Amy Saltzman began practicing family law in 1994. She founded the legal services program of the Rockland Family Shelter, now called the Center for Safety and Change, a domestic violence social services agency in Rockland County, New York. She subsequently served as director of the domestic violence unit of Westchester/Putnam Legal Services and then as an associate at the matrimonial boutique law firm of Cohen Goldstein & Silpe, LLP. She founded her own law firm in 2003.
Amy has trained lawyers on representing domestic violence victims in divorce and on many financial and child related issues raised in divorce and other family law matters. She is on the Advisory Board of the New York County Women’s Bar Association and a former officer of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. She is a co-chair of the matrimonial committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, a member of the legal advisory committee of Sanctuary for Families, a family law section member of the New York State Bar Association and a former member of the matrimonial law committee of the New York City Bar Association. Amy has co-chaired the domestic violence committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.
Amy received her J.D. from the City University of New York Law School at Queens College and also holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Hunter College.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Vermont, 1992
- New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- City University of New York School of Law at Queens College, Flushing, New York
- J.D. - 1988
- University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
- B.A. - 1975
- Honors: Dean's List
- Major: English
- Hunter College
- M.S. - 1978
- Major: Special Education
- ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy, Houston, Texas
- Treatment of Assets Purchased with Marital and Non-Marital Property: Principles and Application since Fields v. Fields (April 2013), Breakfast program of the City Bar’s State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction Committee.
- Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Law (March 2002), Joint pro bono training project of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Sanctuary for Families and Safe Horizons.
- Initial Client Interview: Contested Matrimonial Training (September 2000), Joint pro bono project of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Sanctuary for Families and Safe Horizons.
- The Nuts and Bolts of Court Appointed Work (May 2000), Joint program of the Westchester Women's Bar Association and the Westchester Association of Black Lawyers.
- Family Court Pro Bono Attorney Panel Training (January 2000), Training for volunteer attorneys on litigating a family offense case.
- The Client Interview; Strategy for the Divorce Case (May 1999), Representing Domestic Violence Victims in Divorce, seminar for pro bono attorneys by the Rockland County Women's Bar Association.
- Domestic Tort Litigation (May 1999), Panel discussion at the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York annual convention.
- Family Offense Petitions (April 1999), Training for Westchester County Family Court probation officers.
- Family Court Pro Bono Attorney Panel Training (January 1999), Training volunteer attorneys in litigation of a family offense cases.
- Protecting Client Confidentiality in a New Era (October 1998), New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Conference.
- Record Keeping and Client Confidentiality (June 1998), Seminar for therapists and counselors at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital.
- Custody, Visitation and Relocation (April 1998), Panel discussion at conference sponsored by The Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence, Fordham Law School.
- Family Court Pro Bono Attorney Panel Training (January 1998), Training for volunteer attorneys litigating custody cases involving domestic violence.
- Prevention Strategies: Domestic Violence Training for Community Policing (September 1997), Training session for police officers at Rockland County Police Academy.
- Recent Changes in the Law: Orders of Protection and Mandatory Arrest (September 1997), Program for the Northeast Regional Crime Victims Service Providers (Albany, New York).
- Orders of Protection: Tailoring Them to Your Client's Needs (January 1997), Training program for attorneys and mental health professionals sponsored by the Westchester Women's Bar Association.
- NYS Commission on Domestic Violence Fatalities (January 1997), Testified before the Commission on behalf of Rockland Family Shelter.
- The Client Interview & Orders of Protection (October 1996), Representing Domestic Violence Victims in Divorce, a seminar for attorneys sponsored by the Rockland County Women's Bar Association.
- Domestic Violence and the Law (October-November 1995), Training for income maintenance workers, child protective caseworkers, and other employees of the Rockland County Department of Social Services.
- The Legal Response to Family Violence (May 1995), Training for social workers and mental health professionals.
- The Role of the Family Court System in Domestic Violence Cases (May 1995), Training for assistant district attorneys in Rockland County.
- Family Protection and Domestic Violence Prevention Act of 1994 (March 1995), Training for police officers on the legislative changes commencing January 1, 1995; co-presented with a Rockland County Assistant District Attorney.
- Introduction to Legal Remedies for Domestic Violence (April 1994), Training for staff and volunteers at Rockland Family Shelter.
- Residential Placement and Section 504 Issues in Special Education Mediation (March 1993), Vermont Department of Education Training for Mediators and Hearing Officers.
- Introduction to SSI/Social Security/Medicaid Benefits (May-June 1992), Vermont Developmental Disabilities Law Project - Training Program for Lay Advocates.
- Basic Introduction to Public Assistance Benefits (April 1991), Community Service Society of New York, Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Honors and Awards
- Super Lawyers
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Super Lawyers, 2013 to 2017
- New York Women's Bar Association, (1998-present) - Vice President (2012-2013); Member of the Advisory Council (2017); Board of Directors (2002 to 2017); Chair or Co-Chair of several Committees, including Legislation; elected Chapter Delegate to the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (alternate Delegate before that); member of Family and Matrimonial Committee and Judiciary Committee (reviewed candidates for judgeships in New York County); NYWBA Delegate to Democratic Judicial Screening Committee (2010).
- Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Corresponding Secretary (2016-2017); Vice President (2014-2106), Recording Secretary (2013-2014); Member (1995-present), Chapter Delegate to WBASNY Board of Directors (1995-present; for three different WBASNY Chapters); Co-chair of the Matrimonial Committee, former member of the Legislative Committee; Past Co-Chair of the Domestic Violence Committee, Past Member of the Awards Committee.
- New York City Bar Association, Member of the State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction Committee, past member of Matrimonial and Children in the Law Committees., 1988 to Present
- New York State Bar Association, Member of Family Law Committee, 2000 to Present
- Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law, Member representative of New York Women’s Bar Association., 2009 to Present
- Sanctuary for Families, Legal Advisory Council member, co-chair of the Cynthia B. Rubin Matrimonial Committee., 2010 to Present
- 511 West 232nd Owners Corp., Member of co-op Board of Directors, and committee that supervised litigation of lawsuit against co-op sponsors., 2001 to 2003
- Westchester Women's Bar Association, Co-Chair of Community Outreach Committee, 1998 to 2001
- New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Co-Chair of the Legislation Committee, 1995 to 1998
- Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence, Member; planned conference on Domestic Violence: Representing the Victim (April 1995) at Fordham Law School., 1995 to 2000
- Rockland County Women's Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors; Chapter Delegate to WBASNY; Chair of Domestic Violence Committee, member of Matrimonial/Family Law Committee; obtained funding and organized a pro bono project to train attorneys for pro bono divorce representation of battered women; organized training for law guardians on effects of domestic violence on children., 1994 to 1999
- Rockland County Bar Association, Member; Co-chair of Pro-bono Committee, 1994 to 1997
Past Employment Positions
- Amy Saltzman, P.C., Private Practice, 2010
- Blaustein & Saltzman PLLC, Partner, 2007 to 2010
- Private Practice, Solo Practitioner, 2003 to 2007
- Cohen Goldstein & Silpe LLP, Associate, 1999 to 2003
- Westchester/Putnam Legal Services, Director of Domestic Violence Unit, 1997 to 1999
- Rockland Family Shelter, Founding Attorney and Director of Mary Weingard Domestic Violence Law Project, 1994 to 1997
- Vermont Department of Education, Assistant Special Education Counsel, 1992 to 1993
- Vermont Legal Aid, Training Specialist and Staff Attorney, 1992 to 1992
- Bronx Legal Services, Staff Attorney, 1988 to 1991