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Steven Eric Shumer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Syosset, NY

5.0   24 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 31 years
    Connecticut - CT 31 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Steven

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Steven E. Shumer cares about the outcome of your divorce, family law or mediation case. Of equal importance, he cares about the impact that your legal issues will have on your children and will work tirelessly to ease the conflict for you and your family.

 

Steven E. Shumer is a partner at the law firm of Berger, Fischoff, Shumer, Wexler & Goodman, LLP. As a highly respected divorce mediation attorney and divorce and family law attorney, with over twenty five years of legal experience, Mr. Shumer has built a reputation as a knowledgeable and compassionate advocate for his clients. Steven E. Shumer has handled ground breaking cases. He has been interviewed and quoted in various publications including the New York Law Journal and Long Island Newsday. Mr. Shumer has authored a monthly legal column that appeared in over 25 local newspapers across Long Island and has participated in lectures to educate the public on matters involving divorce and family law. On multiple occasions Mr. Shumer was nominated for “Best of Long Island” under the category of “Divorce Lawyer.”

 

Attorney Steven E. Shumer has handled thousands of cases ranging from divorce/separation actions, same sex divorce, uncontested divorces, divorce mediation, pre and post nuptial agreements, post divorce enforcement proceedings, custody matters, support and visitation cases to multi-million dollar property distribution issues. In the family law arena he has handled everything from custody, support and visitation cases to order of protection matters, relocation issues and even cases of child abduction. 

 

As a divorce mediation attorney, Mr. Shumer's focus is always upon reaching an amicable and consensual settlement that satisfies the concerns of both parties and their family so that they can leave the process in a civil relationship moving forward.

 

Mr. Shumer’s first goal in a divorce or family law matter is to move the parties toward settlement of a case rather than litigation. However, there are times when settlement is not an option. In such situations, Mr. Shumer and the attorneys at Berger, Fischoff, Shumer, Wexler & Goodman, LLP, have extensive trial experience. Throughout his more than twenty five years of practice, Mr. Shumer has been involved in a variety of trials in the courts of Long Island and the five boroughs of New York city. 

 

Mr. Shumer, graduated from Brandeis University (cum laude) in 1989. He received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 1992, where he was a member of the Hofstra Labor Law Journal. Mr. Shumer is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and was admitted to the Bars of the State of New York and Connecticut, ultimately settling his practice within Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens County and the surrounding areas. On October 1,2013, Steven E. Shumer became the president of the 1st Resource Chapter of BNI, a worldwide networking group for business professionals.

 

In addition to his respected position in the divorce/mediation and family law communities, Attorney Steven E. Shumer is proud of the firm’s position as one of the premier bankruptcy firms on Long Island (representing both debtors and creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy law from Chapter 7 and 13 filings to more complex Chapter 11 filings) and one of the most respected real estate firms in the area (handling residential and commercial closings as well as representing numerous banks/financial institutions).

 

Steven E. Shumer lives on Long Island with his wife and 2 children.

Location

Berger Fischoff, Shumer, Wexler & Goodman, LLP
6901 Jericho Turnpike
Suite 230
Syosset, NY, 11791

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Posted by Vanessa | January 3, 2022
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Very professional
Mr. Shumer made me feel comfortable since day one. Very straight forward and very professional. Very easy to talk to and he was very patient with me when I had a few breakdowns on the phone. Very understanding. Very pleased with my divorce.
Posted by Chaz | May 19, 2021
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Empathetic. No Nonsense. Experienced Attorney Who Felt Like a Partner.
Steven has been our family's lawyer for about 3 years now, and most recently helped me through a very difficult divorce. He was extremely knowledgeable and exemplified compassion, understanding, and empathy the entire way through. His no-nonsense attitude extended to knowing full well how to handle the curveballs of my ex-partner and her attorney, negotiations regarding alimony, and explained what to expect the whole way through. I couldn't recommend anyone else with a clear conscience, and am so glad and grateful to have had Steven at my side throughout the divorce proceedings. The entire office and staff at BFSWG were friendly and professional at all times; truly wonderful people.
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Posted by Kara | January 7, 2021
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Amazing attorney
I could not have had a better attorney for my divorce case. He wasn’t my first attorney for the divorce . Many times things were falling apart with my original council, who had poor ethics and bled so much of my finances running me in the ground with little done. This is when I and hired mr shumer who took the challenge when my case was a mess. He quickly pulled everything together and tied up every loose string in record timing. My only regret is not finding him first! He was recommended by a friend of mine, who also spoke very high of him. There is much more I can go on to explain what a god send he was for me, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for him. He was always honest, put me at ease with his guidance , updated me promptly with any developments, and truely seemed to care. And was very generous with his billing which was another plus ! Haha. Sometimes I feel he cut himself short for being so generous . What else can I say, he was my guardian angle.
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Posted by Lisa | May 9, 2019
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Divorce
I would highly recommend Steven Shumer as a divorce attorney, I hired him to represent me in my divorce, being a very difficult time for me, Steven was very informative, fair and compassionate. He always responded in a timely manner, explained exactly what direction would be in my best interest and helped guide me through with his expertise. Thank you again Steven
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Posted by Elvira | January 25, 2019
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Divorce
Steven Shumer's work is one of the highest.Steve helped me get through my divorce as smoothly as possible and made sure I got the best legal help. Steve is very intelligent,experienced,aggressive and talented lawyer that I would highly recommend. ER
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2018
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Divorce
“Steve Shumer, of Berger, Fischoff, Shumer, Wexler & Goodman was highly recommended as a divorce attorney by a family friend. I was terrified and did not know where to begin. Steve was able to calm my nerves and guide me through the process in a very calming, compassionate and concise manner. He took the time to answer all of my numerous questions and was very understanding of some of the very emotional and sensitive aspects of my divorce. He always had the best interests of myself and my children in mind. He is extremely knowledgeable and professional and was able to reach an agreement very quickly. He was always easily reachable and communicative. I would highly recommend him as an attorney for all divorce matters.”
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2018
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My divorce
To Whom It May Concern: I took time out of my busy schedule to write this recommendation, as Steve Shumer always made the time for me when I needed it during my divorce. After interviewing several attorneys that were recommended to me, I chose Steve. Obviously, most any divorce, even in the best of circumstances can be complicated and have tense/defining moments. My estate was very complex and yet we were able to move through it at a very reasonable pace, as Steve set realistic expectations from the start and he had a humanistic approach that was impressive and I thought it was a real differentiator when hiring him. Steve was able to help me navigate the more difficult moments from an intellectual perspective and when things needed to move at a clip, which usually isn’t possible in a divorce, Steve made it happen anyway. He was also quite patient and I found him especially adept at handling the opposing counsel. Lastly, he was someone I could really count on and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Steve to anyone. He made a difference in both my divorce and therefore my life. M.W.
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Posted by Robert | December 1, 2017
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Custody
I was referred and recommended to Steven Shumer of Berger, Fischoff & Shumer through another attorney. I had a somewhat complicated custody situation that was made worse by a prior attorney. Steve took the time and listened to my situation to get a complete understanding of where I was at and the problems I was facing. He then formulated a plan that made sense to me, as well as the court as it turned out. Things went as well and better than I had even hoped and I now have formal custody of my daughter! As a father, I know that it is not "the norm" to have custody of a teenage girl, but Steve, his associate Brian Schechter, and his entire staff helped that become a reality. Steve has also been completely helpful for all follow up issues. He has always been reachable and communicative. I would definitely recommend Steve, Brian and Berger, Fischoff &Shumer for all custody, family court or divorce matters! R.M-Huntington
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2017
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Highly Recommended
retained Steve Shumer, of Berger, Fischoff & Shumer, LLP, based upon a recommendation of a co-worker who had gone through a nasty divorce with Steve as his attorney. My friend's recommendation was spot on. I needed a good attorney to assist me with a custody/visitation battle with my ex-wife and a support modification. It was a very complex matter with many issues. Steve did a wonderful job in being able to sort through all the nonsense that prior attorneys were unable to do. He spent an enormous amount of time with my and the attorneys. He drafted a custody and visitation schedule that was more detailed than expected based upon the special circumstances of my case. Getting the other side to settle and agree was not an easy feat, but he got it done. My ex-wife was extremely difficult and many times unreasonable. With the help of her attorney, and the ideas that Steve proposed, he got her to agree to terms that made it fair to both sides. Steve's associate, Brian Schechter, helped me with the child support case and I was equally as happy with those results and the representation Brian gave me. Both, Steve Shumer and Brian Schechter were very professional, and Berger, Fischoff & Shumer, LLP is one of the best firms I have come across. Thanks again Steve and Brian for all you did. I cannot thank you enough. GD - Miller Place
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2017
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Highly recommend
Mr. Shumer expertly guided me through my prenuptial agreement. From our first interaction he was very thorough and addressed all of my concerns. Throughout the entire process he was available to address any new concerns or changes and went above and beyond in communicating with both me and my fiance's attorney. I would highly recommend Steve.
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Posted by RL | August 21, 2017
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Wonderful lawyer and person.
I retained Steve Shumer of Berger, Fischoff and Shumer in my order of protection case in family court. Steve came onto the case halfway through, after we had spent many stalled months in and out of court with another lawyer, who seemed to be intent on dragging the case out for his own financial gain. Compared to our previous counsel, Steve Shumer was a breath of fresh air. After hiring Steve, our previously deadlocked case had a near-miraculous breakthrough, immediately jumpstarting negotiations for a settlement. Steve was incredibly understanding and open with lines of communication and explained even the most minute details of our case with dexterity. Most importantly, Steve is not just an excellent lawyer, but a truly kind and refreshingly honest person. As someone prone to anxiety, Steve kept me calm and focused and I always felt that he cared about the outcome of my case on a personal level. I cannot rave enough about Steve and his staff at Berger, Fischoff & Shumer, LLP (especially, Brian P. Schechter, his associate who worked with us as well and helped make the settlement a reality), and I would highly recommend him and his firm to anyone seeking a lawyer, you will not find anyone better.
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Posted by C | June 8, 2017
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Divorce
Steve Shumer, of Berger, Fischoff and Shumer, LLP, was my attorney in my divorce. Steve was very attentive and always called back when I needed him. He gave me the confidence in court that everything I asked for I would get in due time but made me realize that divorce is a process and would definitely take time. His entire staff was very understanding and sensitive to me which gave me a sense of security during one of the hardest times of my life. I can say this for sure. I wouldn't want to be against Mr. Shumer in the court room and you can quote me on that. C.L. – Locust Valley, NY
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2017
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My Ex and I loved him. Separately!
I recently used Steven Schumer from Berger Fischoff & Schumer, LLP. I was referred to him by my Ex wife who had used him last year (not with me). She had great things to say about him and after using him I could not agree more. Steve was thorough, exact, and understanding throughout the whole process. Many times I tried to offer more than what I needed to. Steve constantly took time out to explain to me what was required and advise me against my own self damming wishes. The most important thing about working with Steve was that he met my needs by awarding my partner things I wanted to award her, while at the same time ensuring that I was protected from present or future litigation. A common term used by Steve was, “Stop, you hired me to protect you let me do my job.” Each time he said that I felt comfortable I was in good hands. In the end he did accomplish things I wanted to accomplish and best of all I was protected. I highly recommend Steve to anyone going through a difficult situation. He is caring and professional and has the utmost expertise in his field.
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Posted by R.S. - Ridge, NY | September 6, 2016
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Exceptional Service
"I retained Steven Shumer, of Berger, Fischoff & Shumer, LLP, to handle the change of custody of my teenage son. Steven and his staff always made the best interests of my son the greatest priority. Steven's open lines of communication with his clients are exceptional. Berger, Fischoff & Shumer, LLP, came highly recommend to me and I, too, now highly recommend their services as well.
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Posted by Bruce | April 28, 2015
It's all in the details...
I met Steve Shumer through a local business group and from the sidelines I watched… Here was a guy who commanded the attention of everyone in the group. It was both his personality and the way he organized his thoughts that piqued my interest. Steve is a bright, get it done type that, when engaged, is tenacious to a fault. I had worked with a few different firms through my prior divorce case. However, when I needed the services of a firm to represent me for a new prenuptial agreement, instead of going back to my prior counsel, I felt compelled to approach Steve Shumer at Berger Fischoff & Shumer, LLP. (I am really glad that I did). The attention to detail that I received from Steve was unprecedented. There were numerous subtleties in the draft of the agreement provided by my fiancée’s firm that I would never have identified. Once the issues were explained by Steve, we were able to negotiate a very fair two way agreement. As this type of attorney-client relationship extends beyond just the legalese, Steve coached me through how to, with finesse, discuss difficult issues with my bride to be without creating a bad situation. If you’re looking for a firm that just “gets it” and really listens to the client’s needs, I can’t speak highly enough about Steve Shumer and his firm at Berger Fischoff & Shumer, LLP.
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Posted by Michael | April 17, 2015
A pleasant experience
As a client in a legal matter you want to know the attorney you retain is extremely knowledgeable, proffessional and conscious of your needs and expectations. As a recent client I can agree that Steven Shumer and his team are just that. Every concern I had was treated with respect and was communicated without delay. I highly recommend Steven Shumer Esq.
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Posted by Dawn | March 20, 2015
Simply the Best
From the moment I met Steven Shumer to discuss my divorce, I knew he had my best interests in mind and he knew his stuff. I presented him with a case that had many grey areas and he was still able to work with it and the final outcome is concise with all of the best interests of my child taken care of. Then I called him my attorney, today (8 years later) I still keep in touch with him and am honored to now consider him a friend as well. Steven Shumer is a picture of professionalism and has a keen sense of the law and a confident and commanding presence in the courtroom. I highly recommend him to anyone I meet who is in need of legal counsel.
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Posted by Robin | March 9, 2015
The Best Lawyer Ever!!
I have been a client of Berger, Fischoff & Shumer for about five years. In that time, I was guided through a difficult and emotional divorce proceeding by Steven Shumer and his staff. Steven, and specifically his paralegal Angie, always were available when I needed them most. They were considerate and generous with their time, fully understanding the personal and emotional aspects of my divorce. Through the process, Steven and I have truly become friends. Since my divorce ended, I have called upon him to answer simple non-legal questions as well as legal issues and each and every time he has been there for me. It is without question that I would recommend Steven Shumer and Berger Fischoff & Shumer for any client’s legal needs.
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Posted by Lisa | March 3, 2015
Highly Recommend!
I have known Steven since 2006. I want to thank him for his help in all these years of need. I did not use he or his firm in my initial divorce (wish I had) but have used them in several post divorce cases. In each case, Steven and the firm has been extremely professional, compassionate and calming. Coming from someone who gets bombarded with a number of legal issues, it is quite comforting knowing they are behind me. Steven and his colleagues are very knowledgeable, honest in their assessments and guidance and not always looking to make a buck. Steven has even taken the time to respond while he has been on vacation. Since I have known them for so long, they are like family to me. They are people I trust to help handle very difficult situations. Thanks Again!!
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Posted by Annette | February 27, 2015
A GRATEFUL CLIENT
I have had the good fortune and privilege of being introduced to Mr. Steven Shumer of Berger, Fischoff & Shumer, LLP. For over a decade he and his firm have assisted me and my immediate family with a myriad of legal issues. Each and every time I sought the firm’s services, I was overwhelmed with the positive results of each situation. I have recommended Mr. Shumer and his firm to family and friends for whatever legal assistance they might require and have only received positive feedback from those I have referred. I have no qualms contacting Mr. Shumer with any of my legal problems. It is my opinion that Mr. Shumer and his firm will do everything to help out his clientele to the very best of their abilities. Most importantly, they handle themselves with professionalism, compassion and understanding. THEY ARE THE BEST!! A.T.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 185-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Berger, Fischoff, Shumer, Wexler & Goodman, LLP
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Berger, Fischoff & Shumer, LLP
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Steinberg, Fineo, Berger & Fischoff, P.C.
  • 2002 - 2012
  • Associate/Managing Attorney
  • Law Firm of Anthony D. Denaro, P.C.
  • 1991 - 2002
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Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Brandeis University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Associations

  • BNI First Resource Chapter
  • Membership Coordinator, Mentoring Coordinator
  • 2013 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • BNI (First Resource Chapter)
  • President
  • 2012 - 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Law Firm
  • Long Island Business News
  • 2019
  • Top Attorneys
  • American Registry
  • 2019
  • Top Attorney
  • Top Attorneys of North America
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • Top Attorneys of North America
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in New York
  • The Legal Network
  • 2015
  • Top Legal Eagle
  • Long Island Pulse Magazine
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Long Island Newspapers
  • "Monthly legal column"
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Steven
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"There are two kinds of lawyers in our field. The ones who care about your bottom line, and the ones who care about their own. Steven cares about your bottom line. He is always prepared down to the last penny of your marital estate. He fights tirelessly to preserve his client's relationships with their children. I couldn't endorse him more."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven Shumer is as genuine of an attorney as they come. He goes above and beyond in ALL matters. He has spoken with clients I have sent to him, ones he cannot assist, but takes the time to listen and point them in the right direction. He listens to his colleagues and gives excellent career advice and legal advice. He is genuine, friendly, intelligent and most importantly, personable. He will never ignore a phone call. In the field of law he practices, dealing with divorcing spouses is not always a walk in the park. His persona makes a difficult process as "pleasant" as it can be. While I have never seen Steve in a bankruptcy context, if his work in bankruptcy parallels his work in divorce and family matters, then he is a top notch bankruptcy attorney as well. No questions asked, should the unpleasant topic of divorce arise, Steve is the attorney you want holding your hand during the process. He is worthy of this endorsement without question."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Steven Shumer to all my clients. Steve is not only an expert in his area of practice, but has an ability to relay complex and difficult ideas in a manner that is easy to comprehend and understand. This versatility is uncommon in the legal profession and separates Steven from his peers."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve possesses the qualities that are key--and extremely rare--in the world of divorce law: a pit-bull like ferocity on behalf of his clients, coupled with the ability to lay that aggressiveness aside when a practical and collegial approach will better serve his client's ends. These attributes would mean nothing, of course, without a deep knowledge of the law and years of experience in this field, both of which Steve also has. He also has extraordinary patience and always spends the time to speak to clients and potential clients about this often complicated and emotional time in their lives. his skills and compassion truly set him apart."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven is the attorney I recommend to all my clients when they have a family law matter in Nassau, Suffolk or NYC. Over the last twelve years I have gotten only positive feedback from clients with divorce, custody, or modification issues that Steven has helped. My highest reccomendation."
Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steven Shumer is a credit to our professional. He posses that all-too elusive combination of litigation skills, knowledge of controlling law and requisite people skills. I have referred several clients in the throws of the emotional turmoil which stems from the break up of a family to Mr. Shumer. Each time he has proven to be knowledgable, patient and compassionate. He never fails to give the time and attention required to quickly get to the heart of the matter and give the best advice to the client. I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Shumer to anyone in need of legal representation in connection with a matrimonial or family court matter."
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