David Bliven | White Plains Family Law Lawyer


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David Bliven

Former Family Court Prosecutor

Divorce & Family Law, Juvenile Law, Child Custody, Family Law, Child Support, Police Misconduct

www.blivenlaw.net

914-315-2122


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Attorney David Bliven graduated with honors from Syracuse University in 1993 with a B.A. in Sociology. He went on to serve as a judicial intern and statistician with the NYS Commission on City Court Judicial Reallocation with the Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge. David Bliven then attended law school at New York Law School, where he graduated with honors and ranked within the top 15% of his class. He then worked in private practice for a year, doing mostly matrimonial work, before serving as a prosecutor for nearly 3 years with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. There he prosecuted child support, child abuse/neglect and foster care cases on behalf of the City of New York. After leaving the prosecutor position, Mr. Bliven opened his present practice in 2000. His philosophy is to provide quality legal representation at affordable prices. His practice is approximately 99% divorce & Family Court cases, along with 1-2% police/governmental misconduct cases.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I was retained by a client to represent him in a hotly-contested custody case. I was my client's 5th attorney. The case had largely been stagnant for over a year, with continuation of a temporary order of protection against my client the entire time. I came in, secured an immediate trial date for the family offense, and then aggressively defended my client against unfounded accusations in the underlying custody case. When we started the family offense trial, my cross-examination of the mother was so vigorous that her attorney stopped the trial in the middle of my cross, withdrew the family offense petition and settled the custody case by giving my client a final order of sole custody.

How did you build a successful practice?
I largely build my practice by my diligence and hard work on my cases, which my client's see. that's why I have represented more than a few clients in which I am their 2d, 3d, 4th or 5th attorney but they stick with me.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
I'd refer them to this article which I wrote: www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/factors-in-choosing-a-divorce--family-law-attorney

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Local knowledge is sometimes critical. Some attorneys from outside a particular county may be unfamiliar with the county's rules & policies, for instance.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
I do not offer free phone consultation accept for out-of-state potential clients.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
For a free consultation, I would always appreciate receiving a copy of all prior orders & petitions (along with a copy of any prior written agreements between the parties).

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
Unlike many other lawyers, I have prior experience as a Family Court prosecutor. This gave me unparalleled skills in how to conduct trials. Moreover, I concentrate my practice in Divorce & Family Law, unlike many other attorneys who handle cases from multiple areas of law.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Creating value for a client and knowing at the end of a case that my hard work paid off.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
Politics, Sports.

Are you involved in your community?
Not at this time.

Position Organization Location Duration
ProsecutorNYC Admin. for Children's ServicesNew York, NY1998-2000
School Degree Major Graduation
New York Law SchoolJ.D. Law School1997  
Syracuse UniversityB.A.Sociology1993
State / Court Date
New York1998
  • -Attorney Member of Attorneys for Children Panel
    -Attorney Member of Bronx Bar Association
    -Attorney Member of New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section         
    -Attorney Member of Westchester County Bar Association, Family Law Section         
    -Attorney Member of National Lawyers Guild, National Police Accountability Project
    -Member of Westchester County Bar Association         
    -Attorney Member of Attorneys for Children Panel
    -Attorney Member of National Lawyers Guild         
    -Member of New York County Lawyers' Association         
    -Member of New York State Bar Association
  • -Assigned Counsel Panel member for Westchester County Bar Association in 2007.
    -Lawyer Referral Panel from New York County Lawyers' Association in 2005.
    -SDNY & EDNY Admittance by the Federal Bar Association in 1998.
  • Matter of Delehia J., 93 A.D.3d 668, 939 N.Y.S.2d 570 (2d Dept 2012) Practice Area: Child Abuse Date: Jan 01, 2012 Outcome: Precedent established Description: Despite neglect finding being upheld, the case established an important precedent that the source of a report of suspected child abuse must be revealed before the report of that abuse can be entered into evidence. Ito v. Ito, 73 A.D.3d 983, 900 N.Y.S.2d 665 (2d Dept. 2010) Practice Area: Divorce / Separation Date: May 18, 2010 Outcome: Won appeal Description: Client's default vacated. Barnette v. Blair, 57 A.D.3d 893, 870 N.Y.S.2d 409 (2d Dept 2008) Practice Area: Child Custody Date: Dec 23, 2009 Outcome: Appeal won Description: Court order switching custody from mother to father overturned. Scott v. Scott, 62 A.D.3d 714, 879 N.Y.S.2d 488 (2d Dept 2009) Practice Area: Child Support Date: May 05, 2009 Outcome: Appeal won. Description: Client's conviction for wilfull violation of support order & sentence of incarceration overturned. Khan v. Dolly, 6 A.D.3d 437, 774 N.Y.S.2d 365 (2d Dept 2004) Practice Area: Child Custody Date: Apr 05, 2004 Outcome: Appeal won Description: Overturned court's summary decision to switch custody of child from mother to father. In re Cory M., 307 A.D.2d 1035, 763 N.Y.S.2d 771 (2d Dept 2003) Practice Area: Child Abuse Date: Aug 25, 2003 Outcome: Appeal won Description: Overturned trial court decision denying client a hearing on continued removal of his children and placement in foster care. Colvin v. Guo Practice Area: Child Custody Date: Jan 01, 2002 Outcome: Custody restored! Description: International Kidnapping case which was reported on NBC's Today Show, among other media. We were successful, after working with various domestic & international investigators as well as the New York court system, in re-gaining custody of the child for my client. (http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/mom-pays-ex-hubby-60g-son-back-article-1.498892)

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(1998) Licensed as Attorney in New York. Verified with New York State Unified Court System.July 16, 2013

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