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600 Old Country Road
Suite 302
Garden City, New York 11530 Phone (516) 746-5360
Fax (516) 746-5361
info@hoffmanbehar.com

 
   
  OUR ATTORNEYS
  OUR PARALEGALS
 
  Warren S. Hoffman
 
Warren is a partner in the firm, having been admitted to practice in the State and the Federal Courts of New York and New Jersey since 1984. Warren originally established this firm in 1987 under the name of Law Offices of Warren S. Hoffman which was converted to a partnership with Ilene in the early 1990's. Warren has substantial experience in matrimonial/family law, business transactions/litigation, real estate law and wills, trusts and estates.

Warren has been a member of all major and well recognized bar associations including the County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Inns of Court, New York Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association. He has regularly written articles, lectured to members of the Bar and the general public and has appeared on radio and television as well as in other print media. Warren's articles have been published in general media publications and in scholarly legal treatises. Warren has been designated as a "Super Lawyer" for the Metro New York Area and had been selected by the County Bar Association to serve as chairperson of the Grievance Committee where he reviewed grievances for the County against attorneys for alleged ethical violations. The Appellate Division Second Judicial Department has also approved Warren as a court appointed neutral mediator to resolve grievance matters. In those situations he assists the parties to resolve their grievance disputes. Warren is regularly appointed by the Office of Court Administration to serve as a lead arbitrator in the Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program where he resolves disputes between attorneys and their clients regarding legal fee issues. In these situations, Warren's decision is binding upon the parties to the dispute. Warren also served on the County Bar Association's Board of Directors and the Bar Association Judiciary Committee which reviews credentials of potential judges.

Warren spends considerable time serving as pro bono counsel, providing legal services at no charge for indigent individuals. Warren has been recognized many times for these endeavors including being selected as pro bono attorney of the month by Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee (Volunteer Lawyers Project).

Warren and Ilene formed a divorce mediation company, Divorce/Separation Mediation Services of Long Island, Ltd., more than 15 years ago to provide legal services for those parties who wish to resolve their matrimonial issues without retaining separate counsel and without being involved in the costly court supervised litigation process. Their divorce mediation company is well recognized and has resolved hundreds of matrimonial/family disputes without the necessity of resorting to litigation, thus saving substantial monies by assisting those parties to maintain a good working relationship with each other for their own benefit and equally important, for the benefit of their children.

In Warren's personal life he is married and has two children. Warren has a private pilot license and enjoys flying his single engine aviation aircraft as well as donating his time as a volunteer command pilot for Patient Airlift Services Inc. (PALS), transporting indigent medical patients.
 
 
Ilene J. Behar
 

Ilene J. Behar is a partner in the firm, having been admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey since 1991. Prior to working with Warren, Ilene was a paralegal and served as the Project Coordinator for a paralegal organization known as FOCUS (For Our Children and Us) Focus is a state funded paralegal agency that assists individuals in matters of obtaining child support, child support enforcement and other areas of family law. Ilene has assisted thousands of FOCUS clients in obtaining and enforcing orders of child support. While Project Coordinator of Focus, Ilene had to oversee offices in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Manhattan & Brooklyn. Ilene worked with legislators and the courts to formulate new laws to secure support for children and enforce child support orders. Ilene attended Touro Law School during the evenings while continuing as Project Coordinator of FOCUS until she graduated in 1990.

Ilene entered private practice in 1991 at which time she worked for the Law Offices of Warren S. Hoffman as an associate with the firm. From 1994 to the present, Ilene has been a partner in the firm of Hoffman & Behar, LLP. Ilene continues to limit her practice to matrimonial and family law.

Ilene continues to stay active and work for the betterment of the family in all matters concerning child support, custody, visitation, and orders of protection, by participating as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of FOCUS (For Our Children and Us) as well as by participating in various public related seminars and lecturing on various topics. Ilene has spent considerable time providing pro bono counseling for FOCUS clients, providing them with information as to their legal rights and has been recognized for her hard word for indigent individuals including being honored by Touro Law School as one of the 2006 Public Interest Attorneys of the year. Ilene was also selected as Pro Bono Attorney of the month by Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee.

Ilene is a member of the County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Women's Bar Association and New York Family Law-American Inns of Court .

Illene is married, has 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. She continues to dedicate her time and energy to help others.

 
 
Andrea K. Scampoli
 

Andrea K. Scampoli received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from Arizona State University and her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law. She joined Hoffman & Behar, LLP in early 2013 and she dedicates her practice to all areas of domestic relations and family law litigation.

Prior to joining Hoffman & Behar, LLP, Ms. Scampoli was an associate for one of New York's largest matrimonial and family law firms where she independently handled a substantial amount of cases from inception to resolution up to and including trial and appellate litigation. Ms. Scampoli previously represented clients of lesser financial means who qualified for the Modest Means Panel. As such, she advocated for clients at a reduced rate and brought numerous pendente lite applications wherein she won interim support and counsel fee awards. Ms. Scampoli also interned with the Suffolk County Legal Aid Society Law Guardian Bureau and was an advocate with Hofstra's intensive Child Advocacy Clinic. Prior to joining a private firm, Ms. Scampoli advocated on behalf of children in abuse, neglect and delinquency cases, guardianship and custody matters and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) proceedings in Family Court in Suffolk County, Nassau County and Queens County.

Ms. Scampoli has significant experience in all areas of matrimonial and family law including uncontested and contested divorces, custody, visitation, and relocation matters, child support petitions, orders of protection, child abuse and neglect petitions and post judgment applications. Ms. Scampoli is experienced in handling all phases of highly contested divorces including complex equitable distribution of assets and liabilities, contested custody disputes, issues of support and maintenance, pendente lite applications and contempt hearings.

Although she has garnered substantial experience in various other areas of law including personal injury litigation, criminal law and commercial and construction litigation, Ms. Scampoli has decided to focus almost exclusively on matrimonial and family law. She is an effective and creative negotiator capable of settling intricate and acrimonious matters. However, when settlement is not a viable option, Ms. Scampoli represents her clients zealously at trial.

Ms. Scampoli is admitted to practice in the State of New York and she is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association.

 
 
Colleen M. Ross
 
Colleen began as an intern with the firm and then became a full time paralegal after receiving her Associates Degree from Nassau Community College. Colleen has been associated with our firm for more than sixteen years and has varied responsibilities including being the firm's client liaison and assistant to both partners. Colleen has become well versed in pension valuations and domestic relations orders. Colleen is an extremely proud mother and grandmother.