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Education

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. with a Concentration in Family Law 

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. in Psychology

Bar Admissions

Admitted to practice law in New York State

About Bryana

After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Psychology, I was torn between continuing my psychology training and pursuing a career in the law. I chose law because I wanted a career that would give me as many ways as possible for my work to have a positive impact on others. But in law school I quickly saw that many areas of law lack the personal engagement that I wanted for my career. It was not until I enrolled in my school’s Divorce Mediation Clinic that I found my passion. Serving as a divorce mediator allowed me to draw on my psychology background, engage with interpersonal relationships and practice law in a way that permitted me to have a positive influence on my clients’ lives. 

After graduation, I worked in the Matrimonial Part of the New York Supreme Court for Judge Delores J. Thomas, where I watched my Judge consistently encourage couples to find a settlement that would avoid the cost, emotional damage and loss of control involved with a full trial. After my time with the Judge, I joined a boutique matrimonial firm as a litigation associate to build my knowledge of the law. It did not take long for me to realize that litigating divorces didn’t give me the same kind of satisfaction as mediation. As a litigator, I witnessed firsthand the devastating effects—emotionally, financially and for the co-parenting relationship—that the adversarial process often causes.

Turner Divorce Mediation, P.C. was born from my frustration with the unnecessarily acrimonious, costly and drawn-out divorce litigation process. Always aware of the intense emotional turmoil often associated with adversarial proceedings, my practice focuses solely on achieving out-of-court settlements, tailor-made for each couple’s unique circumstances, through more amicable means. My goal is for every client to arrive at the other side proud of what they’ve achieved—and better prepared to venture into the next phase of their lives. 

Thank you for being in my corner today . . . All the work you’re doing for me, and your smiling presence, make the crummy parts of divorce easier to live through. And I live through it. But it would be so much harder without you.
— S.H.