How I Practice: An Interview with the New York State Bar Association

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How I Practice: An Interview with the New York State Bar Association

How I Practice: An Interview with New York State Bar Association by Deborah E. KaminetzkyI am very honored to have had the opportunity to sit down with the New York State Bar Association and share how I practice law and organize my business. NYSBA has wonderful resources on their site, including the How I Practice section, which offers tips, tricks, and lessons to other attorneys.

This interview can be read on NYSBA’s website.

1. What are your areas of practice?
My areas of practice are Divorce, both litigated and mediated (I am a certified divorce mediator as well as an attorney); Estate Planning; and Small Business Advising.

2. Describe a typical day for you?
A typical day starts with a walk outside or a weight lifting session. Then, depending on the day, I either go to court or the office. I have certain days I plan to do the administrative part of the practice: marketing, blog writing, bookkeeping, etc. with the flexibility to take calls if necessary. On other days I have client meetings, mediations, bar association or networking activities, etc. Evenings are usually reserved for family, reading (I try to read at least one book per month, usually non-fiction business or personal growth) or social/networking activities, which I try to limit to two per week.

3. Where do you practice? Do you have a stand-alone office or home office?
I have a brick and mortar office; however, everything the firm does is cloud capable. This allows me to work when and where I wish. I spend a significant amount of time traveling, and I’m able to handle everything I need to from wherever I am.

4. What is the most rewarding thing about having your own practice? 
I can work on cases I truly want to work on and turn down the ones I can tell I will not enjoy. That was not necessarily the case initially. I’ve had my own practice since 2009, and I gradually grew the practice to the point where it is now.

5. What are some of the challenges about having your own practice? 
The biggest challenge is that you are responsible for everything from IT issues to employee issues, making decisions about literally every single thing that goes on in the business as your practice is, after all, a business. Having excellent dependable vendors to rely on is key for delegation. I have a great IT company, bookkeeping service, etc. that I delegate to.

6. What are your must-have tech tools/apps?
Practice management software and/or Quickbooks are key. They let you know where you stand financially when making business decisions. I also could not live without my Android smartphone. Finally I have a dedicated mobile hotspot that lets me use internet anywhere I go without having to utilize public wifi, which I feel is a risk.

7. How do you market your practice? How do you find new clients? 
I blog frequently and put out a lot of information on social media. I also love meeting new people and seeing how we can help one another. It’s not always about an immediate opportunity; business relationships take time, but they usually bring the best clients.

8. When and where do you interact with other attorneys? 
At the bar association, through social media and online communities.

9. How do you stay informed with legal news/developments?
I generally get my news from following periodicals, other attorneys and government agencies on Twitter. Then, in my spare time, I can catch up on what’s current. For legal developments I read several bar journals/magazines.

10. If a fellow attorney decided they wanted to start their own practice, what is the one thing they should know?
If I have to be limited to one thing, I would say never compromise your ethics. I have turned down plenty of potential clients who have asked me to do things that don’t pass the smell test and I have no regrets.

Deborah E. Kaminetzky


Deborah E. Kaminetzky, Esq.
Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C.
132 Spruce Street
Cedarhurst, New York 11516
Phone: 516.374.0074

By | 2018-10-15T15:53:34+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Divorce Law, Estate Planning, Mediation, Small Business|Comments Off on How I Practice: An Interview with the New York State Bar Association

About the Author:

Deborah E. Kaminetzky
Deborah E. Kaminetzky is the founder of Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C. located in Long Beach, New York. Prior to starting the firm Deborah worked at a Long Island firm where she learned the practice of Matrimonial and Family law and Estate Planning. Deborah has also worked at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs where she was responsible for prosecuting unlicensed home improvement contractors and negotiating settlements for consumers. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Kaminetzky was the president of a commercial property management corporation in the New York Metro area. Ms. Kaminetzky is a member of the National Association of Divorce Professionals, New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, New York State Bar Association (Business Law, Estate, Family Law, ADR and General Practice Sections), Nassau County Bar Association (where she serves as Chair of the General, Solo and Practice Management Committee and The Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Kaminetzky was appointed to the Committee on Law Practice Management of the New York State Bar Association in 2015 and has been a frequent speaker and author of articles for their journal. Ms. Kaminetzky serves on the Board of Directors of the Yashar Attorney and Judges Chapter of Hadassah as a their Treasurer, and was their Woman of the Year 2012 and Leadership award honoree in 2019. Deborah graduated from New York Law School in 1991 and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1986. Ms. Kaminetzky was admitted to the First Department in 1991 and the United States Supreme Court Bar in February of 2015. Deborah is on the Matrimonial fee dispute arbitration panel for Nassau County. She expanded her alternative dispute resolution practice by completing a Mediation certificate program in December of 2013, an advanced Mediation certificate program in 2015 and most recently a Divorce Mediation certificate in early 2016 from The New York Peace Institute. Ms. Kaminetzky has spoken to various groups on topics including matrimonial law, technology and social media use, and disaster preparedness for business including cybersecurity.