Marilyn T. Sugarman became Special Counsel to the firm in January 2021 after serving for eleven years as a Special Referee in the New York County Supreme Court, where she specialized in Matrimonial cases. Prior to that time, she served as Court Attorney to the Hon. Joan B. Lobis (Ret.) in a dedicated Matrimonial Part for ten years.
Ms. Sugarman has presided over hundreds of contested matrimonial matters as a referee, including economic trials involving complex financial issues. She issued decisions or actively assisted in the settlement of these matters, and has an expertise in crafting settlements in cases for high net worth individuals.
Immediately after graduating from law school, Ms. Sugarman served as Pro Se Staff Attorney for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Thereafter, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York, where she defended cases in both federal and state courts, from commencement through trial and appeal.
She is a member of the New York Womens’ Bar Association, and previously served as co-chair of the Matrimonial and Family Law Committee. She has served as a presenter at CLE classes for various bar associations on how to conduct a financial trial before a Special Referee. Ms. Sugarman has been trained in advanced family mediation and in commercial mediation.
Ms. Sugarman is a graduate of Cornell University, with a degree in Human Development and a concentration in adolescent development. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was on the International Law Moot Court team and served as Notes Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. She received the Brooklyn Journal of International Law Writing Award at graduation for her note, “America’s Responsibility to Amerasian Children: Too Little, Too Late.”