Barry Abbott

Barry Abbott, a partner in the firm of Mayerson Abramowitz & Kahn, LLP, is an AV® Preeminent rated trial and appellate litigator, honored with the New York Super Lawyers Award, practicing matrimonial and family law since 1981.  Having tried numerous and complex, high income and asset matrimonial and family law cases, as well as jury and bench trials in civil and criminal defense matters, and having prepared and argued appeals before the New York State Court of Appeals and the First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division, Barry has established credibility with both judges and adversaries and has the gravitas to effectively represent his clients and provide them with wise counsel.

A member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar’s Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, faculty member of the New York College of Matrimonial Trial Attorneys and the co-chair of the Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and the Law, Barry was a participating attorney on the ABA Project Against International Child Abduction, a mentor attorney for InMotion (fka Network for Women’s Services), and was appointed by the Appellate Division, First Department to be a member of its Family Court Advisory Committee. He is a member of the family law and litigation sections of the American Bar Association, and the family law sections of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association, where he has served on several committees and sub-committees. Barry has been published in the NY Family Law Monthly and The Matrimonial Strategist.

Barry fell in love with music as a young boy and started playing guitar when he was in grade school.  While in college he performed as a singer-guitarist, both as a solo performer and in bands, playing six and twelve string acoustic, slide and electric guitars, and he continues to play for friends and family and for his own enjoyment.  A devoted father, Barry coached his two sons in soccer and baseball, imparting in them his love for athletics, competition and teamwork.

Barry’s reported cases include:


Matter of Sheila G., 61 N.Y2d 368, 474 N.Y.S.2d 421 (Court of Appeals, 1984).


Boyce v. Boyce, 2014 NY Slip Op 01817 (1st Dept. 2014)
Matter of Pinsky v. Botnick,
105 AD3d 852 (2nd Dept., 2013)
Barocas v. Barocas, 94 A.D.3d 551, 942 N.Y.S.2d 49 (1st Dept. 2012)
Dodson v. Dodson, 77 A.D.3d 564, 909 N.Y.S.2d 68 (1st Dept., 2010)
Gorsky v. Kessler, 78 A.D.3d 834, 911 N.Y.S.2d 129  (2nd Dept., 2010).
Dodson v. Dodson. 46 A.D.3d 305, 846 N.Y.S.2d 576 (1st Dept., 2007).
Levine v. Levine, 37 A.D.3d 553, 830 N.Y.S.2d 250 (2nd Dept., 2007).
Dodson v. Beeler, 35 A.D.3d 328, 827 N.Y.S.2d 678 (1st Dept., 2006).
Kessler v. Kessler, 33 AD3d 43, 818 N.Y.S.2d 571 (2nd Dept., 2006).
Messinger v. Messinger, 24 A.D.3d 631, 809 N.Y.S.2d 83 (2nd Dept., 2005).
In re Daijuanna Priscilla M., 290 A.D.2d 298, 735 N.Y.S.2d 544 (1st Dept., 2002).
Bansal v. Bansal, 281 A.D.2d 503, 721 N.Y.S.2d 798 (2nd Dept., 2001).
In re Danny Darrell V. 284 A.D.2d 247, 726 N.Y.S.2d 562 (1st Dept., 2001).
Howard v. Howard, 186 A.D.2d 132, 587 N.Y.S.2d 950 (2nd Dept., 1992).
Morgan v. N.Y.C. Housing Authority, 181 A.D.2d 890, 581 N.Y.S.2d 425 (2nd Dept.,1992).
People v. Harris, 150 A.D.2d 723, 541 N.Y.S.2d 593 (2nd Dept., 1989).


In re Duffy, 331 B.R. 137 (Bankr.SDNY  2005), aff’d 344 B.R. 237 (SDNY 2006)


Sykes v. Sykes  2012 NY Slip Op 22049 (Sup. Ct., New York Co. 2013)
Matter of J.P. v. E.B., April 2, 2012 NYLJ p. 17, col. 1 (Dec. of Interest) (Fam. Ct., Nassau Co., 2012)
Kessler v. Kessler, April 19, 2006 NYLJ p. 21, col. 1 (Dec. of Interest) (Sup. Ct., West. Co., 2005).
Jane Doe No. 1 v. Zeder, 5 Misc.3d 574, 782 N.Y.S.2d 349 (Sup. Ct., Onondaga Co., 2004).
Ochs v. Ochs, 193 Misc.2d 502, 749 N.Y.S.2d 650 (Sup. Ct., West. Co., 2002).


Miles v. 220 Church St. Associates, (Sup. Ct., Kings Co., 2004) $2,000,000 verdict for client.

Appellaniz v. CUNY, 2003 WL 21703849 (Sup. Ct., NY Co., 2003), N.Y.J.V.Rep. 21.  $366,666 verdict for client.


Executive Committee Member, New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member, New York City Bar Association Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction
Member, Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law
Faculty, New York College of Matrimonial Trial Attorneys
Member, American Bar Association (Family Law Section)
Member, NYS Bar Association (Family Law Section)
Member, New York City Bar Association (Family Law Section)
Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Former Member, Appellate Division, First Department Family Court Advisory Committee
Participating Attorney, ABA Project Against International Child Abduction
Mentor Attorney, InMotion (fka Network for Women’s Services)


Grandparent Visitation: Can the Fit-Parent Presumption be Overcome?  NY Family Law Monthly, Vol. 15, No. 2 (October 2013) and Vol. 15, No. 3 (November 2013).
Grandparent Visitation, The Matrimonial Strategist, Vol. 32, No. 4 (April 2014) and Vol. 32, No. 5 (May 2014)

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