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Marilyn T. Sugarman



After working for more than twenty years as a Special Referee and as a court attorney in a Matrimonial Part, I left the court in 2020 to go into private practice. I moved to a new firm in October 2022 where I am better able to utilize my skills that I developed while working in the Court both trying and settling complex matrimonial cases.

I firmly believe it is better for all concerned – especially children – to settle a matrimonial case rather than proceed to trial. But if the other side is unwilling or unable to settle, and it is necessary to go to trial, I know what persuades a trier of fact.

I am able to advise and represent high-net-worth individuals in all aspects of matrimonial and family law, including negotiating and drafting agreements and litigating child custody and complex economic issues, if needed. I am also able to mediate disputes or serve as a “private judge.” And, in keeping with my belief that the most important people in a divorce are the children, I am thrilled to now also be able to provide services as a Parenting Coordinator to divorcing or divorced families that are in need of such services.

Bar Admissions

  • Court Attorney Law Department, Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • Court Attorney The Honorable Joan B. Lobis, Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • Special Referee Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • Special Counsel Dobrish Michaels Gross LLP


  • Brooklyn Law School, 1984
  • Cornell University, 1981

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Special Counsel at The Mandel Law Firm