Barbara A. Castrataro

Barbara A. Castrataro

Sole Practitioner
Chappaqua, New York
Ms. Castrataro has devoted her practice exclusively to the field of Matrimonial Law for more than 28 years. Known for her devotion to her clients as well as the Rule of Law, she has maintained a steady philosophy that diligence and preparedness are the earmarks of a successful practice.  She has been sought out for her mastery of facts, strategic acumen and skill in the Courtroom. She believes that every lawyer must know the opposing case at least as well as your own. Ms Castrataro has deliberately and thoughtfully tailored the structure of her firm to enable her to personally participate in every phase of a client's matter which promotes a consistent presence, promotes efficiency and a knowledgeable response at all times. An experienced litigator, Ms. Castrataro, seeks creative solutions to complex cases, while always prepared to proceed to trial when settlement is not available. 

Ms. Castrataro has represented a variety of clients from all walks of life. Prior to her admission to the Bar Ms. Castrataro worked in Network Television at all three major networks in both management as an Executive in Broadcast Operations and for 9 years in Production as a Music Supervisor and Director scoring shows live while recorded, on both the East and West Coasts, for which she received several Emmy nominations. Her vast experience combined with breath of interests and charity work, all inform her practice and relatability to her clients. 

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Matrimonial Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1990


  • New York Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Moot Court Award
  • CW Post LIU School of Music, Old Brookville, New York
    • B.A. - 1984
    • Major: Music


  • Family Law, Berkeley College, 1995 - 1997
  • Ethics, Berkeley College, 1995 - 1997

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 - Martindale-Hubbell, 2016 - Present
  • Client Distinction Award - Martindale Hubbell , 2016 - Present
  • Top Lawyers in New York, 2016 - Present
  • SuperLawyers Best Attorneys in New York Metro Area, 2010 - Present
  • SuperLawyers- Best Attorneys in New York Metro Area, 2009 - Present
  • Moot Court Award - New York Law School, 1986 - Present
  • Television Academy- Emmy Awards Nominations 1979-1981 Music Direction

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • AACFL- American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators, Member, 2016 - Present
  • American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators, Member, 2016 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member, 2015 - Present
  • Westchester Women's Bar Association, Member, 2015 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Office of Barbara A. Castrataro, Principal, 2000 - 2018
  • Bender Jenson Silverstein & Castrataro, LLP, Partner, 1999 - 2000
  • Berkeley College, Adjunct Professor- Family Law, 1995 - 1997
  • Bender & Bodnar P.C./Law Office of Joel Bender, Associate, 1993 - 1999
  • Law office of Donald Frank, Associate, 1989 - 1993
  • CBS Network, Executive in Operations NY, 1985 - 1988
  • CBS & NBC Networks, Music [email protected] Daytime Dramas NY/LA, 1979 - 1984

Pro Bono Activities

  • Various Charities and sponsorship of children's advanced education Pro Bono Legal Work, 1990 - 2018
  • (TAP) Tibetan Aid Project, Jhamste, TCV, Tibetan Children's Village, 2000 - 2018