Bernard Clair

Top 30 Matrimonial and Family Law
Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP
The Lipstick Building
885 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 300-1100

Bernard E. Clair

has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the handful of elite New York divorce lawyers, as highlighted in New York Magazine and the Business Insider.  He has been involved in scores of high profile cases, some of which have garnered national and even international attention.  He has also made or helped to make new law in this State, including landmark decisions regarding the enforceability of prenuptial agreements and certain aspects of the more cutting edge issues of this State’s equitable distribution law.

Mr. Clair has lectured and published in the legal community and is the co-author of three books for the lay public, Love Pact (Grove Press), Consultation with a Divorce Lawyer (Simon & Schuster), and The Ex-Factor (Donald Fine).  Since 2000, he has been the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the New York Family Law Monthly, published by American Lawyers Media.  Mr. Clair receives Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ratings for both legal ability and ethical standards.  Mr. Clair has also been consistently selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine and as one of New York’s “Best Lawyers” by New York Magazine. 

Mr. Clair graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1976.  He received his New York law license in 1977.  In that same year, he founded Clair & Daniele where he concentrated in matrimonial law for the next 20 years.  In 1998, he joined Rosenman & Colin (which later merged with the Chicago law firm Katten Muchin Zavis) where he was the Chairman of the firm’s Family Law Department until his departure in 2004, when he launched Clair, Greifer LLP, a top New York boutique exclusively devoted to matrimonial law.

In establishing Cohen Clair Lans Greifer & Thorpe LLP, of which is he co-Chairman, Mr. Clair brings his years of experience in every facet of family law to a setting where the focus remains on efficient, responsive and creative representation, whether it be within the context of contentious litigation or sensitive, private negotiations.

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