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Cheryl Lynn Sovern

Business Attorney at Malta, NY

5.0   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2007
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Cheryl

Learn Cheryl’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Representation of start -ups and other small businesses from the organization of the company through to acting like an in-house counsel attorney, at a more afforable, flexible on call attorney for all business legal needs.

  2. Lawsuits and disputes
    When negotiations and other dispute resolution methods are ineffective, it is necessary to commence and/or defend a civil action - this includes divorces and family court practice.

  3. Employment and labor
    Provides additional non-litigation labor/employment assistance including review of severance agreements, preparation of severance agreements, preparation of employee handbooks and assisting HR personnel with everyday employment issues; Handling employment discrimination and sexual harassment cases

I went to law school so that my efforts could make a difference.  In the years since I started practicing law, I see, first hand, how my efforts make a difference in the lives of my clients.  My approach is quite simple.  I wouldn't advise anything for my clients that I wouldn't for my own family.  I treat my clients with respect and keep them updated on their matter.  Having grown up playing sports, I find that some of the skills I learned from the field transcend to my practice.  Specifically, I advise my clients that we are on the same team and that we must communicate and function that way in order to have a satisfactory outcome. This mentality has been very useful in obtaining positive outcomes for my clients.   

I represent businesses with their everyday legal issues incuding employment matters, corporate governance and contracts.  My practice also allows me the opportuntity to represent individuals in family matters (divorce, custody issues) and litigation.  




Sovern Law, PLLC
100 Saratoga Boulevard
Suite 37L
Malta, NY, 12020


5.0 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Jay | June 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Exceptional Attorney. And I do not use that phrase lightly.
Right now, you're probably reading these reviews and hoping that you find an attorney that fits the description you may have created in your head: professional, thorough, savvy, communicative, zealous to fight for you. You're lucky, because you've just found her. Cheryl is all of these, and so much more. I've had a few attorneys represent me throughout my life, and I can say that the romanticized ideas about them are usually untrue. Generally, they exist on a spectrum from highly competent to laughably inept...with most of them landing closer to "inept". "C's get degrees" as the old college adage goes...and nowhere does this seem to be more true than when it concerns attorneys. Cheryl outshines them all. And that's not an exaggeration. I hired her to represent me in an employment matter: we had frequent brainstorming sessions, she educated me on the finer points of the law in my situation, sent me case law, responded quickly to all my emails and calls (sometimes less than a minute afterward) and believed in what I was trying to accomplish and the rationale behind it. Ultimately, we settled the matter out of court for a sum I'm very happy with. She is truly far above her peers. It is my privilege to recommend her wholeheartedly to you. “It had been her fortune to possess a finer mind than most of the persons among whom her lot was cast; to have a larger perception of surrounding facts and to care for knowledge that was tinged with the unfamiliar.” ― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
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Posted by Kim | April 1, 2019
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I contacted, consulted with and hired C. Sovern to represent me in a matter of employment. She was knowledgeable, professional, and caring. She took my case and worked with me via email which expedited the process rather than my having to meet her each time at the office. She always asked me how I wished to progress and we were successful in the resolution of my case.
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Posted by Wayne Van Valkenburgh | March 8, 2019
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Cheryl was prompt and thorough and was there to ask any questions. She made this process pleasurable and easy
Posted by Hope | June 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cheryl Sovern
Cheryl litigated my case for nearly a year..My case was very unique in nature.I was fighting for my husband's State pension after he had passed away..Not only was I in litigation with another individual Cheryl also had to defend my case to the State of NY..Cheryl is very professional, thorough and compassionate..Cheryl always kept me up to date on any developments in my case.She always put my mind to rest when situations would arise..I never would have gotten threw that year if it weren't for Cheryl's expertise and willingness to go above and beyond..
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Response from Cheryl Sovern June 16, 2017
Hope, I am very happy that I was able to resolve matters for you during what was a very emotional time in your life.
Posted by Catherine | April 25, 2017
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Alledged nlawful termination of employment
I was very pleased with the work Cheryl Sovern provided on my case. She asked questions and made sure she understood my concerns. She did not communicate to the other attorney without reviewing materials with me first. When I needed her, she'd always take my call. She is smart, wise, competent and got me the settlement that I was very satisfied with.
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Response from Cheryl Sovern June 16, 2017
Cathy, thank you very much for your review. As I tell all my clients, it is YOUR case and I always want to ensure that I am communicating the right facts to the other side. We work as a team and your outcome shows that we worked well together!
Posted by Janice | April 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Cheryl's compassion and work ethic helped me through a very heartbreaking and emotional time in my life. She made sure that I was taken care of and not taken advantage of. Her knowledge of the law and the many deadlines in NYS was impressive and extremely helpful. She kept in constant contact with me and returned my phone calls when I needed to speak to her immediately. When all was said and done I hugged her and could not thank her enough for all of her support. I would recommend Cheryl highly to anyone who needs a lawyer.
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Response from Cheryl Sovern June 16, 2017
Thank you so much for the review. I am very happy that you were pleased with the results! You were an exemplary client and we really worked well together to bring your matter to a fairly swift and equitable conclusion.
Posted by Ashley A | April 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Absolutely Fantastic!
Cheryl was absolutely amazing when we worked with her while dealing with some issues with a neighbor. She was extremely prompt when it came to communicating with both us and our management company. She really cared about our situation and didn't stop working until our issues were resolved. We wouldn't hesitate to contact her and her team again in the future!
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Response from Cheryl Sovern June 16, 2017
Ashley, thank you very much for taking time out to post this review. I am very happy that we were able to work through the issues you had and come up with a fair solution.
Posted by Debbie | April 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cheryl Sovern, Esq. took my case and guided both my husband and myself thru a very difficult time. She was very caring, supportive and knowledgeable. She was the one person I could rely on. Ms. Sovern did not have to guess she knew the law and stood firm and we won. She is the BEST!!!!!
Posted by Christina | April 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional and Knowledgable
Cheryl is an excellent attorney who I would highly recommend to any family member, friend or colleague . She did legal work for our notforprofit and was incredibly knowledgeable, informing us of timelines, requirements on our end and the legal process concerning our situation. Cheryl was incredibly organized, easy to reach and was always staying in touch with updates. Working with Cheryl was incredibly stress free and she is a true professional. I would highly recommend.
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Posted by Donna | May 10, 2016
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Divorce updates that happened!
While my divorce was finalized a few years prior, I needed an attorney for changes, updates, and enforcing. Cheryl was communicative, supportive, and honest. I was so grateful she was there--I couldn't have done any of it without her.
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2013
Highly recommended.
I highly recommend Cheryl as counsil for any legal situation. She is extremly knowlegable, resourceful and very thorough. She truly cares about her clients and will put you at ease upon first meeting her. My case is not settled yet but I know I made the right decision in choosing Cheryl to represent me.
Posted by Donald | November 5, 2012
Sovern does great job for a guy who hates lawyers!!!!
I have to be honest in saying "I hate lawyers!!!" This mess started because another lawyer screwed up my final draft to my divorce. Cheryl got me thru it without issues. i appeciate her work however I didnt need to go down this avenue. Which is why I hate Lawyers. Except Cheryl.
Response from Cheryl Sovern June 16, 2017
Thanks, Don! Glad I was able to prove to you that attorneys can be responsive and keep you in the loop. We really are on your side!
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2008
Professional and Compasonate
Cheryl, has been nothing but 100% professional. She is extremely organized and maticulous to detail. She has a unique ability to keep you informed as to the legal process so you know exactly where you stand. Her compassion has made my whole ordeal bearable. Even though she had not experienced what I was experiencing, she was very supportive and understanding as to my concerns. I would and will recommend her to anyone that is need of an attorney.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney - Owner
  • Sovern Law, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • DuCharme, Clark & Sovern, LLP
  • 2011 - 2019
  • Associate
  • DuCharme, Harp & Clark, LLP
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Intern
  • Saratoga County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Special Victims Unit - intern
  • Albany County District Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • Berger, DuCharme, Harp & Clark, LLP
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Paralegal
  • Berger, DuCharme, Harp & Clark, LLP
  • 1991 - 2002
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  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Adirondack Beverages v. Local Union 669
  • Affirmed on Appeal by Third Dept.


  • Adirondack Women's Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2015 - Present
  • Gateway House of Peace
  • Corporate Counsel
  • 2014 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association - Law, Youth & Citizenship Section
  • Committee Member
  • N/A
  • Adirondack Women's Bar Association
  • State Delegate
  • 2012 - 2015
  • I Am I Can Achieve
  • Board Member and Mentor
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Adirondack Women's Bar Association
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Ballston Spa Education Foundation
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Saratoga County Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Committee
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Adirondack Women's Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Ballston Spa Education Foundation
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2007 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Client Counseling Competition Winner
  • Albany Law School
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Cheryl
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of working on a family court matter with Cheryl as opposing counsel. She was well prepared, courteous and efficient in her advocacy for her client, and I look forward to having the opportunity to cross paths with her in the future."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Cheryl for several years now, and can confidently say that there are few attorneys (or people in general) who are as smart as she is. She is quite capable as both a negotiator and a fighter. But most of all, I recommend her because of two things you won't get from her - no pretense and no nonsense. If that doesn't tell you what you need to know, I don't what would."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. she was extremely helpful, collaborative, and compassionate in the matter on which we worked."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl exhibits the up most professionalism and sensitivity when counseling clients during any legal matter. Cheryl constantly updates herself on the changing areas of the law and goes above and beyond to educate herself on any area that would help her client during their litigation. I would fully recommend Cheryl as a highly qualified litigation attorney."
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