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Michael E Spinato

Family Attorney at Hackensack, NJ

4.5   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1979
    Status
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About Michael

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Michael E. Spinato is a partner in Harwood Lloyd’s recently established Family Law Department. Mr. Spinato has practiced in all phases of family law, including but not limited to, divorce, custody, parenting time, alimony, child support, domestic violence and equitable distribution of property for the past 35 years. He is a member of both the New Jersey State and Bergen County Bar Associations.

Mr. Spinato graduated from Fordham University in 1976 with a B.A. in Economics. He was then admitted to Seton Hall University Law Center where he graduated in 1979 with a Juris Doctor degree. He was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar in December, 1979. In September, 1979 through August, 1980 he served as law clerk to the Honorable Arthur Minuskin, Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County.

After leaving his clerkship, Mr. Spinato formed a partnership in his hometown of Elmwood Park (East Paterson), New Jersey. He has since been a partner in a number of other firms throughout his career. In 2008, he formed Michael E. Spinato, P.C. in Glen Rock, New Jersey where he has practiced until joining Harwood Lloyd.

During his 35 years of practice, Mr. Spinato has engaged in various legal and civic activities. He has served as Public Defender for the Borough of Fort Lee, New Jersey (1979-1981), and Attorney for FMBA Local #47, Ridgewood Firefighters and Fire Officers Association. He has participated in American Inns of Court and he remains a member of the State of New Jersey and Bergen County Family Law Sections. He now serves as a Panel Chair of the Superior Court of New Jersey Mandatory Early Settlement Program, Family Part, Bergen County, and past as Chair of the District IIA – Fee Arbitration Committee. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees, Pascack Mental Health Center. He was a Charter Member of the Ridgewood Education Foundation. He served as Chair of the Board of Adjustment, Village of Ridgewood for 10 years and he was on the Board of Trustees, Village of Ridgewood Baseball Association. He also served as Coach for the Village of Ridgewood Baseball Association and the Village of Ridgewood Girls Softball Association. He was an Instructor for the Paralegal School, Wayne, New Jersey, and served on the Board of Trustees, Gregory M. Hirsch Heart Foundation.

In addition, he is a proud member of the Elmwood Park Athletic Hall of Fame having been inducted in 2009.

Location

Harwood Lloyd, LLC
130 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ, 07601

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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2020
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A Wonderful Lawyer and a Wonderful Person!
My daughter couldn't have made it through her divorce process without Michael's wisdom, guidance, and patience. Words cannot express our thanks and appreciation!
Posted by Robert | June 21, 2017
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Divorce and Horrible Custody Battle
Micheal has been my attorney through a horrible shameful divorce and custody battle since 2012. After 5 long years, Micheal is still fighting the battles and the road blocks that my ex-wife keeps throwing our way. The father always seems to be considered "second class" with the court system which makes it hard to always get to the truth. Micheal will always make sure that your child's voice is heard to help fulfill your child's needs. We had 4 parent coordinators, 2 guardian alignments, therapists, and social services in place which has been extremely expensive and heartbreaking across the board. Micheal has waived my fees sometimes during all of these services because the expenses were out of control and I was unable to keep up. He always puts my sons needs and best interest first as he continues to support and help me fight this horrible battle. Micheal Spinato has gone beyond the call of duty during the last 5 years and I stand behind him 110% to stand up for my rights as a dad. I would not want any other attorney in my corner, for Micheal is the best around! Robert
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Posted by M | April 23, 2017
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Experienced, Respected, Empathetic
Michael Spinato came highly recommended to me, and I was extremely fortunate that I had the opportunity to hire him. Michael is not only the ultimate professional and is an expert on Divorce law, but is warm, generous, and empathetic to his clients. Going through such a horrible situation I always felt protected.... I knew that I was going to be ok... all because I had Michael representing me. He is extremely well versed in his profession and happens to be such a gentleman as well. He always understood what I going through and he showed emotion, compassion and care as he handled my case. This, to me, is what makes him stand out above others attorneys. As a woman, I needed to know that my children and I would be protected, be treated fairly and receive all I was entitled to. Michael was also extremely attentive to me, answering my emails and phone calls quickly, ultimately making me feel like I was his only client. Michael is the ultimate professional... in his manner, speech and his correspondences. He is extremely well respected among his peers. As we would walk through the courthouse, everyone knew him and genuinely greeted and spoke with him with respect. My judge actually made sure to point out to me in court how I was very lucky to have such a highly respected attorney representing me. Lawyers are expensive, but hiring Michael Spinato is the best money I have ever spent. Looking back, hiring Mr. Spinato was also one of the best decisions I have made in my life. You will be in such competent hands with Michael. I recommend him highly and I will be using Michael to handle other matters post divorce as well.
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Posted by Maggie | April 13, 2017
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Fantastic Divorce Attorney!!
I can’t say enough great things about my divorce attorney, Mr. Michael Spinato. He is an exceptional professional, highly experienced counsel, who is always on top of his game. He truly cares about his clients and has their best interest in mind. His guidance and knowledge are second to none. I’m very grateful to have had such an amazing, dynamic attorney by my side during this difficult time in my life.
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Posted by Trish | March 22, 2017
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Caring Conscientious
Mike has it all together. He was sensitive to my extremely difficult situation and helped me deal with a very contentious divorce. He was concerned for my children and I and was not exorbitantly expensive. He has a conscience and a heart... rare in this arena! I recommend him without hesitation.
Posted by Michele DiLisi | March 21, 2017
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Knowledgeable and Responsive Attorney
Mike is a smart strategic and compassionate attorney who truly cares about his clients. Mikes responsiveness and knowledge during my complex divorce case kept me stable. He was always easily accessible and got back to me quickly and essentially got me the results that I wanted. Mike Spinato and his staff all produced the quality of an attorney that anyone would want when hiring a family law attorney. While Mike represented me in court I had total confidence that my settlement would exceed my expectations. He spent countless hours on my difficult case dealing with a very difficult ex- husband and he knew all the right moves. Above all he is a wonderful human being and his interest is more in his client and the clients protection than the money..I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Justin | March 21, 2017
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Best in the business
Michael handled my divorce, from start to finish. I could not be more satisfied with his services. He listened to each and every one of my concerns and handled them with exceptional professionalism for both myself as well as my adversary. After going through the ringer with several different attorney during the first three months of my divorce and getting insanely billed with little to no result, Michael took over and got everything handled and finished in a more then reasonable time frame without charging me time unnecessarily. I would recommend Michael to anyone I know going through the divorce process with complete confidence.
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Posted by Charlie | March 20, 2017
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A lawyer to trust.
Truly a man who understands what the family is going through. Michael makes every effort to minimise court time and unnecessary meetings. He comprehends quickly and does a commendable job to come to resolution.His office of long term associates and staff are professional an efficient.
Posted by Frank | March 19, 2017
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Excellent Family Law Attorney
Michael Spinato is an experienced and professional family practice attorney who's been expertly representing clients for more than 35 years. Mr. Spinato represented me in a contentious divorce and child custody case that lasted many months and was resolved favorably. Throughout the process, Mr. Spinato listened to my wishes and candidly explained what was a feasible course of action and the probable outcome that we could expect. He then developed a strategy and plan to achieve our goals, but always tried to work with the other side to create a win-win situation. Mr. Spinato possesses two important qualities that were constantly evident throughout his representation of me. First, was his deep and broad knowledge of family law which he frequently called upon on during my somewhat complex case. Second, was his ability to remain calm at tense moments and more importantly to keep his client calm and grounded during the more emotional aspects of a divorce proceeding. This was invaluable to me. Based on my experience, I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Spinato to anyone who has a need for legal representation in a family law matter. In fact, I recommended Mr. Spinato to a friend who used him to quickly and favorably negotiate a divorce settlement and was extremely satisfied with Mr. Spinato's counsel and expertise.
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Posted by Chuck | March 16, 2017
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Chuck
After I came to terms with the fact that this was really happening, that I was getting divorced, I consulted with several affluent friends and clients of mine who had been down this road with a favorable result. The same name kept coming up, Michael E. Spinato, so I booked a consultation. Mike and one of his associates sat with me and heard my story from the beginning before agreeing to take the case. My ex-wife was an attorney; we owned a business together & she did my bookkeeping. Mike quoted me a retainer, which was not only affordable, but he agreed to work with me on any payments going forward should I exceed the retainer. We were able to resolve a very difficult case and Mike guided me through the process with true professionalism and with expertise that is only seen on TV. I now understand the importance of hiring somebody who specializes in divorce and family law. And unfortunately for my ex so does she. if you want to climb a Mountain, higher and learn from somebody who has already been to the top. Mike guided me through this process with this sort of expertise and professionalism you only see on TV. In the end, the settlement she received was minuscule, like a game show contestant leaving with a few parting gifts and I actually even got to keep the house. I cannot say enough good things about Mike. He was always there for me, even after hours, in an emergency. I cannot count the number of times I have sent close friends and family to see Mike and his team and everyone thanks me for doing so. After our years of experience together, I not only consider Michael Spinato a great lawyer but I would consider him a friend. If you are going to hire a divorce attorney, and you want to be professionally and expertly represented, hire Michael E. Spinato.
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Posted by Bill | March 16, 2017
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Fantastic!
I'm quite frankly shocked to read any negative reviews on Mr. Spinato and have had nothing but fantastic experience with him and his services. I hired Mr. Spinato to handle my divorce after another attorney was making a mess of my case. Mr. Spinato stepped in and he was always available for advice and consultation. His greatest contribution was that he was totally interested in settling my case in a fair and objective manner, rather than fighting with his adversary just to run up fees. My case was settled fairly and in a timely manner. Subsequent to my divorce, and after seeing how Mr. Spinato handled my case, my ex-mother in law hired Mr. Spinato to handle her divorce. If that doesn't speak volumes about him and his professionalism and care for his clients I can't imagine what would!
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Posted by Clayton | March 16, 2017
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Excellent
I hired Mike for my divorce he follow through completely his expertise and knowledge was very helpful. I recommended Mike to two friends and they were very happy. When you talk to Mike tell him the truth and he will work very hard for you.
Posted by Mark | March 16, 2017
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Great Attorney
I have had a great experience with Mr. Spinato and give him 5 Stars. With the two cases that Mr. Spinato handled for me, one requiring the submission of a written brief and the other requiring oral argument in court before both, our Adversaries and Judge, I found Mr. Spinato to be Professional and Point On relating to our positions. In both cases I was left satisfied and happy with the final outcomes. It is obvious to me, that Mr. Spinato has the experience and professional integrity to achieve the end result sought.
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2017
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Horrible.
I agree with the other review. This lawyer is horrible. When I started to feel I wasnt getting answers, and reached out to another attorney for a consult, the attorney asked me why Spinato hadn't taken an "immediate cause of action" on a pertinent issue. When I inquired back to his "junior" lawyer at the time, she was ironically gone from the firm within a week! (I was told she went on to pursue another career....enough said.)
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2015
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Be VERY WEARY
I'd give less than 1 star, except that is not possible. Had a VERY BAD experience with him. He only cares about taking your money. After giving a $4,000 retainer, I never dealt with Michael himself, only his paralegal. However, I was continually charged at HIS rate of $425.00 per hour as opposed to the paralegals of $295.00 per hour. Once he had found out just how much equity I had built up in my home, everything became about money and never focused on my divorce. He never settle anything for me. The mediator did more than he, within 3 hours. Received another bill for another $3800, basically for doing nothing. My ex wife had a very large firm, and was more costly... But actually fought on her behalf. He doesn't care about your situation, as he portrays himself to, but rather.. YOUR MONEY, And.. Your money only.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Harwood Lloyd, LLC
  • 2017 - Present

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Fordham University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Italiano v. Rudkin
  • Successful appeal

Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • District IIA, Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Past Chair
  • N/A
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Bergen County Bar Association, MESP Bergen County Panel
  • Chair
  • 2000 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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Hackensack Family Lawyer Michael E Spinato
Michael E Spinato
Family Attorney
Hackensack, NJ
Licensed for 44 years
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