Issues of divorce, custody and child support are complex and often tumultuous for the parties involved. For Leah Tarantino, this is the challenge and the reward of Family Law. Leah creates multiple strategies to help clients negotiate favorable outcomes and minimize their stress as much as possible. She is a trustworthy, sensitive and effective advocate for clients who are often facing the most difficult times in their lives.
Leah focuses her practice on family and matrimonial law. This includes divorces and post-divorce matters, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, child custody litigation and child support litigation. Leah serves on the "Attorneys for Children" panel for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, representing children in both Supreme and Family Court cases. She actively takes Volunteer Legal Services Project cases representing indigent clients in divorce matters. Her insightful people skills and ability to negotiate has had a positive impact on the lives of the families she serves.
Before joining Underberg & Kessler, Leah worked as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Fairfax County, Virginia. As a criminal prosecutor, she handled matters ranging from traffic offenses and DWI to violent felonies such as robberies and child sex crimes. She engaged in plea negotiations, argued motions, and conducted preliminary hearings, bench trials, and jury trials on a weekly basis.
While at the Commonwealth's office, Leah also prosecuted cases in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She received training in domestic violence and working with domestic violence victims, and is certified in forensic child interviewing for child sex cases. Additionally, Leah has handled appeals and argued at the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Professional and Community Involvement
Leah is a member of the Monroe, Ontario, and Wayne County Bar Associations, and a member of the Board of Directors for Society for Protection and Care of Children (SPCC). She volunteers with Rochester Teen Court through the Center for Youth, and volunteers with Lawyers for Learning through the MCBA.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Leah was named one of the Daily Record's 2015 Up & Coming Attorneys, an award that recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated a significant commitment and contribution to the legal profession early in their careers. Leah was also named a finalist for the Rochester Business Journal’s 2016 Athena Young Professional Award.