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I am an aggressive advocate and experienced trial attorney. My firm concentrates in the areas of divorce and family law.

Divorce cases involve vital issues of custody, visitation, support, maintenance and asset distribution.  Family Court matters involve similarly crucial issues of paternity, custody, visitation, support, maintenance and orders of protection.

I am dedicated to providing you with the very best legal representation at this important time.  I have litigated many high-conflict, high net worth and complex cases to a positive resolution.  I also handle simple uncontested divorces and provide mediation services.

I will ensure that your rights and interests are protected.  I am focused on obtaining the best possible outcome for you, whether by negotiation or trial.

I can help you to obtain a favorable outcome in all types of post-judgment matters, including enforcement, modification and appeal of existing court orders.  I can assist you in child relocation, change in custody/visitation and support modification/enforcement.

Your case is important to me.  My success is measured in the level of service that I provide to you.  I understand that my clients are often facing a difficult and challenging time in their lives.  I am known to treat clients with compassion and respect.  Most importantly, I will strive to earn your trust and keep it.

A custom-tailored, problem-solving approach will be designed at the very outset based upon the unique facts of your situation.  Cost and economic factors are always considered in advance.  Your case will be handled with utmost care and attention to detail.

You will be kept fully apprised of the day to day, moment by moment, developments in your case.  Questions and concerns are answered with patience and understanding.  Complicated legal issues will be explained in easy to understand terms.

You will have the opportunity to play an active role.  Your input will be valued.  My clients get the respect that they deserve.  Many of my cases have been published as essential legal precedent.

I am always easily reachable, typically on very short notice.  Evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.  I offer reasonable retainers and affordable rates.  

My Garden City office is located near Roosevelt Field Mall.  My Suffolk County office is located in Hauppauge.

Call now for your no-cost case consultation (516) 368-2484.



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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Family: 40%
  3. Personal Injury: 10%



Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I have known Phil for many years, and can whole-heartedly endorse him. He is an excellent lawyer and a good person. He knows how to navigate clients through emotionally stressful processes and secure the best possible outcomes for them. Phil is a credit to the profession.


    David Rubenstein
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    I've had the pleasure of knowing Phil for over ten years now. During these years, he has shown a work ethic unmatched by any attorney I know. Recently, a family friend approached me seeking advice on her pending divorce. Despite having paid a substantial retainer, her attorney had done little to move her case along. I referred her to Phil. After retaining him, Phil resolved her matter expeditiously. He was also able to recover a portion of the retainer she had paid her first attorney. In short, she could not have been happier. It goes without saying, I highly recommend Phil.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rated AttorneyLead Counsel2015
10 Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in New YorkAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
2015 New York Metro Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Top Legal EagleLong Island Pulse Magazine2015
Top 100 Family LawyersThe American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 100 Matrimonial and Family LawyersThe National Advocates2014
Rated "Excellent"Avvo2014
Rated AttorneyLead Counsel2014
Top Contributor-DivorceAvvo2014
Top Contributor-DivorceAvvo2013
Top Contributor-DivorceAvvo2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerPhilip A. Kusnetz, P.C.2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
The American Institute of Family Law AttorneysMember2015 - Present
The National AdvocatesMember2014 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of New YorkAdmitted to Practice2004 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New YorkAdmitted to Practice2000 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2000 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Nassau County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Suffolk County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Nassau County Matrimonial Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Suffolk County Matrimonial Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fredericks v. Fredericks, 85 A.D.3d 1107, 927 N.Y.S.2d 109Appellate Division reduces trial court award of retroactive child support (which was decided on submission) by approximately 50%.
In the Matter of Dorf v. Alvalle, 76 A.D.3d 629, 905 N.Y.S.2d 911.Appellate Division reverses trial court finding of contempt and incarceration against client (previously represented by different counsel) for alleged failure to provide visitation with no change to existing custodial arrangement.
Ins. Co. Of the State of Penn. v. Lubo, 188 Misc.2d 849, 729 N.Y.S.2d 829.Insurer not permitted to exclude either claimant from examination room during the other's examination or testimony
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Publication nameTitleDate
New York ReporterMendez v. Wierzba2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of RochesterPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1994