Beatrice Leong has practiced exclusively in the field of divorce and family law since her admittance to the New York State bar in 2014.
A divorcee herself, she understands and empathizes with clients who are working through the traumatic, emotional and devastating process of divorce and family conflict.
Beatrice started her career at respected matrimonial and family law firms in Queens and Manhattan, where she gained practical experience from seasoned litigators. She was first an associate attorney at Plaine & Katz LLP, a firm headed by members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Beatrice was also associated with Parmet & Zhou LLC & Kleyman Law Firm.
Beatrice advises her clients in an efficient manner, so they can focus on
achieving their goals for a new start in life.
Beatrice currently serves as the Vice President of Programs and Operations of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, an association with nearly 2,000 active members.
In addition to serving on the Executive Board of AABANY, she volunteers every month at a pro bono clinic and organizes free panels and educational programs for low income individuals.
While in law school, she worked as a volunteer at the local family court, where she helped low income individuals obtain pro se divorces, child support applications, and other family matters. She also served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association andthe Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Society. Beatrice obtained legal experience through internships with prestigious government agencies- the Connecticut State's Attorney Office, Attorney General's Office as well as the Fire Department of New York.
Beatrice is a trusted source for other attorneys. She has presented several Continuing Legal Education programs to fellow lawyers and the public on Matrimonial and Family Law Fundamentals, pre-divorce planning, and careers in divorce law.
University of Connecticut School of Law, Juris Doctor
SUNY Binghamton, English Literature & Rhetoric and Asian & Asian American Studies
AWARDS & HONORS:
AABANY Member of the Year Award- 2019-2020
American Bar Association, Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy Alumni, 2019
AABANY Program of the Year Award- 2020-2021
Rising Stars- 2021, 2022
AABANY Committee of the Year Award, 2021- 2022
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association- 2023 Best Lawyers Under 40 across the US
- Board of Directors: Vice President of Programing of Operations 2022-present
- Board of Directors: Membership Director 2019-2022
- Committee Co-Chair: Government, Service and Public Interest 2017-2019
NYS Bar Association – Family Law Section
Queens County Bar Association- Family Law Committee
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association - Co-Chair of Solo and Small Firm Network, 2021- present
Queens County Community Board 6 Member- 2022- present. Appointed by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Co-Chair of Consumer Affairs/Economic Development/Small Business
LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS:
Divorce Law Presentation, CLE- AABANY Fall Conference- Fordham Law School, September 2017
Brief Primer on Divorce and Family Law CLE, AABANY Fall Conference September 2018
Access to Justice, Legal Needs, and APA Communities, Cardozo Law School, January 2019
Course on Divorce and Family Law, OCA Women's Conference, April 28, 2019
How to Interview Clients in Family and Divorce Matters, CLE, AABANY Fall Conference- Fordham Law School, September 2019
Podcast: Featured on NPR Marketplace’s "
A Career in Law, Align US October 2020
A Career in Law, Binghamton University- November 2020
Family Law Careers Presentation, John Jay College- December 2020
Podcast: Featured on Real Simple Magazine's "Money Confidential: How to Ask for a Prenup Without Offending Your Partner" July 2021
Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society Annual Conference- Family Law, Binghamton University, February 2022
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention- Mind Over Matter: Shifting Your Mindset from Self Employed to Business Owner, November 2022
Beatrice speaks Cantonese Chinese.
Beatrice is a born and raised New Yorker, and lives in Queens with her second husband, Brendan.
Beatrice lived with her beloved cat, Gilly, for 12.5 years. Gilly went to heaven on December 26, 2022.
OF COUNSEL & STAFF
CHRISTOPHER BAE, ESQ.
Christopher Bae is a seasoned trial attorney and compassionate lawyer. He previously served for seven years as an Assistant District Attorney at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. He was responsible for the vertical prosecution of a variety of felony matters including attempted murders, gun possessions, robberies, burglaries, and grand larcenies. In the Appeals Bureau, he honed his persuasive writing skills, and focused on substantive and procedural issues raised in both Queens Supreme Court as well as in the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. He conducted legal research, drafted persuasive motions and briefs, and argued matters on appeal. In addition to his writing skills, spent years in the Courtroom where he handled arraignments, conducted hearings, argued pre-trial motions, and took both bench and jury trials to verdict.
He currently serves as the Director for KACE Legal Services where he oversees their monthly pro bono clinic for the Korean American community in the greater New York area. He was a candidate for New York City Council District 19, which covers Northeast Queens.
His unique experience with victims of crime and violence provide our Family Law and Divorce clients strong advocacy and insight.
EUNICE GRACE OCLARIT-VIOLAN
Eunice is talented and organized law professional who assists Attorney Leong in daily client management, legal research, and document drafting.
Victor has been employed as a paralegal of Attorney Leong since January 2022. Victor handles administrative tasks and document preparation.
Beloved Cat & Constant Companion
May 2010 to December 2022