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Lara Traum

Lara Traum, Partner, is an attorney and mediator in private practice, offering assistance in prenuptial, postnuptial, matrimonial, parenting coordination, and trust and estate matters. She is licensed as an attorney in NY, NJ, and CT.


Lara received her JD from the Cardozo School of Law, cum laude, with a Concentration in Family and Matrimonial Law and a Jacob Burns Medal for Scholastic Achievement. She received a BA from NYU. Lara was the Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and won first place at national and international mediation competitions.

Lara focused her studies on cultural issues in family law mediation. Lara is fluent in Russian and works with members of various cultural communities.

Lara is Vice President on the Board of the NYS Council on Divorce Mediation. Lara is also Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Zamir Choral Foundation, Co-President on the Board of the Townsend Harris High School Alumni Association, and was previously on the Board of COJECO (Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations).

Lara’s writing on mediation and family law has appeared in numerous publications, including an ABA book and the Fam. Court Review. She has also worked as an assistant mediation trainer with Forrest S. Mosten.

Previously, Lara worked with the Zamir Choral Foundation and sang in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

ADR Experience

Private Practice; Board of NYS Council on Divorce Mediation, Assistant Divorce Mediation Trainer to Forrest S. Mosten, Cardozo Divorce Mediation Clinic; First place winner of Cornell’s National Cyberweek eMediation Competition (2014); First place winner of Cornell’s International Cyberweek eMediation Competition (2015); Second place Northeast regional winner of the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition; Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.


Mix of Evaluative and Facilitative, prioritizing the needs of the parties at hand. Every family is different.


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D.); New York University (B.A.); Townsend Harris High School

Areas Of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Estate Planning
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Non Profits
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • School/Education

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Estate Planner
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Representational Lawyer

Fees and Provisos

1. Private Mediation: $375/hour

2. Moderate Means Mediation: sliding scale [for families with a household income of $20,000-80,000]

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • AFCC - Assoc. of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • NYSCDM - NY St. Council on Div. Mediation
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators

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