Joel R. Brandes concentrates his practice in New York divorce and family law appeals indivorce, equitable distribution and custody cases, and enforcement and modification of orders and judgments, as well as high-profile contested matrimonial matters He has represented clients in numerous appeals to the New York Court of Appeals and the Appellate Divisions and was counsel in the landmark Court of Appeals cases of Morone v Morone, Tucker v Tucker and McSparron v McSparron. He also consults with and advises attorneys on appellate, trial court and international child abduction matters in all of the New York state and federal courts. He has drafted briefs for and acted as consultant to attorneys in many international child abduction cases, including cases in the United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Brandes has been recognized by the New York Appellate Division as a "noted authority and expert on New York family law and divorce.” He is the author of the treatise Law and the Family New York 2021-2022cEdition (12 volumes), Law and The Family New York, 2d (9 volumes), Law and the Family New York Forms 2021 Edition (5 volumes)(bothThomson Reuters), the New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook (Bookbaby) and the New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook Courtroom Edition (Amazon). His ”Law and the Family” column is a regular feature in the New York Law Journal.“ Mr. Brandes writes Bits and Bytes, ™ an electronic newsletter for the New York divorce and family law bench and bar, a website, New York Divorce and Family Law ( ), and two blogs, “New York Divorce and Family Law” () and “A Child is Missing: The International Child Abduction Blog”( ).
This lawyer returned to good standing in 2019.
Reinstated From Disbarment issued in NY, 2019
updated on 06/02/2021
After being disbarred, a former attorney may apply for reinstatement. He or she must comply with all readmission requirements from the New York State Unified Court System.
Joel's comment: “On March 6, 2019 the New York Appellate Division, Second Department reinstated me as an attorney in good standing finding that I posses the character and fitness to practice law. I have been awarded the 2019, 2020 and 2021 AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® , in both legal ability and ethical standards, the highest honor given. The Appellate Division, Second Department has referred to me as "a noted authority and expert on New York family law and divorce."”
Disbarment issued in NY, 2002
updated on 11/12/2019
Disbarment is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court to understand the reasons for disbarment.
Joel's comment: “I was disbarred for engaging in an impermissible conflict of interest during the years 1995-1996 when I assisted in the representation of my former wife, who was defending a lawsuit, without disclosing my involvement to the court or counsel.”