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Clifford J. Petroske

Divorce and separation Attorney at Hauppauge, NY

4.4   44 reviews
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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Clifford

Learn Clifford’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    85%
    contested, uncontested, equitable distribution, pendente lite, maintenance, child support, custody and visitation

    33 years

  2. Uncontested divorce
    5%

  3. Child custody
    3%
    child custody and visitation, enforcement, modification, shared custody, grandparent rights, relocation

    33 years

  4. Family
    3%
    child custody, child support, paternity, order of protection, grandparent rights

    33 years

  5. Alimony
    1%

  6. Appeals
    1%
    matrimonial and family law appeals

    30 years

  7. Child support
    1%
    child support establishment, enforcement, modification, arrears

    32 years

  8. Marriage and prenuptials
    1%

MATRIMONIAL & FAMILY LAW | 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE TOUGH CHOICES

I promise to give you my honest and realistic assessment of your situation and offer what I believe is the best legal and practical approach, drawing on my knowledge of the relevant law, and decades of experience with the procedures and personalities in the courtroom.

 

Since handling my own divorce over twenty years ago, I have devoted my practice to matrimonial and family law on Long Island, representing business owners, executives, teachers, police officers, doctors, attorneys, homemakers, union members, and firefighters.  I have handled hundreds of divorce and family law cases, negotiating favorable settlements for most, and proceeding to trial when necessary, and have prevailed on numerous divorce, child support, and child custody appeals.    

 

I was born and raised on Long Island.  I graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School, and earned my undergraduate degree, cum laude, in 1986 from SUNY Stony Brook.  I attended Hofstra University School of Law, where I was editor of the Hofstra Environmental Law Digest, and earned my law degree in 1989.  I was admitted to the New York Bar in 1990, and started my own practice in 1992.   

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Location

Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, P.C.
1393 Veterans Memorial Highway
Suite 414N
Hauppauge, NY, 11788
Clifford J. Petroske
1055 Franklin Avenue
Suite 206
Garden City, NY, 11530
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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  44 customer reviews
Posted by linda | July 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Achieved the impossible
Stepped into a very complex 10 year court battle. Within 5 months of having my case he was able to negotiate a final settlement and end what I thought would never end. He should be everyones go to divorce lawyer if you actually want results.
Posted by Barbara | July 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMEND - INCREDIBLE LAW FIRM
I would award Petroske, Riezenman and Meyers Law Firm 10 stars if the rating system allowed it. Mr. Clifford Petroske, is an extremely knowledgeable Attorney. He has demonstrated a profound ability to articulate an incredible interpretation of the law during a trial. He also meticulously presents a superb legal presentation. The entire support staff is top notch. The combined efforts of their competence, patience, diligence and compassion has made an extremely difficult circumstance tolerable. I had complete confidence that they were working constantly for my benefit. I highly recommend Mr. Petroske and this Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2019
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Great legal counsel
Mr. Petroske is clearly a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who was focused on obtaining the best results that he could for me. He was attentive, honest and explained everything very clearly to me. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Posted by Sue | January 5, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Lawyer - Overwhelmingly positive experience.
I cannot express enough how grateful I am for the outstanding legal representation I received from Mr. Cliff Petroske. From our initial consultation to the successful resolution of my case, he demonstrated unparalleled professionalism, expertise, and dedication. One of the most impressive aspects of working with Mr. Petroske was his meticulous attention to detail. He took the time to thoroughly understand the intricacies of my situation, leaving no stone unturned for a favorable outcome. This attention to detail instilled confidence in me throughout the legal process. He communicated with me transparently, addressed my concerns and provided clear explanations of legal concepts at every stage. The combination of legal expertise and genuine concern for my well-being made a significant impact on my overall experience. In addition, Mr. Petroske exhibited genuine empathy and compassion. He made me feel heard and understood, easing the emotional burden and stress. I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Petroske and his firm for unwavering dedication, expertise and compassion. He is without a doubt an attorney you want in your corner. I am incredibly grateful for the positive resolution.
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Posted by eric | June 7, 2023
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highly reccomend
Cliff was my second cousel replacing an ineffective representation that nearly cost me several $100k more. Almost immediately I started to see a resolution after ~1 year stalemate negoatiations. His quick and precise knowledge into martial law along with the not so obivious pitfalls (pro and con) was so apparent that opposing cousel needed a second lawyer to keep pace.
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Posted by Jeff | January 6, 2023
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Highly Recommend Clifford Petroske
Whether you are thinking of getting divorced or in the middle of the divorce process, if you are looking for a GREAT attorney, the only person I recommend without hesitation is Clifford Petroske at Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, PC. I wish I knew Cliff when I first started my own personal divorce journey. If you find yourself heading to a divorce trial, now is the time to reach out to Cliff and talk about your case. I had a different attorney and went to trial and wish I had Cliff the first time. Cliff is the person you want to have as your lawyer. If your case goes to court, Cliff operates as battlefield commander in the courtroom. Cliff is the rare lawyer who takes the time to learn all the facts of your case and develops an outside the box strategy for the courtroom. Every case is different. Every client is different. Cliff recognizes and understands this and will make sure you are properly prepared for your day in court. I can not say enough positive things about Cliff and his partners. Great is great. I know great when I see it - I have had many lawyers over the year for both business and personal matters - I am grateful to be a client of their firm. I stand behind this testimonial. Jeff Pulver.
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2021
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Modification
Mr. Petroske and his firm are very professional, have comprehensive knowledge of the law and the patience to form and act on a winning strategy. if ever I had a question or concern he went out of his way to call me back in a timely manner. I highly recommend Cliff and his firm, I was extremely impressed.
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2021
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Clifford Petroske
Cliff not only possesses an amazing grasp of case law and the intricacies involved in matrimonial law, he is compassionate, thorough and patient. Sometimes it is quite difficult to understand legal proceedings and the vernacular of the court and Cliff is able to translate and ensure that the case is thoroughly explained and that his client completely understands what is being presented, what the options are and how they will ultimately affect one’s life. Cliff is not only kind and patient but his staff is as well. They are all extremely courteous, professional and caring. If one has to go through the trauma of divorce, this law practice will competently assist in navigating the twists and turns that every divorce case has.
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Posted by Lillian | February 15, 2021
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Excellent Legal Team
The process of being in family court is a difficult and painful time. I was supported with excellent legal advice, collaborative thinking, and partnership to achieve the best possible resolution for my case. Cliff and his team guided me, and ensured that I felt safe and empowered. Cliff’s depth of knowledge of the law, as well as his team’s compassion for the human aspect of family court helped me tremendously. I highly recommend working with Cliff, Katelyn, Lauren and Emily.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2021
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A guiding principle...
Clifford helped me navigate the Labyrinth, and defeat the "Goblin King." His years of experience are exemplified in his direct and informed style of communication. You'll never get stuck working with Clifford.
Posted by Christina | August 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
CASE SETTLED
My initial consultation was with Clifford Petroske in March 2015 and he told me to not give up, so I didn't. Clifford Petroske, Mike Meyers and their wonderful team helped me settle my “after divorce" family court custody case which involved custody of two children. EX was extremely spiteful, lied and did everything to try to make my life miserable. This included using unethical tactics to try to make me give up and constantly dragging the case on and on. I never allowed myself to give up and this law firm gave me the confidence to be strong in pursuing what was in the best interest for the children. This law firm helped change my life and the children's lives for the better.
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Posted by Derek | April 25, 2016
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Excellent Professional Attorney
Some of the many qualities one looks for with an attorney is professionalism, realism, knowledge and effectiveness. Cliff Petroske has all of these, moreover, he surrounds himself with excellent staff, which in my view speaks volumes about the person. Petroske and his colleagues achieved more in 10 months than my previous lawyer in 3 years!
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Posted by Karen | February 8, 2016
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Clifford J Petroske
I cannot be more pleased with my experience with Clifford Petroske and his staff. While being both professional and personable, they were able to get me the results that I was seeking with my child support case in a reasonable amount of time. Should I encounter another issue in the future that requires legal representation, I will not hesitate to reach out to Cliff again.
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Posted by craig | October 27, 2015
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my opinion of Petroske law
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Petroske and his staff for the excellent legal counsel they provided me during my divorce. It was an emotional and trying time in my life but Mr Petroske helped me through it all. He explained the law in detail to me and explained what both me and my ex were entitled to regardless of what or who caused the divorce and weather I liked it or not. There was no blowing smoke up my ass and promising me the world while all along reaching into my pocket for more money. Because of this I felt like I could trust Mr Petroske from day one. Throughout the divorce the trust was always there and Since I was well informed and not mis-informed I was able to get my divorce resolved and finalized in a reasonable amount of time which enabled and helped me to move on with my life. In conclusion, If you are looking for an honest lawyer that specializes in divorce and separation, I would highly recommend Mr Petroske. You will get a lawyer that is not looking only to get in your pocket but is looking to make sure you get a fair shake going thru the legal system.
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Posted by Christopher | August 3, 2015
Excellent Attorney
For anybody looking for professionalism and hard work ethic this is the attorney to hire. I had the opportunity to work with Cliff and Molly , who worked diligently on my case always getting back to me right away with details and solutions. It's very reassuring to know the people who are working for you and with you are giving their all especially on such important matters. I want to Thank you for a job well done.
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Posted by Mike | July 29, 2015
Cliff Petroske an outstanding attorney
I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to have Cliff Petroske and his staff represent me during my divorce. Cliff's knowledge, compassion, attention to detail and attentiveness helped me greatly as I went through one of the most difficult periods of my life. I will never forget the calm professional demeanor and class Cliff showed during the entire process. Simply said I think Cliff is a wonderful trusted divorce attorney with a great support staff and I recommend him highly...
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Posted by Joseph | April 27, 2015
My QDRO Dilemma
I contacted Cliff after doing some internet research looking for a lawyer who was knowledgeable in the processing of QDRO's. From our first meeting, I knew Cliff was the one who would be able to assist me through the challenging process so I would be able to retire. Cliff and his team worked together with my employer and were able to expedite the processing of my QDRO through the courts. What I liked about Cliff and his paralegal Colleen who worked together with me, they were both very knowledgeable, professional, readily accessible, kept me informed and went above and beyond what I expected! This law firm is top notch and I would highly recommend them. I am forever grateful!
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Posted by Ann-Marie | February 3, 2015
The Best
More than three years ago I started on a horrible journey of a painful and nightmarish divorce. From my first consultation with Cliff I was given hope and comfort. Over these past years I have truly felt that Cliff and his staff have been by my side, fighting this battle with me and for me. Cliff has an incredible team working for him, which in turn has been working for me. They are professional, compassionate, highly educated and go over and beyond to help you. I am nearing the end of this very trying time in my life and it is with complete gratitude that I thank Cliff and his team for getting me through this. If you or anyone you know have ever been through a divorce you know the horrible toll it can take on you emotionally and financially. It is because of Cliff that I am emerging from this divorce with a favorable outcome and an excitement for my future. There is no lawyer out there that will fight harder for you.
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Posted by Melanie | December 15, 2014
Very knowlegeable and responsive
Mr. Petroske did an excellent job of defending me against false allegations and restoring my custodial rights with my children.
Posted by Ken | May 6, 2014
No nonsense Attorney, Gets it Done!
Cliff and his staff did more to bring my divorce to a conclusion in six months, than my first attorney did in the ten months before I let him go. While Cliff remained professional throughout the process, he was aggressive without being offensive, worked hard to bring this situation to a satisfactory conclusion all the while keeping the costs down wherever possible. All options were explained thoroughly, keeping me in the loop at all times. His staff is to be commended on being ready and willing to do whatever it took to keep the process on track and in a timely fashion. I would strongly recommend Cliff without question, and by the way ...I found him on this site!
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Clifford J. Petroske, P.C.
  • 1992 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Reisch, Simoni, Bythewood & Gleason
  • 1989 - 1992

Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hinck v. Hinck
  • Succeeded on appeal
  • Saravia v. Godzieba
  • obtained more parenting time for non-custodial father
  • Gort v. Kull
  • obtained visitation order for paternal grandmother
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Associations

  • American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Association of Entrepreneurial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Suffolk County Matrimonial Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • NYSBA Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • New York Metro Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • New York Metro Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • New York Metro Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • New York Metro Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo.com
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo.com
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice
  • Avvo.com
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice
  • Avvo.com
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice
  • Avvo.com
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Suffolk Academy of Law
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Clifford
Family Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse this lawyer. His answers to AVVO questions demonstrate his knowledge and dedication as a family law attorney"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. His experience and courtroom savvy are invaluable to any prospective client needing representation in the area of matrimonial law or child custody."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cliff and I have had many cases over the years. I have always found him to be prepared, well reasoned and a fierce advocate for his clients."
Child support Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney, dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Cliff is a profoundly remarkable attorney who balances zealous advocacy for each of his clients with a pragmatic approach toward settlement -- arts which are rare to find by themselves, never mind combined. Additionally, Cliff has a true passion for the law, as well as compassion for his clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. attorney Petroske is highly respected in his legal community. His AVVO response are well thought out and informative."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Cliff is very experienced in family law. He will fight for his clients to the end using not only his expertise in the law, but his passion for helping his clients."
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