Thomas M. Kretchmar

Tom handles cases in all areas of family law, both inside and outside of the courtroom. While he believes that calculated aggressiveness is often essential to efficiently resolving family law disputes, a hallmark of Tom’s practice is his talent for identifying creative settlement solutions to issues that appear to be at an unsolvable impasse.

Prior to entering the field of family law, Tom practiced private equity and hedge fund law at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP, and prior to his law career, he worked in finance and private clients asset management. This professional background provides him with a unique and powerful skill set for understanding and negotiating complex financial portfolios.

In connection with his work as a family law attorney, Tom has been featured in journalism and programming from The New York Times, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, The Guardian, The New York Post, The Awl, Artnet, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and other publications and institutions. He has also served as a divorce law consultant to multiple television shows.

Tom received his law degree from Emory University School of Law, where he won the Henry Quillian Prize for outstanding achievement in contracts and commercial law. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he won the Elizabeth F. Flower Prize for best undergraduate paper in philosophy and was the second-slowest member of the men’s cycling team.

Tom has served as a CLE lecturer for the New York State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and is a member of its executive committee and co-chair of its social media committee.

Outside of his law practice, Tom is a member and former co-chair of the Book Council of the National Book Foundation, a board member of Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, a committee member of the Friends of Citymeals, and a trustee and the former treasurer of the Philomathean Endowment Trust.

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Admitted

2009 - New York

Education

2008 - Emory University School of Law, J.D.

2000 - University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

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Prior to entering the field of family law, Tom practiced private equity and hedge fund law at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP, and prior to his law career, he worked in finance and private clients asset management. This professional background provides him with a unique and powerful skill set for understanding and negotiating complex financial portfolios.

In connection with his work as a family law attorney, Tom has been featured in journalism and programming from The New York Times, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, The Guardian, The New York Post, The Awl, Artnet, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and other publications and institutions. He has also served as a divorce law consultant to multiple television shows.

Tom received his law degree from Emory University School of Law, where he won the Henry Quillian Prize for outstanding achievement in contracts and commercial law. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he won the Elizabeth F. Flower Prize for best undergraduate paper in philosophy and was the second-slowest member of the men’s cycling team.

Tom has served as a CLE lecturer for the New York State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and is a member of its executive committee and co-chair of its social media committee.

Outside of his law practice, Tom is a member and former co-chair of the Book Council of the National Book Foundation, a board member of Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, a committee member of the Friends of Citymeals, and a trustee and the former treasurer of the Philomathean Endowment Trust.

  • 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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