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Maria Coffinas

Attorney & Partner
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Maria Coffinas practices in all areas of matrimonial law 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 Brooklyn Family Law Attorney with almost 40 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

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
Awards
  • America's Most Honored 2021 - Maria
    America's Most Honored 2021 - Maria
  • AV Preeminent 2021 Judicial Edition - Maria
    AV Preeminent 2021 Judicial Edition - Maria
  • AV Preeminent Highest Rating 2021 - Maria
    AV Preeminent Highest Rating 2021 - Maria
  • AV Preeminent Plaque 2021 - Maria
    AV Preeminent Plaque 2021 - Maria
  • Client Champion Silver 2020 - Maria
    Client Champion Silver 2020 - Maria
  • Martindale-Hubbell 35th Anniversary - Maria
    Martindale-Hubbell 35th Anniversary - Maria
  • Top Attorneys in NY Metro 2020 - Maria
    Top Attorneys in NY Metro 2020 - Maria
  • Top Women 2021 - Maria
    Top Women 2021 - Maria

Client Testimonials

Stories from Real People We've Helped
    Combines great legal skills with toughness and wisdom.

    “A top-notch domestic relations lawyer who combines great legal skills with toughness and wisdom. She is a go-to advocate if you have a divorce case, and I send many friends and clients to her for ...”

    - Anonymous
    Worked harder and smarter for me.

    “[My attorney was] on top of her game. She worked harder and smarter for me than the fancy lawyers my former husband used who charged double her rate AND she got me a better settlement in the end.”

    - Anonymous
    Brilliant and relentless with her opposition.

    “... kind, patient and trustworthy with her clients, and aggressive, brilliant and relentless with her opposition. Her knowledge of the system, ability to negotiate and ability to hold her ground was ...”

    - Anonymous
    Very compassionate and I would strongly recommend her.

    “An excellent divorce lawyer. She is effective and ethical and did a fabulous job representing me in a complex divorce case. I would strongly recommend her.”

    - Anonymous
    Intelligent and responsive lawyer.

    “Very thorough service. Intelligent and responsive lawyer, helpful staff. Overall positive experience.”

    - Anonymous

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