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Tamara A. Mitchel practices in all aspects of matrimonial and family law. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, after receiving her B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College, where she was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She also graduated from the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute of the American Bar Association, Family Law Section. Ms. Mitchel has been selected for inclusion in the New York Metro Super Lawyers list for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Ms. Mitchel was a partner at Berman Frucco Gouz Mitchel & Schub p.c., having worked at the firm since 2002, prior to the merger of that firm’s attorneys into BodnarMilone. She has represented clients in negotiating and drafting agreements and litigating complex financial, child custody, domestic violence, and post-divorce enforcement and modification matters. She previously worked at the Pace Women’s Justice Center, where she was one of the original supervising attorneys of the Family Court Legal Program, in which she represented, and taught law students to represent, hundreds of domestic violence victims in order of protection, custody and support proceedings in the Westchester County Family Courts. Ms. Mitchel previously worked as an associate in matrimonial and family law for a sole practitioner and local court judge in Westchester County, and as an associate in litigation at a large, corporate law firm in New York City.
Ms. Mitchel is a past Chair of the Westchester County Bar Association Family Law Section, holding that position from 2014 to 2016. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Domestic Law Review, published by that Section, for over 7 years, until 2014 and is currently Co-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of that Section. Ms. Mitchel serves by appointment as Co-Chair of the Custody Committee, and on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section. She also serves by appointment on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation. Ms. Mitchel is a member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, certified to practice collaborative law. Ms. Mitchel is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.
Ms. Mitchel frequently lectures for and chairs Continuing Legal Education programs for attorneys on many different topics in matrimonial and family law. Among the organizations for whom she lectures are the New York State Bar Association, Pace University School of Law Center for Continuing Legal Education, the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, the Ninth Judicial District Committee to Promote Gender Fairness in the Courts, and the Pace Women’s Justice Center Survivor’s Law Project/Moderate Means Panel. She has also frequently lectured on topics in matrimonial and family law to financial organizations and community service providers such as Citigroup’s Women & Co. and the Family Law Lecture Series of the Westchester Division of the Pace Women’s Justice Center. Ms. Mitchel has authored numerous accredited continuing legal education materials on various topics in matrimonial and family law, co-authored a law review article on the constitutional rights of domestic violence victims, and wrote an in-service police training manual on domestic violence published by Westchester County. Ms. Mitchel has also recently appeared on television and radio, as well as authored a newspaper article, on various topics in divorce law.
Ms. Mitchel has twice been awarded a Certificate of Distinguished Service by the Westchester County Office of the County Executive, for her legal service to the citizens of Westchester County. In 2011 she was awarded the Diane White Legal Advocacy Award by the Pace Women’s Justice Center, received a U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Proclamation, and two New York State Senate Proclamations for her legal services to the community.
Ms. Mitchel serves on the Executive Committee of the Friends of Gail Advisory Board of the Pace Women’s Justice Center. Ms. Mitchel also served as a board member of Hope’s Door. She previously served on the Resource Committee of the Summer Justice Academy for Young Women, co-sponsored by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges and Pace Law School. She is also a lifetime member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Westchester, a former member of its Schools and Scholarships Committee and a former member of its Board of Governors.
Ms. Mitchel also studied at the Juilliard School and for several years was a professional opera soloist, primarily in Europe. She lives with her husband in Westchester County, where they raised their two children, one of whom is a musician, the other a mechanical engineer.