Lawrence S. Menkes P.C.

Compassionate Representation in Child Custody Cases

You want your child to be safe, healthy and happy. Larry is here to help you make sure that happens. He has experience with all types of child custody cases and will do his best to help you obtain a satisfactory custody and visitation arrangement that works well for you and your child. Larry can also help you petition the court to modify existing child custody arrangements when circumstances change.

Comprehensive Family Law Services

In addition to child custody and visitation cases, Larry also accepts cases pertaining to other family law issues, such as child support, guardianship and paternity. Whatever your legal issue may be, he will take the time to explain the applicable laws in terms you understand so that you can make the right choices.

A Dedicated, Aggressive Litigator

When litigation is required, Larry will work tirelessly to help you prepare and build a solid case. He will also be by your side through every step of the case.

Larry is currently accepting new clients in Ulster County, including Kingston, Stone Ridge and the surrounding area. If you are dealing with family law or litigation issues, Larry can help. Please contact him today to learn more about his services or to schedule your first appointment.


After a successful legal career in the corporate world of New York City, I decided to return to the practice of law in its purest and most rewarding form – where a lawyer establishes a close, one-on-one working relationship with a client who requires counseling or representation in litigation or other proceedings. On a legal landscape where too often establishing a meaningful connection with the client is lost among less important considerations, my practice is founded on the belief that the personal attention of an experienced, thoughtful and committed counselor is the key element necessary for success. I chose the beautiful Hudson Valley for my practice, where the pace of life is different, but the need for quality legal representation is just as critically important.

I am the founder and principal attorney of Lawrence S. Menkes P.C., with an office in Stone Ridge, New York serving clients in Ulster County and surrounding areas. I am an experienced litigator and family law attorney who has been advising clients for more than 35 years. I have the knowledge and skill necessary to achieve a favorable resolution of your case and to provide the guidance and support you need to protect your rights.

Experience and Education

I began my education at the State University of New York at Albany where I earned a bachelor of science in business administration and management. I then went on to Brooklyn Law School where I earned my juris doctor in 1981. I was admitted to practice in the state of New York in the following year and have been serving clients ever since.

I began my legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Henry Bramwell, U.S. District Judge in Brooklyn, New York. After gaining valuable experience in legal research, analysis, and writing, I began my career in private practice as an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates and later with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. I then joined Con Edison as Associate Counsel where I litigated and provided advice for more than 23 years.

In 2013, I founded my own firm where I currently concentrate the majority of my practice on litigation matters, ranging from environmental to business cases. I also provide family law services to individuals and families.

I am also the Ulster County Representative on the Office of Attorneys for Children Liaison Committee of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department.


I am an experienced litigator and negotiator who has advised countless clients in matters that may go to trial. I offer professional, effective counsel, and will provide a candid assessment of your case. Although litigation is not always the preferable approach, I am prepared to litigate when necessary and advisable. I have the experience to identify the best strategy for your case and will provide the high-quality legal counsel and guidance you need to achieve the best possible resolution of your legal matter.


Peer Endorsement

I have worked on custody matters with Larry. Larry goes above and beyond to represent his clients. He has a strong voice in the Courtroom and does an excellent job advocating for what his children want, even if it involves bringing petitions and motions on behalf of his clients. Sadly this is not always done and children are beyond fortunate to have Larry’s representation!!

– Rebecca Millouras-Lettre

Review of Attorney Lawrence Menkes

Attorney Lawrence Menkes is the law advocate for our young granddaughter and has been for the past three years. During this time he gained her trust and friendship as he fought to protect and ensure her well being in and out of court. He has shown remarkable endurance and unwavering focus for advocating what’s best for her. Our family is eternally grateful for his compassion, commitment and courage under relentless opposition.

– Sal and Mary Ellen

Honest and genuine

Larry definitely goes above and beyond his duties in advocating for children. He took significant time to get to know my daughter -and continues to make time for her – and makes himself available by phone and in person. Throughout a very stressful, complicated, legal process Larry stayed objective, involved and fully invested in achieving the best possible outcome for my daughter. He returns contact quickly and explains legal issues and potential solutions in easily understandable language. He de escalated stress for my family with his legal knowledge and experience, but also through his genuine concern for my daughter’s wellness. I know he has other clients but anytime I interact with him I feel like my case is his only one.

– Amy

Small Claims Case

Larry was fast and efficient in helping me with my case. He explained the process to me in terms that were easy to understand. I was pleased with the outcome of my experience and I am confident in Larry’s skill and expertise. I will be happy to refer him or work with him in the future.

– Melissa

In good hands!

Mr. Menkes is one amazing person. He is beyond great at his job but that in combination with his heart of gold, you can rest assured that you are in good hands! He went above and beyond what was required of him being my son’s law guardian and couldn’t ask for more. He answered all of my questions without hesitated and with great explanation. Thank you again and again!

– Megan

Committed and highly experienced

Mr. Menkes was our attorney in an extensive and complicated child custody litigation. His experience along with his insights were invaluable to our family. Mr. Menkes established a secure relationship with my son and was committed to advocating on my son’s behalf. He was available and responsive to all parties and took the time to get to know my son and recommend actions that were in my son’s best interests.

– Anonymous

Fantastic experience…. Won our Case!

Attorney Lawrence Menkes made us feel so comfortable throughout our entire attorney / client relationship. He worked extremely hard to make sure we had every opportunity to win our case and with his hard work we did!!! We highly recommend him.. After our case was finished we asked him to please be our attorney for any of our business needs and he accepted and it has been such an amazing relationship. Thank you again and we would love to be a recommendation anytime.

– Bentley Construction Inc. Edward DeLaura Victoria Mincello

Great lawyer.

Larry handled a difficult medico legal case for me fighting an insurance company that refused to pay for services delivered after they had agreed in writing for me to do them. He was swift, strong, and won the case.

– Dr. Richard P.

Larry is incredibly helpful

I’ve used Larry several times with my small business and he was incredibly helpful and considerate of my needs. He has assisted me with the following:

-Represented me against an onerous non-compete agreement with a former employer
-Created a contract for all my employees to sign before working with me
-Helped collect monies owed from clients who refused to pay.

He’s fast, responds within 24 hours and gets right down to it. He’s ruthless (in a kind and great way!) He is very has a strong moral compass which I really appreciated.

– Courtney J.


I have been helping clients protect their interests inside and outside of the courtroom for more than three and and a half decades. I am prepared to answer your questions, explain your options, and craft a personalized legal strategy that meets your needs. Contact me today to schedule a consultation

3908 Atwood Road
P.O. Box 164
Stone Ridge, NY 12484

Call: 845-687-6205
Fax: 845-687-6205