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Katherine Ryan

Divorce and separation Attorney at Garden City, NY

4.4   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2010
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Katherine

Learn Katherine’s areas of practice.

Katherine Ryan, Esq. earned a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law, currently ranked as a first tier, "Best Law School" by U.S. News, where she specialized in Family Law and Domestic Violence. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Ryan graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a B.A. in English.


Ms. Ryan is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a member of the  Nassau County Bar Association and Suffolk County Bar Association.


Concentrating her efforts and skills in the areas of matrimonial, family and criminal law, Ms. Ryan has appeared in Courts within the boroughs of New York, Nassau and Suffolk County.


Ms. Ryan aggressively handles all aspects of adversarial matrimonial actions, including complex equitable distribution cases involving clients with high net worth. Further, Mrs. Ryan handles custody and visitation matters, paternity and termination of parental rights proceedings in both Family and Supreme Court. Ms. Ryan actively defends clients against CPS/ACS matters and criminal prosecution, specializing in the area of domestic violence.



The Law Office of Katherine Ryan, P.C.
585 Stewart Avenue
Suite 301
Garden City, NY, 11530

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  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Giri | November 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Katherine and her associate Nick are truly exceptional in what they do. They are professional, extremely diligent, thorough, very knowledgeable and come very prepared to court when representing their clients. When I laid out to them about a change of child visitation modification, they went in with a plan and stuck to it. Katherine has a very diligent associate in Nick who represented me while Katherine was on maternity leave. Nick kept Katherine informed while she was on maternity leave and Katherine made herself available when needed even though she had a new born to take care of. This clearly shows that she is dedicated to her clients and her business. Being a highly competent divorce attorney, I highly recommend Katherine Ryan and her team.
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Posted by Joseph | August 27, 2014
A Better Life
Katherine Ryan is a knowledgeable, informative and supportive individual. She is honest and lays reality out on the table, therefore never misleading. She always had the child's (my daughter's) best interest in hand and she was my advocate at the same time. Because of Kate Ryan I am a father who now has my rights protected which in turn has allowed me to foster a more involved and pro active relationship with my daughter. Over the past 3 years I have had more accomplished with Ms. Ryan that in the first 5 years of my daughter's life with other various lawyers.
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Posted by Lindsay | August 25, 2014
Kate was recommended to me by a work colleague, but frankly I would have hired her even without word-of-mouth. In our first meeting, I was impressed with Kate's professionalism, clear expertise and knowledge of this legal area, but also her ability to personally connect and appreciate the emotional complexities and decisions involved. From there forward, Kate was always professional, answered my calls and emails promptly, and fought hard for my children and myself. She was always one step ahead of my ex husband's attorney, and that's what sets Kate and her firm on a different level. Kate was able to have my difficult case finalized within a year, and hard to achieve that. I would highly recommend Kate Ryan to anyone who is in need of a matrimonial/divorce/family lawyer.
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Posted by Jessica | August 20, 2014
Phenomenal Attorney
Ms. Ryan represented me during the course of my divorce and was professional, knowledgeable and dedicated every step of the way. She always had my personal interests at hand and and truly acted in a way that showed she knew what issues were important to me. Ms. Ryan repeatedly went above and beyond, always getting back to me in a timely manner with solid information and a well-thought out course of action. I would undoubtedly use her again as her superior competency put my mind at ease. Ms. Ryan truly is an asset to her team and certainly made the harrowing divorce experience as painless as possible.
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Posted by Laura | August 19, 2014
Divorce and Custody Attorney
It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with Kate as my divorce and custody attorney. Her insightful preparation and development of my case has turned a tragic and terrifying event in my life, into a situation in which I had control and peace of mind. For the year prior to hiring Kate, I had been working with an attorney from another firm, and felt overwhelmed that no progress had been made, especially considering that my daughters safety was a concern. After an incident that led to a police officer advising me that I should find another attorney, to secure me with better legal rights in which to protect my daughter, a friend recommended me to Kate. I spoke to Kate that night over the phone, and was in her office the following evening for my consultation. I learned more about what my legal options were during that consultation than I had learned the in my entire year with my previous attorney, through my research, and through consultations with other attorneys. Her knowledge in custody law was so extensive that for the first time since my divorce had begun, I felt hope that my divorce would finally come to an end, that my daughter and I would be protected, and I felt confidence because I had a strong, no-nonsense attorney in my corner. Kate showed great empathy for my situation. Realizing that I was a recently single, struggling mother, she made accommodations to meet with me around my work schedule. She provided me with all my options and a realistic overview of possible outcomes, upfront, so that I could make an informed decision on which course of action to take, and move forward without wasting time. We were in front of a judge within the week, with a solid case, and I got more out of Kate’s legal services than I could have ever imagined or hoped for. I really appreciate her stepping up and getting me to a resolution and would be happy to offer her my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Christine | August 18, 2014
one of the best experiences
Katherine was very professional, ethical, compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated. I would recommend her to anyone. She handled my bad divorce and made it as easy as possible for me. I couldnt ask for a better lawyer!
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Took my money and didn't fight my case!
I didn't have an attorney on my child support case, didn't know how to present my case, and the judge didn't hear what I had to say because my ex would interrupt me and wouldn't allow me to speak. So I got a judgment that didn't justified my child's expenses or the father's true earnings. Upon that, I decided to get an attorney to represent me to appeal the decision. When I went to Mrs. Ryan and explained my case, I asked her if based on her expert opinion I would be likely to win the appeal or not - as I didn't have much money to spare and didn't want to waste my time and energy on a losing battle. She said it was a pretty straight-forward simple case and it was very like to get an increase on the child support. So I gave her my money. Mrs. Ryan didn't even deal with the case but gave it to someone else to handle it. I provided all information requested. They presented the information I had presented before and I lost the appeal. When I found out about it, I called and left messages numerous times before she would talk to me. I was never rude or nasty, I was in shock. When she finally took my call, she had an attitude as if I was the one who did something wrong. She told me, "you should have provided more documents and more information" and got off the phone soon after. I'm not an attorney to know what documents or information would have looked better for my case. I provided all that was requested from me. If I would have known how to present the case better and what to present, I wouldn't have paid thousands of dollars to an attorney. It is the attorney's role to defend the client, strategize to win the case, and asked from the client all necessary information and documents based on her knowledge of the law. I am extremely disappointed and feel totally robbed!
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Response from Katherine Ryan February 7, 2018
Unfortunately, this comment was posted anonymously, but due to the detail, I believe I can identify the case. This matter was originally decided in Family Court by a Support Magistrate. I was retained (hired) to file objections, which are submitted to a Judge in the Family Court. That Judge reviews the original decision. The matter was decided nearly one year ago. I still believe that you should have been entitled to reimbursement of a portion of child care expenses from the father of your child. Unfortunately, the Judge who reviewed our objections did not agree and you determined you did not want to spend money on a further appeal to the Second Department. While we do our best to present your case in the best and most educated way, I cannot predict the outcome of any case. Your disappointment was not relayed to me until the decision was reached. In fact, I understood that up until that point, you were happy with our services. If that was not the case, I wish that you had communicated your unhappiness to me earlier so we could have remedied the miscommunication. I wish you the best going forward.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Divorce Attorney / Principal
  • The Law Office of Katherine Ryan, Esq.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sari M. Friedman, PC
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Reynolds, Caronia, Gianelli, Hagney & LaPinta
  • 2009 - 2010


  • Fordham University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Villanova University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • JH v. KM
  • Joint Residential/Joint Legal Custody


  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Suffolk County Matrimonial Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Nassau County Young Republicans
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Villanova University Alumni Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Nassau County Matrimonial Bar Association
  • Member
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Languages Spoken

  • English


Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
Endorse Katherine
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have recommended Katherine to several of my clients who have all indicated to me that they were very happy with her representation on their matters. I strongly recommend Katherine in the area of Matrimonial law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katherine is always well prepared in the courtroom and is well respected throughout the legal community among her peers. I would highly recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kate is a formidable opponent. She works tirelessly for her clients and gets them the best results in the quickest amount of time. I highly recommend her."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been working with Ms. Ryan for years on various matters. Kate is diligent, respectful, responsive and extremely knowledgeable in the field of family and matrimonial law. I often refer her to clients, family and friends that I am unable to represent, who have all been extremely satisfied. I would highly recommend Katherine Ryan."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I found her responses on AVVO to be well thought out and helpful. She is well respected in her community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kathryn is a unique combination of empathic and tough. She is a tireless and effective advocate for her clients. She has the courtroom presence and confidence of a seasoned professional. I recommend her highly."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Her professionalism and advocacy for her client is above par in this field."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kate is a strong advocate for her clients. She is intelligent and takes a practical approach to help protect her client's best interests. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Katherine (Kate) Ryan's vast knowledge in the areas of Family and Matrimonial Law, diverse experiences and ability to act on her toes in any situation in the Courtroom distinguishes her from other practitioners in the field. Kate's advocacy for her client's is unmatched and she always does so with professionalism and poise. It is with great pleasure that I endorse Kate."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Katherine (Kate) is a highly skilled attorney who possesses the intellect and tenacity to handle even the most complex matrimonial cases. She is a hard worker who is willing to go the extra mile to achieve what is best for her clients. I am proud to endorse Kate to anyone in need for a top-notch matrimonial attorney on Long Island."
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Garden City Divorce and separation Lawyer Katherine Ryan
Katherine Ryan
Divorce and separation Attorney
Garden City, NY
Licensed for 14 years