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Maria M. Schwartz

Divorce and separation Attorney at Garden City, NY

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1996
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Maria Schwartz is a divorce and family law attorney with nearly 20 years of experience in transitioning men and women from marriage to divorce.  She began her practice immediately upon graduation from law school and admission to the New York State Bar.  Electing to "hang a shingle" for herself, she immediately went into the trenches of divorce where she singlehandedly dealt with the demands of a growing practice, fragile clients, and tough adversaries. Drive, pressure to survive and determination to be among "the best" led the way to successful and steady growth of her career. Like her clients and more than 50% of the country's married population, she too divorced and found herself a single mother to three daughters. This personal experience not only furthered her understanding of divorce but enabled her to truly appreciate and empathize with her clients. Her approach to divorce and clients is straight-up and no-nonsense.


Maria Schwartz, PC
600 Old Country Rd Rm 310
Garden City, NY, 11530-2010

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Posted by Allison | April 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I am very happy I chose Maria to represent me throughout my divorce process. Based on her legal and personal experience she was able to guide me in making the best decisions for myself and daughter. She was extremely professional but also caring and supportive. With Maria's guidance and direction, I was able to secure what I needed in a very realistic amount of time. Anyone who chooses Maria and her team will be in very good hands.
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Posted by Michael | June 27, 2019
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Extremely knowledgeable!
Mrs. Schwarz came highly recommend and now why. I met Mrs. Schwartz today for the first time and can honestly say that she is one of the nicest people and Attorneys that I have ever come across. She is EXTREMELY knowledgeable. She listened to me and gave me a lot of information. I can not say enough good things about her!
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2018
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The Closer
Maria is a “Closer”. She is the opposite of a “typical” lawyer. Maria is honest, trustworthy, professional and respectful person (which includes her staff). After a year and half of being dragged through the mud, with nothing but broken promises and an absorbent amount of unnecessary and unjustified lawyer fees. I smartened up, picked myself up, dusted myself off and made an appointment to meet Maria. From the moment I met her, it was instantaneous. She was warm and made me feel comfortable, but assured me, she was a no nonsense person, and would get the job done. I met her in February where she told she could have my divorce finalized by June. Not only did she keep her word, she delivered a month early! My freedom to move on with my life and she made it happen! Thank you!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2017
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Couldn't have found a better attorney !
After interviewing more than half a dozen attorneys I realized that Maria stood out head and shoulders from everyone else. This was extremely important because I knew that my situation wasn’t going to be amicable and I needed the best representation to get through this painful ordeal. Maria's extremely intelligent, knowledgable and very well respected in her field. She has always been extremely attentive and prepared, responsive to emails and calls, and I never felt like she was looking to just churn fees. Many firms will charge you for copies of a document , stamps , and any way they can generate additional revenue .... Maria doesn't operate that way Maria was very sensitive to my situation and extremely supportive throughout the entire process. And I always felt like I was a priority client. During the divorce proceedings I became very sick and along with handling my case she was very supportive in just helping me get through a difficult time and she checked on me like I was family and made sure my health was the upmost priority. I don’t recall ever receiving any charges for any of the additional help she provided while I was hospitalized. Along with being extremely supportive Maria and her staff have been extremely professional throughout the entire process. This has been the hardest thing I have ever gone through but I am so fortunate to have met Maria and I truly feel I have the best representation that I could have found. I did my homework and spent a lot of time talking with a lot of different people in the business, reference checks with the bar association, getting referrals and references and also spending a good amount of money on consultation fees for the ones that do charge that fee. I did my due diligence and it paid off.
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Posted by Chris | June 23, 2015
Excellent Council
Maria was the THIRD lawyer I hired during my divorce. She did an excellent job representing me, and correcting many of the mistakes my prior lawyer's had made. With Maria's guidance and well thought out strategy I was able to finalize my divorce quickly and effectively after having it drag on for 2.5 years prior to her involvement.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2012
Amazing attorney!
Maria has been representing me in my very difficult divorce. She has been attentive and caring since the first day I walked into her office over two years ago. I was very naive in my expectations and Maria was able to clearly communicate the divorce process to me. I was very concerned about the welfare of my child and Maria always respected and valued that. I have found that many divorce lawyers become immune to the emotional hardships of a divorce. They see only the law(and money). Maria was able to provide me with the perfect balance of emotional support and professionalism. She was always honest, tough but caring. It was exactly what I needed. We ended up in court for over a year because of the antics of my ex. I dreaded going there but having Maria by my side eased my anxiety. She is intelligent, well spoken and has a strong presence that commands the room. I felt very confident, even privileged to be represented by her. When we began negotiations, Maria was in control. She knew what I wanted and what I would concede on. She led the discussions, stopped bickering, and with her quick wit, put my ex and his lawyer in their place more than once. (allowing me a rare moment of satisfaction) My divorce papers have been signed but I continue to have visitation issues with my ex. Maria is still always available to help me, responding to my emails and calls. I am very grateful she was recommended to me. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a great divorce attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2012
Ms. Schwartz represented me through my divorce. She was my pillar of strength throughout the entire journey. I could count on her to be there for me to answer questions and offer advice. In court she was strong and always argued for my best interests with conviction. My divorce took many twists and turns and she stood by my side and ensured that I would surface from these dark days with my integrity intact, my pocketbook secure and most of all that my child and I were safe and could move forward after my divorce. Ms. Schwartz can be counted on to answer phone calls and e-mails in a timely fashion – even late into the evening when needed. She can be counted on to keep you informed at each step as to what the options are and to support your decisions. Ms. Schwartz can be counted on to appear in court at all court dates, on time, prepared and ready to take control of the situation. Documents were prepared professionally and timely. I always felt that my case was a priority to her. She is knowledge and from what I could see from our many visits to the court house respected by her peers. Even now, after my divorce is final there are a few loose ends – she is still there for me and promised to work with me until everything with my case is put to rest. I hope that I will never need the services of a divorce attorney again – however if I find myself in need – I will be calling her again to represent me.
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Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Maria Schwartz, PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Schwartz & Ciesinski, LLP
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Maria Schwartz
  • 1996 - 2013


  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Hofstra University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991


  • Nassau County Women's Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • New York Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Excellence in Clinical Law
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • 1995


  • Family Court Review
  • Brining PEACE To The Latino Community
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Drafting Effective Prenuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • 2014
  • Matrimonial Trial Institute
  • Matrimonial Trials
  • 2013
  • Enhanced Earnings and Selected Issues
  • Enhanced Earnings
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney, dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a recent adversary of mine, I found her to be knowledgeable and professional, while always safeguarding her client's interest. She is an excellent choice for anyone seeking matrimonial counsel."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Maria for over 20 years. She is excellent and really cares about her clients."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Garden City Divorce and separation Lawyer Maria M. Schwartz
Maria M. Schwartz
Divorce and separation Attorney
Garden City, NY
Licensed for 28 years