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Joel Richard Salinger

Divorce and separation Attorney at Commack, NY

4.2   15 reviews

About Joel

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Choosing a lawyer to defend you in court in a Divorce Action or in a Criminal or DWI / Traffic case may be one of the most important decisions you ever have to make. In making your decision whether or not to place you trust in my law firm I’d like to let you know some additional information about my personal and professional background. As native Long Islander I have a deep commitment to the region and the people that have played an important role in my life. I began my career not as an attorney, but as licensed electrician working in my family’s business for many years. It was there working in homes and businesses from one end of long Island to the other that I saw the difficulty and expense that my customers and fellow Long Islanders experienced when their lives were entwined with divorce, criminal matters or facing complicated and intimating traffic offenses. As a result, once I started my practice and to this date today, the mission of the Law Office of Joel R Salinger, P.C. has been to help families and individuals make sense of these legal situations, protect their rights and lower their legal expenses.

I am proud of the many achievements that I have had over the past 15 years in helping clients to mitigate legal adversity in their lives and find successful solutions to complex legal matters for the benefit of their families and businesses. I am proud that our firm has consistently received excellent attorney ratings by independent and highly regarded law review organizations such as AVVO.

I am committed to the public good and as a result I have many affiliations with leading state and national law associations, as well as, being an involved participant in important local bar committees which effect how cutting edge legal issues are being dealt with in our local courts.

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Licensed for 24 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1998
Updated 07/18/2022

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

Contact Joel

Joel R. Salinger, ESQ.
354 Veterans Memorial Highway
Suite 2
Commack, NY, 11725

Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
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Posted by Peter | September 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Case
Joel did a great job for me. Direct and too the point. It was a pleasure working with him
Posted by Danielle | October 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Salinger will get the job done!
I originally hired Mr. Salinger in 2016 for a family court case. From the moment I met him, his kind personality, warm welcome and thorough answers to all of my questions was just the beginning of a great experience in what I thought was going to be extremely stressful. To my surprise, not only did we get through the case to my satisfactory but Mr. Salinger was not only professional, but thoroughly explained the process of everything going on. In July of 2021 I again hired Mr. Salinger due to the outcome and experience with him back in 2016. Again, he was kind, professional, answered all my questions thoroughly, and I had a lot as this case was a bit more complex. To say I was stressed about it was an understatement. However, Mr. Salinger helped throughout the entire process, eased my fears and went above and beyond. Mr. Salinger knows how to treat his clients and that was extremely helpful. I have dealt with lawyers before who tent to be a little mean and explain in lawyers terms and Mr. Salinger was the opposite, had no problem explaining things to me 10 times if he had to and with grace. I also dealt with his legal secretary Melodie and I see why they make such an amazing team. She was just as kind, helpful and as professional as Mr. Salinger. She took time to speak with me when Mr. Salinger was in court and gave me the same treatment he did...explained anything and everything I needed to know and went above and beyond. Mr. Joel Salinger is not only an amazing lawyer, but an overall great man who gets the job done. His kindness does not get in the way of him getting the job done as he did so twice for me and with no nonsense. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a lawyer to go with Mr. Salinger...I am confident he will get the job done for you! Thank you both, Mr. Salinger and Melodie for your kindness, thorough help and pleasant experience at a time I was going through something difficult, you made such an impact on my feelings regarding my cases and eased my stress a great deal and I can not thank you enough!
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Posted by Elena J. | July 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wisdom with kindness
I met with Mr. Joel R. Salinger July 12, 2021 for a free consultation with anticipation of closure to my dilemma, but after listening to my case Joel informed me of the New York State Law and possible rulings. I am grateful for his knowledge and experience. I highly recommend this Attorney.
Posted by Courtney | November 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You, for Ultimately saving my life!!!!
I met Joel Salinger a little over two years ago. I was at the darkest point in my life & was introduced to Joel in a jail cell with a few very serious charges against me. Joel took me on as an A18 attorney, meaning he fought for me without getting paid. I was in active addiction & couldn’t believe that any human would want anything to do with me let alone fight for me. From the beginning Joel was very encouraging and kind to me. We went from vacating warrants to additional arrests and he never judged me or treated me any different, he was always understanding. Joel believed in me when no one else did & without him knowing he became a very big part in my recovery. In the court room Joel was always professional, & well liked by every judge. He was always prepared and always on his A game. Joel always kept constant contact with me regarding court dates, he always explained everything in full detail to me. He talked me out of anxiety attacks many times, and even took time to speak with my ten year old son. Joel left me in a position to only better myself with rehab and without the burden of a criminal record. Two years later I was able to drive away from the court house with a valid license. The only way to repay Joel is to stay sober, and to let him know his part in saving my life. Thank You Joel!!!
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Posted by Suzanne | October 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome guy! Cares about people, the law & justice
I found Mr. Salinger on line and called him straight away. He was, from the onset, very kind and sincere. I explained to him, the nature of my very difficult traffic case, and the injustice I'd been dealing with since 2004, regarding a bad court ruling by a rogue judge, despite definitive proof that I did indeed have car insurance when an equally rogue cop pulled me over that day 15 years ago. Which was now carrying over to the present day, after finally being issued a new driver's license. I had no money, having lost my job 6 months prior, and I was facing thousands of dollars worth of fines. He knew as much, though had me come see him at his Commack office, where he spent more than an hour listening intently to me, going over my proof and evidence, gathered over time from Geico, the supporting docs sent to me from their underwriting department, on record since 2004. Offering strategies for a defense, calling his network of attorneys' people he knew could help me, dispensing valuable advice worth more than gold, and finally, commiserating with me about what a bum deal I'd gotten 15 years ago, and what awful misfortune I'd been dealt vis a vis the skunky lawyers' who'd botched my present case. Joel Salinger is an ace. An A+ guy, with humor and grace, a lovely soul who took an interest in me, as a person, caring more about his desire to help me get the very best defense, than he was, about my ability to come up with money to pay him. Incidentally, he'd been in touch with me, and took my phone calls, for several weeks, before I finally saw him at his office. He had to be somewhere that day, and yet, I was in his office for nearly 2 hours. In the end, he reached out to 2 very prominent attorneys and set up a meeting with me, to see David Mansfield, of Islandia, NY the following day. What a wonderful man! Joel Richard Salinger, a terrific lawyer, a man of honor, a great ally. Down to earth. And he cares about people, the law and the desire to see that justice is served. You want him as your lawyer. I recommend him very highly.
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Posted by Rhonda | August 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
An Attorney who cares about you
I was really down and out thinking that no one could help me where I cried a lot, but then I met Joel Salinger. Talking to Joel was like talking to a friend he listened and he would lightened up my sad moments i was having to where I was able to have faith to believe in him and that he could help me and he did. He faught for me caring only about what was needed and what was best for me. Thank you Joel Salinger for all that you have done to turn my situation into a happy ending.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Setelment of separation
Esq. Salinger was expedient in obtaining a resolution that was in my favor.
Posted by Dave | September 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Joel Salinger.
Joel handled my divorce after a decade long marriage that included three children. Joel was professional, compassionate and incredibly knowledgeable. He made himself available at abt time to answer my questions and he saw the matter through to a very thoughtful conclusion that was agreeable to all involved. I will and have recommended Joel to others.
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Posted by Kay | November 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
cares more about me and my family than money
Mr. Salinger did everything that was expected of him. I could be certain that whatever he said he was going to do he did it. He was available to talk to me whenever I needed him or his paralegal. Pu He was there for me and genuinely cared about me and my family . He went above and beyond for me. The court system is slow and has nothing to do with the expediency of the lawyer. I know most attorneys will not even go back to court without money up front, Joel always worked with me, he also knew that I was the victim not the enemy, Hire Mr. Salinger if you are looking for honesty and someone who takes your case because he believes in doing the right thing. I would hire him again and still can call him today if I need advice...You can't go wrong.
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Posted by Joe | October 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Joel was professional, understanding, articulate and always prepared. Dedicated and hard working, Joel will stop at nothing to have your voice heard. Always reassuring and relaxing...this man kept his office open for me until 8pm on the day I was served with divorce papers. He sat me down, explained the process and reassured me that everything wil be ok...and it was. Every divorce is unique and Joel takes the time (often on weekends and holidays) to return calls and answer questions. Mel is an invaluable resource as well. She's sharp, intelligent and well versed in the law. Just like Joel, she takes the time to answer questions and explain what's going on. If you need an attorney, Joel is the guy. No question. I'd recommend him without hesitation. There's not a lawyer in this world that can guarantee you a "win". You won't win every battle and you won't get each and every little thing you want. The law is the law and you have to know that. What Joel WILL do is make sure you are well represented and that your rights are protected. He will fight for you tenaciously, but fairly. He will guide you and get you through what is a most stressful time in your life. You're not a paycheck to him and you're not a means to a partnership. You're a person and a client. You cannot say that about a lot of lawyers, but I can say that about Joel. With no hesitation or hyperbole.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Love this attorney
Joel was great at handling my divorce situation. I have nothing but good things to say about Mr. Salinger, he was always professional, and helped me achieve the outcome I was hoping for. Divorce is an emotional situation, and I was helped through the process by trusting in my attorney and taking his advice.
Posted by Bruce S | June 16, 2012
Knowledgable, Personable, Tenacious - Best Lawyer I have ever hired!
Mr. Salinger was extraordinary. His negotiation skills were sensational. He handled my divorce and was able to help me obtain and outcome that everyone said was impossible. I was going through a health crisis at the time and Joel was more than an attorney, was was a friend too. I will never forget his patience and emotional support. Something you don't expect from your lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!
I was in a pannic and needed a family court lawyer asap. Joel is the only person to anwser and give me advise right away. I filed all papers and met with him the sane day. He stayed in contact and did everything he was suppose to do. I was so happy with his services and then about 6 months into the case it became harder and harder to get ahold of him. He wouldn't anwser calls or emails court dates were coming up and I had no idea because there was no communication. I really feel he didn't fight for me either. I was out of state so to him this was easy and free money. I got sick of everything and everyone came to an agreement so the case finally came to a end. I never received any of the paperwork so 1.5 months away from me suppose to pick up my daughter I start calling and emailing Joel. A course no anwser or reply then one morning I get a call from my daughter "Dad we are here". Thanks a lot Joel for your unprofessional lack of communication. You made me miss another chance to see my daughter. STAY AWAY FROM HIM HE IS GOOD AT FIRST BUT WILL LET YOU DOWN AS THE CASE GOES ON
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Posted by Emily | July 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
He doesn't want to do anymore then has to.
He was a legal aid attorney that did not follow up with a case he made a mistake on very nasty
Posted by Jason | May 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A Crook
This man is a very dishonest person he took my case and I had to fire him because he did as he liked and always had an excuse as to why he didn't file the documents I requested. the first appearance he came 1 hour late and when he finally showed up he conversated with others for about 10 minutes before coming to me. with an excuse about some other client issues, there is a list of things wrong with this lawyer but the biggest being him holding on to my money let me know I will get it at his discretion you get ) stars sir I honestly don't know how you make a living
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Joel R. Salinger
  • 1999 - Present

Education

  • Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
  • State University of New York, Farmingdale State College
  • Associates Degree
  • 1983

Associations

  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Joel Salinger for many years. I first met him when I was a young prosecutor in Suffolk County. I can state with confidence that Mr. Salinger is a consummate professional and is held in high regards in the legal community. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Salinger was opposing counsel on a case we had together. He advocated strongly for his client and always held himself out as a professional. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joel and I have worked together on a number of matters and he works hard to get his clients the best possible outcome. If you hire Joel you can't go wrong!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joel is trusted adversary who fights hard fro his clients while keeping realistic expectations. He favors frank and honest talk over theatrics and game-playing which makes him a valued asset to the legal community"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Joel is an outstanding lawyer. His grasp of the law and practice is exemplary."
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