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Nancy D. Kellman

Divorce and separation Attorney at White Plains, NY

4.7   16 reviews

Licensed for 36 years

About Nancy

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I am a life-long resident of Westchester County and have practiced law here for over 30 years. I chose to concentrate my practice in family law to help people as they go through the most challenging transitions in their lives. Family law is complex and ever-changing, and requires a deep level of experience.  As a devoted and learned practitioner, I am dedicated to guiding my clients through the difficulty of divorce and other family law matters, and getting them the best results possible, whether through traditional negotiation, litigation, collaborative law or mediation.

 

 

 

 

 

Licensed for 36 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1986
Updated 06/05/2022

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

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Law Office of Nancy D. Kellman
333 Westchester Avenue
Suite S302
White Plains, NY, 10604

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
Posted by alexis | January 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sharp and thorough
I interviewed 4 lawyers before I hired Nancy. I knew the minute I was in her office that she would be the one to represent me. In all fairness my case was quick. In those 8 months, Nancy was honest, responsible, thorough and reliable. She made good suggestions and always explained everything in great detail as we were going along. We were rushed to finished the case and Nancy promised me it would get done. It got done. I told her I could only spend a certain amount, and Nancy promised me that I would not spend more (obviously this was based on my case) and we did not spend more. I highly recommend working with Nancy and her team. Besides being lovely people, they are sharp and want the best deal for their clients. It was always obvious to me in the work they did, and in the suggestions they made. You want to feel comfortable, and cared for, and Nancy and her team make you feel this way during this difficult process.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2018
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Tough yet compassionate, and simply the best
What Nancy and her team have achieved for me and my children is difficult to put into just a few words. Nancy handled the NY law aspects for the successful return of my children from a foreign country under The Hague convention, where they had been wrongfully held. She coordinated a team of multi-jurisdictional attorneys in fending off the attempt to play two legal jurisdictions against each other. She navigated through a highly complex and adversarial divorce process with multiple legal challenges at both the Supreme Court and appellate court levels. She dealt with repeated and protracted custody, visitation and child support challenges. Last but not least, Nancy ensured that my children and I enjoy some normality in our lives thanks to a criminal restraining order in our favor. If it hadn't been for Nancy and her team, my children would not have had the opportunities to become the thriving young teenagers that they now are. Nancy takes the time to fully understand your case, from both a legal but also a human point of view. She is straight forward and tells you how things are, even if at times that may not be what you want to hear. She knows the law and the Westchester courts like no other. She disarms the other party's attorneys with facts, well-researched case law and convincing arguments. She is compassionate, caring, and empathetic. Yet she is tough and fights like no other for your cause. She applies a strategic and forward-looking approach to her advocacy, never just settling for a short-term win. She and her team are tremendously resourceful: her papers are always well researched, spot-on and artfully drafted. She cites case law and structures her arguments that earn her credibility and respect in court, all the while ripping through and exposing misleading or outright false statements of the other party. Nancy has advocated on my behalf for almost a decade. My life and that of my children would have been very different had it not been for her advocacy. She is more than just my attorney. She has become a friend. I am conscious that every case is different and has its challenges, but I don't know of any better family attorney in Westchester. Thank you, Nancy & team!
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Posted by Gardenia Diaz | November 8, 2021
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Knowledgeable and reliable!
Nancy was overall a blessing for me and my family! Nancy was knowledgeable compassionate and a great communicator. Nancy helped me unravel a child support situation where I signed a divorce without an attorney or clear child support order. After over a year with no child support for my children, I spoke with Nancy. With her guidance I found the courage to take on the challenge. I am extremely grateful for her support and helping me fight for my family. I highly recommend Nancy! Thank you Nancy and Jeanette!
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2020
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Beyond Satisfied!!!
I am beyond satisfied with the level of legal service which Nancy provided during one of the most challenging stages in my 4 year long divorce court experience. I am so thankful that I had Nancy in my corner to provide wise counsel and diligently work on my behalf to bring settlement to my case. During my divorce court experience I encountered many lawyers, and I can honestly say that Nancy was the most professional, convicted, and genuine persons that I met. Nancy guided me through two simultaneous court cases and created a settlement to provide a way for my family to finally be out of the court system. I knew that Nancy was genuinely dedicated to my situation. The service Nancy provided was exemplary. Nancy was extremely organized and even assisted me in the process of getting more organized. Nancy was always there when I needed her, and was very responsive. I would MOST DEFINITELY advise you to consult her services, Nancy is the TRUTH! I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with her, she is truly the best!
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2020
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A Terrific Attorney - Highly Recommend
I cannot recommend Nancy highly enough. I walked into her office unnerved by the divorce process, terrified of losing full custody, deeply worried about the asset division and feeling completely helpless. After just a few minutes of talking to her, Nancy not only understood my situation, but started to make me feel better about it. I was constantly impressed with Nancy's skills as an attorney. She immediately grasped the situation, made the process readily understandable, came up with strategies to deal with the thorniest of issues, was prepared to fight whenever necessary and ultimately obtained a far better result than I had thought possible. Nancy is also a gifted drafter and efficient attorney who not only prepared flawless papers, but did so quickly (my spouse's counsel charged considerably more to make changes to papers Nancy drafted than Nancy charged for preparing the papers from scratch and reviewing the other side's edits). As thrilled as I was with Nancy's legal work and the result she obtained, they pale in comparison to the gratitude I feel for the genuine kindness and concern she had for me and my kid.
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Posted by Brandon Gerring | February 15, 2020
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Amazing
Nancy and her team worked with me during one of the most difficult times in my life and they made the process almost effortless. Her attentiveness, compassion and professionalism was nothing short of amazing. I would recommend the legal services of Nancy D. Kellman to anyone
Posted by Ferenc | February 26, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
My experience with Nancy was excellent. The court system is extremely unfair and I had a very difficult time with it. Nancy did a great job of helping me understand it, and with accepting that getting upset or complaining wasn't going to help. I was very passionate about my case and she helped me stay focused on what was important. She also prevented me from taking actions that would have only cost me more money and prolonged the process - despite the fact that it would have added to my legal fees. She is also kind and compassionate.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2019
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Glad she was on MY side
Going through a custody dispute can be an incredibly difficult experience. Nancy made the process better than I could have expected. After being highly reccommended by a leading attorney in another field, Nancy immediately made me feel less fearful of the process that was ahead. She, and her team, was there for me every step of the way and ensured outcomes that were in the best interest of my child and me. She was always prepared and her experience was a vital asset to my case. It was clear that she genuinely cared about me and my child. She listened. She always gave thoughtful advice and explained possible scenarios. I always felt confident that she was on top of everthing that was going on. Not only did she provided caring counsel but she was as imppressive in court as she was in private meetings. Calling her office was always a pleasant experience. Everyone on her team was as caring she was. She always responded quickly to being contacted, and I certainly had to contact her often with all of the wacky things my ex was doing. I would reccommend Nancy to anyone because of her fierce advocacy for my case and I'm very glad she was on my side and not an attorney for the other side!
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2017
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Knowledgeable, Compassionate, and Tough
Nancy helped me navigate the most important and roughest waters of my life for over two years. Always putting my children first, and explaining the law every step of the way, she helped me achieve the most optimal outcome possible. She is undoubtedly very knowledgeable about divorce laws and procedures in NYS, but also, she's compassionate and tough, and will fight for you when/if necessary. I would highly recommend Nancy to anyone going through this difficult process without hesitation.
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Posted by Nancy | June 24, 2016
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Wonderful to work with
After being completely blindsided with custody papers over my daughter and having only 3 days to retain legal counsel, I met with Nancy Kellman and immediately felt at ease. She listened to my entire situation and reassured me that I wasn't going to lose custody. She went through the entire process step by step, from what questions would be asked of me, paperwork/documents that were needed from me, to which side of the court room we would be seated and what seat was mine. Her or her staff were always available when needed. She is incredibly knowledgable and everything she said would happen, did. She answered every one of my questions and I had lists upon lists of them. When some outrageous demands were made during our custody case, she didn't take any crap and fought for what was right and what was fair. She made a very difficult and stressful situation as smooth and easy as possible. She gave wonderful suggestions that I would never think of and in the end I was very satisfied with the outcome of my cases. It was very clear that Nancy was looking out for the wellbeing of my daughter and to make things better for her in the long run. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs family law representation. She is amazing.
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Posted by Helene | February 26, 2016
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Defines integrity
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest, Nancy is a 20. Nancy's focus on what was best for me and not what would result in increased billable hours for her was clear to me in all our interactions. Ironically, Nancy was recommended to me by an attorney friend who saw Nancy in action prepared, practical, articulate and real. Unfortunately for my friend, Nancy represented her ex-husband. Many year later, my friend saved Nancy's information and knew her skills would benefit someone one day. That someone was me.
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2016
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Great Representation
Nancy represented me through a difficult time and then gave me legal advice after the agreement. In both cases,Nancy was professional, well prepared and supportive. I felt she walked me through all of the options available to me, and kept good records. I highly recommend her for legal representation.
Posted by Susan | August 5, 2015
Client and fellow attorney
Nancy Kellman is a credit to the legal profession. She is bright, articulate, and always one step ahead of her adversary. She made a bad situation bearable. Ms. Kellman's attention to detail and preparation are bar none. Her dedication to her clients and the legal profession as a whole are unparalleled. Nancy Kellman is, by far, one of the finest divorce attorneys in Westchester.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2014
Exceptional representation
I used Nancy for a collaborative divorce a few years ago and she was an excellent, highly experienced lawyer who handled my case with competency and compassion. I was very pleased with my outcome. I have needed to contact her post divorce for a few issues and she has continued to help me as needed. I would definitely recommend Nancy to anyone who needs a good lawyer in a divorce.
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Posted by LH52014 | December 15, 2014
Wisdom and guidance made all the difference.
Nancy and team guided me effectively through unfamiliar territory. Nancy's approach was refreshing after interviewing two other aggressive divorce attorneys who had styles unlike my own. Nancy and I created an immediate working relationship and I had confidence I had a partner in my corner. She would stick to facts, provide me options/choices and work with me in patient and respectful ways to find a timely resolution for my family. I felt she acted in my best interest. She is a confident, credible, polished professional with extensive experience and knowledge in matrimonial law and a skilled negotiator. She and the team worked many hours on my matter. She is smart, honest, fair and direct in communications. There were no surprises during my time working with Nancy and her team. Nancy was masterful and articulate in the courtroom and focused on every word and detail in my agreement to protect the long term interest of my children. I am grateful to have worked with her and would recommend her to others.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2014
Disappointing given reputation
I was referred to Nancy by a friend as being an exceptional divorce lawyer. While she may be good in as a courtroom lawyer, she was highly disappointing to me as a negotiator and advocate. My perception after the fact is that Nancy is not good at thinking strategically. I asked her several times to give me the best and worst case scenario in my divorce so we could plan from that perspective. She never gave me a clear answer. She was also very unresponsive at times. For instance, I wrote a draft of an email I was going to send my wife about issues we were disagreeing over and sent it to Nancy to review and she replied that she would not be able to review it for at least four or five days because she was attending the NY State Bar Association meeting for Matrimonial lawyers. There were other times when she was virtually unavailable for an entire month because of other client commitments. Towards the end I felt that she was more interested in getting the case done than getting me the best deal. We had a meeting towards the end to go over 15 items that that the lawyers were supposed to have discussed and come to a tentative recommendation on. During the meeting we went out of the room and Nancy told me not to waste money on each of these issues. I said that was fine but I needed to know how what the recommendations were going to be on the outstanding issues so I could pick out the ones most important to me.. She said she did not remember what the recommendations were going to be. I felt that her tendency, esp. at the end, was to cut the baby in half but that only encouraged the other side to make larger demands so that half would be larger. But as a result of this, there were aspects of the settlement that played out in ways that I never anticipated and which I am sure that Nancy did not consider as well. I did not bother to go back to her at that point because if I am going to reopen my case, I will do it with another lawyer. I understand that Nancy has seen this review and intends to write a reply. When I started off on the road to divorce I really did not know what I was in for. I had heard that all divorce lawyers were horrible. I don’t think Nancy is dishonest and I suspect that in the Courtroom she shines. But I think in the context of negotiating a complicated settlement that I would have been better served by another lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Nancy D. Kellman
  • 1999 - Present
  • Partner
  • Pirro Collier Cohen & Halpern
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Partner
  • Gaines & Kellman
  • 1989 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Steven H. Gaines
  • 1986 - 1989
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Education

  • Pace University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Boston University
  • BA
  • 1981

Associations

  • Internation Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • New York Chapter, Board of Examiners
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2000 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • New York's Women Leaders in the Law
  • Leaders in the Law
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Pioneer of Justice and Equality for Women in the Law Award
  • Pace University School of Law, WALS
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top 25 Westchester
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Top 25 Westchester
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Top 25 Westchester
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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Publications

  • New York Magazine
  • Women Leaders in the Law
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Ms Kellman. I worked with her & her staff as opposing counsel on a contested divorce. She & her staff were not only very competent, but also very accommodating - despite respective clients who were "at war" with each other. Persons with Divorce & Family Law cases in Westchester & vicinity will be well-served by hiring her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nancy and I recently completed a trial together. While the case was highly contested and oftentimes heated, I found her to be courteous, fair and reasonable despite the challenging circumstances. She was very professional and always prepared."
Family Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Nancy. She's a fine lawyer and respected colleague."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I know Nancy to be a strong advocate for her clients and also to be that warm and generous person. I would recommend Nancy to my sister if she were getting divorced"

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White Plains Divorce and separation Lawyer Nancy D. Kellman
Nancy D. Kellman
Divorce and separation Attorney
White Plains, NY
Licensed for 36 years