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, she worked in Fairfax County, Virginia as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney. As a criminal prosecutor, Leah 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. Leah has 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 is the community service co-chair for the MCBA Young Lawyers Section Board. She volunteers with the Rochester Teen Court through the Center for Youth, and coordinates volunteers from the Young Lawyers section for the program.