Eleanor B. Alter

Eleanor B. Alter
Eleanor Desk

Partner

Eleanor B. Alter brings a wealth of experience to Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP, having been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s top family law attorneys. Eleanor has represented high profile clients, as well as numerous business owners, attorneys and professionals, and their spouses. She has also acted as an expert witness as to New York law and as co-counsel with attorneys in other jurisdictions and has argued appeals in the various judicial departments of New York State.

Prior to co-founding Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP, for nineteen years Eleanor was a partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, where she was the head of the family and matrimonial law group. Prior to joining Kasowitz, she was a partner at Rosenman & Colin LLP (now Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP) for fifteen years. Previously, she was a partner at Marshall, Bratter, Greene, Allison & Tucker LLP for eight years and an associate for six years. After being admitted to practice in New York in 1965, she started her legal career in the Office of the General Counsel of the Insurance Department for the State of New York.

Eleanor entered Harvard Law School in 1961 and graduated from Columbia Law School with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1964. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from The University of Michigan in 1960.

Eleanor is a frequent lecturer on the full spectrum of family law topics, to attorneys and others, both nationwide and internationally. She served as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law from 1983-87 and a Ulysses S. Schwartz fellow at the University of Chicago School of Law in 1988. She also taught, as a visiting professor, at the University of Chicago Law School from 1990-93. Eleanor was also a member of the Board of Editors for the New York Law Journal from 1987-2015 and has contributed articles to various legal journals.

Eleanor belongs to the American Law Institute, the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association (where she was previously on various committees, including the Executive Committee). At the invitation of the New York State Court of Appeals, she has proudly served as a trustee (1983-2013) and Chairman (1985-2010) of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection of the State of New York.

Eleanor is the daughter of Hon. Charles David Breitel and Jeanne (Hollander) Breitel and has two sons, Richard Zabel and David Zabel. Eleanor lives in New York City with her husband, Dr. Allan Lans. She is an avid reader (she loves a good mystery, biography, or books about historic events) and enjoys cooking for her friends and family, especially at her home in the mountains of Haines Falls, NY.


Adam John Wolff

Adam John Wolff

partner

For more than twenty years, Adam John Wolff has settled, and, if necessary, litigated and tried disputes involving divorce, equitable distribution, custody and visitation, and other areas of family law and matrimonial practice.

Prior to co-founding Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP, Adam practiced law at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, where he similarly focused on family law, including as a partner for eleven years. Prior to joining Kasowitz, Adam was associated with Rosenman & Colin LLP (now Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP), where he practiced general commercial litigation, as well as family and matrimonial law. Adam graduated from The University of California at Berkeley School of Law in 1994 with a Juris Doctor and attended Harvard Law School for his final year of law school. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business, magna cum laude, in 1991.

Adam is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter, where he holds a number of leadership positions, including in respect of Continuing Legal Education; he is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Committee of Attorneys, Appraisers and Accountants and of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a frequent lecturer, to both attorneys and financial professionals, for these and other organizations. Adam’s unique ability to understand complex financial aspects of complicated cases, while remaining sensitive to the deeply personal issues of family law matters as well as maintaining a dry wit, distinguishes him in the industry. His commitment to clear and persuasive writing benefits the Firm’s clients in both settlement and litigation. Adam and his wife, Cindy, a librarian, live in Manhattan with their two teenage sons. They enjoy writing and playing music together.


Jenifer J. Foley

 
Jenifer J. Foley

partner

Jenifer J. Foley, co-founder of Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP, is an experienced litigator and trial attorney, whose practice is focused entirely on New York family and matrimonial law, including matters involving pre- and post-nuptial agreements, divorce, custody (decision-making and parenting time), child and spousal support, and distribution of marital assets. She also routinely consults and works with co-counsel on international and national family law matters. Jenifer is also a certified mediator, who uses her mediation and negotiation skills to help parties avoid litigation and craft mutually beneficial settlement agreements.

Before forming AWF with Eleanor and Adam, the three worked closely together as partners in the matrimonial group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. Prior to joining the Kasowitz firm, Jenifer started her career as an attorney at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where she was a commercial litigator, representing clients on a variety of complex financial issues; however, she originally started her legal career fresh out of college as a paralegal, working for numerous firms, large and small, which solidified her love of the law and her determination to attend law school a bit later in life. Jenifer is the current Chair (and former Secretary) of the Matrimonial Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, where she has been an active member for years. She is also a member of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, currently serving as an Executive Committee Member and Co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Sub-committee; she is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, New York Chapter (AFCC-NY).

Jenifer graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a Juris Doctor, cum laude, Order of the Coif in 2000, where she attended as a recipient of the H. Bert & Ruth Mack Scholarship. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, with English honors, from the State University of New York at Albany in 1985.

Jenifer and her husband divide their time between Manhattan and Long Beach, NY (where she and her family are known to take the annual Long Beach Polar Bear Plunge on Super Bowl Sundays to support one of their favorite charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation); they love spending time with any (and all) of their four kids, who live around the world.


Alan R. Feigenbaum

 
Alan R. Feigenbaum

Partner


Alan Feigenbaum is a partner at Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP. In this role, Alan specializes in marital dissolution matters before New York trial and appellate courts, working with individuals to prosecute, defend and negotiate all facets of disputes related to issues of equitable distribution, custody, parenting time, and child and spousal support. He also represents individuals in the negotiation and drafting of prenuptial and marital agreements, including separation agreements. Alan was named a 2014 Rising Star by New York Super Lawyers.

Alan is a co-chair of the Committee on Legislation for the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He has also lectured on various family law topics in connection with the New York State Bar Association.

Prior to joining Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP, for approximately eight years, Alan was an associate attorney at Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP, where his practice was also exclusively focused on family law matters. Prior to joining Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP, for approximately five years, Alan was an associate attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he practiced patent and general commercial litigation in federal courts.

Alan graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Alan prides his family law practice on client-centered representation, with an unwavering commitment to patience and understanding during what is often times an arduous process for parents and spouses alike.

Alan and his wife, Talia, live in Maplewood, New Jersey with their two children, Jack and Nola.


Julie M. Sheldon

 
Julie M. Sheldon

associate

Julie M. Sheldon is an associate attorney at Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP. Julie’s practice includes all areas of family and matrimonial law including divorce, property distribution, child custody, parenting time, spousal support, child support, and prenuptial agreements. Julie has extensive experience litigating complex financial matters, including those involving business interests, real estate holdings, professional practices, vested and unvested stock options, and family or inherited wealth.

Julie appreciates that, in some cases, settling out of court can be the best course of action, and she helps her clients amicably resolve their matters when possible. When a tough legal battle is required, Julie is equally as capable and zealously advocates for her clients before trial and appellate courts.

Julie provides solution-oriented, compassionate counsel. She works with her clients to understand their particular legal, financial, and emotional goals. She takes care to thoroughly explain the divorce process and various strategy options to her clients, and to answer all of their questions.

Prior to joining AWF, Julie was an associate attorney in the Matrimonial and Family Law practice group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. Prior to that, Julie was an in-house attorney for JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and was a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, where she represented commercial clients in complex tax, banking, and insurance matters often involving damages of more than $100 million dollars.

Julie graduated from the Rutgers University School of Law in 2006 where she was an Editor of the Rutgers Law Review and the recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship and Harris Cotton Scholarship. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from American University.


Melissa B. Rossman

 
Melissa B. Rossman

Associate

Melissa B. Rossman is an associate attorney at Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP. Melissa focuses her practice in all aspects of matrimonial law, from litigation and motion practice before New York trial and appellate courts to drafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements. Melissa counsels clients on various divorce and family law matters, including the negotiation and litigation of custody issues, child support, visitation, relocation, equitable distribution, complex financial matters, spousal maintenance, post-judgment issues such as enforcement and modification proceedings, and all other financial issues related to dissolution proceedings.

Prior to joining AWF, Melissa was an associate in the Matrimonial and Family Law practice group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. Prior to that, Melissa worked as an associate attorney at a civil litigation firm that focused on insurance defense, general tort litigation, commercial litigation, workers’ compensation, and real estate matters.

Melissa graduated from the University of Miami School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2012. During law school, she worked as a certified legal intern at the Children & Youth Law Clinic, where she represented foster youth and co-authored an amicus brief that was adopted in-part by the Florida Supreme Court. As a law student, Melissa received the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Florida Chapter) Scholarship and Outstanding Public Interest Scholarship. She was also one of a select group of students to be awarded Honors in the Trial Litigation Skills program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Emory University in 2007.

Melissa is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section and the New York City Bar Association.


Allison Saperstein

 
Allison Saperstein

associate

Allison Saperstein is an associate attorney at Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP. Allison represents her clients in all aspects of family law litigation, including asset division, spousal maintenance, child support, child custody agreements, modification, and prenuptial/postnuptial agreements.

Prior to joining AWF, Allison was an associate attorney at a mid-sized civil litigation firm, where she handled all aspects of pre-trial litigation, including conducting depositions and writing a number of motions for summary judgment. Prior to working in civil litigation, Allison was the Assistant Court Attorney to a New York County judge.

Allison graduated from University of Miami School of Law with Honors in 2012. While in law school, Allison received a three-year public interest leadership scholarship and served as a member of the Children and Youth Law Clinic during her second year, where she represented current and former foster youth related to adoption, health care, and educational issues. Allison received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2008.


Michaela Cohen

 
Michaela Cohen

Associate

Michaela Cohen is an associate attorney at Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP.  Michaela’s practice focuses on all aspects of family and matrimonial law.

Prior to joining AWF, Michaela was a litigation associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where she worked on and advised clients on a wide variety of commercial litigation, arbitration, and government investigations. Michaela has also worked as lead associate on pro bono matters, helping individuals without financial means in divorce proceedings and litigating and ultimately settling a case securing fundamental rights and damages for a minor in an ADA dispute, which earned Michaela a firm pro bono award. Michaela also ran the litigation department's associate mentoring program. Her previous experience also includes bankruptcy and international law matters.

Michaela attended Columbia Law School where she graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as an editor on the Journal of Law and Social Problems.  She was a Moot Court editor and judge for first-year law students. Michaela received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brown University where she graduated magna cum laude and received a thesis distinction in Economics and Literature; she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 

Michaela is admitted to the Bar in New York State and to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

 


Maggie Wolfe

 
Maggie Wolfe

legal assistant

Maggie Wolfe joined Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP in May 2016 as a legal assistant. In this role, Maggie works closely with Adam and Alan, as well as the rest of the AWF team. She assists attorneys and clients, prepares statements of net worth, drafts divorce papers, manages discovery, prepares exhibits and other material for depositions and trials, assembles all materials for records on appeal, and proofreads, formats and cite checks legal documents.

Prior to joining AWF, Maggie was an assistant at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, working in both family law and general litigation groups; she began working with Adam in 2001 and has worked closely with him ever since then. Prior to working for the Kasowitz firm, Maggie worked with the matrimonial law firm of Ellenbogen & Goldstein, P.C. from 1993 through 2001.

Maggie is from Howard Beach, NY and lives in Oceanside, NY with her husband and two grown children. She enjoys gardening, crafts, baking, and riding motorcycles with her husband. For over 30 years, she has volunteered with Independent Bikers Toys for Tots.


Camille A. Placa

 
Camille A. Placa

Legal assistant

Camille A. Placa joined Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP in May 2016 as a legal assistant. In this role, Camille works closely with Jenifer, Melissa and Allison, as well as the rest of the AWF team. She assists attorneys and clients, prepares statements of net worth, drafts divorce papers, manages discovery, prepares exhibits and other material for depositions and trials, assembles all materials for records on appeal, and proofreads, formats and cite checks legal documents.

Camille earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a focus on Public Relations from Iona College in 2004. She has worked in the legal field since high school.

In 2004, Camille joined Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP as an assistant to attorneys in both family law and general litigation groups; she began working with Jenifer in 2005 and has worked closely with her and the rest of the firm’s matrimonial group ever since then.

Camille and her husband have one child. She enjoys DIY projects, cooking, and hosting dinner parties for family and friends.

 


Sarahi Rosario-Martinez

 
Sarahi Rosario-Martinez

legal assistant

Sarahi Rosario-Martinez joined Alter, Wolff & Foley LLP in April 2017 as a legal assistant. In this role, Sarahi works closely with Eleanor and Julie, as well as the rest of the AWF team. She provides legal assistance at the firm and regularly communicates with clients and attorneys.  Sarahi appreciates that parties involved in family law matters are often involved in emotionally-charged situations and therefore has a sensitive and compassionate approach to such communications.

Sarahi joined AWF with years of experience including long-time work with a partner, working in the area of Intellectual Property.

Sarahi was born and raised in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish fluently.  She currently lives in Glendale, NY with her husband, daughter and two pups.  She enjoys cooking, baking, going to museums and experiencing new cuisines.