Neil is a seasoned litigator with more than 30 years of experience.  Neil was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1985, and to the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1987. He is a graduate of Lehigh University, where he obtained a B.S. degree in Accounting, and Fordham Law School, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts for 1981-1982.

Neil appears regularly in the Courts of Nassau, Suffolk and New York Counties, and has participated in and successfully argued numerous appeals in both the First and Second Departments.

Neil is a member of the American Bar Association (Family Law Section), New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association, and he was a panel member of the Nassau County Court’s Early Neutral Evaluation Program. Neil is an active Barrister of the New York American Family Law Inns of Court, where he recently presented with regard to the new (2016) Maintenance Guidelines.  Neil was previously affiliated with the National Tax Department of a national accounting firm, where he lectured on family-related tax issues and wrote related articles for the CPA Journal, among other publications. He is the co-author, with noted attorney Stephen W. Schlissel, Esq., of an article entitled “Thinking Through the Tax Ramifications of a Prenup,” which was published in the Winter 2011 issue of the Family Advocate, the Journal of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. For most of the last 30+ years, Neil has been engaged as an active matrimonial practitioner, with a primary focus on the financial aspects of domestic relations law. He has practiced both as a part of other prestigious law firms and as a solo practitioner, with offices in Manhattan and Long Island.  Neil opened his own firm in October 2014, so that he could limit his case load in order to better serve his clients in a more personalized and cost-effective manner.

A few of Neil's Decisions of Note:

It's no secret - careful planning and thorough preparation pay off. At Neil S. Cohen, P.C., we place an emphasis on details, as that is what allows us to provide you with the best legal advice and build the best strategy.  We strive to resolve cases with the least amount of stress and to achieve the best results for our clients, but we are always prepared to try any case to conclusion when a fair and equitable resolution is not otherwise possible. Neil's excellent reputation as a top tier trial attorney is well known.

On a Personal Note:

Neil and his wife of more than 34 years have been lifelong residents of the New York-Metropolitan area.  They have two highly successful adult sons - one is a practicing attorney in NYC and the other is a PHD researching maching learning and artificial intelligence for Unity Technologies in San Francisco.  Neil loves music and golf, and he is 1st Vice President and General Counsel to the Lawrence Golf Club, Inc., a member of its Board of Governors and Chairman of its By-Laws and Grievance and Legal Committees, among other things.


1. Penavic v. Penavic, 972 NYS2d 269 (2nd Dept., 2013)

2. Sano v. Sano, 949 NYS2d 780 (2nd Dept., 2012)

3. Smith v. Wood, 831 NYS2d 470 (2nd Dept., 2007)

4. Singer v. Singer, 792 NYS2d 541 (2nd Dept., 2005)

5. Anonymous v. Anonymous, 772 NYS2d 866 (2nd Dept., 2004)

6. Hershkowitz v. Hershkowitz, 625 NYS2d 886 (1st Dept., 1995)

To the right are a number of questions  posted by people seeking legal advice to which Neil has responded on  These questions and answers do not create an attorney-client relationship, but are generally considered to be a benefit to the community and are updated in real time.  Plus, you never know, maybe your question has already been asked and answered!