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Gus Dimopoulos

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tuckahoe, NY

5.0   42 reviews

also known as Constantine G. Dimopoulos

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Gus

Learn Gus’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    50%

  2. Divorce and separation
    50%
    I handle complex matrimonial and family law matters involving contested and uncontested divorce, equitable distribution of assets, custody, visitation/access, child support, alimony/maintenance, relocation, modification of support.

    21 years

MATRIMONIAL ATTORNEY

Gus Dimopoulos has received nearly every award a matrimonial attorney can earn. He has been named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters each year since 2019 in field of matrimonial law. This honor is bestowed upon less than 5% of the attorneys in the Country and the recipients are vetted through an independent, patent pending selection process. Gus has also been selected as a Lawyer of Distinction in Family Law. He has been selected for membership in Premier Lawyers of America, awarded “10 Best” by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, and repeatedly received ’s Client Choice Award where he maintains a 10 out of 10 client satisfaction score.

Gus has handled some of the most complicated divorce cases on record and is widely recognized as the go-to attorney when matters seem unsurmountable. He has handled extremely contentious custody cases and has consistently succeeded in securing custody on behalf of his clients when there were no settlement options. Gus’ familiarity and study of mental illness, forensic evaluations, narcissistic personality disorder, coercive control and drug/alcohol issues help him resolve even the most difficult cases. While no one wants to find themselves in custody litigation, the fact of the matter is – it happens. When it does, Gus’ successful track record is unmatched. In fact, other attorneys regularly seek out Gus to handle the custodial aspects of their case, or, bring Gus in---even at the last minute after matters have gone sideways---to conduct custody trials on their client’s behalf. In fact, over the last two years alone, in cases involving mental health issues, Gus has successfully obtained a Supreme Court award of sole custody for his clients on six different occasions (for both mothers and fathers). Beyond trial victories, in countless other cases, Gus successful negotiated his client’s preferred result without the need for a trial and based in part upon his reputation in the court room.

On the financial aspects of divorce, Gus’ successes in the courtroom have resulted in 8-figure equitable distribution awards on the one end, and significantly disproportionate equitable distribution awards far below 50/50 on the other. Gus is recognized as a straight-talking, highly skilled negotiator who is not afraid to take a case to trial. Quick-witted, and a problem solver, his skill often lies in understanding the risk and reward to each party’s positions (and the psychology behind what is prohibiting a settlement). In a fiercely complex financial matter, when millions are at stake, cool minds must prevail. Gus is not a loud and obnoxious lawyer who needs to pound the table – but rather, he’s a thinker who understands that success in the courtroom comes from preparation, an understanding of the law and the facts, and a well-honed strategy. A true trial attorney, Gus is not afraid to try a winnable case – but at the same time, he understands that oftentimes a well-prepared trial strategy and case narrative effectively wins a case by bringing about the desired settlement.

In one notable case in Westchester County, a first of its kind, Gus successfully discredited a court appointed neutral valuation expert, leading the Court to value the business at more than 7-times the expert’s recommended value. The decision, widely recognized as one of the most important equitable distribution decisions in Westchester County, lead to the creation of a first-ever “hybrid” classes of asset—which was necessary to value the asset at its apex for the client. The decision was affirmed by the Appellate Division, Second Department. The court also issued Gus’ client what is possibly the largest counsel fee award ever issued in Westchester County, $1.2 million. The counsel fee award was also affirmed by the Appellate Division, Second Department.

Representing a female client who had amassed tens-of-millions working at a hedge fund, Gus and his co-counsel successfully argued that the Husband’s actions warranted an award of far less than 50% of the marital estate. The Court, chastising the husband for his greed and his inability to trace $14-$15 million of marital assets he removed from marital accounts, issued an order precluding him from offering testimony at trial as to the disposition of these funds. The Court’s preclusion order, in line with Gus’ arguments, ultimately led to favorable settlement just days before the trial began. Earlier in the case, Gus tried the issue of custody and overwhelmingly obtained his client’s preferred custodial access schedule, and an order providing his client will final decision making over educational matters.

Over the course of 20+ years handling complicated divorce matters, Gus has learned the delicate art of managing a crisis. With social media driving the news cycle and social interactions, it takes minutes, not days, for a crisis to develop. In matrimonial law, a crisis can emerge with by an embarrassing social media post, an unpopular news story, or even a threat from a third party to post a salacious photo. Gus understands how to take immediate action to navigate any predicament, implement tactical communication plans, and lead clients through challenging situations—with the goal of always keeping the issue out of Court. Clients routinely turn to Gus before a divorce is commenced to handle the crisis, and work to resolve the matter, with discretion, before either party needs to file for divorce, or a story breaks.

Knowing the law is critical; and we have litigated the “take-down” or prohibition on social media posting during divorce actions extensively. In fact, we recently won the leading case in this area of law. New York Courts routinely strike down orders that prohibit social media posting during divorce actions because the prohibition is deemed a prior restraint on one’s First Amendment right to free speech. However, Gus argued that this particular social media posting negatively impacted the children and his client’s ability to earn a living to support those same children. The Court agreed banned a social media posting to denigrated his client, or discussed the divorce proceeding. The opposing party, appealed the decision and turned to one of the foremost Appellate lawyers (himself a former justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department). However, the decision was affirmed and the ban continued. Since our precedent setting decision in February, 2023, we have been called upon to consult other lawyers looking to provide their clients the same result, and our case has been discussed and analyzed by various bar associations.

Location

Dimopoulos Bruggemann P.C.

Reviews

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Posted by Lisa | August 2, 2023
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The bull dog I needed
From the moment I met Gus, I knew I was in good hands. He was not only empathetic, but patient when I needed something explained, strong for me when I felt weak and my prize fighter in the ring. He has a confidence that radiates from within and makes you feel calm and as emotionally stable as one can while going through a divorce. I truly wouldn't have wanted anyone else by my side. He was extremely professional and handled my situation with ease. I would recommend Gus 100%.
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Posted by Barry | July 25, 2023
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If you want a bulldog, Gus Dimopoulos is your man
Mr Dimopoulos covered all the bases. He represented our daughter as the plaintiff and was relentless in obtaining the very best results for our daughter. He was awesome!!!
Posted by anonymous | July 4, 2023
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An advocate with a true heart
Gus not only played the role of zealous advocate, but also that of a protective big brother when navigating the Kafkaesque world of Family Court He guided me through the rabbit hole of custody proceedings with legal acumen and sage advice by playing chess while the others played checkers. He provided constant insight on not losing sight of the end goal by wasting energy and financial resources on the small battles. Gus genuinely cares. When dealing with a verbally abusive ex, he counseled me like a brother and admittedly, often made me laugh (when my inclination was to cry), reminding me to stay strong.. He possesses a unique combination of heart, humor, and legal acumen that got me through one of the most difficult times in my life. I highly recommend this stellar lawyer and human.
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Posted by Sheetal | March 8, 2024
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Fantastic Lawyer with Strong Analytical Skills
As someone who recently navigated the challenging waters of divorce, I cannot express enough gratitude for the exceptional legal guidance provided by Gus. From the moment I stepped into their office, I knew I was in capable hands. Gus possesses a rare blend of compassion and professionalism that immediately put me at ease during a tumultuous time in my life. They took the time to listen attentively to my concerns and goals, ensuring that every step taken was in alignment with my best interests. It was a very tough divorce with kids and very complicated finances and Gus took the time to understand every issue and create the right strategy for each hearing. His review and careful understanding of the intricate details of a very complex financial picture with multiple LLCs and investment accounts (including multiple properties) was super impressive. Throughout the entire process, Gus demonstrated an unparalleled level of expertise and dedication. Their attention to detail and strategic approach to each aspect of my case instilled confidence in me at every turn. No stone was left unturned, and no challenge was too daunting for them to tackle head-on. One aspect that truly sets Gus apart is their commitment to open communication and transparency. They kept me informed and involved every step of the way, patiently explaining complex legal concepts and ensuring that I felt empowered to make informed decisions about my future. Thanks to Gus's unwavering advocacy and tireless efforts, I was able to achieve a fair and equitable resolution in my divorce settlement. Their guidance and support extended far beyond the courtroom, providing invaluable emotional support and guidance as I navigated the emotional rollercoaster of divorce. In summary, I wholeheartedly recommend Gus to anyone in need of compassionate, competent, and effective legal representation during divorce proceedings. Their expertise, professionalism, and genuine care for their clients make them a true standout in their field.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2023
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Reliable and resilient with high conflict case
When I read these other reviews a year and a half ago I was afraid, overwhelmed and almost hopeless that I’d get to the end and be OK. Gus had come highly recommended by a friend as an expert in the law and a good human being. But I also needed someone who believed me about just how toxic and manipulative my X was and could handle it and win. Now, not only am I divorced, but I have my dignity, sanity and strength back and my kids are doing well. Gus has such deep knowledge of the law, the divorce process / system and people/ their lawyers that we navigated each issue thoroughly and strategically. When I needed to know the law and my rights, he explained; when I needed to understand my options and risks, he described them; when I needed to work through my fears, he gave me time and strength; and when I needed a reality check, I got it. I also so appreciate how he works, being flexible with when and how we work on things. I always felt he was on it and had my back. What’s more, he was highly collaborative with my mediator who told me he was a pleasure to work with. Thank you Gus. I’m a stronger version of me now and a toxic chapter of my life is contained.
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2023
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Thank you
Gus Thank you for helping me navigate a very difficult time in my life. Your legal advice and support helped me get thru it.
Posted by Tara Solazzo | July 2, 2023
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The BEST
The best feeling going through one of the worst situations is when someone says “I got you” Gus wears a cape and is truly one of a kind. He is the best attorney. He will make you feel comforted when you are scared. He will make you feel safe when you are fearful. When he says he’s got you, you truly are in the best hands. Trust the process but overall trust Gus. He is a powerhouse attorney who will have your back. I am very thankful for what he has done for me and my future for my family. I would be doing a disservice to his office if I didn’t mention Britt who is truly an Angel. She is kind supportive extremely helpful and thorough.
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Posted by Shazia | June 30, 2023
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Best decision I made so far in life
Without doubt , hiring gus for my divorce was the best life decision I have made so far in my life. He is a trial attorney, able to very competently handle complex financial matters and custody conflicts. I felt Gus was always by my side throughout this stressful time and he strives to achieve only the best results for his client. He is unmatchable.
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Posted by Jennifer | June 21, 2023
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Super Gus!!!!!
going through a divorce is hard. I was married 38 years, raised two children, and did not work outside the home. The fear, the trauma, and the emotional impact of 2 years of court battles is devastating. Throughout this process, Gus was my soldier and my support. He explained everything in terms I understood, he stood strong to make sure I would be able to live after the divorce, When the opposition went low, Gus remained professional and supportive. I cannot imagine going through this with any other attorney. Gus was my knight in shining armor! He got me through this and move on to a better life. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2022
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Gus is a great lawyer!
Gus immediately inspired strength in me to never ever compromise on equal custody as a father. He negotiated several aspects of what turned out to be a very difficult divorce case, and communicated clearly, authoritatively and assertively in court. I interviewed many other lawyers in Westchester, but no one matched Gus's passion as my advocate and his ability to provide a constant sense of reassurance and realism.
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Posted by Michelle | March 28, 2021
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Incredible from start to finish!
Like most people entering a divorce, I was nervous and anxious about how things would be taken care of and handled. Upon first consultation and conversation with Gus, I knew he had my best interest in mind and was going to take care of me. He explained every step of the way and was available to speak to whenever I needed him. Any time I panicked or had a new concern Gus would take the time to explain the law and my options, always making me feel at ease. For such a hard period in people’s lives, he made it easier because I trusted him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2021
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Amber Estabrook
Gus worked expeditiously and in a very thoughtful manner to handle our divorce. He made the process easier from start to finish, and although our case was small in comparison to I'm sure other bigger cases, spent the quality time to get it done in a timely manner.
Posted by Beth | February 20, 2021
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Highly recommend
Gus is everything you read about and more! He made an awful situation of divorcing an attorney, somehow run smoothly and painless. Gus made himself available in a timely manner and didn’t run up the bill wasting time. He was always professional and my only regret is not hiring him sooner! #InGusWeTrust
Posted by Anthony | February 20, 2021
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Expert advice and counsel
Gus was exactly the person I needed to guide me through an unexpected divorce. He carefully listened then provided the insight I needed to make intelligent decisions...which is not always easy in the moment. Gus takes the time to understand the full fact set and carefully advises along the way. He knows when it makes sense to be firm on issues but more importantly when it makes sense to concede to save time and money. For me, this all happened during the peak of Covid-19 and we conducted all meetings over zoom, which made it very convenient. I would strongly recommend his services for anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by Jen | October 2, 2020
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Gus is a rockstar!!!!
I can't say enough about how incredibly wonderful Gus and his entire team is. I have been through a very long and agonizing divorce and Gus was there every step of the way, making sure that I was protected and felt at ease during the entire process. He always had my best interest at heart and was incredibly generous and understanding when working with me on what I could afford. He is a shark in the the court room but a kind and compassionate lawyer when it comes to supporting his clients. To me, that is exactly who you want to represent you during such an emotional and difficult time in your life. Thank you Gus, Michael and Analia for your hard work, determination and dedication to me and my case. I couldn't have gotten through any of this without all of YOU!
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Posted by Chas | June 30, 2020
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I highly recommend Gus Dimopoulos. He is the best of the best.
As many could imagine dealing with a divorce presents many challenges on various levels. Choosing Gus as my legal representative was the best decision I could have made. Gus I would like to thank you for your professionalism, wisdom and guidance. It was very much appreciated.
Posted by Michele | June 7, 2020
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A Lawyer With A Huge Heart
My divorce was a scary time for me and I felt very alone, but the minute I spoke with Gus, I knew I was not alone. No matter what obstacles I had to battle, I knew I could reach out and Gus was always available to answer any questions and help me to navigate this process. This has been the saddest time in my entire life and Gus understood that. The only thing I can be happy about is that I know I had the best possible person to represent me and I am very thankful for that. I can not express my gratitude enough.
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Posted by Rachel | April 24, 2020
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A lawyer with integrity
Gus’s goal is to resolve your case so you can move on with your life. He will present you with a fair end game and work toward getting there as quickly as possible. Gus was my second attorney and after my ex husband fired his third attorney we sat down with Gus and finalized our agreement. I am grateful to Gus for helping me navigate divorce court and settlement. My ex husband feels the same. There are few divorce attorneys like Gus. He’s not inexpensive but in the end he will close the deal, save you money and treat both parties fairly. Today my ex husband and I share custody and parenting and get along well and are each engaged to be married. We are happy and moving forward with our lives thanks to Gus.
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Posted by Ashley | November 16, 2019
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Great Guidance, Great Lawyer
I went to Gus when I was dealing with a difficult time in my marriage. He helped me to understand what my options were and gave me all of the information and guidance that gave me the confidence to move forward with a divorce. As I was working through the process, he answered my questions with kindness and genuine concern for the happiness of me and my family. He was always available to help me with advice and guidance that helped me remain strong at a very difficult time in my life. Having him “in my corner” was essential to me finding the path to my new happiness. I am very thankful that a friend referred him to me, and I will certainly do so for any friend who needs similar guidance. Thank you Gus Dimopoulos!
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2019
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Gus is a lifesaver! The best of the best!
My case was complicated from the beginning. When Gus heard my story, while I was in need of guidance, he told me what needed to be done in details and he immediately made me feel comforted and I knew I could trust him. He guided me step by step with patience and from just the way he speaks, you knew he is the best in the field! He is intelligent, meticulous, confident, friendly and witty. You can sense that he can take on any challenges and you can hide behind this charismatic gentleman and he would take the pistol bullets for you with ease and fight back with machine guns. I had the confidence in him the whole time that he would get the job done eventually, and he did. The custody portion was very difficult. While my ex threw everything she could at me with verbal attacks and obstructive actions, Gus gave me all the support I could have and he was available for immediate live help on the phone whenever I needed. The finance portion was also very challenging because of multiple Medical offices that I run plus multiple properties throughout the marriage that I own. He fought for me hard and we came out victorious. From the beginning, Gus told me that if I could settle things on my own, please try, and he would only get involved if I needed the help or the negotiation cannot go through smoothly between me and my ex. Contrary to the other side, who forbid the client to make any deal with me privately, which clearly shows how Gus is very fair and honest and not money hungry. To make it brief, if I were to go back in time and go through the divorce process again, I would still hire Gus to fight for me without second thought. He is the best you can find out there and worth every dollar you spend. I am forever thankful of his professional and personal helps.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Maniatis & Dimopoulos, P.C.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Litigation Associate
  • Twomey Hoppe & Gallanty
  • 2000 - 2002

Education

  • Fordham Law
  • J.D.
  • 2000
  • New York University
  • BA
  • 1997

Associations

  • Columbian Bar Association
  • 2017 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2013 - 2018
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009 - 2018
  • Hellenic Lawyers Association
  • 2008 - 2018
  • Westchester Bar Association
  • Matrimonial section
  • 2006 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • Greek

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Outstanding Client Service
  • The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top-Rated Lawyer
  • The American Registry
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Selected Member
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (9)
Endorse Gus
Litigation Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gus is an excellent attorney who zealously advocates for his clients. He is an excellent litigator."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Gus is one the good guys. Strong advocate , responsive and knows his stuff. I certainly endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Gus is a true professional who knows the law and always looks out for his client's best interests."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gus is great! I recommend him highly!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer 100%."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several matters to Gus over the last several years and have heard nothing but praise concerning his legal services and abilities. He truly cares about his clients and goes the extra mile to make sure that their needs are met. I have also personally observed him working on his matters, and am impressed by the passion he brings to his practice. I will continue to highly recommend him."
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