As a matrimonial lawyer of thirty years, I’m often approached by both single and married alike who want to discuss the ins and out of marriage and divorce. Thanks in part to those conversations we’ve launched Ask Leslie, an informative digital space for the millions of Americans seeking relationship advice in domestic and marital affairs with a legal spin.

Through the lens of a 30-year career in matrimonial law and her own decades-long marriage, attorney, and relationship coach, Leslie Montanile offers timely insight on love and law and realizing a life partnership for a balanced, fulfilling life. Never one to quite fit the mold of the conventional divorce lawyer, Leslie brings a modern outlook to relationships by challenging norms, affirming meaningful truths, and providing a framework for modern courtships and couples of all stages.

Mrs. Montanile began practicing matrimonial law in 1992 in Los Angeles, California, after receiving her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Working in a prestigious boutique law firm, she worked closely with clients to successfully achieve their desired goals and immediate needs. Upon moving back to her native home in New York and working at NBC between 1997-1999, Ms. Montanile decided in January of 2000 to open her own law practice, dedicating her legal career to help women effectively navigate the process of divorce and to achieve independent financial success.

A member of the State Bar Associations of New York, California, and Connecticut, respectively, Ms. Montanile has helped hundreds of women throughout her 25-year career. Her experience encompasses a wide range of successful settlement negotiations, including but not limited to pre-nuptials, post-nuptials, uncontested stipulations, custody arrangements, and other complex financial agreements. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Business Council of Westchester, and a woman’s NYC mastermind group.

As a legal professional, Leslie has made various guest appearances on radio and podcast shows, including Fox News Radio, The Barry Moltz Show, The Women’s Radio Network, Morning Show-Connecticut 1, Chione Hardy, and Women Developing Brilliance.  Her expertise has also been referenced in The Wall Street Journal, Westchester Magazine, Shondaland Digital, Romper, and other numerous outlets.