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Sherri Fae Donovan

Divorce and separation Attorney at New York, NY

4.3   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1986
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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The ever changing family in the twenty-first century requires professionals to practice with both humanity and skill. Sherri Donovan is the owner of her own law firm since 1988, providing representation in a professional, caring, and assertive manner. Sherri is a legal medicine woman using the best methods to fit your specific situation. She is skilled at mediation, collaborative law, parent coordination, negotiation and litigation. Ms. Donovan also acts as a consultant to assist other attorneys.

Sherri Donovan & Associates, P.C. is a law firm which focuses in all areas of matrimonial and family law. We handle matters related to divorce, separation, annulment, marriage, domestic partnerships, child custody and parental access (visitation), child support, maintenance (alimony/spousal support), property distribution, same sex relationships, assisted reproductive technologies, children’s issues including special needs, pre-nuptial agreements, post-marriage agreements, post-divorce proceedings, neglect/abuse proceedings, domestic violence, international family issues, and appeals. We are most familiar with the courts in New York City.


Client's Choice 2014,2012
Client's Choice
2014 2012

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4.3 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A True Ally
Sherri Donovan was smart, compassionate and generous in representing me during my divorce. She answered my initial call to her cell phone within one hour of reaching out to her. Every step of the way from the first consultation to finalizing my papers she was supportive, sharp and efficient. Her staff was incredible as well and always on top of it and responsive. I have recommended her to close friends and will continue to refer people to her in being a true ally during one of the most difficult processes you can go through.
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Posted by Debra | May 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Five stars!
I retained Sherri as my divorce attorney about two years ago. She came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Sherri is the consummate professional. She is smart, experienced and passionate about her work. Specifically, Sherri was extremely involved in every aspect of my rather acrimonious and complicated divorce. I would recommend Sherri Donovan without hesitation.
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Posted by TALIA | June 15, 2015
Outstanding Attorney
I had the pleasure of meeting Sherri through a friend who was going through a divorce. Sherri is a brilliant, kind personable and undestanding attorney. If you are looking for someone who is looking for your best interest and willing to listen to your needs and worries during a difficult situation, Sherri is the right attorney for you.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2014
Caring Professional
I had the great privilege of hiring Sherri Donovan as my divorce mediator. I say privilege because it is not every day one finds a caring, compassionate and expert professional in an emotionally devastating time. I wanted a fair settlement honoring myself and the years spent with my husband. She was extremely knowledgeable, concise, explained everything clearly and didn’t waste time. She’s also a skilled negotiator. Going well beyond the call of duty, she accommodated our international schedules. Divorce is not easy, but she made it bearable and I am happy with the outcome. As far as my ex-husband’s viewpoint, well, you’d have to ask him.
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Posted by Sam | September 6, 2014
Trustworthy lawyer, with reasonable fees, very thorough
Sherri Donovan, has been a tremendous help to me during my divorce. She gave expert and wise advice that protected me with my children and finances. She was a pleasure to work with during this difficult period.
Posted by O'neil | August 12, 2014
Top New York City divorce attorney.
In June 2011, I retained the services of an attorney to take care of my divorce. June 2013 I was getting absolutely nowhere with this firm. I remembered writing down a telephone number I heard on the radio for an attorney about 2 years earlier. I called the number and got Sherri Donavan's office. I set an appointment and went to her office. All my questions answered then. Her assisting attorney and para legal were absolutely amazing. They took my case on June 6, 2013 and my divorce was finalized 7 months later. I am highly recommending this great team of professionals to anyone who requires an excellent divorce law firm. O'neil.
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Posted by Shanaz | June 26, 2014
She was with me every step of the way
Sherri is an attorney who cared about the outcome of my case. She guided me throughout this very difficult process and was with me through every step of the process.
Posted by Taya | June 6, 2014
Like a Mama to me - my guardian angel
I was so confused and overwhelmed. Sherri Donovan put my whole family situation in order. She also calmed me down and was truly caring towards me and my daughter.
Posted by Trisha | December 4, 2013
Caring and Loyal
I came to Sherri Donovan with a unique divorce case. Sherri and her associate attorney, Meredith Singer, did everything in their power to make me feel at ease and we won the case. As most cases, it is full of legal documents and the process can feel incredibly informal and cold. At Sherri Donovan and Associates, I felt as if I was part of a family. Every stress was reassured by the warm kind words from Sherri. Her intelligence and knowledge of the field was a comfort to me, as someone who has never dealt with any legal matter prior. Her right hand woman, Meredith, was constantly available to answer every question I had and offer personal advice. I had two strong women, who dotted every “I” and crossed every “T” on every document and went to combat for me in a peaceful yet assertive manner.
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Posted by Katherine | November 13, 2013
Accomplished what others couldn't
I asked Sherri Donovan to step in after having completed divorce procedings and to assist with a modification that my Ex was balking at. After needing 5 years to settle originally, i was shocked to see how quickly Sherri was able to focus both parties on only the relevant issues, separating us physically when negotiation devolved, and bringing us finally to resolution with only two court visits over four months. Because of her even-handed approach, Sherri made both parties feel attended to, and i credit her with not only helping me lower my monthly child support payments but also with improving the day-to-day dialogue between me and my children's father. Sherri unquestionably represented my best interests, but did so in a manner that allowed my Ex to understand that agreeing to new terms did not mean he was accepting defeat. I would recommend Sherri Donovan without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2013
No better lawyer
I was in an abusive marriage and had one daughter from that marriage. What made my case so difficult was that I was from another state and wanted to relocate back to that state with my daughter. I thought it would be impossible to leave NY with my daughter until I meant Sherri. She got me right on track and developed a safe plan for my daughter and I to make a safe exit. I have residential custody of my daughter and I am back living in my home state.....Sherri got me everything I asked for and more. She was much more then a lawyer she was a mother, a friend, and an Angel.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2012
Sherri Donovan
Ms. Sherri Donovan has over 25 years of experience in the matrimonial field and is very knowledgeable of how the court system works in the Metropolitan area. She will do anything necessary for her client to provide the best representation possible.
Posted by Dr. Hauner | October 23, 2012
Great Lawyer
Ms. Donovan was instrumental in helping me establish my new life. Sherri did two divorces for me `and a prenuptial agreement. My children were well provided for with as little litigation as possible. I am forever grateful.
Posted by Mamadou | October 12, 2012
Ms. Donovan is the Best!
Because of Ms. Donovan I now have a good relationship with my daughter, seeing her and skyping with her regularly. This would not have happened without Ms. Donovan's expertise and care. Thank you!
Posted by Holly | October 11, 2012
Sherri was my anchor during my stormy divorce. She was always there for me, held my hand. Sherri is most compassionate and level-headed.
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2012
Thank you for all your help
Sherri understood that I love my kids and that I wanted the best possible settlement for both them and me. She fought hard and I am very satisfied with the results.
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2012
Thank you!
I was involved in a domestic violence and sexually abusive marriage for 22 years. I have four children. I stayed and suffered, I was confused and fearful without direction until I met Sherri Donovan at the NOW clinic. Ms. Donovan is one the best attorneys that anyone would love to have. Sherri is a great lioness that does not back out of any case. She will fight with all she’s got to provide you with excellent services in the court. Ms. Donovan is a very good listener and compassionate. I can always count on her at any time. Sherri helped me break out of my shackles. I was on the verge of depression and suicidal before I was rescued by Sherri Donovan. Today, I am glad to say that I am a different person and I have taken good control of my life. I am able to provide for my children with a stable home environment. I strongly recommend Sherri to anyone who needs an effective, reliable and knowledgeable matrimonial attorney
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2012
she protected my daughter and I will always be grateful to her
Sherri is very smart, insightful and highly knowledgeable. She will fight tenanciously for her client and I can't recommend her highly enough.
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2014
Not recommended
I chose Ms. Donovan from a number of lawyers I interviewed because I intended to go to trial. I qualify for a court appointed attorney but with support of friends and family, I scraped together the money to hire someone I felt would better represent me in court in a highly contentious case. When I first met with her, for a paid consultation, she assured me I had a case and that she would be happy to represent me at trial. I paid my fee upfront. Long story short, several months later on the day of trial when I arrived at the courthouse, Ms. Donovan informed me that she highly recommended a settlement. I had 15 minutes to make up my mind on a life-changing decision. I took her advice. In retrospect, I should not have and especially without having time to consider all the consequences of such a decision. Furthermore, the foundation of her argument for why I should not go to trial was faulty in that she did not know the facts nor did she ask me. My complaint is that Ms. Donovan should not have taken my money if she was not willing to try the case to begin with. Her client management tactics in leaving me no time, and other tactics I wont even refer to here, were unprofessional, unethical and did not respect the gravity of the decision at hand. Given she knew all the facts upfront and nothing had materially changed, I believe Ms. Donovan grossly negligent in handling my case. I am in the process of pursuing arbitration against Ms. Donovan and I intend to recover fees. But they will not begin to recover the emotional distress and the possible loss of my child that Ms. Donovan has subjected me to. I cannot with any conscience recommend Ms. Donovan as an attorney.
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Response from Sherri Donovan June 18, 2014
The facts are not correct above. But due to ethical considerations, I cannot respond in any detail
Posted by alisa | March 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
horrible lawyer
i came to help with a divorce. Sherri could not care less about me or my divorce just about charging my credit card. She was so unprofessional. she would not go to court and cancel the court dates telling me she wants more money. she never filed a motion for child support, she never file a motion for my husband paying my lawyer fees, she canceled two days of courts. I had problems also with matrimonial property and etc. Jason Advocate solved all my problems in 6 months and 3 visits to court i got order for my ex to pay lawyer fee, i got my full child custody and child support and matrimonial propeety on my name. Amazing job. Sherri Donovan horrible laywer wasted 8 months of my time doing nothing just asking for money. Could not care less about me or my case or my son or anyhting totally not focused very ADD and not strong and not in charge just waste of time
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Sherri Donovan & Associates PC
  • 1988 - Present
  • Professor of Family Law
  • Adelphi University
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Neutral Evaluator
  • State Bar of New York
  • 2010 - 2018


  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 1982
  • Bennington College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978


  • Art Helping Life
  • President
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • New York County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Sylvia B. Garland Award
  • New York City Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Certified Mediator
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Parent Coordinator
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship
  • N/A
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  • Hit Him Where it Hurts--the take-no-prisoners guide to divorce
  • Hit Him Where it Hurts--the take-no-prisoners guide to divorce
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • LawLine CLE Course
  • The History of Federal and State Laws Affecting Same-Sex Couples
  • 2012
  • LawLine CLE Course
  • Thorny Issues in International Divorce
  • 2012
  • LawLine CLE Course
  • Special Needs Children and Divorce
  • 2012
  • Law Review CLE
  • Intro to Divorce Law
  • 2012
  • Bridge the Gap CLE
  • Matrimonial Trial Preparation and Strategy
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sherri Donovan is a tenacious and a highly regarded Family Law attorney with many years of experience in New York. I first met Sherri Donovan after attending one of her continuing legal education seminars she conducts regularly for the New York City Bar for New York licensed attorneys. Sherri is a fierce advocate for her family law clients and is very mindful of the impact family litigation has on the family and children. When representing clients, Sherri uses her extensive family law experience and develops holistic legal solution for her clients. I highly recommend Sherri to clients who need a Family law attorney in New York."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable family law attorney, dedicated to her clients' success."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney with a great level of professionalism and experience."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an excellent litigator and cares deeply about her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sherri is a caring, knowledgeable and formidable adversary. While she has her client's best interests as her first priority, she is trustworthy and does her best to conclude a case in a reasonable manner with opposing counsel if feasible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sherri is a compassionate woman who genuinely cares about her clients. She has a modern take on life. Smart and a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am very pleased to endorse Sherri Donovan. We have worked together on a complex matter. I have recommended her and the client was most pleased with her attention and results."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sherri was my adversary in a bitterly contested case and worked effectively with me to find a way to amicably resolve the matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sherri and I were involved in a hotly contested, emotionally charged, high net worth matter that never would have been resolved without her knowledge and expertise. Thanks Sherri!"
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New York Divorce and separation Lawyer Sherri Fae Donovan
Sherri Fae Donovan
Divorce and separation Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 37 years