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Sharon Marie Faulkner

Divorce and separation Attorney at Poughkeepsie, NY

4.7   14 reviews

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About Sharon

Learn Sharon’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    80%
    I have handled matrimonial/divorce cases in New York since 2002. Prior to 2002, I worked in Hawaii and also handled matrimonial/divorce/family law matters (9 years). I also have a Collaborative Divorce Practice.

    31 years

  2. Family
    20%

    31 years

I was raised in Dutchess County and returned to New York in 2001 after practicing law in Hawaii for nine years.

My background includes family law, estate planning, consumer rights, and all facets of poverty law, and I now concentrate my practice in the areas of Matrimonial and Family Law.  I have expanded my practice to include Collaborative Divorce as an alternative to traditional litigation as I believe it is a far better way to resolve family conflict.  I am also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers so I can stay abreast of the constant changes in this area of the law.

I was previously been appointed as Attorney for the Child to represent the interest of minor children involved in custody and visitation disputes by Dutchess County Supreme Court and Family Court Justices and I received the Dutchess County Family Court’s “Law Guardian of the Year” award in 2008.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Divorce
Alimony & Spousal Support
Child Support
Custody & Visitation
Family
Collaborative Law

BAR ADMISSIONS:
Hawaii, 1992
District of Columbia, 2001
New York, 2002
U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1995
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2002

EDUCATION:
Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts, May, 1992 J.D.
Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, May, 1989 B.A.

HONORS AND AWARDS:
Recipient, Dutchess County Bar Association “Law Guardian of the Year” Award for 2008
BV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
Member, Hawaii State Bar Association, 1992 – Present
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association, 2001 – Present
Member, New York State Bar Association, 2002 – Present
Member, Dutchess County Bar Association, 2002 – Present
Immediate Past-President 2016-2017; President 2015-2016; President-Elect 2014-2015; Vice President 2013-2014; Secretary 2012-2013; Assistant Treasurer 2011-2012
Member, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, 2002 – Present
Member, American Bar Association, 1992 – Present
Member, Rotary Club of Maui, Maui, Hawaii, 1994 – 2000
Rotary Club of Maui, Maui, Hawaii, 1996 – 1997 Community Service Director
Rotary Club of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie, New York, 2004 – 2005 Member
Member, Maui County Bar Association, 1992 – 2001
Member, Maui County Estate Planning Council President 1995-1996
Member, Dutchess County Family Court Advisory Board, 2007 – Present
Dutchess County Bar Association Grievance Committee Member
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow

VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY:
Member, Vassar Brothers Hospital Foundation Board, 2017 – Present

PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS:
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Kauai County Branch Lihue, Hawaii, Managing Attorney, 2000 – 2001
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Database Manager, 2000 – 2001
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Maui County Branch Wailuku, Hawaii, Managing Attorney, 1997 – 2001
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Maui Branch Wailuku, Hawaii, Staff Attorney, 1996 – 1997
The Law Office of Judith L. Neustadter Wailuku, Hawaii, Of Counsel, 1994 – 1996
Hawaii Lawyer’s Care/AmeriCorps National Service Maui, Hawaii, Attorney, 1994 – 1995
Foley Maehara Judge Nip & Chang, nka Brooks Tom & Miller Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, Associate, 1992 – 1993
Ostertag O’Leary & Barrett, Associate, 2001 – 2008

FRATERNITIES/SORORITIES:
Phi Alpha Delta

Licensed for 30 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/17/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2001
Updated 06/08/2022
State HI
Status Inactive
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/22/2022

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

Contact Sharon

Ostertag O'Leary Barrett & Faulkner
301 Manchester Road, Suite 201
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603-2406

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing divorce attorney
Sharon was absolutely amazing with my divorce. She was extremely knowledgeable, responsive and always ensured I understood what was happening in the process. I would highly recommend Sharon.
Posted by BA | October 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Confident
I had the opportunity to call Sharon Faulkner after a recommendation from a friend. I found her to be knowledgeable and readily available at a very turbulent time. There were many times her calm demeanor helped me to see the big picture. I always felt that Sharon had my best interests and was confident that the advice she gave me was accurate and well thought out. I went to other attorneys before my friends recommendation and I know that I made the perfect choice when I hired Sharon. I have recommended her to many of my friends and they share my sentiments. I have no reservations and am completely satisfied with her legal expertise.
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Posted by Mariana | October 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sharon Faulkner is a fantastic lawyer and advocate!
Sharon is a top notch attorney who is extremely professional and also warm and gracious. She is meticulous, forceful and hardworking. I could not have asked for a better attorney to guide me through my divorce proceedings. She was responsive and available for me anytime I needed her. Before embarking on choosing a divorce attorney, I had heard stories of people hiring lawyers who then were pawned off onto lower level associates who were not as experienced. This never was the case with Sharon. If you hire her, you get her full attention and effort. I consulted three different attorneys before choosing Sharon and I definitely made the right choice. I couldn't recommend her more strongly.
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Posted by Lynda | October 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer
Sharon worked with me on some complicated issues and I got wonderful results. She is the best
Posted by Anita | October 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic
Anyone going through a divorce, knows how stressful and mentally draining it can be. Hiring Sharon was the best decision I could've made. There was never any lack of communication. Sharon made the time to answer any questions I had whether it be through phone calls, emails or in person, promptly. I felt that I was very well represented and I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Tom | January 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Getting divorced? Do yourself a favor and hire her immediately!
Sharon shepherded me through what was arguably one of the the toughest ordeals of my life. She is very professional and gets right down to business. Because of her vast knowledge of the system, (which will become immediately apparent to you) , she is able to quickly read the landscape and put you on the best possible path to a quick & equitable outcome.
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Posted by heather | June 30, 2015
wonderful
I have had the pleasure of being represented by a truly competent and wonderful attorney. Not only was she completely honest with me, but she understood my situation and conveyed it for me in court, which is something I had trouble doing without becoming too emotional about it. She was worth every penny and then some. It's easy to find an attorney that is competent in the field of law, but it is very rare to find one who cares, and she truly does.
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Posted by Dawn | September 26, 2014
Wonderful
I really can't speak highly enough of Sharon. She's very busy, and not inexpensive, but worth every penny IMHO. She's very realistic, down to earth and no-nonsense and I never felt like she wasn't paying attention to me or just telling me what I wanted to hear. I asked for the truth, got the truth, and she fought tooth and nail to get me what I needed. You can almost never catch her if you call, but if you're patient and leave a message she'll get back to you and give you her undivided attention. I've had several attorneys over the years on all kinds of different matters and she is #1 without a doubt.
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Posted by John | November 25, 2013
Awesome attorney
Sharon has redeemed my faith in lawyers. I hired her to fix a MESS from a non-detailed divorce decree 18 months earlier and to resolve child custody matters and other financial issues with a VERY vindictive and difficult ex-wife. Sharon was very honest with me in telling me what to expect and didn't make unrealistic promises. She is well respected by her peers, working with my exes attorney collaboratively , my children's law guardian & a parenting coordinator. Sharon did her best to keep us out of the courtroom and settle things realistically instead of spending more on legal fees that just didn't make sense financially to pursue. I felt so comfortable having her handle issues with my custody case as she is a law guardian for children in addition to being a mom herself. She is very sensitive to the children's needs. I am a dad who felt the system was very slanted, but now feel redeemed to a degree with Sharon on my side. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Michael | January 17, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Sharon is by far the best attorney I could have chosen for my divorce. She reviewed my case, was honest about my chances. I provided my needed paperwork for her review and followed her constant advise. As a result, I ended up with a better outcome that the offer I had initially offered to my ex.
Posted by Anthony | June 9, 2010
Excellent attorney
Sharon respresented me in my custody litigation in 2006 and she was everything I envisioned in having a smart, compassionate, experienced attorney represent me. She was clearly knowledgeable about New York custody and divorce law and presented appealing options every step of the way in what was otherwise an unpleasant situation. Sharon did an excellent job of providing solid strategic direction in managing my case, and she suggested reasonable solutions every step of the way. I thought that she was an excellent negotiator when it came to disucssing visitation and payment schedules. Her ideas were pragmatic and not based in holding onto unreasonable positions just for the sake of doing so, which is something that genuinely appreciated. As difficult and trying as the whole custody situation was, Sharon was also emotionally supportive and her calm words and sage advice made the ordeal easier to handle. Sharon seems to embrace the maxim that "90% of life is just showing up." Sharon was on time for all of our appointments and phone calls. She always returned my calls in a timely fasion. When we went to court, she was always prepared, not only with my file, but with ideas of how to handle my case. Most importantly, When we were on the phone or in court together, she was focused on me and did not seem distracted by other cases. In short, I could not have asked for a better attorney. Sharon was exactly the kind of attorney I wanted and I give her the highest recommendation to anyone who wants a smart, knowledgeable, assertive attorney.
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Posted by Tim | May 13, 2010
Great Attorney
Sharon Faulkner represented me in a divorce case, I would recommend her to anyone requiring representation.
Posted by Nick | May 13, 2010
You are not a case you are a person. Sharon always looks at the big picture!
Sharon has represented me for 7+ years now. Divorce is never easy not just for spouses', the attorneys but most of all the children. With Sharon she was always thinking about the effect that certain dicisions would have on them. When your in the middle of this ugly fight, you just want to get even and you lose sight of what really is important and to me and I really for anyone in this situation it is always the children and how they will come out of this. Sharon has always had my best interests but always made me see the bigger picture. Maturity means you might have to cut your losses or give something up to gain something and not just monetary-we are human being and she cuts to the chase and brings level headed thinking and counselling is which what you are really paying for. Bottom line I still have Sharon and my ex had three lawyers. Lastly with Sharon to quote her "I have your back" and means it.
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Posted by Alfred | October 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fron contract signing I observed misstatement delays & omission leading to contract termination.
I contend misstatements, delays & omissions to services rendered by Ms. Faulkner caused me financial loss to the benefit of my (Ex.) wife. Due to my handicap most of our conversations with Ms. Faulkner were by phone. Since it was thus easy to do and in order to maximize my understanding our discussions I taped/ transcribe many of our conversations allowing a more detailed review. I contend deficiencies to Ms. Faulkner’s services included: 1. Ms. Faulkner stated the assessed value of jointly owned condo as 350k (actual assessed value120k appraised at 175k) this property was contemporaneously the principal asset offered me by opposing councils in her initial proposal for settlement. 2. Opposing council’s Request for Disclosure was countered by an informal request advocated by Ms. Faulkner. I received no records of my Ex.’s IRA or her personal credit cards. The joint credit card statements submitted from opposing council (& my Ex. a C.P.A. candidate in N.Y.S.) were incomplete & partially unreadable. I requested Ms. Faulkner obtain the statements directly from the company she instead instructed me to obtain them myself, since Ex was principal on the account this was impossible. 3. After 7 month and no less than 6 e-mailed complaints Ms. Faulkner issue a Request for Disclosure, omissions included: a. Ex.’s IRA account (38k in 2016) b. The deed to jointly owned Town House (prior to contract I had stated to Ms. Faulkner I contributed to the townhouse buyout of her sibling, but was unsure if she put me on title; subsequently I found out she had). c. Ms. Faulkner did not include in this formal request nor inform me of any other exculpatory action to force Ex. to prove Ex’s claim her contribution to the R.E. purchase & buyout were made with 100% personal assets. This despite: - my bank &/ joint account records indicating Ex. had taken approximately 120k of my personal assets plus a voluntary mortgage contributions 60k during that general period - no evidence of sufficient personal assets were supplied during the voluntary disclosure advocated bv Ms. Faulkner, - Ms. Faulkner told me prior to contract if these were marital assets I was entitled to a split (106.5 condo 17.5k townhouse). 3. Ms. Faulkner's Proposal for settlement letter: a.) She wrote I “advised” her my Contribution to condo purchase was 75k, I actually stated “readily provable 95k” (as per tape) (actual 75k bank check +19.5 personal check). b.) Omitting any mention of my being named on deed for townhouse. According to 2 attorneys consulted for a second opinion since my Ex. had 50% share I had a 25% interest in the property (58.75k). Both attorneys practicing in Poughkeepsie stated they knew Ms. Faulkner & opposing council, both asked if there was “Request for Disclosure” I responded I was not sure (there was formal document). They both state the concern absent a Request for Disclosure; if I tried to change attorneys opposing council may submit a “Notice of Issue” & Ms. Faulkner may not issue objection in court ending Disclosure before I could change attorneys. Note: -Just prior to issuing the service contract Ms. Faulkner discovered/disclosed Ex. hired a colleague of hers with whom Ms. Faulkner collaborates on custody cases. The statement & actions characterized above as errant all occurred after this. Most of my complaints are she did not execute the procedures outlined in our initial consultation (which was taped). -It’s my opinion my Ex. is exceptionally charming shrewd.
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Response from Sharon Faulkner October 9, 2018
I dispute the foregoing as Alfred's version, which ignores the fact that I had no involvement in the settlement of this case or the overall outcome. He hired a new attorney in November 2015 and the Note of Issue was not filed until several months later (February 2016), long after he had retained a new attorney. According to the records on file in the clerk's office, he signed a Stipulation of Settlement settling the case and was divorced over two years ago in July 2016.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-340 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ostertag O'Leary Barrett & Faulkner
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • Ostertag O'Leary & Barrett
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Managing Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Staff Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society Of Hawaii
  • 1996 - 1997
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Education

  • Western New England University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Rutgers University - Douglass College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Matter of Napoli v. Koller
  • Makara v Makara, 65 AD3d 1018

Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2012 - Present
  • Mid-Hudson Women's Bar Association
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Dutchess County Family Court Advisory Board
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2010
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Awards

  • Law Guardian of the Year
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Matrimonial Nuts and Bolts
  • Ethics
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Sharon
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with this attorney for several years now, and she is excellent. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Attorney Faulkner is an unfailingly prepared and professional advocate for her clients. Her legal knowledge and skills are superlative."
Poughkeepsie Divorce and separation Lawyer Sharon Marie Faulkner
Sharon Marie Faulkner
Divorce and separation Attorney
Poughkeepsie, NY
Licensed for 30 years