Barbara  Handschu
Attorney at Law
Mayerson Stutman, Buffalo, NY

Barbara Handschu is engaged in a trial and appellate practice throughout the State of New York with offices in Buffalo and New York City. She is Special Counsel to Mayerson Stutman, LLP. Her practice is limited to family law cases. In the field of family law, Ms. Handschu has gained recognition in custody litigation and complex trial work. She has lectured and written extensively in the area of geographic relocation (whether a parent may move a child intrastate, interstate or out of the country) and custody jurisdiction. Ms. Handschu is the Immediate Past-President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She served as a Vice President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for five years. A founding Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and founding Fellow of the IAML, Ms. Handshu has been active in many organized bar association activities. Ms. Handschu was the President of the New York Chapter of the AAML and a past-chair of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. She has been a Delegate-at-Large on the national Board of Governors for the Academy and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Academy Journal, sitting on the Editorial Board since its inception. She previously chaired the Academy’s Special Concerns of Children Committee and has worked with that Committee in formulating AAML Standards for Representing Children and the AAML Model Relocation Act and has recently been appointed as an observer to NCCUSI’s drafting Committee on Standards for Representing Children. She is a past Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Custody Committee of the Family Law Section. For the past 18 years she has taught at the ABA Advanced Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute and is co-chair of the program and she is recognized and listed in Who’s Who of American Law and “Best Lawyers in America”. She received her B.A. from NYU, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Barbara earned her law degree from the University of Michigan and to this day is an avid Michigan football fan.