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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|10 Best - Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2017|
|Top 10 Family Law Attorney for New York||Americn Jurist Institute||2017|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||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|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|In the Matter of Vincent MM||neglect petition dismissed after trial|
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|Colwell, Colwell & Petroccione, LLP Blog||Changes Imminent to Alimony in New York State||2015|
|Colwell, Colwell & Petroccione, LLP blog||NY Governor Signs Spousal Maintenance Changes into law||2015|
|University of Dayton School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||1998|
|State University of New York, College at Geneseo||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
Posted by anonymous
I went into the firm after being issued divorce papers by my ex. I was scared and they took advantage of it. I paid the retainer then was told who would be working with me after meeting everyone in their firm. He seemed like a nice guy and was understanding but when push came to shove it was all about the money. They didn't mind getting my money but didn't work competently to receive it. I was told their billing was a mess and I got overcharged. I ended up firing the firm from my case because of lack of communication, little compassion for my case, some possibly unethical experiences with one of the attorneys and the price. I just didn't receive what I paid for. He did at least fire the attorney who messed up my case.
Posted by anonymous
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.
Posted by Alan
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.