Monica received her Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Duke University in 1985 and her law degree with honors from Fordham University in 1990. Before opening her own practice in 1996, Monica worked as a litigator at the New York City office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius and then joined the litigation department of a smaller firm. While Monica has extensive litigation experience, she firmly believes that parties and their children benefit immensely when settlements can be reached without court intervention. She now devotes her time exclusively to mediation and collaborative law.
Monica is committed to educating attorneys and the public to the benefits of resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution techniques. Monica is a member of and former Director of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York and co-chaired that organization's Continuing Education Committee for several years. She belongs to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Practice Sub-Committee of the New York State Bar Association.
She has trained extensively in mediation and collaborative practice and completed numerous intensive training programs offered by: The Bar Association of New York City; United States Postal Service (workplace mediation); the Center for Mediation and Law, the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, the Family and the Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York and Parents in Action. Monica maintains her expertise by attending continuing education programs on family law, collaborative practice and mediation techniques.
In addition to her family law practice, Monica serves as a party appointed arbitrator for commercial license fee disputes administered by the American Arbitration Association. In the past ten years, she has served as arbitrator in more than 100 such cases.
Monica is admitted to practice in the Federal Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Areas of Practice
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Collaborative Law
- Family Law
- Matrimonial Law
- Pre/Postnuptial Agreements
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- New York Association of Collaborative Professionals
- New York State Bar Association
- Family and Divorce Mediation Council
- The Bar Association of New York City
- The Center for Mediation and Law
- The Family and Divorce Mediaiton Counsel of Greater New York
- The New York Association of Collaborative Professionals
- Admitted to practice in the Southern, Eastern and Northern District of New York State