Joel R. Brandes

Joel R. Brandes

New York, New York
  • Appeals & Appellate, Divorce, Family Law ...
  • New York
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Reviewed by Ingrid Gherman June 28, 2019
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I give Mr. Brandes the best rating based upon his superb knowledge of the law, his clear and effective writing, and speaking and his litigation skills.
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Summary

Joel R. Brandes, of the New York Bar, is a member of the Law Firm of Joel R. Brandes, P.C. in New York, New York. He has been recognized as “a noted authority and expert on New York family law and divorce.” He is the author of the nine volume treatise, Law and The Family New York, 2d, the five volume legal form set, Law and the Family New York Forms 2020 Edition (both Thomson Reuters), as well as their earlier editions, and the New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook. He wrote the Digest of Equitable Distribution Cases and Equitable Distribution Case Law, both published by the New York State Bar Association, and has been a contributor to several law books. Mr. Brandes has written and lectured extensively on family law and international child abduction. He has authored more than 500 published articles that have appeared in legal journals. He is a former fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers. During that time, he co-chaired the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section. In that capacity he moderated and participated in more than 150 seminars. From 1977 to 2002 he wrote a quarterly column, entitled "Recent Decisions, Trends and Legislation," in the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Review. Since 2003 he has written "Bits and Bytes TM," a bimonthly electronic newsletter for the New York divorce and family law bench and bar; a website, New York Divorce and Family Law (www.nysdivorce.com); and two blogs, “New York Divorce and Family Law” (brandeslaw.blogspot.com) and “A Child is Missing: The International Child Abduction Blog” (joelbrandes.blogspot.com). Mr. Brandes was counsel in the landmark Court of Appeals cases of Morone v. Morone, Tucker v. Tucker, and McSparron v. McSparron, and has more than 120 reported New York trial or appellate decisions. He earned his J.D. at Brooklyn Law School and his LL.M. at New York University.

Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate

    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals

  • Divorce

    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce

  • Family Law

    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law

  • International Law

    Human Rights, Imports & Exports

Video Chat and Conferencing
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  • WhatsApp
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
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Education
New York University School of Law
LL.M. (1974) | Corporation Law
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Brooklyn Law School
J.D. (1968)
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City University of New York - Queens College
B.A. (1965) | History and Political Sciience
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Activities: Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity
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Professional Associations
State Bar of New York
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Limiting the Scope of Representation in Family Court Proceedings
New York Law Journal
Law and the Family New York Forms 2020 Edition (5 Volumes)
Thomson Reuters
The Resurrection of Marital Fault
New York Law Journal
Primer on the Enhanced Scrutiny in the Ethical Rules Impacting Domestic Relations Practitioners
New York Law Journal
Stare Decisis, Precedent and Dicta
New York State Bar Association Journal
Custody Rights of Non-Biological Parents
New York Law Journal
When Your Client Goes Missing,
New York Law Journal
"Navigating the Matrimonial Preliminary Conference So You Don’t Sink the Ship"
New York State Bar Association, Family Law Review
The Burden of Proof and Presumptions in Matrimonial Actions
New York Law Journal
Law and the Family New York Forms 2019 Edition (5 Volumes)
Thomson Reuters
Law and the Family New York 2d (9 Volumes)
Thomson Reuters
Law and the Family New York Forms 2d (5 Volumes)
Thomson Reuters
New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook
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Websites & Blogs
Website
The Law Firm of Joel R. Brandes, P.C.
Blog
New York Divorce and Family Law Blog
Blog
A Child is Missing: The International Child Abduction Blog
Contact & Map
The Law Firm of Joel R. Brandes, P.C.
43 West 43rd Street
Suite 34
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (212) 859-5079
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