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Kamelia K. Poppe

Divorce and separation Attorney at New York, NY

4.7   30 reviews

also known as Mia Poppe

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  • State Years
    New York - NY 14 years
    New Jersey - NJ 15 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2008
    License Administratively Revoked No misconduct found

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

About Kamelia

Learn Kamelia’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Ms. Poppe handles uncontested divorces, high net worth divorces, and same sex divorces.

  2. Child custody
    Ms. Poppe handles child custody cases, and additionally handles international child custody cases pursuant to the Hague Convention Treaty.

  3. Appeals
    Ms. Poppe handles appeals on Supreme Court divorces and ancillary issues such as equitable distribution; and also Family Court custody and support appeals.

  4. Family
    Ms. Poppe handles family court matters including child custody, child support, and post judgment support.

  5. Mediation
    In mediation you and your partner will work together through the divorce process. Although mediation is not the right path for many couples, this cost effective approach to divorce can limit emotional and financial strain.

  6. Uncontested divorce
    Even though an uncontested divorce is simpler than a contested divorce, it is still important that the legal steps be handled with care and attention to detail. A misstep could prove very costly in the future.


Experts in Matrimonial & Family Law

Mia Poppe, Esq. is the managing partner of The Law Firm of Poppe & Associates, PLLC, a full-service matrimonial law firm with two New York locations; Midtown Manhattan and White Plains. A divorce and family attorney, Mia specializes in high net-worth divorce, abusive divorce, grey divorce, same-sex divorce, mediation, and litigation. She carries additional expertise in domestic and international child custody, abduction and wrongful retention, and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA).

Our mission is to serve as a relentless advocate for our clients, walking every step with them throughout the divorce process. Our values are client-centric focused. Every client that comes into our office is a priority, treated with respect, the same way we treat our most beloved family members. We are focused on transparent communications, detailed and precise documentation, and providing 24/7 support with strategic execution throughout the proceedings. A case closed does not mean the relationship is closed. Our clients are family and remain part of the firm long-term.

Strategic Business and Financial Knowledge

Mia grew up in the heart of South Charleston. The granddaughter of a sharecropper, Mia was taught from a young age how to “make lemonade” from lemons and how to “dance in the rain”. People that knew Mia from her early years fondly call her a ‘Steel Magnolia’, a comparison that she accepts and embodies.

After graduating from the College of Charleston, Mia began her financial and banking career working for Citigroup in the San Francisco Bay area. For the next 22 years, she worked as a Senior Business Leader at Citigroup, G.E. Capital, and Bank of America. Her tenure with these organizations formed Mia's strengths in leadership and the ability to navigate even the most complex financial documents, and critical skills in matrimonial matters. Mia works with professional forensic accountants with her clients, but her knowledge of financial matters enables her to confidently respond to the financial aspects of divorce, especially in high-net-worth cases.
Mia Poppe’s Strategic Approach

Mia’s practice is dedicated to vigorous client-centered advocacy, with a focus on settling cases without the costly and bruising effects of a trial. Her strengths in math and finance enable Mia to draft and present compelling financial settlement agreements without undue delay. A mother of five children, Mia also understands the nuances involved in custody matters, such nuances frequently go undetected by many.

Her approach? Stay focused, be diligent and detailed and act with integrity. Empowered and committed, Mia Poppe is a strong-willed attorney but acts with a "cooler heads prevail" approach to minimize emotional and mental strain on her clients. Her goal is to walk the journey with each client to help them move forward and achieve their new happily ever after.

Life Outside the Courtroom

With five children and two dogs, Mia is always on the go, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Family is a priority as are cherished friends and colleagues. An avid runner and serious yoga practitioner, she stays physically fit to remain mentally focused.
Mia is also an active member of the New York State Bar, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Pro bono lawyers project, and the American Bar Association.

A member of the steering committee for Lincoln Center Kids, Mia helps bring the arts to young children in underserved communities. Like many, she believes that the arts are for all to enjoy and access to the arts should be afforded to all children living in the artistically rich, New York City. Mia regularly attends dinners, concerts, and theatrical productions at Lincoln Center. Mia is presently expanding her philanthropic endeavors to combat homelessness and disparity in education. Mia also donates to her alma mater, North Carolina University School of Law.

Jurisdictions and Associations

Mia is admitted to practice law in the following jurisdictions: New York State, U.S. Federal District Court Southern District of New York, U.S Federal District Court Eastern District of New York, U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Federal District Court of New Jersey.
Mia is an active member of a number of legal organizations, including the matrimonial pro bono project jointly sponsored by the Brooklyn Bar Association and Brooklyn Law School, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, and several religious organizations.

Areas of Practice

• Family Law
• Divorce
• Mediation
• Father’s rights
• Child Support
• Custody & Visitation

Bar Admissions

• New York
• U.S. Federal Courts
• U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
• U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
• Federal District Court of New Jersey


North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
J.D. Magna Cum Laude

Law Journal: Legal Commentary in the Areas of Corporate and Business Law, Journal Editor
College of Charleston

B.S. – 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships

• New York City Bar Association- Member
• New York State Bar Association- Member
• American Bar Association- Member
• Lincoln Center Kids Steering Committee


Client's Choice 2022,2016
Client's Choice
2022 2016

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Contact Kamelia

Law Firm of Poppe & Associates, PLLC.
1345 Avenue of the Americas - 33rd Floor
New York, NY, 10105
The Law Firm of Poppe & Associates, PLLC
50 Main Street
Suite 1000
White Plains, NY, 10606
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4.7 / 5.0
  30 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2022
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Posted by Cecilia | July 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Mia and her team were extraordinarily thorough, patient, empathic and good listeners. Mia, and her knowledge of divorce law superseded my expectations. I thank you for studying the law and being able to put the pen to the paper with accuracy.
Posted by Peter | March 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Advice
On two occasions, Ms. Poppe gave me excellent advice. I consulted her about my divorce agreement which was terminating upon my eldest child's majority. Her suggestions were clear, concise and authoritative. She turned what felt to me like a legal and emotional morass into something straight-forward with compassion for all parties. Secondly, Ms Poppe advised me when our family found itself thrust into the middle of a nasty custody battle between the parents of my child's good friend. Once again, she untangled a Gordian knot and clarified legalities while bearing in mind what was best for everyone. Ms. Poppe's toughness and compassion, informed by intimate knowledge of the relevant law provided clarity in some muddy waters.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2022
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Divorce Case
Mia was hired after consultation. Her representation of my divorce case was excellent. She was stern with her request and ensure follow-ups with the plaintiff's attorney to get the required documents and ensure that the case was moving along with minimal delays.
Posted by Leticia | August 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Greetings from Florida
Mia was my lawyer and got me what I was looking to get in my divorce and settlement. We had many talks on the phone until we settled since I live in Florida.She was the only lawyer I spoke to that agreed to take my case.
Posted by Leticia | August 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
Mia and her team provided excellent service during my divorce and while the divorce process was not easy she definitely made me feel like she truly cared about me and made sure my needs were met. Her and her team were very responsive and handled everything with professionalism.
Posted by JC | August 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Smart, Zealous, Brave
Mias tenacity in advocating for myself, my child, and our rights was genuine and it showed in the diligence of her quick-witted intelligent work, unique perspective, and heart of gold. Mia & her team handled my Relocation & Custody case from a prior lawyer that was passive & absent. Mia also addressed & won my Willful Violation of Child Support, because with Mia and her team, you get more than what you expect. Knowing I’ve never been through these complex court processes before, Mia & her team understood my emotions and mental state. Everyone was kind & patient every time I felt confused, nervous, and lost. Mia & her team held me together during a big turning point in my family's life. When I couldn’t feel the ground under my feet, Mia stood by me with unwavering strength, bravery, & faith in a bright future that she believed my family & I deserved. And now, I am living it. Mia turns you from a client to a friend, and you’re better for it.
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Posted by James and Sabrina | August 4, 2022
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Child custody
Mia was our lawyer in a child custody case. She was in court for us because we live out of state. She helped us maintain the custody that was being challenged after being in place for almost 5 years.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mia and team were unbelievably responsive and attentive to my needs from inception to completion of the divorce process. Truly professional and empathetic throughout.
Posted by Iuliia | July 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
lawyer with the best strategy
Me and my husband highly recommend Mia Poppe. She did her job good, explained the law, all possible scenarios - a lot of attention to the details. We had a case with ex-marriage of my husband and child support involved. We were in Court - we felt "protected" there, because all the details Mia took care of, she knows how to fight for YOU, and she is brilliant! Thank you, Mia!
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2022
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Mia Poppe
Mia exudes professionalism and above and beyond help for her clients. I am grateful to work with her and her team. Highly recommended!
Posted by Alicia | September 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Better lawyer ever.
She is a great lawyer, she help me out in my child custody case and it was a great success. Thank you for your support.
Posted by Toria | September 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Mia is fierce, I meet her during the consultation and knew right away I wanted her services . I didn't look further . I hired her what started as response to remove a lift for a no move order that was placed from my daughter's father . We ended up working on relocation / that turned into a custody case and a separate child support case together. Working with Mia for 8 months was a great experience. I learned alot from her and her staff. She corrected the judge a few times which favored my case , she never backed down when the judge was " not being so nice or professional . She knew her facts , she knew where to aim those bombshells, she knew how to deal with my daughter's father attorney (all while being professional .)I referred her to a family member and will continue to refer her to others that need a great attorney .
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Posted by Pauline | November 16, 2018
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Highest level of excellence and professionalism
I must admit that it took me a while to write this review, because I wanted to make sure that I do not understate how pleased I am with how Mia Poppe and her firm represented me during my divorce. Divorces are challenging and painful and mine was no different. From day one Mia was open and honest about how the procedure of my divorce would take place. She was very knowledgeable and experienced in working with the judges as well as the opposing attorney in assisting me in finalizing a very difficult and lengthy divorce proceeding. In addition to her professionalism she was also very kind and compassionate to my situation and genuinely concerned about me as an individual and not just a client. She was able to decipher the hostile environment that I was transitioning from and was supportive not only through my divorce but even afterwards. She even called to check on me just to see how I was "holding up" during times when she figured I just needed "a shoulder to cry on"! She is a great attorney that will fight hard for you and she pulls no punches. She is also very supportive. In addition, her office staff was always pleasant, approachable and reliable. Sarah Khan was the one that handled most of the paperwork for my case and she was wonderful to work with. Correspondence, telephone calls or any type of communication was handled timely and appropriately. I was not living in New York during the time of my divorce, however I was always timely advised and kept privy to any and all necessary information. I consider Mia as well as all of her staff, very dear friends. If you choose Mia Poppe as your attorney you won't be disappointed.
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Posted by L.P | January 12, 2018
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The Best Family Lawyer in New York City
Ms. Poppe is an extraordinary lawyer who also cares deeply about her clients. I, like the other reviewers, highly recommend the Law Firm of Poppe & Associates. I am also the soon to be ex wife of the individual who posted a negative review of Ms. Poppe titled "I did not have a good experience". I apologize that his negative review was posted only because the Firm fought for my rights under the law. My husband is an abusive man who believes he can assault, attack, and defame women. I recognize the language in the post as the same attacks against Mia Poppe were made by my husband and his lawyer in open court and in court filings. The judge in my case was also a woman and 6 court officers carried an employee of of my husband's lawyer's firm out of court due to his verbal attack on the female judge. Ms. Poppe and myself have been given police escorts while leaving the court due to the court's fear of violence against us. My husband's lawyer was sanctioned by a New York County Supreme court judge for $2,500.00 for the outrageous behavior and statements. My husband was ordered to pay Ms. Poppe $5,000.00 for the frivolous court papers he filed attacking Ms. Poppe and the judge. Again, I recommend Ms. Poppe as a highly qualified choice for your legal representation. Thank you Ms. Poppe!
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2017
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Personal, Attentive, & Great Value. Better Outcome than could ever imagine.
Kamelia "Mia" Poppe, is a true artist in her legal craft and she does not mess around. She is relentless in her advocacy for everything you deserve. She sets the discourse on the front end and explains every possible outcome and negotiates so you receive the most benefit out of a bad life event. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! I would recommend stopping by her office at Penn Station for a free consultation, you will leave knowledgeable and confident checkout her website <ahref="" here </a>
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2017
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Client Friendly, Efficient Service
The Law Firm of Shaw and Associates, were excellent in completing my divorce matter. As complicated as it was, they were able to cost effectively complete the matter in record time (for NYC). Not only was service efficient, but the levels of professionalism and expertise exhibited throughout the process were not only met but exceeded. My phone calls and emailed concerns were addressed promptly and completely. Divorce attorneys typically have negative stigma for high expenses and no or slow results. Not so with this law firm.
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Posted by James | February 20, 2017
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I was going through a horrendous divorce that was made more complex from the advice of bungling lawyers who either didn’t care or were simply too inept in dealing with my case. I was sinking fast into the morass of the NYC Court System. In the nick of time, I was able to hire Mia Poppe to manage my case. She was extremely comforting and sensitive to me as a client. Mia was very savvy in coalescing a game plan to get my case back on track and put the opposition in their place. As a result of her tenacity, a very reasonable settlement was reached. Her overall dedication and concern for me was never in question. I highly recommend the services of The Law Firm of Shaw & Associates. Thank you Mia!
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Posted by Antonia | January 9, 2017
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The best!
I was in a real sticky situation with my divorce and the judge gave me a pro bono lawyer by the name of Mia. She came in like a storm and firstly made me comfortable, she is personally hands on with you and her staff is very professional and are also very caring. Mia kept working with me although my hours had long ended, making sure I got what was well deserved. In the end I am very happy with the outcome of my divorce, thank you Mia and the staff at law & associates.
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Posted by Alan | October 26, 2016
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Highest praise for attorney Kamelia Poppe
Our case was a difficult child custody case and it was made even more challenging because the defendant resides in Texas and the case was in New York. Ms. Poppe was extremely sympathetic to our fears and concerns. She is an incredibly capable attorney and we recommend her highly.
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
One in a million, high integrity lawyer
Divorce is worse than death - well it can be with the wrong lawyer, chose Mia and you will avoid the most critical pitfall. Mia Poppe was my lawyer and she stood in stark contrast to my spouse’s lawyer. Mia asked me my priorities, and then stuck to them. Did I want to fight for every dime? Or did I want to finish asap? And her actions were dictated by this. When decisions needed to be made (often emotional, life changing decisions) she was there to share the options, her recommendation, remind me of the priorities I had shared and let me decide what I wanted, and it was always my choice. These choices were not easy, but they were mine. The legal system is often counter intuitive and favors underhanded maneuvers as every Motion costs more and more to have Justice done and that can quickly become too expensive. I was grateful not to lose myself in this process and be able to walk out of my divorce with my integrity intact and my best interests at the focus of every decision. I like to know Why things have to be this way or that way, but in those moments in court when you don’t have time to discuss everything, I trusted her and I am glad I did. Only later in the divorce process could I see that when I went with her on doing things that didn’t make sense to me at the time, we were really acting for my greater good and avoiding hours of needless ‘legal hours’. Mia believes there are enough divorces and family law matters in the world, and she doesn’t feel the need to ‘suck you dry’ (as my spouses lawyer was clearly doing). I came prepared to Mia – I knew my facts, dates, had my paperwork and details. And I was an advocate and resource for possible arguments and Mia was the guide and my voice, knowing the rules and system and outcomes, together we made the divorce happen. Many thanks to Mia and her team for helping me to change my life for the better and supporting me through a challenging time by being a true resource.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Firm of Poppe & Associates, P.C.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • LaGuardia Community College
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • Smith Moore & Associates
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Vice President
  • Bank Of America
  • 1999 - 2005
  • Portfolio Manager
  • General Electric Co.
  • 1994 - 1999
  • Operations Manager
  • Citibank, N.A.
  • 1988 - 1993
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  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • College of Charleston
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Custody win in Queens County Family Court
  • My client won custody in this complex international child custody / child kidnapping case with Hague convention implications.


  • Bronx County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • New York City Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
  • Certified Black Belt
  • Six Sigma
  • N/A
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  • Law Journal: Legal Commentary in the Areas of Corporate and Business Law
  • Journal Editor
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Business Network International
  • Divorce
  • 2021

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
Endorse Kamelia
Unknown Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mia is a passionate advocate for her clients and is very knowledgeable about family law. She is skilled at negotiating settlements and will not hesitate to go to trial when required. Good to have her on your side of the table. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mia is a terrific divorce and family law attorney. She fights for her clients and cares about helping them through a trying phase in their lives. I highly recommend her."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mia is an excellent family law and matrimonial attorney. She understands the law as it affects her clients and has their best interests at heart. She is a true advocate. She presents herself professionally and makes people feel comfortable with her. Clients can be confident that they have made the right choice if they go to Mia for help with a divorce case or a prenuptial agreement or any family law issue."
Family Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mia Poppe is an excellent communicator, and an expert in a very difficult field of law. She is a zealous advocate for her clients: Mia is an artful, skilled fighter in the field of family law."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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