Lawrence Rothbart (Larry), a lawyer for more than 34 years, is a solo practitioner who concentrates on Matrimonial and Family Law practicing in the realms of Collaborative Practice, mediation and adversarial practice. He was previously employed by the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department as a Law Assistant Attorney from August 1981 through May 1985. In May 1985 he became a New York State Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Litigation Bureau. Larry served in that position until May 1987 when he became the Law Secretary to a justice of the New York State Supreme Court sitting in Kings County assigned to the Matrimonial Part. He was appointed a Special Referee in Kings County in September 1995. Larry remained assigned to the Matrimonial Part as a Special Referee and Law Secretary until June 2003. He became “Of Counsel” to the firm of Cohen Goldstein Silpe, LLP a firm focused on Family and Matrimonial Law in September of 2003 and was at Cohen Goldstein Silpe, LLP through October of 2007 at which point he opened his own office with its multiple approaches to dispute resolution.
He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section and the Dispute Resolution Section; a member of the New York City Bar Association where he sat on the Matrimonial Law Committee and on the Children and the Law Committee; a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association (Former Chairperson of the Family Law Committee, member of the Family Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee); a member of the Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law; a member of the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York and a member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals as well as the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals among other professional organizations. Larry has been a long time member of the Legal Advisory Council of Sanctuary for Families (an organization which addresses the needs of victims of domestic violence).
Larry is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Brandeis University. He has lectured at CLE accredited courses in matrimonial and family law and at colleges and was the principal author of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Matrimonial Law Report, “The case for Amending the NYS Domestic Relations Law to Permit No Fault Divorces” as well as a delegate to the XII International Congress on Family Law held in Havana Cuba.