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The attorneys of Bodnar & Milone LLP provide their clients with tenacious representation throughout the course of their marital disputes. With attention to detail, but with an eye toward the bigger picture, the firm's lawyers are able to apply their experience to each client's unique situation and find the right solution.
Learn more about each of the firm's attorneys:
Peter O. Bodnar, a member of the firm, is an experienced matrimonial litigator, having so limited his practice over the course of the past 37 years. He also mediates matrimonial and family law matters. A member of the Executive Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association Family Law Section since 1992 (Chair from 2000 to 2002) and a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section since 2000 (presently Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee), he has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995, the Top 25 Westchester County Super Lawyers from inception to date, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (member of the Board of Governors of the New York State Chapter and previously Parliamentarian 2007–2008) and a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Bodnar is also a member of the Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Rockland-Westchester and of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell® and included in Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World, Mr. Bodnar is a lecturer for the New York State Bar Association, the Pace University School of Law Women's Justice Center and the Appellate Division, Second Department Law Guardian Program.
Beyond his legal work, Mr. Bodnar is a worldwide traveler, and husbands various business interests in Europe and Asia through entities based in Budapest, Hungary, an ancestral home.
Since her admission to the New York State Bar in 1990, and the Connecticut State Bar in 1989, Ms. Milone has limited her practice to matrimonial and family law, litigation and, more recently, Collaborative Divorce, an alternative dispute resolution methodology.
Ms. Milone has represented matrimonial litigants in the counties of Westchester, New York, Kings, Nassau and Suffolk, in both Supreme and Family Court and in the Appellate Divisions of the First and Second Departments. She is a long-time member of the Family Law Sections of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA) and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association. A member of the Executive Committees of the Family Law Sections of the NYSBA and the WCBA, Ms. Milone is immediate past Vice Chair and the current Chair of the Family Law Section of the WCBA. She has also been included in all editions of New York Super Lawyers from inception to date.
In addition, she is a founding member, past Vice President (2003-2005) and past President (2005-2007) of the Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Rockland-Westchester, a member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Ms. Milone periodically lectures for the Family Law Section of the NYSBA, and was Editor-in-Chief (2000-2008) of the Domestic Law Review, a quarterly publication of the Family Law Section of the WCBA. She also co-authored an article entitled “Judicial Alchemy: Turning Losses into Marital Assets,” which was published in the Spring, 2000 and Millennium issues of the Family Law Review, a publication of the NYSBA Family Law Section.
Pamela Jenson, who has practiced exclusively in the field of matrimonial law for more than 25 years, is a 1982 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and a 1979 summa cum laude graduate of SUNY Buffalo, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1999 and has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Family Law. Her practice includes the negotiation and drafting of prenuptial agreements, the negotiated resolution of marital and family disputes, post-divorce issues, litigation, and appeals, as well as a growing practice in the burgeoning field of collaborative law. She is a member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, the Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Rockland/Westchester, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and the Family Law Sections of the New York State Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association. Ms. Jenson has also been included in New York Super Lawyers from 2010 to date.
Robert D. Feder brings 30-plus years of matrimonial and family law practice experience to Bodnar & Milone LLP. Rob graduated magna cum laude from Brown University. Upon receiving his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rob's legal experience centered in Philadelphia, where he was associated with Abrahams & Loewenstein for six years and then was a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis for 23 years.Rob thereafter became of counsel to Cozen O'Connor in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, until joining Bodnar & Milone as counsel.
Rob is the editor and contributing author of three national books addressing the financial aspects of divorce: Valuation Strategies in Divorce; Valuation of Specific Assets in Divorce; and the ABA Family Law Section publication, The Family Lawyer’s Guide to Stock Options. Rob has also published extensively in Pennsylvania Law Weekly and Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, among other publications, about the financial side of divorce.
Rob has lectured extensively over many years for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Family Law Section, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section, and the National Business Institute on numerous topics including business valuation, ERISA and non-ERISA pension plans, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, executive compensation, and the valuation and distribution of alternative investments, hedge funds and private equity funds.
Erik Kristensen graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1996 and was admitted to the New York bar in 1997. He has represented matrimonial litigants in the counties of Westchester, New York, Bronx, Richmond, Kings and Queens, in both the Supreme and Family Court, and in the Appellate Divisions of the First and Second Departments. He is a member of the Family Law Sections of the New York State and Westchester County Bar Associations and has lectured for the New York State Bar Association. In the course of his representation of matrimonial litigants, Mr. Kristensen has successfully prosecuted, or opposed, appeals in the Appellate Division, Second Department, resulting in the following holdings in which the positions he advanced were adopted:
Boster-Burton v. Burton, 73 A.D.3d 671, 900 N.Y.S.2d 375 (2nd Dept., 2010), wherein the Appellate Division determined that, with regard to equitable distribution of a non-transferable membership in a country club, “the Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion and achieved equity between the parties by awarding the plaintiff a distributive award equal to the cost of a 'house membership.'"
Szekely v. Szekely, 73 A.D.3d 1158, 902 N.Y.S.2d 129 (2nd Dept., 2010), wherein the Appellate Division reversed the denial by the trial court of a request for counsel fees to which the movant was entitled pursuant to the default provision in the parties' settlement agreement.
Milone v. Milone, 51 A.D.3d 643, 857 N.Y.S.2d 673 (2nd Dept., 2008), wherein the Appellate Division reversed the direction by the trial court that the mother ought comply with the visitation provisions of a Judgment of Divorce, holding that "[t]he Supreme Court should have denied that branch of the defendant's motion which was to direct the plaintiff to comply with [the] visitation provisions [of the Judgment of Divorce]. It might be appropriate to direct a custodial parent to comply with such visitation provisions when that parent is interfering with the noncustodial parent's visitation rights. Here, however, the defendant failed to offer any evidence showing, or even tending to show, that the plaintiff was 'estrang[ing] the children from' him. In fact, the evidence actually shows that the plaintiff was encouraging the children to have a relationship with the defendant. Accordingly, there was no need to direct the plaintiff to comply with the visitation provisions in question since the evidence demonstrated that she was already doing so."
Gross v. Gross, 15 A.D.3d 442, 789 N.Y.S.2d 447 (2nd Dept., 2005), wherein the Appellate Division affirmed the trial court, holding that "[a]bsent a showing of an unanticipated and unreasonable change in circumstances, the support provisions of the agreement should not be disturbed.'"
Mr. Kristensen is a member of the Ethics Committee for the Village of Pleasantville.
Elizabeth E. Erickson has been practicing exclusively in the field of matrimonial and family law since prior to her graduation from law school, having completed an internship with Blick & Co. Solicitors, in London, England, during which she appeared in the Royal Courts of Justice on several family law and matrimonial matters. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Erickson served as the Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Ronald L. Reisner, in the Family Part of the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, where she assisted with drafting decisions and orders on all issues before that Court, including applications for pendente lite relief. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Erickson gained further experience as an attorney for the New York City Administration for Children's Services and as an associate with Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, PLLC, in Garden City, New York.
Ms. Erickson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College and her Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law in May, 2006, where she maintained a position on the Dean's List. While at New England School of Law, Ms. Erickson was the Executive Case and Note Editor for the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, for which she was honored as Editor of the Year. Ms. Erickson was awarded a number of honors for academic achievement and community dedication, including the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Student Bar Association Service Person of the Year and, upon graduation, was presented by the Dean with the New England School of Law Service Award.
Ms. Erickson holds memberships in the New York State Bar Association (Family Law Section), Westchester County Bar Association (Family Law Section) and Nassau County Bar Association (Matrimonial Committee). She is also a member of the American Bar Association, which in 2006, honored her with a Bronze Key for her service to the organization.