Susan L. Bender was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1980. Susan has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In the over thirty-nine years that she has been in practice, matrimonial practice has occupied approximately ninety (90%) percent of her time.
Ms. Bender is a Fellow of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a former Vice President of the New York Chapter.
Chief Administrative Judges Ann Pfau and A. Gail Prudenti appointed Susan to serve on the Matrimonial Practice Advisory and Rules Committee of the New York State Office of Court Administration, and most recently, the Honorable Justice Peter Tom appointed Susan to the Board of Governors of the New York State Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program.
Ms. Bender was appointed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to the New York Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts, and is a former member of the Advisory Committee on Civil Practice having been appointed by former Chief Administrator of OCA, Matthew T. Crossen. She was appointed by Judge Betty W. Ellerin to the First Department Judicial Committee to Certify Law Guardians. She was appointed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to the Matrimonial Commission chaired by the Honorable Sondra Miller. She was appointed by Justice John T. Buckley to the Law Guardian Advisory Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department.
Ms. Bender is a past President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) and remains a member of WBASNY. She is a former Chair of the New York City Bar Matrimonial Committee. Ms. Bender is a former member of the Interdisciplinary Forum and formerly a member of its Executive Committee. She is a founding member, former Vice President, Secretary and current board member of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA); a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Committee; a member of LeGal (Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association); and a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section.
Ms. Bender is routinely chosen to be included in “The Best Lawyers in America” published by Woodward/White, Inc. and is routinely named a “Super Lawyer.”