Read my interview on Divorce Saloon.com.
Graduation Day 1981, Georgetown Law
The lawyer/credential stuff: I am a proud Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, I have a 'Preeminent AV' rating in Martindale-Hubbell. My work has appeared in The New York Law Journal, The Matrimonial Strategist, The Family Advocate, The American Journal of Family Law, and The Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law. I have lectured on numerous topics relating to family law and legal ethics, and served on the Board of Editors for The Journal of The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and The Matrimonial Strategist.
The personal background stuff: A native New Yorker, my father was a neurosurgeon, and my mother was a science teacher. Much as I tried to please them, I grew up in Dutchess County with no stomach for blood, guts, labs or hospitals. None whatsoever. In fact, I was a nurse's aide for one summer -- before the days of digital thermometers -- and was a complete fail, much to my father's chagrin. I attended an all-girls boarding school, the Emma Willard School inTroy, New York, when math and science were, fortunately for me, nominal requirements. So I happily spent most of my high school years playing music and studying literature. After receiving my diploma one year early, I studied at Vassar College for a year, and then transferred to Georgetown University.
With two Georgetown degrees - a BA and a JD - on the wall, I began my legal career in BigLaw, as a corporate and securities litigator in the New York City office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Then, upon my father's sudden, premature death, I moved to Rosenman & Colin (now KattenMuchin), where I eventually entered the realm of matrimonial law. In Westchester County, New York, I continued to concentrate in matrimonial law at Marino & Weiss, P.C., the law firm I co-founded with my husband.
After decades of writing pleadings, affidavits, briefs, separation agreements, and the like, I turned my attention to writing fiction. It took me nearly nine years, but I am now the author of two novels, CLIENT RELATIONS and BOOK OF GENESIS. The twists and turns of how I landed an agent for CLIENT RELATIONS is described in my blog.
CLIENT RELATIONS is grounded on two decades of experience as a matrimonial lawyer, with one huge caveat: I have never ever been romantically interested in a client. In addition to the ethical prohibitions contained in the New York Lawyer's Code Of Professional Responsibility, my husband is a former U.S. Marine Corps officer. 'Nuf said!
BOOK OF GENESIS arose out of my attendance at Emma Willard, where sexual predation of students by faculty and staff was barely covert, and pervasive, until recently. Although I am not a survivor, some of my close friends were. We thought Emma Willard girls were the only abuse victims -- we weren't. I began this book three years before the #MeToo movement began, and as I wrote, I learned that predatory behavior has been rampant throughout private schools in the United States and abroad. I am hoping that GENESIS will attract the interest of a new agent and publishing house; the voices of unknown abuse survivors by the hands of non-celebrity predators deserve to be heard.
My other fiction credits include three short stories: 'The Windsurfer,' which is published in the Island Writers’ Network anthology, Hilton Head Island: Ebb and Flow (2017); ‘Somerset,’ which appears in the Monadnock Writers Group journal, Shadow and Light - A Literary Anthology on Memory (November 2011); and a sci-fi story, ‘By Order of The Synod,’ which was a prize-winner in the 2012 Pikes Peak Writers Fiction Contest.
I live in New York’s Hudson Valley with my family, and rarely go anywhere without my astoundingly adorable Toller rescue.
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