All Fredman Baken & Novenstern, LLP, attorneys have the experience and sensitivity to guide and assist our clients through one of the more difficult transitions of their lives.

We recognize that every client has his or her own story

Your lawyer’s representation must reflect the unique nature of your circumstances. What makes us different from other matrimonial lawyers is that we focus on your interests, concerns and needs. We take a holistic approach to your situation and where necessary we will help to find other professional support and work as a team with those professionals to promote your welfare. Over the years, we have developed close relationships with professionals of other disciplines including financial experts, accountants, appraisers, mental health professionals, and child specialists.

Our Dedicated Team

Neil Fredman

For more than 35 years, Mr. Fredman’s practice has been in the area of Matrimonial Law, encompassing divorce and property distribution, child custody and visitation, support related matters and pre and postnuptial agreements.


Ellen Jancko-Baken, Esq.

Ellen Jancko-Baken

Practicing solely in the area of matrimonial law for more than 30 years, Ms. Jancko-Baken offers compassionate, thoughtful legal advice.


Ken Novenstern

Kenneth J. Novenstern

Mr. Novenstern has been practicing law since 1985. He joined the newly established firm of Fredman Baken & Novenstern, LLP, effective July 1, 2019.


Christopher McClain, Esq.

Christopher McClain

Prior to joining our firm, Mr. McClain began his career as an Assistant DA in Queens County. He graduated summa cum laude in 2017 from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law.


See what our clients are saying

My ex-spouse hired excellent opposing counsel, however time and time again Mr. Novenstern handily outmaneuvered him in written submission and actual proceedings. He remained one step ahead of him from the start.

More importantly I found much more than legal counsel in Mr. Novenstern. He listened to all my concerns and reassured me through a truly daunting process.

Excerpt from Joseph Wolf review

Expert, brilliant negotiator, calm, listen’s and has empathy for his clients. I have worked with many family law attorneys in the past. Ken Novenstern is the absolute best.

Excerpt from MBS Network review

“I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your help and support throughout my very emotional journey. You guys have seen me at my lowest, but I always left your company knowing and trusting I was in good hands.

The integrity and respect you showed me (and my husband) throughout the divorce process has left both of us intact and cordial acquaintances. I am really embracing my freedom and independence, and thanks to you, my future is not as daunting as it was 2 ½ years ago.”

Ann M., Tarrytown, NY

“This is just a heartfelt thank you to you for hanging in there for me and being there for me on a very human level. Your business (law) can, and is, pretty brutal. *FBK Lawyers always considered me and my daughter’s best interests, and helped me with your human understanding.

I want you to know that all of your consideration has meant a lot to me and my family. You are not just good lawyers, you are good human beings.”

Joey H., White Plains, NY

“Thank you so much for all that you have done to help my family.

I could write a book about those practicing law who go far above and beyond. We could not have gone through all of this without you.”

Barbara S., Croton on Hudson, NY

“Ken Novenstern represented me during my divorce and he did an exceptional job from start to finish. He is very knowledgeable, professional and his ability to keep me at ease through the entire process was appreciated.

When I need legal assistance, whether it be formal or perhaps just a friendly word of advice I know I can rely on Ken. I have already recommended him to friends and will continue to do so.”

George D., Yorktown Heights, NY (Source: Yelp)

“Ken Novenstern helped me navigate a lengthy mediation process and assisted me in creating a healthy, fair, and livable agreement with my ex, the father of my two children. He answered every question with patience and experience, and encouraged me to think my choices through–always outlining all the options I had. His consultation was very thorough and exact while his manner was kind and comforting.

I was very pleased with his work, and consider myself lucky to have had him on my support team.”

J.S., Irvington, NY (Source: Yelp)

We will work with you towards determining how to proceed in achieving our common goal; a fair and reasonable resolution in the most cost effective manner.

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