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Elena Jaffe Tastensen
Elena Jaffe Tastensen

Senior Mediator

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Elena Jaffe Tastensen

After having handled family law and divorce cases in court for years, I strongly believe that divorce and family mediation, as well as the collaborative approach to family conflicts, results in better outcomes for clients and their families as they work through this time of transition in their lives. I am a a founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District, and currently serve on its Board of Directors. I also sit on the Executive Board of the Saratoga County Bar Association, and am a member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, Academy of Professional Family Mediators, Adirondack Women’s Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and am a Vice Chair of the Fourth Judicial District Women and the Courts Committee.

I began my legal career in 1998 as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan under Robert Morgenthau. After serving as an Assistant District Attorney for four years, I relocated to the Capital District in 2002. I served as an attorney for the New York State Consumer Protection Board in Albany, before opening my law practice in Saratoga Springs in 2004.

I devote my entire practice exclusively to family and criminal law. After litigating matrimonial and family cases for years, I was thrilled to participate in the formation of the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District in 2008.


J.D. (law degree), American University Washington College of Law, 1998

Areas Of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Appellate
  • Criminal
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Representational Lawyer

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • NYSCDM - NY St. Council on Div. Mediation
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators