Stephanie A. Staal
Ms. Staal graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College in 1993, with a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science, and cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2010, where she was the recipient of several merit-based scholarships, including a Prince Scholarship, the Sidney D. Young Scholarship, a Centennial Grant, an Academic Achievement Scholarship, and a Dean’s Merit Scholarship. She also earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1998.
During law school, Ms. Staal served as a Notes and Comments Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. Through her clinical work at Brooklyn Law School’s Safe Harbor Project, she successfully represented a client who was seeking asylum in the United States after fleeing a forced marriage and other abuse in her home country. Following law school, Ms. Staal worked for the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, Second Judicial Department, as a Senior Appellate Court Attorney, conducting substantive legal research and analysis, and writing draft opinions related to the disposition of appeals pending before the Court in civil actions, criminal prosecutions, family proceedings, and administrative proceedings.
Driven by the desire to help individuals navigate the legal, practical, and emotional complexities that arise in the field of family and matrimonial law, Ms. Staal joined Donohoe Talbert in September 2014. A former journalist and published author, she has written extensively on family and relationship matters, bringing an in-depth understanding and breadth of experience to the diverse issues involved. Her work has been featured in national publications, including The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, People, Cosmopolitan, and Marie Claire, and she has appeared on such media outlets as CNN, WNYC, and NPR. Ms. Staal is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association, where she serves on the Domestic Violence Committee.