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Kristen Kelley Devaney

Divorce and separation Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   26 reviews

also known as Kristen Elisabeth Kelley

  • State Years
    New York - NY 12 years
    New Jersey - NJ 12 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Kristen

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I am a collaborative lawyer and mediator committed to helping families as they navigate the overwhelming transition involved in restructuring a family. During my decade of experience as a divorce litigator, I witnessed first-hand the negative impact that the court process can have on families in resolving their conflicts. I knew there had to be a better way that was not as destructive as the courtroom. I sought a process that prioritizes sensitivity and sensibility during the transition that occurs during a divorce. Switching my focus to collaborative divorce and mediation, I joined Berner Law & Mediation Group, which promotes personalized and creative resolutions to family conflict while preserving relationships.

I received my undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. I spent two years working as a paralegal at a top New York City law firm and then attended Catholic University Columbus School of Law. While in law school, I served as an editor for the Law Review and worked as a Research Assistant for a professor specializing in criminal law and families. After graduating law school, I settled on Long Island where I currently live with my husband and four spirited boys.

In my experience, the court system cannot adequately address the emotions involved in divorce and family disputes. Mediation, collaborative divorce, and the legal protection that Berner Law & Mediation Group is committed to offers a space for people to confront the issues that they prioritize. By empowering families to take control of the process, they can determine the outcome that best suits their needs and values while avoiding damage to themselves, their relationships, and their families. I feel privileged to have found an alignment with my philosophy in Berner Law & Mediation Group.

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Berner Law & Mediation Group
260 Madison Avenue
Floor 22
New York, NY, 10016
Berner Law & Mediation Group
One University Plaza
Suite 214
Hackensack, NJ, 07601
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Reviews

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Posted by Susan | March 29, 2023
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Susan B
Kristen's knowledge combined with professionalism proved stellar as she strategically maneuvered through my difficult case with a skillset that yielded optimal results. Her patients and experience keep us moving forward in this difficult time with all the opposing conflicts. I would highly recommend Kristen Delvaney if results are your ultimate goal as you navigate through this difficult process of divorce.
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Posted by Diane | January 19, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Upon referral, I sought Ms. Devaney’s services to review a mediated divorce settlement. Ms. Devaney was personable, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. She carefully reviewed the document and made a number of important editing suggestions. I would highly recommend Ms. Devaney.
Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2022
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Raj
Kristen was very helpful and knowledgeable during my whole divorce process. Definitely recommend!!
Posted by Susan | September 26, 2022
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client
Kristen Devaney was my second lawyer in my divorce. Three years after it was finalized, I had no choice other than to find a new lawyer to enforce the divorce decree in place. A friend, a satisfied client, recommended Kristen, and an amicable agreement was eventually accomplished. Kristen's calm and understanding empathy, enabled us to work together with a difficult situation. Her professionalism and expertise enabled us to work with the other party's lawyer amicably and reach a conclusion that just wasn't happening prior to hiring Kristen. Hiring Kristen was one of my best decisions. I highly recommend Kristen Devaney.
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Posted by Thomas | July 7, 2022
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Excellent, competent, available, informative and kind services provided
My lawyer Kristen helped expedite my divorce and made a difficult situation tolerable and easy. Kristen explained everything I needed to do very clearly and walked me through all the paperwork required. Kristen was very kind and had my back throughout the entire process. A very close friend of mine recommended Kristen and I was very fortunate to receive such kind and caring service. I would highly recommend Kristen's services to anyone who would require help with a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2022
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Prenuptial Agreement
Ms. Devaney was extremely helpful in explaining and guiding us through the process of creating and drafting our prenuptial agreement. We really appreciated her professional guidance and patience as we worked through all the details. Offering suggestions when appropriate, as well as alternatives for us to consider. Ms. Devaney clearly has demonstrative skills and experience in preparing prenuptial agreements. She made us feel very much at ease, positive and comfortable in discussing a very complex and sensitive topic. We are grateful this highly respected attorney was recommended to us.
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Posted by Jennifer | December 21, 2021
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Divorced Finally
Kristen was professional, knowledgeable and got the job done! I would definitely recommend her to friends and family.
Posted by Tracy | December 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great attny
Very professional, knowledgable, personable..Easy to work with. Would definately refer her.
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Would definitely recommend!
Kristen Devaney was very honest from the first phone call when inquiring about the divorce process that I was pursuing. She explained to me in terms that I could understand what made sense for me given my specific situation. Getting divorced during the pandemic proved to be a challenge for a lot of people, but not for me. All communication was easily had via, phone, text, emails, etc. The only time that I ever needed to be present in her office was when signing my official settlement. She provided legal counsel so far as what made sense, not what would cost me more money, stress, etc. in the future. While waiting in between steps of the process she would check in with a quick update just to let me know where we were. This was a small gesture that helped ease my mind during what could have been made to be a lot more upsetting given my circumstances.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2021
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Kristen Devaney is the BEST!
I was referred to Kristen and from the very first time I sat down with her, I knew that she was going to make this very difficult process as easy as she could for me. I had no idea what to expect and she took me through step by step. She listened to me complain and vent. She listened to me yell and she also listened to me cry. She was always there for me and treated me like family. If you're going through a divorce, you need a lawyer that knows the process inside and out. That's Kristen. She's knows the process and is highly intelligent. Any questions that I had were always answered. Her response turnaround time was immediate. Nobody ever plans on being divorced. And divorces aren't easy. Mine was especially difficult and an extremely long process. Kristen significantly helped me through my divorce. I would recommend Kristen to anyone that needs help going through a divorce. She is the BEST!
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Posted by Chris | November 18, 2021
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Made a difficult process easy
Kristen went above and beyond and was able to walk me through the process. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all questions and concerns. She was able to answer every question and meet whenever I needed. Would strongly recommend to anyone in need.
Posted by David | November 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A great attorney
Kristen Devaney is an excellent attorney. I had Kristen handle a Probate case, and also assisted on a Divorce case, and I am very pleased with the results of both. Kristen was instrumental in mitigating contentious situations that arose in both cases, and provided very good guidance and advice on making important decisions. I highly recommend Kristen.
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Posted by clint | November 18, 2021
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Kristen Devaney
I would highly recommend Kristen Devaney to anyone I know to handle their divorce she handled my divorce and got me the best outcome I could have asked for and she always worked around my schedule to get together whether it be nights or weekends she was always available to me if I had any questions or concerns she was always there. she came highly recommended by a friend as I would recommend her to anyone I know She is an excellent divorce attorney.
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Posted by Luke | November 18, 2021
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Excellent lawyer
I never felt as though she didn’t care about my case, she called in the evening to ask if pick ups and drop offs went well. She stayed in contact with me and she was compassionate and caring of my case. She kept in touch with the law guardian and always kept me updated with what ever was spoken about. She talked me off the ledge when I was having an anxiety attack several times. She always sent me copies of paperwork. She was fair, she didn’t always tell me what I wanted to hear but she always kept it real and she was very good at explaining why things happened the way they did and that explanation much more often then not really helped ease the the pain. She was also very good with numbers and making deals to keep child support more affordable because the NYS child support formula had me paying a ridiculous amount given my circumstances I could never afford it. I would highly recommend her, for me she was a godsend.
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Posted by Nadine | November 17, 2021
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Extraordinary and Compassionate Family Lawyer! Compassionate
I found Kristen Devaney to be incredibly knowledgeable, attentive, honest, detail oriented and super-duper smart. I sought out an attorney for a Suffolk specific post divorce issue that seemed hopeless and she was incredible— she settled the main case quickly in my favor. As a secondary issue, my ex-husband filed more than four(!) frivolous lawsuits against me and she was able to have them all dismissed quickly (a definitely fear during COVID!). I have recommended her to several friends and acquaintances and cannot hesitate to leave her a five star review on this site.
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Posted by Merrill | April 1, 2020
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Strong and Smart
I had a ridiculous number of questions about how divorce worked in the State of New York. She clearly answered all my questions, never speaking down, never hiding behind legalese. She has a calm, professional presence that immediately put me at ease. I can't imagine anyone better to guide someone through the challenges of a divorce.
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Posted by Nichole | March 25, 2020
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Amazing Consultation
I had an amazing consultation with Kristen. There were so many questions regarding the process and how custody proceedings work in NY. Kristen walked through each step of the process with me.
Posted by Paula | September 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
WISH I COULD GIVE 50 STARS INSTEAD OF 5
I first hired Kristen when I needed a quick, easy divorce and I was so happy and satisfied with her work that 2 years later I knew I had to reach out to her again to have her do a very important adoption for my partner and I. The professionalism and expertise from Kristen gives you such peace of mind that you forget you are going through a legal matter. I recommend Kristen to everyone in need of legal matters and will continue to utilize her services myself because I don't think I can trust anyone else moving forward with all these important decisions in my life. Kristen was just as excited for my partner and I the day of our adoption that it felt as if another friend/family member was there with us and not just our lawyer! THANK YOU KRISTEN a million times once again for everything you have done for our family.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2019
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Highly recommend
Kristen Devaney- I have worked with a lot of attorneys in my lifetime but none that cared as much about their clients’ needs as Kristen Devaney does. She was compassionate, caring and straight to the point. At no time did I feel she was wasting my time. I was able to develop a relationship with her, which lead me to trusting all that she had to offer and in the end felt like she treated me family. I can't say enough you helped me through a very rough time in my life. There is no better attorney out there that I would recommend. You are in great hands with Keith Shapiro and Ford, especially Kristen Devaney. Thank you for being there for me when I needed you. Kevin
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Posted by Carolyn Cascone | June 6, 2019
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Kristen was amazing!!
I had an excellent experience with this law firm when going through my divorce. Kristen was very sweets and helpful. I had no worries she took care of it all for me. Definitely recommend her and this law firm!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Berner Law & Mediation Group
  • 2023 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Keith, Shapiro & Ford
  • 2015 - 2023
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Seidner & Associates
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Seidner & Associates, PC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • HooverLaw, LLC
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Litigation Paralegal
  • Dewey & LeBoeuf
  • 2006 - 2008
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Education

  • Catholic Univeristy of America
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Dartmouth College
  • B.A.
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Fabrizio v. Fabrizio
  • Successfully vacated the Order
  • In re Estate of Theresa Lane
  • Filed Notices of Renunciation
  • Napolitano v. Mohan
  • Obtained sole custody
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Associations

  • Long Island Professional Network
  • President
  • 2020 - Present
  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Matrimonial Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Event Coordinator / Philanthropy Chair
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Long Island Professonal Network
  • President
  • 2018 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Top Women Attorneys in New York
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • 2021 Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Note and Comment Editor
  • Catholic University Law Review
  • 2010
  • Member
  • Catholic University Law Review
  • 2009
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Litigation to Mediation
  • 2023
  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Paternity
  • 2022
  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Emergency Relief
  • 2021
  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Family Court
  • 2021
  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Divorce Issues in a Global Pandemic
  • 2020
  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Post-Judgment Applications
  • 2019
  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Procedural Nuances of Divorce
  • 2019
  • Kiwanis Club of Mineola Meeting
  • Divorce Litigation in 4 Sticking Points
  • 2019
  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Support Issues
  • 2018
  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Custody and Adoptions
  • 2017
  • Long Island Professional Network
  • Orders of Protection
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse Kristen
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Friend
"Kristen is an extremely intelligent, personable, and compassionate attorney. She cares about her clients and will work tirelessly to advocate for them. Kristen proactively analyzes her cases and understands how to approach sensitive situations with thoughtful and creative solutions. She is a natural leader and has exceptional organization skills. Whether you are dealing with a difficult divorce, looking to adopt a child, or anything in-between, Kristen is the attorney you need."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen is my go-to family law attorney. She takes a personal stake in the matters she handles and is an impressively effective advocate. I endorse her without equivocation. When you need a family attorney, you can do no better than Kristen."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen is an attorney who truly cares about her clients. She fights hard on their behalf. She is also experienced and knows that sometimes litigation is not always the best course of action in seeking to resolve a matter. Given the sensitive and emotionally charged nature of these types of cases, it is reassuring to have such skilled counsel by your side."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly professional and reliable. She is compassionate and can address all of her client's needs while strongly advocating for their position."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen is a wonderfully talented, understanding, empathetic and hard working attorney. Kristen pays attentions to the needs and goals of her clients first and foremost and applies her vast knowledge to gain the most favorable outcome towards their best interests. Anyone seeking the professional expertise of an engaged and diligent lawyer in the areas of Family/Matrimonial Law or Guardianship need look no further."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Devaney is a well-respected attorney in her industry. She generously gives her time to answer questions on AVVO. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kristen is not only knowledgeable about this area of law, but she is also incredibly hardworking and motivated. She always responds immediately to our client's needs and keeps them well-informed. She is truly a great mentor."
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