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Karen Svendsen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bay Shore, NY

5.0   25 reviews

also known as Karen Svendsen Balzano

  • State Years
    Florida - FL < 1 year
    New York - NY 32 years
    Connecticut - CT 32 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State FL
    Acquired 2024
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About Karen

Learn Karen’s areas of practice.

Primarily focuses on complex family and matrimonial litigation and appearing on divorce, custody and support matters in the the Supreme Courts and Family Courts on Long Island and New York City. Also experienced in all areas of commercial litigation, business purchases/sales and real estate transactions

Location

Long, Tuminello LLP.
120 4th Ave
Bay Shore, NY, 11706-7938

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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2023
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Five Stars
Karen went above and beyond to help me prove my innocence during family court, as I was being falsely accused of many things. Given a very stressful situation, she helped ease my anxiety a bit, as she was very knowledgeable and I felt confident in her. Overall, she is an amazing lawyer, and also a genuine person. That being said, I would absolutely recommend Karen Svendsen. Karen, thank you for all of your help!
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Posted by Robert | January 15, 2022
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Excellent Representation for Fathers' Rights
Divorce is hard, but a lot harder when you are a caring and supportive father who does not want to be away from your children. Karen helped me obtain a fair divorce in which custody and support were split evenly between both of us. This definitely took some effort to obtain. Overcoming the court’s bias towards the mother was difficult to overcome, but possible with Karen's guidance. Over the past 16 years, Karen has represented me three times, for my divorce, child support modification and child support termination request. Each time she has taken the time to provide me the best possible outcome. I highly recommend Karen and have recommended her to friends over the years.
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Posted by Leonard | July 7, 2021
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Truly Thankful
Karen Svendsen is an excellent lawyer, her knowledge of the law is amazing. I had an attorney prior who for 2 years could not get my divorce finalized a Truly inept lawyer. I was referred to Karen who accomplished in 2 weeks, what he couldn’t do in 2 1//2 years. She has a key sense for what needs to be done, she is very attentive to her clients needs. I don’t know where I would be without her. I am finally divorced, and it’s all due to Karen Svendson’s knowledge of the law. I am eternally grateful. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Donna | January 14, 2021
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A cut above the rest
Karen helped me and my daughters through a very difficult time. Divorce is never easy, but ours got ugly! Karen is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of divorce law and guided me through each step of the way, while helping me maintain my sanity! The opposing attorney was ruthless, although he thought he was, but Karen never backed down, she stood her ground and fought tooth and nail for what she knew we deserved. I would highly recommend her! I want to give a shout out to her paralegal Christina who is top notch. She maintained constant contact with me, and kept me abreast of everything that was going on in a timely fashion. They make an awesome team, one that you won’t regret hiring!
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Posted by Denise | January 5, 2021
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Excellent Attorney
My husband and I were referred to Karen Svendsen for representation in a case that seemed almost hopeless. Karen agreed to represent us against an unscrupulous investment adviser that we had trusted. From the moment we met Karen we knew we were in good hands and she would do everything possible to help us get justice. Having her in our corner standing up for us meant we were no longer helpless victims. We can't thank Karen and her paralegal Christina enough for their hard work on our behalf. Karen won the case for us and we are forever grateful. Karen is an excellent attorney and a good person who really cares. We highly recommend Karen Svendsen.
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Posted by Kristen | December 30, 2020
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Couldn’t ask for better
Karen was above and beyond what we could have asked for. She and her paralegal Christina were there for me every single step of what was a very difficult process, and answered every question promptly and with care and sensitivity, no matter how insignificant it seemed. Karen made sure I knew what was possible and what was less realistic which I needed and appreciated. The ability to do so was made possible by her unending knowledge of her craft, years of experience and more importantly, compassion. I can never thank you enough for everything she did for my family and I, she made it possible for us to have the wonderful life we do and I can never thank her enough for that.
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Posted by Joann O. | October 8, 2020
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The Best!!!!
Within the first few minutes of meeting Karen, I knew I wanted her to represent me. She is a force to be reckoned with ... smart, attentive, knowledgable ... She was there for me through the entire process and I felt confident that my son and I were going to be just fine with Karen’s guidance. Christina Kaminsky needs to be mentioned as well. I will not forget her warmth and kind words. She is patient and knows her stuff too!! Thank you to Karen and Christina - for making a difficult situation that much easier for me - two AMAZING WOMEN Kudos!!
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Posted by Cheryl | October 1, 2020
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Great attorney
I just want to thank Karen and Christina you were both great i felt like I was losing my mind you guys helped always there to answer my questions and its all very much appreciated thank you
Posted by Eileen | December 2, 2019
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Excellent representation
Thank you so much Karen. You were very professional and put my mind at ease when I was very stressed out. I highly recommend you to everyone I know
Posted by Kelly | October 8, 2019
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Excellent attorney!!
I hired Ms Svendsen in a child custody matter, pursuing residential custody of my child. It was an absolute pleasure to work Ms Svendsen, both during preliminary hearings and during the trial. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law, and was an excellent trial attorney. Her insight and quick thinking during the trial was astounding to watch. As a result of this, her persistence, and her honest desire for justice for my child and myself, we won our case. Additionally, Ms Svendsen provided honest answers about what she felt would and would not be successful during all of the proceedings, which was very much appreciated. We pursued avenues that had a possibility of a favorable outcome, and did not waste time on those that were likely to be unsuccessful. I would absolutely hire Ms Svendsen again, and have done so when necessary over the last 15 years.
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Posted by Steve | March 31, 2019
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A HIGHLY INTELLIGENT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE PROFESSIONAL
Karen has done a terrific job handling my divorce settlement, she was able to explain and go over in detail all the components of the complex terminology in the documents. She was also readily available and answered any follow-up questions I had regarding alimony, child support, and custody issues. I was very impressed with her knowledge of the law and her skills at negotiation. I would highly recommend her and her law firm to anyone!
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Posted by Tim | February 5, 2019
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Effective, Reliable, and Ethical
I hired Karen to represent me in a child custody and child support case and I couldn’t speak more highly of her work, and also as a person. The outcome of both cases was even better than what I hoped for. Karen is both highly intelligent and experienced. She truly understands her craft and what she told me I would get at the start is exactly what she delivered (and then some) in the end. As a client, I was always treated with respect and compassion. I hired Karen to help me with the most important thing in my life and she understood the importance of her services to mine and my child’s life. She was attentive to my needs and was willing to explain to me the ins and outs of any question I had about the case as we went. The same goes for her paralegal, Christina Kaminsky. If you have a chance, ask for Christina’s help. Christina is compassionate, organized, intelligent, and eager to assist. I received prompt replies to any question I had and I was treated by her with the utmost respect and care, which is what a person needs when going through a custody trial. Lastly, I pride myself on being an ethical person and Karen was the perfect legal representation of that. I appreciated her mastery at working within the lines to achieve the desired outcome of my case. She embodies the moral and ethical values that I live by and it was refreshing to know that my representation was such an extension of myself, with the legal wherewithal that I of course do not have. Karen played cleanly, and she is so good that playing dirty would simply be beneath her. Overall, fantastic attorney who truly values her clients and will go above and beyond the basic job description to ensure she delivers.
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Posted by Marty | August 29, 2018
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I could not have asked for a more confidant and compassionate attorney!
I have never left any type of reviews prior to this one. However, I felt so compelled to leave one about Karen. I was a mess and in need of a strong voice to represent me during a divorce which due to the other side looking to drag this process out was going know where. Karen stepped up took control and pulled me through this. She understood and was sensative to just how important my daughters are to me. In the courtroom Karen has everyone’s respect. Karen, is not only a great attorney but is just as good of a person. Also her paralegal Christina is second to none. If you are going through a divorce do yourself a favor and contact Karen as you will not regret it!
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Posted by Trish | June 25, 2018
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The Best Lawyer You Will Find !!!
I was in the middle of what was actually the second go around in a custody issue over my son. My ex had abused him and been in trouble with DSS a few times. She had a high priced lawyer who went into court with emergency hearings that were literally full of lies. My lawyer said a lot about how she can't win,but always came out of the courtroom on the losing end. I eventually fired that lawyer. I found Karen Svendsen online. From the first meeting she could see the nonsense that we had been dealing with. She had a professionalism about her that was top notch. Her staff - especially Christina - was helpful, calming and patient. When Karen walked into the courtroom on my behalf she came out on top. She didn't let the other lawyer push me around. My ex now knew that I meant business and we quickly came to an agreement that favored my side a bit more. Now, 2 years later, my son lives full time with me by his own choice. He has graduated at the top of his HS class with many honors. He will soon be off to college. Karen and her staff helped give me the courage I needed to win a battle I needed to win. And my son learned from that as well. I can't thank them all enough for the positive impact they had on my and my son's lives.
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Posted by Scott | July 20, 2017
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Professionalism to a T!
Karen has been representing myself and my companies in numerous business transactions, negotiations and litigations for over 10 years now. In each and every case, she never promised me anything or gave me any advice that wasn't in my best interest. Her attention to detail and her making herself available whenever I needed her are some of the reasons, aside from all of our success, that I have stayed with her for so long. If you are looking for an honest attorney that knows their stuff and gives you the best advice, look no further!
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Posted by Kelly Roxby | May 3, 2017
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Pre-Nuptial Agreement
I was getting married for the first time but living with my fiancé for many years. He suggested a pre-nuptial agreement. I heard of Ms. Svendsen, called her and she worked a miracle. Her extensive experience in marital law and personal manner not only made the whole experience as pleasant as it could be, but the outcome for me was better than I could have ever expected. She spent the time getting to know me and my future expectations. She is fair and honest and I would highly recommend her to anyone with out any hesitation.
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Posted by Kathlene | March 10, 2015
The Best of the Best
I recommend Karen Svendsen as an expert in Family Law and exceptionally talented lawyer without reservation. After almost a year of little to no progress in my case for child support, a very astute friend of my gave me Karen Svendsen's phone number. She had skillfully brought my friend's divorce case to an optimal conclusion. My prior lawyer didn't prepare or guide me, and actually put my case in jeopardy due to their lack of experience. Karen Svendsen was attentive and helpful from our first conversation. In our first meeting, within 15 minutes she had not only mastered the facts of my case but very easily pointed out extremely advantageous holes and significant intricasies specifically beneficial to my case. She fought on my behalf from the beginning until the very end. Because of her superb skill in negotiating, her understanding of the court and the depth of her experience she was able to reach an advantageous settlement for me. Achieving a settlement has allowed my ex husband and I to go forward with a calmness and decency towards one another which never would have been possible had we gone to trip and both testified. Karen Svendsen's professional, experienced, compassionate & honest demeanor gave me a feeling of calm in what was one of the more difficult years of my life. I am eternally grateful to her.
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Posted by Robert | March 3, 2015
CLIENT, AND SELF-EMPLOYED PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Ms. Svendsen, has provided legal counseling for me over the past several years. Both personally and professionally, Ms. Svendsen has always provided professional excellence with successful outcomes. I would highly recommend Karen Svendsen and her firm for all legal matters.
Posted by Debbie | October 21, 2014
Professional, Responsive and Knowledgeable
I originally came to Karen several years ago to discuss a legal separation. This was an extremely difficult time for me. Karen demonstrated the knowledge and sensitivity necessary to put me at ease. When my divorce was finalized, I felt comfortable knowing that I had Karen to represent me. If you're looking for an advocate who is knowledgeable, responsive and senstive to client needs, Karen should be your first choice.
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Posted by J | July 29, 2014
An advocate for me
I'm currently in the process of a divorce . Like most people , this is something that hopefully doesn't happen every day. I remember having so many questions and I worried a lot about whether or not I missed something or forgot to mention something else. On the day of our initial meeting with the opposite side , I was feeling a wreck , but Karen walked me through what was to happen , answered all my questions , and ultimately represented me and my wants . She was confident in her delivery , stern in her demeanor. I would definitely recommend Karen !
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Long Tuminello LLP.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Ansanelli, Kugler & Svendsen, LLP
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Karen S. Svendsen
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Law office of Vincent W. Ansanelli
  • 1992 - 2005
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Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Adelphi University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Associations

  • New York State
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • 2013 - Present
  • Matrimonial Bar Association of Suffolk County
  • 2010 - Present
  • Suffolk County Matrimonial Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • UNited States Court Appeals Federal Circuit
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • 2002 - Present
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • 1993 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • 1992 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1992 - Present
  • Huntington Lawyers Club
  • 2008 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Percent
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • The National Association of Distinquished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys in Long Island
  • Legal Leaders
  • 2014
  • Excellence in Political Studies
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Award
  • 1987
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Publications

  • Blog
  • Better Life After Divroce
  • 2019
  • Leader publications
  • Legal Leaders: Long Island Top Rated Lawyers
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Channel 2
  • RIghts of Privacy
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
Endorse Karen
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Karen is my go to when one of my clients needs a Divorce, and especially so when I know it is going to be a tough fight."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Karen Svendsen is an excellent attorney and highly respected litigator. She is wonderful at communicating with her clients throughout the legal process. Karen Svendsen is a powerful advocate for her clients and I highly recommend her for any legal matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Karen for many years in the legal community, and have always known her to have the highest ethical and moral standards, and outstanding character. She is extremely knowledgeable in all of her fields and exhibits excellent legal and trial skills. She is a strong adversary and a tenacious advocate for her clients, while also being kind, understanding and compassionate. I have confidently referred numerous clients to her over the years, including family, and have always received glowing reviews. I give my highest endorsement and recommendation."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Karen if very professional and knowledgeable."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable family law attorney, dedicated to her clients' success."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Karen is an experienced and knowledgeable litigator who has established excellent working relationships with her peers. She is attentive to her clients and provides them with exceptional legal representation. I would highly recommend Karen to anyone needing legal representation, whether relating to civil and commercial litigation, business transactions, matrimonial and family law or real estate transactions."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Karen Svendsen is highly skilled in family law and litigation. She is very caring of her clients and a wonderful person. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking counsel or representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is a an excellent Attorney and a fine professional. I am an Estate Planning Attorney and we have been able to refer business to each other on several occasions. My clients are always pleased. I refer to Karen first whenever I have a Family Law, Divorce, or pre-nup matter."
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Bay Shore Divorce and separation Lawyer Karen Svendsen
Karen Svendsen
Divorce and separation Attorney
Bay Shore, NY
Licensed for 32 years
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