Susan L. Bender was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1980. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Chief Administrative Judges Ann Pfau and A. Gail Prudenti appointed Susan to serve on the Matrimonial Practice Advisory and Rules Committee of the New York State Office of Court Administration, and the Honorable Justice Peter Tom appointed Susan to the Board of Governors of the New York State Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program.
Susan was appointed to the New York Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts and is a former member of the OCA Advisory Committee on Civil Practice. She was appointed to the First Department Judicial Committee to Certify Law Guardians; she was appointed to the Matrimonial Commission chaired by the Honorable Sondra Miller; she was appointed to the Law Guardian Advisory Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department; she was appointed to the Matrimonial Practice Advisory Rules Committee of the Office of Court Administration, which is currently chaired by the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sunshine; and she was appointed to the Panel of Referees of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Susan is a past President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY). She is a former Chair of the New York City Bar Matrimonial Committee. Susan is a former member of the Interdisciplinary Forum and formerly a member of its Executive Committee. She is a founding member of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA); a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Committee; and a member of the LGBT Bar Association of NY.
Susan is a frequent lecturer, an arbitrator and advocate in arbitration proceedings, a mediator in family law matters, and she has served as a Special Referee by Court appointment. Susan is routinely chosen to be included in “The Best Lawyers in America” published by Woodward/White, Inc. and is routinely named a “Super Lawyer.”