Kara M. Bellew
Kara M. Bellew is a partner of Rower LLC and has been practicing exclusively in the field of matrimonial and family law since 2005. She was named a Rising Star in family law by New York Super Lawyers in both 2015 and 2016. As both a seasoned litigator and a trained mediator, Kara is uniquely suited to help clients resolve their divorces in a way that is right for them.
Kara began her legal career in family law at Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services where she managed a high volume of contested matrimonial and family law cases that required her to appear before the judges of New York and Kings County on matters including orders of protection, custody/visitation, and contested divorce. Kara’s experience at Sanctuary for Families not only taught her about the complex nature of domestic violence, but also shaped her commitment to client-centered advocacy. Kara believes that all clients must be informed about each and every aspect of their cases, and strategic decisions must be made to achieve the client’s goals, not the attorney’s.
A patient and steadfast advocate for her clients, Kara recognizes that certain clients may benefit from a less adversarial process, one that is grounded in collaboration and conducted outside of a courtroom. As a mediator, Kara works with couples by helping to facilitate their communication in an effective manner and assisting them in reaching an agreement that feels fair to both of them. Kara trained in mediation at the Center for Understanding in Conflict where she participated in the intensive forty hour Working Creatively with Conflict training.
With a strong commitment to pro bono legal services and volunteerism, Kara is a member of the Legal Advisory Council and the Pro Bono Council at Sanctuary for Families. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York Women’s Bar Association, Westchester County Women’s Bar Association, and Westchester Bar Association. Kara is a 2004 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. In 2000, she earned a Master of Social Work from Boston University.