• New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


  • Federal Bar Council
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association


  • Fordham University School of Law, JD
  • Vassar College, BA
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Sheila G. Riesel


New York, NY v. +1.212.885.5535 f. +1.212.885.5002

Sheila Riesel practices in all aspects of matrimonial law.  Ms. Riesel has extensive appellate and trial experience, having argued three times in the U.S. Supreme Court and more than 60 times in both federal and state appellate courts.  Additionally, Ms. Riesel has been engaged in criminal defense and professional disciplinary law since leaving the Legal Aid Society in 1977.  Ms. Riesel represents clients with respect to:

  • pre- and-post nuptial agreements
  • separation agreements
  • actions for divorce, custody, and equitable distribution
  • complex valuation and custody disputes

Ms. Riesel was ranked by Worth magazine as one of America's top 100 attorneys attending to affluent families. She has also received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Family Law in New York.


Ms. Riesel is a member of the 2005 Matrimonial Commissions, and the president of the alumni class of 1966 at Vassar College.