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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
    Thank you for winning the battle!

    “I could never thank you enough for the brilliant job you did at the Appellate Division. Thank you for winning the battle!”

    - L.V.
    Excellent. Without a doubt.

    “Excellent. Without a doubt... the best in her field.”

    - L.H.
    A true expert in all aspects of family law.

    “A very strong advocate for her clients. She is invested in a good outcome for her client and is willing to fight for the best result through litigation or settlement. She is a true expert in all ...”

    - L.S.
    I changed to this firm and could not be happier with my decision.

    “I was using a bigger firm at the start of my case but the billing, approach and outcomes from each step left me unhappy. I changed to this firm and could not be happier with my decision. I now feel as ...”

    - Anonymous Client
    Very knowledgeable and experienced.

    “Very professional, very knowledgeable and experienced. She also knows many lawyers and judges in Brooklyn, which helped in planning my case.”

    - Anonymous

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