Robert M. Preston
Divorce Law - New York, NY

From the very beginning, I tell my clients this: I know my office is the last place you want to be. I know it's horrible to be here, worse than the worst visit to any dentist.

Sometimes I try to gauge how bad a client's situation is - is the marriage really dead? I want every client to ask themselves that. It's very rare, of course, because once they've gotten to me, things are set in motion, things have happened. But I want that question asked - after all, not all marriages should be ending. I know, because it happened to me.

I've been around the block -- to say the least - so I come to my work with a perspective that most divorce lawyers in New York City just don't have. I've seen the bottom, and I've come back. So I can relate to many, many of my clients. I always tell my clients that issues of depression and questions of self-worth are often part of divorce - and they are always overcome.

The bottom line is that I'm in my mid-40s now, and I think my level of legal experience is greater than that of any lawyer my age. I've worked with some of the best lawyers - on Long Island and in Manhattan - and the quality of that experience is reflected in our practice today.

At the same time, I know I have more 'street sense' than most lawyers, even those senior to me. And I am a natural caregiver - I have been all my life.

I also can say this from my many years as a divorce lawyer: This practice can make a person jaded and cynical. I see crummy behavior by divorce lawyers every day. Their false posturing and chest-beating is, as far as I'm concerned, pretty pathetic. I promised myself that I would work as a divorce lawyer in a different way - and I've stuck to that promise.

I tell my clients I am all for staying out of a courtroom. Putting your fate in a judge's hands is a risky move. But when we are at an impasse - especially on basic issues like support or division of marital assets - I am always ready. I have plenty of courtroom trial experience, in a lot of different venues.

Many of us didn't get a lot of direction early in our lives, and I was one of them. There was no exact point where I knew I would become a divorce lawyer. I've grown more in the last ten years than in the previous 36. So my work has suited me - I know I'm good at it. It's what I do every day - for my clients - that makes it all rewarding for me.

Robert M. Preston
"It's what I do every day - for my clients - that makes it all rewarding for me."
Phone: (212) 524-5000
Fax: (212) 524-5050
State University of New York, Binghamton, B.A.
Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
2016-09-19 13:40:37