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Kathryn Ann Gilbert

Divorce and separation Attorney at Hackensack, NJ

4.9   37 reviews

also known as Kathy Gilbert

  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 38 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 37 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kathryn

Learn Kathryn’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%
    All aspects of Divorce including litigation, and collaborative services.

    37 years

  2. Mediation
    30%
    All aspects of mediation for families including divorce, separation, alimony, child support, custody, visitation and property and debt distribution. Certified as a professional mediator by NJ Court Rule since 2006.

    32 years

  3. Uncontested divorce
    30%
    All aspects of an uncontested divorce at reasonable prices.

    37 years

  4. Family
    10%
    All aspects of family law including alimony, custody, visitation, child support, prenuptial agreements, adoption and property division.

    37 years

My practice is focused solely on family and divorce issues. I will help you determine which process, litigation, mediation or collaboration is right for you. We will work together to obtain the best and most cost efficient result for you.

Cost for attorney prepared uncontested Divorce papers for $.*

* all issues resolved between the parties.

Location

Kathryn A. Gilbert,Esq.
55 State Street
Hackensack, NJ, 07601

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  37 customer reviews
Posted by Seema | August 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I choose to hire Ms Gilbert after meeting with 8 other lawyers. I choose her because of her patience and approach to the issue with compassion. She didn’t drag anything to make her hours, a rare find. She approached the matter very professionally for a quick amicable conclusion. I hope no one should need a divorce lawyer but if you do need one she is the right person to go to.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2019
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Would highly recommend
I did not know much about prenuptial agreements and was intimidated by the process. Kathy was knowledgeable, helpful, experienced and professional. She truly had my best interests in mind. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a good lawyer.
Posted by Jeff | August 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent work!
This is twice I needed Kathy's help, once for a divorce and now to close on the purchase of a house. Each time, with the help of her paralegal Sandy, she guided me through the process. They were always there to answer my questions and provide advice. They handles any issues, in each case, professionally before the issue becoming difficult. Thanks!
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2018
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A very professional, honest and collaborative experience
I hired Kathy as my defense attorney to represent me in the divorce case and it was a very professional, honest and collaborative experience. Based on the excellent reviews for Kathy on avvo, I took an appointment with her assistant and walked into her office in a confused state of mind as I was not sure how to approach the divorce notice served to me by my spouse’s attorney. I had a million questions in my mind and was struggling to frame them as I was going through a traumatic experience. Kathy made me comfortable by asking few questions to understand my case and soon I realize that I got thought partner who I can work with during the divorce process. I have listed some of the professional strengths of Kathy below that I had experienced firsthand during the process - (1) Communication – During the entire process, Kathy was very clear with both her written and verbal communications with me. I got the ‘so what’ of the message based on our discussions quickly and was very clear in terms of what is expected out of me during the process. Kathy was reachable during the entire process through email or phone. She was quick to respond to my emails that helped me clear the confusions or open questions that I had quite quickly. (2) Legal expertise – Kathy has several years of experience of handling divorce and separation cases which was hugely helpful for my case as I was able to agree with my spouse on the parenting plan in short span of time. Kathy’s financial expertise helped answers a lot of questions that I had on my finances going forward. Kathy negotiated with my spouse attorney to come up with the right and balanced arrangement which was expectable to both the parties which was signed into the contract immediately. (3) Pro-active/advance thinking – Kathy was very pro-active in setting up my expectations on what lies ahead which gave me sufficient time to prepare the artifacts required for the process. I started collecting discovery items well in advance before my spouse attorney officially asked for them and was prepared to deliver them on short notice so that I can get the process completed as soon as possible. (4) Always has your best interest in mind – While my case took a turn in the middle where my spouse decided to withdraw the divorce petition at the last minute, Kathy helped drafted a mid-marriage agreement between us. Mid-marriage agreement’s core focus was to come up to come up with a household budget as the disagreement on finances during the marriage was the root cause of the divorce at the first place. She negotiated the terms of this agreement very effectively with my spouse lawyer which both parties were able to sign within a short span of time. It was a pleasure working with Kathy throughout my divorce process. I am glad that the process ended with a mid-marriage agreement as I still have complete access to my kids. My spouse and I are trying to give our marriage a second chance. I would recommend Kathy to anyone without a second thought.
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Posted by Drew | March 26, 2018
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Very knowledgeable and easy to work with
Kathryn was wonderful to work with during our home closing and we could not have closed without her expertise and help along the way. She has earned my business for life!
Posted by Maria | March 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Love, love Kathryn and Sandra!
Kathryn is true professional who goes above and beyond. She is honest and trustworthy. Going through a divorce is very emotional and confusing. Kathryn always gave me her undivided attention and made the process as easy as possible while being supportive. Kathryn's Paralegal, Sandra is amazing as well. I don't know what I would have done without these wonderful ladies.
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Posted by Steve | March 25, 2018
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Professional Direct Compassionate
Ms. Gilbert was so professional and knowledgeable. She put me at ease during a difficult time in my life. Although I ended up reconciling my marriage Kathryn was at all times beside me in my decision making, never judging or coercing me in a direction I did not want. Thank you Kathryn.
Posted by J. Ann | January 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highest marks for Kathy Gilbert
Kathy, thank you for being who you are and for your ethical and professional practice of law. I appreciate that you never pressured me timewise or tried to complicate matters as some attorneys try to do. I always felt respected when I called with questions. I appreciate that your fees have been reasonable and fair. I was impressed with your knowledge and etiquette in the courtroom. For these reasons, I have and will continue to recommend you to others.
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Posted by Liza | November 30, 2017
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Freedom
Kathy, Thank you for your professionalism,knowledge,kindness, and legal advice and representation as well as your most reasonable fees during my journey during a difficult time to finally have my freedom. I would highly recommend your services!
Posted by Aubrey | November 27, 2017
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Do yourself a favor and hire Kathy Gilbert!
I can't say enough good things about having Kathy Gilbert as your attorney! Since I have children, I wanted to get divorced in a way that did not destroy my family. Kathy suggested a collaborative divorce which was perfect for my situation. My ex and I with our attorneys came to an agreement that was fair to both of us and made us both happy. There was no animosity and no fighting thereby making it possible for my ex and I to be able to actually be friends for the sake of our children. Kathy is as smart as they come. Kathy knows the law, listens to you, offers guidance, responds to your phone calls and emails within 24 hours or less and just knows how to get things done. Do yourself a favor.....hire Kathy Gilbert!
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Posted by CHRISTINA H | March 8, 2017
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Divorce Made Easier
I was more than satisfied with the representation I received. Kindness, competence and professionalism were what I experienced in that truly awful time of my life. Kathryn Gilbert is an excellent advocate to have on your side. I recommend her 100%
Posted by Michelle | March 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied
Kathryn Gilbert explained the process to me clearly and told me what to expect worst case and best case in all instances regarding my divorce. She is very straightforward and doesn't give fabricated expectations. When she felt I could save money by doing things myself instead of using her office she gave me the option to decide which I would prefer. She got me everything I wanted
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2014
Collaborative Lawyer
I felt very comfortable with Kathy and I am glad that she was representing me during the difficult process of getting divorced. She was very responsive, she kept me informed, she listened to my concerns and educated me as to the legal issues involved. She did a wonderful job representing me and I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Naomi | December 18, 2014
Guidance, knowledge and support through a very difficult time.
Kathy represented my through my divorce, which is a very stressful emotional time in a women's life. She always explained things and guided me through them. She allowed me to have the kind of divorce that I wanted, no ugliness yet she protected me when needed. Whenever I called the office I was greeted by Sandy's friendly voice and always felt that they both cared for me and promptly responded to my needs. Since it was my first and hopefully last divorce, I had no idea what to do and with her help all went well. I will always be grateful.
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Posted by Karen | December 17, 2014
Kathy is terrific!
Ms. Gilbert provided speedy, easy to understand guidance during a very difficult time. She was incredibly knowledgeable and reassuring. I felt I could not have been better understood in terms of my needs and concerns and represented in terms of negotiating the outcome that was important to me. Sandy, her paralegal, also took a personal interest and is a terrific asset to her office. I always felt her billing practices were fair and given the overall outstanding service, she is an exceptional value.
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Posted by Joe | December 13, 2014
Very Knowledgeable
I hired Kathryn for my divorce in 2012 and found her to be very competent and reliable.She always returned my calls and answered my e-mails in a timely manner. She always kept me informed as the procedures progressed. Kathryn is very level headed and kept the tension between all parties involved to a minimum. I would recommend her if your looking for a experienced divorce attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2014
Kathryn Gilbert is a MUST hire !!!!!!!
Kathryn was amazing in every way throughout my divorce. She is brillant, honest, well respected by all the judges/other lawyers, and most importantly there for me every step of the way. I was lucky to have her as a lawyer because I was dealing with a very tough situation and she protected my kids and I. She has the ability to negotatiate with other lawyers and make the process less painful. She is also a tremendous individual . I give her the highest endorsement possible.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2014
Caring divorce lawyer
Kathy was caring and efficient. She took up where our mediator left off, without trying to redo everything. The first lawyer I used was very pushy and a little too slick. Kathy was down-to-earth and didn't stir up unnecessary trouble.
Posted by Miranda | July 1, 2014
Superstar
Kathy Gilbert is an incredible lawyer and the utmost professional with the highest degree of ethics. She helped me through a difficult divorce and did it with such composure, professionalism, patience, and compassion for her client. Kathy is strategic but also very detail oriented and knows this area of the law like no other lawyer I have ever encountered. Kathy was able to resove the issues with little conflict, answered all of my questions and saved me so much money in the process. I have recommended Kathy to several of my family members and friends and she has never disappointed them. I can't say enough good things about Kathy and I highly recommend her. What a superstar!
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Posted by Lisa | January 19, 2013
OUTSTANDING
I met Kathryn at a very emotionally unstable time in my life. From the first moment I met her, she made me feel comfortable and supported. It's funny how sometimes you can't describe in words how you just know that an important connection has been made; you just feel it. Kathryn's consistent communication with me and expediency with my case made me feel that I was important. She personally updated me every step of the way and made sure that I was comfortable before proceeding to the next step. She explained everything in a non-overwhelming way. She guided me into making some decisions that I was tentative about with compassion and empathy. Everything went smoothly and one of the toughest times of my life was softened by this wonderful woman's natural ability to combine the utmost professionalism with the human touch. I will always be grateful for having found her.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Kathryn A. Gilbert, Esq
  • 1994 - Present
  • Executive Producer
  • BACKTRAX USA
  • 1992 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Sakany and Gilbert, Esqs
  • 1986 - 1994
  • Staff
  • New Jersey Nets
  • 1985 - 1991
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Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Bucknell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Miele vs Rosenblum
  • won

Associations

  • Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey
  • CLE Coordinator
  • 2014 - Present
  • North Jersey Collaborative Law Group
  • CLE Coordinator
  • 2012 - Present
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Attorney member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Attorney member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • NJ Inns of Court
  • Attorney Member
  • 1986 - 1987
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Qualified Mediator: Pursuant to Rule 1:40
  • NJ Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Nominee for Network Syndicated Program of the Year
  • Billboard Magazine
  • 2001
  • Nominee for Network Syndicated Program of the Year
  • Billboard Magazine
  • 2000
  • Nominee for Network Syndicated Program of the Year
  • Billboard Magazine
  • 1999
  • Nominee for Network Syndicated Program of the Year
  • Billboard Magazine
  • 1998
  • Nominee for Network Syndicated Program of the Year
  • Billboard Magazine
  • 1997
  • Nominee for Network Syndicated Program of the Year
  • Billboard Magazine
  • 1996
  • Nominee for Network Syndicated Program of the Year
  • Billboard Monitor Radio Awards
  • 1995
  • National Honor Society Psychology
  • Bucknell University
  • 1982
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Publications

  • Billboard Magazine
  • The After of Countdown Show Makeovers
  • 1996
  • NJ Law Journal
  • Attorney Profiles
  • 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE event
  • Collaborative Divorce Process
  • 2014
  • Bergen Community College Legal Seminars
  • The Divorce Process
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

Received (43)
Given (41)
Endorse Kathryn
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Ms. Gilbert for many years as both an adversary and having mutual clients requiring representation in our respective areas of concentration. Ms. Gilbert is a compassionate, caring and highly skilled attorney who fights hard for her clients' rights. I give her my unqualified endorsement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kathryn is truly a lawyer's lawyer!! I can only describe her as knowledgeable, aggressive and always prepared to negotiate so long as her clients are able to get the most equitable resolutions in their cases. There is no question that she gives her clients more than 100% and if you retain her, you have retained one of the best."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Kathy as a family law attorney. She is compassionate, caring and professional."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Kathryn GIlbert for many years and she is an extremely competent, thoughtful and pragmatic attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Extremely intelligent, caring and compassionate. Provides excellent answers to legal questions on Avvo."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kathy is in the same collaborative law group to which I belong. We have done several collaborative law cases successfully. She is also an excellent mediator as well as an excellent collaborative law atorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Gilbert. She is a great choice for representation and is highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Kathy for 20 plus years and have referred her family law matters. She is an exceptional lawyer ... smart, trustworthy and incredibly knowledgeable. She is also one of the most ethical and professional attorneys I know. Kathy balances being a zealous advocate with being an intuitive problem solver. I endorse Kathy without reservation and continue to refer family law clients to her in Bergen County and Northern New Jersey."
Family Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this attorney. Very intelligent and very thorough when analyzing legal issues! Compassionate with clients and aggressive with legal issues! 5 STARS!!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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