Curt Arnel

Curt Arnel

Brooklyn, New York

I have been practicing law for more than 25 years. I spend a lot of time reading and researching to keep current on trends and changes in the field.

In addition to being an attorney, I am also a certified public accountant (CPA). I use my financial background to your advantage in areas such as property settlements, child support and alimony.

First of all, I am a good listener. I learn more by listening than I do by speaking. I allow my clients to express themselves. Sometimes the information I need to represent a client is deeply buried. In divorce, success is dependent on the individual case. For example, in some cases I have reunited parents with children when the parent had been estranged or precluded from visitation. Once I find out what is most important to a client, I can apply a vast amount of legal knowledge and experience to achieving that result.

I am a zealous advocate. I know how to be aggressive and assertive, but I also know there are times when you don't want to be aggressive. Sometimes it is easier to go over, under or around an obstacle. I evaluate each case and choose the best course of action for my client.

It is very important to me to get the particular results my clients want. I work from early in the morning until late at night to do that. I don't ever want to find a case where I was out-prepared by another attorney. That is my commitment to you.

I am totally accessible to my clients. I welcome and encourage clients to email me so I can offer a thoughtful written reply they can receive at any time day or night. Responding by email allows me to compose my thoughts and give my clients a considered response. My clients, in turn, can print out my response for their own records and refer back to it later.

Many of my divorce clients remain close to me for years after their divorce. My mail box is clogged with Christmas cards every year. I like divorce work and the results I can obtain for clients. I appreciate the loyal and lasting relationships I develop with them.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1982
  • New Jersey, 1982
  • California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York


  • Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York
    • J.D. cum laude - 1981
  • American University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.S. cum laude - 1977
    • Major: Accounting

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Brooklyn Bar Association, Family Law Section, Co-Chair, 1987 - 1988
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Member, 1988 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Member