Since 1990, Peter Bienstock has focused his practice on the trial, appeal and negotiated settlement of the full range of matrimonial and family law cases. He has tried and argued appeals in the most complex financial and child custody cases, as well as negotiating amicable settlements in the majority of his matters.
A 1973 cum laude graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, and a 1969 magna cum laude graduate of the City College of New York, 1969, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Bienstock capped a 17-year career of public service by serving from 1987 until 1990 as the Executive Director of the New York State Commission on Government Integrity (The Feerick Commission), a seven-member Commission appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to investigate the causes of government corruption in New York. Prior to that, he served for more than seven years as Bureau Chief of New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams, including Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau and the Consumer Frauds Bureau. Mr. Bienstock began his career as law clerk to United States District Judge Charles E. Stewart, Jr. in the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Bienstock has served on the matrimonial and family law committees of the New York State Bar Association and all of the area bar associations, including a term as Co-Chair of the Matrimonial Law Section of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and a four-year term as a member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He has served as the Administrator of the Supreme Court judicial selection panel for the New York County Democratic Committee, the Ethics/Compliance Officer for NYC2012 and, in 2003, was awarded the Commitment to Justice Award for his pro bono work as a mentor from the public interest organization, InMotion. He has served for the past six years as a hearing officer for the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
1974 New York and U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
1975 U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
1976 U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of New York
1979 U.S. Supreme Court
1983 U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
1987 U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
1969 City College of the City University of New York, B.A.
1973 New York University School of Law, J.D.