Melissa Goodstein has devoted her collaborative divorce and mediation practice to helping families resolve conflict with dignity and grace. Melissa actively sought out a better way to practice family law because she found that litigation devastated families. Through her training in mediation and collaborative divorce she offers clients a different way to approach their divorce and family conflict without destroying their family.
Melissa’s practice is focused on empowering clients to create and envision a new beginning. Melissa is devoted to listening and understanding what is most important to her clients and providing the professional support necessary for them to achieve the best possible outcome for their family. Melissa helps her clients achieve a settlement that reflects their highest interests and protects their most important relationships. Melissa is also an advocate of mind body healing such as yoga and meditation to help support her clients during the divorce process. She believes that healing from the inside out is instrumental in achieving a good divorce and a peaceful transition to a new life.
Melissa is on the board and active member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and an active member of the New York State Council of Divorce Mediation, the Westchester Woman’s Bar Association and the Family and Divorce Mediation of Greater New York and the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. She graduated from Brandeis University with B.A. in 1987 and received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1990 and has been in private practice since 1993. Melissa has been married for over 25 years, has three children and enjoys walking, cooking, baking, film and television.