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Kenneth J. Novenstern

Divorce and separation Attorney at Mount Kisco, NY

4.7   14 reviews

Licensed for 37 years

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While I enjoyed many successful years as a partner at Novenstern & Gaudio, LLP and Novenstern, Fabriani & Gaudio, LLP, I started a new firm with Ellen Jancko Baken, Esq. and Neil Fredman, Esq., called Fredman Baken & Novenstern, LLP as of July 1, 2019.  We have practiced together for over a year and have successfully transitioned.  We are working through the Covid pandemic and are ready to assist with divorce and family law matters for spouses, partners, parents and others in a family oriented relationship. We train regularly in Collaborative Law and Mediation, and also handle LGBTQIA marriages.

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Licensed for 37 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/17/2022

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Fredman Baken & Novenstern, LLP
69 S Bedford Rd
Mount Kisco, NY, 10549-3407
Fredman, Baken & Novenstern, LLP
333 Westchester Ave
Suite 302-S
White Plains, NY, 10604
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Posted by Paul | December 15, 2022
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Expert, brilliant negotiator, calm, listen's and has empathy for his clients.
I have worked with many family law attorneys in the past. Ken Noverstern is the absolute best. In one week, he came up with a recommendation, brought the parties together where others had failed and settled to the courts satisfaction a dispute that had been going on for three plus years. I cannot thank or recommend Ken and his firm enough.
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Posted by Gene | July 4, 2021
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Knowledgeable and, most importantly, a stable influence
I was seeking a modification to my collaborative divorce agreement, and after a failed attempt to come to an agreement through collaborative attorneys (no surprise there), my attorney recommended Ken to represent me. My ex lives in an alternative reality and her attorney was more than happy to promote her views as 'fact', but Ken was always even keeled, supportive and understanding, while also firm with me, directing me to keep my eye on the end goal and leave emotions behind (very difficult to do under the circumstances I was fighting.) I would highly recommend his services for anyone seeking counsel for a divorce.
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Posted by Kristina | June 26, 2021
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calm constructive leadership, empathy and down to earth solutions
Ken was recommended to me by a divorcée whose ex-husband he represented in a collaborative divorce. She felt that he had provided more constructive leadership, empathy and down to earth solutions than her own lawyer. My own experience working with Ken supports all of that. He is helped me navigate the entire divorce process and I am still consulting him at each fork of the road.
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Posted by Matthew | June 25, 2021
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Good, pragmatic advice from an experienced attorney
I needed to amend my separation agreement after 10-years of divorce. The person I used to mediate the divorce recommended Ken to me. He listened to my challenges and concerns. He offered me pragmatic, unemotional advice that was what I needed at that time. I would recommend Ken if you need an attorney who listens, and provides good advice.
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Posted by Paul R. | February 28, 2020
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Luck was on my side when deciding to use Ken, Liz and the rest of this outstanding legal team.
My life experience is such that I don’t have any contact with the jurisprudence (or any other aspect of the legal “industry”) of New York state, with the exception of a real estate attorney I used a couple of times over 20 years. Come fall of 2019 I found myself in need of serious legal advice. This time it wasn’t real estate, but rather separation/divorce. Depressing stuff. Early October: Enter Ken Novenstern, whom I contacted over at Fredman,Baken&Novenstern. An initial consultation was set up at the Mt Kisco location, quickly. Without even having an official, legal, open case, Ken and his team were immediately supportive. I was advised by him, face to face, with clarity second to none. He explained to me the subsequent steps in the upcoming legal procedure in the simplest ways possible. It was magnificent help in an insurmountable task. For me (at the time) even mundane daily activities seemed to be an indecipherable puzzle with an ulterior motive on a biblical scale. So, having someone as knowledgeable and experienced as Ken stepping in to save the day was significant relief in an overwhelming situation. MOST IMPORTANTLY, however, every time the legal session was over, I received advice and guidance from him as a concerned human being. I found that to be the most respectable and healing thing. Simply acknowledging. Simply engaging and addressing emotion, once legal business was taken care of. Hats off. A toxic consequence of separation is that everything is emotionally/physically/financially draining, reality is foggy/painful and very few things make sense. Well, the epiphany I had, while I was driving back home after that first consultation, was that I realized THESE are the people I want on my side. I was about to embark on a disgusting, dreadful and undesired journey through destructive waters with powers of unknown magnitude; Ken, Liz and the rest of the team were the solution I needed through it all. For several months after that, every step of the way, their punctuality, patience and professionalism was absolutely irreproachable. My questions? Answered almost immediately. Last minute draft changes? Evaluated and processed promptly without batting an eyelash. Objectiveness? Unlimited. Defending my interests? To the “n”-th degree. Recommending outside resources as additional help? It’s as if it’s part of the contract. Evidently, the impetus of their success is the calibre of their work ethic and the extent of their knowledge derived from their experience. Hire them. I’m no authority in the matter, but I doubt you will regret hiring exceptionalism at its finest. Resolving one of the darkest times in your human condition.
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Posted by Rochelle | March 13, 2019
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A Calming Presence in a Difficult Time
Ken is a very polished and professional attorney. He builds a strategy and keeps everything in line and on time to execute that strategy. He is very calm despite the high emotions that can occur in a divorce. He was great at bringing my case to settlement and was very mindful of my budget constraints. Probably one of the few divorce attorneys that is not just trying to draw out a case to get more money.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2017
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Novenstern
Ken was easy to work with and incredibly helpful. He made the entire process as painless as possible.
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2017
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Ken Novenstern
Ken was excellent. He remained calm and objective during a process that was highly charged and difficult. His style was to be thoughtful and reflective as well as accommodating. He was able to confront the attorneys on the other side but only when it was productive to do so and he avoided unnecessary confrontation, even when provoked. He was also empathetic.
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Posted by Eric | July 17, 2017
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High quality representation at a fair price
Ken Novenstern (and his team) handled my incredibly challenging and difficult divorce with the utmost professionalism, respect, and efficacy. Unfortunately, my matter stretched out over MANY years, through periods of heavy activity and long periods of inactivity, and with increasingly difficult financial, jurisdictional, and logistical challenges. No matter what was happening - with opposing counsel, with the court, or otherwise - Ken and his team truly had my back. They worked tirelessly on my behalf (and on behalf of my children) to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone. I am completely satisfied with the level and quality of service that I received from Ken and the entire team at Novenstern, Fabriani and Gaudio, and I recommend them without reservation.
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Posted by John B. | July 14, 2017
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Ken made a difficult situation, easy!
I couldn't imagine using any other divorce attorney than Ken Novenstern. His wealth of knowledge of the law and years of litigating are what made me feel comfortable and safe with him right away. I always felt I had the most competent counsel available to me. My divorce was a rollercoaster ride of emotions throughout. I've met few professionals over the years, who are capable of staying even tempered despite intense personality clashes. Everyone who knows Ken will tell you what a rock of Gibraltar of even temper he is. I never saw him break a sweat nor raise his voice no matter how emotional negotiations became. Ken is a fair man and he always looked at the big picture of what was best for my family as a whole. And he is a very personable human being, easy to speak with and easy to connect with right away. He will work tirelessly to achieve what's best for you.
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Posted by Pamela | July 13, 2017
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Excellent attorney
I've worked with Ken over the years on various issues related to my separation, agreement and custody issues. He's compassionate, kind, and knowledgeable It's a very stressful time and it's helpful to have someone whom you can trust to get through the process.
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2017
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Excellent, fair and caring
Ken and the team at his firm did a great job handling my divorce. While the process itself is long and painful, Ken was always supportive by encouraging me to take one day at a time. I would definitely recommend Ken.
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2017
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Ken is exactly what I needed
Ken handled my less than easy divorce and custody agreement wonderfully. Divorce is never easy especially when there are children involved. Ken was always thoughtful, supportive but most importantly honest. He lead me to think the impossible was possible. I went through the process with my eyes wide open thanks to Ken.
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2021
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Horrificly Spineless
This guy wuz a disaster from day one. He screwed up the warrant serving, never got me into court and when he did, allowed me to get trampled and never got me in front of a judge. When he finally sent over the divorce proposal, he asked for a bunch of religious holidays and stipulations I had never told him to put in. My ex wife wuz and still very much is a full-fledge high conflict covert narcissist. She flew off the handle, When I had amassed enuf physical evidence to expose the defendant, Mr Novenstern assured me and reassured me that I had absolutely nothing to worry about at a very big court day. He and his handpicked"attorney for kids" allowed myself and my children to get stampeded and trampled. He defended the defendant in every possible way and allowed me to get humiliated by making me agree to not drive my children around for 2 weeks based on complete obvious lies from the mother and absolutely not one shred of actual evidence to back that up. I had been driving flawlessly for sometimes 2-3 hours a day in order to try to maintain my ability and desire to be a parent to my children. I'm an idiot because that is where I should have fired him on the spot. How in the world could he allow that to happen is still the neverending question. He clearly wuz representing his own interests and I got nothing out of hiring this guy. Not one thing. He had charged me 20k up to that point and then tacked on another 45k to get me the worst divorce settlement you could ever imagine. Are you joking me? He even said it wuz terrible. Anything the defendant said, he told me to agree. Yet the only thing he seemed passionate about wuz making sure I didn't end up in a room with my ex-wifes lawyer. Why? She wiped the floor with him and me. She didn't even know for a second that she wuz defending a heartless, raging, blaming professional liar. This guy actually came highly. recommended. How? Could.not have been more displeased with the "services" of Mr. Novenstern. He s the guy you call if you want a table at Rao's or need the sheriff of a small podunk town to get somebody out of the lock up at 3 in the morning. Other than that, run for your life.......
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Response from Kenneth Novenstern June 13, 2021
Eric started from a very difficult place with his Wife very upset, believing that Eric had an affair, and one of his daughters refusing to see him. Financially, the mortgage on his home was under water. His Wife worked on and off, and had surgery during the proceedings. Eric withheld damaging information from me, including a video taken by his older daughter in which Eric was screaming at his 5 year old son at the top of his lungs, using the f word at his son, and mocking his son by calling him a girl's name. There were likely more videos but Eric took his daughter's cell phone. His Wife made other allegations against Eric with respect to prescription drug abuse, and the Court temporarily suspended his ability to drive with his children. Eric would contact me on nights and weekends and I would advise him how to handle a situation that arose with one or both of his daughters, who would direct profanity at him, refuse to see or speak with him, make scenes in restaurants. I tried my best working with Eric and his Wife's attorney. But there was too much anger and bitterness in both directions. Eric is a school teacher so if a complaint was filed with Child Protective, he could have had a finding of neglect or abuse against him, and possibly lost his job. While I tried my best to avoid something like CPS involvement, and was successful, and tried to calm matters down and find solutions, he and his Wife could not put aside their anger, and mutual poor judgment, and work in the best interests of their children. In regard to legal fees, Eric only paid a small percentage of the total fees in this matter, which included many trips to Court in Putnam County. He ignored requests for payment and ultimately filed bankruptcy. If you have questions about Eric's review, please contact me to discuss. Unfortunately, while I tried my best, and believe that his claims are baseless, there was only so much that anyone could do under these circumstances. Eric does not take responsibility for his circumstances, and looks to place blame on others. I wish Eric the best, and hope you will consider my side of this story.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Fredman Baken & Novenstern, LLP
  • 2019 - Present

Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Associations

  • the Westchester County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • the Northen Westchester Bar Association
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  • the New York Bar Association
  • Member
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  • the Family Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • the New York Collaborative Law Group
  • Member
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  • Northern Westchester Bar Association
  • President
  • 2002 - 2006
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Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am an attorney in practice in Westchester County for more than 30 years and recently for the second time I was on the opposite side of a difficult divorce case representing parties who were splitting after a long-term marriage. There were a multiplicity of complex issues and Ken Novenstern is a courteous, diligent, ethical, knowledgeable, tough opponent. He maintains an even temperament, rigidly focused on the interests of his client while at the same time remaining respectful and courteous to counsel on the other side. That is a difficult balance and Ken's clients are extremely well served with him and clearly they have made a wise choice in hiring him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ken in excess of two decades. He is an expert negotiator, and does his best to resolve matters in an amicable, cost effective and expeditious fashion. He treats his clients with compassion, and is always there to support their needs. His knowledge in the field of Matrimonial Law cannot be questioned. I highly endorse Ken as he is not only a credit to his profession; but in addition, a colleague whose integrity and skills cannot be matched."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am always comfortable referring clients to Ken. He is smart, diligent and highly experienced. I particularly appreciate his reasonable demeanor and authentic concern for his clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ken is an excellent attorney. We have worked on several cases together and he knows how to integrate advocacy with good faith negotiations to meet his clients’ interests and help them move forward with their life."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kenneth Novenstern is a zealous advocate for his clients. I have had several cases with Ken, both as opposing counsel and as collaborative counterpart. In settlement discussions with Ken, It quickly becomes apparent that he truly sympathizes with his clients’ needs and interests and that he tries to achieve the best outcome for them within the confines of the law. With that said, Ken guides his clients through the divorce process, offering settlement alternatives and helping his clients sidestep positions that will needlessly cause them to incur attorneys fees without hope for a positive outcome. It is a pleasure to deal with Ken, because you can be assured that while his clients interests are paramount, he is also focused on getting to a settlement that will be beneficial to his clients without losing sight of the financial and emotional toll being exacted by prolonged litigation."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Mount Kisco Divorce and separation Lawyer Kenneth J. Novenstern
Kenneth J. Novenstern
Divorce and separation Attorney
Mount Kisco, NY
Licensed for 37 years