David Aronson
David Aronson
Founding Partner
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David is regularly named in peer review surveys as one of the top matrimonial attorneys in New York. For more than twenty-five years he has received the highest peer rating for competence and ethics (‘AV’) by the well-respected Martindale-Hubbell directory of attorneys.

“Best Lawyers in America” has twice, 2011 and again for 2018, named David as its “Lawyer of the Year” in the New York Metro Area. David has repeatedly been selected by “Super Lawyers” as among the “Top 100 Lawyers” in New York (including lawyers in all specialties).

Chambers and Partners, and Chambers USA, the respected British legal ratings publication, rates David as “Band 1″ the highest rating they provide, an honor they have extended to only three matrimonial lawyers in New York.

David was admitted to the bar in 1975 after graduating cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where he was an Editor of the Law Review. Following his graduation, he served as the Law Clerk to a United States District Judge in Manhattan before joining the litigation department at one of New York City’s most prestigious law firms. Since 1983, David applied the skills he had acquired as a commercial litigator to the practice of matrimonial law and, for more than thirty years, has been among the most respected lawyers in the field.

Although an experienced and respected trial lawyer, David is proud of his reputation as a creative settlor of cases, who recognizes that whenever possible, disputes should be resolved through negotiation, and that trials should be viewed as a last resort. For that reason, other matrimonial lawyers have frequently turned to David to act as a mediator or arbitrator when their efforts to settle cases for their clients have deadlocked.

David is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (which only has 100 members nationwide), the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (and sat as a member of that Association’s Council on Judicial Administration), and the New York State Bar Association. He is a former Adjunct Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School. He has served as Vice President and on the Board of Managers of the New York Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and as a member of the Office of Court Administration’s Matrimonial Practice Advisory Committee and its predecessor, the New York State Courts Committee on Matrimonial Practice. As a committee member, David helped organize seminars, draft legislation, and regularly lectured to the sitting matrimonial judges and their staffs on such issues as valuation, equitable distribution, maintenance, and custody.

David has lectured at many professional and continuing legal education seminars. Among the organizations that have asked him to appear are the New York State Office of Court Administration, the New York State Judicial Institute, the Women’s Bar Association, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American Society of Appraisers, the Association of Divorce Financial Planners, the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the New York City Family Court Summit, the Practicing Law Institute and the New York City, County and State Bar Associations.

David has been married to Inette Fox Aronson since 1978. They have a daughter, who is a theatrical director, and a son, who is a lawyer at Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan.

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Admitted

1998 - U.S. Supreme Court

1982 - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

1975 - New York and the U.S District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Education

1974 - Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude

1971 - Queens College of the City University of New York, B.A.

Awards

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    David Aronson has been named Lawyer of the Year 2018

    David Aronson, partner at Aronson, Mayefksy & Sloan,LLP, has been named Lawyer of the Year in Family Law for New York City by U.S. News – “Best Lawyers in America”©. Best Lawyers In America is a U.S. News publication.

    This is the second time David has been awarded this distinction by the legal practitioner rating service. He was first awarded in 2011.

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    David Aronson has been named Lawyer of the Year 2011

    David Aronson, partner at Aronson, Mayefksy & Sloan,LLP, has been named Lawyer of the Year in Family Law for New York City by: U.S. News – “Best Lawyers in America”© Best Lawyers In America a U.S. News publication 2011.

    This is the first time Aronson has been awarded this distinction by the legal practitioner rating service.

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    David Aronson recognized as Best Lawyer in Family Law for New York

    David Aronson, a partner at Aronson, Mayefsky & Sloan LLP, has been recognized in Family Law for New York City in 2001, by U.S. News – “Best Lawyers in America”©.  Best Lawyers in America magazine is a U.S. News publication.

    Date: 2001

    David has now received recognition from Best Lawyer every year from 2001-2020.

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“Best Lawyers in America” has twice, 2011 and again for 2018, named David as its “Lawyer of the Year” in the New York Metro Area. David has repeatedly been selected by “Super Lawyers” as among the “Top 100 Lawyers” in New York (including lawyers in all specialties).

Chambers and Partners, and Chambers USA, the respected British legal ratings publication, rates David as “Band 1″ the highest rating they provide, an honor they have extended to only three matrimonial lawyers in New York.

David was admitted to the bar in 1975 after graduating cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where he was an Editor of the Law Review. Following his graduation, he served as the Law Clerk to a United States District Judge in Manhattan before joining the litigation department at one of New York City’s most prestigious law firms. Since 1983, David applied the skills he had acquired as a commercial litigator to the practice of matrimonial law and, for more than thirty years, has been among the most respected lawyers in the field.

Although an experienced and respected trial lawyer, David is proud of his reputation as a creative settlor of cases, who recognizes that whenever possible, disputes should be resolved through negotiation, and that trials should be viewed as a last resort. For that reason, other matrimonial lawyers have frequently turned to David to act as a mediator or arbitrator when their efforts to settle cases for their clients have deadlocked.

David is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (which only has 100 members nationwide), the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (and sat as a member of that Association’s Council on Judicial Administration), and the New York State Bar Association. He is a former Adjunct Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School. He has served as Vice President and on the Board of Managers of the New York Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and as a member of the Office of Court Administration’s Matrimonial Practice Advisory Committee and its predecessor, the New York State Courts Committee on Matrimonial Practice. As a committee member, David helped organize seminars, draft legislation, and regularly lectured to the sitting matrimonial judges and their staffs on such issues as valuation, equitable distribution, maintenance, and custody.

David has lectured at many professional and continuing legal education seminars. Among the organizations that have asked him to appear are the New York State Office of Court Administration, the New York State Judicial Institute, the Women’s Bar Association, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American Society of Appraisers, the Association of Divorce Financial Planners, the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the New York City Family Court Summit, the Practicing Law Institute and the New York City, County and State Bar Associations.

David has been married to Inette Fox Aronson since 1978. They have a daughter, who is a theatrical director, and a son, who is a lawyer at Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan.

  • The Weight of Contributions to the Marriage in Equitable Distribution

    “The Weight of Contributions to the Marriage in Equitable Distribution”

    Location: New York State Unified Court System

    Judicial Matrimonial Seminar (aka. Judge’s School)

    Date: 2013

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Financial Issues 101

    “Financial Issues 101”

    Location: New York State Unified Court System

    Judicial Matrimonial Seminar

    Judge’s School

    Date: 2012

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Proving Earning Capacity Through the Use of Vocational Experts

    “Proving Earning Capacity Through the Use of Vocational Experts”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 2011

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

    Mr. Aronson has also lectured on the following topics:

    • The Rules, Procedures & Techniques of Matrimonial Motion Practice
    • Jurisdiction, Predicates, Procedures of Matrimonial Motion Practice
    • Matrimonial Agreements and Tax Aspects of Maintenance, Support and Property Distribution
    • The Rules, Procedures & Techniques of Matrimonial Motion Practice
    • Litigating Maintenance and Child Support in High Income Cases; Direct Testimony of Mothers & Fathers
    • Custody Litigations Stepchild; and how to make a record for both the Trial Court and the Appellate Court
  • Tax Returns and Net Worth Statements

    “Tax Returns and Net Worth Statements”

    Location: New York State Unified Court System

    Judicial Matrimonial Seminar

    Judge’s School

    Date: 2009

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Practical and Ethical Issues in Handling and Equitable Distribution Case

    “Practical and Ethical Issues in Handling and Equitable Distribution Case”

    Location: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

    Date: 2008

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Equitable Distribution Trends

    “Equitable Distribution Trends”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 2007

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Spousal Maintenance: Supreme and Family Court

    “Spousal Maintenance: Supreme and Family Court”

    Date: 2006

    Judge – David Aronson

  • Valuation Theory as Applied in Matrimonial Courts

    “Valuation Theory as Applied in Matrimonial Courts”

    Location: New York State Unified Court System

    Judicial Matrimonial Seminar (“Judge’s School”)

    Date: 2006

    Guest Lecturer:  David Aronson

  • Divorce Law Birthdays 2005 Part B And Maintenance at 25, The CSSA at Sweet 16: When is Equitable Not Equal

    “Divorce Law Birthdays 2005 Part B And Maintenance at 25, The CSSA at Sweet 16: When is Equitable Not Equal”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 2005

    Guest Lecturer:  David Aronson

  • Equitable Distribution: When is Equitable Not Equal

    “Equitable Distribution: When is Equitable Not Equal”

    Location: New York State Unified Court System

    Referee and JHO Training Seminar

    Date: 2005

    Guest Lecturer:  David Aronson

  • Settlement and Putting the Stip on the Record

    “Settlement and Putting the Stip on the Record”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 2005

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Enhanced Earnings and the “Hougie Issue” – Continued Debate & Uneven Application

    “Enhanced Earnings and the “Hougie Issue” – Continued Debate & Uneven Application”

    Location: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Citibar, Center for Continuing Legal Education

    Date: 2004

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Matrimonial Update: A Discussion of Recent Cases and Current Issues

    “Matrimonial Update: A Discussion of Recent Cases and Current Issues”

    Location: Supreme Court Appellate Division First Department

    Date: 2004

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Cross-Examination: Selected Problems – Some Easy Rules That Are Not So Easy to Apply

    ”Cross-Examination: Selected Problems – Some Easy Rules That Are Not So Easy to Apply”

    Location: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

    Date:  2003

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Matrimonial Law: A Case Law Update

    “Matrimonial Law: A Case Law Update”

    Location: Supreme Court Appellate Division First Department

    Date: 2003

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Matrimonial and Family Law 2003: The Changing Economy and Critical Issues – What You Need to Know: Drafting for Bankruptcy Considerations

    “Matrimonial and Family Law 2003: The Changing Economy and Critical Issues – What You Need to Know: Drafting for Bankruptcy Considerations”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 2003

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • How to Litigate a Child Custody Case

    “How to Litigate a Child Custody Case”

    Location: New York County Lawyers

    Date: 2002

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • How to Try a Matrimonial Case to a Jury

    “How to Try a Matrimonial Case to a Jury”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 2001

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Drafting Custody and Visitation Provisions

    “Drafting Custody and Visitation Provisions”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Time and Date: [date]

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Matrimonial Case Law Update: A Review of Developing Issues in Matrimonial Law

    “Matrimonial Case Law Update: A Review of Developing Issues in Matrimonial Law”

    Location: Supreme Court Appellate Division First Department

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Practical Skills 2000 – “Basic Matrimonial Practice”

    “Practical Skills 2000: “Basic Matrimonial Practice”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date:  2000

    Co-Chair: David Aronson

  • The United States Supreme Court’s Troxel Decision and its Impact on Non-Parental Visitation

    “The United States Supreme Court’s Troxel Decision and its Impact on Non-Parental Visitation”

    Location: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

    Date: 2000

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Handling Your First Contested Divorce Case

    “Handling Your First Contested Divorce Case”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 1999

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Recognizing Estate Planning and Real Estate Issues in Matrimonial Matters

    “Recognizing Estate Planning and Real Estate Issues in Matrimonial Matters”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 1999

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Selected Recurring Issues in Matrimonial Practice: Successfully Handling the Challenges

    “Selected Recurring Issues in Matrimonial Practice: Successfully Handling the Challenges”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 1999

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • The Expanding World of the Matrimonial Lawyer: New Cases, New Procedures and New Areas of Law: Discovery

    “The Expanding World of the Matrimonial Lawyer: New Cases, New Procedures and New Areas of Law: Discovery”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 1999

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Handling A Child Custody Case: Intake to Trial

    “Handling A Child Custody Case: Intake to Trial”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 1998

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Matrimonial and Family Law Update: “Double Dipping” When a Professional License/Practice is in the Case

    “Matrimonial and Family Law Update: “Double Dipping” and its Interplay With Valuation, Distribution, Maintenance, and Child Support When a Professional License/Practice is in the Case”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 1998

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Practical Skills Seminar: Basic Matrimonial Practice

    “Practical Skills Seminar: Basic Matrimonial Practice”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 1998

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Presenting Valuation Evidence At Trial and For Appeal

    “Presenting Valuation Evidence At Trial and For Appeal”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 1998

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Show Me the Money: Discovery and Treatment of Hidden Assets

    “Show Me the Money: Discovery and Treatment of Hidden Assets”

    Location:  American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

    Date: 1998

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • The ABCs of Drafting Prenuptial Agreements and Other Matrimonial Agreements

    “The ABCs of Drafting Prenuptial Agreements and Other Matrimonial Agreements”

    Location: New York State Bar Association

    Date: 1998

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • Understanding Child Support and Custody: Significant Decisions Under the CSSA

    “Understanding Child Support and Custody: Significant Decisions Under the CSSA”

    Location: Practicing Law Institute

    Date: 1998

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

  • The Construction of a Prenuptial Agreement

    “The Construction of a Prenuptial Agreement”

    Location: Association of the Bar of the City of New York

    Date: 1998

    Guest Lecturer: David Aronson

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Publications

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    The Weight of Contributions to the Marriage in Equitable Distribution

    “The Weight of Contributions to the Marriage in Equitable Distribution”

    Lecture Materials Written for: New York State Unified Court System Judicial Matrimonial Seminar Judge’s School

    Authored by: David Aronson, Esq.

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    Handling Your First Contested Divorce Case

    "Handling Your First Contested Divorce Case"

    Publication Date: 1999

    Co-Authored by: David Aronson

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    Valuing Professional Practices and Licenses

    "Valuing Professional Practices and Licenses"

    Publication Date: June 11, 1998

    Authored by: David Aronson

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