Leah Tarantino Cintineo
Leah is chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department and Family Law Practice Group. She represents clients in divorce and post-divorce matters, pre-nuptial agreements, high conflict child custody litigation, and child support litigation. She also has years of experience handling divorce matters involving businesses, complex financial issues, and extensive marital estates, as well as preparing QDROs for the division of retirement assets at the completion of a divorce.
Drawing on her experience as a criminal prosecutor, Leah excels at making powerful arguments to the courts and creating strategies to help her clients reach a favorable outcome — while minimizing stress and emotional toll. A trustworthy, compassionate, and effective advocate, Leah applies a personal approach to each case and listens closely to clients to discern what is most important to them.
Leah practices in both Supreme and Family Courts throughout the Seventh Judicial District, serves on the Attorneys for Children panel for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, and is a certified collaborative divorce attorney and member of the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area (CLARA). Her insightful interpersonal skills and ability to strongly negotiate in litigated court matters or in a collaborative setting has had a positive impact on the lives of many families throughout Western New York.
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Leah is a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Matrimonial and Family Law Section, the Monroe County Bar Association and its Family Law Section, and a member of the 7th Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee. She is also a member of the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys (GRAWA), the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area (CLARA), and the Ontario County Bar Association, where she recently was President of the Association. In addition, Leah served for eight years on the Society for the Protection and Care of Children Board of Directors, including two years as Board Chair.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Leah has been selected as an Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars honoree from 2016-2023, she was the 2022 recipient of The Daily Record and Rochester Business Journal's Legal Excellence Award for Pro Bono Excellence, and is a past recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s "Forty Under 40" Award.
In addition, Leah was named to both the 2022 and 2023 Daily Record's Power 20 in Family Law list, she was the 2017 recipient of the Honorable Michael F. Dillon Attorneys for Children Award for her work advocating for children in court proceedings, and she was named a finalist for the Rochester Business Alliance ATHENA Young Professional Award in 2016. Leah was also named one of The Daily Record's Up & Coming Attorneys in 2015.