For over 25 years, Ms. Ciesinski’s legal career has been focused exclusively in the area of Divorce and Family Law. She represents clients in all aspects of divorce and family law matters including, custody, parenting time schedules, spousal maintenance, child support, distribution of assets, pre-nuptial and post- nuptial agreements, as well as post –judgment proceedings.
Sadly, the word “divorce” has become synonymous with “destruction.” But it does not have to be that way. Ms. Ciesinski believes that divorce can and should be a process of restructuring the financial and parental aspects of a family unit. She strives to move clients through this often devastating process by developing realistic goals for the future in order to make the transition from marriage to divorce less traumatic. To that end, her practice focuses on mediation and collaborative law as highly effective alternatives to adversarial litigation.
Ms. Ciesinski’s goal is to ensure that her client’s interests are heard, understood and acknowledged so that the work of restructuring can occur and a fair settlement can be reached as early as possible. She is certified in mediation from the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is highly trained in Collaborative Interdisciplinary Practice from the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals where she continues to get advanced training each year.
A strong advocate for families, Ms. Ciesinski serves on the Advisory Board for The Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra Law School. She is also a Special Master for the Nassau County Supreme Court and is appointed by Judges to assist in resolving highly contentious matrimonial cases before trial. She is a member of the Nassau County, Suffolk County, New York State, and NY Women’s Bar Associations as well as the New York State Association of Collaborative Professionals and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Active in the community, Ms. Ciesinski also gives back through fundraising and philanthropy as a board member of Girls Inc., past president of The Junior Welfare League of Huntington and member of the Long Island and Huntington Rotary Club. She is a graduate and member of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College, a regional leadership program. In addition, she is a member of Hofstra University’s Women in Leadership Initiative, which helps to mentor and empower Hofstra students and alumnae.
Hofstra University School of Law, JD
Hofstra University, BA
Mediation, Ackerman Institute for the Family
Quoted in Newsday, “Collaborative Divorce Process Gives Guidance, Aims for Teamwork,” February 28, 2017
Featured in Long Island Business News, Ones to Watch, March 10-16, 2017
Interviewed on Law You Should Know, WHPC FM Radio, “Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce Resolutions,” March 29, 2017
Quoted in Long Island Business News, “Avoiding divorce wars,” March 31, 2017
Interviewed on Let’s Talk Divorce!, Impact Radio, March 2017
Featured in Times of Huntington, Community News, “Interactive Initiative,” May 11, 2017
Mentioned in Hicksville News, “Easing the Pain of Divorce,” May 17-23, 2017
“Collaborative Divorce: A Process Option Whose Time Has Come,” New York Law Journal, March 20, 2017
Panelist, Matrimonial Practice in New York in the 21st Century: The Bar’s Role in Shaping Change, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, March 10, 2017
Presenter, Helping Families Through Divorce the Collaborative Way, April 21, 2017
Recognition & Ratings
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, AV Rating
Pulse Magazine, Top Legal Eagles, 2010 and 2011
Long Island Business News, Leadership in Law, 2016
Long Island Business News, Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business, 2016
Hofstra University Center for Children, Families and the Law, Top Women in Law, 2016