Audrey Rose Herman
I began my career practicing almost exclusively in litigated family court cases before expanding my practice to also include litigated divorce and mediated matters. I have represented parents, children, grandparents, and occasionally other family members or friends. My practice includes child custody and visitation, child support, abuse and neglect, family offense and juvenile delinquency proceedings.
Often, clients came to me feeling very lost in the court system. Many people do not understand the process, the timelines, or the legal standards being used to evaluate their case. Even those who had prior cases often did not understand the reasons for the past result.
At the same time, my clients were facing one of the most stressful times of their lives. I found that ensuring that the clients were well informed of the status of their case, the law, and their options helped to relieve some of their stress. I strive to keep my clients as engaged and informed as possible throughout the pendency of their case so that they can focus on their family not their court case.
It also became clear that the acrimony that often arose in court, along with the often unpredictable result after trial, made it very hard for the parties to move forward with their lives after litigation ended. Unlike many other areas of law, parties to a family court matter often must work together during and after litigation in order to ensure the best interest of their children. That is very hard to do after a long and bitter court proceeding. I began to recommend alternatives to litigation, including using mediation as a means of resolving family matters. After being trained as a mediator and co-mediating with an experienced mediator, I am now in the position to offer mediation as another option to my clients who are facing divorce or family law matters.
Regardless of whether clients choose litigation or private mediation, I strive to offer excellent service along with high quality legal representation. I have a law school concentration in Financial Transactions and apply that knowledge to the many financial aspects of family and matrimonial law. I am on the Surrogate’s Court guardian ad litem panel, the Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 adult guardianship panel, and the Appellate Division, Fourth Department Attorneys for Children trial and appellate panels.
- Family law – child support, custody, visitation, family offense paternity and abuse or neglect matters
- Matrimonial litigation – contested and uncontested divorces and post-divorce litigation
- Article 81 Guardianship
- Surrogate's Court 17-a Guardianship
- New York, 2012
- Order of Barristers
- Erie County Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyer Project Family Court Award, 2013
- Albert R. Mugel National Tax Competition, First Place, 2011
- J.D. cum laude, University at Buffalo School of Law, 2011
- B.S. summa cum laude, Buffalo State College, 2006
- Immediate Past President, Woman Lawyers of Western New York
- New York State Bar Association
- Erie County Bar Association
- Women’s Bar Association of Western New York, Family Law Committee Chair
- New York State Defenders Association
- Board Member, Elmwood Village Association
- Coach, University at Buffalo School of Law, Wechsler Moot Court teams
Recent Blog Posts
The Buffalo News reaches out to Steven Sugarman for Advice on Dealing with Disappointment and Managing Conflict Now that the 2016 Presidential Election is Over
Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
Attorney and mediator Steven Sugarman provides his advice about how to deal with contrary opinions during a divisive election in "Tips on surviving Tuesday's election, from an etiquette expert, a divorce mediator, a boxing referee".
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Pusatier, Sherman, Abbott & Sugarman, LLP partner Richard Abbott, Esq. and associate Audrey Rose Herman, Esq. volunteered for the recent Elmwood Village Festival of the Arts, a local non-for-profit.
Steven Sugarman Coaches University at Buffalo Law School Students To Great Success in International Competition
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
The University at Buffalo School of Law’s CJ Cook and Joe Lavoie took second place at the Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition in Vienna, Austria. They were coached by professor and professional mediator Steven R. Sugarman, Esq. They credit their success to their ADR classes at UB, their training with Professor Sugarman, and the intensive workshop at the competition.