Valentina Shaknes is a partner with McLaughlin & Stern. Ms. Shaknes concentrates her practice exclusively in the areas of matrimonial and family law, in which she has significant experience obtaining favorable results for her clients through negotiated settlements and, when necessary, litigation. Ms. Shaknes has represented many high-net-worth individuals in a variety of complicated matrimonial matters, including high-conflict equitable distribution cases, contested custody matters, child and spousal support, and the negotiation of complex pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Ms. Shaknes has successfully litigated complex matters in both Supreme and Family Courts in New York, Kings, Nassau and Westchester Counties, and has appeared before the appellate courts for the First and Second Judicial Departments.
Ms. Shaknes has successfully litigated international child custody and international child abduction disputes, including proceedings in federal court under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
Ms. Shaknes has been included in the New York Metro Super Lawyers Edition for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 as a "Rising Star" in Family Law, a recognition bestowed on fewer than 5% of the attorneys in New York State, and was also named an "Outstanding Young Lawyer" by The New York Times in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Ms. Shaknes has completed the rigorous program with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and American Bar Association's Family Law Trial Advocacy training.
Ms. Shaknes received her law degree cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where she earned first place in the Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition, and was the Associate Managing Editor of the Journal for Law and Policy.
Ms. Shaknes was named a "2017 Trailblazer" in the areas of Divorce, Trusts & Estates by the National Law Journal
Super Lawyers, Rising Star – 2016
Super Lawyers, Rising Star – 2015
Super Lawyers, Rising Star – 2014
New York Times, Outstanding Young Lawyer – 2016
New York Times, Outstanding Young Lawyer – 2015
New York Times, Outstanding Young Lawyer – 2014