Elena Karabatos in many respects represents the best of a new generation of divorce attorneys. The personable Karabatos conveys a unique form of wisdom and confidence that inspires trust and respect. Those qualities have helped to place her among the elite matrimonial attorneys in Long Island and in New York City where her practice frequently takes her. Elena immediately began practicing family law when she graduated from law school over twenty years ago and has continued to practice in this area ever since.
Clients and peers say Karabatos is an organized and skilled litigator, yet she also brings to the table seemingly light-touch powers of pragmatism, passion and persuasion that can diffuse even the stickiest of disputes. Further, peers say, she has a knack for getting adversaries to see her point of view. Karabatos, by nature or by design, downplays her skills. "There is nothing magic about what I do. I'm practical, and I'm direct. What you see is what you get. The plain truth is the most effective advocate."
Karabatos' firm, which is one of the largest matrimonial boutique firms in the New York metropolitan area. In addition to litigating cases, Karabatos recognizes the growth of alternate dispute resolution and mediation and she has played a role in advancing those trends in her field.
Karabatos has a charismatic presence, and has been quoted in various news periodicals, including among them The New York Times, New York Law Journal, Bloomberg News, Long Island Business News and Parade magazine. She was also featured in an article in the magazine New York Lawyer, November, 2000.
Karabatos lives with her husband, Bryan Skarlatos, a partner of the New York City law firm Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, and splits her time between her homes in Manhattan and in Sands Point, Long Island. She enjoys running, skiing and the arts.