Harriet Newman Cohen

Harriet Newman Cohen


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Harriet Newman Cohen is a founding partner of Cohen Rabin Stine Schumann LLP, a matrimonial and family law firm consisting of ten outstanding family law attorneys.

Ms. Cohen has been awarded the highest AV Preeminent rating by Martindale and Hubbell, the nationally recognized legal directory, signifying the highest rating for legal ability and professional standards of conduct and ethics, throughout her professional career. Ms. Cohen has also been selected as one of the TOP 50 female lawyers whose name appeared on the 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010 and 2009 NY Metro Super Lawyers listing of TOP lawyers. The criteria include being one of "the women lawyers who received the highest point totals in the 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010 and 2009 New York Super Lawyers-Metro Edition nomination, research and blue ribbon review process." In addition, Ms. Cohen was selected as one of the TOP 100 2016, 2105, 2014, 2011 and 2010 NY Metro Super Lawyers and one of the top 50 female attorneys in 2016 and 2015, based on the same criteria, and she was the subject of a feature profile written by Michael Y. Park for New York Super Lawyers, 2008, entitled, "The Second Life of Harriet Cohen, What the Matrimonial Lawyer Learned to Share with the World."

A graduate of Barnard College (B.A. cum laude), Bryn Mawr College (M.A.) and Brooklyn Law School (J.D. cum laude), Ms. Cohen, when at law school, was an editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. Ms. Cohen has been sought out for her legal expertise and services in complex matrimonial and family law negotiations and litigations throughout her stellar career. Her book on divorce, "The Divorce Book for Men and Women: A Step-By-Step Guide to Gaining Your Freedom Without Losing Everything Else," was published by Avon Publishers, New York City, in July 1994. She was also the co-author of, "Valuation of Property in Marital Dissolutions," XXIII ABA Fam. L.Q.2, Summer 1989, and she writes regular analyses and articles for the edification of bench, bar and lay persons, including a yearly article on matrimonial and family law for the New York Law Journal special Matrimonial Section.

Ms. Cohen was selected by Governor Mario Cuomo of New York State to serve on the Child Support Commission of the State of New York and by Mayor David Dinkins of New York City to serve on the Foster Care Commission of the City of New York. Ms. Cohen served as President of the New York Women's Bar Association, as did her law partner, Gretchen Beall Schumann. Ms. Cohen has been a member of the Committee on Matrimonial Law of the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers' Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, among other committees and bar associations.

Ms. Cohen has taught CLE courses and has been a panelist at annual ABA Family Law Meetings as well as a featured speaker for other professional and bar associations and groups. Ms. Cohen has sat on judicial screening panels including for the highest court of New York State, the Court of Appeals, a court in which Ms. Cohen has also appeared and argued successfully. Ms. Cohen has been invited to and has testified before legislative committees on divorce reform as a result of her expertise in divorce and family law. Ms. Cohen is a Member of the President’s Advisory Council, Brooklyn Law School.

Ms. Cohen represents high income individuals and celebrities, but, at the same time, does not turn away other worthy clients. For example, Ms. Cohen has represented Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Linda Lavin, Ute Lemper, Laurence Fishburne, NBA star Paul George, the former Mrs. Howard Stern, and Patricia Duff (former wife of billionaire Ronald Perelman) and Richie Havens, as part of her family law practice. In addition, Ms. Cohen is frequently selected by the court to represent children in contested family law matters.

Ms. Cohen is a frequent commentator on television and radio and in the print media. Among other profiles, she was profiled in an article by James Barron in the Sunday, August 15, 1993, New York Times Business Section, on page one, as a successful, committed divorce lawyer. Ms. Cohen has been invited to and has written an annual feature article for the Special Matrimonial Section of the New York Law Journal, including 2016, on family law subjects.

Prior to founding Cohen Rabin Stine Schumann LLP on January 1, 2011, Ms. Cohen was a founding member of Cohen Hennessey Bienstock & Rabin P.C. (formerly known as Cohen Hennessey & Bienstock P.C., which she founded in 1994). Before that, Ms. Cohen was the head of several matrimonial departments of prominent Manhattan law firms.

Ms. Cohen is committed to the practice of law in the finest tradition, zealously representing the clients she accepts as well as making herself available to promote reform in the law by authoring informative legal articles and sharing her knowledge and experience in the law with the Governor, the Legislature and the Courts.

Email: hcohen@crsslaw.com | Direct Dial: (212) 512-0801


Helping Clients Achieve Happiness in Family Law Matters: Key Qualities and Strategies of Successful Family Law Attorneys Inside the Minds

Harriet Newman Cohen: From Latin to Family Law. JMHS Alumni News

The Second Life of Harriet Cohen, Park, Michael Y. New York Super Lawyers 2008 - Metro

Harriet Cohen '74 The Marriage Broker, The Magazine of Brooklyn Law School

"Along with the blessings of the Internet have come the pitfalls. Social Media in Divorce and Family Law."New York Law Journal July 31, 2017

Court Upholds Sanctions Against Ex-Mintz Levin Lawyer New York Law Journal Jan 19, 2017

How celebs manipulate the system to keep messy divorces private Page Six July 26, 2016

Court Gives Renewed Force to Policy Requiring Full Custody Hearings New York Law Journal July 25, 2016

N.Y.'s Proposed Maintenance Guidelines New York Law Journal July 27, 2015

Child Support Modifications Are Easier After 2010 Amendments
New York Law Journal July 28, 2014

Automatic Orders' Prevent Wrongful Asset Transfers in Divorce Actions. New York Law Journal July 29, 2013

Unwrapping the 2012 'No Fault' Package” by Harriet Newman Cohen and Tim James New York Law Journal July 30, 2012

Marriage Equality Remains an Aspiration. Non-recognition statutes pose legal complications for same-sex unions New York Law Journal August 1, 2011

What's Equitable When Distributing Businesses, Enhanced Earning Capacity? New York Law Journal Family Law August 9, 2010

Needs of Children, Snapshot, Not Movie, Letter to the Editor, New York Law Journal August 26, 2009

Downward Modification In A Troubled Economy, New York Law Journal August 10, 2009

Egregious To a Fault,, New York Law Journal July 28, 2008

The Alienated Child, New York Law Journal July 30, 2007

To Have or Have Not (a Prenuptial Agreement)?, New York Law Journal August 7, 2006

When Custody is Truly Contested, Who Decides Best Interests?, New York Law Journal June 6, 2005

Equating 'Best' With 'Only' in Interstate Custody Cases Under the UCCJEA, New York Law Journal June 7, 2004

Limiting Discovery in Custody Cases, New York Law Journal July 14, 2003

Is 'Braiman' Still Vital After 24 Years?, New York Law Journal July 15, 2002