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Anne-Louise DePalo

Divorce and separation Attorney at Staten Island, NY

4.8   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1987
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Anne-Louise

Learn Anne-Louise’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Certified in Parent Coordination. Certified by "The Cooperative Parenting Institute" in Parent Coordination. Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Trained in mediation skills by The Academy of Dispute Resolution.

    32 years

  2. Elder law
    Financial representation: financial planning, housing opportunities and planning, income, estate, and gift tax matters. Help locate long term care facilities and manage assisted living cost. Handling estate matters such as probate and administration.

  3. Family

    32 years

  4. Probate

    32 years

  5. Real estate

    32 years

New York family law attorney Anne-Louise DePalo has more than 25 years of experience guiding clients on Staten Island through issues such as divorce, division of marital property, equitable distribution, qualified domestic relations orders, child custody and visitation.


Anne-Louise DePalo is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York, U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She received her law degree from Albany Law School.


Anne-Louise DePalo has been appointed as a Co-Chairperson of the Matrimonial Committee at the Richmond County Bar Association. Anne-Louise DePalo is a Certified Mediator and Collaboratively trained attorney.


Helping clients plan for the next chapter of their lives is what she does best.


Few areas of law are more personal than family law. One of the reasons she chose to be a family law practitioner on Staten Island was to assist families in their time of need.


Since 1988, she has focused her law practice on the area of matrimonial law, including divorce, division of martial property, child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal support. She also help her clients deal with issues such as domestic violence and premarital and post marital agreements. She is experienced, effective and efficient.


While she does all of the legal work personally, she also have an experienced, excellent and efficient support staff. She has a very qualified Associate, Joanna L. DeLauro, Esq. They get the job done. The firm keeps its clients informed, advising them of the status of their case.


Anne-Louise DePalo believes in the personal touch; every phone call and email is answered on a timely basis.


Her approach to family law is to help you achieve a resolution through whatever means necessary, whether it requires litigation, mediation, collaborative divorce or negotiation. Prolonging your divorce and litigating every issue only increases the cost to you emotionally and financially. She will answer all your questions and make sure that your divorce is fair and resolved expeditiously. Anne-Louise DePalo will fight for you.


Please consider The DePalo Law Firm for your legal needs.





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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2021
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Highly recommend
Ms Depalo is very knowledgeable as well as compassionate. She walked me through my separation step by step and made sure that there were no questions unanswered. I highly trust that she has my best interest at heart. I recommend Ms Depalo and her staff.
Posted by Marie | June 17, 2021
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Understanding and fair
My husband's attorney in legal separation. She worked with my attorney and all went well. She sees things the way they really are. Very compassionate and fair. Highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2021
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Highly Recommend
Getting a divorce after 25 years is not an easy decision,, but from the time I first met with Anne-Louise DePalo, I began to feel that it was possible. Anne-Louise is not only knowledgeable and professional, but she understands her clients' emotional needs as well. You begin to feel that you have a friend in your corner who will fight for you all the way. After Anne-Louise explained to me the differences between a collaborative divorce and litigation, we opted for the collaborative way. We were able to have a say in all the decisions without having to go to court and have an unknown judge decide our future. In the long run I believe it saved us time and money as well as making this very difficult time a little bit easier. We even met via Zoom during a pandemic! In shor,t I highly recommend Anne Louise DePalo and her accommodating staff at SI Collaborative Law to help you get through one of the most trying times in your life.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2017
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Attorney with compassion
As a custodial parent it is very unnerving when you receive a letter from Family Court outside of the NYC area. Ms. DePalo discussed all the steps that need to be taken which reduced the amount of my anxiety. Her Associate Joanne DeLauro, was just as courteous. They arranged the telephonic conference. I was able to attend family court via telephone and get resolution to my court matter ASAP. Anne-Louise DePalo and her Firm will be my family lawyer fron this day forward. -A
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2016
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Friendly and Professional
I hired this lawyer to work on my divorce, my house purchase and additional legal documents. I recommend this lawyer and her helpful, friendly staff. They were always available and very professional.
Posted by Bill | November 21, 2016
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Great Law Firm
I was referred to Anne-Louise by a friend he was very happy with his divorce results. I hired Anne-Louise for child support recalculation (2x) and a house deed transfer. Any and all future legal issues i will be sure to reach out to Anne-Louise.
Posted by Ben | October 19, 2016
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Unparalleled attention to detail from a true law firm
My experience with the Anne Louise Depalo Law Firm has been in the realm of two real estate closings, but from my interaction with Anne Louise and her staff, I know that their professionalism, diligence, and most importantly, expertise, extend far beyond real estate. The staff is caring and attentive and went to great lengths to ensure my satisfaction. I would only recommend the Anne Louise Depalo Law Firm to anyone who is looking for guidance and counsel in family law.
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Posted by Jerry | October 7, 2016
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Attentive and hard working attorney and staff
From the moment I consulted with Ms. DePalo, to the end of my divorce I felt that I was in good hands. Ms. DePalo was very attentive and sensitive to my case and always returned my call within the same day. She always answered my questions no matter how important or minor they were. Her staff is hard working, friendly, professional and dedicated which made my divorce much easier to handle. I highly recommend Ms. DePalo as a divorce attorney.
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Posted by Teresa | October 6, 2016
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Helped to put an end to an Exhausting battle
Divorce is draining and exhausting, and if you do not have an Attorney that is looking to help settle and end your divorce you are just dragged through this never ending battle until you are left with nothing...which is exactly what happened to me. After battling for 2 years and getting nowhere with my previous Attorney I finally decided to retain Anne-Louise DePalo, just wish I had not wasted so much time, money and energy listening to an Attorney that allowed me to lose everything and took what ever money was collected and put into her escrow account. Walked away in the middle of a giant mess because now there was no more cash flow. Anne-Louise took on my VERY difficult and complicated case and worked endlessly to try to end it and settle it and avoid trial. Never gave me false advice or sugar coated anything but just laid things out the way they really were and helped me to see the facts. We are almost done and I don't think I would of ever have gotten to this point with out her help.
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Posted by Robert | October 5, 2016
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Appointment Feedback
As a long-term client of Ms. DePalo's, I have found her to be an exponentially trusted, professional, and diligent legal representative. Specifically, I recently contacted her to handle a legal matter which was completed with timely feedback and detailed expertise. Not only is her staff knowledgeable, but they are also friendly, understanding, patient, and expeditious - qualities necessary when helping a client. Anne-Louise DePalo is a discerning and adroit lawyer who is honest and candid with her advisement and she demonstrates a level of empathy and geniality throughout an appointment. Based on my experiences with Anne-Louise DePalo, I will continue to utilize her legal skills for my future needs, and I will also highly recommend her services to anyone needing them.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2016
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Highly Recommend
After months and months of trying to maneuver the family court system myself I retained the help on Ms. DePalo and it was the best thing I ever did for myself and my children. Ms. DePalo and her staff were attentive, responsive, and genuinely cared about my case and my situation. Ms. DePalo successfully obtained my post-divorce judgment modification with favorable results despite the other party trying to drag it out and create delays which would have resulted in more costs and pain to my children and me. Her knowledge of the law and her ability to successfully negotiate was a tremendous relief. All of the results I was hoping for were obtained and then some. I would highly recommend Anne-Louise DePalo and her staff to anyone looking for successful results and I can’t thank her enough.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2016
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Smooth, Fair and Honest
Ms DePalo turned this painful process of divorce into a smooth and fair one for both sides. There were some nagging issues which Ms DePalo resolved fairly while standing her ground, leaving both sides happy with the results. Also, her ability and honesty in not dragging the process out (resulting in higher costs and pain) was equaled only by her thorough knowledge of divorce law. Thank You! Highly recommended!
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Posted by Franca | April 28, 2016
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Satisfied Customer
I actually found Anne online for my mother when she decided to divorce my father. She was very professional, direct, caring and sensitive towards my mother's needs. My mother doesn't speak English well but Anne walked her through the entire process and dedicated her time and efforts into my mother's case. She was able to gt my mother a fair deal and continues to help my mother in whatever she still needs. I would recommend Anne, she will definitely fight for you and fight to get what you deserve. Thank you Anne for all you have done for my mother.
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Posted by Rick | March 10, 2016
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Ms DiPalo settled a case in 15 minutes when my old lawyer took almost 2 years to BS me out of a lot of money. . Watch out. There are divorce lawyers who don't care about your children, your family, or YOU. Ms. DiPalo and her team helped me to settle my nightmare and go on with my life. I'm am great full she could help me.
Posted by Nicole | February 27, 2016
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Ann-Louise has been very professional and extremely helpful during my closing. I am in the process of buying and selling a new home and she has been wonderful during the whole process. I would highly recommend Ann-Louise to use for future business including Real Estate Closings. Her entire staff is extremely helpful and always answer all questions immediately via call or email.
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Posted by Gerard | February 25, 2016
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I met Anne Louise Depalo in 2006 when i needed her services from her law firm for my divorce and joint custody of my children. Due to her expertise and knowledge of the law i got joint custody of my children and very pleased on how my divorce was settled. I have had a need to go back to her during the last several years ,each time sitting with Anne Louise is like being with a friend in which she has always made me feel comfortable because she could smile and laugh easily which would put me at ease. I trust her judgement and know because of her knowledge my issues will be handled in the best possible way. For this reason I highly recommend Anne Louise to anyone and everyone i know. Anne Louise is an excellent lawyer and has created a staff that are friendly and knowledgable to compliment her firm.
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Posted by Eileen | December 21, 2020
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Save Your Money
Ms. Depalo only has one way of defending her clients, it's either her way or no way. She represented me with the intention of what was best for her schedule. Also her personality is cold as ice. Unfortunately, I was a casualty of her actions. As a client, you are paying them, not the other way around.
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Work Experience

  • Founder & Senior Partner
  • DePalo Law Firm
  • 1988 - Present


  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Rochester
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984


  • Richmond County Bar Association, Matrimonial Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2015 - Present
  • Bay Ridge Lawyers Association
  • Active Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Active Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Staten Island Collaborative Law Group
  • Co-Founder
  • 2011 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of New York
  • Former Secretary, Former President Staten Island Chapter
  • 1996 - Present
  • Staten Island Women's Bar Association
  • Former President
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017


  • Richmond County Bar Association Journal
  • What is Collaborative Law?
  • 2016
  • Staten Island Advance
  • Getting A Divorce
  • 2012
  • Staten Island Advance
  • Gluing A Marriage Back Together
  • 2007
  • Staten Island Advance
  • Co-Parent Stop Fighting
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Richmond County Bar Association CLE
  • What is Collaborative Law?
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney, dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"My first thoughts when I have a case with Anne-Louise DePalo is that she is a formidable opponent. Nonetheless, she is an honest, fair and respectful so that working with her is always a pleasure. More concisely, I have referred family members to Anne Louise knowing that she will handle their matters with the diligence and professionalism they deserved."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a real estate attorney in the same community, Ms. DePalo and I have crossed paths on numerous occasions over the years (usually the sale of marital properties). Based on my personal experiences and observations, I endorse this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Anne-Louise for more than 25 years and I find her to be a fair and challenging opponent. She will fight for her client but is also capable of finding creative methods for settling matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had many cases against Anne-Louise over the past 20 years, including several Collaborative Divorce cases. She is very bright and fighhts hard for her clients! I heartily endorse her!"
Divorce and separation
Staten Island Divorce and separation Lawyer Anne-Louise DePalo
Anne-Louise DePalo
Divorce and separation Attorney
Staten Island, NY
Licensed for 36 years