Stephen W. Schlissel has long been considered one of the leading matrimonial attorneys on Long Island and nationally. Tough, smart, creative and with a wry, sharp wit, Schlissel is known for his broad legal skills and for his community leadership. Schlissel has been successful in fashioning winning arguments that changed the landscape of New York Family Law in several cases. Steve and his partner Elena Karabatos have built one of the most respected matrimonial practices in the New York Metropolitan area. Schlissel's relationship with partner Karabatos began in 1985 and is one of the longest term matrimonial partnerships. Four of the other attorneys in the firm have worked with them since before or immediately after law school.
Steve was rated as one of the 100 Best Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan Area in 2011, and the only one without his main office in New York City. In 2013 he received the Nassau County Bar Association's highest award, one he shares with prior recipients who include two U.S. Presidents, one U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice and three U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices. Steve has been referred to in judicial opinions as one of the best trial lawyers in his field and as one of the most respected members of the matrimonial bar.
In the 1980s, recognizing the emotional impact of divorce on parents and children, Schlissel co-founded the Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness (PEACE), which continues to educate divorcing parents.
A Nassau County native, Schlissel is a resident of Long Beach, New York. He is married to Joan and they have three daughters and sons-in-law, four grandsons and three granddaughters.