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About me

    I am a former Assistant District Attorney with extensive trial and appellate experience.    I was president of the Orange County Bar Association in 2010-2011 and I am a former president of the Women's Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties.  I am an active member of the Orange County Collaborative Divorce practice group and I am a court appointed attorney for children.   I lecture for the PEACE program, an educational program for parents going through divorce or separation. 

      I have been attorney advisor for the Cardozo Law School trial advocacy program and I have taught continuing legal education courses in area of business valuation, new issues in Family Law and basic matrimonial practice. 


   I am knowledgable about the law, hardworking and I genuinely care about each of my clients.


    In my matrimonial/family law practice I handle matters in Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess and Ulster Counties.   I handle Appellate matters throughout New York.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Contact info

Strauss & Kallus PLLC

301 Main Street
Suite 2E
Goshen, NY, 10924

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
  2. Family: 20%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
  4. Appeals: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Harvey C. Kallus

    I endorse this lawyer. Barbara is experienced, knowledgeable and effective.


    Harvey Kallus Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • Michael David Meth

    I endorse this lawyer. She is experienced. She is an excellent litigator. She is knowledgeable. She fights for her clients and gets excellent results.


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NYCurrently registered 198003/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Pro Bono Legal ServicesOrange County Pro Bono Commitee, Access to Justice2013
Women of Achievement of Orange County Award Girl Scout Council and YWCA2004
Family Law Pro Bono AwardAmerican Bar Association1994
Pro Bono AwardOrange County Bar Association1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerStrauss & Kallus2015 - Present
AttorneyBarbara J. Strauss Law Offices1990 - Present
Senior Asst. District AttorneyOrange County District Attorney1982 - 1989
Asst. Regional AttorneyUnited States Department of Health and Human Services1980 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dispute Resolution Center of Orange and Sullivan CountiesMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeMember1990 - Present
New York State Womens Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Committee on Women in the LawMember2010 - 2013
Orange County Bar AssociationPresident2010 - 2011
New York State Bar AssociationHouse of Delegates2008 - 2012
State of NY Grievance Comm., 9th Judicial DistrictCommittee Member2006 - 2014
Friends House Runaway and Youth Shelter Advisory CommitteeMember1998 - 2010
Women's Bar Association of Orange and Sull. CountiesPresident1993 - 1994
Orange County Mental Health AssociationDirector1981 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Howe v. HoweAppellate Division ruled for Kevin Howe
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Wesleyan UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NBI Family Law CLEFamily Law from A to Z2011
A Practical Approach to Valuation Issues in Divorce Negotiation and LitigationValuation of Enhanced Earnings and Small Businesses2010
NBI Advanced Family Law CLEChanging Families and Children in the Courtroom2009
Cardozo Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy ProgramTrial Practice2009
DRC, Parents Apart ClassLegal Issues for Parents Going Through Custody litigationN/A