Unflagging client commitment
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.
Erik Kristensen graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1996 and was admitted to the New York bar in 1997. Commencing in 2000, Mr. Kristensen limited his practice to exclusively matrimonial and family law matters, with regard to which he has represented litigants in the County of Westchester, and the five counties within New York City, in both the Supreme and Family Courts, as well as before the Supreme Courts for both Rockland and Ulster County.
Mr. Kristensen has represented litigants in appeals to the Appellate Division, Second Department, upon family law matters on numerous occasions and in which the Court adopted the position he advanced on behalf of his client: (Matter of Duff v. Gregory, 2016 NY Slip Op 00185 [2nd Dept 2016]; Casler v. Casler, 131 A.D.3d 664 [2d Dept 2015]; Dickson v. Dickson, 127 A.D.3d 1128 [2d Dept 2015][on the brief]; Matter of Gregory v. Gregory, 109 A.D.3d 616 [2nd Dept, 2013]; Boster-Burton v. Burton, 92 A.D.3d 909 [2nd Dept 2012]; Boster-Burton v. Burton, 73 A.D.3d 671, 900 N.Y.S.2d 375 [2nd Dept 2010]; Szekely v. Szekely, 73 A.D.3d 1158, 902 N.Y.S.2d 129 [2nd Dept 2010]; Milone v. Milone, 51 A.D.3d 643, 857 N.Y.S.2d 673 [2nd Dept 2008]; Gross v. Gross, 15 A.D.3d 442, 789 N.Y.S.2d 447 [2nd Dept 2005].
Mr. Kristensen is a member of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, of which Section he is a member of the Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee. Mr. Kristensen has lectured for the New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program upon the following topics: “The Basics of Business Valuation in Matrimonial Practice”, (March 2016); “Family Court Practice. Topic: Motion Practice”, (April 2014); “Basic Matrimonial Practice - Motions and Pretrial Intervention (Ocober, 2013); “Basic Matrimonial Practice: Practice Management, Ethics, and Professionalism", (Spring, 2009). Mr. Kristensen is also a member of the Domestic Relations and Family Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association, with regard to which he is presently the Treasurer. Mr. Kristensen has lectured for that organization upon the topic of “Cutting-Edge Legal Technology for Family Lawyers and Using Your iPad in the Courtroom" (June, 2013). He is a resident of the Village of Pleasantville, where he serves as a member of the Village’s Ethics Committee, and as a Board Member of the local AYSO organization.
Justin Contratto is an experienced family law practitioner and trial attorney.
Prior to joining Bodnar and Milone, Justin worked for well-regarded matrimonial firms in Manhattan and Northern Virginia, where he represented clients in complex matrimonial matters. Justin’s matrimonial practice has focused on the representation of high net worth individuals, including partners at major law firms, tech industry and finance executives, and high-profile public figures.
Justin began his legal career in Brooklyn Family Court as a trial attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, where he was respected for his exceptional trial skills and devotion to his clients. While with the Juvenile Rights Practice, Justin was elected by his peers to the position of Vice-President of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, a testament to his tireless advocacy.
Following three years with the Juvenile Rights Practice, Justin transferred to the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice in Manhattan. Justin represented clients charged with all manner of crimes, from minor infractions to serious felony offenses in Manhattan Criminal and Supreme Courts. Always a fierce advocate for his clients, Justin conducted both bench and jury trials as sole and lead counsel.
Justin received his B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota, and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.