Louisa, the newest partner to join Rower LLC, is no stranger to handling high stress, high conflict, high-stakes situations. Louisa’s first job after college graduation was working with mentally ill inmates at Rikers Island, New York’s largest jail complex. Upon graduating with honors from New York Law School, Louisa worked as an Assistant District Attorney at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office handling misdemeanor and felony cases.
Transitioning to family law, Louisa first practiced matrimonial law in a boutique Manhattan firm and then joined her family’s Queens-based law firm, DeRose & Surico. While her practice focuses on matrimonial and family law matters, the thorough knowledge of, and experience in complex transactional real estate law that Louisa gained at DeRose & Surico helps Rower’s clients find solutions to the many real estate issues that often crop up in divorce matters.
Louisa trained as a litigator, but having recognized that settling divorces and related issues outside of the courtroom can often be in a family’s best interests, Louisa trained as a mediator at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is as adept at helping her mediation clients collectively work towards making the best choices for their future, as she is fighting for her clients’ rights in the courtroom.
Outside of her professional activities and spending time with her husband and two children, Louisa is a volunteer at Hearts and Bones Rescue, where she helps to rescue shelter dogs and find them loving homes, and is also active at her son’s public school.
The Divorce Process
Louisa explains the uncontested divorce process.