Kathryn S. Lazar


Born: Rochester, New York

Reed College, B.A.
Cornell Law School, J.D. cum laude

Admitted to Practice:
New York State
U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts

Current Affiliations:
Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce Association – Founder and Chair of Training
President, Mid-Hudson Divorce and Family Mediation Center, Inc.
Advanced Practitioner, Association for Conflict Resolution
International Association of Collaborative Professionals

Community Activities:
Board Member, Poughkeepsie Day School, 1990 – 2002
Board Member, Grace Smith House, (battered women’s shelter) 1981-1984
Board Member, East Fishkill Zoning Board, 1996 – 2001
Dutchess County Ethics Committee Member, 1982-1992
Dutchess County Bar Association Grievance Committee Member, 1982-1991

Battered Women’s Law Project 1977
Dutchess County Dispute Resolution Center 1982
Mid-Hudson Divorce and Family Mediation Center 1981
Collaborative Divorce Team of the Hudson Valley 2001
which is now know as the Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce and Dispute Resolution Association

Kathryn S. Lazar co-founded Lazar and Schwartz in 1984, after working at Legal Services for four years, serving as Assistant County Attorney handling child abuse cases and being in private practice with Laura Zeisel. After living all over the country, Kathryn settled in the Hudson Valley after finishing law school along with Robert Schwartz, her law partner and husband.

Kathryn’s many personal interests include a commitment to raising money to fight breast cancer, and she regularly walks in the 39.3 mile Avon Breast Cancer fundraisers. Her primary professional focus is conflict resolution in the family arena. She has devoted the last decade to facilitating the growth of the Collaborative Divorce movement in the Hudson Valley.