A founding partner of the Firm, Dan Rottenstreich is one of the most well-regarded matrimonial lawyers in New York.
“He is no-nonsense, down-to-earth, responsive and a really good guy.” Other sources in New York describe Rottenstreich as “excellent” and “a real player in this market.”Chambers and Partners: Family Law/High-Net Worth (2020)
Mr. Rottenstreich combines well-honed litigation skills with a deep knowledge of accounting from his training as a CPA, to take on extraordinarily complex financial cases. Mr. Rottenstreich has also handled acrimonious custody cases when appropriate custody arrangements could not be agreed upon, including many cases involving underlying mental health or substance abuse issues.
“He is a great guy and a terrific litigator.” Another interviewee notes: “He is outstanding, he has really good business sense. He can be tough but also kind.”Chambers and Partners: Family Law/High-Net Worth (2021)
Mr. Rottenstreich’s record in the courtroom is exemplary. He, along with Peter Bronstein, John Farley and Meredith Strauss, were trial counsel in the largest equitable distribution case tried in New York State, in which they secured a complete victory for their client which was unanimously affirmed on appeal. Immediately thereafter, Mr. Rottenstreich represented a prominent hedge fund principal whose case settled mid-trial on extremely favorable terms. That was the second largest equitable distribution case to go to trial in New York. Mr. Rottenstreich’s recent cross-examination of an adverse party during an arbitration resulted in the testimony being halted, the witness invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination after being forced to admit he had perjured himself, and his counsel withdrawing from representation. Mr. Rottenstreich obtained an unprecedented award in his client’s favor.
His reputation and success as a trial lawyer frequently allow him to secure favorable settlements, often without setting foot in court. He is also a proponent of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.
Importantly, Mr. Rottenstreich enjoys excellent relationships with his peers. Many of his adversaries have become his friends—including his partner, Mitchell Lieberman.
Dan Rottenstreich has in-depth experience advising high net worth clients on matrimonial matters. “He is a very intelligent lawyer who is easy to deal with,” remarks one interviewee, and another notes: “He is very experienced and knowledgeable. He is bright and talented.”Chambers and Partners: Family Law/High-Net Worth (2022)
In 2020, 2021, and 2022, Mr. Rottenstreich was ranked by Chambers, a rare honor for a New York matrimonial lawyer. ln 2018, Mr. Rottenstreich was named one of “Hollywood’s Troubleshooters: Top 20 Lawyers for Divorces, Plea Deals and Death Plans” by the Hollywood Reporter. Since 2013, Mr. Rottenstreich has been voted a New York family law “Super Lawyer” each year by his peers, as well as one of New York’s “Best Lawyers in America.” He is a past member of the board of directors of the New York University Alumni Association. He was also a legal consultant to Showtime’s award-winning series The Affair for seasons two and three.
Prior to law school, Mr. Rottenstreich worked as a senior audit associate at Coopers & Lybrand. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable William M. Hoeveler in the U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida. Mr. Rottenstreich then became a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. After leaving Cravath, Mr. Rottenstreich joined Kirkland & Ellis, where he was elected a litigation partner.
Before forming Rottenstreich Lieberman Farley LLP, Mr. Rottenstreich was a name partner at Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP, where he helped the firm nearly double in size, revenue and profits, while securing some of its most significant trial victories and notable settlements.
Mr. Rottenstreich has lectured on matrimonial issues at the invitation of the New York State Bar Association. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Rottenstreich now splits his time between Long Island and Manhattan with his wife, two daughters and son.
New York University School of Law, JD (cum laude, Law Review)
Baruch College, Bachelor of Business Administration degree (summa cum laude)