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About me

My name is David Centeno and I was born and raised in New York City. Today, I am proud to serve as a divorce and family law attorney for people like you, throughout New York State. I use my experience to help you get through your NY divorce or criminal matter, both of which can be very stressful times.

I am not just a NY divorce lawyer — I am a NY family man. As a husband and father, I know and appreciate the value of family. I understand what you have at stake and will work hard to protect you and your family through this highly emotional legal process.


I also have extensive criminal defense experience and put my hard-earned skills to work to aggressively protect your freedom.


After graduating from New York University, I attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, located in New York City. I obtained my Juris Doctorate from Cardozo and was admitted to practice law that same year. I concentrate on a variety of divorce and family law issues.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 80%
    10 years
  2. Prenuptials: 10%
    10 years
  3. Family: 10%
    10 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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NYCurrently registered 200603/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Lead Counsel RatedLead Counsel2013
Notable Legal BlogBlog Catalog2011
Top New York Matrimonial LawyerArrive Magazine2011
Editorial AwardNew York Divorce News2011
Top New York Divorce Lawyer 2011Arrive Magazine2011
Top New York Lawyer 2011Arrive Magazine2011
Author AwardNew York Divorce News2011
Quality Legal BlogBlog Advisor2010
Top Legal BlogBlog Guide2010
Notable Legal BlogBlog Report2010
Notable Legal BlogBlog Catalog2010
Top Divorce Law BloggerLegal Blog Ratings2010
Excellent Divorce Law BlogBlog Catalog2010
Excellent Divorce Law BlogBlog Catalog2009
Leadership Excellence AwardBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law2005
EditorCardozo Public Policy and Ethics Journal2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderDavid Centeno Law, PC2009 - Present
AttorneyBear Stearns, Inc.2005 - 2008
FellowCriminal Law Clinic2004 - 2005
Judicial ClerkSupreme Court of the State of New York2003 - 2004
InternThe Law Office of Michael W. Goldstein2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York Bar FoundationMember2011 - Present
United States District Court - Southern DistrictAdmitted into Federal Practice2010 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Civil Practice Law and Rules CommitteeMember2009 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2008 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkN/A2006 - Present
New York State Supreme Court BarMember2006 - Present
Matrimonial Lawyers AllianceN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Must Get Divorced Before Marriage DateDivorce
Spouse's Whereabouts UnknownDivorce
Separation Agreement Before DeploymentLegal Separation
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Huffington PostHuffington Post Contributor2013
The Huffington PostHuffington Post Contributor2013
New York Divorce NewsAuthor2012 ArticleNew York No Fault Divorce2012
New York No-Fault Divorce BlogNew York No-Fault Divorce2011
New York Divorce NewsAuthor2011
New York Divorce NewsNew York Divorce News2011
New York Uncontested Divorce BlogNew York Uncontested Divorce Blog2011
New York Divorce Lawyer BlogDivorce How To2010
New York Divorce BlogNew York No Fault Divorce has Finally Arrived!2010
New York Divorce Attorney BlogHow Long Does a New York Uncontested Divorce Take?2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Columbia UniversityN/AN/A2002
New York UniversityPre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
The Browning SchoolHigh SchoolHigh School1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New York Divorce SeminarThe Ins and Outs of New York Divorce2012
New York Divorce ConferenceNew York No-Fault Divorce2011
Divorce ConferenceDon't Know Where Your Spouse Is - Publication Divorce2011
Divorce ConferenceNew York No-Fault Divorce2011
Divorce ConferenceUncontested Divorce2010
Divorce and Family Law IssuesPrenups2010
New York City Divorce Information ConferenceNew York Uncontested Divorce2009