Polina M. Dostalik


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Polina M. Dostalik
Polina M. Dostalik

Polina Dostalik is an associate in the firm’s Family Law, Securities Law and Commercial Litigation practices.

As a member of the firm’s Family Law practice, Polina has devoted herself to solving her client’s matrimonial problems.  She believes strongly that the lawyer and client must work as a team so that the client fully understands each step of the process and its significance to the outcome. Polina represents clients in all stages of family law litigation, arbitration, and mediation, including but not limited to: divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child custody, child support, visitation, paternity, marital agreements and separation agreements, dissolution of civil unions and domestic partnerships, palimony, and domestic violence actions. From the filing of the Complaint for Divorce through post-judgment issues, she zealously represents her clients with a keen sensitivity to the emotional considerations unique to the family law client. Since 2010, Polina has volunteered with the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project, representing victims of domestic violence.

Polina also focuses on international and interstate family law.  She has served clients in a wide range of cases in signatory countries to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.  Her expertise ranges from crafting enforceable, multi-jurisdictional agreements to managing complex international parental abduction matters, implicating international treaty law and global law enforcement.  Of note, she successfully represented the left-behind father, in the repatriation of his minor daughters back to Spain.

In the Securities sphere, Polina focuses in litigation involving brokerage firms and registered representatives before federal and state courts, and self-regulatory organizations. Her practice is primarily devoted to defending broker-dealers and registered representatives in customer-initiated arbitrations before self-regulatory organizations such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against allegations of fraud, misrepresentation, unsuitability, unauthorized trading, and churning in the purchase and sale of securities. Polina has also assisted clients in regulatory proceedings and investigations before FINRA, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state regulatory authorities.  On an individual level, she has successfully expunged securities registration records of financial advisors and other registered representatives employed by FINRA-member firms throughout the country.

Polina also represents individual clients and business organizations in commercial litigation before state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York. Her representation has focused on contract disputes, negotiations, consumer fraud litigation, business torts, and commercial real estate matters.  In the premises liability area, Polina provides her clients with a skilled, aggressive defense against premises liability claims for injuries sustained on private property.  She brings her creativity and belief that meticulous preparation is the key to success to both negotiation and court work.

A magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School, Polina was an Executive Editor of the New York Law School Law Review. The Law Review published her Note entitled Embryo "Adoption"? The Rhetoric, the Law, and the Legal Consequences. As a member of the NYLS Domestic Violence Project, she advocated on behalf of battered women in New York family courts.

Polina received her undergraduate degree with high honors in English and Political Science from Rutgers University. She is an alumna of the summer associate program at Bressler, Amery & Ross.

Polina is fluent in Russian.

  • Recipient of the ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award, 2014