Arnold D. Cribari has been a practicing lawyer for over 30 years. With over 25 years of practice concentrating exclusively on matrimonial and family law, he has a track record for negotiating solutions to divorce and custody issues, avoiding litigation whenever possible. He has experienced the gross inadequacy of the adversarial system for dealing with family issues, particularly when children are involved. With the advent of Collaborative Law, Arnold has found a viable alternative to both the adversarial system, and to mediation, which has a different set of drawbacks, particularly in cases where there is an imbalance of power between the parties.
Arnold earned his BA degree at Columbia College of Columbia University in New York in 1973, and his JD degree from Albany Law School of Union University in 1976. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1977 and is also admitted to the United States District Court in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Married for 33 years with two children in their early twenties, Arnold and his wife Shawn also raised his now 26-year-old niece who was orphaned at age 11. Arnold understands from personal experience how important consistent, stable relationships are for a child’s ability to thrive.
- BA Degree from Columbia College of Columbia University in New York City in 1973
- Admitted to New York State Bar in 1977
- JD Degree from Albany Law School in 1976
- Serves on Board of Directors of New York Association of Collaborative Professionals (NYACP)
- Co-chair of Newsletter Committee of NYCACP
- Serves on Executive Committee of Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce and Dispute Resolution Association. (HVCDDRA)
- Member of NY State Bar Association (Family Law Section), Westchester County Bar Association (Family Law Section), Yorktown Bar Association, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, NYACP, and HVCDDRA.
His article: “Collaborative Law: Divorce Lawyer as Peacemaker“, published in the spring/summer 2006 edition of the Westchester Bar Journal, gives an in depth explanation of collaborative law and the benefits that divorce clients and their attorneys may obtain from it.
An article Arnold co-authored with a colleague, Melissa Goodstein, Esq., entitled: “Divorce: To Mediate, Collaborate or Litigate, That is the Question,” published in the Spring 2009 Newsletter of The Financial Planning Association of The Greater Hudson Valley, explains the important differences between the primary ways for obtaining a legal separation or divorce.
His article: “The Struggle to Preserve Collaborative Law Benefits when Litigating a Divorce“ published in the Spring/Summer, 2007 edition of the Westchester Bar, describes how clients (who go to court as a last resort) can benefit from the services of lawyers trained in collaborative law.
His article, “Restraining the Custodial Parent from Relocating the Child to a Distant Domicile …, “ published in the May, 1988 edition of The Domestic Law Review, reflects his interest in issues affecting the well-being of children caught up in a divorce dispute.
Lecturer, Matrimonial and Family Law Topics for Local Bar Associations, Civic Associations and Other Groups, including the following recent
- Collaborative Law, February 10, 2009, CLE presentation in New York City sponsored by the Hudson Valley Bank, Faculty included Barry Berkman, Esq., Arnold D. Cribari, Esq., Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT, and Mary Prior, MS, EA, CFP, CDFA.
- Collaborative Divorce (CLE Program), Ossining Bar Assoc., May 15, 2008.
- Collaborative Divorce, Scarsdale and Edgemont Family Counseling Center, April 22, 2008
- Making Valid Marital Settlement Agreements and Attacking the Bad Ones (CLE Program), Yorktown Bar Assoc., March 26, 2008
Specialized Training in Collaborative Practice and Mediation:
- IACP Pre-Forum and Forum: 4 day seminars of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals in October 2011, October 2009, October 2008 and October 2007.
- Advanced Collaborative Seminar, Self Reflection in Action for Conflict Professionals: Bringing the Depth of Who We Are to Our Work, (4 day seminar), Center for Mediation in Law, May, 2008
- Advanced Collaborative Law Seminar/Working with Dynamics of Conflict, New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, February, 2007 and continuing.
- Intensive Mediation Training, Center for Mediation in Law, December 2005
- Advanced Collaborative Law Training, Interdisciplinary Model, New York Collaborative Law Group, September 2005
- Basic Collaborative Law, New York Collaborative Law Group, February 2004
- Divorce Mediation, Center for Family and Divorce Mediation, November 2001