About the New York Chapter

Fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers are recognized as having advanced skills in the area of family law. To be represented by a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law. The approximately 1,600 fellows across the United States are generally recognized by Judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. The New York fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers are family lawyers who have an expertise in family law, having met the stringent admission requirements of both the national organization and New York chapter.

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers New York chapter attorneys are elite lawyers in the field of family law who have significant experience in all areas of matrimonial law, including divorce, collaborative divorce, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, mediation, business valuation, legal separation, annulment, custody, property valuations, enhanced earning capacity valuations of degrees, child support, maintenance and the rights of domestic partners.


Founded in 1962, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers was formed to improve the practice of law in the complex, and often highly charged, area of divorce and family law. Our New York chapter was founded in 1965, and currently has over 160 fellows throughout the State of New York.

The Academy’s mission, for over 50 years, remains:

"To encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the cause of matrimonial law to the end that the welfare of the family and society be preserved." This mission continues to fulfill a central need in America’s continually evolving family and societal norms.

Certified fellows must demonstrate the highest professional and ethical standards, fellows are admitted after thorough peer evaluation and successful completion of rigorous testing designed to ensure expert knowledge of substantive family law. A prospective fellow must pass a written national exam and pass additional written and oral examinations administered by fellows of the New York chapter to ensure their expert knowledge of substantive family law. The New York chapter is a certified continuing legal education provider and is responsible for providing cutting edge continuing legal education to our fellows throughout the year.

Many of our New York chapter fellows serve on judicial commissions throughout the state. The Academy is extremely active in monitoring legislation that affects family law. The Amicus Committee of the Academy also is active in filing amicus briefs on pertinent issues appropriate in family law cases.


The New York chapter has a general meeting open to all fellows and a board of managers meeting each January in New York City to coincide with the New York State Bar Association annual meeting.

Each March, the board of managers holds a meeting which has taken place over the past few years at the Cornell Club in New York City. Following the board meeting is a two hour CLE component with a cocktail party and dinner open to all fellows. 

The highlight of the year is the annual dinner dance which occurs on the first weekend of May in New York City. The weekend commences with a full day seminar on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Saturday there is a board of managers meeting followed by what has emerged as a tradition, dubbed the “Judicial Roundtable”. Each year, the creator of the roundtable, Robert Dobrish, Esq., has gathered members of the judiciary and New York fellows to the “Judicial Roundtable” to discuss cutting edge issues that affect the bench and bar. It has been a great opportunity for the bench and bar to have very frank discussions in a private setting on issues related to the practice of matrimonial and family law.

The evening culminates with the Dinner Dance, a popular event at spectacular venues such as the Essex House at Central Park South, the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle, and the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. In 2017, the event is being held at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, and as always the Chapter presents an award to a worthy honoree. Hon. Karen K. Peters, the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division 3rd Department was honored in 2016 for her outstanding career as an attorney and judge.The black-tie event is regularly attended by over 275 guests, including fellows, spouses, members of the judiciary and members of the financial community for an evening of exquisite dining, socializing and dancing.

In October of each year, generally coinciding with Columbus Day weekend, the chapter has a weekend getaway including a three hour CLE program. The venue alternates between Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany each year. This has proven a great way for our fellows throughout the state to “show off” their city to other fellows. 

On the first Wednesday of December, the chapter has a meeting which alternates between Nassau County and Westchester County. This is an evening event wherein the chapter generally invites a member of the judiciary to join us for a brief discussion and elegant cocktail party and a dinner. There is also a board of managers meeting that evening.


As a fellow in the New York Chapter of the American Academy, you also have the resources of the National Academy available to you. Each year the National holds a March meeting in an exciting location. The 2014 meeting was in spectacular Cancun, Mexico. In March 2015, the meeting was held in the beautiful and exotic country of Panama and in the Bahamas in March of 2016.  This year the annual meeting is taking place in Phoenix, Arizona.  

At these events, fellows are able meet other fellows from chapters throughout the United States and attend some of the highest quality continuing legal education offered in connection with family law.

Each November, usually the first weekend of November, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is held in Chicago, Illinois. 

For information about our chapter, please contact Charles Inclima, President, at cinclima@inclimalawfirm.com.

Information about membership may be obtained from the National Academy’s web site at http://www.aaml.org.