Lisa Schoenfeld

Lisa R. Schoenfeld is a partner in the matrimonial practice of Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, PLLC. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 2003, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York in October 2003, and to the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2011.  Since her admission to the Bar, she has practiced exclusively in matrimonial and family law at Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, PLLC, and assisted the firm in the matter of Frankel v. Frankel, 2 N.Y.3d 601, 814 N.E.2d 37, 781 N.Y.S.2d 59 (2004), a significant decision that solidified the rights of non-monied spouses to receive counsel fee awards.  She has also assisted the firm in both litigating and negotiating settlements of complex custody and financial matters. 

Lisa has lectured to the New York Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Matrimonial Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, the Nassau Academy of Law, the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.  She assists in teaching “Family Law with Skills” at Hofstra Law School, which is a course aimed at teaching law students practical skills related to divorce proceedings.  She has also been selected as faculty for the New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy, which is held annually at Cornell Law School and is designed to teach trial techniques. 

Lisa has been selected annually as a “Rising Star” in New York Family Law by Super Lawyers since 2013.  She is also a Fellow of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the New York Bar Foundation.  She received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  

Lisa was the first recipient of the Young Matrimonial Attorney of the Year Award, presented by the Nassau County Bar Association’s Matrimonial Committee on June 10, 2009.  Additionally, the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association presented her with the Bessie Ray Geffner, Esq. Memorial Award on June 22, 2009 in recognition of her demonstrated interest in improving the justice system and her service to the legal profession and the community.  She was nominated by the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association to receive the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, which is awarded annually by the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.  Lisa also provides pro bono legal services for clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Project.  She was named by them as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Month in February 2010 and was selected by the Nassau County Bar Association in 2013 as an Access to Justice Champion for her pro bono services. 

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor degree, with distinction, from Hofstra University School of Law in May 2002 where she graduated in the top five (5) percentile of her class. 

While at Hofstra, Lisa was a member of the Hofstra Law Review and served as the Articles Editor for the 2001-2002 school year.  She authored two articles: “Are the Rockefeller Drug Laws Killing the Messenger for the Sake of the Message?”, published in the Hofstra Law Review at 30 Hofstra Law Rev. 557, and “It’s 10:00 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?”.  This article dealt with parental kidnapping and was published in the Family Court Review at 40 Fam. Ct. Review 251.   She and Stephen W. Schlissel, Esq. co-authored an article titled: “‘Frye’ and ‘Daubert’ Questions Crop Up in the Family Law Arena”, which was published in the New York Law Journal on July 1, 2003, at page 16, column 1. 

Lisa was awarded a number of honors for academic achievement, including the Edward J. Hart Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, the Hofstra Law School Excellence in Family Law Award, the Brandeis Association Scholarship, a Merit Scholarship for Academic Excellence and various other awards.  She participated in the Hofstra Child Advocacy Clinic and the Courtroom Advocates Project/Domestic Violence Clinic where she represented individuals in court under the supervision of an attorney.  She also appeared in the 2002 Edition of “Who’s Who: American Law Students”.

Lisa is a member of numerous organizations, including the Nassau County Bar Association, Family Law and Matrimonial Law Committees; New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section (Co-Chair, Membership Committee (2014-present); Tenth District Representative (2008-2014); Young Lawyers Section (Chair (2013-2014), Chair-Elect (2012-2013), Secretary (2011-2012), Tenth District Representative (2007-2011) and Co-Liaison to Family Law Section (2009-2014)), and Membership Committee (2010 – Present); Nassau County Women’s Bar Association (Chair – Matrimonial Committee (2009-2013); Board of Directors (2011-2015)); and the New York State Family Law American Inn of Court.  She has assisted Mr. Schlissel in his role as the co-chair of the Nassau County Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts and has also assisted with the administration of the PEACE program in Nassau County.