‘The year has been a whirlwind of activity,’ says Cohen Rabin Stine Schumann’s founding partner and star performer Gretchen Schumann.
‘The firm, including myself, is busier than ever handling complex negotiations and litigations involving property, finances, children, tax and trust-related issues.’
A significant percentage of her practice involves cases with both domestic and cross-border elements, and she regularly presents on substantive legal issues for financial and legal professionals, both in New York and abroad.
‘Family law is an area that often intersects with other disciplines and industries,’ she says. ‘It is more important than ever to build a strong network of professionals and experts for when issues arise, whether they relate to tax, estate planning, immigration, real estate, employment or addressing the structure of investments or insurance products.
‘We live in an increasingly mobile society – I frequently work alongside colleagues in other parts of the world when dealing with multiple legal systems in a case. Technology has vastly improved these communications and the speed with which cases can be resolved.’
Although Schumann often meets clients in times of distress, she takes great satisfaction in her work: ‘My goal is not only to obtain a positive outcome for the client, but to help them achieve and maintain security as they transition to a new life chapter. While divorce is an ending, it is also a beginning.’