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Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP
885 Third Avenue,
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New York, NY 10022

Bernard E. Clair

Bernard E. Clair is recognized as one of a handful of elite New York divorce lawyers who is skilled at all facets of client advocacy and representation. As a trial lawyer, his command of a court room sets him apart from other matrimonial attorneys. After many decades of courtroom experience, he is a successful negotiator and many of his cases result in favorable settlements without full blown litigation.

Mr. Clair is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He served for more than a decade as Chairman of the editorial board of the New York Family Law Monthly, published by American Lawyers Media. He regularly lectures and publishes to the legal community. He has co-authored three books for the general public involving important matrimonial law issues.

Mr. Clair has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ratings for legal ability and ethical standards, and he is recognized as one of the leading divorce lawyers in New York by numerous publications. He has been consistently selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine. Most recently, he was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 29th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2023 for his work in family law. In 2017, Mr. Clair was acknowledged by the New York Post as “the top divorce lawyer in the world.” In 2018, he was named as one of “the top 20 lawyers for divorces” by the Hollywood Reporter in its annual “Trouble Shooters” list. In the 2022 Chambers Review, he was, among other things, acknowledged to be "a go-to for high net worth clients...” and was awarded top-tier status.

  • J.D. St. John's University School of Law - 1976
  • B.S. in Psychology Adelphi University - 1973
Awards & Accolades
    • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2023
    • International Advisory Experts Award, 2002
    • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 10 Best Attorneys, 2022
    • Americans Top 50 Lawyers - Divorce, 2022
    • American Institute of Trial Lawyers, Litigator of the Year, 2021
    • St. John's University School of Law Outstanding Alumnus, Belson Medal Award, 2019
    • Adelphi University, Alumnus of the Year, 2014
    • Super Lawyers®, 2006-Present
  • Associations & Memberships
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2015-Present
    • St. John's University School of Law Alumni Association, Member
    • New York State Bar Association - Family Law Section, Member