Matthew C. Kesten
Matrimonial, Family & Reproductive Law
educationB.A. | Brandeis University (1981) J.D. | Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (1984)
Matthew Kesten is a partner in the firm’s matrimonial department with over 35 years of experience representing individuals in all phases of domestic relations matters, including negotiation of pre and post-nuptial agreements and efforts to effectuate an amicable resolution of disputed matrimonial matters. Mr. Kesten is also an experienced litigator and trial attorney, having handled all phases of divorce actions and family court proceedings in which he has helped clients receive equitable distribution of assets, custody of and parenting time with minor children of a marriage or relationship, awards of spousal maintenance and child support, and awards of counsel fees when representing a less-monied spouse or parent.
During his many years of practice, Mr. Kesten has also acquired significant experience in handling and litigating commercial disputes and real-estate related disputes for owners of commercial and residential properties, management companies, and brokerage firms, including landlord-tenant disputes, management issues, and brokerage commission claims. He has also represented lenders and borrowers to arrange mortgage and loan workouts, handled the foreclosure of mortgages and liens, and letter of credit disputes.
Mr. Kesten is admitted to practice law in New York (since 1985), Florida (since 1999), before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (since 1985) and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (since 1996).