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Russell I. Marnell, Esq.

Russell I. Marnell is admitted to the bars of New York, California, Nevada, Florida, the United States Tax Court, and Federal District Court. In addition to receiving his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, Mr. Marnell has earned a MBA in Accounting and has passed the CPA examination. He has litigated over two hundred trials specializing in cases involving complex custody, equitable distribution, child support, and maintenance issues.

Mr. Marnell’s accomplishments include:

  • Current member of the Matrimonial Committees of The Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations
  • Member of the prestigious New York Family Law American Inns of Court
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Mr. Marnell has published numerous articles on matrimonial and family law topics, is a frequent lecturer on these subjects, and has appeared on several television and radio programs. Additionally he is ‘AV’ rated by Martindale-Hubbell. **( An AV rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.)

Bar Admissions

New York State Bar
Florida Bar
California Bar
Nevada Bar
Federal District Court
United States Tax Court

Legal Employment

September, 1985 - Present
Law Offices of Russell I. Marnell, P.C.
Emphasis on Matrimonial and Family Law

"AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell**
(An AV rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.)

**"CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies."

"Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review process that rates lawyers. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards."

Education

Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York
J.D. awarded, 1984

Hofstra University School of Business, Hempstead, New York
MBA, 1984; Accounting

S.U.N.Y. at Albany, Albany, New York
B.S., 1980; Business

Certified Public Accountant Examination, passed 1985

Publications

"Enforcing Divorce Agreement: What is the Statute of Limitations?"
New York Law Journal, January 10, 2012

"Equitable Estoppel Applied by Court to Preclude Biological Father's Parental Rights"
The Nassau Lawyer, December 2011

"Issue Arising From Passage of the 'No Fault' Divorce Law"
The Nassau Lawyer, May 2011

"Heather Still Has Two Mommies"
The Nassau Lawyer, September 2010

"Do So-Ordered Stipulations Survive the Signing of a Divorce Agreement?" 
The New York Law Journal, June 2010

"Cancelling Child Support Arrears - Will The Recently Decided Case of Carlton v. Heller Start a Trend?"
The Nassau Lawyer , June 2010

"The End of Social Abandonment as a Ground for Divorce?" 
New York Law Journal, March 22, 2010 

"The Role of Sexual Orientation in Child Custody Cases"
Nassau Lawyer, May 2008

"The Appointment and Powers of Referees and Judicial Hearing Officers in Matrimonial and Family Court Actions"
Nassau Lawyer, March 2007

"Post Divorce Interspousal Tort and the Doctrine of Res Judicata"
Nassau Lawyer, February 2006

"Divorce Agreements Post Kazel v. Kazel"
Nassau Lawyer, March 2005

"Should No-Fault Grounds for Divorce be Enacted in New York?"
Nassau Lawyer, September 2005

"'Tis the Season....to Divorce?"
Long Island Business News, January 28, 2005

"The Challenges of Home Ownership and Divorce"
The Suffolk Lawyer, October 2004

"The Challenges of Home Ownership and Divorce"
The Attorney of Nassau County, September 2004

"The Emancipation of Children: Age of Majority Versus 21"
Nassau Lawyer, August 2004.

"Preventing Parental Child Abduction"
Suffolk Lawyer, April 2004.

"What Constitutes Child Abuse or Neglect?"
Nassau Lawyer, April 2004.

"Equitably Distributing Licenses and Degrees in a Divorce"
Nassau Lawyer, January 2004.

"Grandparent Visitation Rights in New York"
Nassau Lawyer, February 2003.

"Determining Whose Last Name Children Born Out of Wedlock Should Bear"
Nassau Lawyer, February 2002.

"Divorce Counterclaims Without a Complaint"
Nassau Lawyer, September 2001.

"Equitable Distribution of a Closely Held Business"
Nassau Lawyer, April 2001.

"Enforcing State and Federal Child Support Orders"
New York Law Journal, April 20, 2000, page 1.

"In Custody Case, Third Department Departs From Prior New York Case Law"
New York Law Journal, June 16, 1999, page 1.

"Extending F.C.A. Article 7 PINS Proceedings to Children Aged 16 and 17"
Nassau Lawyer, October, 1997, pages 7, 13.

"Can You Legally Videotape Your Nanny?"
Westchester Families, May, 1997, pages 23, 74.

"Should the Court of Appeals Have Changed the Law in Custody Relocation Cases?"
Family Law Review, New York State Bar Association, Vol. 28, No. 4, December, 1996, page 3.

"Authority of Court to Order Party to Pay Fees of Law Guardian"
New York Law Journal, August 15, 1996, page 1., col. 1.

"Should Attorneys Be Provided with Photocopies of Forensic Reports in Custody Disputes?"
The Nassau Lawyer, December - January '95-'96, page 1.

"Joint Custody in New York, A Statute Whose Time Has Come?"
New York Law Journal, April 26, 1995, page 1.

"Marital Fault in New York: Its Appropriate Role in Financial Issues"
New York Law Journal, June 16, 1994, page, 1, col. 1.

"Modification of Child Support and Maintenance"
Family Law Review, Family Law Section, New York State Bar Association, Vol. 24, No. 4, December, 1992, page 8.

"Treatment of Enhanced Earning Capacity as an Asset Under Equitable Distribution"
New York Law Journal, September 17, 1992, page 1, col. 1.

"Leading and Impeaching The Hostile or Adverse Witness: Statutes and Case Law In The New York and Federal Courts"
New York Law Journal, January 10, 1992, page 1, col. 1.

"Appreciation of Separate Property During the Marriage"
Fair Share, May, 1991, page 4.

"Divorce, No-Fault Style"
New York Law Journal, March 4, 1991, page 1.

"Appreciation of Marital Residence: Separate or Marital Property?"
New York Law Journal, October 30, 1990, page 1.

"May Custodial Parents Relocate?"
New York Law Journal, June 7, 1990, page 1.

"Divorce, I.R.S. Style"
The Nassau Lawyer, May 1990, page 2.

Affiliations

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
New York Family Law American Inn of Court
New York State Bar Association
New York State Bar Family Law Section
New York State Bar Association Family Law Legislative Sub-Committee
Nassau County Bar Association
Nassau County Bar Matrimonial Committee
Nassau County Bar Child Custody Sub-Committee - Past Chairperson
Nassau County Bar Speaker Panel
Suffolk County Bar Association
Suffolk County Bar Matrimonial Committee
Associate Editor, Nassau Lawyer
Florida Bar Association
Florida Bar Family Law Section
California Bar Association
Nevada Bar Association
Past President - Kiwanis Club of the Bellmores
Past Member - Board of Directors - Bellmore Chamber of Commerce
Huntington Lawyers Club
Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County
Crossways Business Association
The Attorney Round Table, Long Island
St. Anthony's Fathers Guild
Pulse Magazine's Top Legal Eagles

Media/ Lecture

Guest Lecturer at the Association of Divorce Financial Planners Meeting
October 18, 2011, regarding financial issues in same-sex marriages.

Pulse Magazine named Russell I. Marnell one of its "Top Legal Eagles" for 2011 in the areas of divorce and family law.
February 2011

Presentation at the National Business Institute Program for divorce professionals 
September 24, 2010, on the topic of "Family Law A-Z"

Interviewed on News 12 Long Island
June 17, 2010, regarding the New York State’s proposed no-fault divorce law.

Moderated program at Nassau County Bar Association Academy of Law for the Attorneys/Accounts Committee
March 6, 2010

Speaker at the LI Chapter of the ADFP Meeting
May 14, 2008 on the topic of "Prenuptial Agreements"

Speaker at Seaford High School to students in a Business Law Class
April 11, 2008 on the topic of "Family Law"

Speaker at a Seminar - "Successful Financial Settlements for your Divorce Client
April 19, 2007 on the topic of "Retirement and Pension Issues in a Divorce"

New York Family Law Inns of Court
January 17, 2007 on the topic of "Motions for Recusal and Writs of Mandamus"

Kiwanis of the Bellmores
January 16, 2007 on the topic of "Divorce Issues in New York State"

National Association of CPA Practitioners
December 1, 2005, "Divorce Tax Planning"

Huntington Rotary Club
September 8, 2005, "Financial Issues of Divorce"

LI Protestant Singles Meeting
June 12, 2005, "Pre-Nuptial Agreements"

Interviewed on WLIU Radio 88.3 FM
March 21, 2005, "Living Wills"

Interviewed on Nationally Syndicated Business Talk Radio
February 21, 2005, "The Challenges of Home Ownership and Divorce"

Interviewed on WLIE Radio
February 14, 2005, "Valentine's Day and Prenuptial Agreements"

Interviewed on WALK 97.5 Radio Show
Week of February 14, 2005, "Valentine's Day and Prenuptial Agreements"

Interviewed on WALK 97.5 Radio Show
Week of January 1, 2005, "New Year's Resolutions and Divorce"

Interviewed on CBS News Radio 88
Week of January 1, 2005, "New Year's Resolutions and Divorce"

Interviewed on WALK 97.5 Radio Show
October 2004 on Parental Kidnapping

Interviewed on CBS News Radio 88
October 2004 on Prenuptial Agreements and Home Ownership and Divorce

Interviewed on WLIE-Radio
September 28, 2004, "The Challenges of Home Ownership"

Interviewed by Long Island Business News
June 2004 column on prenuptial agreements

Appeared on ABC Eyewitness News
June 13, 2004, "Pre-Nuptial Agreements"

Interviewed on CBS News Radio 88
January 2004, "Examining Relationships for the New Year"

Interviewed on WALK 97.5 Radio Show
December 2003, "Examining Relationships for the New Year"

Guest Lecturer/Instructor at Hofstra University of Law
January 2003.  "National Institute for Trial Advocacy" Divorce and Custody Trial Techniques Program

Panel Member at Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County
October 2001.  Forum on "the Get law"

Lecturer at St. John's University Law School
February 13, 2001 on the topic of valuing a professional license and enhanced earnings capacity

Lecturer at School District 29 Queens
November 7, 2000 on child custody issues

Guest on News channel 4's Today in New York
June 29, 2000 to discuss the Elian Gonzalez custody case

Lecturer at Farmingdale Rotary Club
June 14, 2000 on the topic of general matrimonial law

Lecturer at Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County
March 2, 2000 on the topic of "Jewish Marriage and Divorce"

Lecturer at Plainview Hadassah
November 18, 1999 on the topics of American and Jewish matrimonial law

Lecturer at the Samuel Field Y
November 17, 1999 on the topic of personal injury law

Guest Speaker at the Nassau County Bar Association Matrimonial Committee
November 10, 1999 on the topic of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act

Lecturer at School District 29's Staff Development Day
November 2, 1999 addressing custody issues

Lecturer at the Association of Divorce Financial Planners
April 22, 1999 "Maintenance, Equitable Distribution, and Life Insurance"

Lecturer at the Institute for Paralegal Education
April 14, 1999, "The Personal Injury Paralegal in New York."

Guest Speaker on the "AFPC Money Show," WLUX Radio, 540-AM
March 20, 1999

Lecturer at National Conference of CPA Practitioners
November 6, 1997, "Financial Impact of Divorce on a Business and Its Owners"

Lecturer at Association of Professional Financial Consultants
June 10, 1997, "Financial Impact of Divorce on a Business and Its Owners"

Lecturer at Society of Independent Accountants
May 27, 1997, "Financial Impact of Divorce on a Business and Its Owners"

Lecturer at Institute of Certified Financial Planners
May 13, 1997, "Financial Impact of Divorce on a Business and Its Owners"

Nassau Bar Association
February 1995 and Winter 1997, "Divorce Trial Preparation and Trial Procedure"

Lecturer at National Business Institute
January, 28, 1997, "Trying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in New York"

Lecturer at American Society of Women Accountants, Long Island Chapter
January 9, 1997, "Financial Impact of Divorce on a Business and Its Owners"

Appearance on television discussing divorce and custody law
1994 - 1995

Lecturer at Temple Israel
May 14, 1991, "Divorce, Custody & Child Support"

Lecturer at St. Catherine's Outreach
September 26, 1991, "Divorce, Custody, Child Support"

Lawrence H.S. Adult Education
November 7, 1991, "Support, Custody and Visitation"
October 17, 1991, "Matrimonial Law"

Hofstra University Adult Education
Fall 1991, "Custody and Visitation Rights," "Father's Rights in New York State"

Lecturer at Father's Rights Association, New York City
Fall 1990, "Child Support Standards Act of New York State"

 

**“CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review process that rates lawyers. Ratings reflect the confidential opinion of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.”

       
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As no two people are alike, neither are any two families, or legal matters involving family situations. Financial implications vary. The degree of psychological and emotional trauma may differ. There may be other legal issues and personal ramifications to be considered. Since 1985, the Law Offices of Russell I. Marnell, P.C. has realized this. Concentrating on complex divorce and family law, our firm has litigated many cases to Court decision, including those involving orders of protection, child abuse and neglect.

 
 

Most experienced matrimonial attorneys charge a consultation fee. The primary reason we charge a consultation fee is to prevent your spouse from "attorney shopping" i.e. if your spouse were to meet with several top attorneys, you would be precluded from retaining any of the attorneys yourself. This tactic is called "poisoning the well."

Consultations typically last one to two hours during which you will receive our undivided attention.

 
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