Kieth Rieger, now in his professional prime, has stood out for several years as one of Long Island's leading matrimonial attorneys. His legal skill, ability to empathize with clients and his calm, reasoned temperament have earned him a strong reputation for handling even the most sensitive and difficult cases, other attorneys say.
Shortly after graduating from Hofstra Law School ("My father encouraged me to become a lawyer"), Rieger clerked for a New Jersey judge, an experience that gave Rieger valuable trial experience. Later, in the early 1980s, the Levittown, N.Y., native joined a prominent Nassau County matrimonial firm, and in three years was elevated to partner.
He took on more and more challenging and complex cases, including a landmark custody case involving the rights of a non-biological father, a case that set legal precedents for the best interests of children. He has tried several important custody relocation cases.
On the financial side, Rieger has been involved in complex cases and trials involving equitable distribution of closely held businesses, including professional practices and manufacturing, wholesale, and retail businesses. He has extensively examined and cross-examined expert forensic accountants.
A toy shark adorns his desk, but Rieger is more wise counselor than predator. Indeed, Rieger's professional ascent stems in part from his community participation, as he lectures and writes frequently on divorce law, and has held numerous leadership positions. Rieger is a special professor of law at Hofstra Law School, where he has taught courses on valuation of assets and matrimonial legal writing for several years. He is also past Dean of the Nassau Academy of Law which plans and organizes continuing legal education for the Nassau County Bar Association.