As Senior Associate Attorney, mediator, and restorative and transformative justice practitioner, Andy Izenson brings a varied skillset, radical compassion, and an anti-oppression focus to engage with family, community, and organizational conflict.
Andy is a passionate advocate and educator around alternative family law and family creation, gender and sexuality, and restorative and transformative justice. This advocacy extends both to education work, including cultural competency trainings for legal professionals, consent and communication workshops at high schools and colleges, and extensive alternative justice system education across the country, as well as to direct services work as an attorney, mediator, consultant, and practitioner of restorative and transformative justice.
In Andy’s legal work, they are most passionate about supporting family creation and communication by aiding clients with family agreements, assisted reproduction technology work, and estate planning and advance directives. Andy is also a mediator and practitioner of collaborative divorce and separation, and assists families in restructuring peacefully and compassionately. Andy is a dedicated member of the LGBTQI Family Professionals of New York, the NYC chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, the selective Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association, and the Family and Matrimonial Law Committee of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.
Andy speaks and educates nationwide on these topics, including at New York State Bar Association, the Family and Divorce Mediation Council, the LGBT Bar Association Conference, the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, Creating Change, Skidmore College, Columbia University, New York University, Rutgers University, Cooper Union College, Yale Law School, and Harvard Law School. Andy’s writing has been published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, on the Yes Means Yes Blog, and in 24 Magazine, Sibling Rivalry Press, and the Advocate.