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Michael Alan Cohen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Garden City, NY

5.0   21 reviews
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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1994
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Michael

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I have been practicing law since January, 1994.  Having received an award for Outstanding Academic Achievement by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter while in Law School, I did not end up practicing this area of law by accident and I think my clients recognize that.

I view my role as helping my clients understand what the legal system can and cannot do in resolving their disputes with their spouse or former spouse, ensuring that they obtain an equitable resolution of their dispute, and assisting them in dealing with the emotional turmoil that often accompanies a divorce or post divorce proceedings.  My goal is to avoid unnecessarily increasing the tension level between the parties, or to “pour gasoline on the fire” simply to satisfy a misdirected client, and thereby increase the animosity (and legal fees) to everyone. However, when justified, I will thoroughly and aggressively pursue all avenues of relief for my clients.

I have over 20 years of experience practicing exclusively in this area of law and have represented countless clients in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx in divorces, custody and visitation disputes, child support and maintenance disputes, orders of protection, as well as negotiating pre nuptial and post nuptial agreements between couples. While I prepare each case for as if it were going to trial, my goal is to resolve issues, whenever possible by agreement, often by the use of creative approaches to solve problems that would otherwise be litigated – at significant emotional and financial cost.

I started my own practice after working for many years in a prominent matrimonial law firm so that I could give personal attention to all of my clients. There are no inexperienced associates that will work on your case – only me. While I cannot promise you a particular result, I can promise you that whether your case is large or small, it will be handled competently and that both you and your case will receive my utmost attention. All telephone messages are returned promptly and clients are routinely provided with my cell phone number so that they can reach me in an emergency, or after “normal” business hours, should the need arise.

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Michael A. Cohen, Esq.


5.0 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
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Posted by Desiree | July 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael was able to finalize my divorce after 16 years of dealing with lawyers that could not close the deal. He kept me informed step by step by copying me on correspondence with my ex-husband’s lawyer. Thank you for your professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patient & Instills Confidence
I had spoken to Michael about a potential custody hearing and he was very methodical throughout the entire ordeal. He broke down what I needed to do and did not just humor me when I asked what our chances were. I end up hiring him and have no regrets whatsoever. With his help, both myself and the mother of my child were able to come to an amicable arrangement. In addition, Michael was very considerate of my budget and mindful of how stressful the whole situation was for someone who did not have much prior experience with the court system. In the end, this man does not only try to achieve a desirable outcome for his client, but also ensures they are able to maintain stability throughout the process. You definitely get your money's worth. And most of all, you get peace of mind. Fully recommend!
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Posted by Rus | May 23, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A truly a decent attorney, willing to help.
Michael Cohen has helped me a lot. He sat down with me, and normally listened to my story, and provided an enormous input to help me in my quest to resolve the matter presented against me in court. This was the first attourney in my experience, who actually is a decent human being. I was able to extinguish my worries, calm down for the night, and gain emotional traction to move on in the resolution of the matter. Being helped by this genuine person, while facing an array of charges in court, was one of the best experiences in my life. Thank you, dear Michael, for helping me! I wish you a continuing success, best of health, and happiness.
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Posted by Dom | February 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
One of the best lawyers I've ever spoken to
I've spoken to a lot of lawyers during my Lord of the Rings style quest for divorce information. Some have been courteous and given me a moment of their time. Some have point blank refused the second they think there's a possibility I won't be useful to them. Michael is one of the few with the kindness and patience to go through my case like a human being. He listened, he talked, and at the end, he recommended I pursued my case in a different state. Anyone who puts the time in to recommend you don't do business with them is the type of person I wouldn't hesitate to recommend doing business with. In a world of sharks, he is a dophin - agile, kind, and every bit as smiley as his picture shows. Talk to him!
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Posted by Frank | August 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ethical, compassionate, and extremely competent attorney
Michael was a lifesaver when I was dealing with post-divorce parental alienation. He understood what I and my kids were going through and had the knowledge and experience to navigate through the dysfunctional NYS court system. He also had the wisdom and morality to advise me that in some cases my money would be ill-spent when he could have charged me for services. If you need a divorce attorney, mediator, or help with any post-judgement issue, Michael Cohen is your man!
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Incredible Depth of Experience in Divorce Law.
I have spoken at length with Michael Cohen about divorce and I can tell you he knows and has experienced way more than your average divorce lawyer. There is no situation that he has not come across multiple times. Without his expertise I probably would have made a few expensive mistakes, not to mention the stress.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
good lawyer
good lawyer to have on your side
Posted by Ray | August 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Experienced, thorough, open and honest
I consulted with Michael Cohen regarding child support issues. He took the time to review court documents and provide valuable advice, even though it was only a consultation. I appreciate the time he put in to provide me with that advice.
Posted by Joe | February 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney! Long Islands divorce attorney's best kept secret!
Michael was an excellent attorney who helped me through a very difficult divorce with my very unreasonable ex wife. When Michael wasn't able to get me a quick , amicable and fair settlement, he began a more aggressive approach to my divorce. Michael began to slowly wear down my-ex and he finally helped me get settlement that I was pleased with. Michael knows divorce law and knows how to strategize against his adversaries to bring them to their knees when they are not amicable. His legal paperwork is also impeccable . Michael was pretty much superior to my wife's lawyer in every way from his professionalism to his litigation strategies. Michael is always available to speak with and always makes you feel your case is very important to him. Michael is knowable is ALL areas of divorce and custody and I would strongly recommend just about anyone in any situation to him.
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Posted by RD | July 1, 2015
Outcome: Focused, Knowledgeable Leadership To Create Fair Separation With Little Collateral Damage
Despite all of the emotional baggage, negativity and stress that comes with a divorce Michael is highly-effective at focusing on the getting though the divorce with least amount of collateral damage. I believe that we (Michael and I) came out of my divorce successfully. It's not winning, it's about coming out of it fairly. In my case, we have two young children involved. Michael and I developed a strategy and we stuck by it throughout the emotional roller coaster known as a divorce proceeding. Although the proceeding took a bit longer to execute than it should have (thanks to the flip-flopping of the other side), we finally got it done. Finances and kids fairly handled. Little to no collateral damage from the divorce proceedings. One comment that Michael made early on that impacted me is that a divorce is a business separation. Said another way, I/you need to look at divorce as a separation of a business-- nothing personal; it's only business. Anytime I found myself getting a little emotionally charged-up, I would remind myself, "this is just business." Beyond that, Michael is very knowledgeable and adept at providing the pros and cons for every question, option or scenario to help guide me (or you) through this journey. Most importantly, he knows the law. He was patient, kind, and really enabled me (or you) to make the best decisions with all of the information in front of you. Michael was not interested in starting World War 3 between you and your spouse if unwarranted, but he surely did not suffer fools lightly. If the opposing lawyer made poor comments, motions, etc. he was quick and aggressive to nip that in the butt. Anytime we hit some turbulence with the opposing lawyer, it was extinguished. I would strongly recommend Michael to another and I have already done so. I would certainly use him again, but I hope that I won't need to.
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Posted by Adam | January 7, 2015
Happily divorced
I used Michael for my divorce. He was my second attorney and what a difference he made from the first attorney. Whenever I called Michael he always either answered his phone or got back to me right away. He fought very hard for me and got my case settled as quick as he could. He also didn't bill me for every minute he could. I called him many times to ask him questions and he answered my questions and spent time on the phone with me and didn't chsrge me a penny. He made a difficult time much easier for me.
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Posted by Don | December 29, 2014
Outstanding lawyer
Michael represented me on several child support actions with Nassau County Family Court. • Honest accurate portrayal of what the court experience would be • Very effective in providing me options to consider, carefully explaining the pros and cons of alternative courses of action • Provided recommendations that proved to be effective. Did not encourage steps that would be unsuccessful or waste time and money. • Very empathetic. He took personal interest in me and my case. Years later, he still checks in to see how things are going • Made a painful process easier • I trust him and would hire him again I would be happy to discuss in more detail
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Posted by Sanjay | December 16, 2014
Great Attorney
Michael is a very trustworthy attorney, when I brought my case to him, he told me how it will be before even I picked him, didn't give me a false hope like some other lawyers did, But in the end by the grace of god and Michael's hard work, I won the case.
Posted by Bobby | December 15, 2014
Extremely knowledgeable and trustworthily. As a Male facing a divorce and/or custody battle, the cards are stacked against us before entering court, "it is what it is", but Mr. Cohen somehow eases the pain without increasing the stress levels. In other words, he doesn't add lighter fluid to red hot briquettes... Most of all, Mr. Cohen is not a Thief as many of them are! Thanks again for your help Bobby
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Posted by Indiana John | December 9, 2014
Cohen is damn good
Mr Cohen was great to me ... Very conscious of my budget ... kept in communication with me ... and kicked my ex-wife's attorney's ass. He took me on as a client even though I wasn't going to be a big moneymaker for him ... and treated me like I was his most important case.
Posted by Jeff K | December 8, 2014
An Outstanding Client Advocate
Although getting a divorce is an extremely emotional and difficult process to go through, Michael truly helped make the experience as painful as possible. Not only was he responsive to my needs and, extremly patient with my many questions/concerns, Michael was also very sensitive to the impact a divorce would have on my child, along with my overall financial health. On every occaison he took the time to guide me to settlement strategies that always put my child's best interest first and, simlutaneously have the least negative impact on us, overall. Michael is truly a consumate professional, one of those "rare bread of lawyers" that seem more concerned about their clients than themsleves and, someone I would galdy recommend to family and friends.
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Posted by Mohamed | December 5, 2014
He's great
The best office at Nassau county he is very friendly , he tell you the truth even if you do want to hear it. He's a great lawyer ,He is a different from other . I feel very comfortable to commend him to anyone need hes expertise.
Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2014
Even if your thinking about a possible divorce ... call this man for consult ... get educated!!!!!
Michael is not your trumpet type attorney you "think" you need in your divorce ... He offers calm, straight forward good advice & legal representation ... Good with court issues & appearances, with flare for family court expertise! Knows the laws very well ... does not inflame the situation to cost you more money in the long run! Rates are more than fair in his field ... he is very honest ... reliable ... you will "NOT" be disappointed to hire this man! P.S. Divorce is not about winning or losing ... more about damage control ... you need to understand that simple fact! That's why I can highly recommend Mike Cohen!
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Posted by Michelle | February 13, 2014
Excellent, Honest, and Detailed-oriented
There is not enough good I can say about how well Michael Cohen handled my divorce case. He was timely, available, and efficient. The paperwork he produced was impeccable, he was the second lawyer I hired to handle my divorce and changing lawyers was the best decision I could have made. He never made promises that he could not keep and was always honest as to what was worth me fighting for and what to expect on a "good day" and a "bad day" in court. Luckily, he was so amazing in court I seemed to always attain my "good day" scenario. My ex-husband and his lawyer hated facing Michael in court and I am certain that helped us arrive at a settlement in a timely manner (my entire divorce from when I hired Michael until we signed an agreement was less than five months). As long as your follow his directions, you will be pleased.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2013
Hire this Attorney
I have recommended Michael to friends and colleagues who needed an excellent divorce/child custody attorney. Michael is kind, responsive, extremely knowledgeable, and provides excellent legal advice. Additionally, he cares about his clients and the outcome of their cases. I have worked with other attorneys in the past and Michael stands at the top of the list. He also (fortunately for me) has shown himself to be superior to all the lawyers hired by my ex-wife. If you are in need of a divorce/child custody attorney, I highly recommend contacting Michael.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Michael A. Cohen, Esq.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Sari M. Friedman, PC
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Ira M. Bierman, Esq.
  • 1994 - 2000
  • Intern
  • Disabilities Law Clinic
  • 1993 - 1994
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  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus
  • MA - Masters
  • 1975
  • City University of New York, Baruch College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Donovan v. Szlepcsik
  • Desbonnet v. Desbonnet


  • Nassau County Bar Association, Matrimonial Law Committee
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Justinian Society
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers New York Chapter
  • Albany Law School
  • 1993

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (13)
Endorse Michael
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Cohen is a terrific matrimonial attorney and adversary to have on your case. I personally worked with Mr. Cohen on a matrimonial matter, and he was nothing but professional, kind and knows how to advocate on behalf of his client. I strongly recommend hiring Mr. Cohen for any divorce or family court action you may have."
Family Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Cohen understands the delicate balance between zealously advocating on his client's behalf and sensitively negotiating through compromise. Excellent attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, who generously gives time to the AVVO community and provides solid legal advice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with this attorney for many years. He is extremely knowledgeable and compassionate and will handle your matter with professionalism and the attention it deserves."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is not only an awesome attorney, he is a great person who is easy to talk to, which is a requisite in the practice of divorce law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Michael Cohen (no relation) for many years. although we have litigated as adversaries, I have come to consider him a colleague and friend. Michael gets my highest endorsement, both personally and professionally."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cohen was opposing counsel on a matter. He is knowledgeable of the law, professional in dealing with opposing attorney, loyal advocate for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cohen is an excellent attorney in the areas of both Matrimonial Law and Family Law. He is a worthy adversary who is reasonable and intelligent but at the same time fights for his clients. I would certainly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer strives to get the best results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a valuable resource to the community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a professional with a wealth of knowledge few others possess. Michael always gets results and never compromises his integrity. His clients can't pick a better attorney!"
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a highly competent and caring individual who advocates zealously on behalf of his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael A. Cohen is a caring, patient and knowledgable attorney who is a true asset to the matrimonial bar."
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