Divorce-it's not about destruction...
For over 25 years, my legal career has been focused exclusively in the area of Divorce and Family Law. I represent clients in all aspects of divorce and family law matters, including divorce, custody, parenting schedules, support, equitable distribution, pre- and postnuptial agreements, and post-judgment proceedings.
Sadly, the word "divorce" has become synonymous with "destruction." But it does not have to be that way. I believe that divorce can and should be a process of restructuring the financial and parental aspects of a family unit in the most cost effective way with the least amount of emotional distress as possible. To that end, my practice focuses on collaborative divorce, mediation, and negotiated settlement in litigated matrimonial cases as highly effective alternatives to adversarial litigation.
My goal is to ensure that my client's interests are heard, understood and acknowledged so that the work of restructuring can occur and a fair settlement can be reached as early as possible.
A strong advocate for families, I am certified in mediation from the Ackerman Institute for the Family and highly trained in Collaborative Interdisciplinary Practice from the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals. I am also a Special Master for the Nassau County Supreme Court, appointed by Judges to assist in resolving highly contentious matrimonial cases before trial.
In addition to my professional legal experience, I am active in fundraising, philanthropy and community work through several organizations, including Girls Inc., Long Island, The Junior Welfare League of Huntington, The Safe Center, Hofstra University’s Women in Leadership Initiative, and the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Judge Gail Prudenti Top Women in Law Award||Hofstra University Center for Children, Families and the Law||2016|
|Leadership in Law||Long Island Business News||2016|
|Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business||Long Island Business News||2016|
|Top Legal Eagle||Long Island Pulse Magazine||2011|
|Top Legal Eagle||Long Island Pulse Magazine||2010|
|Founder||Kim M. Ciesinski, Esq., PLLC - ADR Law||2017 - Present|
|Partner||Schwartz & Ciesinski, LLP||2013 - 2017|
|Attorney||Tabat, Cohen, Blum & Yovino, LLP||2011 - 2013|
|Attorney||DiMascio & Associates,LLP||2009 - 2011|
|Principal||Law Office of Kim M. Ciesinski||1997 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Girls Inc., of Long Island||Board of Directors||2014 - Present|
|Nassau County Women's Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2012 - Present|
|Hofstra University Women in Leadership Iniative||N/A||2011 - Present|
|New York Association of Collaborative Professionals||N/A||2010 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Nassau County Bar Association||N/A||1990 - Present|
|Suffolk County Bar Association||N/A||1990 - Present|
|Remarkable Press||Stress-Free Divorce Volume 03: Conversations With Leading Divorce Professionals||2017|
|New York Law Journal||Collaborative Divorce: A Process Option Whose Time Has Come||2017|
|N.Y.U. Heyman Center For Philanthropy and Fundraising||Fundraising and Philanthropy||2009|
|Ackerman Institute For The Family||Mediation certifcation||2009|
|Hofstra University School of Law||J.D.||1989|
|Hofstra University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1986|
|New York Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Collaborative Law certification||N/A|
|Let's Talk Divorce Series with Stewart Andrew Alexander||Collaborative Divorce||2017|
|Law You Should Know||Alternatives to Divorce Litigation||2017|
|CISCO Women of Impact Conference||Women of Impact||2015|
|Hauppauge Industrial Association's Executive Breakfast||Women of Influence||2014|
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