CLE Course Details

How to Conduct a Comprehensive Client Consultation and Intake for your Matrimonial or Family Law Client

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  • Description
    Client consultations are the idea venue to gain client trust as well as gather information that might be helpful at trial, particularly in the emotionally-charged atmosphere of family law. This CLE course, focused primarily on divorce, custody, child and spousal support and equitable distribution issues, will explore the issues related to representing clients dealing with these issues. The course will provide advice and guidelines for winning the client, identifying and resolving issues and developing a strategy for effective representation. The course will also advise on how to develop and open and trusting relationship with your client to alleviate their fears and concerns. The course will provide strategies for offering a paid comprehensive consultation, developing the appropriate questions for information gathering on sensitive topics, and handling the emotional aspects of the case.
  • Instructor Bio

    Alissa Van Horn

    Alissa L. Van Horn, Esq. is a Founding Member and Managing Partner of Van Horn & Friedman, P.C., a boutique family law firm, exclusively dedicated to handling family and matrimonial cases in the New York Metropolitan Area.

    Prior to founding Van Horn & Friedman, P.C., Alissa opened the doors to her first solo practice in 2010, the Law Office of Alissa L. Van Horn, P.C. where she exclusively concentrated on matrimonial and family law matters. Alissa was previously an associate of Rosin Steinhagen Mendel in New York, NY, a boutique family law firm, where she primarily focused on adoption and foster care litigation for more than three years. Alissa began her career as an attorney in 2006, as an associate of Gildin, Zelenitz & Shapiro, P.C., where she engaged in general practice with a concentration in matrimonial and family law matters.

    Alissa is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Chapter, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, a former member of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.

    Alissa is licensed to practice law in New York, Connecticut and the United States Supreme Court. Alissa has a juris doctor from Widener University School of Law, and obtained her undergraduate degree in Public Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.

    In 2017, Alissa received Alissa received the Long Island Power Women in Business Award and the Long Island Business News Leadership in Law Award and has been selected as an honoree at the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 Awards in 2018. Alissa is also a 3-time recipient of the Rising Star Award and the Top Female Attorneys Award for NYC Metro by Super Lawyers Magazine. Alissa received the “10 Best” Award by the American Institute for Family Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017, the Top 10 Under 40 Award by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, the Top 100 Attorneys Award and the Top 40 under 40 Award for NYC by the National Advocates in the area of Divorce and Family Law, the Outstanding Women in the Law Award for 2016 by Hofstra Law School’s Center for Children and Families, and was featured by LI Pulse Magazine as a Top Legal Eagle in March 2017.


    Meredith Friedman

    Meredith Friedman, Esq., a managing partner of Van Horn & Friedman, PC, provides dedicated legal representation to clients living in Queens, New York, and throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties. She focuses her practice on family law, generally handling cases that involve high-asset divorce, child custody, child support and visitation.

    After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in business consumer affairs, Ms. Friedman went on to attend the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. From there, she received a Juris Doctor in 2006.

    Divorce and its related legal matters can be among the most difficult times in a family’s life. Ms. Friedman understands the unique challenges that these events can create. She also knows that a divorce may not be the end of the relationship for many families. For that reason, Ms. Friedman strives to help her clients achieve amicable solutions to their legal issues.

    While it is generally her goal to obtain harmonious resolutions, Ms. Friedman aggressively advocates on behalf of her clients when the other side is uncooperative. She values clear communication with her clients about their goals and how the legal process works, and helps them to address their short- and long-term needs. Beyond her work in the courtroom, Ms. Friedman is active in the legal community. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Nassau County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Friedman is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

    Ms. Friedman is a four-time recipient of the Rising Star Award from Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2018, she was named 40 under 40 by Long Island Business News, as well as being recognized as 40 Stars by Schneps Communication. She received Outstanding Women in the Law Award by Hofstra University in 2016. She was named Top 10 under 40 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, as well as named the 10 Best Family Law Attorney Award for New York by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Ms. Friedman was also named a Distinguished Lawyer by the Expert Network, a Top Lawyer by the American Law Society, and recognized by Long Island Business News for Leadership in Law in 2017.