Leyla Kiosse counsels and represents clients on all matters related to matrimonial and family law. She began practicing as an associate with the Law Office of Margaret C. Tabak in 2006 and became a partner in January 2011. Prior to that, Leyla was the Law Clerk to the Honorable David E. Christensen in the Fifth Judicial District in Pipestone, Minnesota. Leyla is admitted to practice in New York and South Dakota.
Leyla is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) accredited by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. As a CDFA, Leyla helps her clients understand the financial realities of a divorce or separation by evaluating each client’s current financial situation and identifying the short-term and long-term effects of dividing assets and debts.
A cum laude graduate of Albany Law School (2005), Leyla received the Dorothy S. Hartman Scholarship and was awarded the Mat-Law prize upon graduation. Leyla earned her BA from Union College (2000), where she received department honors for Philosophy and the Frankel Award for academic excellence in the study of religion.
Leyla is a member of the Albany County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Capital District Women’s Bar Association (CDWBA). Leyla has served as a member of the Board of Directors for CDWBA (2011-2015) and as the Chair of the CDWBA Small and Solo Practitioner’s Committee (2011-2015).
Leyla is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY), which is an organization of 4,000+ members consisting of men and women from the bench and bar throughout the state. In 2015, Leyla was elected to serve as the Treasurer of WBASNY, which was the first time in thirteen years that an attorney from the Capital District was elected to hold office at the state level. Leyla is also the former Co-Chair of the WBASNY Legislation Committee (2012-2015), which is tasked with reviewing, circulating and drafting proposed legislation on both the State and Federal level.
Leyla enjoys giving back to the community and dedicates time to pro-bono legal work. Leyla’s professionalism and contributions to the community were recognized in 2010 when she was awarded the Outstanding New Lawyer Award from the Capital District Women’s Bar Association.
Leyla currently resides in her hometown of Guilderland with her husband (Levi). In her free time, she enjoys golf, fitness, the outdoors, and travel. A globetrotter at heart, Leyla has traveled throughout Europe and spent several years touring the United States on her motorcycle.