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Virginia Giselle Alvarez

Family Attorney at New York, NY

4.6   15 reviews

About Virginia

Learn Virginia’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    75%

    18 years, 110 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    10%

    17 years, 70 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    10%

    18 years, 75 cases

  4. General practice
    4%

    17 years, 90 cases

  5. Car accident
    1%

    17 years, 15 cases

Throughout my years practicing law I have realized that quality representation needs to be partnered with concern.  Often we are dealing with people's livelihoods, their families and matters that could have a far reaching affect.  It is my aim to insure that my clients fully understood all aspects of their case and that they make informed decisions.

I am ready to fight for you and to insure that the outcome is the best possible resolution given the unique circumstances of your case.

Licensed for 17 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2005
Updated 06/05/2022

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

Contact Virginia

Alvarez NY Law
233 Broadway,
Suite 10279
New York, NY, 10279

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Posted by Mike Kuo | February 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Need a Lawyer look no further
When no one could help get results , Virginia took my case and turn out she is one that can . Real Estate issue and she got the job done within 2 weeks .
Posted by Luis | January 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and experienced
Ms. Alvarez has represented me on my divorce and family court cases. Her experienced and dedication to her clients makes those difficult moments a bit calmer and understanding; it makes a tremendous difference knowing that you are well represented by someone who will defend you well and advice you the best way. I highly recommend Ms. Alvarez.
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Posted by Edwin | January 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely amazing
Virginia is the best lawyer i ever had. She has done so much for me to be making my cases run smoothly and successful for me. When theres problem outside of court she resolved them with no time wasted. She definitely knows what she's doing. And i couldn't ask for any better lawyer than her. Because she is the best. Thanks for everything Virginia!!
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Response from Virginia Alvarez September 28, 2021
Thank you so much. It was a pleasure helping you
Posted by Daniel | March 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A real pit bull in the court room
I am so tired of lawyers who talk the talk but don't walk the walk. I finally got someone who is willing to fight for me! She is direct and straight up but will do what she needs to do. I really recommend her I'm so pleased I will tell everyone i know to hire her
Response from Virginia Alvarez September 28, 2021
Thank you.
Posted by Tom V. | November 24, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended to me and I will dothe same
Often attorneys will just listen and take your money knowing the can't help you but jut string you along. For once I have met an attorney who will give you advice and not empty promises. Although there was nothing to do in my situation this time. It is tjis genuiness and straightforward approach that Virginia Alvarez gave that will likely make me hire in the future if I ever need legal assistance.
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Response from Virginia Alvarez September 28, 2021
My pleasure
Posted by Sarah | August 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, dedicated & hardworking
I hired Virginia for an issue related to the enforcement of a divorce agreement that bled into the sale of property - which I know is not her area of expertise. Moreover, there were numerous, numerous, numerous delays in my case resulting from my ex and his dreadful lawyer. Virginia pushed things along, got tough when she needed to be tough, and never stopped fighting for an efficient resolution. Last, but far from least, she charged me fairly. I was terrified that the prolonged case would result in a bill I couldn't afford and at the end of the day I couldn't thank her more for handling the case as she did when she easily could have taken advantage of the situation. I would recommend her again any day.
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Response from Virginia Alvarez September 28, 2021
My pleasure
Posted by Deborah | June 12, 2015
From Impossible to Done!
What seemed like an impossible case is upon completion. Virginia has taken on the challenge and has brought results and closure. She has the drive needed to win and she uses it, simply put.
Posted by Jim | May 29, 2015
Thankful
I had 2 attorneys before meeting with Virginia Alvarez. Very few attorneys would consider taking on someone like that but she did. She listened to what I had to say and was frank and direct. She told me the possible outcomes and how we could work towards a resolution. I appreciated her honesty rather than the false promises and guarantees I got from my prior attorneys.
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Response from Virginia Alvarez September 28, 2021
I was happy to help
Posted by Maria | May 28, 2015
Thank goodness
Hit a rough patch and was facing difficult decisions. Was served with papers and did not know how to proceed. Ms. Alvarez not only took the time to explain my options but helped me reach a good ending. I was lucky to find her.
Response from Virginia Alvarez September 28, 2021
Glad I was able to help
Posted by A. Esposito | May 3, 2013
"The passion of a warrior"
At a time that I had no faith, nor trust left in the criminal justice system Ms. Alvarez was very honest, and forthcoming, where in the past i felt other attorneys weren't . Ms Alvarez fought for my best interest like no other attorney has ever done for me, and like none I've ever seen . To sum it up...Talk about a passion for what they do !
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Response from Virginia Alvarez September 28, 2021
My pleasure. Hope all is well with you
Posted by Molly | September 1, 2012
Real good got me my kids back
Attorney Alvarez got me my boys back. She got me custody when my baby daddy disappear and my boys stuck in Jamaica. She went to court and got me order I needed to get them boys their is passports to come home. I am blessed to have had her as my lawyer
Response from Virginia Alvarez September 28, 2021
So happy for you
Posted by J. | September 1, 2012
Fights for you
Ms. Alvarez represented me on a felony case. The facts and the people were against me but she fought for me. She was realistic and told me all options. I know she went above and beyond. I have recommended her to many and will continue to
Response from Virginia Alvarez September 28, 2021
My pleasure
Posted by Catherine | February 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real estate attorney
Virginia was very good with keeping us in the loop at all times. I appreciated all she did for us.
Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2015
Leagel Eagle
My family business faced a few issues and we didn't know where to turn. I was given the name of a few lawyers and after meetingwith them chose Virginia ALvarez. I am glad I did. Although we were in a bad state she helped us reach a good arrangement so as to fix the past and work towards getting on the right step for the fiuture. Not sure we would have been so lucky elsewhere. It's important to feel comfortable and that's how we felt.
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Response from Virginia Alvarez September 28, 2021
My pleasure
Posted by Larry | November 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Horrible!!!
I’m so disgusted with this person. I was referred to her peer who stated, “she’s a pit bull (or bulldog) in the court room”! I thought, “Man, that’s EXACTLY what I need!” She’s a pitbull alright... with you. She’s so condescending and showed little professionalism, care, or empathy. She failed to appear in two consecutive court visits, and what ultimately led to me parting ways with her was her not showing up to a Family Court appearance with not even a phone call to prepare me. But she had enough time to send a replacement who was incompetent regarding the details of my case. She misquoted my words often, showing that she really wasn’t paying attention to what I was saying. She never once entertained meeting in person. She never worked with me to understand a plan or strategy. She was clearly uninspired and uninterested. I met with her once in 3 months- the day I retained her. That’s it! The next time I met with her was the day I let her go for misrepresenting me. Fortunately, I was able to “negotiate” a 1/5th return on what I already paid her. She got no results and had the nerve to request another $4,500 in addition to the $5,000 retainer to continue representing me. She was representing me in Family Court and told me to hand her the rights to Criminal Court defense as well. I agreed to do so. In her time representing me, she claims to have gotten me results because I have visitation with my daughter on my days off from work. When that was simply a message she relayed. She hasn’t actually gotten a result in my favor. On the criminal side, she failed to act in a timely and professional manner to acquire video footage of the moment of the alleged assault that was hindering my custody case even more. That video would have easily proved my innocence. Now I have to pay thousands more to find a criminal lawyer and family lawyer. I’m so upset.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Virginia G. Alvarez
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Wilens & Baker
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Associate
  • The Portela Law Firm, PC
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Michael Jannuzzi
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Roe, Wallace, Esteve, Taroff & Taitz, LLP
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Publishers Clearinghouse
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Summer Associate
  • United States Attorny EDNY
  • 2002 - 2002
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Education

  • Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)
  • MA - Masters
  • 2000
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Associations

  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Golden Lion Society
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • American Sign Language

Awards

  • Family Law Clinic
  • CALI Award for Academic Excellence
  • 2004
  • Service to the Bar
  • Touro Law Center
  • 2004
  • Puublic Service
  • Touro Law Center
  • 2004
  • Oral Advocacy
  • CALI Award for Academic Excellence
  • 2002
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day
  • Practicing Law
  • 2012
  • Community Law Program
  • Basic Legal Issues in Business
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (20)
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A highly capable attorney. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Alvarez is a knowledgable and diligent attorney. She advocates vigorously on behalf of her client. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Alvarez is a very passionate advocate, which is rare today. I had the pleasure of working with her in the past and am impressed by her zealous representation of clients while maintaining integrity and professionalism in the courtroom."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Alvarez for two years. Her work ethic is first rate and she will not rest until her clients' goals are met. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Virginia at heavy volume midtown firm were she was an outstanding worker and colleague."
General practice Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She always agrees with me!! No really, she always gives well thought out, considerate answers, and seems to be very knowledgeable and practical in a wide variety of areas of the law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Alvarez has provided hundreds of thoughtful, intelligent responses to people on this site and is obviously an attorney who cares about the people in her community."
Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Virginia has exhibited excellent knowledge of family law matters. I would highly recommend her to clients in her community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Alvarez has made a subtantial number of contributions on avvo.com. I have read several of her contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work"
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