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Lauren E. Michaeli

Divorce and separation Attorney at Yonkers, NY

5.0   21 reviews

Licensed for 10 years

About Lauren

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Lauren is a Partner at Farrauto Berman Slater & Michaeli, a boutique law firm that specializes primarily in family law, including matrimonial matters, custody, pre-nuptial agreements, support, etc. in Westchester County. Lauren has handled many cases involving sensitive matters such as infidelity, domestic violence and sexual abuse allegations. Lauren began her career as an impassioned litigator in January 2013, jumping right into court as one of the youngest attorneys appearing in Supreme Court, Westchester County. Since then, she has represented hundreds of clients in various courts throughout the State of New York. Graduating from Fordham Law with the Archibald R. Murray Award, summa cum laude and from New York University, cum laude with a concentration in social work and business communications, she dedicates herself fully to her clients' legal and emotional entanglements. Lauren is well known for her compassion and dedication to her clients, serving not just as a lawyer but also as a friend.  

Lauren served as a Committee Member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Children and the Law, and is a member of the Yonkers Lawyer Association and Westchester County Bar Association, Family Law Section. In 2022, Lauren received recognition in Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. In 2016 and 2017, she received the "10 Best in Client Satisfaction" Award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and  was recognized as one of the Three Best Divorce Lawyers in Yonkers, New York by .  She was further recognized in 2017 by Attorney and Practice Magazine as one of New York's top 10 Family Law Attorneys, and was honored by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as one of the "Top 10 under 40" for Family Law Attorneys in New York. Outside of her legal work, Lauren teaches megaformer classes at SLT (Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone) and lives in Manhattan with her two Italian Greyhounds named Gia and Jax who are 'pupfluencers' on Instagram.

Licensed for 10 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2013
Updated 07/14/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 08/01/2013

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

Contact Lauren

Farrauto, Berman Slater & Michaeli
1250 Central Park Avenue.
Yonkers, NY, 10704

Reviews

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Posted by Lisa | April 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks Lauren
My name is Lisa. I was going through a depressing divorce in 2020-2021 and I needed a lawyer who would fight for me in a professional manner. I did my reviews and that’s how I retained Lauren . Lauren, I want to thank you for going down this journey with me. Lauren was always replying to my text, emails and if she didn’t answer my call I would get a response. Even on the weekends she would reply. Lauren also takes the time to meet with me online to go through the process and explain and answer my questions. Thanks again Lauren for your compassion, your dedication and for your support. Lisa
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Posted by Adil | July 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best legal experience during the worst chapter of my life
I'm not the type of person to write reviews as I consider myself pretty low key.  However, when it comes to Lauren I knew I had to let the world know about her because that is the very least I can do to show my gratitude for everything she has done for me.   Prior to meeting/hiring Lauren, I was going through one of the most painful chapters in my life.  My ex fled with my child, lodged multiple false accusations against my family and me, and completely limited my access with my child. After what felt like a lifetime of non-stop accusations, I found Lauren and she really came to the rescue.  In the first 3 months alone she was able to do more for me than all my 3 prior attorneys did in one year.  Lauren was always available,  always empathetic and always ready to answer any questions or concerns I had.   I went from being deprived months without seeing my child at all to now sharing custody as close to equal that far exceeded my expectations.  What I appreciate about Lauren is that she's extremely knowledgeable and compassionate.  She keeps a cool head and is always present. She doesn't take this as just a job but really invests her time to know her client and she makes a genuine and conscious effort to do the right thing and make a material difference in someone's life as she did with mine.  Fast forward 2 years later, my entire case is coming closer to an end and I have more optimism than I ever thought imaginable.  I no longer wake up every morning fearing the worst.  I have my son.  I have meaning and purpose and my life is back on track.  I now see the light at the end of the tunnel and I would not be where I am if it weren't for Lauren's professionalism, support and guidance. Thank you so much, Lauren!
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Posted by Kristin | December 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Custody dispute and international relocation.
I hired Lauren while going through a unpleasant custody dispute with my ex husband. It was a stressful and scary time for me, but I found solace in Lauren. She was able to not only bring my situation to a complete satisfactory ending, but she was able to calm my fears and keep me sane along the way. Lauren was quick to respond to calls and emails, never leaving me to wonder, and above all else she is incredibly knowledgeable and amazing at what she does. She took my case on like it was her own. By the end of my trial she knew more about my life than I did. She will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. I am so grateful to have had Lauren in my corner and I can’t thank her enough I will confidently say this.... I am your "most grateful client."
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Posted by Sandy | November 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy
Lauren is not only professional but compassionate and trustworthy. She was patient with me and explained every detail of my case and many times over if I was just too emotional and not able to comprehend the first time. I had no doubt she had my back . I watched her handle herself on my behalf and I appreciate having a strong lawyer on my side. She's very professional, always on time and prepared.
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Posted by Tina | August 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent, efficient, and compassionate
I would give Lauren a 100 stars if I could. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law and efficient at navigating the court system. Her compassionate approach is comforting to clients who are often facing the most challenging life changes. She is affable yet tough which affords her great skill in negotiating. Above all, her honesty and sense of fairness is refreshing and rare. She will always do her utmost to affect to best outcome for her client. I am more than satisfied with her services.
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Posted by Andrea | October 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce/my happily ever after
I don't write many reviews for anyone or anything. I am compel to write this one. It is so important to be comfortable and confident in your attorney. That is how I felt throughout the 2 year process. That length of time had nothing to do with Lauren Michaeli. From start to finish, it was like speaking to a friend I knew for years and with the utmost professionalism. She was excellent at answering any and all my questions (in a timely manner) negotiating, and moving the process along. I have a few friends who went through a divorce and their lawyer went MIA (missing in action) They could not get any answers. I never once had that problem. If anyone has to go through this process, Lauren Michaeli doesn't add to your stress. She makes it, as painless as I guess it could be. I would recommend her anytime!!
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Posted by Ivan | January 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful!
I was in an abusive relationship and Lauren stepped in. She guided me through the entire court process. I am grateful that she patiently work alongside me to handle everything with order for protection, divorce, and settlement. Sometimes people need individuals that revolve around the world or the law, which we think we know. I am not from that realm! Yet, I'm grateful she was there for me. I needed her help, I received her help, and in the future, I know I will need her help! She is someone to trust and appreciate. I am simply a client, not an employee. If you deal with anxiety, with fear, more importantly, with the concept of despair, Lauren is the one you should be dealing with. At least in my opinion! I cannot help you, but she can. And whatever you go through or are facing, I've been there and I'm so grateful that she took me out of my hell! I openly proclaim my name. Ivan
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Response from Lauren Michaeli April 26, 2019
Ivan, You were truly a pleasure to represent! I'm so happy you're in a better place now. Keep me posted on your new baby and stay in touch!
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complex Paternity and Child Support Case
I hired Lauren to help me through a complex and long drawn out paternity and child support matter. Lauren did everything she could to simplify and expedite matters when possible. I found her to be very smart and straight talking with a genuine passion about getting the best result for the people she represents. She was entirely knowledgeable and unwavering in her resolve against some very tough and obnoxious opposition. I was delighted with how she got me through the process and the end result that was negotiated, I would recommend Lauren without hesitation. Best of luck!
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Response from Lauren Michaeli April 26, 2019
Thank you so much for this review. I'm glad we were able to get the justice you and your son deserve. You held your head high throughout the tough process and made me proud to be on your team.
Posted by Anthony Marini | December 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lauren Michaeli saved my life !
This is the first time I’ve ever written a review in my life. It’ll probably be different from most others ;so pay attention. In 2011 I began a 7 year court battle nitemare of custody and child support with my ex wife involving my then 15 year old son. After 6 years of dealing with corrupt judges , lying witnesses , crooked cops , and three unethical money grubbing parasites who called themselves attorneys , I was at the end of my rope , and in an extremely dark place. I had also gone thru tens of thousands of dollars. Then I called Lauren in early 2017. I won’t go into details about my case but within 60 days she had resolved all the problems that others couldn’t do in the last several years. She’s not only a brilliant attorney but one of the kindest honest people I’ve ever met. A truly beautiful human being. I was brought back from a deep dark place to begin living my life again. To this day Lauren is still my attorney and also a great friend and I can never thank her enough.
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Response from Lauren Michaeli April 26, 2019
Anthony, as always, thank you for your kindness! I'm so glad I was able to help. Know that I'm on your side for whatever life throws your way!
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lauren is amazing
I hired Lauren after unsuccessful and outrageously expensive litigation of many years with another attorney; I feel very fortunate that Lauren has taken me under her wing. She has been a great ally to have in my day-to-day challenges of dealing with an impossible ex, always responsive, always kind, compassionate and able to see the big picture when I sometimes cannot. She has led me to the end of a custody portion of my trial and has worked with me through all the challenges of this highly unpleasant process. I admire her personality, her sense of humor and a big heart. Lauren is very competent, and I fully trust her legal advice. She has been more than fair in her billing practices and has always allowed me the time to make my payments. I feel very fortunate to have worked with Lauren and highly recommend her to anyone, but especially to someone who may need a lot of support through this process.
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Response from Lauren Michaeli April 26, 2019
Thank you for this feedback. I know the battles are not over with your incredibly difficult ex, but we will get you through this. We are always proud to represent people like you, who are brilliant and deserving. Thank you for being a wonderful client and person!
Posted by Matt | December 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, Attentative, Intelligent, and most importantly, caring.
Lauren has gone above and beyond for my son and I in and out of court, she has the perfect balance of strong mind and gentleness that when combined with her ability to read people and the court room, it makes her an impeccable and impressive force. Watching her work has instilled in me faith and confidence in her abilities that I never thought I’d see. If that wasn’t enough, she was also thoughtful, not just of my wallet but of the well being of my son and I. I would hire Lauren each and every time without any hesitation.
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Response from Lauren Michaeli April 26, 2019
Matt, I appreciate you sharing your experience. You and your son are often on my mind and in my heart and I will not stop protecting you both.
Posted by TERESA | September 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE BEST
I truly was blessed to have found such a wonderful lawyer as well as a great person. From the very beginning, Lauren was compassionate, professional and supportive. She always kept me informed and called or emailed me back in a timely manner. I really can't say enough about her. She is a WIN WIN.
Response from Lauren Michaeli April 26, 2019
Thank you, Teresa! I'm glad we got you out of a bad situation and onto the next chapter of your life!
Posted by Seth | August 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A nightmare with a happy ending
On July 2016 the mother of our 6th month old twins boys did the unthinkable. She created an alleged situation about my parents and I and had all three of us served with a protection order with a stay away. Which eventually turned into one of the worse experience a first time father could never imagine. Lauren was recommended to us by John Farrauto who is one of three partners of her Firm. Upon meeting Lauren she quickly created a case and assured me that I will be a father to both my sons after all is said and done. Lauren is a compassionate, empathetic attorney who is protective of her clients. Her willingness to make right of an unjust situation is comforting, making a long custody battle seem shorter than it really is. Her qualifications are clearly displayed on the walls of the office she resides in, reassuring you that you're investing in an extremely intelligent attorney and not some ambulance chaser looking for a dollar. During our 11 month battle in an out of court, supervised visits, protection orders, and an emotional rollercoaster that would break an average human being, Lauren didn't quit, she kept pushing our demands and not settling until we in fact felt what was being offered was fair. In the end what was promised to me did In fact came to be. My two children and I have the relationship I have dreamt of since the day their were born. The tears that were once shed from sadness, turned into tears joy. Lauren thank you for all you have done for the family and I. Your passion for justice has made this all possible and the family and I will be forever grateful!!!! I highly recommend Lauren E. Michaeli, Esq. From the firm of Farrauto, Berman & Slater to defend any parent caught up in a malicious custody battle because she cares and does WHATS RIGHT!!!
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Response from Lauren Michaeli April 26, 2019
Seth, Your case was one of the cases that makes me love practicing family law. Thank you for keeping me in the loop with your boys. You're an awesome father and a great person!
Posted by Priscilla | November 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More than just legal assistance during a difficult time..
This was my 1st time ever seeking legal help and it was regarding matters that not only would impact me but also my child. Lauren was comforting, reassuring and understanding in every way; she made me feel comfortable and confident that everything would work out for the best. With her knowledge and professionalism she was able to provide advice that would lead to the best outcome. I would definitely recommend Lauren to my family; friends and anyone needing legal help.
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Posted by Michael | June 22, 2015
Lemonade from Lemons
Going through a divorce isn't easy. It's expensive, scary and you don't know who you can trust. I lucked out having Lauren represent me. She knows the law, doesn't waste time and she is a good person as well. She got me through all the hurdles with as little hassle as possible. I can't say enough about how professional she is and understanding at the same time. She made a very bad situation tolerable and I can't thank her enough. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Trish | May 28, 2015
Highly Recommended!!
Lauren Michaeli helped and supported me through a very difficult, emotional divorce. She was thorough in listening to what I needed and wanted for me and my children. She kept me informed throughout the process and guided me through the necessary details. Lauren fought for everything that was important to me to protect my interests and those of my children. She was compassionate, kind and tough. I highly recommend Lauren as an attorney.
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Posted by M | March 13, 2015
A fabulous attorney
Lauren helped us go through a few trying custody and financial battle. She was always available and was so incredibly patient in dealing with the barrage of emails and panicked phone calls. Lauren diffused a very tense relationship between the initial opposing attorneys. She came on the case later and helped to move things along without as much drama. Lauren was able to negotiate an excellent settlement for us. We couldn't have been happier having Lauren represent us. If we have to go back to court, we will most certainly be calling Lauren to represent us again.
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2014
Lauren Michaeli
Lauren was extremely responsive and effective. She was in touch from the moment she took on my case, staying in touch, explaining the process to me, keeping me calm and letting me know what all I needed to do for my case. I would highly recommend her. She went the extra mile and the results speak for her skills.
Posted by Al | September 21, 2013
A True Professional
Getting divorced has been one of the hardest and most trying times in my life. While I'm not going to write about the ins and outs of my particular case, I will say this: it's complicated. Luckily, I have a lot of very good and competent people in my corner who have supported me along the way. One of those is Lauren Michaeli. I have seen friends and co-workers get divorced. None of them had any recommendations when it came time for me to "lawyer up". I, on the other hand, have recommended both Ms. Michaeli and Mr. Penichet over and over again and my case isn't even settled yet. I can honestly say that no matter what happens I know I had the best representation I could possibly receive. The level of care and effort put in by Ms. Michaeli will never be forgotten, but really it was the compassion and human approach to her work that impressed me the most. As a police officer I have seen my fair share of lawyers, but few that have the mettle Ms. Michaeli has shown over the past year. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to have gotten to know Ms. Michaeli. I am grateful for all of her efforts. I expect great things from her and can state without any doubt that if Ms Michaeli is representing you, consider yourself in very good hands.
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Posted by Nick Puglisi CPA | September 21, 2013
quality representation
Lauren provided me with quality legal representation at a time when I really needed it. Lauren was exceptional in a crisis and in stressful situations. Lauren knows the law and made me comfortable..
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 425-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Farrauto Berman Slater & Michaeli
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Penichet Firm, PC
  • 2011 - 2013

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Associations

  • Westchester County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2014 - Present
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Yonkers Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • NYSBA Committee on Children and the Law
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Long Island Chihuahua Rescue
  • Foster
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue
  • Coordinator
  • 2009 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Three Best Divorce Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2022
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Law Firms
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 2017 Top 10
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2017
  • Distinguished Lawyer
  • Expert Network
  • 2017
  • Three Best Yonkers Divorce Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Recognized Attorney
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2015
  • Archibald R. Murray Award, Summa Cum Laude
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association
  • NYSBA Mock Trial Judge
  • 2016
  • Family Law Update, Yonkers
  • Family Law Update
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (5)
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Michaeli is a highly capable attorney. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Family Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Michaeli is the highest caliber professional, with an understanding and sympathetic ear. She can fully represent a client's best interests on paper and in the courtroom. Not one to pull punches, she will always be honest and up front with you about your case and your best options for success."