Maria Coffinas

Maria CoffinasMaria Coffinas practices in all areas of matrimonial and family law and has focused her entire professional career on these matters. Maria is a calm, confident negotiator with a long list of favorable, comprehensive out-of-court settlements. Her demeanor is especially beneficial in emotionally charged and difficult cases. A skilled trial lawyer with almost 30 years of courtroom and trial experience, Maria has earned a well-deserved reputation for her high-quality work, superb knowledge of the law, ethical standards and commitment to her clients and cases.

Early in her career as a family lawyer, Maria's legal work on behalf of a client — a mother facing a challenge to the custody of her children — established a bedrock legal principle of family law, namely that children have the right to independent, impartial counsel of their own at court proceedings concerning their custody and living arrangements. This landmark case helped secure the rights of children all across New York state. However, it is more important to Maria that her work on this case allowed the mother to maintain custody of her children. The former client still keeps in touch with Maria and thanks her to this day.

Practice areas

  • Family law
  • Matrimonial law

Bar admissions

  • New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Honors

Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1984
  • B.A., Brooklyn College, 1981

Professional associations

  • New York State Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Brooklyn Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Brooklyn Women's Bar Association, Family and Matrimonial Law Committee

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