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Robert S. Sunshine

Divorce and separation Attorney at Pearl River, NY

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1991
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Robert

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I am a former Assistant Corporation counsel to the City of New York and New York City Police and Fire Departments. I now handle all types of civil litigation, personal injury matters, divorces cases and family law issues (including, but not limited to, custody, visitation and child support). Feel free to contact me at or through my email at


Law Office of Robert S Sunshine PC
One Blue Hill Plaza
Pearl River, NY, 10965

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Posted by Steve | July 30, 2021
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Outstanding outcomes
We have a large family and some of our children have experienced marital issues with separation, custody, relocation requests, divorce and malicious accusations. In each instance we turned to Robert Sunshine for guidance and representation resulting in the best possible outcomes. Robert was able to assess each situation, advise our children on the best course of action, manage their expectations, calm their stress and deliver results. He always presented a calm façade in review; and then a high expertise and passion in the courtroom. We were amazed at how well prepared he was and how he anticipated even the remotest of possible topics that could have arisen. He always had supporting documentation available with him and rebuttal material available for each. Where possible, Robert tried to mitigate expenses, which acted to reassure us of his focus on the end result, rather than extending billing hours. Our family was comforted in the knowledge that Robert would provide the best representation possible and could not have been more pleased watching his work in the courtroom, especially when compared to the opposing counsel. In a few instances the judge actually took guidance from him. He was familiar with various jurisdictions and the nuances of each judge’s thinking. The end results were above anything we could have hoped for. The bottom line is that Robert under-promises and over achieves. We strongly recommend his services to anyone in need of marital representation.
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Posted by Michael | March 26, 2019
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Unbelievably knowledgeable and effective.
I had a matrimony case that was stalled in the court system for nearly 10 years. After losing every major decision...I hired Mr. Sunshine to help me bring my case to a closure. Boy did I make the right decision. In a relatively short period of time...we were able to change momentum of the case and bring it to a successful closure. I can't thank Mr. Sunshine enough. We had our moments of butting heads a bit, but that's normal when two people roll up their sleeves and get to work. So knowledgeable about the law it is silly. Nothing gets by this professional. I hope you never need his professional services, but if you do .....don't walk to his office....RUN. It will be the best decision you ever make.
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Posted by Gina | April 5, 2018
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Sales Associate
Hiring Mr Robert Sunshine as my divorce attorney was the best thing I've ever done! for my divorce case, As a plaintiff Mr Sunshine stood by me consult and educate me , He givies me great advise and always communicate with me through phones and on emails. His great knowledge of family law and his strong competent personality as a lawyer made the defendant settle the case and i recieved the settlement that i deserved . Im forever grateful to Mr Sunshine for all the help he did for me ! Im definitely recommend him to everyone!
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Posted by marc | April 1, 2018
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A big help in time of need
At a very low point in life I met a lawyer who was reccommened by another. The effort put forth on my behave was refreshing. Anyone who has been in court you always see lawyers reading the case as they walk into the courtroom, Rob didn't do this he knew my case personally, all the facts and what my goals were. he doesn't look for the easy answer! by the time this whole ordeal was done I gained a lot of respect not only for the Lawyer Rob Sunshine BUT the man he is. His Integrity! His Compassion for me and my children. I have gained trust in him not only as a lawyer but also as a confidant .
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Posted by Dermot | March 29, 2018
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The absolute best!!!
I could not be happier with Robert as my attorney. Robert represented me for both my divorce and then a custody issue. His knowledge, professionalism and personal touch are all superb. When first meeting Robert he explained the entire process to me and helped me though the most difficult part of my life. His care and actions showed not only caring for me as a client but also as a person. He took the time to get to know me, my situation and what I wanted for the outcome. Going into Court with Robert I was always confident in his ability to fight for my rights and wishes. Every time in Court we got the outcome I wanted. Every time. If you are going through a divorce or custody issue Robert is by the far the best to see in New York State. I have referred several friends to Robert who have all remarked about the incredible difference from their initial attorney to then having Robert. The absolute best.
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Posted by Georgia | March 28, 2018
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Simply the Best
I had retained Robert Sunshine to represent me in a highly contentious child custody proceeding. Robert Sunshine was conscientious, diligent and always prepared. He maintained constant contact throughout the pendency of my case and demonstrated amazing litigation skills both in and out of the courtroom. In the end, I retained full legal and physical custody of my three children and I am forever grateful for his hard work and dedication to my case. I highly recommend Robert Sunshine Esq.
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Posted by XLY | April 6, 2016
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A Rare Exception
I switched my attorney to Mr.Sunshine in the middle of my divorce. This was the turning point when the legal battle began to change to a more fair game. Prior to that, I experienced humiliation multiple times by my ex-spouse's attorney and my attorney had no idea how to stop it. Thank goodness that I fired the previous one and got Mr.Sunshine to continue the legal battle. His knowledge, expertise, sharpness and preciseness immediately showed an upper hand on and off the courtroom. Under his guidance, my case received a fair judgement. Not only that I regained dignity and confidence but was also awarded what I deserved the most in family property and assets division. I'm very fortunate to have retained Mr.Sunshine as my attorney. The most impressive of Mr.Sunshine is his professionalism. He always puts the best interest of his clients in mind. He responds to emails/calls within hours, not through his secretary but writing or calling his clients himself. That gives his clients a piece of mind eliminating the anxiety of waiting. Prior to retain Mr.Sunshine as my legal representative, I wondered if he would be like what the rumor said about his profession -- simply put, "blood sucker". But Mr.Sunshine has proved with his own action and character that he is one of the few remaining exceptions to the bad lawyering reputation.
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Posted by DM | October 15, 2015
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Best Divorce Attorney In Rockland County By Far
If you are getting divorced in Rockland County run to Mr. Sunshine's office before your spouse does. His knowledge, experience, skills and personality are beyond comparison to any other attorney in Rockland. Before I hired him I spoke to friends of mine in the legal profession and every one of them told me to get Robert before your wife does. Professional and personable, a true champion of justice. I am lucky to have Mr. Sunshine representing me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2014
Mr. Sunshine represented my interests during my divorce. He kept me informed during the entire process. He was very knowledgeable about the matrimonial laws. I trusted his judgment as he guided me through the process and as a result of his expertise, I got the best possible result. I would recommend him to anyone who is going through a divorce.
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Posted by Alexandra | December 4, 2014
Best Divorce Attorney in Rockland, NY
Mr. Sunshine's stewardship represented me in my divorce. And through his stewardship, I was able to finalize my divorce i a favorable manner. He was attentive, knowledgeable, and professional. He is, by far, the best divorce attorney in Rockland County, NY.
Posted by Janine | October 8, 2014
Trustworthy and Knowledgeable
Robert Sunshine is the epitome of who a lawyer should be. Robert effectively handled my difficult divorce and child custody case. After meeting with a few attorneys, a friend recommended I speak with Robert. The second I left his office, I knew I made the right decision. His demeanor immediately put me at ease. He was compassionate and understanding to my emotional situation. His pervasive knowledge of the law proved to be the key role in the successful outcome of the proceedings. Robert fights effectively and wholeheartedly for his clients and never once did I feel like just a paycheck. His continued support and communication , regarding my case, throughout the process assured me that I was in the most capable hands possible. I am forever grateful to him for the care in which he handled my case.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2014
Highly Recommended Attorney - knowledgeable, professional and excellent at communicating with his clients...
I recently obtained Mr. Robert Sunshine to handle a divorce and child custody/support case for me. I was extremely satisfied with our ability to work together and the outcome of the case. Robert Sunshine is knowledgeable, professional and excellent at communicating with his clients. He proceeds with care for his clients and always explains pieces thoroughly. As Mr. Sunshine is extremely approachable, his manner is conducive for clients who are savvy and also those who need more thorough explanation in areas. It is clear why he has an outstanding reputation. I have referred several people to Mr. Sunshine in the past few months. He is someone I would turn to without hesitation in the future.
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Posted by Carol | June 25, 2014
Breaks the mold of the typical sterotype of a "Lawyer" which is a good thing!
I was provided with Mr. Sunshine's name from the Center of Safety and Change. Previously I had called a local attorney whom I had seen in court many times during a divorce. That attorney I had referred several clients to and went to the initial meeting with one of them. (point is he knew me) 3 of them retained him. He refused to meet with me for 20 minutes to see if I should go forward unless I gave him a retainer. I consulted Mr. Sunshine a few times regarding a unusual support issue. He gave me great advice was very knowledgeable and even took the time to research case law on the matter and personal get back to me. Mr. Sunshine wouldn't even take a retainer from me as he felt I could handle the first step on my own rather then paying him. He even asked me to follow up with him after the court date. When I did he gave me direction and answered my questions. He doesn't talk down to me and showed a lot of compassion. He wasn't a money hungry lawyer that viewed a client as a dollar bill with a name. I will 100% retain him when we get to that step and have and will continue to speak highly about him.
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Posted by Stephen | April 12, 2013
Robert S. Sunshine
In the 25 + years of law enforcement experience I have, brilliance of Mr. Sunshine's calibre I have never seen. He is quick, sharp, direct, and cost effective. Leaving his office you know you are in the right hands. There was never a moment that I felt out of the loop on my litigation. If this law firm cant get what you need done in the legal arena, than it CAN'T be done.
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Posted by Rita | July 23, 2012
Excellent job by a great lawyer
Robert handled a summary proceeding for me and quickly and inexpensively obtained the result I wanted when others before him had failed. I would highly recommend him as a lawyer. Great job!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department
  • 2003 - Present
  • Principal
  • Law Office of Robert S. Sunshine, P.C.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Principal
  • Jones Hirsch Connors & Bull
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel
  • Corporation Counsel Of The City Of New York
  • 1990 - 1992
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  • Fordham University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Samala v. Samala, 309 A.D.2d 798; 765 N.Y.S.2d 523 (2d Dept. 2003)
  • Appellate reversal of trial court.
  • Pezza v. Pezza, 300 A.D.2d 555; 752 N.Y.S.2d 550 (2d Dept. 2002).
  • Status Quo preserved for client.
  • Neuman v. Harmon, 965 F. Supp. 503 (S.D.N.Y.1997).
  • Settled in favor of client.


  • Rockland County Bar Association, Family and Matrimonial Law Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2012 - Present
  • Rockland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Rockland County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Staff Member of the International Law Journal
  • Fordham Law School
  • N/A


  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Divorce Law A to Z
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • New York Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Divorce Law A to Z
  • 2015
  • Continuing Legal Education, NYC Law Department
  • Trends in Sec. 7-201(c) of the NYC Admistrative Code
  • 1993

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
Endorse Robert
Family Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have not had the pleasure of working with Bob. However, I have seen him in Supreme And Family Court many times and have spoken with him. I believe him to be an outstanding advocate who puts his client's best interest at the forefront . He is very knowledgeable in the area of Family/Matrimonial Law and if that weren't a large part of my practice, I would not hesitate to refer a client to him and would do so with full confidence that the client would get stellar representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart, focused and caring attorney. Dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I highly respect Bob's work in divorce and family law."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert is a tough, knowledgeable lawyer who is both prepared and capable to handle legal matters."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sunshine is a skilled adversary who is well versed in many areas of the law. He is an aggressive, attentive and zealous advocate for his clients and a skilled trial lawyer. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Sunshine not only in areas of family law, but in personal injury as well."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert Sunshine is an attorney of integrity, knowledge and experience. His ability to evaluate a case and determine the proper course of action makes him a wise choice for clients finding themselves in need of assistance in a variety of legal situations, including divorce, family matters and general litigation. I have not hesitated recommending his services and would not hesitate to do so in the future."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robert Sunshine is a highly skilled trial lawyer and talented attorney. I have worked on a number of matters with him and always found him to be a skilled adversary. With an amazing memory for case law and civil procedure, he has developed a reputation in recent years as the lawyer other lawyers call to "pick his brain" on complex trial and evidentiary issues. He is respected by the bench and bar alike and is widely regarded as a skilled trial lawyer with a solid command of the law. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking an experienced and ethical attorney for any matter requiring intelligent and appropriately aggressive representation."
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Pearl River Divorce and separation Lawyer Robert S. Sunshine
Robert S. Sunshine
Divorce and separation Attorney
Pearl River, NY
Licensed for 33 years