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Kevin Michael Colwell

Divorce and separation Attorney at Albany, NY

5.0   3 reviews

Licensed for 24 years

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About Kevin

Learn Kevin’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    60%
    contested and uncontested divorce, high asset cases, equitable distribution, spousal maintenance/alimony, QDRO issues, pre and post nuptial agreements, separation agreements

    24 years

  2. Family
    40%
    custody, visitation, interstate custody and support cases, child support, violations, modifications and violations of custody and support orders, paternity, grandparent custody and visitation

Upon graduation from law school Kevin took a position as an Assistant Public Defender for Columbia County.  During his two years in the public defender's office Kevin gained valuable experience in all types of family court matters including custody, abuse/neglect and support.  In 2000 Kevin accepted a position with the Albany law firm Roland, Koblenz & Petroccione, LLP where he gained additional civil litigation, real estate and surrogates court experience.  In 2005 Kevin, Emilio Petroccione and Carl Ferrintino formed Colwell, Ferrentino and Petroccione, LLP.  In 2008 Mary Colwell joined the firm.  Today, Kevin and Mary lead a team of over twenty at the Colwell Law Group, LLC helping families successfully navigate child custody and divorce litigation.

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July 2011- Attorney Kevin Colwell of Colwell, Colwell & Petroccione discusses New York state's marriage equality law on WRGB CBS 6 evening news. Attorney Colwell offers suggestions for same-sex couples to legally prepare for marriage.
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Licensed for 24 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1998
Updated 07/09/2022

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

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The Colwell Law Group, LLC

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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2012
Kevin Colwell was great help in sale of house
Attorney Kevin Colwell (Kevin) and his firm helped my wife and I sell our house. It had been 9 years since I had sold a house so I needed to be guided through the entire process from the contract through to sale. A couple of snags arose during the deal where Kevin had to give us advice on how to respond, for example to buyer's discovery of deficiencies in the structure. His advice proved to be right on target, keeping the buyers from dropping the deal. We exchanged many emails, with his responses to my questions or concerns coming promptly and with clear answers or explanations. His replies reduced the worries that I had while waiting to get a closing on the sale. We also spoke by phone after going through an administrative assistant in his office. Never was a request for information left unanswered. My wife and I couldn't be in town for the closing, but we were very confident that with Kevin and his team there everything would go smoothly. It was the perfect ending for something like this, we didn't have to be there and we were notified after the closing that it was all done without any last minute changes by the buyers. I highly recommend Kevin Colwell.
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Posted by Alan | May 29, 2012
A caring and compassionate attorney....Really!
When I first became separated, I hired a pitbull attorney so I could get back at my ex, who had wronged me. Unfortunately, the pitbull was a pitbull alright, only to me and not my ex. My first attorney did nothing more than receive and forward me countless letters from opposing counsel, racking up thousands of dollars and never actually doing any meaningful work on my case. 9 months, $9,000 dollars later and nowhere closer to divorce, I fired my ex-attorney and hired Kevin Colwell. It was a very good decision. Kevin and his firm provided me with professional services at a reasonable price. Kevin did not forward me every letter as my previous, unscrupulous attorney had, but rather, only contacted me when there was something important. Kevin could have made himself thousands of dollars more by simply forwarding me the letters from opposing counsel, which were intended to break me mentally and financially. Instead, Kevin recognized this and saved me money. Not every attorney would do that. At trial, opposing counsel came off as a bully as he badgered me and peppered me with intentionally intimidating questions. Kevin's approach to questioning my ex was to do so with respect and professionalism. I believe this approach worked better with the judge and helped me with my decision. I didn't get everything I wanted and you probably won't either. But that's not Kevin's fault. Rulings are based on law and individual judges who follow statute and I am pleased to have taken the approach I did with Kevin. If you are angry at your ex and are seeking a divorce attorney and you want to go to war, just plan on your war costing you thousands of dollars and taking far longer than is necessary to complete this unfortunate process. The money you are going to spend exacting a toll on your ex is going to cost you far more from your own retirement and children's college funds if you choose an attorney who will be more than happy to cash every check you write as you try to get back at your ex. If, on the other hand you'd like to try to get through this process with some dignity, with your head held high and with some money left in your pocket, Kevin Colwell is the attorney I'd recommend. Going through my divorce, I learned why attorneys get a bad rap. Having hired one and been opposed by one, there's a lot of sketchy, selfish attorney's out there who will claim to have yours and your children's best interest at heart to lure you into hiring them and then padding their wallets with your money as they drag out the process unnecessarily for months letting you linger financially and emotionally. Kevin Colwell actually does care and it gives me hope to know that not all stereotypes are correct and there really are good people in this professon. I hope this helps. Good luck with your decision. Oh, and you may not be able to see it now, but life gets much, much better when you find the one you're actually supposed to be with. Hang in there. You'll see.
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Posted by Steve | May 29, 2012
A voice of reason
I retained Kevin Colwell during what was for me, the worst period of my life to date. We started on what should have been a simple custody petition that instead turned into a chaotic mess. Kevin and his staff were able to adjust to the ever changing challenges we faced with superb competency and effectiveness. Kevin and his staff guided me through some dangerous and complicated legal waters, and saw to it that I came out a whole person. Today my children enjoy equal time with both of their parents, and I owe so much of that to Kevin's advice and direction. Kevin and his staff will be a voice of reason and honesty for you when you are faced with anything and everything but reason and honesty. I highly recommend Kevin Colwell.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Colwell Law Group, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Colwell, Colwell & Petroccione, LLP
  • 2005 - 2016
  • City Attorney
  • City of Hudson
  • 2000 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Roland, Fogel, Koblenz & Petroccione, LLP
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Columbia County Public Defender's Office
  • 1998 - 2000
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Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • State University of New York, College at Geneseo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • In the Matter of Vincent MM
  • neglect petition dismissed after trial

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Solo and Small Practice Advisory Panel
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • member
  • 2016 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Columbia County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • 10 Best - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney for New York
  • Americn Jurist Institute
  • 2017
  • 10 Best - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top Law Firms
  • Albany Business Review
  • 2016
  • Albany's Finest Profile Series
  • Metroland
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (25)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. He skills are excellent and he is always prepared. He provides first rate representation. I have know him, and been his adversary, for years."
Family Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Colwell is a strong advocate for his clients and is reasonable in his approach to settlements."
Family Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Kevin is a talented attorney with a wealth of knowledge in Family and Matrimonial Law. He is an impressive advocate for both his clients and his team."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Kevin is an intense and driven attorney and businessman who believes that focusing on client satisfaction, value-billing, and expeditious litigation is the key to success in the practice of law, especially in the tempestuous fields of family and matrimonial law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kevin for a number of years and have always known him to be courteous, professional and attentive to the needs and welfare of his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Kevin and the Colwell Law Group welcomed me as their newest Associate Attorney earlier this year. Since beginning my tenure with this firm, Kevin has facilitated my exposure to all different types of cases in the Family & Matrimonial legal fields, taught me life-long skills in the practice of law, and continues to encourage me to be the best professional and attorney that I can be. The experience I've gained in the short time I've worked with Kevin is beyond anything I could have expected as a new attorney in most firms. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I've learned a lot from Kevin in the five months I have been working for him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a colleague of Kevin's, I can attest to the degree of skill and dedication he brings to his clients and his cases. Kevin is a strong advocate for his clients' rights, while retaining a dignified demeanor in his dealings with other attorneys. I highly recommend him for those seeking advice on family law issues"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin Colwell is an excellent attorney, always well prepared and knowledgeable. If I have a question regarding a criminal matter I usually turn to Kevin. I refer clients confidently to this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kevin since he graduated from law school. He is a fine attorney and a good man. I have worked with him on a number of matters. He is a hard worker and a very capable lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is extremely professional and committed to achieving the best results for his clients. He is dedicated to the ethical practice of law and puts his clients' interests first. Kevin is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I know with superior trial advocacy and negotiation skills. He is able to assimilate to any changing situation and is well-respected in the legal community."
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