Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, (SOK) is an innovative matrimonial and family law firm with a reputation for handling the most complicated financial, valuation, and property distribution matters, as well as the most complex custody and support issues. “We're willing to challenge what people think are established principles,” notes managing partner, Elena Karabatos. “When the law is undeveloped or still developing, this firm has never hesitated to try and make new law for the betterment of our clients. “Indeed, SOK has regularly challenged case law to protect its clients’ interests".
SOK’s attorneys were among the first lawyers in the country to prevent a parent from smoking in the presence of her children, and they pioneered new law in the areas of settlement agreements and custody evaluations. The firm has also had considerable success in securing the rights of non-monied spouses to effective legal counsel. “We take pride in bringing the highest degree of excellence, integrity, and creativity to the practice of matrimonial law,” says partner Stephen W. Schlissel. “Although we have the depth and expertise to aggressively litigate the largest and most complex matters, we are also extraordinarily aware of the emotional component of family law; and because of that, we often take a more nuanced approach in order to deliver a superior result for the client in the long run.” The attorneys of SOK begin each case by evaluating the situation from a holistic perspective, taking into account the emotional components of the matter, the personalities of the clients, and the financial aspects of the case. And while the firm’s attorneys are experienced trial lawyers, they regularly address issues by using alternative resolution methods, such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law.
Given their expertise, it should come as no surprise that the firm’s lawyers are leaders in the matrimonial bar and have garnered significant recognition from their peers. SOK is one of the few firms in the country with five fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and two Diplomates of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, which limits membership to 100 attorneys across the country. Managing Partner, Elena Karabatos is the President of the Nassau County Bar Association and SOK’s attorneys are consistently recognized by professional associations and their peers as leaders at the forefront of Matrimonial Law, including The Best Lawyers in America©, Ten Leaders of divorce law on Long Island and Super Lawyers.