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Catherine May Co

Divorce and separation Attorney at Valley Stream, NY

5.0   28 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Relocation

    17 years

  2. Child custody
    20%

    17 years

  3. Child support
    20%

    17 years

  4. Probate
    20%

  5. Bankruptcy and debt
    15%

    17 years

Catherine May Co or “May” received her B.S. in Commerce from De La Salle University, Philippines in 1999 graduating Honorable Mention. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Ateneo De Manila University in 2003. While in law school, she interned for Baker McKenzie (Manila office). May is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, and before the Federal Courts of the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second District. She is also qualified as a guardian ad litem under the Office of Court Administration. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, and Queens Bar Association. She is also a member of the Bankruptcy, Immigration, Matrimonial, Criminal Defense of the Nassau County Bar Association. She speaks English, Filipino (Tagalog) and Mandarin-Chinese (proficient).

 

Languages:

English, Filipino-Tagalog, Chinese-Mandarin

Practice Areas:

Areas of Practice
» Immigration
» Criminal Law
» Matrimonial and Family Law
» Real Estate Litigation/ Real Estate Closings
» Wills
» Traffic Matters

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Licensed for 16 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2006
Updated 06/05/2022

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

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Reviews

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Posted by Ed | August 14, 2014
My lawyer, My Guardian Angel
This is an amended review. I originally went to Catherine May Co seeking financial advise. Catherine's knowledge and compassion made me feel confident and comfortable with her abilities right away. We started to discuss my marital situation and the inevitable divorce. I retained her as my lawyer to represent me in my divorce proceedings. We discussed in depth how she would present my case during the proceedings. Being that there was children involved she understood how I felt about collateral damage to the children. Again Catherine was understanding and compassionate. She was tough and powerful when she needed to be. Catherine May Co got me through a traumatic and stressful divorce with the least amount of battle scars to me and my children. Catherine is presently representing me in other legal matters. I never felt the desire or need to question or second guess her judgement. A GREAT LAWYER!
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Posted by Sandro | February 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saver
I never post reviews, I read reviews and move on. I met Catherine through a review on AVVO and decided to give her a shot. I was put with my back to the wall and she was there when I needed her the most. I was in the right place at the right time. I have been dealing with divorce lawyers since 2005 and Catherine is a completely different 'animal'. She will work for you and fight for you. i had dozens 'big shot' manhattan lawyers pass on my case; it took her a 1 hour free consultation to a) give me the best advise a lawyer ever gave me and b) to convince me she was my only option. since day one she was an open book, honest, truthful and not in it for the money. she charged me a retainer but not once since came after me for money. she kept me in the loop constantly and guided me in the right direction. What she said would happen, happened, what she said she would do, she did. With the help of Josh her associate there was not one phone call, text or email that went unanswered. it took us 8 months but what she was able to achieve no one (including myself) ever thought was a possibility. she literally saved my life, my marriage, my relationship with my kids and did the unthinkable. she is a young, passionate, honest attorney (two words that usually don't mix well). she is a 'shark' in disguise. do yourself a favor and if you're looking for an attorney that you can trust and need my review to convince you of that, search no more, Just go for a consultation. she will convince you with facts not words. I never post reviews but I owe her so much for what she did for me that this is the least I could do. I hope I never need an attorney EVER again, but if I do, there is only one attorney in my contact list!! Catherine, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU a million times.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate Services
Ms. Catherine Co recently assisted me in petitioning for Letters Testamentary. Throughout the process, she was very responsive, professional & knowledgeable, and I highly recommend her legal services.
Posted by Paris | December 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She's an honest lawyer
I initially reached out to Ms. Co for a consultation regarding divorce and I appreciated her honesty which led to me hiring her. She was always responsive to any questions and made time for me. Very transparent and worth every penny.
Posted by Fabian | January 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my life
My ex took my child to Ecuador and I attempted to pick up my child and got held by Ecuadorian authorities. I finally got back to New York and hired Catherine. It took 3 months with the Department of State, Family Court, Supreme Court all involved. I look back and now am very thankful that I have my son, sole custody, and my life back. Thank you Catherine.
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Posted by Shlomi | February 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I couldn't ask for a better lawyer!
Catherine is a rare find! I'm so glad I've found her. She took care of my immigration case in the most professional and caring way to the very small details. I can't be grateful enough for her excellent service that made this stressful time of dealing with immigration so much easier. Highly recommended!
Posted by mic | September 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
she is awesome
Hired her for my immigration case for my wife . Very understanding, very sweet and nice. answered my questions with a quick response, smart and intelligent, dont take crap or nonsense, straight to the point, takes times and understand client questions and matters. she won my case very professional,
Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience
I was introduced to Catherine by a good friend since we were having some financial issues. She was able to develope and execute a plan to help us out of the jam we were having. If it weren't for Catherine, I don't know where we would be right now. She is. It only an excellent attorney but also has s wonderful network of professionals in her arsenal. She referred us over to a mortgage broker so we can purchase a new home several years after assisting us with our financial issues. This broker was able to get our deal done and now we live in a wonderful home in an ideal neighborhood. We owe a lot to Catherine and would highly recommend using Her services.
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Posted by Amy | December 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, honest and professional
Catherine did a wonderful job in helping me with my divorce. She was relentless and helped me push through the process when I didn't have anyone else on my side. I am grateful for her advice and everything she has done for me. Thanks to her I was able to get what I needed from my divorce settlement in order to move on with my life. Her involvement made the process a lot easier for me because I felt like I could absolutely rely on her. I definitely recommend her and would absolutely choose her again.
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Posted by Anthony | November 12, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Green River Capital
From the very first conversation I had with Catherine I knew I was in good hands. She was not only honest but she was a "real" person who understood personal situations. She was patient and beyond knowledgeable. Her staff was also amazing to work with. Customer service and response time to emails and phone calls were undoubtedly top notch. Catherine made our nightmare of any problems your facing seem like a piece of cake. We can't thank you enough, kudos to her experience and wisdom. Looking forward in working with her in the near future. Anthony Sacco Green River Capital
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Intelligent Attorney
I hired Catherine May Co for a case I had. She informed me what action she would take and in fact that was the exact verdict that she got. She is very knowledgeable and I recommend her for your next case if you are seeking an honest and intelligent attorney that really cares for her clients then Catherine May Co is your choice. I would have given Catherine 10 stars if this site allowed it.
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Posted by Anny | October 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, knowledgable and affordable
I had about $35,000 in CC and medical debt, was even being sued by a Cc company, couldn't sleep I even had anxiety. Catherine helped me through this scary and complex process . Thank you
Posted by Stacey | July 18, 2015
Honest and hard working.
What more do you need in a lawyer? She kept it straight and honest the whole time. Met with me when it was good for me and told me every way this difficult divorce can go. Having her in my corner has brought me peace in a turbulent time. Highly recommended.
Posted by John | March 15, 2015
I highly recommend Catherine.
Catherine is very professional and responsive. I've worked with her for many years and she has always given me sound advice. I always feel comfortable referring her to others. Very knowledgeable attorney you can trust.
Posted by Greg | December 15, 2014
Excellent and Compassionate Attorney
Catherine is my 3rd attorney in a long drawn out divorce case. She is fair, reasonable with fees and most importantly, she cares. She explains the legal process and did not get frustrated when I ask questions and get confused with the process. My former attorneys refuses to spend time to explain things to me, they yelled at me and almost felt that I am not allowed to ask questions. Compatibility with your attorney is extremely important and I understand now that younger lawyers are far more dedicated to you than older lawyers who are tired of being a lawyer. The idealism Catherine has clearly made me realize that finding the right lawyer is extremely important. Thank you Catherine. I will never use any other lawyer other than Catherine.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2014
Motivated, Compassionate, Great Writer
I had been in and out of Family Court since my divorce from my ex-husband. I have hired at least 3 lawyers in the past who only took my money and did nothing for me. Catherine is young and idealistic. It made me realize that sometimes, younger attorneys are probably better than "more experienced" but "cold hearted" attorneys. My experience with Catherine was beyond wonderful. She takes time to explain things to me that no other lawyers would have the patience to explain. She made sure I understood what she was doing and why. The legal system is very complicated and confusing. I am frustrated with it but Catherine is extremely compassionate and helped me get through yet another battle with me ex. Thank you for your help. I appreciate you very much.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2014
No case too big or small -- simply the best
Catherine helped me with a dispute arising out of a business transaction. She answered all my questions, and I could tell that she was well-prepared and put a lot of time into my case. She argued the case very effectively in Court, and the outcome speaks for itself. I have since worked with Catherine regarding other legal matters, and I can tell you that she always puts forth the utmost effort, regardless of whether the case is big or small. I unequivocally recommend her to anyone in need of any attorney for almost any type of matter, as she is so well-versed.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2014
Affordable, Honest, Returns Phone Calls
Catherine represented me in a Bankruptcy Case. I owed $40,000 in credit card debts, helpless and had numerous sleepless nights. When my paycheck was garnished, I knew I had to do something about it. I contacted Catherine and got an appointment. I admit that on my appointment, I was doubtful at first because Catherine looks young. After 30 minutes consultation, I was confident she will be able to take care of my problems. 4 months later, I am debt free. THANK YOU CATHERINE. you did everything you said you were going to do. You guided me through very difficult times. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You truly gave me the fresh start I needed.
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Posted by Bill | August 15, 2014
Do Not Use Anyone Else
I have worked with Attorney May Co for a number of years. She has handled numerous types of legal cases for me. It took me ten other attorneys before I found her. I would never use anyone else. She cares for her clients and goes out of her way to help them. She is fair in her billing and does not overcharge or take advantage of her clients as has been my experience with other attorneys. She returns calls and takes very seriously her cases and her clients issues. She has great knowledge and expertise in multiple areas of Law. I have always felt comfortable with her and know that she has tried her best with any of my issues and cases. I would not use anyone else and neither should you if you are reading this.
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Posted by jay | August 14, 2014
Catherine May Co review
Catherine was my attorney for a real estate closing. I was the seller and wanted a quick and efficient closing. Catherine sent contracts out within 2 hours from receiving the details of the deal. Quick, efficient and effective. Needless to say, the closing went smooth. Great lawyer, responsive and affordable.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Elliot Schlissel
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Roman & Singh, LLP
  • 2006 - 2007

Education

  • Ateneo de Manila Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • In re: M.L.
  • Discharge Granted
  • A v. J
  • Relocation granted to Arizona

Associations

  • Woodmere Republican Club
  • President
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Queens Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • Tagalog

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • America's Most Honored Lawyers Top 1% -2020
  • The American Registry
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top Women Attorneys Rising Stars in Metro New York
  • The New York Times
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40 Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • 2014 Global Who's Who
  • Global Who's Who
  • 2014
  • Real Estate Broker
  • NYS Division of Licensing
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Attorney Admission
  • US Court of Appeals for 2nd Circuit
  • 2010
  • Part 36 Guardian Ad Litem
  • Office of Court Adminstrator
  • 2009
  • Attorney Admission
  • US District Court of Sourthern District of NY
  • 2008
  • Attorney Admission
  • US District Court Eastern District of NY
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • DCPT Integration
  • Immigration Options for Physical Therapists
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (27)
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Very experienced and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact her for help."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer, as she is an experienced attorney who strongly advocates for her client's best interests."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Other
"Highly skilled and knowledgeable. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Other
"Aggressive and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Catherine has an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Catherine is outstanding - a tough advocate, but also one who tries to find the best way out for all parties. A very skilled litigator."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With a great track record of published answers to consumers' questions on Avvo.com and the recommendations from clients and attorneys alike, it is easy to see that attorney Co is skilled and knows the law well too. If you have a legal question in his area of expertise, she is your answer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I make my unreserved recommendation and endorsement for Catherine May Co. I continue to work with Catherine through the years and I must say that she will only work towards realizing the best interests of her clients. Her knowledge and expertise over sundry areas of law, which include interstate and international matters, are broad and well founded. She instills confidence among colleagues and clients alike. Her multidisciplinary leanings, combined with her hard working character, are manifest. I have no doubt that Catherine will continue to make her mark in the legal profession, be it an in-state, federal, or out-of-state matter.."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Catherine May Co is an experienced and very competent attorney. I have known her for years and recommend and refer all of my firm's bankruptcy matters to her."
Child support Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Catherine. Highly respected in the legal community. Strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney May Co's answers on AVVO are sound and well reasoned. She is also well respected in her community."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've worked with Ms. Co on numerous matters and have found her to exemplify the highest level of competency, diligence, reliability, professionalism, and advocacy that any client could want from their lawyer. She has an easy rapport with her clients, is very approachable and communicates personally with each client. I give Ms. Co my strongest endorsement"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Co is a dedicated contributor to Avvo and an asset to the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Catherine truly is an outstanding and amazing attorney who takes pride representing her clients to the fullest. Her knowledge of the law in matrimonial matters, bankruptcy, immigration or civil litigation has made her very well known and respected in the legal community. Her passion and dedication inspires and motivates her to zealously fight for her clients getting them the results they want. Anybody looking for an attorney should strongly consider her. I strongly encourage you to do so and I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney."
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