PictureAlayne Katz

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  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1997
  • New York, 1987


  • George Washington University, J.D., 1985
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., M.S., 1980


Biographical Details

  • Recipient: Gail Katz Memorial Award from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, 10/19/11
  • Proclamation for Exemplary Service from NY State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, 10/19/11
  • Certificate of Distinguished Service from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, 10/19/11
  • Congressional Proclamation from US Congresswomen Nita M. Lowey, 10/19/11
  • Proclamation from NY State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, 10/19/11
  • Recipient: 2010 Above The Bar Award for the Most Socially Conscious Attorney
  • Irvington Village Justice, 2003-2004
  • Recipient: 2003 Women’s Bar Association of New York Juvenile Justice Award
  • Author: Pace Law Review, Fall 2003, Volume 24, Number 1, “Junk Science v. Novel Science Evidence: Parental Alienation Syndrome, Getting It Wrong in Custody Cases.”
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Westchester County Executive Andy Spano, 11/29/01
  • Recognition Outstanding Commitment & Service to Victims of Domestic Violence
    People Against Domestic Violence, 9/22/00

Associations & Memberships

  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (Children’s Rights
    Committee, 2002, Chair, Amicus Committee, 2004-2013); Chair, Equal
    Opportunities in the Profession, since 2013
  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association (Vice President, 2000-2004; Chair, Families, Children and the Courts Committee, since 1998)
  • Association of Family & Conciliatory Courts (Director, New York Chapter, 2004-2014)
  • Board Chair: Pace University School of Law’s Women’s Justice Center’s “The Friends of Gail,” since 2002
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, since 2008
  • Member, New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, since 2008
  • Board Member: Irvington Education Foundation, 2007-2013
  • Member: Westchester and Rockland Counties Attorney for the Child Panels
  • Vice President: Fieldpoint Community Association Board, 2013-2014
  • Member: Irvington Community Advisory Board, 2003-2008

Alayne Katz is a family and matrimonial attorney in private practice in Westchester County. Her practice is varied as it includes the representation of adults, children and child welfare agencies and the processes of mediation, collaborative law and litigation. The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, two County Executives and numerous N.Y.S. and Federal legislators have recognized her contributions to families and children spanning more than two decades.

Your divorce or legal matters involving your children often represents the most critical time in your life. There will NEVER be a more important time to have someone in your corner with answers to the storm of questions that you will be facing. Alayne Katz will help you to navigate this foreign landscape because it is not foreign to her. Her knowledge, tenacity, diligence and experience will get you through the emotionally daunting part of this experience and into a place where you have not only answers, but solutions and new beginnings. Ms. Katz creates new lives for her clients after winning them a fresh start.

In addition to her private practice, Ms. Katz has been actively involved in professional and community organizations, serving on boards and chairing several committees.  She has also represented the Westchester Women’s Bar Association in numerous committees with other bar associations, the judiciary and other professional organizations in a continuing effort to improve justice for children and families.

Ms. Katz is the founder of Gail’s Fund, established in memory of her sister, who was a victim of fatal domestic violence. Gail’s Fund supports the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s efforts to promote justice for women and families and eradicate domestic violence.