Now in her early 40s, Debra L Rubin is already one of Long Island's leading young divorce lawyers, who in less than five years in Commack has built a successful regional practice there. Indeed, by nearly all accounts Rubin and partner Gayle Rosenblum have one of the leading matrimonial firms in Suffolk today. Resourceful, practical and already with 20 years of experience as she enters the prime of her career, Rubin has a strong background in matrimonial and family law: For one thing, over her career she has worked with some of Long Island's premier divorce lawyers handling highly sophisticated legal matters; right out of law school she gained valuable courtroom experience working in The Family Court Bureau of the Nassau County Legal Aid Society. Today her practice is aptly suited to the varied demands of family law - contested cases involving complex litigation, as well as consensus-driven matters frequently handled in mediation and collaborative law. Peers say she has a good grasp of people, maintains a high level of professionalism and has a unique capacity to be both businesslike and empathetic with her clients. Rubin's father was a Riker's Island corrections officer ("He didn't talk about his work much") and her mother was a homemaker; she and her family moved to Long Island from Bayside, Queens, while she and her brother were in grade school. Though a "people person" today, back then she was "the shy and studious type," she says. "I took my work seriously from an early age." She adds, "My parents always encouraged me to work hard and supported my career aspirations." She went to college at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, working her way through school while earning a degree in political science. After graduating from Hofstra University School of Law, spurning offers with higher pay, she decided to take a position with the Family Court Bureau of the Nassau County Legal Aid in Westbury. "It was important work, a lot of responsibility for a 25-year-old lawyer. I felt I was providing a valuable service to those who could not otherwise afford it, while at the same time gaining valuable courtroom experience." In her early years as a lawyer, her cases often involved tough issues such as domestic violence, child abuse and neglect and nonpayment of child support. She found it all rewarding. "I was able to apply my skills, and see some tangible results from my work." When Kenneth Koopersmith, one of the lions of the Long Island divorce bar, offered her a position in 1995 she jumped at it. Koopersmith's influence as an "ethical, organized exceptional negotiator and litigator" was far-reaching; she spent nearly a decade building strong skills in writing, negotiating and litigation, in the sophisticated complex cases that the boutique firm was known for. In 2004, Rubin, commuting from Suffolk County to Nassau County and with two small children, hit a crossroads in balancing her professional and personal lives. In a move that also expanded her professional range, she joined the practice of respected veteran attorney Lynne Kramer in Commack. It was Kramer who mentored Rubin and her future partner in building a successful independent practice of their own; Kramer's professional influence remains a significant part of their practice today. (Kramer is Of Counsel to Rubin & Rosenblum.) Though most of the firm's cases originate in Suffolk, Rubin's caseload takes her to Nassau and the five boroughs, including Manhattan. More than anything Rubin has built her practice by focusing on each client's individual needs and interest, guiding clients to the appropriate process to "what best works for them and their circumstances" - negotiation, mediation, collaborative law, and when necessary aggressive litigation. Further, Rubin knows and skillfully navigates New York's various courts, a skill often unappreciated by clients. Rubin & Rosenblum PLLC maintains one of the region's most comprehensive and informative web sites for divorce law, a reflection of a growing, well managed practice." Rubin and her husband have two sons; they live in Suffolk County.