Leah Tarantino Cintineo
Issues of divorce, custody and child support are complex and often tumultuous for the parties involved. For Leah Cintineo, this is the challenge and the reward of Family Law. Leah creates multiple strategies to help clients negotiate favorable outcomes and minimize their stress as much as possible. She is a trustworthy, sensitive and effective advocate for clients who are often facing the most difficult times in their lives.
Leah focuses her practice on family and matrimonial law. This includes divorces and post-divorce matters, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, child custody litigation and child support litigation. Leah serves on the "Attorneys for Children" panel for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, representing children in both Supreme and Family Court cases. She is certified as a collaborative divorce attorney and is a member of Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area (C.L.A.R.A.). Her insightful people skills and ability to negotiate has had a positive impact on the lives of the families she serves.
Before joining Underberg & Kessler, Leah worked as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Fairfax County, Virginia. As a criminal prosecutor, she handled matters ranging from traffic offenses and DWI to violent felonies such as robberies and child sex crimes. She engaged in plea negotiations, argued motions, and conducted preliminary hearings, bench trials, and jury trials on a weekly basis.
While at the Commonwealth's office, Leah also prosecuted cases in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She received training in domestic violence and working with domestic violence victims, and is certified in forensic child interviewing for child sex cases. Additionally, Leah has handled appeals and argued at the New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Department and Supreme Court of Virginia.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Leah is the chair of the Board of Directors for Society for Protection and Care of Children (SPCC). She serves as Vice President of the Ontario County Bar Association's Executive Committee. Leah is Co-Chair to the Board of Directors of the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys (GRAWA). She is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association and serves on their Family Law Counsel.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Leah is a recipient of the 2017 Honorable Michael F. Dillon Attorneys for Children Award, signifying vigorous advocacy on behalf of children. She was also included in the 2016-2019 groups of Upstate New York Super Lawyer “Rising Stars”. This group represents the top 2.5% of lawyers who are under 40 years old or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. In addition, Leah was named one of the Daily Record's 2015 Up & Coming Attorneys, an award that recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated a significant commitment and contribution to the legal profession early in their careers. In 2019, Leah was a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award. This award recognizes men and women, under the age of 40, who have achieved professional success and who have also made significant civic contributions to the community.