Areas of Practice

  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Divorce
  • Employment Disputes (Civil Collaborative)
  • Family Business Disputes (Civil Collaborative)
  • Family Law
  • LGBTQ
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Mediation
  • Post-Divorce Disputes
  • Pre/postnuptial Agreements
  • Probate (Civil Collaborative)
  • Separation
  • Shareholder/Partner Disputes (Civil Collaborative)
  • Wills and Trusts (Civil Collaborative)
  • Profession

    Legal Professional

    Academic and Professional Credentials

    Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Boston University
    Juris Doctor, Pace University School of Law
    Certified by CLUSTER Community Services of Westchester to mediate custody and visitation (parenting) cases.

    Accredited Mediator, New York State Council For Divorce Mediation
    Certified by the United Nations for Proficiency in French and Spanish.
    Certified Divorce Financial Analyst TM


    College Attended:
    Boston University, B.A. cum laude, University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France


    Graduate School:
    Pace University School of Law


    States admitted to practice:
    NY, CT


    Languages:
    English, Spanish, French

    About my Practice

    I advocate for clients who want to take charge of their lives and resolve conflict using a common sense approach. During my more than 20 years of practice, I have handled hundreds of matrimonial and family law matters. While I have extensive litigation experience, I now focus my practice on collaborative law and mediation because I want to make a positive difference in the lives of clients going through stressful family transitions. I help mothers and fathers in developing parenting plans that are practical and that honor the importance of the role of both parents. I am truly committed to resolving disputes by using non-adversarial techniques and I believe that most disputes can be resolved without litigation. I co-developed one of the first law school programs on Collaborative Practice in the United States and I am currently an Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Law at Pace University School of Law (2008 to present). I lecture widely on matrimonial law, collaborative law, domestic violence and conflict resolution at various institutions including Pace University School of Law, Fordham Law School, St. John's University and the Institute for Senior Action. My recent presentations include "Protecting Family Finances for Families in Transition", "Alternate Dispute Resolution and Domestic Violence: Challenge or Impossibility?" and "Collaborative Practice: What Is It and How Does It Work". My training and work in conflict resolution includes: special education; parent-teen; lesbian-gay-bi-sexual and transgender advocacy. I am fluent in French and Spanish.

    I am experienced in all aspects of divorce and separation including pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements; separation agreements; family budgets (child and spousal support); and the equitable distribution of property. I work with traditional and non-traditional families. I have extensive experience in real estate and trusts and estate law. I received my undergraduate degree cum laude from Boston University and my law degree from Pace University School of Law. I am a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. More information about my work can be found on my website at http://www.deborahwaynelaw.com.

    Professional Organizations

    New York State Council for Divorce Mediation, Vice-President, Board of Directors,Chair Accreditation Committee, NY Association of Collaborative Professionals, former Director, Board of Directors, Co-Chair Support Groups for Collaborative Practice, Int'l Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Founding Member, Advanced Mediator, Academy of Professional Family Mediators, The Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, New York State Bar Association, Westchester Women's Bar Association.

    Professional Trainings

    Attended over 400 hours of continuing education and dispute resolution development, including advanced mediation trainings and courses in family mediation, divorce mediation, collaborative law, non-violent communication, and special education and needs.

    Professional Licenses

    Certified by CLUSTER Community Center, Westchester County, NY to mediate custody and visitation and divorce cases. Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.

    Office Locations

    Location 1 ) 230 Park Ave 10th Floor New York New York 10169
    Location 2 ) 3000 Westchester Avenue Suite 101 Purchase New York 10577