Hélène Carvallo

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
- Robert H. Schuller
"Il ne faut pas toujours tourner la page, il faut parfois la déchirer." - Achille Chavée
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”Having a transnational family draws me closer
to the challenges my transnational clients experience."

About Hélène Carvallo

Hélène Carvallo is a French attorney and mediator residing in New York, dedicated to international family affairs. Admitted to the Paris and New York bars with extensive binational legal practice, Ms.Carvallo is honored to be a legal adviser for the Consulate General of France in New York and a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.

“My goal is to help families to recover from critical times  by guaranteeing them the resources they need to focus their energy on rebuilding happy and balanced lives.”

Through the years Hélène has developed a multilingual international practice, focusing in Matrimonial & Family Law and Estate Planning – Anticipation, Litigation and Settlement – involving cross-border couples and international families.

Within her scope of services are prenuptial and postnuptial agreements or ‘contrats de mariage’, cross-border separation and divorce, support, division of assets, domestic violence and order of protection, child custody and visitation rights, relocation cases or the enforcement of foreign orders in New York.

“I’m committed to deliver informed, considerate, and prompt responses to the queries of my clients, ensuring their needs are met with the highest level of expertise and care.

Over the years Hélène has also worked as co-counsel on several child abduction cases.

“Though court litigation may be necessary, I seek to encourage settlement and mediation.”

Hélène has volunteered for the Brooklyn Legal Aid Society and offers monthly pro bono consultations at the Consulate General of France in New York.

She is an active member of several international professional associations, notably the IAFL (International Academy of Family Lawyers), and the UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats), as well as New York and American associations, notably the New York State Bar Association, New York Women’s Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Professional Organizations Memberships

Resume

Hélène Carvallo

Attorney-at-Law

Experience

Since 2023

IAFL - International Academy of Family Lawyers

Fellow

UIA - Union Internationale des Avocats

Member

Since 2022

BRIDGE - Network of International and Intercultural Mediators

Founding member 

Since 2021

Avocat-Conseil

Since 2018

FAAN - French American Attorneys Network

Co-Founder, Member 

A network of international professional lawyers with expert local and international knowledge. Our lawyers provide top-tier advice and client service.

Since 2016

Founder

 French-American boutique firm devoted to family law based in New York City, focused on international practice for married and unmarried couples in all areas of family law, including cross border estate planning and inheritance cases.

Conferences

Hélène Carvallo highlights that her pro-bono participation in such forums are strictly educational and by no means constitutes endorsements.  She has no political affiliations. According to her schedule, Hélène is open to speaking engagements and considers conferences, interviews etc, as wonderful opportunities to serve all groups in the French community.

2024

CONFERENCE AT THE GENERAL CONSULATE OF FRANCE Conférence sur la médiation familiale internationale

 Relationship Status: Complicated. Using Mediation to Improve your Co-Parenting in International Parenting Disputes.

New York, NY

2023

SALON FRENCH MORNING

S’expatrier en famille, les impacts juridique.

New York, NY

Conférence de l'UIA

Parental Alienation – Is it Mandatory to be a Good Gatekeeper? 

Rome, IT

2022

Professional Identity in U.S. Public Interest and Private Sector Practice

University of California – BERKELEY

SALON FRENCH MORNING

S’expatrier en famille, les impacts juridique.

New York, NY

New York, NY

2021

SALON FRENCH MORNING

S’expatrier en famille, les impacts juridiques

New York, NY

April & May
CONFERENCES ON DIVORCE ABROAD during French Elections.

Les 12 manières de se protéger aux Etats-Unis

2020

SALON FRENCH MORNING

S’expatrier en famille, les impacts juridiques

New York, NY

2019

CONFERENCES AT THE GENERAL CONSULATE OF FRANCE IN NY

DIP expert panel de difficultés liées aux divorces internationaux

2018

CONFERENCES AT THE GENERAL CONSULATE OF FRANCE IN NY

2017

CONFERENCES AT THE GENERAL CONSULATE OF FRANCE IN NY

ACCUEIL BOSTON/ CONFERENCE BOSTON

Protection des enfants et des biens en cas de décès

Admitted to the Bar of

New York State

Paris

U.S.Eastern District of New York

Education

2022

CBFM

MiKK Cross-border Family Mediation Advance Training (50 hours)- Berlin

2021-2022

IFOMENE - The Institute for Training in Mediation and Negotiation

Diploma of international and intercultural mediation, Ifomène, Paris.

2021

IBF - Institute of Business & Finance

2020

STEP - The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Advanced Certificate in Cross-Border Estates (with merit).

2005 - 2007

University of California Berkeley (U.S.)

LL.M. (Master of Laws) in American Law & International Law
B.A. in International and Area Studies, Diploma in Peace and Conflict Resolution 
2001 - 2002

University Paris XII – Créteil (France)

DESS (Postgraduate Diploma) in Humanitarian Intervention and Administration of non governmental organizations, created by Rony Brauman.

1996 - 2001

University Paris XI - Sceaux & University Paris II – Assas (France)

Maîtrise (J.D. equivalent) in International Law

Paris High Institute for Legal Translation (I.S.I.T.), Paris

Diploma in International Legal Translation (British & Spanish),

British & Spanish Chambers of Commerce

Diplomas in Business English and Spanish

Languages

French,English,Spanish & Portuguese 

Expertise

Anticipation

Prenuptial and Postnuptial agreements, Contrats de mariage, Will drafting, Advice and consultation on specific client concerns.

Litigation

Spousal support, Equitable distribution,
Divorce, Child custody and support, Relocation, Orders of protection

Settlement

Family Mediation, Alternative methods to foster peaceful resolution of conflict.

ADR – mediation, settlement conferences, neutral evaluation, and arbitration, etc.



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