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Amy Lynn Sauter

Divorce and separation Attorney at Hackensack, NJ

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1984
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Pescatore & Sauter, LLC
60 Court Street, Suite 3
Hackensack, NJ, 07601

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4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Lynn | July 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The right attorney is key....
They say divorce is ugly, daunting and overwhelming, all true! That is why having the right attorney is key. My choice to have Amy Sauter of Pescatore and Sauter represent me is what helped get me through my extremely difficult and contentious divorce. Amy Sauter is experienced, well respected, patient, empathetic towards her client's concerns and compassionate. She is measured in her approach, yet aggressive when the situation calls for it. If you are contemplating divorce and want to speak with an attorney who will walk with you through the entire process, you owe it yourself and your future to set up a consultation with Amy Sauter. Amy will personally handle your divorce with the same devotion and dedication from start to finish. She will do what it takes to get you through the process. Whether it be an email or phone call or a last minute meeting, Amy will never leave you feeling abandoned. You and your case are her priority and she and her team will reassure you and put you at ease during the many stressful and difficult times. Amy is very conscious not to have you spend your money needlessly. Her goal is to resolve matters as quickly and efficiently as possible with the least economic impact. Sometimes, this is not always possible but it is her first choice. Her patience and attention to detail is so valuable, especially when having to explain the divorce process and all the legal issues. This is so needed to help you stay educated, focused and ultimately divorced with the best possible outcome. Divorce is absolutely awful! There is nothing easy or nice about the process. I could not imagine going through it without Amy by my side.
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Posted by Catherine | February 17, 2017
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Excellent Attorney, I highly recommend!
Amy is an excellent attorney, always working in the best interest of her clients. I hired her days before beginning a lengthy custody trial, she was well prepared and successful during the entire process. After dealing with several attorneys, I can say Amy is extremely knowledge in her field, and has a admirable level of integrity. I highly recommend her to anyone who is facing a involvement in a family law matter.
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Posted by Lawrence | January 12, 2017
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An Amazing Advocate
Amy was the most wonderful attorney I could have ever asked for. When I was served with the divorce papers I was utterly stunned and in shambles. I did not know what to do or where to turn. After I had a consultation with Amy (on the recommendation of several friends themselves attorneys) I felt like I could breath again. At that very first meeting Amy outlined a plan for moving forward. We highlighted what was important to me, what goals I had, what compromises I would be willing to make, and thus even though I felt like my divorce began with me on the back foot, it soon felt very manageable and under control. Amy handled everything from start to finish like a superstar. She was always well prepared, available to answer my (often numerous calls), and she was not once stumped by the judge or the other attorney. From that very first meeting I placed my faith in her and it was repaid one hundred times over. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone (and certainly have been)!
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2015
Honesty and integrity
Over the course of a 5 year custody dispute, I have learned much about Amy Sauter and Family Court. I hope this information can help others seeking representation. It has been a steep learning curve and often a bumpy ride, but one thing has remained constant, Amy's heartfelt concern for my childs well being. I didn't know how important this quality would become in an environment of hyperbole, treachery and conflict. Combined with the many grey areas and seemingly arbitrary nature of Family Court, Amy's commitment to my child proved to be the most important factor in a positive outcome that has maintained a father daughter relationship amidst a constant barrage of accusation and poor behavior. When I felt pressured, panicked and pushed to respond in kind, Amy's council that truth patience and moral integrity was not only the proper course in court, but was the only beneficial way to move forward in my relationship with my child. While other attorneys came to court full of bravado, false accusations and righteousness in an attempt to confuse the court where facts are few and innuendo is rampant, Amy was always fully prepared with copious notes, polite and kind to everyone, and at times even appeared anxious about the impending proceedings. The juxtaposition was obvious and often misinterpreted by a courthouse full of handshakers and fakers, but not by the judges. Amy's demeanor was is a result of her intense concern to get it right, knowing the great responsibility she held for her client and child's future. I'm sure every judge we went before was well aware of her deep concern and was not fooled by accusations wrapped in confidence. On the occasion that a judge had to decide on the information put forth and the results seemed unfair, I would engage in heated discussions with Amy about how to proceed. The peanut gallery would say you have to fight dishonesty with dishonesty, low blow with low blow, bluster with bluster. Amy would not compromise, not primarily because of her great personal integrity, but rather her knowledge that it was a temporary advantage for our advisary on a long road that would eventually reveal all participants intentions. She never played to my temporary outbursts even at the cost of losing a client. While other attorneys might follow a clients demands to maintain a business relationship, Amy always held her ground with me, even in the most difficult times, to help me find the right path for my child. And when she felt it was crucial to the overall disposition of our goals, and necessary to defend our integrity, Amy would become surprisingly strong, aggressive, and even angry expressing her displeasure to the court. She innately knew when this was appropriate and its impact on the court was far greater when used sparingly. Amy left no stone unturned and always advised to be proactive to guard against surprises and confront what , at the time may have been seen as insignificant, problem behavior. The documentation became a resource that could prove invaluable later. My advisary's stated intentions to force a resolution by breaking me financially was always a concern. There is a cost to being thorough but Amy's billing was always completely documented and fair minded. If you build a house and hire the lowest builder your roof might leak. What happens to your relationship with your child when you hire a lawyer who instead of preparedness, relies on courtroom antics? Or in an effort to save money leaves a matter deemed worthy, but not at the moment, undocumented. Amy is a credit to her profession and a true defender of what most in the courthouse claim to be but are not, your child. The office at Sauter and Pescatore is occupied by like minded people whose concern is most evident on the difficult days heading into court. Although i always felt everyone's concern and support, I must point out that one, in particular, had words and a way that helped me greatly to focus and relax.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2014
A truly outstanding attorney, perhaps the best divorce lawyer in Bergen County
I came to Amy in shambles. My previous attorney was terrible and had screwed up my case to the point that I thought I would completely lose custody of my child and be forced to give up my home and everything I had worked for. Amy fought tooth and nail in this uphill battle. She handled the case aggressively, she handled it compassionately, and ultimately, she earned me a result I never thought possible. Amy came recommended to me by numerous people in the area. She was there for me whenever I would call, she would explain every option, every proceeding, and was also there to talk me down from the ledge several times when I thought I was losing it. I completely disagree with any reviewers that say she was unprepared! She would walk me through every hearing, she would stay at the office late to meet with me when I would finish work, and would even call me back late at night or on weekends if a custody issue arose. Because of Amy I now have a wonderful relationship with my daughter, and my child support and alimony obligations are completely reasonable and manageable. I would recommend Amy to anyone and everyone. Her fees are reasonable, especially considering that she is truly an amazing attorney (and charges less than comparable attorneys in the area). It is also worth mentioning that she worked with me on my bill, regularly lowering it when I would have a bad month (I work in sales). I am forever grateful for Amy and her staff (specifically Diane and Michelle). My life wouldn't be the same had it not been for them.
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Posted by Steve | April 2, 2013
An Attorney with a Real Heart
If you are looking for a family attorney that really cares then look no further than Amy Sauter and her staff. I was looking for any attorney to help me with a child custody dispute. Amy came recommended to me by a friend. She was my 5th attorney and accomplished so much more than all of them put together. Her and her team of workers are knowledgeable, friendly, hardworking, and they will treat you like family, your problem will become their problem. They will work 110% to make sure you get what you deserve or what you are fighting for. She will bring to the table her many of years of experience to work for you. She is a little expensive, but remember you get what you pay for. I am so glad that I chose Amy, I just wish that I found her sooner and maybe I could have actually saved money in the long run, not to mention all the stress and headaches too! Together we accomplished what my other attorneys could not do, and what others said would never happen! Put your faith in Amy like I did and you will be so glad that you did.
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Posted by James | October 11, 2012
Top Attorney in her field.
I hired Amy Sauter to represent me in my divorce & the custody of my two young children. This was a complicated and long case. Amy and her staff did a fantastic job. I have recommended her to several family & friends. Amy still represents me whenever I have legal issues. She saved my family.
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2012
Great Attorney!
Amy was helpful, knowledgeable and always there to answer questions. She kept my best interest in mind and worked with the adversary very well. She was well spoken in court and was sensitive to my issues. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Sara | October 9, 2012
A very good advocate. Strongly recommended.....
Amy Sauter was recommended to me by a friend, and it could not have worked out better. She is very knowledgeable, got back to me very quickly when I had any questions, and was very easy to communicate with. She has been professional and looked after my best interests. Working with her has been a smooth process. Her staff in the office were also very nice to deal with. I would certainly recommend her services. I am sincerely thankful someone recommended her to me.
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Posted by Diane | April 26, 2012
Highly recommended attorney!
I was referred to Amy Sauter by at least three people in the Bergen County area. She came highly recommended as a divorce attorney. I went to see her for my consultation and she assured me that she would help me get what I wanted in a cost efficient way. Although my husband and his attorney had no intention of giving me anything I asked for, Amy fought for me and helped me settle my case quickly and fairly. I am very happy with my settlement thanks to my attorney! I highly recommend Amy Sauter.
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Posted by Don | March 16, 2012
The right direction
For 4 years Amy Sauter has stood by my daughter and I, because I've needed her to. I've needed to save, restore, and develop my relationship with my special needs daughter since her birth because of constant bad faith opposition. I needed protection during 3 trials – a restraining order attempt, a name change attempt, and 4 years of ongoing custody issues all facing the same single opposition (using different angles as the system allowed her to) which has attempted to take away the time my child shares with me. That opposition has used 4 separate attorneys in her attempts. 5 different judges have needed to be involved – who have appointed 3 different PCs, many evaluators, and an outstanding Guardian Ad Litem. And, no matter what help this seemingly unending evaluation process gave to my daughter and I, the opposition kept fighting against it, and in continuing violation of the dozens of court orders that needed to be written. Through all this complication, Amy needed to find a way that the truth could be heard to ultimately dismiss the restraining order, to save the name I share with my daughter, and to progressively increase our time together, and even to assure that my daughter could get the best education available to her – also met with vicious opposition. Amy made sure that my daughter's life, and mine together with her, is facing the right direction. I never thought I'd need this kind of help and protection in my life or this emotional mess – I'll always be grateful for Amy being there for us, with Diane and Amy's entire staff, guiding me through it. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Totally Unprepared
I had three different attorney's during my divorce and she was the worse by far. During a hearing she was actually asking me what questions she should ask the witness. Was totally unprepared. To add insult to injury tried to double charge for her time. Due to her I missed 3 months with my children despite a court order saying I should have them every other week. Was prepared to offer less time with my children than a court order that was already in place. Once I changed attorneys their first course of action was to fix the mess created by Amy by reinstating an order that was already in place. In my opinion I would stay away from her at all cost.
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Response from Amy Sauter March 2, 2017
Dear Anonymous, I have read your review and would like to respond to same accordingly. Since you have chosen to remain anonymous, I cannot respond specifically based on your case. However, I always ask my clients what questions they would like me to ask during a hearing so that they can have input and be involved. This by no means makes me unprepared. Additionally, I would never double charge for my time. I believe my bills are fair and if you had a problem with my bill you should have come to me to discuss your issues and I would work with you to come to a resolution instead of posting anonymously on a website. Again, not knowing the real situation puts me at a disadvantage in responding to your accusations. Had you come to me personally, we could have worked out these issues. I pride myself on treating people fairly. Amy Sauter
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  • Hourly Rates $ 395-395 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)


  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981


  • Bergen County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Chair
  • 1999 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Amy
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy is a great attorney and person."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy is a very knowledgeable family law attorney. She strongly advocates for her client and represents herself before the court in a very professional manner."
Family Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have just finished a case with Amy. She is knowlegeable and practical. She advocated for her client and also advised him what the law was and allowed him to make his own decisions where he was willing to be more generous to my client and pushed back where he was not. We finished the entire divorce quickly and amicably as the parties wanted it done. The paperwork was prepared and exchanged promptly and both of our clients were satisfied with the process."
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Hackensack Divorce and separation Lawyer Amy Lynn Sauter
Amy Lynn Sauter
Divorce and separation Attorney
Hackensack, NJ
Licensed for 39 years