About

Curriculum Vitae of.

ROBERT D. ARENSTEIN, ESQ.

NEW YORK OFFICE NEW JERSEY OFFICE

295 Madison Avenue                                   691 Cedar Lane

New York, NY  10017                                  Teaneck, NJ  07666

212/679-3999                                             201/836-9648

EDUCATION

Ithaca College (B.S., cum laude, 1968)

St. John’s University (J.D., 1972)

Certified Public Accountant (NY 1973)

New York University (LL.M., Taxation, 1976)

I have been continuously active in the practice of law for the past thirty six (36) years, and for the last thirty three (33) years have devoted my practice, almost entirely, to that of matrimonial and family law.  I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the previous chair of the National Legislation Committee.  I have chaired many committees in that organization.  I am a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Former Secretary of the American Chapter of that organization.  I am a member of the National Panel of Marital Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.  I am also a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New York Bar Association.  In addition, I was a member of the Executive Council of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and a member of various matrimonial law committees both in New York State and American Bar Associations.  I chaired the Federal Kidnapping Committee of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and I was liaison to ABA Parental Abduction Project.  I was the Chairman of the Mentoring Committee of the International Child Abduction Attorneys Network (ICAAN), funded by the Dept. of Justice OJJDP in conjunction with ABA Center on Children and the Law and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I have been an expert witness before the United States Senate Armed Services Committee on issues relating to military pension, the House Ways and Means Committee on issues relating to child support, and before the New York State and New Jersey State Assembly’s Judiciary Committees on the subject of surrogate parenting and have advised the U.S. State Department on various occasions including speaking in the North American Symposium on International Child Abduction.  My experience in the matrimonial field is extensive and varied and includes the handling of all types of matrimonial actions and proceedings in the trial and appellate courts of the State of New York and elsewhere including over three hundred fifty (350) cases under the Hague Convention.  I have been a Lecturer at Various Institutes on Interstate and International Child Custody, including American Family Conciliation Courts National Conferences, American Bar Association’s annual winter and spring meetings, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, American Association of Trial Lawyers, Hispanic Bar Association, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Institute, COURT TV, and various other bar associations. My firm has handled many international custody actions and many interstate custody actions involving the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act.

COURT ADMISSION

1973  —        Admitted to Bar, New York and U.S. Tax Court

1974  —        U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

—        U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

1976  —        U.S. Supreme Court and District of Columbia

1979  —        New Jersey and Florida

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

The Hague Convention – Understanding & Litigating Under the Treaty

The Hague Convention – Educating the State Court Judge

Distribution of Military Benefits – The Need for Reform

Distribution of Military Benefits – Congressional Reform

Interjurisdictional Enforcement of Matrimonial Orders – A Proposal

Divorce Law in China – Domestic Relations Tax Reform Act, 1984

How to try a Hague Case.

Made a Tape for Students studying for certification to American Academy of                          Matrimonial Lawyers
EXPERTISE

Expert Witness on various court cases throughout the nation on Interstate and

International Child Abduction Cases

Liaison to International Child Abduction Project sponsored by the ABA Center on

Children and the Law – Department of Justice OJJDP, (1993-96)

Chairman of the Mentoring Committee of the International Child Abduction Attorneys Network (ICAAN), funded by the Dept. of Justice OJJDP in conjunction with ABA Center on Children and the Law and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Consultant to the United States State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Children’s Issues Department  and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (MCMEC) on International Child Abductions

Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Department of State- March 1996

Participant in Hague Convention Meetings on Implementation of Treaty, Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, Netherlands, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007

Member of United States delegation to the Hague-1996

Expert Witness before U.S. House of Representatives; House Ways and Means Committee, Child Support Amendments, 1984, 1988, Social Security Amendments, 1989

Expert Witness before Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committee of New York

on Hearings of Surrogate Parent Bill, 1986

Expert Witness before U.S. Senate, Committee on Armed Services, Uniform Services Former Spouses Protection Act, 1982

Speaker/Lecturer on Interstate and/or International Child Custody, at various Institutes, including:

–                       Second World Congress on the Rights of Children (1997)

–                       American Bar Association’s annual winter and spring meetings

–                       International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1997; 1992)

–                       American Family Conciliation Courts National Conferences

–                       American Association of Trial Lawyers

–                      Hispanic Bar Association

–                      New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Institute

–                      COURT TV

–                      American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2002, 2006

–                      International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2004

–                      Hague Convention Delegate on the Implementation of the Treaty on Child Abduction September, 2007

–                      Fairfield  County Bar Association, Connecticut , 2007

–                      Cross Border Mediation and the Hague Convention on International Parental Child Abduction, University of Miami School of Law, February, 2008

How to try a Hague Convention Case- International Academy of Matrimonial Layers  June, 2008 Boston, Mass

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS – New York Chapter

Fellow (1984-present)

Chairman/Member, Kidnapping Committee (1994-6), (1996-present)

Chairman, Meeting Committee (1986-1998)

Member, Legislation Committee (1991-1998)

Parliamentarian (1995-96; 1991-92)

Member, National Budget and Finance Committee (1994-95)

Co-Chairman, National Legislation Committee (1990-91)

Chairman, Committee on Surrogate Parenting (1986)

Board of Managers, New York Chapter (1986-90) (1993-1996) (1999-2002)

Specialization Committee (1985)

Secretary (1999- Present)

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION – Member (1972-present)

Family Law Section

Council Member (1996-99; 1985-91)

International Law and Procedures (1991-present)

Chairman/Member, Federal Legislation & Procedures (1989-present)

Vice Chair/Member, Federal Task Force on Legislation (1992-present)

Parliamentarian (1995-96)

Liaison to International Child Abduction Project (1993-96)

Co-Chairman, Bankruptcy Committee, (1992-94)

Advisory Committee (1991-94)

Chairman, By-Laws Committee (1990-91; 1982-84)

Law and the Fifty States (1985-94)

Chairman/Member, Scope & Correlations Committee (1987-90)

Ad hoc Committee on Surrogacy (1987-88)

Editorial Board, Family Law Quarterly (1987)

Chairman, Research Committee Member (1986)

Member, Annual Meeting Coordination Committee (1985-86)

Chairman, Policy & Procedures Handbook Committee (1982-86)

Membership Chairman (1983-85)

Chairman, Interstate/Federal Support Laws & Procedures Committee (1981-85)

Vice Chairman Divorce Laws and Procedures Committee (1980-82)

Alimony, Support and Maintenance Committee (1977-80)

Young Lawyers Division

Member, Liaison with Other Professions and Organizations (1981-82)

Member, Child Advocacy and Protection Committee (1980-82)

Delegate (1974-81)

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS – Member (1988-present)

Board of Managers, American Chapter (1996-present)

Secretary, American Chapter (1994-95)

Counsel to the President (2006-2008)

NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION – Member (1972-present)

Chairman, International Custody Committee (1995-1998)

Executive Committee (1979-2009)

Program Chairman, Annual Meeting (1985-91)

Co-chairman, Committee on Surrogate Parenting (1986-87)

Program Chairman, Young Lawyers Section (1985)

Chairman, Long Range Planning, Family Law Section (1979-85)

Liaison, Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section (1979-82)

At Large Delegate- 2006-present

ASSOCIATION OF THE BAR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK – 1973

Member, Committee on Matrimonial Law (1991-1996)

Liaison to Committee on Matrimonial Law (1985)

NEW JERSEY BAR ASSOCIATION

Co-chairman, Specialization Committee Member (1983-84)

Legislation Committee (1984)

Westchester County Bar Association – 1973

Bergen County Bar – 1979

Essex County Bar Association – 1979

District of Columbia Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

American Association of Attorneys-CPA’s – 1973

American Arbitration Association – 1973

National Panel of Marital Arbitrators (1978-present)

Commercial Panel Arbitrators (1975)

Employment

Law Offices of Robert D. Arenstein (New York & New Jersey) (1984 to present)

Arenstein & Huston, P.C., President (1980-84)

Self-Employed (1975-80)

Shapiro, Weiden & Mortman, P.C. (1974-75)

Hofheimer, Gartlir, Gottlieb & Gross (1973-74)

Born:           January 16, 1947

New York, New York

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Curriculum Vitae of.

ROBERT D. ARENSTEIN, ESQ.

NEW YORK OFFICE NEW JERSEY OFFICE

295 Madison Avenue 691 Cedar Lane

New York, NY  10017                                  Teaneck, NJ  07666

212/679-3999                                             201/836-9648

EDUCATION

Ithaca College (B.S., cum laude, 1968)

St. John’s University (J.D., 1972)

Certified Public Accountant (NY 1973)

New York University (LL.M., Taxation, 1976)

COURT ADMISSION

1973  —        Admitted to Bar, New York and U.S. Tax Court

1974  —        U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

—        U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

1976  —        U.S. Supreme Court and District of Columbia

1979  —        New Jersey and Florida

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

The Hague Convention – Understanding & Litigating Under the Treaty

The Hague Convention – Educating the State Court Judge

Distribution of Military Benefits – The Need for Reform

Distribution of Military Benefits – Congressional Reform

Interjurisdictional Enforcement of Matrimonial Orders – A Proposal

Divorce Law in China – Domestic Relations Tax Reform Act, 1984

How to try a Hague Case.

Made a Tape for Students studying for certification to American Academy of                          Matrimonial Lawyers


EXPERTISE

Expert Witness on various court cases throughout the nation on Interstate and

International Child Abduction Cases

Liaison to International Child Abduction Project sponsored by the ABA Center on

Children and the Law – Department of Justice OJJDP, (1993-96)

Chairman of the Mentoring Committee of the International Child Abduction Attorneys Network (ICAAN), funded by the Dept. of Justice OJJDP in conjunction with ABA Center on Children and the Law and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Consultant to the United States State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Childrens Issues Department  and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (MCMEC) on International Child Abductions

Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Department of State- March 1996

Participant in Hague Convention Meetings on Implementation of Treaty, Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, Netherlands, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007

Member of United States delegation to the Hague-1996

Expert Witness before U.S. House of Representatives; House Ways and Means Committee, Child Support Amendments, 1984, 1988, Social Security Amendments, 1989

Expert Witness before Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committee of New York

on Hearings of Surrogate Parent Bill, 1986

Expert Witness before U.S. Senate, Committee on Armed Services, Uniform Services Former Spouses Protection Act, 1982

Speaker/Lecturer on Interstate and/or International Child Custody, at various Institutes, including:

–         Second World Congress on the Rights of Children (1997)

–         American Bar Association’s annual winter and spring meetings

–         International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1997; 1992)

–         American Family Conciliation Courts National Conferences

–         American Association of Trial Lawyers

–         Hispanic Bar Association

–         New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Institute

COURT TV

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2002, 2006

International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2004

Hague Convention Delegate on the Implementation of the Treaty on Child Abduction September, 2007

Fairfield  County Bar Association, Connecticut , 2007

Cross Border Mediation and the Hague Convention on International Parental Child Abduction, University of Miami School of Law, February, 2008

How to try a Hague Convention Case- International Academy of Matrimonial Layers  June, 2008 Boston, Mass

I have been continuously active in the practice of law for the past thirty six (36) years, and for the last thirty three (33) years have devoted my practice, almost entirely, to that of matrimonial and family law.  I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the previous chair of the National Legislation Committee.  I have chaired many committees in that organization.  I am a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Former Secretary of the American Chapter of that organization.  I am a member of the National Panel of Marital Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.  I am also a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New York Bar Association.  In addition, I was a member of the Executive Council of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and a member of various matrimonial law committees both in New York State and American Bar Associations.  I chaired the Federal Kidnapping Committee of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and I was liaison to ABA Parental Abduction Project.  I was the Chairman of the Mentoring Committee of the International Child Abduction Attorneys Network (ICAAN), funded by the Dept. of Justice OJJDP in conjunction with ABA Center on Children and the Law and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I have been an expert witness before the United States Senate Armed Services Committee on issues relating to military pension, the House Ways and Means Committee on issues relating to child support, and before the New York State and New Jersey State Assembly’s Judiciary Committees on the subject of surrogate parenting and have advised the U.S. State Department on various occasions including speaking in the North American Symposium on International Child Abduction.  My experience in the matrimonial field is extensive and varied and includes the handling of all types of matrimonial actions and proceedings in the trial and appellate courts of the State of New York and elsewhere including over three hundred fifty (350) cases under the Hague Convention.  I have been a Lecturer at Various Institutes on Interstate and International Child Custody, including American Family Conciliation Courts National Conferences, American Bar Association’s annual winter and spring meetings, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, American Association of Trial Lawyers, Hispanic Bar Association, New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Institute, COURT TV, and various other bar associations. My firm has handled many international custody actions and many interstate custody actions involving the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS – New York Chapter

Fellow (1984-present)

Chairman/Member, Kidnapping Committee (1994-6), (1996-present)

Chairman, Meeting Committee (1986-1998)

Member, Legislation Committee (1991-1998)

Parliamentarian (1995-96; 1991-92)

Member, National Budget and Finance Committee (1994-95)

Co-Chairman, National Legislation Committee (1990-91)

Chairman, Committee on Surrogate Parenting (1986)

Board of Managers, New York Chapter (1986-90) (1993-1996) (1999-2002)

Specialization Committee (1985)

Secretary (1999- Present)

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION – Member (1972-present)

Family Law Section

Council Member (1996-99; 1985-91)

International Law and Procedures (1991-present)

Chairman/Member, Federal Legislation & Procedures (1989-present)

Vice Chair/Member, Federal Task Force on Legislation (1992-present)

Parliamentarian (1995-96)

Liaison to International Child Abduction Project (1993-96)

Co-Chairman, Bankruptcy Committee, (1992-94)

Advisory Committee (1991-94)

Chairman, By-Laws Committee (1990-91; 1982-84)

Law and the Fifty States (1985-94)

Chairman/Member, Scope & Correlations Committee (1987-90)

Ad hoc Committee on Surrogacy (1987-88)

Editorial Board, Family Law Quarterly (1987)

Chairman, Research Committee Member (1986)

Member, Annual Meeting Coordination Committee (1985-86)

Chairman, Policy & Procedures Handbook Committee (1982-86)

Membership Chairman (1983-85)

Chairman, Interstate/Federal Support Laws & Procedures Committee (1981-85)

Vice Chairman Divorce Laws and Procedures Committee (1980-82)

Alimony, Support and Maintenance Committee (1977-80)

Young Lawyers Division

Member, Liaison with Other Professions and Organizations (1981-82)

Member, Child Advocacy and Protection Committee (1980-82)

Delegate (1974-81)

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS – Member (1988-present)

Board of Managers, American Chapter (1996-present)

Secretary, American Chapter (1994-95)

Counsel to the President (2006-2008)

NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION – Member (1972-present)

Chairman, International Custody Committee (1995-1998)

Executive Committee (1979-2009)

Program Chairman, Annual Meeting (1985-91)

Co-chairman, Committee on Surrogate Parenting (1986-87)

Program Chairman, Young Lawyers Section (1985)

Chairman, Long Range Planning, Family Law Section (1979-85)

Liaison, Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section (1979-82)

At Large Delegate- 2006-present

ASSOCIATION OF THE BAR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK – 1973

Member, Committee on Matrimonial Law (1991-1996)

Liaison to Committee on Matrimonial Law (1985)

NEW JERSEY BAR ASSOCIATION

Co-chairman, Specialization Committee Member (1983-84)

Legislation Committee (1984)

Westchester County Bar Association – 1973

Bergen County Bar – 1979

Essex County Bar Association – 1979

District of Columbia Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

American Association of Attorneys-CPA’s – 1973

American Arbitration Association – 1973

National Panel of Marital Arbitrators (1978-present)

Commercial Panel Arbitrators (1975)

Employment

Law Offices of Robert D. Arenstein (New York & New Jersey) (1984 to present)

Arenstein & Huston, P.C., President (1980-84)

Self-Employed (1975-80)

Shapiro, Weiden & Mortman, P.C. (1974-75)

Hofheimer, Gartlir, Gottlieb & Gross (1973-74)

Born:           January 16, 1947

New York, New York

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