Joel R. Brandes, of the New York Bar, practices law in New York and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife Elizabeth. Mr. Brandes is a member of the Manhattan Law Firm of Joel R. Brandes, P.C. He concentrates his practice in New York divorce and family law litigation, equitable distribution and custody appeals. He also serves as a consultant to lawyers on all aspects of complex matrimonial litigation. He has been recognized by the New York Appellate Division as a "noted authority and expert on New York family law and divorce.” He has represented clients in numerous appeals to the New York Court of Appeals and the Appellate Divisions and has consulted with and drafted briefs for attorneys in cases in the United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Brandes was counsel in the landmark New York Court of Appeals cases of Morone v Morone, Tucker v Tucker and McSparron v McSparron.
Joel R. Brandes is the author of the treatise Law and the Family New York, 2021-2022 Edition (12 volumes), Law and the Family New York Forms 2021 Edition (5 volumes) (both Thomson Reuters), and the New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook (Bookbaby). He is the author of Law and the Family New York, Second Edition (9 volumes), Law and the Family New York Forms, Second Edition (4 volumes) and numerous other publications. His monthly ”Law and the Family” column is a regular feature in the New York Law Journal. He is a former member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He wrote Digest of Equitable Distribution Cases, and Equitable Distribution Case Law, both published by the New York State Bar Association and has been a contributor to several law books. Mr Brandes has written and lectured extensively on family law and international child abduction. He has authored more than five hundred published articles that have appeared in legal journals. In the past he co-chaired the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section. In that capacity he moderated and participated in more than 150 seminars. He wrote a quarterly column, entitled Recent Decisions, Trends and Legislation, in the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Review. He writes Bits and Bytes, ™ a bi-monthly electronic newsletter for the New York divorce and family law bench and bar, a website, New York Divorce and Family Law ( www.nysdivorce.com), and two blogs, “New York Divorce and Family Law” (https://brandeslaw.blogspot.com/) and “A Child is Missing: The International Child Abduction Blog”( https://joelbrandes.blogspot.com/). He earned his J.D. at Brooklyn Law School and his LL.M. at New York University.