Sandra Stines

Of Counsel

Sandra has 23 years of experience practicing law. Her career was launched in the fast-paced practice at Legal Services where she spent most of her time litigating critical matters such as custody and housing, honing in on the art of thinking on one’s feet; an invaluable tool for litigators.

Sandra is a dedicated mother of two. When her life shifted to add the role of mom, her career did too. Sandra opened a solo practice to attend to her two loves; lawyering and motherhood! During her time as a solo practitioner, Sandra lectured and taught classes in Family Law, chaired family law committees, was selected for judicial appointments as an Attorney for Children, mentored new attorneys and still found time to offer pro bono services for victims of domestic violence.

Sandra is skilled at appellate practice. She successfully defended a victory she achieved at trial at the Appellate Division in the groundbreaking case of Cade v. Roberts, 179 A.D.3d 916 (2nd Dept. 2020). The question raised therein was who is a parent? Is a parent defined by biology or the bonds created with a child? Even more compelling the child for whom this question focused was autistic.

Although this case was multi-faceted it had in common what all family and matrimonial matters have: highly emotionally charged issues. This may be the area where Sandra knows how to balance emotions and the law.

Divorce is painful. At such a critical time in life, Sandra protects her clients’ rights as reflected in another appellate division win, Haik v. Haik, 197 A.D.3d 465 (2nd Dept. 2021). She knows the importance of ensuring that essential issues such as support and distribution of property comply with the law and result in the best possible outcome.

Sandra is a New Yorker, raised in Staten Island, educated in the SUNY system, attaining her law degree at CUNY and now living in Long Island with her two children and life partner. She loves New York and taking advantage of the diversity it offers from the beaches to the mountains. Another passion for Sandra is yoga because taking a deep breath goes a long way.

  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Bachelor of Social Work
  • City University of New York School of Law, Juris Doctor

  • New York State Bar Association Mock Trial
  • New York State Bar Association, Delegate
  • Nassau County Bar Association, charitable board member
  • Nassau County Bar Association, matrimonial committee
  • Nassau County Bar Association, appellate practice committee
  • Nassau County Bar Association, family law committee

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, advanced trial skills
  • Office of Court Administration, Mediation
  • Office of Court Administration, Neutral Evaluation
  • Second Department, Attorneys for Children courses

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