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Ava G. Gutfriend

Child abuse Attorney at Bronx, NY

4.8   19 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 33 years
    New Jersey - NJ 34 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    License Administratively Revoked No misconduct found

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Ava G. Gutfriend, Esq. is the leading attorney at the Bronx law firm, The Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend. Ms. Gutfriend received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985 from New York University, and her Juris Doctorate degree in 1989 from Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law. She has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1990, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Bronx Bar Association, and the Bronx Family Court Bar Association. Attorney Gutfriend is a former Prosecutor for the City of New York Corporation Counsel Department of Legal Affairs, and has over 30 years of experience litigating and negotiating in all aspects of family law.

 

 

Over the years, Attorney Gutfriend has become known for the personalized, dedicated, and one-on-one service she has to offer for every client she represents. When an individual decides to retain the representation of The Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend, she will examine all the details surrounding the situation, find out the client’s goals, address any issues they may be facing, and develop a personalized strategy that is tailored to fit their specific needs. New York family laws are constantly changing, and Ms. Gutfriend works to make sure that she is always aware of any amendments that may occur. Attorney Gutfriend understands that family law matters can be some of the most difficult legal issues to work through, and she acknowledges that emotions are bound to run high when working through them. She believes that no one should ever have to face New York family courts alone, and offers her representation so that individuals will not have to. Whether you need assistance with matters involving divorce, child custody, or alimony, contact The Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend to find out about retaining the representation of Attorney Gutfriend. 

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Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend
206 East 163rd Street
Bronx, NY, 10451

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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Angel | January 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
RELIABLE, HONEST, EMPATHETIC, DEDICATED
Ava was a gem of a find when I found myself in a custody battle for my two boys. She knows the art of remaining patient and not letting ego or emotions get in the way. She has decades of experience in law and managing the court processes. My case was what they call a high conflict case with a varied range of issues. She went up against the most unscrupulous attorney and handled it with flawless class. Her strategy is simple, she was always very prepared and knew the details of my case, and more importantly the law. She always made me feel confident that every hearing we attended we'd come out one step closer to a positive outcome for my boys. She understands its not just a case, it is the welfare of a family in her hands. Custody battles are not a win/lost situation. She is not in it for the win. Instead she gives you insight so you can get the best outcome for the entire family regardless of what side of the table they sit on. In the end it is only the children that suffer and she really tries to limit the amount of pain the children have to endure. I gained custody early on in my case. Despite that she still tried to negotiate a amicable agreement. Unfortunately the situation did not end amicably. Ultimately custody of the children remained with me. The Family Court system is very difficult to navigate and the process is very long. The Court prefers parents to figure it out on their own...sometimes during that long process parents come to a mutual agreement. Sometimes they don't. When they don't great lawyers like Ava are your guiding light. She is the real deal!
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Posted by Wanda Nieves | March 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best law fighter CHAMP
After researching to find a great lawyer, Ava was the best choice in every way. From the moment I met Ava and explained my case, she made me feel so comfortable. Ava was so sure on winning me this case, that I trusted her in all that she said and did. I was going for guardianship for my grandson and she got me custody. Talk about winning. Ava Gutfriend is the way to go when you need a great lawyer. She answered all my calls, questions and if I needed to meet with her, she made herself available. I will recommend her to everyone. Thanks Ava for always putting me at ease and mostly for granting me the rights to protect my grandson in every way. You are the best in every way, as a lawyer, a professional, and a great person. Thank you and God bless you.
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Posted by Mark | March 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best there is A++++++
The best she great always will recommend her to anybody. She help me with my case she kept it real with me. I thank her so much for the help. When you need don't think about it go for hrr she a fighter .
Posted by Charly | September 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grant/program coordinator
Ava, has been with my case since two years now. It’s a difficult case being the dad doesn’t not want relocation to take place. However, due the certain unamicable things, diagnosis, relationship building with dad; it’s a double edged sword. I am comfortable she will prevail with her knowledge and expertise with child custody. Ava did care and advocates diligently for your concerns and case!i think she is the best !
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Posted by Raphael | June 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Not all diamonds are forever. And if things get ugly, you'll find yourself like me - trying to navigate a court system steeped in dysfunction, racism and unconscious bias. A place where cases seem to be adjudicated by fiat. The fact is we are not represented equally and it's on you to find excellent counsel. Ava has the reputation (she's a fighter), recency (she knows all the players) and the experience (30+ yrs) to successfully represent you. An institution is only as good as the people who work within it and Ava excels where others fail. The system works when you hire competent, ethical counsel. You wanna win? Hire Ava.
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Posted by Arthur | June 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bronx best family Attorney!!
Hands down the best child custody attorney! Compassionate, caring and years of experience. She made our family feel at ease with her leading the charge in our granddaughter’s child custody case. With years of experience and passion for children’s rights she has made our family feel that she was not only the right choice but the best!
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Posted by Sandra | August 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Wealth of knowledge
Ava was very supportive and full of experience. There wasn't a question she couldn't answer or problem she didn't see a practical solution to. She was very easy to reach throughout my case by email, quick to respond. I would recommend her to everyone. I was going through multiple, yes, multiple custody/child support cases and with Ava's experience and concern, it doesn't get much better then her. She is at the top of her league.
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Posted by McAlister | September 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She's A+
Ava answered all my questions and helped me understand what I needed to do, I thank her for her consultation,she responded back to me in a timely manner she thorough and straight to the point and friendly....She Cares and Loves what she does.
Posted by Alethia | August 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Ava is the real deal, an excellent attorney, one who will fight very hard for her client. She tells you the “real truth” of what to expect in your case. I have the privilege of retaining Ms. Gutfriend for my divorce proceeding and I am so please with her professional handling of my case with all the different misleading tactics my ex throw at us.
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Posted by Samuel | November 10, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Family Law Attorney
Ava is an excellent attorney, with tremendous knowledge of family law, both from books and in the courthouse. I have sent her many cases and she always takes great care of my clients. I would not hesitate to put another client in her trusted hands.
Posted by CT | July 9, 2015
I hit the the jackpot playing lawer lotto with Ava Gutfriend
I thought my divorce was gonna basically destroy my world and damage my kids in the process and it almost did. Not a day goes by that I don't believe I made the absolute correct choice in retaining Ava's services. She talked and walked me through the whole process from completing papers to how the court rooms actually works. What to expect and how to conduct myself. She advised me on taking notes on everything like days and nights I spent with my children, and incidents and expenses no matter how small or big. Thanks to Ava my divorce is near finalized and she was able to assist me in getting a custodian agreement that I wouldn't have ever thought I would be able to obtain in spending time with my children. She was firm and relentless in court that the other side of the case had no choice but to settle. My particular case didn't have much court room drama or explosive court battles but it was still difficult, stressful and at times hard to handle. My children mean everything to me and every second I know have with them is becuase of her dedication to my case as if I was her only client. I can't thank Ava enough for all she did.
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Posted by Albert French | June 1, 2015
A God sent attorney....
Ava Gutfriend, when I hear of, speak of or merely think of that name in my mind it is a name that is equivalent to (Caring, Courteous, Excellence, Dependable, Focused, Hard Working, Honest, Knowledgeable, Loyal, Passionate, Respectful, Responsive and Trustworthy). Ava is an attorney that truly cares about the cases she takes on and believes in the clients she chooses to represent. Ava's character, knowledge and professionalism far exceeds any of the of the lawyers I've chosen to represent me in the past and those whom I've come in contact with throughout my experiences with the family court system. My name is Albert French and I became a client of Ava Gutfriend in 2013 after my seven year old twin children reported to me that they were being Mistreated, Neglected and Sexually Assaulted by their mother and her live in boyfriend. As you can imagine after hearing such horrific news my one and only thought was to remove my children from this toxic environment as soon as possible. I immediately contacted ACS (Administration for Children's Services), NYPD (New York Police Department) and the law office of Ava Gutfriend and ever since retaining Ava she has handled every aspect of my case, ensuring my children's safety. I am writing this review to all those whom are willing to read it and this includes you Ava, had it not been for all of your advise, expertise, hard work and support, being by my side throughout this entire ordeal I do not know where my children would be right now or what direction this case might have taken. If and when ever the question is asked "Do you recommend and trust that Ava Gutfriend can handle any and every family court matter" my answer has always been and forever will be "YES" I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that Ava can and I hope after reading this review you walk away feeling the same sense of certainty I do regarding Ava's ability. Retaining an amazing attorney that will represent you with over twenty years of experience in all family court matters ranging from Alimony / Spousal Support, Divorce, Child Abuse / Neglect, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Enforcement of Court Orders, Guardianship / Adoption, Modifications, Orders of Protection, Prenuptial Agreements, Paternity, Relocation, Uncontested Divorce and Visitation gives you the peace of mind not every attorney can afford their clients so take my word for it you need look no further than Ava Gutfriend. Respectfully, Albert
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Posted by Albert | May 31, 2015
A God sent attorney....
Ava Gutfriend, when I hear of, speak of or merely think of that name in my mind it is a name that is equivalent to (Caring, Courteous, Excellence, Dependable, Focused, Hard Working, Honest, Knowledgeable, Loyal, Passionate, Respectful, Responsive and Trustworthy). Ava is an attorney that truly cares about the cases she takes on and believes in the clients she chooses to represent. Ava's character, knowledge and professionalism far exceeds any of the of the lawyers I've chosen to represent me in the past and those whom I've come in contact with throughout my experiences with the family court system. My name is Albert French and I became a client of Ava Gutfriend in 2013 after my seven year old twin children reported to my me that they were being Mistreated, Neglected and Sexually Assaulted by their mother and her live in boyfriend. As you can imagine after hearing such horrific news my one and only thought was to remove my children from this toxic environment as soon as possible. I immediately contacted ACS (Administration for Children's Services), NYPD (New York Police Department) and the law office of Ava Gutfriend and ever since retaining Ava she has handled every aspect of my case, ensuring my children's safety. I am writing this review to all those whom are willing to read it and this includes You Ava, had it not been for all of your advise, expertise, hard work and support, being by my side throughout this entire ordeal I do not know where my children would be right now or what direction this case might have taken. If and when ever the question is asked "Do you recommend and trust that Ava Gutfriend can handle any and every family court matter" my answer has always been and forever will be "YES" I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that Ava can and I hope after reading this review you walk away feeling the same sense of certainty I do regarding Ava's ability. Retaining an amazing attorney that will represent you with over twenty years of experience in all family court matters ranging from Alimony / Spousal Support, Divorce, Child Abuse / Neglect, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Enforcement of Court Orders, Guardianship / Adoption, Modifications, Orders of Protection, Prenuptial Agreements, Paternity, Relocation, Uncontested Divorce and Visitation gives you the peace of mind not every attorney can afford their clients so take my word for it you need look no further than Ava Gutfriend. Respectfully, Albert
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Posted by Albert French | May 31, 2015
A God sent attorney....
Ava Gutfriend, when I hear of, speak of or merely think of that name in my mind it is a name that is equivalent to (Caring, Courteous, Excellence, Dependable, Focused, Hard Working, Honest, Knowledgeable, Loyal, Passionate, Respectful, Responsive and Trustworthy). Ava is an attorney that truly cares about the cases she takes on and believes in the clients she chooses to represent. Ava's character, knowledge and professionalism far exceeds any of the of the lawyers I've chosen to represent me in the past and those whom I've come in contact with throughout my experiences with the family court system. My name is Albert and I became a client of Ava Gutfriend in 2013 after my seven year old twin children reported to my me that they were being Mistreated, Neglected and Sexually Assaulted by their mother and her live in boyfriend. As you can imagine after hearing such horrific news my one and only thought was to remove my children from this toxic environment as soon as possible. I immediately contacted ACS (Administration for Children's Services), NYPD (New York Police Department) and the law office of Ava Gutfriend and ever since retaining Ava she has handled every aspect of my case, ensuring my children's safety. I am writing this review to all those whom are willing to read it and this includes You Ava, had it not been for all of your advise, expertise, hard work being by my side throughout this entire ordeal I do not know where my children would be right now or what direction this case might have taken. If and when ever the question is asked "Do you recommend and trust that Ava Gutfriend can handle any and every family court matter" my answer has always been and forever will be "YES" I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that Ava can and I hope after reading this review you walk feeling the same sense of certainty I do regarding Ava's ability. Retaining an amazing attorney that will represent you over twenty years of experience in all family court matters ranging from Alimony / Spousal Support, Divorce, Child Abuse / Neglect, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Enforcement of Court Orders, Guardianship / Adoption, Modifications, Orders of Protection, Prenuptial Agreements, Paternity, Relocation, Uncontested Divorce, Visitation gives you the peace of mind not every attorney can afford their clients so take my word for it you need look no further than Ava Gutfriend. Respectfully, Albert
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Posted by Crystal | October 3, 2014
Contested Divorce
While I did not retain Ms Gutfriend's service,I was very impressed with expertise and phenomenal knowledge of the law. Her willingness to go that extra mile and excellent response time on questions you might have places her above many in the same field. By saying this I was totally prepared to handle my own case. I highly recommend her services to anyone who needs a great lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2014
Simply the best!!!
She is the real deal, very upfront once she knows the details of your situation. If you decide to select her, she will do everything possible to help you. Very professional, knowledgeable, and most importantly , caring.
Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2013
Great Family Attorney for A Difficult Situation!
I've hired Ms. Gutfriend for my custody case although its been a short period of time I was impressed with her representation on the first court date. Very knowledgeable on Family law would definitely recommend her.
Posted by Alex | October 22, 2013
An excellent lawyer
While I did not actually retain Ms. Gutfriend's services I was extremely pleased. I had a custody/visitation suit and she was well informed on the matters. Ava was great in her response time and really went the extra mile to meet with me, explain things, and offer another perspective. If I ever wind up in the Bronx again, I know who I'm going to call!
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Posted by Abdul | December 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
first and worst
I hired Ava for an uncontested divorce. It took two years and I didn't get any positive result. After taking $1500 from me, her stuff were so rude and they do not get back to me to tell me whats happening. When finally after two years they told me I have a court hearing, she gave me the choice of paying extra $650 more to represent or sign a paper that she is no longer my lawyer. I chose to sign the paper because it is uncontested and nothing to represent me for. It took them till a day to my court hearing to present me with the paper to sign after numerous calls. Also they refused to give me my file stating that I go to the court and ask for a copy. My experience with her and he stuff was very very horrible. She is never around to be spoken to and never returns calls.
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Response from Ava Gutfriend February 3, 2020
While we disagree with your claims, due to our commitment to confidentiality, we will not respond specifically. We are sorry that you were not pleased with our services. We work hard for our clients and are proud of how most are very happy with our services and results. If you'd like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Ava Gutfriend
  • 1995 - Present
  • ATTORNEY
  • NYC FAMILY AND LEGAL SERVICES
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Attorney
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • 1989 - 1991

Education

  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Bronx Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Bronx Family Court Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • 20 Years of Practice Recognition
  • American Bar Association
  • 2012
  • BBB Rating A+
  • BBB
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney, dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Having several matters as opposing counsel with Ava, I can confidently say that she zealously represents her clients. She is willing and able to work with counsel to resolve matters that can be settled without expensive litigation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Other
"A highly experienced, well-rounded and compassionate attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Child abuse Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is skilled and well-respected in the community."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Terrific Lawyer. Aggressive Litigator. She will stand up to anyone, any judge, any lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Bronx Child abuse Lawyer Ava G. Gutfriend
Ava G. Gutfriend
Child abuse Attorney
Bronx, NY
Licensed for 34 years