About Lorraine

Email: lsilverman@theCDSLawFirm.com

Primary Practice Area
DIVORCE, FAMILY, & INTIMATE PARTNER LAW

Lorraine Silverman - The CDS Law FirmLorraine R. Silverman is a Partner with Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC. She practices exclusively in the field of matrimonial and family law and represents individuals in the negotiation and litigation of all family law matters, including, but not limited to divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, domestic violence matters, intimate partner companion animal (“pet”) custody disputes, intimate partner real / personal property disputes, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She has extensive experience representing clients in both Supreme and Family Court. As part of her practice, Ms. Silverman also serves as an Attorney for Children in Albany County. Ms. Silverman was selected as an Upstate New York Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In addition to her private practice, Ms. Silverman serves on a number of Committees, Boards, and participates in other volunteer civic activities throughout the community. For example, Ms. Silverman was appointed as Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Children & the Law. She was also appointed to the Albany County Bar Association’s Board of Directors where she currently serves as the Chair of its Pro Bono Committee. In addition, Ms. Silverman serves as the President of School’s Out, Inc. Board of Directors, which is a before and after school program in the Town of Bethlehem for working parents. In addition to the above, Ms. Silverman serves as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Family Law Section’s Committee on Domestic Violence, and a member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association. Finally, Ms. Silverman provides free and reduced fee legal assistance to victims of domestic violence through The Legal Project’s Pro Bono and Reduced Fee Attorney Panel. Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC hosts a free legal clinic once per month through The Legal Project on various family law topics, and our Attorneys volunteer multiple times per month at the Albany County Bar Association’s Family Court’s Help Center to provide free legal advice to litigants in need.

Ms. Silverman has also lectured for Certified Legal Education (CLE) programs sponsored by the Appellate Division Third Judicial Department’s Office of Attorneys for Children, the New York State Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association, the Empire Justice Center, and The Legal Project. Ms. Silverman has also provided educational trainings for the community on various topics related to matrimonial and family law.

Ms. Silverman also serves her community politically. In 2018, she was elected by the Albany County Democratic Committee to serve on the Executive Board as Treasurer, and she has been a Committee Person for the Bethlehem Democratic Committee since 2017. In 2018, she served as Treasurer for a successful Democratic New York State Supreme Court Judicial Candidate. She served as Chair of the Albany County Democratic Committee’s Law Committee, and served as the Secretary for the 2018 New York Third Judicial District Convention of the Democratic Party.

Ms. Silverman graduated cum laude from Ithaca College. She then went on to receive her J.D. degree with a concentration in family and elder law from Albany Law School, where she received the Martin H. Belsky Graduation Prize for Commitment to Public Interest.

Ms. Silverman resides in Delmar, New York with her husband, Adam, their son, and their dog, Finley.

New York State Bar Association: Member of Family Law Section

New York State Bar Association: Member of the Committee on Children & the Law

Albany County Bar Association: Member of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee

Capital District Women’s Bar Association: Member

Schools Out, Inc.: President of Board of Directors

Albany County Democratic Committee: Treasurer

Ithaca College

Albany Law School

Successfully obtained five (5) year Order of Protection on behalf of client and continued advocacy following conclusion of civil matters.

Successful in multiple cases in obtaining Orders of Protection of various length on behalf of clients.

Successful in obtaining extension of active family court order of protection, in accordance with statute, for “good cause” shown.

Following multiple days of trial, successfully obtained primary custody for a Client, allowing Client to register the Children in school district.

Following very lengthy and contentious litigation, successfully negotiated a child support and spousal maintenance award that was above the guidelines amount.

Following a multi-day trial, successfully retained primary custody of Child for Client, refuting allegations of parental alienation.

Successfully avoided trial through motion practice, oral arguments, and litigation tactics and successfully refuted sexual abuse allegations and parental alienation claims, permitting client to retain custody of Children.

Successfully resolved divorce and custody matter for Client with a three-parent adoption, terminating rights of opposing party (by agreement).

Successfully negotiated the division of real and personal property for unmarried client following breakup of relationship (partition action).

Successfully negotiated and drafted comprehensive custodial schedule for client to co-own and co-parent a dog following a breakup.

Drafted and finalized a comprehensive premarital (prenuptial) agreement which involved a high end business, assets, artwork, and jewelry.

Silverman, Lorraine R., New York Law Journal, pg. S5: Matrimonial Law (July 29, 2019).

Silverman, Lorraine R., New York Law Journal: Who Gets Custody of the Dog? (June 28, 2019).

Society of Financial Professionals: Planning for Divorce (May 2019)

Albany Law School (Guest Lecturer): Expert Witnesses (April 2019)

New York State Bar Association: Representing a Client in Family Offense Proceedings (April 2019)

Albany County Bar Association: The “Nuts & Bolts” of Running a Law Firm (March 2019).

New York State Bar Association (Partnership Conference): Spousal Maintenance Guidelines – Litigating Under the New Statute (June 2018)

New York State Bar Association: Intro to Matrimonial Law / Practical Skills – Discovery (October 2017)

Appellate Division Third Judicial Department’s Office of Attorneys for Children: Children’s Law Update (April 2017)

Various other programs for The Legal Project, Empire Justice Center, and other community organizations

Ms. Silverman has also lectured for Certified Legal Education (CLE) programs sponsored by the Appellate Division Third Judicial Department’s Office of Attorneys for Children, New York State Bar Association, Albany County Bar Association, Empire Justice Center, and The Legal Project. Ms. Silverman has also provided educational trainings for the community on various topics related to matrimonial and family law.

Martin H. Belsky Award for Commitment to Public Interest

Selected to 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Upstate New York Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine

Selected to a two-year post graduate clinical fellowship position with Albany Law School where she worked exclusively in the field of family law with the co-author of the treatise of N.Y. Law of Domestic Violence.

New York State Bar Association

Chair – Committee on Children & the Law
Member – Family Law Section
Member – Family Law Section’s Domestic Violence Committee

Albany County Bar Association

Member of Board of Directors
Chair – Pro Bono Committee
Family Court Help Center Volunteer

Capital District Women’s Bar Association

Member

School’s Out, Inc. of Bethlehem, NY

President – Board of Directors

The Legal Project

Domestic Violence Legal Connection Volunteer and Reduced Fee Panel Attorney

Albany County Democratic Committee

Executive Board Member & Treasurer
Chair – Law Committee

New York Third Judicial District Convention of the Democratic Party

Secretary to the Convention (2018)

Treasurer for a successful Democratic New York State Supreme Court Judicial Candidate (2018)

Bethlehem Democratic Committee Member