Allan E. Mayefsky

Allan graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1978 after receiving his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Cornell, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Lambda Phi. In more than 35 years as an attorney, Allan has had extensive trial experience, including successfully trying to conclusion some of the largest equitable distribution cases in New York.

Allan is a past President of the New York Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and presently serves as counsel to the AAML. He is also a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York State Bar Association (Executive Committee of the Family Law Section and the American Bar Association). He also sits on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation and will act as counsel to the Foundation as of November 2017. From June 2004 through February 2006, Allan served as a member of the Matrimonial Commission that was appointed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to study matrimonial law reform. The Commission’s findings were reported in February 2006 and were the basis for improving litigation in both Family Court and the Supreme Court. Allan has lectured and written on numerous topics in the area of family law.

Allan has also been appointed on several occasions by the New York State Supreme Court to conduct neutral evaluations of cases in an effort to reach settlement and he has conducted mediations for that purpose at the request of litigants.


1986  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
1983  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
1979  New York and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


1978  Harvard Law School, J.D., Cum Laude
1975  Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Government and Economics, Phi                      Beta Kappa, Pi Lambda Phi



Throughout his career as a family law practitioner, Allan has lectured to numerous bar organizations on a wide range of topics in matrimonial law. Among the organizations in front of which Allan has appeared are the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Association of the Bar of the State of New York and the New York County Bar Association. In addition, Allan has made presentations at Judicial Training seminars for judges presiding over family law cases and to the Association of Certified Public Accountants.   Among the topics Allan has lectured on are:
  • A general overview of equitable distribution in New York State.
  • Trial presentation of support issues in high income cases.
  • Enhanced earning capacity as an asset to be valued in equitable distribution cases.
  • Discovery, valuation and trial issues with respect to cash businesses.
  • Use of tax returns in matrimonial actions.
  • Overview of the New York Family Court Act.
  • Equitable distribution in high net worth cases.
  • Equitable distribution: equal and unequal distribution
  • Drafting separation and prenuptial agreements.
  • Separate property issues in equitable distribution cases.
  • The trial of an equitable distribution case.
  • The use of discounts in the valuation of assets in equitable distribution cases.