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Jessica Toelstedt

Divorce and separation Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Jessica Lee Leonard


Licensed for 17 years

About Jessica

Learn Jessica’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%

    18 years

  2. Marriage and prenuptials
    25%

    18 years

  3. Mediation
    25%
    Mediation practice also includes Collaborative Law cases.

    11 years

  4. Family
    20%

    18 years

AGGRESSIVE YET COMPASSIONATE LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO AMICABLY RESOLVE YOUR FAMILY MATTER.

Jessica Toelstedt is a partner with Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, LLP. Ms. Toelstedt joined the firm in 2012. Prior to joining, Ms. Toelstedt worked for another Manhattan-based firm where she focused on complex matrimonial and family law cases. Ms. Toelstedt's practice focuses on mediation, collabortaive law and litigation. Ms. Toelstedt also specializes in drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements for high networth individuals.

Ms. Toelstedt’s reputation for high ethical standards and professional ability among her fellow attorneys has earned her the highest peer rating, AV Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubbell, which has also named her a “Client Champion” for 2017, 2018 and 2019. Ms. Toelstedt was voted a New York Family Law Rising Star by her peers from 2014 through 2016 and as a New York Family Law Super Lawyer by her peers in 2017-2019.

Throughout Ms. Toelstedt’s career, she has appeared regularly in both Supreme and Family Courts in New York City and the surrounding areas and continues to do so. Ms. Toelstedt has also been trained as a mediator by The Center for Understanding in Conflict and has ben trained in collaborative law by The New York Association of Collaborative Law Professionals.

Ms. Toelstedt is a strong proponent of settling divorce and related matters as amicably as possible for the benefit of the parties and when relevant, the best interests of their children. Ms. Toelstedt resides on Long Island with her husband and two children.

Areas of Practice:

Mediation

Ms. Toelstedt mediates all matters related to marriage and family law, including prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, separations, divorces, and post-divorce/separation issues including but not limited to custody, co-parenting, parenting schedules, agreement modifications, and financial matters.

Collaborative Law Divorce

Ms. Toelstedt represents clients who wish to obtain a divorce or separation using the Collaborative Law Process, utilizing a formal participation agreement.

Consulting Attorney

Ms. Toelstedt regularly serves as a consulting attorney for clients as they go through the mediation process with an outside mediator.

Negotiation Only/Out of Court Settlements

Ms. Toelstedt represents individuals who wish to resolve their matters out of court, but do not feel that mediation or Collaborative Law would be the right process choice.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

In additional to serving as a mediator for couples who wish to enter into these types of agreements, Ms. Toelstedt represents individuals who would like her to negotiate the terms of these agreements.

Litigation

Ms. Toelstedt began her career solely litigating matrimonial and family court matters both pre and post-judgment, and continues to serve in this capacity.

Second Parent Adoptions

Ms. Toelstedt represents individuals seeking to be named as a “second parent” to a child.

 

Licensed for 17 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/17/2022

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

Contact Jessica

Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, LLP
521 Fifth Avenue
31st Floor
New York, NY, 10175
Jessica Toelstedt
2 Overhill Road
Scarsdale, NY, 10583
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Reviews

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Posted by Denise | September 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Collaborative Law
Jessica was very experienced in marital divorce, and even though we used a collaborative process, she was very experienced in litigation which gave us a leg up at the right times. She is very smart, and excellent at solving problems, especially financial. No problem was to large for Jessica. She was very fair when and collaborative when required, and very patient at explaining complicated issues to me in a way that was comprehensible each and every time. I would recommend her to a family member, she is that good.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2015
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Highly Recommend
Jessica recently helped me through a very difficult divorce. The divorce was collaborative but my partner was very difficult and several times during the process, it looked as though everything might fall apart, making it so that we would have had to start all over again and go to court. Jessica bent over backwards to keep us on track and to make it so that we did eventually come to an agreement. She knew when to compromise as well as when to be firm. She was also laid back, funny and capable of calming me down when I was truly on the edge of losing my mind! I would highly recommend Jessica as a divorce attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2013
Review of Jessica Lee Leonard
Jessica Lee Leonard has been representing me in my divorce, and she has been wonderful. She is so smart, experienced and knowledgeable, and extremely responsive. Jessica made a difficult time much easier and I felt confident I was being represented in the best possible way. I decided to buy a home mid-divorce, and Jessica was flexible and resourceful with this additional transaction and the extra work and negotiating required. I would unreservedly recommend Jessica. She is a great advocate to have on your team.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2013
Experienced and easy to work with
Jessica was a pleasure to work with. She was very knowledgeable and easy to work with. We had to work through a complicated financial settlement and her patience and attention to detail made a difficult situation tolerable. She was always accessable and responsive. I would definitiely recommend Jessica to anyone dealing with divorce or separation.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hoffman Polland & Furman, PLLC
  • 2006 - 2012

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Charasz v. Rozenblum, 95 A.D.3d 1057 (2nd Dept 2012)
  • Fields v. Fields
  • Husband's share of property purchased during the marriage was deemed marital.
  • Watson v. Smith 852 A.D. 3d 615 (2d 2008)
  • Reversed change in custody

Associations

  • New York City Bar Association
  • Professional Responsibility Committee 2015
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association - Family Law Section
  • Alternative Dispute Committee & Collaborative Law Committee 2015
  • 2006 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of New York
  • Family Law Section
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
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Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Jessica
Family Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Jessica on the opposing side of numerous matters. She is always prepared, reasonable and knowledgeable and adheres to the highest standard of professional conduct. She treats me and other colleagues with the utmost respect while advocating zealously for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. She is excellent."
Marriage and prenuptials

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New York Divorce and separation Lawyer Jessica Toelstedt
Jessica Toelstedt
Divorce and separation Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 17 years