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Darren M. Shapiro

Family Attorney at Jericho, NY

5.0   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1999
    Currently Registered Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2002

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2002. See details

About Darren

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I was admitted to practice law in the Courts of the State of New York in 1999.  In 2000 I was admitted to practice in the the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  After working as an associate for local law firms, in 2005 I opened my own practice.  The focus of my practice is matrimonial, family law, and mediation.  Give me a call if you would like to discuss your situation.  It woudl be my pleasure to speak with you about it.   

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Law Office of Darren M. Shapiro
99 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 300-K
Jericho, NY, 11753-1015

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Posted by Kerryann | March 2, 2021
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Thank you
I was going through a difficult divorce (which I'm sure most are) it was a very hard time, and the other side was always playing dirty with lies and constant tricks up their sleeves. I'm so grateful for Darren, because he was always fair and did the right thing, and that's what helped us win along with Darren being professional but at the same time very caring. I appreciate his help, knowledge and thoroughness. Darren will always take your call, talk and explain things to you, which is important because most of us don't know or even understand all the laws, and how they work etc. If your going through a divorce (even a messy one) I highly recommend Mr. Shapiro. Thank you so much again!
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Posted by Deborah | June 23, 2017
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Fair and Honest
I realized my ex had no intention to contribute to my son's college costs. I was feeling frustrated and defeated. I needed help. I called Darren Shapiro and left a voice message. Promptly, Darren called me back and spoke to me at length. He asked questions about my case, he asked me to fax him my paperwork . He spent time looking my case over calling me, discussing, costs, with no hidden cost. He not only gave me exactly what I needed to proceed in court, he gave me respect, compassion and piece of mind! Thank You Darren
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Posted by Annette | June 15, 2017
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I wouldn't change a thing!
I contacted Darren Shapiro for information regarding the direct adoption process of my son. He explained the process to me in a clear manner and was patient with me as I asked questions. Throughout the process, he explained what may happen and how we will approach each step. He also offered me ways to cut costs and was understanding when I needed a payment schedule. From start to finish, he was professional, kind and encouraging during a stressful time. I was able to get the adoption finalized before my son's first birthday! I thank God for leading me to Darren Shapiro!
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Posted by Ian | April 27, 2017
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Really good experience
From our initial consultation through subsequent meetings, Mr Shapiro was extremely responsive, ethical, and knowledgeable. Thank you for your help!
Posted by Demond | March 31, 2017
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Jericho' s best kept secret.
I hired Darren Shapiro to handle my divorce. My expectations were low due to the fact, that I have family who have had bad experiences with legal counsel. To my surprise, I found not only the absolute perfect fit for my situation but Darren showed me, that not all attorneys are created equal. He was always honest with me ( even when I didn't want to hear it), understanding of the emotion toll my divorce was having on me, and most importantly very skilled and knowledgeable about the many laws and statutes that accompany divorce in NY State.
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Posted by Vincent | March 22, 2017
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Extremely Satisfied
Darren Shapiro is a true professional. I Found him online and have used him twice, both with good outcomes. He is knowledgeable, professional and dedicated. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Dominick | October 28, 2016
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Very pleased with Darren and the results he got for me and my children
Sometimes it feels like men have a big disadvantage when it comes to divorce, child custody and child support issues. Many find and feel that women get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to family law. I am very thankful thought that I had Darren to represent me in what was a hard fought divorce. Darren responded quickly and was professional from the beginning to the end of the case. He promptly got back to me, the lawyer’s on the other side, or the court. He kept the case moving along, in a good way for me and my children, despite having to deal with my ex changing attorneys multiple times. There is nothing more important to me that my children. Darren saved my kids future. I got full residential custody of my kids which was very important for me and them. He successfully negotiated that I am able to keep all of my future income to use to take care of my children and not pay any maintenance. I am so pleased with Darren and the results he got for me and my children!
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Posted by Andrew | May 25, 2016
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Highly Reccomended
Helped me get unfounded allegations amended in a family matter fairly quickly and was informative of the process the entire way. I couldn't ask for a better outcome.
Posted by Traci M. | December 11, 2015
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Highly Recommend
It was a pleasure working with Darren Shapiro during a very difficult divorce mediation. He is extremely knowledgeable, understanding, and prepared to work out the best outcome for both parties involved. He was always available to answer any questions or concerns I had. His fees were exactly as stated and fair. I highly recommend him. It was great to have someone who understands how difficult the process can be and really care about your future and well being.
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Posted by Michael | October 21, 2015
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Highly recommended!!
Darren is an extremely dedicated, professional, and knowledgeable attorney who I would highly recommend to anyone in need of divorce counsel. I contacted him after having met with several other divorce attorneys to represent me in a Domestic Dispute matter. While the others seemed interested only in getting my retainer, Darren took the time to actually read the documents I had brought and offered solid and understandable advice. And when representing me in court he ended up having the matter dismissed. I immediately retained him for the ensuing Divorce and Custody case I was facing. Once again Darren helped to make a long and stressful situation much easier to handle, especially given the fact that the opposing side was more than a little difficult to deal with. At times I thought that he was not only my attorney, but my therapist and friend. After all was done, I ended up getting the custody I wanted and an Agreement that was fair to everyone involved. If I'm ever in a situation where I need an attorney again, Darren will be the first person I call.
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Posted by Monica Tilinca | May 14, 2015
Such a great experience!
My name is Monica. My husband and I worked with Darren Shapiro on changing our son's name. From the very beginning he was very professional, prompt and courteous. The entire legal process took just 2 months. He made the process seem very easy and he explained things in a way that was very simple for us to understand. We are very pleased with his services and would highly recommend him. It was an absolute pleasure working with him.
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Posted by Linda Derby | May 11, 2015
Exemplary lawyer who handled an extremely difficult Inter-State Case
If you require an attorney who understands hard-work, dedication, superior exemplary attention to detail AND won the case involving a highly complex intra-state case between Texas and New York family court -look no further than Darren Shapiro. I am endlessly thankful to Darren for his knowledge, professionalism and expertise with the notable consideration that I am located in Texas however my ex-husband is located in New York City. Darren genuinely listened to the details of my case and handled all of the filings, went to court on my behalf, and truly dominated when it came down to settling of the case. Darren's handling of my case didn't just end with the post-case settlement, his hard-work paved the way for the Texas Office of Attorney General's Office to further their case against a repeat offender. Again, I am endlessly thankful for Darren's knowledge and skill in transitioning my case into a successful positive outcome. Most importantly, my two children have the sincerest appreciation for Darren as he single-handedly changed the direction of their lives.
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Posted by scott | February 6, 2015
Family Law
Darren handled our complicated family law matter by educating me on the law, giving me practical and real life knowledge and experiences to help me gauge expected results and timelines, and provided incremental steps that were implemented along the way, ultimately enabling my family to avoid a costly and painful court appearance and process. Darren is experienced, patient, and able to detail processes with clear and easily understood language, while having empathy and sensitivity for difficult matters.
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Posted by Esther | October 11, 2014
Without a doubt the best attorney I ever dealt with!
I initially dealt with Darren Shapiro back in 2009 when he handled my divorce. He was always available to answer all my questions and quite knowledgable. I recently needed to contact him again and he responded without delay. I would recommend Darren without any reservation.
Posted by yvonne | August 11, 2014
I recommend Mr. Shapiro
Mr. Shapiro understood what I wanted from my divorce. He was able to give me all my options and explained all the consequences very clearly so that I could make the right decisions for myself. He answered emails and phone calls promptly. Mr. Shapiro was always very professional and I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by Mary | June 19, 2014
A quick resolution to a complicated case!
After being told be several attorneys that I had "no case". Mr. Shapiro deftly handled a complicated interstate Paternity/Child Support case. There were many different issues that came into play- but the case was resolved in just under 6 months and my resolution was very satisfactory! I am most appreciative of his dedication and attention to every detail.
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Posted by Stan | June 16, 2014
Effective Representation
Constructive Emancipation is one of the most difficult areas for a Plaintiff to obtain a favorable decision. Darren Shapiro not only received one but two favorable Constructive Emancipation decisions for me. Remarkably the second decision was obtained on appeal. Many attorneys would say that winning on appeal in the second case would be slim but Darren presented the facts in a way that clearly showed that the original decision should have been in the Plaintiff’s favor. It’s been a very long time in New York State since a case with similar facts as mine was decided in favor of the Plaintiff. The bar to Constructively Emancipate a child in New York State is very high and rightly so. It was not enough to only have the facts on your side but you must present them in a manner that overwhelmingly convinces the court that the only correct decision is to Constructive Emancipate the child. Darren Shapiro is a fair, reasonable and hard-working attorney that will do his best to obtain the best outcome for you. He doesn’t use Court TV antics to achieve his results only practical realistic approaches. I have recommended him to friends and family and would use him again.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2014
Highly Recommended
If you are seeking a matrimonial / divorce lawyer, I would highly recommend obtaining Darren Shapiro to represent your case. I lived out of the state of New York during the time of filing. After calling several other lawyers in the NY area to check how they would handle my case and fees, I found Darren Shapiro's information. He was prompt in personally calling back on the initial contact and throughout my case. He communicated effectively and kept me updated throughout. His explanations regarding the case were informative, and guided me throughout the process. His points and counterpoints in the agreement / settlement process were well-thought-out, and justified. Therefore, no major concessions had to be made, and was happy to have found a lawyer who cared. He provides professional service and for a very reasonable fee. Overall he helped make this transition in a major life event easier to handle. I really appreciate all his help in this. Again if you need to retain a lawyer, I highly recommend contacting Darren Shapiro.
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Posted by Nick | October 18, 2013
#1 Divorce Attorney Darren Shapiro
Darren is a top notch attorney! He walked me though my divorce with no problems. I was very impressed with the way he handle everything. Anytime I would call Darren, he calls me back in minutes. I'd have to give him a AAAAA+++++ Thanks again Darren for all your help!
Posted by Jeannie Lodewyks | September 21, 2013
Highly recommened Darren Shapiro for custody/vistation cases.
I would highly recommend Darren Shapiro to anyone who needs an excellent attorney for custody and or visitation cases. Our son's case was in New York and he lives in Florida. We knew no attorneys in New York and basically knew no one who could recommend an attorney. However, we decided to choose Mr. Shapiro and are very grateful that we did. He has handled our son's case on two separate occasions now and the outcome has been excellent. On both occasions he was outstanding. He protected our son and his daughter's rights completely and very professionally. He really cares about his clients and does everything he can to protect them and get them the best possible results on the case. We are very grateful to him for all he has done for our son and his daughter and we thank him very much for everything. Again, we highly recommend Darren for any of your legal issues. He is an excellent, caring attorney and will handle your case professionally to achieve the best possible results.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2002.

Suspension issued in NY, 2002
updated on 11/04/2022

Suspended means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Darren's comment: “One night, in July 2000, when I was 28 years old, I made a very poor decision to drive. I was pulled over for driving while intoxicated. I received two misdemeanor convictions which resulted in a one year suspension of my license to practice law. Luckily, nobody was hurt, except myself. I started working a recovery program, completed my suspension, and was reinstated to practice law. It's now over 22 years later from that bad night and it's been a great recovery since!”

Work Experience

  • Owner / Attorney / Mediator
  • Law and Mediation Office of Darren M. Shapiro, PC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Family Law and Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Assigned Counsel Panel Suffolk County
  • 2005 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Santoriella, Ditomaso, PC
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • Carus & Manniello, P.C.
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Guttman, Mintz, Baker & Sonnenfeldt
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum, PC
  • 1999 - 1999
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  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Order of Protection - Family Offense
  • Case against my client dismissed after trial
  • Child Custody
  • Custody Modified After Trial
  • Divorce
  • Divorce Settled
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Professional Family Mediators
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Family Law Committe Member
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • 10 Best of Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • America's Top Lawyers
  • American Law Society
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Certified Monitor
  • Nassau County Lawyers Assistance Committee
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Support Group For Collaborative Professionals
  • Role Play Collaborative Practice
  • 2014
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers - Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Given (13)
Endorse Darren
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Darren is a conscientious and hard working attorney. He is very committed to the profession and his clients. Darren is a strong advocate for his clients, yet practical in his approach to the resolution of issues. Darren is professional, an excellent communicator and highly knowledgeable in his practice areas. I highly recommend Darren."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a Florida attorney I have consulted with Darren on a few family law matters concerning NY divorce cases. He is an exceptional attorney. His understanding of the issues and ability to provide quick logical solutions is remarkable. I highly recommend Darren if you're in need of an attorney that will handle your case with professionalism, care and the time is deserves."
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I met Darren during a proceeding in which we represented separate litigants defending against orders of protection. Our combined efforts resulted in the dismissal of that proceeding after a hearing over many days. I found Darren to be intelligent, articulate, and professional."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. In addition to being opposing counsel on a matter, Darren is part of the Collaborative Community on Long Island, dedicated to improving the divorce experience for clients and children."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Darren and I have worked together promoting and developing the collaborative divorce process. He has demonstrated his personal commitment to diligently working for his clients while at the same time minimizing the pain, time and expense of the family."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Darren is knowledgable, compassionate, thorough and most importantly he cares about his clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Darren Shapiro approx. 15 years ago when we worked together in the Foreclosure department of a law firm in Nassau County. Thereafter, Darren went out on his own and started his Family Law practice. Darren has always been a diligent and thorough attorney. He is also very personable and compassionate and that is a characteristic that you will not find in many attorneys, especially in the Divorce and Family Law arena. Many times, I call on Darren to help me with issues of Divorce and Family Law. He is extremely knowledgeable in this field and despite his case load, is always willing to listen and assist with any matter. I have referred prospective clients to Darren and they have been extremely satisfied with his professionalism and expertise. I highly endorse Darren Shapiro. You will be very satisfied with his legal services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Attorney Shapiro on numerous matters and he consistently upholds the highest level of professionalism. Mr. Shapiro always displays a strong knowledge of the law but also considers the reality and circumstances of his clients when negotiating on their behalf.. As a result, Mr. Shapiro has demonstrated a strong ability to craft practical and effective resolutions which ultimately result in very satisfied clients."
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Jericho Family Lawyer Darren M. Shapiro
Darren M. Shapiro
Family Attorney
Jericho, NY
Licensed for 25 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2002. See details