Allen concentrates his practice on complex family law issues, including divorce, equitable distribution of business and financial assets, spousal and child support, contested child custody cases, paternity proceedings, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and same-sex family law matters.
After graduating from Stanford Law School, Allen served as law clerk to the Honorable A. Joe Fish, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He went on to practice general commercial litigation at Simpson Thacher LLP, and then, in 2003, joined Cohen Lans LLP, a highly-regarded matrimonial boutique. Immediately prior to forming Drexel LLC, Allen practiced family law at Hogan & Hartson LLP, where he represented individuals in matters involving substantial estates and novel legal issues.
Allen has delivered CLE presentations and written on matrimonial law issues. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Family Law Section and Co-Chair of the Section’s Marriage Equality Committee, and is also a member of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. From 2005-08, Allen co-chaired the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and he has been cited in the New York Times, the New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Above the Law, and other publications regarding family law issues.Admissions
New York State
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New YorkEducation
Stanford Law School, J.D. 2000
University of Sussex, M.A. 1992
Dartmouth College, A.B. 1991, magna cum laude, Phi Beta KappaAssociations & Memberships
New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2006-present (Executive Committee, 2012-present; Co-Chair, Membership Committee, 2018-present; Co-Chair, LGBT Rights Committee, 2012-2018; Legislation Committee, 2008-present)
New York City Bar Association, 2001-present (Matrimonial Law Committee, 2017-present, 2010-2013; Co-Chair, LGBT Rights Committee, 2005-2008)
American Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section, 2005-present)Select Publications
Report: 1,324 Reasons for Marriage Equality in New York State, project co-coordinator and lead drafter, with Ross Levi, Esq., for New York City Bar Association and Empire State Pride Agenda, June 8, 2007.
Children’s Best Interests: Divorce Law, Same-Sex Marriage Debate, N.Y.L.J., Mar. 23, 2006 (with Robert Stephan Cohen).
Before Paris Burned: Race, Class, and Male Homosexuality on the Chicago South Side, 1935–1960, in CREATING A PLACE FOR OURSELVES: LESBIAN, GAY & BISEXUAL COMMUNITY HISTORIES 119 (Brett Beemyn ed., Routledge 1997).Professional Presentations
Life After Windsor: Where Are We Now?, Presentation to New York County Lawyers’ Association, Matrimonial Law Section (September 10, 2013).
Marriage Equality – The Paper Anniversary: Updates on Case Law & Developments, CLE Presentation, New York City Bar Association (June 25, 2012).
Advancing Equality Through Financial & Legal Planning, Panel Discussion, hosted by Bernstein Global Wealth Management (May 2, 2012)
Marriage Equality in New York: The New Legal Landscape for Same-Sex Couples, CLE Presentation, New York City Bar Association (November 9, 2011).
What Passage of the Marriage Equality Law Will Mean for Same-Sex Couples in New York: A Multidisciplinary Forum, CLE Presentation, New York City Bar Association (October 4, 2011).
Same-Sex Marriage in New York – What Every Practitioner Needs to Know, CLE Presentation, New York State Bar Association (September 9, 2011).
Presentation regarding (i) impact on same-sex spouses of federal Defense of Marriage Act and inconsistent recognition of same-sex marriages outside New York state, and (ii) related planning issues, New York City Bar Association, Matrimonial Law Committee (September 8, 2011).
Planning for Same-Sex & Unmarried Couples: Probate, Property & Family Law, CLE Presentation, New York City Bar Association (April 28, 2009).
Beyond Ozzie & Harriet: Representing Non-Traditional Couples in the Paterson Era, CLE Presentation, New York Law School (November 21, 2008).
Culturally Competent Lawyering for At-Risk LGBTQ Youth: Advocating Effectively in Foster Care & Juvenile Detention Systems; Chair, CLE Program, New York City Bar Association (May 15, 2008).
Love Among the DOMAs: Conflict of Law Issues Affecting New York LGBT Families & Domestic Partners; CLE Presentation, New York City Bar Association (May 22, 2007).Honors and Awards
AV Preeminent rating for “highest level of professional excellence,” Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
AV Preeminent rating for “highest level of professional excellence,” Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
New York Metro Super Lawyers 2017
New York Metro Super Lawyers 2016
New York Metro Super Lawyers 2015
New York Metro Super Lawyers 2014
New York Metro Super Lawyers 2013
New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star 2011
Arthur S. Leonard Prize 2016, New York City Bar Association career award for “tireless efforts on behalf of the LGBT community”
Selected for inaugural issue of National Law Journal’s “Trailblazers in Divorce, Trusts & Estates,” National Law Journal, 2016
New York State Bar Association, Empire State Honoree for pro bono service, 2007, 2009
Michael Banuchis is a skilled family law practitioner and seasoned litigator. He has experience in all aspects of family and matrimonial law, including divorce, property distribution, child custody, spousal support, child support, and matrimonial agreements.
Michael’s primary focus is to understand a client’s goals and work in unison with the client to achieve them. Michael prides himself on being calm under pressure and taking a measured approach in often vigorously contested divorce and custody disputes.
Prior to joining the firm, Michael was the senior associate at another New York City family law boutique, where he worked on high-conflict child custody and complex equitable distribution cases. He has been practicing family law exclusively since 2012. Michael has appeared in federal court in actions brought pursuant to the Hague Convention on international child abduction.
Michael received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.Admissions
Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 2009
Boston College- B.A. 2006Associations and Memberships
New York State Bar Association
Sarah’s practice includes all aspects of family law, including divorce, equitable distribution of business and financial assets, spousal and child support, contested child custody cases, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
Prior to joining Drexel LLC in November 2011, Sarah was a post-graduate legal intern at The Trust for Public Land in New York. While at Fordham Law, Sarah was Symposium Co-Editor for the Fordham Urban Law Journal.
Sarah was selected for New York Metro Super Lawyers in 2017.Admissions
New York StateEducation
Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 2011
Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A. 2005, summa cum laude, Phi Beta KappaAssociations and Memberships
New York State Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
Park Slope Civic Council, Trustee and Co-Chair of the Outreach Committee
The Berkeley Carroll School, Alumni Council Member