unreservedly.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2020
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Highly impressed by Ms. Schaffer
Ms. Schaffer was a great resource in helping to solve a custody change. Our engagement began with Barbara listening to my story, and followed through being responsive, knowledgeable, and pragmatic. Barbara's approach was exactly what I had hoped to find.. high integrity.. a sense of fairness to all sides.. and the utmost priority given to my child. I felt from the first conversation that I wanted to be represented by Barbara and that we would work well together.
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Posted by Richard | July 21, 2020
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The best attorney
Divorce which is Barbara Schaffer’s specialty is never easy. Having said that I am not sure there are enough superlatives to describe Ms. Schaffer. Barbara handled my divorce and child custody cases with such expertise that my exwife refers Barbara to friends. Additionally Barbara unlike many attorneys bills fairly and only for the actual time needed to represent you. I am an actual client of Barbara’s not a personal friend. Richard Brooklyn NY
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Posted by Dwight | August 19, 2015
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Compassionate and Knowledgeable
Ms Schaefer is a wonderful attorney. I had hired another attorney originally and my issue was dragged on for three year. After seeking her consultation I was able to resolve my legal issues in a little over a month. The compassion and professionalism that she showed me during the most stressful time of my life is the reason why she will have my business for as long as she has a practice.
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2015
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Knowledgable and Personable Lawyer!
I met Barbara Schaffer for a consultation and although it was late in the day, she was extremely personable and attentive. She listened and asked direct questions regarding my family matter without making one feel uncomfortable. She gave me valuable information with regards to what needed to be done and gave me the tools to do it. She was very good with communication and responding to my questions via email which is invaluable! I would without any doubt consult and hire Ms. Schaffer if needed in the future.
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Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Schaffer's keen eye for detail, incredible knowledge of all matrimonial issues, and care for her clients make her an absolute force. She's also courteous, reasonable, and ethical - which is surprisingly hard to find these days. I highly recommend/endorse this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Ms. Schaffer as an ally and an adversary in litigation, and as a colleague who is able to discuss the law at the highest levels. She is tough when she needs to be, compassionate with clients, and very smart and resourceful. She takes her work very seriously, and is committed to giving her clients the best representation around."
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Barbara is an excellent attorney. She is knowledgeable, courteous and hard-working."
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New York Divorce and separation Lawyer Barbara Janet Schaffer
Barbara Janet Schaffer
Divorce and separation Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 38 years
Virtual consultation available