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  • Description
    The intricacies of Family law go beyond legalities; they include emotional upheaval as well as ethical issues. Family law practitioners must know how to carefully navigate these issues. This CLE course, presented by experienced matrimonial and family law attorney Samuel J. Ferrara, will introduce hypothetical situations which represent the most common ethical dilemmas faced in this field. Ferrara takes you through a series of hypothetical's exploring the myriad ethical issues, such as certification of a statement of net worth, custody and visitation, faced by family law and matrimonial attorneys. The course will also address potential resolutions to these issues and how practitioners may approach them.
  • Instructor Bio

    Samuel Ferrara

    Samuel J. Ferrara is a partner and co-director of the Matrimonial Law department at Abrams, Fensterman.

    Mr. Ferrara represents a variety of clients in a range of matrimonial and family law issues, as well as transactional, corporate and commercial matters. He has particular expertise with contested custody cases, high net worth cases and commercial transactions.

    Mr. Ferrara counsels clients throughout all phases of the divorce and separation process, including custody/parental access disputes and support/property distribution issues. He also assists clients in resolving corporate and commercial issues. His experience includes transactional work such as buy/sell agreements for multimillion dollar entities and smaller, individual transactions. These include such issues as employment, shareholder and partnership agreements, licensure issues, and real estate and general business/corporate consultation.

    A top litigator and negotiator, Mr. Ferrara was recently named one of the Top 10 Matrimonial and Family Attorneys Under the Age of 45, as well as being designated as a New York Super Lawyer in 2008, 2009, and 2010, a distinction earned by only five percent of the lawyers in the New York metro area.

    Mr. Ferrara presents numerous programs and/or teaches at various professional organizations on parent education, custody, parental access, property distribution, trial advocacy, appellate advocacy and ethics. He is also published in professional journals and newsletters. Mr. Ferrara is an adjunct Professor at Hofstra University.

    He received his B.A. and M.A. from Boston University and his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. Mr. Ferrara is one of the directors of the Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness program (P.E.A.C.E.), and is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), the American Bar Association, the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations.