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Your legal team will make all the difference in your family law case. Our attorneys work and practice together as one unit offering each client and each matter the best skills that each lawyer and the entire firm can offer.

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Val Kleyman
Founder, NY Managing Attorney
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Andriana Toscano
Partner, NJ Managing Attorney
Jaclyn Zackowitz
Partner, FL Managing Attorney
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Richard Arce
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Sarah Smith, Esq.
Associate Attorney

A Versatile Family Law Firm That Can Pivot to Meet the Needs of Each Case


When it comes to family matters, we firmly believe that one size does not fit all. As such, our team applies years of dispute resolution experience to curating a bespoke legal approach that is specific to our clients’ complex needs. Your circumstances and goals are at the forefront of our strategizing, consequently, we operate under strict principles of communication, transparency, full disclosure, and fair dealing  – it is these qualities that allow us to achieve results with discretion, efficiency, and flexibility.

Our attorneys are dedicated to family law matters, having committed their careers to providing seamless, efficacious, and rigorous legal services across the full spectrum of challenges facing our clients as their families go through difficult periods of change. We have earned a reputation as a firm that understands the legal and emotional dynamics of these issues and are resolved to work alongside you to protect what matters most, your livelihood and your family’s wellbeing.

Leading attorneys in family dispute resolution


Our firm achieves exceptional results because we are innate family law litigators – balancing the complex psychological, legal, reputational and financial needs of our clients comes naturally to us and sets us apart from general practitioners.

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Top NYC Divorce Lawyer

Val Kleyman is selected as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer in New York multiple years. Catherine McKinney and Andriana Toscano are selected as Rising Stars. These ratings are awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys by Super Lawyers, a rating service that selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process.

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Top 30 Divorce Lawyer NYC

Val Kleyman was named one of the Top 30 Divorce Lawyers in New York City by the The National Advocates. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified lawyers who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile.

National Association Of Distinguished Counsel
Top 1% of Nations Divorce Lawyers

Val Kleyman was named in “1% Of Attorneys In The Nation” in divorce and family law. Less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys”. The recipients of this prestigious award is rated “Top Divorce Lawyer NYC” and have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession.

Peer Rating 5 out of 5

Val Kleyman received a Peer Review Rating from Martingale-Hubbell. Mr. Kleyman was rated “5 out of 5” for the following categories: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience.

American Society Of Legal Advocates
Top 100 Family Lawyers

Val Kleyman was selected as “Top 100 Family Lawyers” by the American Society Of Legal Advocates. This selection is awarded to only 1.5% of lawyers nationwide and is based on stellar legal credentials, leadership, highest professional standards and proven commitment to community engagement.

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Val Kleyman is rated “Superb”, 10 out of 10 for divorce and family law by This top divorce lawyers in New York rating is awarded to attorneys with high level of satisfaction among past clients, as well as a seal of approval from other attorneys in the matrimonial law community.

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Val Kleyman has been selected as “Elite Lawyer” In New York for the areas of matrimonial and family law by the Elite Lawyer, a rating service which recognizes attorneys who exhibit the highest degree of client satisfaction in their field.

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Val Kleyman received “Lead Counsel” certification as best divorce lawyer NYC. Certification is awarded to attorneys that demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability.

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The Kleyman Law Firm was selected as on of the “Top Divorce Lawyers In New York City” by after analyzing credentials of 1,902 Divorce Lawyers serving New York City.

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At Kleyman Law Firm, we are family lawyers par excellence.

A team with experience and knowledge

You will benefit from our team’s exclusive commitment to family law matters. Your attorney will be part of a highly rated and recognized team with diverse skill sets and backgrounds, many of whom were trained by NYC matrimonial judges. We know our courts, judges, and procedures and will provide you with the best divorce attorney NYC has to offer across a range of substantive legal practices

A team that’s always a call away

You will benefit from our investment in you as a person, not just as a client. The unique nature of family law disputes requires a special sensitivity to the quickly shifting, emotional circumstances that you may find yourself in, and we are committed to being available to guide, support, and defend you whenever it’s needed. We promise a high level of service, reflective of the human element of this stressful period. We guarantee you will always experience direct access to an attorney, not support staff.

A team that understands

Our team of six attorneys works collaboratively and with complementarity across all kinds of cases from aggressive, trial-ready briefs to collaborative, mediation or arbitration strategies.

Your attorney will be a specialist, not just in the law but in the emotional nuances of legal and relational change, with an extensive network of resources in mental health, forensic science, and private investigation services to ensure you and your family are supported through and beyond the legal dynamic.

Maintaining a breadth of legal knowledge and a meticulous attention to detail are the most important tools in an attorney’s arsenal: our attorneys are skillful in family law matters and they are dedicated to resolving issues amicably and fairly. This is not about profit maximization – it is about securing livelihoods confidently and justly, without unnecessary hostility.

How we accomplish this:

  • Exclusive practice of divorce and family law.
  • Initial cooperative and amicable approach on every matter.
  • Best interests and goals of the client prioritized over billable hours.

What makes us so successful in the field is not only our legal accolades, qualifications, and training, it is our understanding of the emotional stakes and psychological processes involved in marital breakdown. Putting people before profit makes commercial sense. Resolving cases early through settlement may mean fewer billable hours, however, it both nurtures our reputation and frees up our team to procure more work and more vigorously pursue cases at trial.

How we accomplish this:

  • Combination of legal and psychological approaches to family law.
  • Prioritization of positive mental health of clients and their children.
  • Understanding of challenges and side effects pre and post family conflict.

Approaching our clients as individuals means confidently taking a firm stance when this is called for. While we strive for settlement where possible, we thrive on complexity and excel at trial across a range of circumstances – we always prioritize securing our clients’ privacy and financial interests in the courtroom.

How we accomplish this:

  • Preference for speedy cooperative settlement and resolution
  • Effective litigation and trial strategy
  • Strong result driven courtroom advocacy

results driven by dedication 

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If you’re considering legal advice for a family law matter, don’t get distressed by costs you haven’t accrued yet. Every legal journey is different, especially in family cases. Talking to a member of our team for free could ease your mind and get you on the right path for securing legal and financial independence.

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