Bettina   Hindin
Principal

Contact

Phone: 929.476.0044
Fax: 212.545.1656
Mailing: 10 East 40th Street ,
Suite 3500 , New York , NY   10016
Linkedin: Bettina Hindin

PRACTICE FOCUS

Bettina D. Hindin is an accomplished and experienced matrimonial litigator, recognized for her skill and expertise in the investigation and analysis of the complex financial issues that arise in matrimonial, domestic relations and LGBT matters. She is an acknowledged expert in the field and has appeared often as a commentator on these issues for MSNBC and CNN.

Ms. Hindin’s experience in handling diverse transactional matters in all areas of domestic relations, LGBT law and family law, including divorce, separation, annulment, maintenance, child support, support modification, custody, visitation, relocation, paternity, equitable distribution, and asset valuation is unparalleled.

She has successfully tried a myriad of matrimonial, child custody and support cases before the Family Courts and the Supreme Courts of the State of New York and argued appeals in the appellate courts of the state. Ms. Hindin provides clients with all of the requisite elements of matrimonial counseling on the most sophisticated level. A forceful litigator, she is particularly attuned to the interplay of litigation and settlement techniques required to produce optimal results.

Ms. Hindin is a member of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section and is an appointee to that Section’s Executive Committee. In addition, Ms. Hindin is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where she has twice been appointed to, and served on the Committee on Matrimonial Law.  Ms. Hindin has also been appointed on numerous occasions as a Law Guardian in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County.

Ms. Hindin is registered with the U.S. Department of State’s Attorney Network to counsel on matters involving The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction. The Convention is an International Treaty that provides a procedure for the prompt return of children who have been “wrongfully removed” or “retained outside” their country of “habitual residence.”

Ms. Hindin has received the highest, AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell in professionalism and ethics, in both peer rating and judiciary rating categories for over 15 years; she has been recognized as a Super Lawyer,® since 2009, a distinction awarded to the top five percent of the lawyers in the state; has consistently received an Avvo “10” Rating, has been named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, has been recognized as one of New York’s Women Leaders in the Law, and has been selected as one of the tri-state’s Top Family Law Practitioners, and Top Attorneys in Metro New York.

 

 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Braverman v Braverman, 140 A.D.3d 413, 33 N.Y.S.3d 39 (1st 2016)
  • Margaret A. v Shawn B. 2011 NY Slip Op 21090 [31 Misc. 3d 769], Decided on March 15, 2011 Supreme Court, Westchester County Connolly, J.
  • Kaplan v. Kaplan, 51 A.D.3d 635, 857 N.Y.S.2d 677 (2d Dept. 2008)
  • Levine v. Levine, 37 A.D.2d 550, 830 N.Y.S.2d 252 (2d Dept. 2007)
  • T. v. Dash, 37 A.D.2d 107, 827 N.Y.S.2d 112 (1st Dept. 2006)
  • Elizabeth T.L. v. Jeffrey C.L., 24 A.D. 3d 270, 8080 N.Y.S.2d 180 (1st 2005)
  • In the Matter of C.M., 6 Misc.3d 361, 789 N.Y.S.2d 393 (Sup.Ct., N.Y.Co. 2004)
  • Bartek v. Draper, 309 A.D.2d 825, 765 N.Y.S.2d 893 (2d Dept. 2003)
  • Jackson v. Jackson, 306 A.D.2d 182, 763 N.Y.S.2d 545 (1st 2003)
  • Greenfield v. Greenfield, 270 A.D.2d 57, 704 N.Y.S.2d 55 (1st 2000)
  • Markard v. Markard, 206 A.D.2d 512, 615 N.Y.S.2d 280 (2d Dept. 1994)
  • Spiegel v. Quality Bakers of America Cooperative, Inc., 1992 WL 349799 (S.D.N.Y. 1992).

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Issues Unique To High Net-Worth Same-Sex Relationships,” Aspatore/Westlaw Practice Series, 2013.
  • “Divorce Economics In Difficult Financial Times,” New York Law Journal, August 9, 2010
  • “Protecting Same-Sex Clients And Their Families,” New York Law Journal, June 6, 2005
  • "A Different Kind of Divorce,” New York Law Journal's New Partners Section, February 7, 2005
  • "Redefining the Meanings of Family, Parenthood in Same-Sex Relationships,” New York Law Journal's Matrimonial Law Section, June 7, 2004
  • "Avoiding the Witness Crash-and-Burn Syndrome,” New York Law Journal's Matrimonial Law Section, July 14, 2003
  • "Finally on the Right Track,” New York Law Journal Magazine, Vol. 2, No.1, February 2003
  • "Need for Experts in Divorce Intensifies,” New York Law Journal's Litigation Section, October 15, 2002
  • "Time to Effectively Penalize Failure to Disclose Assets,” New York Law Journal's Matrimonial Law Section, July 15, 2002

 

 

NEWS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Television, Radio and Print:

  • E! News: Expert Commentator : Family and LGBT Law
  • Reuters News: Expert Commentator : Family and LGBT Law
  • CNN: Expert Commentator : Family and LGBT Law
  • E! News: The Katie Holmes/Tom Cruise Divorce, August 2012; July 2012
  • “Reuters News” Celebrity Divorce , August 2012
  • “New York Marriage Bill Paves the Way for Same-Sex Divorce,” New York, Reuters, June 24, 2011.
  • “After Same-Sex Marriage, Same-Sex Divorce,” The New York Times, June 27, 2011.
  • “The Best Prenuptial Stories: Showbiz Tonight” CNN with Brooke Anderson
  • “The Mills/McCartney Divorce Battle” MSNBC
  • “On the Air with Alex Metz,” Syndicated Radio Show, guest speaker on prenuptial agreements
  • “Cliff and Company,” KSON Radio, frequent guest speaker on celebrity and high-profile matrimonial cases.
  • “MSNBC Radio,” frequent guest commentator on high profile matrimonial cases.

Speaking Engagements:

  • “The New Frontier for Same Sex Unions: The DOMA Decision and Beyond,” The WCBA Domestic Relations & Family Law Section and Diversity Committee, 2013.
  • "From Stonewall to Stonewalled," Marriage vs. Co-Habitation, LGBTQ Law, 2009 Law Conference
  • "Protecting Your Rights in A Same-Sex Relationship," Out@TimeInc., Time Magazine, 2008.
  • "Beyond Ozzie and Harriet: Representing Non-Traditional Couples in the Paterson Era," Marriage, Cohabitation and Divorce, New York Law School, November 2008.

Practice Areas

Education & Admissions

  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D.
  • Hofstra University, B.A.
  • University of London, Modern British Theatre in Performance, and Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre in Performance
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • United States Supreme Court

Activities

  • Certified Law Guardian, Appellate Division, First Department (2002 -Present)
  • Member, Hofstra University Women in Leadership Initiative (2013-Present)
  • Member, LeGal, Family and Matrimonial Law Committee (2013-Present)
  • Member Lambda Legal Defense Fund, Cooperating Attorney Network (2009-Present)
  • U.S. Department Attorney Network, Registered Counsel, The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction. (2010-Present)
  • Member, NYSBA, Committee on LGBT People and the Law (2013-Present)
  • Member, New York State Bar Association (1986-Present)
  • Member, Family Law Section, Executive Committee (2004-2018)
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1987-2007)
  • Member, Committee on Family Courts and Family (2003 – 2007)
  • Member, Committee on State Legislation (1995-1997)
  • Member, Committee on Matrimonial Law (1992-1995)
  • Member, Committee on Municipal Affairs (Secretary, 1989-1992)
  • Member, Committee on Matrimonial Law (Secretary, 1987-1988)