• New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York


  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Bar Association of Nassau County
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • New York State Bar Association


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, JD
  • New York University, BA, with honors
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Marilyn B. Chinitz


New York, NY v. +1.212.885.5564 f. +1.917.332.3040

Ms. Chinitz concentrates her practice almost exclusively in family law, with particular emphasis on high-net-worth divorce actions. She has been involved in numerous high-profile celebrity cases that have received national and international attention. Ms. Chinitz has more than 35 years of experience in every facet of family law, including diverse transactional matters. Her client representation is characterized by responsive, creative, direct, and efficient communication, whether within the context of litigation or settlement negotiations.

Ms. Chinitz is widely recognized for her adept handling of complex divorce and custody actions, having successfully argued appeals in the appellate courts of New York, and in trial of matters before the family courts and the supreme courts of New York. Ms. Chinitz also has extensive experience in representing clients in international custody cases, and has successfully prosecuted for the return of abducted children in proceedings filed by her under the Hague Convention. She has also cooperated with foreign counsel in cases being conducted abroad.

A noted commentator on matrimonial issues, Ms. Chinitz has appeared on the Today Show, Inside EditionHeadline News, Hollywood Heat, ABC News 20/20, and local radio shows, discussing issues including child custody and distribution of assets in divorce cases. She is a sought-after speaker and frequently quoted expert on a range of family law topics in numerous publications.


Marilyn Chinitz was honored in April 2017 by the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America as Woman of Distinction in Law at an event in New York City attended by more than 800 guests, to raise awareness and research funds to find a cure for these diseases.

Ms. Chinitz serves on the Board of the Foundation for Gender Equality, which hosted the high level “A Call to Action for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” conference at the United Nations Headquarters in May 2016. The full-day summit focused on ending violence against women, bringing men into the conversation on gender equality, and increasing the presence of women in science and technology industries and other professional fields.

Ms. Chinitz is extensively involved in children’s programs in her community, and she volunteers her time and talents to several nonprofit organizations. She has taken leadership roles for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the Food Allergy Initiative, and the Little Orchestra Society.

Ms. Chinitz served as the Keynote Speaker at the 2011 Bedford Democratic Committee’s Jefferson Jackson Day Awards Dinner and Celebration of Community Service, and was honored with the Geraldine Ferraro Award in 2011.

Ms. Chinitz is the proud mother of two adult children, Nicole Pozzi (a recently admitted New York attorney) and Gerard Pozzi, a college student.


  • 2013–2018, Family Law in New York, The Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2013–present, selected to New York Metro Area Super Lawyers; 2013–2014 to “Top 50 Women Lawyers” list

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