Dana Stutman - Founding partner Dana M. Stutman is a leading matrimonial attorney known for her profound financial expertise providing her clients with a decisive edge. This unparalleled combination of accounting and litigation backgrounds sets her apart from her peers both in negotiations and the courtroom.
Dana takes the time and extreme care to develop a unique strategy based solely upon each client’s personal journey. Her compassion and unique arsenal of knowledge drives Dana to find new and dynamic solutions for even the most complicated and seemingly unmovable case.
Dana received her accounting focused business degree from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and began her career developing her financial analytic skills at Deloitte and Touche, attending the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Notably, while at Cardozo, Dana was part of The Innocence Project, a famously effective legal initiative that examines DNA evidence to reverse wrongful criminal convictions. She clerked for the Honorable David B. Saxe (Ret.) and for the Honorable Richard T. Andrias (Ret.) while they advocate in the matrimonial division of the State Supreme Court. She litigated as a law student for the New York State Attorney General’s office and later worked with New York litigator Michael Dowd, an expert on the defense of battered women. Dana’s distinguished career had her making partner in the first seven years at one of the top matrimonial firms in the country and named in the annual Super Lawyers publication since 2009.
She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and serves as treasurer for their New York chapter. She also serves on a number of committees within the legal community, including the New York City Bar Association as well as the New York State Bar Association.
Before 2010, the non-monied spouse was subject to the considerable discretion of the trial courts in fashioning appropriate counsel fee awards. After 2010, the New York legislature sought to reduce the extent of that discretion by instituting a rebut...